I Need You Bad San Francisco Garage Rock Compilation

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I Need You Bad, a new compilation curated by Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Warm Soda),  captures a glimpse of the contemporary San Francisco garage rock scene with a collection of songs from Magic Trick, Warm Soda, The Memories, Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones, Pure Bliss and more. Hear Pratt’s contribution to the album below. San Francisco folky Jessica Pratt‘s  “Dreams” is featured on the album and is available to stream below.

I Need You Bad comes out November 26 on vinyl via Polyvinyl or on cassette via Burger.

Video: Jessica Pratt – “Her Strange Melody”

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As San Francisco folkie Jessica Pratt told me in a recent interview, her young life was largely one of isolation and alienated musical study. Deep inside her own world, Pratt developed her own songwriting style that channels the styles of folkies like Karen Dalton or Linda Perhacs atop delicately plucked nylon string guitar. Combined with some American Grafitti-esque imagery, Pratt’s music truly sounds like some long lost set of recordings from the 60s. Here’s a video for the song “Her Strange Melody,” which is not included on her debut album for Birth Records.

Purchase the album here.

Best Albums of 2012

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[Art by Sean Metcalf]

Greetings friends and fellow travelers. As the year comes to a close, we find ourselves looking back on all the great music that came out of 2012. This year offered much hope for the future, including the emergence of folk singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt; Swedish music collective GOAT; Southern England’s Beaulieu Porch; and new Brooklyn based label Beyond Beyond is Beyond, who brought us the debut album from Prince Rupert’s Drops. This was another exceptional year for new releases and we’re psyched to present to you our picks for the best albums of 2012. Tell us about your favorite albums of 2012 in the comments section below.

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NEW MUSIC: Jessica Pratt

With the arrival of each autumn season, it seems natural for one’s musical taste to migrate towards a folkier sound. And so the release of San Francisco singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt’s debut self-titled LP comes at a most perfect time for those of us who abide by this seasonal ritual. Pratt’s music is steeped in the sounds of 1960s folk, recalling the vocal styles of iconic figures such as Anne Briggs and Sandy Denny with poetic, finger-picked tunes that could have been included on the Gather in the Mushrooms compilation. Fellow San Franciscan Tim Presley (White Fence, Darker My Love) launched his own imprint, Birth Records, solely to release Pratt’s debut LP, which he describes as sounding like “Stevie Nicks singing over David Crosby demos, with the intimacy of a Sibylle Baier.” Listen to album track “Night Faces” below and check out a couple additional songs here.

Order the album via Birth Records.