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Mwahaha - "Sundown" by Matt Valerio

Just like this blog right here…Bay Area band Mwahaha has been fairly quiet for some time. In addition to focusing on some other projects (vocalist Ross Peacock has been spending a lot of his time performing with Zachary James Watkins as Watkins/Peacock), they sadly lost their dear bandmate, visual artist Cyrus Tilton to cancer in 2017. Fortunately, Cyus had already recorded some of the initial ideas that ended up helping to shape this amazing record.

The track above is just a taste of what you’ll hear when their new record Lovers comes out in September.

RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, Kraftwerk, David Bowie

Mwahaha - "Rainbow Diamond" by Matt Bomarr

mwahaha - "rainbow diamond" (download) [audio]

I guarantee you will be hearing more about Mwahaha in the coming months. This Oakland 4-piece blends crazy psychedelia with analog drum machines and thick synth lines, making for an all-out aural treat that deserves repeated headphone listens. Their self-titled record (out December 6) features indie darling Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YarDs, and was mixed and partially recorded by Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, WHY?, Restiform Bodies). Anticon's Jel and Odd Nosdam are both currently confirmed for remixes in the near future as well. Keep an eye on these guys.  You can also preview another great track from their record called "Poinsettia" over at their Bandcamp page. twitter facebook

Ned - "Soap Bopper" by Matt Bomarr

Oakland's Ned is a band. A product of the generation of missing identity. The attention deficit generation. Why be stuck with one instrument? Why be pinned on one genre? Ned decides to not decide. Which brings us to the tricky part; how does Ned keep from becoming one big audible disaster? Who knows, but they have managed to create a sound that is completely their own, and even trickier, they’ve made it listenable.
"Soap Bopper" was recently released as a 7" single, which can be purchased directly through them at their myspace page. Ned has shared the stage with acts like Subtle, The Locust, Xiu Xiu, Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, Odd Nosdam, and more. They are currently working on a new record, which will be nothing short of amazing.