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Chris Ellis

SF Station Writer

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The Former Belle & Sebastian Member Goes Solo
By Chris Ellis (Oct 27, 2012)
Many know Isobel Campbell as a member of the melancholic Glasgow outfit Belle & Sebastian. Her departure from the band was a disappointment to many but her new solo career has hopefully filled the gap for her devout fans. Her second album, [b]Ballad of the Broken Seas[/b] is a chiaroscuro effort with Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees) filling in the shadows. Isobel candidly talks with SF Station about her collaboration with Mark, the cyclical nature of the music world and more. More »
Avante Garde Noisemakers
By Chris Ellis (Jun 05, 2012)
To a casual listener San Francisco's avant garde duo Matmos might be criticized as just another "way out" band climaxing off of natural occurring sounds. There is a somewhat justified concern -- if you're making music with a deep fat fryer you might have missed the class on what makes music fun to listen to. Matmos often incorporates the popular music structures we have become accustomed to (and spend money downloading), with sounds that we experience on a day-to-day basis; a sort of conceptual juggling act that has created a fresh cannon for future musicians and artists to base their own work off of. More »
Released on subpop, September 27, 2005
By Chris Ellis (Jun 19, 2006)
It couldn't hurt to slide your feet into the indie scene by opening up for much bigger acts like Modest Mouse and The Arcade Fire. Wolf Parade was given this rare initiation over the past year or so, but like your father may have said when you ventured out into the real world, "If you're going to survive, you've got to start doing things on your own from now on." More »
Released in October on Ghostly
By Chris Ellis (Jun 19, 2006)
Matthew Dear's second album Backstroke carrying his signature stripped techno didn't see mass approval because of its failure to include some more enduring qualities. His search for a sound with deeper intrigue may have come in his newest alter-ego Audion. More »
Released on Warp, 2/02/06
By Chris Ellis (Jan 17, 2006)
It just makes sense that Guillermo Scott Herren A.K.A. Prefuse 73, would call [b]Security Screenings[/b] a mini-album. With a total of eighteen tracks it features only two guest spots -- a complete dismissal of his previous album that boasted over fifteen assisted tracks forcing listeners to ask if their eclectic tastes now included hip-hop. More »
So Much Music, So Little Time
By Chris Ellis (May 10, 2005)
Four days and over 30 bands set themselves up on stage waiting for the sun to set on the ninth annual Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival. This year the festival has incorporated a great deal of arts-related events into the mix including more films and a newly conceived "visual and sonic event" called Collision at the Lab. Now you might be saying, "But there is just so much going on!" Well never fear, I'll let you know what you've missed so far and what you shouldn't in the upcoming 4 days of the remaining lineup of essential San Francisco sights and sounds. More »
Q & A
By Chris Ellis (Apr 13, 2005)
Those who visited the Coachella Valley Music Festival a few weekends back may have had the distinct pleasure of initiating the second day of full audio proliferation with the beats of Matthew Dear. His music will undoubtedly lead to a new way of thinking about the jack-in-the-box techno many of us have become accustom to all these years. Matthew Dear can boast having a fully original sound from a genre that has been greatly abused for too long. SF Station had a chance to catch up with the modest music man a few days after the festival had come to a close. More »
An Interview with Guitarist Natalio Fowler
By Chris Ellis (Feb 18, 2005)
The Oxes, a Math Rock trio out of Baltimore, are known for playing wireless shows that enable them to engage the audience up close and personal. SF Station had a chance to speak with Oxes guitarist Nat as he hid in an Austin, Texas hotel bathroom. He had gathered substantial evidence that some other hotel guests were trying to find him and that he and his other band-mates were unwelcome in these parts. Despite his distress, he was able to reveal some of his thoughts behind their unique approach to live music, John Peel, the music industry's new form of packaging (or no packaging) and John Bunnell, yes, Sheriff John Bunnell. More »
An Artist, Decades in the Making
By Chris Ellis (Jan 18, 2005)
Everybody has moments in his or her musical memory where a song or band marks the moment of something big. I saw Byrne perform for the first time on television. For me, seeing him was this moment. No car crash, no hard break-up, no high school prom, just Byrne wiggling his arms and shaking his shoulders. More »
An Interview
By Chris Ellis (Jan 04, 2005)
It may be easy to dismiss Beep Beep simply as the black sheep from Omaha, Nebraska's Saddle Creek Label. With lyrics like, "OH NO! Why should I fight this force that compels me to make your lap a snack and your skin my religion", your first listen to 'Business Casual' may bring you to the conclusion this may be a highly sex driven soundtrack off your favorite Girls (or boys) Gone Wild video. In our interview with Chris Hughes and Eric Bemberger we attempted to find the story of an album that isn't like everyone else's. We certainly found them to be more unique than your everyday tijuana topless teen. More »
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