Out in the idyllic setting of west Marin County, Big Mesa Farms is a locally grown success story. The five-acre, certified-organic farm has been owned and operated by Caymin Ackerman since 2011. Originally aiming for a few key crops, the farm has expanded to grow everything from beets, broccoli and cabbage to squash, strawberry, tomato and even fresh cut flowers. The farm is a big hit with several restaurants in the North Bay, and with locals who like to know where their food comes from.
Big Mesa Farms is also a hit with Bay Area songwriter Lucia Comnes, who recently debuted a music video, “On the Farm,” that is dedicated to Ackerman and her agricultural journey. Through a series of snapshots, the video tells the story of Big Mesa with a charming country melody and harmonic folk heartiness. Watch the video now and be on the lookout for Ackerman at the next Marin County farmers market.
San Francisco indie rock band Go By Ocean has released a visually metaphorical music video for their new single, “Ring Around the Sun.” The song is from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Sun Machine, due out in April.
“Ring Around the Sun” boasts a brightly upbeat sound that is a welcomed sign from the band and frontman Ryan McCaffrey, who reportedly went through an extended period of difficulty and darkness in the last few years. The new video’s visuals tell the story of his recent struggles, seen as inky black clouds that follow the characters in otherwise sunny settings.
The band celebrates the single’s release with a show on Thursday, February 23, at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Click here for more info.
Earlier this month, North Bay guitarist Jason Wright showed up in the Bohemian’s recent cover story about heavy metal band Skitzo. Wright, who played with Skitzo frontman Lance Ozanix in Sonoma County metal act Oden Sun before joining Skitzo, is a performer full of thunder and lightning, shredding and thrashing on stage and on record.
So, it took this reporter by surprise when Wright revealed he was an accomplished flamenco guitarist as well. His identity as a “Guitarrista” shows another side to Wright’s technical prowess and natural musical sensibilities. Here, discover Wright’s flamenco chops with the video for his recent single, “Mendocino,” featuring flamenco dancer Olivia Gonzalez-Cruz.
Santa Rosa singer and songwriter Charlie Davenport is the man behind indie-folk outfit Rags. In contrast to his earlier full band setup, Davenport goes solo on Rags’ new album, Tilted Shrine, performing and singing a collection of introspective acoustic numbers alone, often in a single take, and straight to tape.
Reportedly, Davenport wrote much of the album out in the wilds of Salt Point State Park, along the coast north of Fort Ross. And that’s the scene where the music video for Titled Shrine’s first single, “Love II,” takes place. Directed and edited by Jim Agius and Timmy Lohdi, the video recreates the trek that Davenport would embark upon and reflects the song’s wistful and patient sound. You can get Tilted Shrine here.
The Sam Chase & the Untraditional, San Francisco’s raucous Americana outfit, never shy away from the chance to ruffle a few feathers, or make a strongly worded point. This attitude reached a fever pitch with the release of their latest album, “Great White Noise” back in late April. It is a sarcastic and unapologetic look at the societal effects of the constant bombardment of information that we have to wade through as a culture today.
It is only fitting, that their music videos match the subject matter. The official music video for the title track, “Great White Noise,” is best enjoyed with a stiff drink. It is visually as heavy and confrontational as the lyrics. It starts with a helping of sweet nostalgia, and melodic major key optimism in order to lull the viewer into a false sense comfort of a simpler time, before bashing you over the head with the ugly side of our American dream and projecting the side of us that we try so hard to look away from on a giant screen behind our prophetic anti-hero, Sam Chase.
Upon the release of this video, the band will be heading out on a 17 date East Coast tour through the month of October. They are sure to raise some eyebrows with this video in the towns they will be hitting through the bible belt. Perhaps they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Their triumphant return will be just in time before election day and Sam’s birthday, on November 4th at The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma. Joining them on the bill will be the North Bay’s “best folk band” according to this year’s NorBay Awards, The Crux.
Fort Bragg native Emily Jane White’s long awaited album, They Moved in Shadow All Together, is finally getting an official release this Friday, July 8. We’ve already previewed the album’s first single, “Frozen Garden,” and now White unveils the music video for the album’s second single, “Pallid Eyes.”
Featuring a hypnotic acoustic riff and White’s ethereal voice, the song builds on “Frozen Garden” with a mysterious narrative and haunting melodies. And the video, shot in washed-out greys by director and editor Dan Jenkins, moodily captures the song’s message of longing and languishing.
White is currently on tour supporting the forthcoming album, click here for updates on her upcoming shows.
Sonoma County experimental band OVVN is an undeniable and unapologetic force of noise on their new LP, “I Love Myself And Want To Live,” out now on San Francisco-based label Don’t Look Down Records. The four-piece outfit, fronted by vocalist and songwriter Ethan Jayne, has been steadily gaining momentum with several self-released EPs over the last few years, and this debut full-length, full of droning metal riffs and feedback squals that travel unpredictable sonic paths, is an intense one-of-a-kind rock and roll experience.
Matching the aural edginess, this darkly-tinged music video for the album’s single, “Sores,” offers a gritty and mysterious vignette paired with ominous shots of the band playing live for an effect like that of an old Nirvana music video on quaaludes–in a good way.
OVVN (pronounced own) will be performing as part of the upcoming Last Record Store 33 & 1/3 Anniversary Party in Santa Rosa. For more details on that show, click here.
Bay Area favorites Royal Jelly Jive are beloved for their blend of swing revival and soulful grooves, and the band employs all the tricks of their trade in their upcoming album, Stand Up, due out on June 24.
This week, the band previews their latest with a new video for the album’s first single, “Dear Mr. Waits.”
If you are familiar with North bay music, you may have already guessed the titular Mr. Waits is, in fact, iconic songwriter and reclusive west Sonoma County resident Tom Waits, who regularly records at Prairie Sun Studios, where Stand Up was also recorded.
San Francisco folk ensemble the Sam Chase & the Untraditional have a new album, Great White Noise, on the way and this week premiered the music video for the record’s first single, “There For Me.”
For the video, the band invited several musical friends to listen to the song for the first time and-as the video description says-do whatever they want. The result is a montage of pure joy expressed in myriad ways. Look closely and you’ll see popular North Bay luminaries like Josh Windmiller rocking out to the epic Americana ballad.
The Sam Chase & the Untraditional perform in the Bay Area next on April 29, sharing a bill with Dead Winter Carpenters and Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
Last summer, Sonoma County indie pop outfit the Velvet Teen released one of the best albums of their career, All Is Illusory, and celebrated with a tour of Japan. Luckily for us, they brought along talented filmmaker Timmy Lodhi of Khan Videos to shoot footage and set it to music.
Now, that footage accompanies the All Is Illusory song “You Were the First” in a frenetic and fun music video. Shot in black-and-white, the video captures the band as they navigate Japan, play in front of the dedicated fanbase they’ve built there, and eat lots and lots of Japanese delights. Seriously, it looks like these guys scarfed down a ton of street food on that tour. Watch for yourself, below.