Daily Dose: Leon Bridges, “Coming Home”

Leon Bridges is an anachronism: a soul unbound by time blessed with a sound that is ageless. I’ve been trying to craft an introspective post on this man’s music after tripping across it on Spotify sometime around March. Unfortunately, I’ve never found the words to do it justice. So in lieu of the perfect prose, I’ll let the music’s perfection speak for itself.

Enjoy this track from what many will inevitably call the best album of 2015.

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Daily Dose: Old Soul, “Blackbird Calling”

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Daily Dose: Oliver Swain, “Little Satchel”

We can go…to California..or any place you wanna go.

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Daily Dose: Andrew Judah, “Lie Cheat Steal”

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Daily Dose: J.E. Sunde, “Easy Kid” +

Scroll through the playlist until you get to “A Blinding Flash of Light.” Or, heck, do whatever you like; the whole album is fantastic!

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Daily Dose: Paleo, “The Horsemen”

Completely obsessed with this album.

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Daily Dose: Paul Cook and The Chronicles, “Too Many Goodbyes”

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Daily Dose: Phosphorescent, “Wolves”

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Daily Dose: Super-City, “Don’t Go”

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Win Tickets to Phono del Sol!

Panoramic view of Phono del Sol, July 2014.

Panoramic view of Phono del Sol, July 2014.

Phono del Sol is a one-day music festival staged in Potrero del Sol Park by John Vanderslice’s magnificent Tiny Telephone recording studio in conjunction with Do The Bay and The Bay Bridged. It is kid friendly, music focused, civilized and affordable with a great selection of local food and beverages. Much to my chagrin, I’ll be missing my favorite California music festival this year because it’s wedding season and two more beautiful humans in our lives are getting hitched on the SAME DAY, July 11th.

My loss, however, is your gain. Due to the double-booking, Nostos Algos is giving away two regular admission tickets to Phono del Sol (a $60 value). To win these tickets, you need to:

  1. Become a subscriber to Nostos Algos by clicking the “Follow” button, and tell your friends how awesome we are somewhere on Internet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)
  2. Send an email to nostosnic@gmail.com (subject header “Phono del Sol Giveaway”) that includes your full name, where you promoted us, and a short explanation for why you want the tickets. Extra credit awarded if you include a photo from the last local concert you attended.

All entries must be received by midnight on July 3rd, 2015, and the winner will be notified of their remarkable good fortune on America’s birthday, July 4th, 2015. Below you’ll find a selection of my favorite bands, and you can peruse other offerings on the festival’s website.

Sonny & The Sunsets: Sonny Smith has become is a prolific staple of the local music scene in San Francisco. While I’ve seen him perform live many times over the years, I never know what the next show will hold. He is a spontaneous, musically brilliant goofball playing infections 1960s-inspired garage rock that seemingly rolls ashore with the surf at Ocean Beach.


Everyone Is Dirty: This Oakland band is on the verge of many things, most imminently of breaking out from indie obscurity into the limelight. Just like their city, these East Bayers blend raw kickass with polished perspective to deliver a uniquely California sound. So much energy, so great live–they’ll provide a wonderful compliment to the skateboarders shredding next to the main stage.


Tiaras: The debut album from Tiaras has just been released by Mt.St.Mnt (pronounced Mount Saint Mountain), a colony of creators that publish printed and audio art in limited batches. With the indie music scene in San Francisco endangered by real estate scarcity and superficial patrons, this band and this project give us hope for what’s artistically in store for the Bay Area.


Scary Little Friends: Another local band that offers a beautiful 60s-80s-90s mashup of sound imubed with a Jeff Buckley vulnerability that is hard to authentically master. Each song on their album From the Beginning brings such a different vibe that it was impossible to pick just one feature, so you’ll find the first two tracks available for a listen below. So bummed to be missing them.


Tanlines: Never fail, listening to this synth-pop duo makes me want to watch Empire Records. Perhaps its the way the album’s 1980s evocation sparks 1990s nostalgia in my listening heart. Whatever the reason, the band’s newest album Highlights is polished and pleasant from first to last. Also, they built a website that mimics Netflix in a subtle commentary on consumer culture. Brilliant through and through.

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