(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 36: Postcards

Postcards (®Rachel Tabet)

Postcards is a Lebanese band formed in the summer of 2012 when cousins Marwan Tohme and Pascal Semerdjian met Julia Sabra. They were joined by Rany on the bass a few months later. Their first EP Lakehouse was released in the fall of 2013, while their second EP What Lies So Still was released in early summer 2015. Here Before EP was released in the spring of 2017 and their first album I’ll be here in the morning was released in early 2018. Their sound, at first influenced by American and English pop folk, evolved in something more complex and articulate with nods to dream pop, noise rock, shoegaze and jangle pop. The Good Soldier, their second album, out in January 2020 was a great step forward for the band’s sound.
The band, now a trio, delivers their third album, the wonderful After The Fire, Before The End in October via German label T3 Records.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 35: Hectorine

Hectorine

In 2016, San Francisco-based Sarah Gagnon formed Hectorine, naming it after her late paternal grandmother. The band has gone through a few line-up changes over the years, but Sarah is now joined by Max Shanley on guitar, Matt Carney on bass, Betsy Gran on keyboards and Laura Adkins on drums.

TEARS, the band’s second album, follows up Hectorine’s 2019 debut with sketches of 70s soft rock production, folk melodies, and deeply lyrical songs that explore love, loss, nature, and the cosmos. A low dark voice carries this ethereal, atmospheric, & art pop-inspired album.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 34: The Telephone Numbers

The Telephone Numbers

The Telephone Numbers from San Francisco are a band in love with 80s powerpop, 60s folk rock and Teenage Fanclub. Earlier this year they released a single called Leviathan that is not included on their debut album. The album is called The Ballad of Doug. The project is helmed by Thomas Rubenstein with the aid of some other local musicians like Glenn Donaldson, who also helped record and mix the record. It’s out on Spanish label Meritorio as well as cassette on Paisley Shirt Records.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 34: Massage

Massage

When Andrew Romano and Alex Naidus first met in 2007, Naidus had just joined a band with his friends Kip Berman and Peggy Wang: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart.
When Naidus finally left Pains for L.A. in 2013, two hit albums and a few world tours later, he started playing with Romano to recapture the suburban-garage joy of making music for its own sake. It was “friendship incarnate,” Naidus remembers. The other members of Massage came from within the friend circle: Gabrielle Ferrer (keyboard/vocals) is Romano’s sister-in-law, Michael Felix (drums) is one of Naidus’ best friends, and David Rager (bass) is a childhood friend of Felix’s. When Felix moved to Mexico City in early 2020, Naidus’ wife, Natalie de Almeida, stepped in.
Massage first album, 2018’s Oh Boy, was a heartfelt tribute to their chosen heroes: The Feelies, the Go-Betweens, Twerps, Flying Nun. Their sophomore effort is called Still Life and is out now on Mount Saint Mountain and Bobo Integral.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 33: Paisley Shirt Records

Paisley Shirt Records

Paisley Shirt Records is a San Francisco-based cassette label run by Kevin Linn, that likes lo-fi pop, experimental outsider music, and post-punk. Their motto is “Listen to The Boy In The Paisley Shirt by Television Personalities and you’ll get a good idea of what we’re about.”

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