BRO BY MAIL Sampler

BRO BY MAIL Sampler

These days most music fans pride themselves on diversity. Even with the internet and word-of-mouth, it's hard to stay on top of it all. Thankfully there's a resource like the Bay Recorders Organization which travels to venues all over the Bay Area to record concerts. The folks at BRO compiled this sampler featuring clips of songs extracted from shows which are available for purchase on this site. For those having a hard time deciding how to get the most bang for their buck, this is a good place to start.

Each part of this two-disc set contains 13 tracks from 13 different bands. Disc one begins with a sample of "Sounds of the Ocean" which leads into the cascading dulcimer and plunky bass of Jamie Janover & Friends. ReOrchestra is a highlight from late 2003. Sweet Rhodes piano weaves over layers of percussion and bass. Drippy jazz guitar is the icing on the cake. Every track has the ability to strike the right chord depending on one's taste. Izzabella leaves you wanting more with soulful vocals and climactic instrumentation.

Disc Two begins with a sample of "Birds of La Playa" before giving way to The Ritual. We find ourselves instantly immersed in a funky, dance throwdown. The alien jazz of JFJO and joyous groove of Smokedaddies keep it interesting. BRO shows its ability to be in the right place at the right time with rare bits like A New Orleans Night. The aggressive improv featuring swirling keys and rapid fire drumming whets the appetite. As long as you're prepared for some of these juicy tracks to fade out before the best part, this sampler could prove very helpful for those looking to fortify their live music collection.

-Tyler Blue

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Disc 1

  1. Sounds of the Ocean > Jamie Janover (7/4/06 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)
  2. Banyan (9/17/05 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)
  3. Everyone Orchestra (5/14/05 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA)
  4. Garrin Benfield w/ Sam Flot (5/5/06 - Bobolink Music Festival - Beldontown, CA)
  5. ALO (6/4/04 - Great American Music Hall - Bimbo's - San Francisco, CA)
  6. ReOrchestra (12/7/03 - Bruno's - San Francisco, CA)
  7. Dan Bern w/ Garrin Benfield (10/12/05 - Freight and Salvage - Berkeley, CA)
  8. Garaj Mahal (11/4/06 - Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA)
  9. Izzabella (11/2/06 - Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA)
  10. Matt Turk (11/24/04 - Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA)
  11. Post Junk Trio (4/26/03 - Enrico's Sidewalk Cafe - San Francisco, CA)
  12. Transendental Hayride (10/9/03 - Last Day Saloon - San Francisco, CA)
  13. Meltone (7/7/06 - Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA)

Disc 2

  1. Birds of LaPlaya > The RituaL (5/10/05 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)
  2. JFJO (3/31/04 - Yoshi's - Oakland, CA)
  3. Smokedaddies (8/3/06 - The Blackthorn Tavern - San Francisco, CA)
  4. Garrin Benfield (12/17/05 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA)
  5. A New Orleans Night (The Pound - San Francisco, CA)
  6. Zilla (8/19/05 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA)
  7. Blue Turtle Seduction (11/4/06 - Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA)
  8. P'Nut (12/29/02 - Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA)
  9. Cal Berkeley Alumni (12/10/02 - The Sequoyah Room - Oakland, CA)
  10. New Mastersounds (12/9/06 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)
  11. Dan Bern (10/11/05 - Freight and Salvage - Berkeley, CA)
  12. Music & Nature (6/6/04 - Battery Wallace - Marin Headlands, CA)