For our new installment of Cicada
we are excited to welcome Marc Merza

Marc Merza is a Filipino-American musician, sound designer and artist from Los Angeles, CA. The relation of his sonic work is threaded tightly with his experience of displacement and Asian diaspora- often utilizing tape loops and analog equipment alongside acoustic instruments to express these emotions. He works with numerous collaborators in the practice of recording and performing which signifies his view on the importance of community. Currently, Marc Merza is working on a series of compositions for Kulintang and Sarunay- indigenous metallophones from the Philippines- in hopes of bridging the gap between his musical experience and his culture.
Daria Lourd is a Memphis-born Oakland-based multidisciplinary artist and DJ that has been laying roots in Oakland's DIY underground rave scene alongside Bastiengoat and the chosen club families formed through Club Chai. Prolific in output (both releases and mixes) while also holding down a monthly hour slot on Lower Grand Radio (every 1st Sunday 8 PM), she explores territories spanning all things techno, bass, footwork, jungle, r&b, hip hop, rap, pop, nu metal and more, uncovering the darker and more hypnotic terrains of sound.

New releases include a live acid set from her radio show now available on Lower Grand Tapes and her first EP vinyl release on T4T LUV NRG, the "Last Illusion," featuring cover art by Periwinkle Lamb, with both sound and visuals paying tribute to Larry Mitchell's 1977 fantasy novel with Ned Asta's illustrations “The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions”. Four heavy hard house tracks that serve as expressions of queer / trans love while also pushing back on capitalism and the patriarchy.
For those that missed Bored Lord's in store last Saturday, we now have the full 5 hour set archived on our stream for your listening pleasure.

Honored to present a selection from SF-based label run by local legends / club veterans Solar and C.L.A.W.S., showcasing releases from Bay Area's own such as It's Own Infinite Flower and other talent from beyond such as Florida's Chris Mitchell, Vienna's Alyssa Auvinen Barrera (LDY OSC) and Berlin's Michelle Tansella (TANS). The imprint mines the fertile in-between where post-punk, synth, and EBM meet house, techno, and electro while also blurring genre lines. Beautiful psychedelic full colored sleeve illustrations from S.O.F. artist in residence Bert Bergen, making each copy an art object in its own right. 
IDHAZ - psychic behaviors

The second multimedia release from Left Hand Path comes to us from SF-based singer/producer/performance artist IDHAZ. "psychic behaviors" explores the body and the assignments which are given to it. It explores our undefined nature as creatures of earth, and our desire to be connected without a wall of ammunition between our designated countries. Combining elements such as Gameboy, MPC, SP-555, synth, and original lyrics and vocals, IDHAZ enters into the realms of R&B, house, punk, juke, and noise with his latest release psychic behaviors. Housed in a clear vinyl bag that includes a professionally dubbed and printed audio cassette and a zine featuring photos by Beau Devereaux, art by filthykeren and poetry by IDHAZ.
Check out Sunday Mass every 1st Sunday 8pm on Lowergrand hosted by IDHAZ and Cherub 420.
555 Sounds - Live from Dirtmall
555 Sounds is the musical identity of San Francisco-based artist/producer Christopher Farstad, a project that evokes the surreal and electric ambience of science fiction, often both in and out of time with arrhythmias of shifting psychedelia and trance. On "Live from Dirtmall," fourth-world environments are turned upside down, melded with delayed synthesizer loops in a soundtrack created for a virtual gallery in an abandoned shopping mall.

Sukumar Prasad – Pioneer of Carnatic Electric Guitar

Sukumar Prasad was originally trained as a mridangam artist, but began to adapt Carnatic compositions to electric guitar in the late 1970s. He saw virtually no support from the Indian classical community at the time, who deemed it unacceptable to render classical music on this instrument. This was before the time of U. Srinivas, and no precedent existed for incorporating electric instruments into Carnatic music. His only release, a cassette originally issued in 1985, is long out of print, and he has disappeared from public performance entirely. 

Muslim Delgado has been performing on and off as Meercaz since 2007. Last year he put out "The Man You Love To Love" with his collaborator at the time, Sara Shaffer, under the name George Heroine.This year he dropped an album of Hip Hop loop instrumentals called Fiendish Erotica. Described by his friend Mara Appel Des Lauriers Of LIttle Obsessions zine: "FIENDISH EROTICA is a smash. Music to freak to, to paint to....a patchwork of groove - An intoxicating and sexy album of hypnotic cuts, inspired instrumentals and beats." Now offering both vinyl and cassette versions of both releases.
Live Solo Electronic Sets from both Oakland based artists
Saturday, 12/4
4-5 PM

featuring work from mirrored fatality with live performance
Opening Thursday, 12/9 
5-7 PM

Join us for the opening of mirrored fatality's COCOON WEBS performance and exhibition before benefits they are organizing on December 11 at Oakland Secret and December 12 at Omni Commons featuring teach-ins, performers, DJS, and vendors they are organizing for Sonzal Welfare Trust, Stand with Kashmir, Sabokahan, and Ilokano Farms. mirrored fatality weaponizes COCOON WEBS as a sonic metamorphosis container to a world numbing us with toxic forces. COCOON WEBS is a ferocious affirmation of chaos to harness our ancestral power, primal spirit, collective fury, and interconnectedness to our multiverse. BLOOM, UTOPIA, INVALIDATION, and EARTHBODY(S) are restorative anthems to sustain us through the revolution. they will be sharing a live performance of INVALIDATION, UTOPIA, and EARTHBODY(S). 

We will be hosting their COCOON WEBS installation which will run until end of Dec. Mirrored fatality's upcycled warrior ware, CDs, cassettes, and visual art will be available for purchase with proceeds going directly to Sonzal Welfare Trust, Stand with Kashmir, Sabokahan, and Ilokano Farms. 


mirrored fatality is queer nonbinary Kapampangan Pilipinx and Pakistani Muslim performance art duo Mango and Samar, sharing their rituals, altars, and medicine through DIT (Do It Together) experimental and healing noise punk. mirrored fatality creates their self-proclaimed “cocoon webs'' combining performance art, music, spoken word, film, photography, painting, drawing, upcycled garments, anti-imperialist education, and healing justice practice spaces to mobilize a warrior community responding to transnational calls-to-action for mutual aid, land sovereignty, and prison abolition. mirrored fatality’s intentions for their art is for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to embody their rage and holistic healing to disrupt the isolation from existing in a white supremacist capitalistic apocalyptic world towards collective liberation.

Their self-released/recorded/produced EP COCOON WEBS is featured on Decolonize Punk, Rolling Stone India, United Asia, Abolition Is, and OutWrite News Magazine. As farmers and artists, they have completed residencies with Philadelphia Community Farm, Postcrypt Gallery, EFA Project Space, Dead Bedland, Earthlodge Center for Transformation, Star Route Farm, and Isis Oasis Sanctuary. They recenter completed their Summer 2021 tour in Lenape Land (New York) to fundraise for grassroots organizations: Sabokahan, Liyang Network, Stand with Kashmir, Sweet Freedom Farm, People’s Cauldron, Star Route Farm NY, and Panther Solidarity Organization Ridgewood. 

12/5 NOSEI + MIZU MART 11-3 pm @ Soba Ichi
12/10 GENERAIDERZ Issue 2 Launch Party 4-6 PM (Location TBD)
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