Michael Beach Curates Father Yod/YaHoWha 13 Tribute

—April 28th, 2013

Introducing The Penetration Blues Band: A YaHoWha 13 Tribute

Jodi Wille, director of the new Source Family Documentary, asked Michael Beach to assemble a psychedelic supergroup to play the San Francisco premiere of the film on May 2, 2013.  The group features members of Colossal Yes, Comets On Fire, Sic Alps, Electric Jellyfish, Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound, and more.  More info here.


Spring 2013 Electric Jellyfish Dates Announced!

—April 28th, 2013


Michael Beach & Adam Camilleri Interviewed on PBS 107.6 with Ruby Soho

—September 6th, 2012

Michael Beach and Adam Camilleri talk with Ruby Soho about their current tours. Listen to their bits here (no music) and the whole show here (skip to 31:20). PBS 107.6 is a public radio station based in Melbourne, Australia.

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Listen to a previous interview from 2009 as well.

Electric Jellyfish 2012 Australian Tour Announced!

—August 17th, 2012

2012 Solo Australian Tour Announced!

—August 9th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the….

MICHAEL BEACH 2012 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Michael Beach makes his first visit back to Australia since April 2011, and first since releasing the now sold out Mountains + Valleys. Since then, Beach has toured Europe and the US in solo mode, in addition to a March/April US tour with Electric Jellyfish.  These shows will be some of the first to preview new material from Michael Beach’s forthcoming LP, Golden Theft, which was recently recorded with drummer Utrillo Kushner (Comets On Fire, Colossal Yes) and engineer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, Barn Owl). 

Electric Jellyfish dates TBA soon! 

AUGUST 30 – BALLARAT – Portico w/ Freya Hollick

SEPTEMBER 2 – SYDNEY – Hollywood Hotel

SEPTEMBER 6 – MELBOURNE – Old Bar w/ Lower Plenty, Matt Bailey

SEPTEMBER 8 – CASTLEMAINE – Bridge Hotel

SEPTEMBER 21 – HOBART – House Show w/ Transcription Of Organ Music

poster by tylerjamesford.com

San Francisco Chronicle Interview

—April 12th, 2012

SF Gate

Read Michael Beach’s interview with SF Gate by Tony DuShane. Show tonight as part of Minor Waltz’s ‘Singular’ Exhibition!

What’s the most important aspect to putting on a live show?

Trying to strike a balance between focus and surrender, and to be constantly present as the music progresses – without looking back.

Electric Jellyfish USA 2012 Tour Announced!

—February 24th, 2012

Interview in the SF Bay Guardian

—December 21st, 2011

Read the interview in this week’s SF Bay Guardian with Michael Beach, titled “The Reluctant Sololist.” By James H. Miller.

Electric Jellyfish and MB Solo at South By Southwest!

—December 11th, 2011

We are proud to announce that both Electric Jellyfish and Michael Beach solo have been invited to play SXSW next March.  Electric Jellyfish will tour the US from coast to coast, playing WFMU’s Saturday night show in Austin, while Michael Beach will play the SXSW showcase as a one night only show.  EJ tour dates to be announced soon! See the full SXSW lineup.

‘Mountains + Valleys’ SOLD OUT/Reissued by Tacu Tacu Records!

—December 11th, 2011

Spectacular Commodity’s limited edition cassette pressing of ‘Mountains + Valleys’ has officially SOLD OUT (see here for the few copies left in shops), but a limited run CD-R edition has been announced by Peru’s Tacu Tacu Records.  Most of those copies will be sold in South America, but a few copies will make their way overseas.  Contact the label for more information.

Here’s an in-depth review of the album from San Francisco’s Aquarius Records:

Latest from this SF by way of Australia (by way of SF again) singer/songwriter, and first with a newly formed band featuring members of Comets On Fire and the Castanets. The sound is all over the map, drifting from crunchy post punk, to woozy psychedelic drift, to countrified rust belt songsmithery, and several other stops in between.”

“Opener “Straight Spines” starts things off with a blast of low slung bass heavy post punk, definitely reminiscent of the Wipers, with a killer weird constantly shifting tempo, slowing down, then speeding right back up again, in a way the deftly makes that tempo shift an integral part of the song. Hooky and a little bit heavy, driving and catchy like crazy, and that tempo shift just kills us every time, so unexpected, but so cool.”

“Then there’s “There Is No Edge Of The World To Run To”, which sounds like some lost Uncle Tupelo outtake, Beach’s vocals rough and warmly ragged, over some simple twang and strum, darkly emotive and intense, and when the drums come in, the song becomes a cool sort of droney countrified slowcore. There’s also the drifty twangy shimmer of the title track, and the warm jangly balladic closer, “So Said The Bird”, which broods and soars, underpinned by whirring organs, the deep crooned vox wreathed in the dusty twang of the guitars, and a blurred reverby patina. Beach peppers the record with brief experimental interludes as well, which range from noisy psychedelic freakouts to woozy late night drones. Gorgeous stuff for sure.”