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"Pitchfork Review"

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/forkcast/page_2?id=40503#Sholi_New_Music_Sholi

"All That We Can See", the debut release from the promising Bay Area quartet Sholi, kicks off with moody, arpeggiated chords rippling downward while frenetic drums kick and sputter like the floor's giving way. It then pieces itself back together, only to slip apart once more. Tumult, peace, tumult, peace; so it goes for Sholi.

Words enter between breaths in the midst of the percussive maelstrom, eventually coaxing the drums to settle on a discernible beat. But stasis in this song never lasts for long. All soon dissolves into an initial moment of serenity pinioned by politely strummed acoustic guitar and traced by warm accordion. "Give me golden/ Give me holy," chants vocalist Payam Bavafa, as if counting off the final seconds of his life.

And, indeed, unease storms in again, culminating in a desperate tremolo outburst. Then, adrift one final time, accordion and strum guiding us gracefully toward quietude: "All that we can see/ Exists in memory." A bit like the Microphones at their existential best, it's a six-minute journey that rattles the spirit and the psyche.

-Matthew Solarski - pitchforkmedia.com


"Sholi Pick of the Week"

"Blonde Redhead met the Dirty Three, had a fight, then had a baby with King Crimson contributing ancillary sperm. The bundle of noise was named Sholi and was greeted with oohs and aahs from psych-heads, prog-maniacs, and cut-the-BS rock and rollers, all frozen in unison to take in the babe's darkly romantic and roomy wails... What meets your ear should be mathematically ethereal and strangely danceable the group hides its pop-imp self under a trench coat festooned with knives and chain saws, like that of the woman in the Far Side who told her date she was going to slip into something more comfortable." - San Francisco Bay Guardian


"Sholi Pick of the Week"

"Blonde Redhead met the Dirty Three, had a fight, then had a baby with King Crimson contributing ancillary sperm. The bundle of noise was named Sholi and was greeted with oohs and aahs from psych-heads, prog-maniacs, and cut-the-BS rock and rollers, all frozen in unison to take in the babe's darkly romantic and roomy wails... What meets your ear should be mathematically ethereal and strangely danceable the group hides its pop-imp self under a trench coat festooned with knives and chain saws, like that of the woman in the Far Side who told her date she was going to slip into something more comfortable." - San Francisco Bay Guardian


"The Gris Gris, Sholi, Wild Kindness Live Review"

“It may be a bit early to say for sure, but Saturday night's performances by The Gris Gris, Sholi and The Wild Kindness at Delta of Venus may be remembered as the night of the massive drummers…the lineup was flawless, a mellow balance of psychedelic sonic murk and well-wrought song craft…Sholi followed (The Wild Kindness) with a dense set that converted more than a few audience members unfamiliar with the band into fans. If I were the sort of person who could see music as color, the guitar, organ and bass onslaught that Payam Bavafa, Greg Hagel and Eric Ruud sent into the ether might have been just a shade darker than the beer glow quality of Polaroid Time-Zero cameras. The real focus of my attention, however, remained the mind-bending polyrhythmic and disjunctive drumming of the aforementioned Bafus. Rather than "keeping time," Bafus stretches it and folds it back into itself with the kind of eye-shaking intensity of a pre-fat Keith Moon.” - California Aggie


"The Gris Gris, Sholi, Wild Kindness Live Review"

“It may be a bit early to say for sure, but Saturday night's performances by The Gris Gris, Sholi and The Wild Kindness at Delta of Venus may be remembered as the night of the massive drummers…the lineup was flawless, a mellow balance of psychedelic sonic murk and well-wrought song craft…Sholi followed (The Wild Kindness) with a dense set that converted more than a few audience members unfamiliar with the band into fans. If I were the sort of person who could see music as color, the guitar, organ and bass onslaught that Payam Bavafa, Greg Hagel and Eric Ruud sent into the ether might have been just a shade darker than the beer glow quality of Polaroid Time-Zero cameras. The real focus of my attention, however, remained the mind-bending polyrhythmic and disjunctive drumming of the aforementioned Bafus. Rather than "keeping time," Bafus stretches it and folds it back into itself with the kind of eye-shaking intensity of a pre-fat Keith Moon.” - California Aggie


"Casiotone Singles, Including Spit 7" w/ Dead Science and Sholi"

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/39519/Casiotone_Escapes_Fire_Preps_Flock_of_Singles

Casiotone will still play a handful of dates, and the first is tomorrow, when he'll make an appearance at KDVS Recordings' (note: the only university-funded, volunteer-run, non-profit label in the country) seven inch debut celebration, as he, along with supporting acts Dead Science and Sholi, is featured on the label's first-ever piece of small vinyl (also due tomorrow).

The split's A-side holds Sholi's only official release, "All That We Can See", while the B-side, "Pinky Ring", offers a collaboration between Casiotone, the Dead Science, This Song Is a Mess But So Am I, Abortion Camp, members of the Home Recording Project, and one member of Business Lady.

The show, meanwhile, takes place at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill. Another KDVS party with the aforementioned lineup plus the Papercuts is slated to go down in Davis, California at the University of California Davis' Coffee House on November 8. The Dead Science will serve as a backing band for Casiotone on both dates.

As previously reported, Tomlab Records has released a newly mastered version (available on both CD and seven inch) of "Bobby Malone Moves Home" as the second single from Casiotone's March LP, Etiquette.

Also, on Halloween, Rococo Records released Casiotone's cover of Paul Simon's "Graceland" as a limited edition (500 copies) seven-inch single. Slated to land on the label in the near future is a Casiotone/Oscillating Innards collaborative single.

And one more quick reminder to wrap up the single madness: around Thanksgiving, Oedipus Records will unleash a Casiotone split seven-inch with folk trio Foot Foot. The former's contribution is coined "It's a Crime". Nearer to the year's end, the label will also drop a Casiotone picture disc, the second in a series by photographer and Xiu Xiu tour manager David Horvitz. On it, listeners will find reworked versions of "New Year's Kiss" and "Lesley Gore on the TAMI Show". Whew.

Remaining dates:

11-04 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (KDVS Recordings 7" Release Party) *
11-05 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory *#
11-06 San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brewing Co.
11-07 Santa Cruz, CA - Attic
11-08 Davis, CA - University of California Davis Coffee Shop
11-26 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

* with the Dead Science, Sholi
# with the Papercuts

KDVS split tracklist:

01 Sholi - "All That We Can See"
02 The Dead Science ft. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "Pinky Ring" - Pitchfork


"Casiotone Singles, Including Spit 7" w/ Dead Science and Sholi"

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/39519/Casiotone_Escapes_Fire_Preps_Flock_of_Singles

Casiotone will still play a handful of dates, and the first is tomorrow, when he'll make an appearance at KDVS Recordings' (note: the only university-funded, volunteer-run, non-profit label in the country) seven inch debut celebration, as he, along with supporting acts Dead Science and Sholi, is featured on the label's first-ever piece of small vinyl (also due tomorrow).

The split's A-side holds Sholi's only official release, "All That We Can See", while the B-side, "Pinky Ring", offers a collaboration between Casiotone, the Dead Science, This Song Is a Mess But So Am I, Abortion Camp, members of the Home Recording Project, and one member of Business Lady.

The show, meanwhile, takes place at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill. Another KDVS party with the aforementioned lineup plus the Papercuts is slated to go down in Davis, California at the University of California Davis' Coffee House on November 8. The Dead Science will serve as a backing band for Casiotone on both dates.

As previously reported, Tomlab Records has released a newly mastered version (available on both CD and seven inch) of "Bobby Malone Moves Home" as the second single from Casiotone's March LP, Etiquette.

Also, on Halloween, Rococo Records released Casiotone's cover of Paul Simon's "Graceland" as a limited edition (500 copies) seven-inch single. Slated to land on the label in the near future is a Casiotone/Oscillating Innards collaborative single.

And one more quick reminder to wrap up the single madness: around Thanksgiving, Oedipus Records will unleash a Casiotone split seven-inch with folk trio Foot Foot. The former's contribution is coined "It's a Crime". Nearer to the year's end, the label will also drop a Casiotone picture disc, the second in a series by photographer and Xiu Xiu tour manager David Horvitz. On it, listeners will find reworked versions of "New Year's Kiss" and "Lesley Gore on the TAMI Show". Whew.

Remaining dates:

11-04 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (KDVS Recordings 7" Release Party) *
11-05 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory *#
11-06 San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brewing Co.
11-07 Santa Cruz, CA - Attic
11-08 Davis, CA - University of California Davis Coffee Shop
11-26 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

* with the Dead Science, Sholi
# with the Papercuts

KDVS split tracklist:

01 Sholi - "All That We Can See"
02 The Dead Science ft. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "Pinky Ring" - Pitchfork


Discography

Sholi Self-Titled Full Length (early 2007, label TBD)

Sholi/Dead Science split 7" feat. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, KDVS Recordings; Nov. 2006

3-song EP (self-released); 2005

Singles include "All That We Can See" (KDVS002), chosen as "Cool as Folk" 90.3FM song of the year and earned them a spot on The Bay Bridged top 10 bands of 2006 list.

"Any Other God" from their 2005 EP has received attention from European bookers via SOMA FM internet radio and earned them offers of up to $1000 to play across the Atlantic.

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Bio

Sholi is a San Francisco Bay Area alternative/experimental band consisting of guitarist/singer Payam Bavafa, drummer Jonathon Bafus, bassist Eric Ruud, and multi-instrumentalist Greg Hagel, who contributes layers of rhodes piano, lo-fi organ, and various percussion. Payam and Jon originally formed the band in Davis, CA. The duo took to developing their unique brand of cerebral yet catchy indie-rock in the basements of the college town with the help of bassist Danny Milks (who formerly played with Bavafa in Maxwell�s Demon). Their sound spanned a wide range of territory, garnering comparisons to King Crimson for their intricate song structures and dense rhythm section, The Beatles for their impressionistic-pop and catchy melodies, and also Unwound for their visceral, wall-of-sound delivery and subtle political undertones. The current lineup, based in San Francisco, was solidified in October 2005 and has made leaps forward in 2006.

Sholi have been recording their debut LP with Greg Saunier of Deerhoof producing (see also Xiu Xiu, Danielson). They recently returned from an 8-day Pacific Northwest tour to release a split 7" with The Dead Science (feat. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) on KDVS Recordings.

Sholi have toured the west coast twice, have headlined and filled to capacity some of San Francisco�s finest venues (Bottom of the Hill, Caf� Du Nord), and maintain a strong following in the Bay Area and Central valley. They have played upwards of 50 shows in the last year, including some higher profile appearances (Plug Awards, Mission Creek Music Festival, Playing in Fog, KDVS, KALX, MESH Magazine Presents) with such bands as The Books, Xiu Xiu, The Advantage, The Gris Gris, Erase Errata, Scissors for Lefty, The Dead Science, Imaad Wasif (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), The Jealous Sound, and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

They will be touring the West Coast in March with The Dead Science and Parenthetical Girls.