By Marke B.
Two recent releases, both based on the Bay by Bay favorites. The first, "Young San Francisco" by SF's Boy in Static , aka Alexander Chen and Kenji Ross, from their new album, Candy Cigarette  (Fake Four Inc & Circle Into Square) is way too cute -- check out their new "East Bay to Back Bay " XLR8R podcast mix for a great listen to some more new, slightly twee West Coast indie pop (loving "To the Sea" by Portland's Mint Julep ).
Boy in Static, "Young San Francisco"
The second recent track focusing on the Bay is by SF hip-hop stalwart Kero One , "Welcome to the Bay," off his sophomore disc, Early Believers (Plug Label). I really wanted to like this one more -- I've been a fan for a while, and Kero's def got the chops, working with everyone from Talib Kweli to Mark Farina -- but it seemed a tad too polished for me, despite the nice groove. Still, it's a breezy listen for a steamy day. From what I've heard of Early Believers it'll be a perfect summer BBQ collection.
Kero One, "Welcome to the Bay"
Something both of these songs have in common is a young Asian American perspective on the homebase. Kero's is especially poignant, talking about why his parents came here at a time when "words like 'chink' were teachable." Really feeling the latitude of historical perceptions coming forth in two distinct tunes.
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