Castle Face, the label run by Thee Oh Sees frontman Jon Dwyer, has long been one of the world’s greatest curators of modern garage rock, in particular the San Francisco scene that exploded into the national consciousness in recent years. Live music is a key component of that scene, so Castle Face launched its Live In San Francisco series to document the raucous action happening on Bay Area stages. The fifth LP in the series (following Icky Boyfriends, OBN III’s, Fuzz, and White Fence) features arguably this generation’s greatest living garage rocker, Ty Segall, the man around whom so many of these bands seem to orbit. (Specifically it features the Ty Segall Band, the lineup of Segall, Mikal Cronin, Emily Rose Epstein, and Charles Moothar.) Although he’s based in Los Angeles now, Segall came of age in the San Francisco scene, and the performance documented on Live In San Francisco has the feel of an ebullient homecoming. If you’ve seen Segall in concert before, you know it’s going to be one of those life-affirming rock ‘n’ roll ragers that reminds you why this genre was so revolutionary in the first place. Stream the full album below.
Live In San Francisco is out 1/26 on Castle Face.