Record Store Day 2013 is tomorrow (pick up vinyl from locals Ty Segall, Golden Void, Moon Duo and more)
April 19, 2013
Lovers of vinyl will go to bed tonight with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads, as Record Store Day – the high holiday for audiophiles around the world – returns tomorrow, and more than 25 Bay Area independent record shops are participating in the madness. This year’s event (the seventh official RSD) features not only its usual array of special releases from high profile musicians, but a handful of local acts are jumping into the fray, dropping limited edition wax that will no doubt delight many scenesters from the Bay and beyond.
Included on that list of local denizens participating in RSD is SF’s reigning prince of indie rock, Ty Segall. Ty is back with his umpteenth release in recent years, a 7-inch entitled Ty Rex 2, which, like his 2011 effort Ty Rex, features covers of a handful of classic T. Rex tracks, “Cat Black (Wizard Hat)” and “The Motivator”. Listen to “The Motivator” below (via Soundcloud), and if you’re not familiar with the 1971 original, go here.
Other Bay Area acts joining in the RSD fun are The Bay Bridged favorite Golden Void, which is premiering two new tracks on their 7-inch release Rise to the Out of Reach b/w Smiling Raven, Moon Duo (with Circles Remixed), and Sonny & the Sunsets (with Imagine).
Check out the full list of special releases on RSD’s website, and figure out which local record shop will get your hard-earned money here. See you out there, and try not to trample anybody as you race to grab your favorite band’s limited edition vinyl.
September 7, 2012
Do you miss the 90s? Did you once yearn to grow up to be, be a Debaser?
Well then have I got the dance party for you. Debaser has already made quite the name for itself as a “90′s alternative dance party” that happens the second Saturday of every month at The Knockout (so what if it’s named after a song that came out in 1989—god, do you always have to be so literal???).
The next one, going down tomorrow night (9/8/12), is going to be extra cool. It’s Debaser’s “History of Indie Rock—1995 Edition.” According to the event’s Facebook page: “DJs Emdee and Yule Be Sorry bring you a night of hits from a time when “alternative” meant, not mainstream. It’s like the world’s best episode of 120 Minutes, or your favorite college rock radio station circa 1995.”
For the most authentic experience, I suggest you wear your best flannel – not only because I totally know you never parted with it while you’ve eagerly awaited the inevitable 90s resurgence, but also because then they’ll let you in free if you get there before 11:00pm.
Here’s Debaser’s “Boyz N The Hood-Themed Mix” to preemptively get you in a 90s state of mind:
September 20, 2011
N X T L V L will take over 222 Hyde this Wednesday, featuring resident DJs plus special guest Eric Boss (10:00pm – 2:00am, $5, 21+):
N X T L V L night is the brainchild of DJs HOTTHOBO and DANNY GLOVERRR who were looking to start a night that plays the latest forward-thinking bass-heavy party jams that lie on the outskirts of any strictly genre-specific night. Joined by resident DJs and monthly guests, the sonic time machine into the future is now accepting reservations.
Thao Nguyen scores ‘American Teacher,’ a documentary about the national education crisis through the eyes of the teachers
September 7, 2011
Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, our film, American Teacher, tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system â€” the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country. Through an interactive and evolving website and a feature-length documentary that brings together educational experts, student interviews, and a year of documenting the day-to-day lives and sacrifices of public school teachers, THE TEACHER SALARY PROJECT will bring an awareness to the real and imminent crisis in our educational system â€” how little we value our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers, and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn and their potential for future success.
It’s also worth noting that the documentary is narrated by Matt Damon, who has proven to be a strong advocate for education reform.
A series of American Teacher screenings will bring the film to the Roxie Theater from October 7th to October 13th. Until then, get a glimpse of the film and Thao’s score via the official American Teacher trailer:
August 25, 2011
Music and crafts will meet the streets of Berkeley this Sunday, August 28th, in the form of LastSundaysFest. The festival will take place on Telegraph Ave. from Dwight to Bancroft, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Foxtails Brigade will headline the event, following a nice variety of indie, jazz and chamber music:
Foxtails Brigade 5:00 pm
UC Jazz Ensemble 1:00 pm
Custard Pie (Led Zeppelin Tribute Band) 4:00 pm
Fever Charm 3:00 pm
Whiskerman 2:00 pm
Classical Revolution String Quartet 12:00 pm
In addition to the music, a variety of arts and crafts vendors will be selling their wares. LastSundaysFest is free and open to all ages.
August 5, 2011
Photo credit: PSFK
As the New York Times recently pointed out, San Francisco is on a roll (no pun intended) with bringing food and music together, i.e. “A Fine Tune to Match Your Entree.” Noise Pop’s Covers dinners and Turntable Kitchen‘s regular pairings are just two examples, and Slim’s is now stepping in to join the party.
Each Monday during the month of August, Slim’s will host a different Pop-Up Restaurant at the venue. Admission to the events is free – attendees simply pay for whatever food they would like to eat.
The first rendition (featuringÂ the Jetset Chef) has already passed, but two more sessions have been scheduled for the month of August (with two more on the way):
June 7, 2011
This Sunday at the Makeout Room, the SF Mixtape Society throws its sixth mixtape exchange party, with a unique contest this time around. In addition to winning prizes from SFMOMA, Photojojo, and Matador, Save KUSF has offered up a slot to a lucky winner to share their mix KUSF (for early submissions only and guest time slot is TBD, read details on SFMTS).
More fun: guest celebrity mixes will be available to purchase in support of SAVE KUSF. As usual, submissions can come as a cassette, CD or USB. All mix-makers are eligible for the prizes, and the exchange is done “secret Santa” style, from 4 to 6pm.
The theme for this installment is “Lemonade Stand,” suggested by one of SFMTS’ own, out of many summer-y theme suggestions, such as “School’s Out,” etc. Excited by the prospect of listening to a “Lemonade Stand”-themed mix on a hot San Francisco day, I can’t help but start postulating a potential playlist. Mine would definitely have to include this fun remix of who other, but Lemonade:
And also, a classic from The Sandwitches, in case we ever see some sunny weather:
May 25, 2011
The Clift Sessions have returned for 2011, so it’s time to break out your best Chucks and swank it up at theÂ Clift Hotel. For those not already familiar, the Clift Hotel and IAMSOUND Records team up for the Clift Sessions, wherein hot indie bands play special shows at the downtown San Francisco hotel.
Dedicated to creating a unique live music experience for both hotel guests and locals alike, Clift and IAMSOUND Records have partnered for a four-month summer series, hot on the heels of their fall/winter collaboration, which featured artists including Francis and the Lights, Theophilus London and Foolâ€™s Gold playing to sold-out crowds in the exclusive Redwood Room and recently revamped Velvet Room at Clift.
Here’s the schedule for summer 2011:
- June 2: Gayngs
- June 5: The Vaccines
- June 27: Mark Gardener (from Ride), in conjunction with the screening of Upside Down (documentary about Creation Records – director Danny O’Connor will be there as well)
- July 24: Cults
- August 19: Dirty Beaches (with special DJs)
The sessions will take place from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am at the Clift Hotel’s Velvet Room + Redwood Room. RSVP is required to attend any of the sessions. To do so, email firstname.lastname@example.org.