December 4, 2013
There’s a lot of discussion and debate these days about gentrification in the Mission. Which is good, because it’s an issue we should definitely be discussing and debating. But it’s even more important that we take action—i.e. do something—to make the Mission and all of San Francisco a livable city for all. If you agree, then you might want to come on out to El Rio on Sunday night, when Future Twin will be headlining a benefit for the San Francisco Community Land Trust.
The SFCLT, which counts Future Twin lead singer/guitarist Jean Jeanie as a board member, seeks to keep San Francisco affordable for everyone via an innovative model of land ownership. According to their website: “The San Francisco Community Land Trust is a membership-based organization whose mission to create permanently affordable, resident-controlled housing for low- to moderate-income people in San Francisco through community ownership of the land.”
The intersection of politics/activism and music is one that fascinates me, so I got in touch with Future Twin to see what was up with this benefit, how the band got involved in the cause, and what they think their concert can contribute. (All questions were answered collectively by the band, so I’ll just be crediting the band.)
Check out the interview below. And here’s the video for Future Twin’s “Landslide,” off their Situation EP:
Mike G.: How does your music intersect with the SFCLT’s mission?
Future Twin: We write songs about our lives, and since we live in a densely populated urban area, our lives include the efforts and struggle to find affordable housing. We write songs about shelter, about descending into the mire of human bitterness, about modern isolation, but also about cohesion, resilience, and prefigurative thinking. The band name itself is about prefigurative thinking… the act of manifesting the kind of society you want to live in or the kind of person you want to be.
The San Francisco Community Land Trust is an emerging model of how to stop displacement and create permanently affordable, resident-owned housing in densely populated urban centers, aka cities. The first modern urban or community land trust in America started in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1981. Its a fascinating model that includes dual ownership, perpetual affordability and responsibility.
For too long, we have been adversely affected by displacement, as individuals and residents, as noncom-modified (NONCOM) artists and community members. We recognize and openly acknowledge that displacement and the people or entities that perpetuate it, are committing an immoral and unjust act, that is still considered “legal” just like slavery was considered legal at some point, or hitting women if they disobeyed you. Like other unjust practices and the laws that enabled them, displacement is unjust. It is not right. It is archaic. We are committed to helping stop it. Now. Today. With a proven model that helps people de-commodify space and more equitably share resources as a start, and hopefully opening up more people’s eyes to paths towards a more aware and just lifestyle, and perhaps outlawing displacement once and for all.
December 4, 2013
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December 4, 2013
Taking place this Saturday, December 7, at Public Works, The Bay Brewed 2013 promises a full day of entertainment, including a slew of great San Francisco bands, as well as unlimited beer tasting from some amazing local breweries. We’re pleased to announce the set times for our performers. As you’ll see below, it’s a packed afternoon of terrific bands! Get your tickets now!
12:50pm: Magic Fight (Main Stage)
1:35pm: French Cassettes (Loft Stage)
2:20pm: Kelley Stoltz (Main Stage)
3:05pm: Golden Void (Loft Stage)
3:50pm: Shannon and the Clams (Main Stage)
4:50pm: Mikal Cronin (Main Stage)
Additionally, the North Beach Brass Band will be performing throughout the day and DJ Jamie Jams will be spinning between sets.
Advance tickets are moving quickly — grab yours now!
December 3, 2013
Brendan Canning has been a part of numerous projects in music for nearly 20 years and shows no signs of slowing. The Canadian guitarist is a key founding member of the sprawling Toronto rock band Broken Social Scene, as well as the recently-revitalized Cookie Duster, and plans to do the music for a video game involving director David Cronenberg.
None of these projects have slowed Canning down as he’s released his latest solo album earlier this year, You Gots 2 Chill. Canning has a live show that isn’t too be missed as he arrives at The Chapel on December 4. The Bay Bridged had the opportunity to speak with him about his new live show.
The Bay Bridged: How has the tour been going so far?
Brendan Canning: It’s been going good. We’re really finding our feet as a band, I’m touring with a 5-piece band and I really like the way we sound, people are coming out.
TBB: Are you playing any of the songs from the first solo album or are you sticking to the more recent tracks?
BC: I’m just doing the recent stuff and then some new songs on top of that. I did play “Antique Gold” the other night, but to be honest I just wanted to go out and tour this record and tour a different sound and write a few songs with this band because it’s more fun to go out and try new songs and see what the new band sounds like.
TBB: I’m sure that writing songs on your own versus writing them as a collaboration with other people is a much different process.
BC: Yeah, it’s different. I’m showing up with actual songs that have lyrics which I don’t really do that often. (Laughs). I kinda work a different way. I try to do everything but the vocals.
TBB: Do you feel like your method is more improvisational, like you play around with a riff and that evolves into a song?
BC: Yeah, I tend to do a lot of stuff just on the day, show up, try some different ideas, but other than pour over a song at home I feel like I’m just more into moods and melodies versus traditional songs.
TBB: When you were recording the album, aside from the guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit on “Bullied Days,” who else worked on the album?
BC: I worked with my friend Steve Singh on this record and there was a couple songs I did with Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene. We were just sitting there trying to make an interesting piece of music. Steve is actually on tour with me too.
TBB: Are there any particular songs that are a lot different live than how you originally conceived them?
BC: They’re all different, it sounds like the album was the rough sketch for what a band could be even though there are finished ideas on there. I like them both, I just didn’t want to go touring by myself. (Laughs). I figured that would be too lonely.
TBB: I read that you were going to be joined by a violinist at your upcoming show at The Chapel in San Francisco. [More...]
December 3, 2013
In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It’s December again, which means something of a slow down in the world of live music. Tours become more infrequent as bands avoid winter weather, and few albums are being released during a time when most critics are putting the finishing touches on their best-of lists. Likely to appear on more than a few of those lists is King Krule‘s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, the debut LP from British songwriter Archy Marshall, a 19-year-old with a distinct voice and a penchant for raw art-pop. Meanwhile, fresh off a great performance at the Treasure Island Music Festival, Holy Ghost! returns for a two-night stint at The Independent; the super-fun electronic-rock band’s New Year’s Eve show is understandably sold out.
Locally, we’re most excited about seeing Mikal Cronin lead a great lineup of locals at our rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed 2013, at Public Works on December 7. He’ll be joined by Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited beer tasting from 13 SF Brewers Guild breweries. While The Bay Brewed has become an annual tradition, a reunion show from The Herms is much less expected, but equally welcome. The band was an early Bay Bridged favorite, and a collection of their demos, Drop Out Vol. 1, was issued earlier this year by Castle Face Records. Another noteworthy local is Adam Widener, playing the Hemlock Tavern this month in support of Vesuvio Nights, which arrived in October on Speakertree Records.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
About the bands:
December 2, 2013
Somehow, some way, the calendar already flipped to December, which can mean only one thing. No, this has nothing to do with Santa Claus – it’s something even better. The Bay Brewed – San Francisco’s only indie rock beer fest – is this Saturday, December 7 at Public Works, with live performances from Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, Magic Fight, and the North Beach Brass Band, accompanied by unlimited beer tastings from a group of 13 SF-based brewers put together by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and food from Doc’s of the Bay and BOB CHA.
Now, we are happy to announce the addition of one more element into the fray: DJ Jamie Jams will be spinning a mix of garage-inspired early 2000s jams throughout the day at Public Works. Jams has a few different regular gigs around the City, including Debaser (’90s alternative dance party at The Knockout), Shine On (shoegaze/post-punk DJs and live bands also at The Knockout), and Last Nite (early 2000s indie dance party at Elbo Room), so be sure to check out his set at The Bay Brewed to get a taste of what this SF disc jockey is all about.
Get your tickets for The Bay Brewed at the Eventbrite ticketing page, and we’ll see you this Saturday for an afternoon of great music, beer, and food at Public Works. And to whet your palette, be sure to check out our Q&As with Brewed performers Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight, and learn more about the participating brewers (Part 1 and Part 2).
December 2, 2013
Plenty of great shows are happening this week, but we’re most excited about The Bay Brewed 2013, our annual rock and roll beer festival, which is taking place on Saturday, December 7 at Public Works. With performances by Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, Magic Fight, and the North Beach Brass Band, and unlimited beer tasting from 13 SF Brewers Guild breweries, you won’t want to miss this one! Get your tickets now!
Enjoy this Spotify mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they’re all playing! For a full list of upcoming concerts in the SF Bay Area, check our Local Concert Calendar.
Monday, December 2
Waxahatchee, Swearin’, Joyride, Crabapple at Rickshaw Stop
Tuesday, December 3
Cate Le Bon, Kevin Morby, Karina Denike at Rickshaw Stop
The She’s, Dream Boys, Wiles at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Schoolboy Q, Antwon at The Chapel
Jail Weddings, The Dandy Lions, Bones of a Feather at Bottom of the Hill
Wednesday, December 4
Brendan Canning, Holly Miranda at The Chapel
Yonat & Her Muse, Running In The Fog, DJ CoolGreg at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Vandella, Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah, Fritz Montana at Milk Bar
November 28, 2013
You’ll want to get your tickets now for this awesome day of beer and music, with performances by Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited local beer tasting from 21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Company, Anchor Brewing, Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, Cerveceria de MateVeza, Headlands Brewing Company, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, Pacific Brewing Laboratory, Pine Street Brewery, Pizza Orgasmica & Brewery, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, ThirstyBear Brewing Company, and Triple Voodoo Brewing.
Since we first announced the details about the festival, we’ve ran a series of Bay Brewed artist Q&As with Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight! You can learn more about the brewers of The Bay Brewed in Part 1 and Part 2 of our brewer previews!
We’ve also announced a series of updates on the festivities! In addition to the six great bands performing on two stages, the North Beach Brass Band will be performing several sets throughout the festivities! And, as we explained recently, come hungry to The Bay Brewed, because Doc’s of the Bay and BOB CHA will be selling food all day long.