December 5, 2013
San Francisco’s Scary Little Friends, who blew me away with their stellar debut earlier this year, just dropped a video for their track “City at Night.” The video takes you on a fun little journey through, well, the City at night, where white kids from the suburbs are ordering burritos and “pretending they don’t give a damn.” It’s good to put faces to voices and instruments as well.
Scary Little Friends are celebrating their album release Friday at a Bottom of the Hill show, where I’m sure singer Chris Jones’ impressive pipes will be on full display. The “City at Night” video is below.
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
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
With MCII now popping up on numerous year-end lists — and with good reason, it’s terrific! — Mikal Cronin‘s Merge-released LP comes out today at noon as a Burger Records tape. But don’t just listen to the album — see him live THIS SATURDAY, December 7, at The Bay Brewed 2013, our annual rock and roll beer festival, with Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited local beer tasting from over a dozen local breweries. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
December 2, 2013
Fans of bluesy local acts like The Stone Foxes and The Soft White Sixties will want to check out newbies Fritz Montana, the latest band to enter the Bay Area’s raspy rock n’ roll game. Born mere months ago, and with band members based out of both San Francisco and San Jose, Fritz Montana are have just won a spot playing this year’s Not So Silent Night.
Vandella, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah, Fritz Montana
December 4, 2013
8:30pm, $5/Free with RSVP, 21+
December 2, 2013
From house parties to local venues, San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls have done their fair share of performance around the city. In their newest music video “Grace,” the band has opted for the San Francisco seaside.
The video begins with a brief interview with the band, in which they reminisce about the origins of “Grace” – which, apparently, has to do with a girl wanting to touch singer Pat McDonald’s mutton chops.
“Grace” carries a 60s soul and psychedelia feeling that has had a rendezvous with some country twang. The video includes three guest trumpet and saxophone players that come together wonderfully to reproduce the originality of the track.
Cool Ghouls, Santoros, The Spyrals, Unstrung, DJ Al Lover
Brick & Mortar
December 13, 2013
November 27, 2013
Last month, San Francisco ukulelist Kitten Grenade, (aka Katelyn Sullivan), released a video for the track “Grey,” the first single from her upcoming EP, which will come out on Breakup Records next year. Sullivan avoids the plague of boring ukulele folk singers by adding great layers to the arrangement that looped in my head over and over after I initially heard it. Kitten Grenade will be performing Wednesday Night at Bottom of the Hill.
This is one of the first (if not THE first) release for brand-new label for Breakup Records, which was founded by Alex Haager of Magic Fight. (Hint: Buy your tickets to see Magic Fight at The Bay Brewed if you haven’t already.) Currently, Breakup is working with Frozen Folk, clintongore, and others – be sure to look for more from Haager and team in the near future. For now, you can watch Kitten Grenade’s video for “Gray” below.
November 26, 2013
In case you couldn’t tell from the title, Shannon and the Clams have released a video for “Rat House,” directed by Shannon herself and shot and edited by the band’s Cody Blanchard. The song comes from the almost-eponymous Dreams in the Rat House, released in May to critical acclaim.
Check out the video below. If you have any interest in glitter, gorillas and/or g…chicken drumsticks (literally…chicken drumsticks), you’ll love it.