June 30, 2009 by Christian Cunningham · Leave a Comment »
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We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our Artist in Residence program, Claire Nereim. Claire is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Born in Chicago in 1981, she studied Visual Art at Oberlin College. In her work she explores the relationship between form, meaning, and the invention of memory. Her work has been featured in the Believer, Paper, and Print Magazine.
June 29, 2009 by Meghan Logue · 2 Comments »
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Photos by: Charlie Homo
White Cloud, Atole and Starfucker deserved a better slot than a Tuesday evening, and dished out a unique blend of feedback-heavy electro pop that felt better suited for a Friday. Â Local group White Cloud opened the night with a mellow – at least in comparison to Starfucker – set featuring rhythmic change-ups and occasional dissonance, whileÂ Atole delivered lots of dance-worthy synth rock punctuated with abstract vocals.
Live touches like beat-boxing, scratching and ubiquitous Alan Watts samples did good things for Starfucker’s performance, which also saw the the Portland quartet branching out into more intentional feedback than before. Â While their show was made up exclusively of released material, some creative guitar timing and a mischievous look lent the performance an enjoyable touch of suspense.
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June 29, 2009 by Michael Pistorio · 1 Comment »
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Scrapbook photos from DJ Bunnystyle
Facebook screamed with puns immediately following the news of Michael Jackson’s death — “His heart just couldn’t ‘Beat It,’” “‘Do You Remember the Time,’ when he was alive” — but people on the streets and in the bars Thursday night had many things to say about life and career of the King of Pop. It was a night to recollect our first memories of MJ and marvel at the creative peaks and absurd images that characterized his long career, with everything from the immortal Thriller video (and Bollywood and Phillipines’ prison variations) to the disastrous Pepsi commercial coming up in conversation.
Here’s a wide-ranging collection of thoughts from San Francisco bargoers on the night of Michael Jackson’s passing:
“It was 1982. I was in 2nd grade and Thriller was the record that I was listening to. I remember looking at him with his baby tiger and seeing his ligament in his arm and just thinking ‘wow, he’s skinny!’ But I still loved him. I danced to his album nonstop over and over again.” – Beth Schuenemann
“The first time MJ came into my life. I was seven years old. My older brother was ten. This was 89′. One day I was going through the couch cushions and found his Jackson 5 cassette and I stole it. For two weeks I listened to it nonstop. My brother cried everyday because he couldn’t find it. I think it broke a few weeks later.”Â – Marisa Lehnert
“My theory is that everyone from 18 to 40 has an MJ story. Mine goes back to when I was five years old. I wanted to be like the guys in his “Bad,” video, the one where they’re doing backflips at the end of the song, so I started trying the backflips. That was the first time I knocked the wind out of myself. I bawled my eyes out.” – DJ D.A.V.O aka David Richardson
June 29, 2009 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Congrats to SF’s Girls, whose debut full length album, er, Album, will be released September 22nd on True Panther Sounds in conjunction with the venerable Matador Records. The band’s debut 7″ was terrific, and their live shows equally compelling, and Matador is whetting my appetite with the description below:
Built on the powerful songwriting of Christopher Owens and the ethereal production of Chet â€œJRâ€ White, Girls recorded Album in a variety of bedrooms and rehearsal studios in their adopted hometown, San Francisco. The resulting 12 tracks are the perfect San Francisco summer record, evoking a narcotic, sunny afternoon in Dolores Park, yet promising the eventual hangover of summerâ€™s departure. Album is a redemptive song-cycle about the various characters and desires that color Christopher Owensâ€™s life. Described by the band as â€œhonest, loose, ethereal, obnoxious and perfect,â€ it is a sincere tribute to the majesty of great pop music and the healing power of rock and roll.
June 28, 2009 by Matthew Hickey · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under Columns, Musical Pairings, News
I’m frequently reminded of just how lucky I am to live in the Bay Area.Â There is an endless supply of excellent restaurants and easy, cheap access to delicious fresh produce at the countless farmer’s markets, grocers, and ethnic shops that fill every neighborhood in the city.Â Likewise, our music scene is full of history, diversity and is teeming with talent.Â Musical Pairings was conceived as a way to connect food with music, the way a sommelier would pair wine with a meal.Â Similarly, the “Local Pairings” portion of eating/SF began as a way to highlight some of eating/SF’s best local discoveries both culinary and musical, and when Christian offered us an opportunity to share these discoveries with the Bay Bridged, we were honored.Â So with this in mind, I’ll offer Musical Pairings for two fantastic Bay Area bands whose music brings to mind simple, clean ingredients reminiscent of low-key country living, Bay Area style: Cousin Chris and Birds & Batteries.
Cousin Chris (paired w/ white beans with chard)
San Francisco’s Cousin Chrisâ€™ stunning debut album, Moon Paper, is simultaneously evocative of Elliott Smith and early Modest Mouse records (or at least a stripped down version of MMâ€™s This Is a Long Drive), both of whom are cited as notable influences for Cousin Chris in addition to bands like Do Make Say Think, Leonard Cohen, and the Black Keys. Similar to the way Elliott Smith recorded many of his albums, Moon Paper is the product of the sole efforts of Chris Schreiber, who sings and plays all instruments on the album.Â We originally paired Moon Paper with Farina in the Mission.Â However, I think this rustic white beans and chard recipe would be an equally appropriate pairing as both the album and the recipe are rustic, warm and earthy.Â And Kasey notes that this recipe “is composed of few ingredients–but the right ingredients” and the same could be easily said of Cousin Chris’ Moon Paper.
June 26, 2009 by Ben Richardson · Leave a Comment »
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Enigmatic but electrifying, Alameda’s Totimoshi turned heads with 2006′s Ladron (Crucial Blast/Volcom). Having released 2008′s Milagrosa (Volcom), the trio teeter on the brink of something bigger, ready to take their idiosyncrasies to the top along with a catalogue full of grungy, jagged stoner rock. Co-conspirators in The Melvins and Helmet are important influences and tourmates, with Melvins producer Toshi Kasai (now of Big Business) presiding over the new record along with Helmet frontman Page Hamilton.
The tunes are an affecting mix of power and subtly, counterposing guitarist Antonio Aguilar’s skittering licks and declamatory vocals against the thrumming bass and booming drums of Meg Castellanos and Chris Fuggit. Employing both crackling fuzz and enveloping warmth, the band is equally adept at stomping riffs and sly interludes, always delivering an entertaining show, particularly during Aguilar’s energetic solos. Annie’s small confines will provide an intimate look at a promising band (with only one show scheduled this summer), so sidle up to the rock while you still can.
w/ Dusted Angel, Black Skies (NC), Hashishians
Annie’s Social Club
June 26, 2009 by Jake Butler · Leave a Comment »
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If you know of Sly & Robbie (and god help me if you don’t), without ever hearing Heavyweight Dub Champion, you’d probably assume that based on their name they’d be a perfect match to tour together.Â While it is true they are a perfect match, it isn’t immediately apparent when HDC drops the beat.Â They’re more of an odd couple – HDC playing OscarÂ their party-rockin’, loose and layered style and Sly & Robbie as Felix with their we’ve-been-playing-for-years-and-have-a-super-tight-sound, consummate professional and always classic riddim onslaught.
For their homecoming show, HDC featured the backbone of the group, Grant Chambers (aka Resurrector), working the console onstage, Totter Todd on a midi guitar, sax, in addition to tossing in a healthy dose of effects, Stero-Lion holding down the toasting and adding verses to a few tracks, and finally Jillian Ann not only providing beautiful vocals but the good looks as well.
Despite being a hometown affair, it took a couple songs for the crowd to warm up to Heavyweight’s warped, bent, filtered, and flipped-on-it’s-head flavor of dubstep/dub hop.Â The positive grooving of the crowd spread like the smoke from the numerous joints and/or blunts that lit up throughout the crowd.Â During the first song there were 15-20 people really getting down, but by the third song of their set they had damn near the whole building swaying and bobbing.Â In an awesomely awkward moment I noticed a 50+ year old couple who looked like they made the trip from Russian Hill grinding…yes grinding…and making out on the dancefloor.Â Most definitely awkward, but awesome seeing the music transcend ages both older and younger.