Take the Give

Posted by admin on Apr 3rd, 2013

L Bedford Station, Brooklyn 2013

There are times when moments of the present variety will be analyzed at a later time for it’s unique place in history. It can be good, bad, and at times both, considering the perspective of the particular person. I’ve been in the middle of the 1st, some say, failed modern gold rush of the late 90’s with the dot com tech boom/bust in San Francisco. And after that period, falling back on the world I tried to escape from, I was back in the mortgage world for that inevitable horrific destruction. I am now back on the colder coast, and in what I believe to be a wholly positive historical period which will be looked upon in the future as a moment where people will wish that they were here to experience it. An influential time that will have a ripple effect upon the people it will effect. What is it ? It has nothing to do with music, so I’ll share it at another time, and another place. Sorry. Here’s some music that will help you into Spring.

DOOM – Retarded Fren (Feat. Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood) – Until we get another Madvillian album, and with the spotty track record of Doom in recording, or in a live format, for sure, we get this gem from the two creative geniuses from Radiohead with the lazy slurry delivery of the masked man.

Atoms for Peace – Ingenue – Off of the second release from Thom Yorke’s solo venture, and this time with a band in tow, you get this moog-y water droplets in space tune. It’s probably one of the better songs from Thom in terms of melody in years.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Every Body – I used to volunteer at the after school tutoring program at 826 Valencia, and one of my friends pointed out Thao who was also volunteering there, which introduced first me to this special artist. Once she organized this incredible version of Jingle Bells with all of the kids providing percussion by banging on something. This track is off of her latest, and what I think to her greatest album, We The Common.

Bibio – À tout à l’heure – If the Instagram app could be turned into music, or if there was an artist that synced perfectly with the filters, it would be Stephen Wilkinson otherwise known as Bibio. It’s modern with that 70’s retro mustache feel. I guess some might say hipster with slurred speech and four clicks to the left of perfect vision.

Jamie Lidell – Blaming Something – Once again blending soul with credible beats. The entire album sounds like something I would have heard on pop radio in the 80’s, and I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but who else has these chops and the credibility with beats (see Warp Records). The Prince of electronic music……possibly.

Origamibiro – Sedimental Value (Aus Remix) – I need to do a post on some more abstract stuff like this track. It’s been awhile.  Aus is Yasuhiko Fukuzono, and this track is from ReCollected which is a collection of his remixes. Music for your pillows to lay on tonight.


May I Go To June

Posted by admin on May 6th, 2011

Oil Vinegar, San Francisco 2010

From the worldwide headquarters of a seemingly lost distraction into our psyche, we bring another edition of what we have encountered to move us, either physically or, for the most part exhaustively into said positive nether world.  May seems to be the month of events– tUnE-yArDs killed, destroyed, pillaged the village of the tenderLOIN here in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall proving once again that she is one of the best live acts for the malnourished youth of the future. TV on the Radio are scheduled to play an intimate show here on Monday which was delayed from last weekend after the death of their bassist Gerard Smith (RIP). Their new album, Nine Types of Light was dismissed by me after listening to it on my computer’s speakers, but after giving it another try on headphones, it was a different and thankfully, better listen. Although not as hella, hecka, POP-POP tight as their other releases. James Blake is bringing his ambien filled dubsteppy-ness to SF in a few weeks. The Dodos have a Tony the Tiger Grrreat new album No Color with their unique rhythm offerings will be among the redwoods at the Stern Grove festival where they will be opening for hipster dream girl Neko Case. It should be a sea of Texas shirts and Ray Ban wayfarers. Great. Also, down the line the Archers of Loaf will be here in September, if they don’t break up once again.

Timber Timbre is playing at the Swedish American Hall in SF on June 10th. His bluesy folk offerings should not be missed.


tUnE-yArDs – Powa – A slinky funked-up track that would fit nicely on her first album. Beyonce wish she could do this.

TV On The Radio – Will Do – The most melodic of offerings from their latest release. The most interesting rock band in music today.

Dodos – Hunting Season – Tribal rhythms, yearning. Call and response. All of their tracks have such interesting drum parts.

Beck – Feel Good Time - The original version from William Orbit, but made popular by Pink. Party song for the Scientologists.

Bibio – Light Sleep – I picture Welcome Back Kotter, and the everlasting WahWah pedal.

Timer Timbre – Under Your Spell – A beautiful and simple bluesy number from his 2007 release Medicinals.

Reflective Candidates: 2009 Best Albums

Posted by admin on Dec 23rd, 2009

As another year approaches it’s finale, I find it harder to reflect on such a length of time, or actually remember the time during the year that an event actually took place.  A week, or two may work for me, but months are getting tougher to remember without some type of visual aid.  Every year, even though I do enjoy lists, I tell myself that I will not do a year end list, especially this year when I barely could find 10 albums worth listing, but in the last few weeks I’ve found a few more candidates that have found itself burned onto CD’s and in my car.  This list is what I discovered in 2009, so the bulk of it was released this year, but some were released in 2008, or even earlier.

The shows that I attended this year, according to my computer’s calendar: Lykke Li, Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Doves, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Wighonomy Bros, Micachu, Tune-Yards (4times), Bon Iver, Flight of the Conchords, The Jesus Lizard, McCoy Tyner.

Have a great holiday season, and remember to share music, always !!! Also, our good friends at Red Choo Choo have extended their holiday coupon for our readers.  Please enter FOEWEEL at check out for a 10% off coupon until the end of the year.

2009 Best Albums (in no particular order)

Bibio-Ambivalence Avenue (Warp) Lover’s Carving

Fever Ray – Fever Ray (Mute)
If I Had A Heart

The XX – XX (Young Turks)
Basic Space

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote/Loyaute) Girlfriend

Matias Aguayo - Ay Ay Ay (Kompakt)

St. Vincent – Actor (4AD)
Save Me From What I Want

Beach House – Devotion (Carpark)
Heart Of Chambers

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (Domino)
No Intention

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

Summertime Clothes

Micahu & The Shapes – Jewellery (Rough Trade)

Tune-Yards – Bird Brains (4AD/Marriage)

Mix of the Year:
Richie Hawtin – Tsugi 100th Podcast (Big Outside Festival 2009 Live Mix)

Reissue of the Year:
Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Sony)
Cop Shoot Cop (Demo)

Compilation of the Year:
5: 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub)
Burial – Fostercare

Live Recording of the Year:
Jeff Buckley – Live @ King Theater, Seattle May 7th 1995 (Sony)
What Will You Say

Box Set, Old but New Release of the Year:
Ella Fitzgerald – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Hip-O Select)
Angel Eyes

I Wanna Laugh Red

Posted by admin on Jun 20th, 2009

Fox Theater, Oakland, 2009

One of my favorite films, which along with Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming helped to shape the power of dialogue in movies for me was Hal Hartley’s Trust…..One of the Onion’s AV Club Cult Canon.

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Brendan Monroe, an incredible artist living in the Bay Area.

Follow me on Twitter, and some of the interesting people I follow for insight, laughs, and the unknown: Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office), Richie Hawtin, (techno god), Kevin Smith (director), Mike Doughty (musician, Soul Coughing),  David Lynch (director), MC Hammer (trend setter), Michael Ian Black (The State), GeneX (SF socialite for real people),


Bibio – Lover’s Carvings – On Warp, from Ambivalence Avenue, an eclectic mix of electronic pop songs perfect for the summertime.

Charles Mingus – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – From Mingus Ah Um 50th Anniversary (Legacy Edition). One of the great jazz bassists, and composers.

Miike Snow – Animal – Take 2 internationally known, and Grammy winning producers and pair them up with a singer who has worked with Jeff Buckley’s old band mates, and you get pop with no bubbles, or is it fizz ? Their show at Popscene had the crowd moving, in what looked to me as if I were a chaperone at the high school prom, including all of the so-called 80’s, or John Hughes stereotypes. Here’s one of the standout tracks from their self titled debut.

Kevin Saunderson – World Of Deep (Jesse Rose Respect To Detroit Remix) – One of the godfathers of techno gets the respect from one of today’s thumpiest? producers. That’s rhythm with thump and no murkiness.

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