Rendered Expectations

Posted by admin on Apr 26th, 2012

Fort Funston, San Francisco, 2011.

This past Monday, my better half and I got the pleasure of seeing tUnE-yArDs with full band as well as local guitar wizard Ava Mendoza play along with the following Buster Keaton shorts: One Week (1920), The Haunted House (1921) and with Fatty Arbuckle Good Night, Nurse! (1918) and The Cook (1918). It was at the legendary Castro Theater for the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival Her music lent itself perfectly to the acrobatic and hilarious shorts.


The Rip Off Artist – What Kind of Blue ? – Off of the excellent blu Tribunl album, that take old blues numbers and adds an abstract electronic element.

Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay – Where is Sly ? He’s probably living in Golden Gate Park. What a great bass line intro, and probably one of my favorite Sly tunes.

The Black Keys – Everlasting Light – Off of their best album, Brothers. They always have one or two great racks on each album which is overplayed on some commercial for Target or insect repellent douche adhering body spray.

Alabama Shakes – You Ain’t Alone – An incredible live act, which doesn’t completely come across in their first LP release, Boys & Girls, but still has some great tunes that sound old, but new.

Morphine- In Spite of Me – I got to see Morphine a few times in Philly when I was getting my higher education, and Mark Sandman, the lead singer and sax player would play two saxes at once. They were a great live band, and I’m sure they will continue to get a following even after Sandman’s tragic death in 1999.

The National – Lemonworld – I’ve never been a fan of this band. All of the songs sound the same to me, but this track has a nice melancholy melody. The driving beat is contrary to the lyrics.

Escort – Cocaine Blues – After seeing the average movie, The Sitter which had a great old school rap soundtrack including The Pharcyde, this track by the Brooklyn based disco band stood out because you know, babysitting and NY makes you think of the powder, right ?

Patrick Watson – Lighthouse – Along with Rocco Deluca, a possible vocal successor to Jeff Buckley ? A new release off of Adventures In Your Own Backyard. The album has a Devotchka and Beirut vibe.

Beach House – Myth – From Baltimore, STD free, and still hazy and dream-like. I think all of their albums should come with a prescription to Xanax which wouldn’t be a bad thing for most people.


Music Festival curated by FoeWeel

Posted by admin on Jan 20th, 2010

Here’s my ultimate music festival and it would be either on a remote island, or at Golden Gate Park in August. There are old and new, alive and dead, and everything in between, so I can only dream. Oh yeah, there would only be 500 people because that way I am less likely to be standing next to the drunk girl that keeps talking, the guy with his shirt off pointing his index finger randomly in the air, or the couple that just ate some chocolates and laughs at everything slow and dark.

I am truly excited about Coachella on Sunday. I will actually get to experience a Plastikman show, see Sly & The Family Stone and Thom Yorke as well as Talvin Singh in one evening.

FRIDAY – The Replacements, Bjork, New Order, Glenn Gould, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Archers of Loaf, Sugar, The Afghan Whigs, Aphex Twin, At The Drive-In, Wighnomy Brothers, The Blood Brothers, Boris, The Books, Shawn Smith, Nick Drake, The Brand New Heavies, Adam Beyer, Burial, Cat Power, Peter Gabriel, Charles Mingus, Everything But The Girl, False, Fennesz, The Go-Betweens, Grant Lee Buffalo, Matthew Herbert, Iron & Wine, Jah Wobble, LCD Soundsystem, Ornette Coleman, The Outfield, Pan Sonic, Tool, Peaches, Pinback, The The, Thelonious Monk, Tune-Yards, Venetian Snares

SATURDAY – Radiohead, The Beastie Boys, Outkast, Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley, Boards of Canada, Lamb, Matias Aguayo, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Liars, The Avalanches, Joseph Arthur, Basehead, Ben Sims, TV On The Radio, Big Audio Dynamite, Bon Iver, Buffalo Tom, Talk Talk, Built to Spill, Chris deLuca & Peabird, Noze, Richard Devine, Neutral Milk Hotel, Speedy J, Ricardo Villalobos, Crowded House, Danger Doom, Madvillian, Battles, Deadbeat, Red House Painters, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Dirty Projectors, dj /rupture, Fever Ray, Fink, Flight of the Conchords, Spiritualized, Kangding Ray, aus, Skyphone, Mikkel Metal, Mochipet, Kode9 & Spaceape, Ride, Stewart Walker, The Stranglers, World Party

SUNDAY – The Stone Roses, Plastikman/Richie Hawtin, Sigur Ros, Akufen, Ani DiFranco, Bill Hicks, Beans, A Tribe Called Quest, The Goats, Seam, Aretha Franklin, Soul Coughing, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Murcof, Joe Jackson, Autechre, Spank Rock, Beirut, American Music Club, Sonic Youth, Caribou, Modeselektor, Catherine Wheel, M.I.A., Fiona Apple, Monolake, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Squeeze, Girl Talk, Jamie Lidell, Jose Gonzalez, Morphine, The Antlers, The XX, Pole, Prefuse 73, Quicksand, The Wonderstuff, Xymox


Here are some of the performers for that Sunday at Coachella:

Sly & The Family Stone – Que Sera Sera – From the incredible 1973 release Fresh, a cover that exceeds the original as well as the soundtrack to the ending of Heathers.

Plastikman – Ethnik (Paco Osuna Remix) – Off of the Plus 8 100 Remixes release. This is the moniker that started the devastation and the following that continues to evolve and can only be experienced in a live setting.

Talvin Singh – Piya Milan (Radio Edit) – A producer and master tabla player who makes some of the most challenging yet accessible music.

Thom Yorke – Hearing Damage – A new track that clearly steals, or was heavily influenced by the Modeselektor buzzy bass line.

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The Right Nostril Is Connected To The Left Earlobe

Posted by admin on Nov 4th, 2007

Santa Worm by Mark Ryden

Beirut – Guyamas Sonora (Circus) – i call it the new indie circus music. take an organ, some horns, a xylophone and maybe a theremin. there is the arcade fire, devotchka, beirut, sufjan stevens and a few others in this circle of creativity brought about by truly old school instruments and great songwriting. zach condon, the mastermind behind beirut uses a flugelhorn extensively throughout this album.

Parson – Throw Some D’s (Dubstep/Hip Hop) – from the cutting edge Planet Mu’s 2OO release which marks the 200th release compilation. this tune is heavy and gurgles at the very notion that you know how bass is supposed to move.

Kiln – Bluerain (Abstract Colors) – from Kevin Hayes, Kirk Marrison And Clark Rehberg III. the michigan threesome make some of the most beautiful music i have ever heard. if you can’t see the colors, then you be dead.

Sly & The Family Stone – Poet (Funk) – from the reissued ‘there’s a riot goin’ on’, the funkmaster himself. the original prince.

Dino Saluzzi – Imagines… (Jazz) – a master of the bandoneon. saluzzi with a drummer on some pieces creates an incredible collection of music for your body and mind to absorb. it connects on a different level with the subtlety of a piano player using an unconventional instrument to western ears.

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