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.


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.

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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

Holidaze Nap

Posted by admin on Nov 23rd, 2009

Heimlich Sleeping Position taken from Evany Thomas’ Secret Language of Sleep book

The Books performing “The Classy Penguin” @ the 2007 Wall of Sound Festival in Ft. Worth, Texas at LaGrave Field (Sept. 22nd)


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Bon Iver & St. Vincent – Roslyn – From the mega tween hit Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, this is another slow burner featuring Annie Clark.

Animal Collective – Bleeding – This track is off of the Fall Be Kind EP, and it’s another trippy journey into AC’s outter world of pop and dreams.

Tune-Yards – Real Live Flesh - The re-release, remastered version of Bird Brains includes this new R&B track which is one of the highlights from her live show. I’ll post up the live version pretty soon.

Prefuse 73 – So Much Over Time - A spliced-up number from Meditation Upon Meditations (The Japanese Diaries), which will be released shortly. Tourettes-inspired beats?

Milinal – Burn In Sky Ya - From Russian producer Yakovlev Valentine, and off of Audiobulb. This ambient flavored album features a Brendan Monroe design for the album cover which is similar to the Awakening shirt at Red Choo Choo.

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