Last week in Charlotte, Bill Clinton stepped to a podium in front of his party's delegation and delivered a speech. Maybe you saw it? What I remember are words -- lots of words. Some of them wrapped around statistics, others glaring back at me like bumper stickers on chrome. Clinton's words flowed f ... More >>
Is background music necessary? Ever? My favorite sound in the world is the white noise the city makes outside my open window. I hear distant traffic; the arrivals and departures of streetcars; all manner of beeps; the occasional (and always alluring) clacking of high heels; the ascendent smoke ring ... More >>
It's a weekday afternoon, and Del the Funky Homosapien's mom has just left his house. She was passing through to pick up an iPod the rapper had bought for her -- but left empty-handed, as she wasn't confident about being able to use Apple's dinky little music player. "She's gonna come back in a coup ... More >>
Over the weekend, NPR intern Emily White raised a stink -- and a very forceful retort from musician David Lowery -- by saying she'd purchased almost no music in her life, even though she considered herself a huge music fan. She meant to illustrate her doubt that young people will ever be convinced t ... More >>
Well this is scary. A 34-year-old man awoke on the pavement in the Outer Sunset District last night with some pain to his abdomen and his wallet missing. According to police, the victim was walking home at 9:31 p.m. when he was tased while at the intersection of the Great Highway and Noriega.
M83 at Mezzanine last night. M83 Active Child Nov. 10, 2011 Mezzanine Better than: Lil B freestyling over an M83 song (Google it). Walking up to Mezzanine last night, I saw people buying scalped tickets at three times the face value without hesitation. The excitement leading up to this show ... More >>
ChrisSinjo via FlickrJust give him your iPodWhat better reason to comply with the demands of a dude with a sharp object in his hand: Because he might stab you!.Police say a 54-year-old inebriated man was walking on the 900 block of Howard Street after a night out on the town Saturday when an unkn ... More >>
In case you missed it, Bjork just became the first artist ever to release an album as a series of apps. Depending on your perspective, you're either breathless with the futuristic, multi-media innovation of it all, or -- if you're like me -- it kind of makes you want to stick your head in a bucke ... More >>
And stay dead! (Photo via.) In its July issue, Wired magazine takes note of a disturbing trend: The apparent unwillingness among young, music-loving cool types to let the cassette tape die a complete and much-deserved death. Noting that 2010 saw both the last new car ship with a tape player ... More >>
Note: Nelly Furtado not required to maintain respectabilityiPod gigs don't grow on trees, as much as we've tried to plant lesser MP3 devices in the ground (in hopes of a bountiful Apple product harvest). And until somebody makes an infinite-RAM MP3 player, or we're capable of streaming music from ... More >>
We'll miss that narrow, noisy slot.Word broke recently that audio cassette players in cars are no more. The format, which reached its peak in the '80s, made its final appearance in 2010 Lexus models. Considering that CDs themselves are increasingly viewed as obsolete, this news regarding tape dec ... More >>
Future-minded Gawker affiliate io9 has compiled a lil' infographic, all the more pregnant in its brevity, about how the world changed between 2000 and 2010. Our population grew by nearly a billion people in just ten years? Spine-tingly-dingling.
Five different robberies via pepper spray have been reported to police over a two-day period. That, to put it bluntly, is a lot of robbing and pepper-spraying. The first recent "robbery w/Caustic Chemical" to crop up on the San Francisco Police Department's radar took place Wednesday in the 200 b ... More >>
Stop thief! All's fair in love and war -- but stealing a fish is a judgment call. A distraught woman wandered into the Ingleside Police Station on Sunday reporting her ex-boyfriend had somehow entered her home. Missing were an iPod, money, jewelery -- and a fish.
They actually reproduce music the way it's meant to sound!There are several fascinating, sound- and music-related issues discussed in sound designer Julian Treasure's recent TED talk: the reality that musicians' brains are bigger than non-musicians' brains, the cost of compressing music, the trul ... More >>
Even if we don't know what will actually happen at Apple's big music announcement next week, we know what we want to happen. The iTunes/iPod combination has long been the standard apparatus for music fans, but as much as we love it, there are things we hate about it, too -- and things we wish it ... More >>
For autistic children, the new iPad is an effective, portable device for teaching communication and social skills. Its also way cool.
Oh, your Lexus has iPod connectivity? Yawn. Our definition of a luxury automobile includes a turntable in the dashboard.[Burbia]Follow us @SFAllShookDown
In Store spotlights San Francisco's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores. Our city's unmistakable friskiness and cultural capital emanate from those dusty, creaky, hard-to-find, money-losing, insanely huge, hilariously small, and often-crowded (at lea ... More >>
Like many other people who failed junior high gym but got straight As in everything else, we were lucky enough to touch the future of the Internet earlier today at the Apple Event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. And much like junior high, we too heard the snickers when it turned out that the cov ... More >>
SF native The Genie spent three years in the subways of Montreal creating his "scratch guitar" style before bringing it back to SF to perfect it. Working with nothing but a couple of loop pedals, a guitar, and occasionally an iPod, Genie makes a hybrid of original music and covers. He produces l ... More >>
The Drunken Monkey Lounge @ Paradise Lounge The Drunken Monkey Lounge isn't so much a place as it is a state of mind. In fact, it's not even a place at all: D.M.L. was a weekly happening at Annie's Social Club before that venue's recent demise -- and it occupied every Tuesday at the Cat Club bef ... More >>
You're broke. But that makes no difference to your craving for new music. It's still there, your need to load up the old iPod with fresh tunes. So after selling all those 2008 one-hit wonders back to Amoeba (remember Black Kids?) you troll the Internet in search of a new album to peruse ... but you ... More >>
The book of the future will look like the book of the past
Week of Wednesday, July 6, 2005
This new experimental music series will help you understand what all the noise is about
It's not all surf and silicone in America's Finest City
Like killer bees and cheap labor, this year's music and fashion trends are charging up from the South (by Southwest)
The Macworld Expo was less about gizmos and more about what every nerd really wants -- lots of sex.
Things we were obsessing about on Dec. 29, 2004