Brill Building

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Remembering Hal David, Whose Pop Lyrics Portrayed a Very Different 1960s

    Mom and Dad are baby boomers. Though they're not just any kind of boomers. They are an underrepresented type, a minority voice within their generation. My parents never liked Bob Dylan and thought the White Album was too weird. So the 1960s that Mom and Dad passed down to me was different from the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Five Great Reissues from Last Year That You Haven't Heard Yet

    2010 continued 2009's heavy schedule of reissues, with release of spruced-up editions of Exile on Main St. and the Apple Records catalog being flogged as mainstream news items. Geezer rockers of course take this as definitive proof that today's music sucks. Premature post-postmods like Patton Oswal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Last Night: Trashcan Sinatras at Cafe du Nord

    Action Jackson​Trashcan Sinatras Thursday, July 30, 2009 Café Du Nord Better Than: Any other Scottish band on a wet weeknight in San Francisco The Trashcan Sinatras are one of pop's--and Scotland's--best-kept secrets. They've been around for two decades, winning fans via extensive college rad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>

  • Film

    March 12, 2008

    Sk8ter Boi

    Gus Van Sant returns to disaffected youth and shoestring budgets in Paranoid Park.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007
  • Music

    June 6, 2007
  • Music

    March 21, 2007

    Mary Weiss

    Dangerous Game (Norton Records)

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    Oh, Pioneers

    Behold - the forgotten history of the Beau Brummels, the true originators of the San Francisco sound of the '60s

  • Music Awards

    October 20, 2004
  • Music

    April 7, 2004

    Vienna Teng

    Warm Strangers

  • Music

    August 27, 2003

    Through the Cracks

    There are some benefits of big-city gentrification. Jesse Malin's brilliant new record is one of them.

  • Music

    June 4, 2003

    Pinup Energy

    Sweet and sexy, the New Pornographers make pop that sticks

  • Music

    March 21, 2001

    Margo Guryan

    Take a Picture (Oglio)

  • Music

    July 19, 2000

    Prophet Ear

    Ex-Green on Red mainstay Chuck Prophet continues his solo metamorphosis with The Hurting Business

  • Music

    May 12, 1999
  • Music

    December 9, 1998

    Selling His Soul

    The traveling salesman is the symbolic star of Vic Chesnutt's sixth and sexiest album

  • Music

    December 24, 1997

    Baby, It's Him

    How can Burt Bacharach make a comeback when he never went away?

  • Film

    June 25, 1997
  • Film

    September 11, 1996
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