Today, I opened Spotify for the first time since spring. Waiting in my inbox was a playlist thoughtfully compiled by one of my closest friends. She sent it to me in August. Now, almost 70 days have passed. In that time, we've spoken on the phone nearly every day and met up at least a couple dozen ti ... More >>
The news that Giants stalwart right-hander Matt Cain is the new beneficiary of a five-year, $112.5 million contract extension will, inevitably, be greeted by analysis of whether the team overpaid or not. There are three ways to answer that: "Yes"; "yes with explanation"; and "baseball salary numb ... More >>
When journalists write tongue-in-cheek, first-person stories in which they participate in some exotic activity, the tendency is to play up one's incredible incompetence at said activity. It's a cloying and cheap practice. So, let me assure you, I am really and truly awful at shaving. As a teen, I sl ... More >>
New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial crew that etched a soundtrack perfect for galaxy viewing into a "12-in ... More >>
Geno ValleLike peanut butter and jelly, and chips and salsa, it's fun putting complimentary elements together. Blood and Sunshine are no exception. Combing their backgrounds of shoegaze and electronica, the duo of Joseph Macrino (vocals, guitar, Omnichord) and James Brennan (vocals, synth, machi ... More >>
Altair Nouveau is a bit of a nomad and a vagabond. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, producer Brandon Mitchell only came down to stay in San Francisco for a small time before recently deciding to pick up and move on to New York. He's made his mark, however, playing tasteful, classic DJ sets thr ... More >>
Gorbachev Foundation prez Jim Garrison has something special in mind for San Francisco in September, an international palaver at the Fairmont Hotel. After that, a seat for himself in the U.S. Senate. And then, who knows? Chancellor of the world?