In 1989, Robyn Hitchcock, England's esteemed man-of-psych-pop, holed up at Hyde Street Studios here in town and laid down a record touched with greatness. This Thursday he holes up at Slim's to play it straight through.
Today, Hitchcock calls his spare, moody Eye "a skeletal predecessor of ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Sea Lions' Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask.Behind the buzz:
These D.I.Y. brats outta Oxnard with a nice line in spirited tunefulness impressive enough for the reliably tasteful people at Oakland's Slumberland Records ... More >>
John Vanderslice and Magik*Magik's Minna ChoiIt's a rare artist who, upon realizing all great art is
danger, seeks first to test the idea upon their own nerves.
This Friday night at the Herbst Theater, S.F. indie rock
powerhouse John Vanderslice will play his acclaimed new album White Wilde ... More >>
In a segment from a season 1 episode of "The Cosby Show," the sitcom's namesake delightfully illustrates how pop music can function as a generational wedge. "I thought it had come down the hallway," Bill Cosby says in reference to the deafening music playing on daughter Sondra's ... More >>
Moey's Music PartyFor me, seeing children's artists perform live is akin to watching footage of horrific sports injuries (like Shaun Livingston). I am tormented, yet equally transfixed. So behold "I Gotta Go Potty!" by Moey's Music Party. The song's video features a grown woman, Moey, wildly ... More >>
Ted BoisThe answer, my friend, is blowing in my hair
In the past ten years or so, there's been a proliferation of "bands" that are essentially one person, and whoever accompanies him or her on an album/tour. Perhaps it's a way for performers to "distance" themselves from being pigeonholed by a ... More >>
Listen to this while high: The Bridges EP by I Am the Dot.
Behind the buzz: I found this cassette release wedged in my mailbox some months after toking up to the artist's "We Have Not Arrived" MP3. Denver experimental soulster Zach Tipton's music has pleasantly brain mutative propensities alread ... More >>
Hear this while high: Pink Floyd's Meddle.
Why?: Pink Floyd is the canonical druggie rock band, and most beginning stoners need a little basic out-of-body orientation. That Floyd's early music is the platinum kush standard for progressive rock is doubted only by those farther along on this THC-s ... More >>
Listen to this while high: "We Have Not Arrived," by I Am the Dot, courtesy of Knox Road.Behind the buzz: The one-man band of Denver's Zach Tipton, I Am the Dot drops another tuneful noise-pop EP every few months. This song is off his latest, a four-track cassette and digital release of the ... More >>
The Sippy Cups @Dolores ParkJune 19, 2010 Better Than: Eating strawberry Pop Tarts while watching a Flaming Lips video
It was like many Saturday afternoons in Dolores Park, aka "Hipster Hill": City types
lounged in groups next to open containers and fixed-gear bikes. Laughing childr ... More >>
Last Night: Trashcan Sinatras and Mike Viola
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Better Than: The Cookie-Monster-on-Ativan noise at the DNA Lounge down the street.
As we rounded the corner of 11th Street, we saw a huge tour bus with lots of people lingering outside. Good, I thought ... More >>
What would it sound like if, instead of being shackled to a computer right now, you were sprawled out in a poppy field, your brain in a kite moving to a slight breeze above your body? Who really knows, right? But if I was gonna guess, I'd say Tulsa band The Lava Children come damn close to producing ... More >>