Kerrraaang! came the sound from behind my wall, in my older brother's bedroom. It was his first weekend home from college and he'd returned to our small Indiana town with new toys: a CD player and a copy of Nirvana's Nevermind.
The noise, which started when Kurt Cobain st ... More >>
Those of you with good memories will recall that back in 2010, a number of local artists like Mark Matos and the Blank Tapes released a very diverse and unusual whole-album cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico, and then performed it all live at what was then Coda Jazz Supper Club. Well, guess wh ... More >>
If you've walked along upper Haight recently, you'll have no doubt noticed the series of tributes to much loved musical heroes who are no longer with us, lovingly arranged around single trees. Amy Winehouse recently joined Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on that run. But tributes to musicians -- both ... More >>
Like so many Jonathan Richman devotees, we first fell for the lanky singer-songwriter after hearing the Modern Lovers' homage to the Velvet Underground, "Roadrunner." From the nasally, gleeful count-off to the plaintive "Come on you girls of modern rock 'n' roll!" (What? What do you need? We're righ ... More >>
Rob Sheffield's book, Love Is a Mix Tape, meticulously details the many categories of the medium: The Party Tape; The Walking Tape; You Broke My Heart and Made Me Cry and Here Are Twenty or Thirty Songs About It. But there's not a thing in it about Valentine's Day mix tapes. You know, those ... More >>
Listen to this while high: John Cale's Extra Playful EPBehind the buzz: Seeing John Cale's first new release in over a half decade casually racked at Amoeba Music last weekend was a pleasant shock, and the title itself imparts a nice little thrill of suspense at what the fabulously playful art ... More >>
We could make a lucrative IPO with all the hype Lou Reed has expelled about his upcoming album with Bay Area metal stalwarts Metallica. But if the one sample of Lulu that's leaked so far is any indication, the Reed self-praise machine might just be blowing a bubble the size of Bakersfield.
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"Maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever," is how former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed described his upcoming collaboration album with Metallica. Rolling Stone's David Fricke had kind words for it, too.
We, however, are skeptical. And so is, uh, Hitler. In this hilarious video, som ... More >>
Earlier this fall, more than 40 local musicians got together -- along with Liz Phair and Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins -- to perform the Velvet Underground's seminal debut album at Coda Jazz Supper Club. This project was the first from a new coalition of Mission music regulars, artists, and p ... More >>
Wild Flag at Bottom of the Hill last nightWild FlagGrass WidowRoyal BathsNovember 18, 2010@ Bottom of the HillBetter than: Performing in a toilet.Carrie Brownstein, you are way too fucking modest. "We're just up here learning how to be a band," she said, near the end of Wild Flag's fifth sho ... More >>
Stephan Jenkins performing "European Son" with members of Os Beaches and the Blank TapesStephan Jenkins, frontman of Third Eye Blind, is tall. This I realized last night, as I was standing next to the man inside Coda Jazz Supper Club on Mission Street, stumbling for words to introduce him to ... More >>
Think you know the players of the Bay Area music scene? Well, you can test your chops next Tuesday at Coda Jazz Music Supper Club, when a positively ridiculous number of them join forces to pay tribute to the 1967 classic The Velvet Underground and Nico. In album order, each song will be gang-int ... More >>
Surface of the Moon (Duo)A little bit of news about a little side project: San Francisco's Wooden Shjips announced the arrival of a new Velvet Underground-ish offshoot. Moon Duo keeps the three D's (drone, distortion, dissonance) going but adds a little more melody in the two excerpts offered on the ... More >>
Local rock historian Richie Unterberger doesn't do things half-assed. When he dives into a subject for a new book, he comes up for air with an extensive tome on the topic (see The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film, which spends 400 pages parsing the band's catalog of never distributed material). He ... More >>
Here we go again: Friday rolls around and you've been broke since Monday. Whether you're just a cheapskate or seriously pinching the pennies, there's there's plenty to keep you entertained this weekend for less than a ten-spot. Below, a couple select picks. 1. Amoeba Music Factory Party @ 1343 Powel ... More >>
Dean & Britta's "13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests"Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009Palace of Fine ArtsBetter than: Watching Warhol's Screen Tests in a cold, silent art museum.It was a perfect pairing, really. Pop music's beautiful, Velvet Underground-indebted couple pays tribute to ... More >>