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Monday, September 29, 2014

Culture Clash San Francisco: Four Local DJ Crews to Compete at Red Bull Event

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

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In the spirit of classic DJ battles, the Red Bull Music Academy will host a Culture Clash DJ competition Wednesday at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, the latest in a list of more than half a dozen Red Bull events to take place here in recent years. The caffeinated beverage company has held similar culture clash events in London, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York since 2010, which have featured Major Lazer, Usher, Soul II Soul, and others.

TV and radio presenter Sway Calloway will emcee the upcoming event, in which veteran DJ crew Triple Threat, house crew Dirtybird, nu-cumbia collective Tormenta Tropical, and the dub and roots reggae team Dub Mission will go up against each other in what's designed to be a competitive but good-spirited music event. An event spokesperson says the four crews were chosen for their longstanding presence in the local music scene. Organizers are expecting roughly 1,000 people to attend.

Red Bull Music Academy's Culture Clash events are modeled after the Jamaican sound system competitions that date back to at least 1952, in which DJs try to out-do each other by playing popular and exclusive records through heavily amplified sound systems. Speakers would often be pointed directly at each other, and crowd response determined the winner. Heavy bass has always been important, and sound clashes have been called the musical equivalent of boxing: each new song played is like a jab in the ring.

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A Closer Look at BARF

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM


Matt Berry, 20, of Happy Diving, strums his guitar in front of a small crowd bobbing their heads in unison to the heavily fuzzed-out, yet still melodic guitar rock. His vocals are nearly engulfed by a decibel level leaked through the walls of Thee Parkside.

Outside, the Bay Area Record Fair (BARF) has attracted dozens of local labels and hundreds of fashionably dressed record collectors flipping through box after box of both new and used records.

Berry, the prolific, albeit easily distracted musician, is a bit of a one man record box himself. The box, filled with both serious and distinctly unserious projects alike, will get its first actual vinyl release with the upcoming Happy Diving LP this November through Father/Daughter records. But in an age where recording equipment is cheap and Bandcamp allows for just about anyone to release music, Berry’s almost ADD-like obsession with music has flourished.

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Thom Yorke Offers New Album on BitTorrent

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Radiohead frontman and Spotify-hater Thom Yorke has released his second album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, through file-sharing protocol BitTorrent.

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Chance To See Thievery Corporation for Free in Oakland

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

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D.C. based electronic group Thievery Corporation will be returning to the Bay Area on Oct. 2, and SF Weekly is giving away a pair of tickets to their show at the Fox Theater.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 Daily Schedule Announced

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

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Last month Hardly Strictly Bluegrass gave us the full line up of the bands and artists that would be playing this year's festival; now they've released their daily lineup — the performance times and what stage the band/artist will be performing on. Check it out:

Friday, October 3:

Star Stage
10:30am Poor Man's Whiskey
11:30am The Aquabats!
1:30pm Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
2:45pm Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
4:30pm Lucinda Williams

Banjo Stage
12:00pm Peter Rowan's Twang An' Groove
1:15pm The Waybacks
2:40pm John Prine
4:15pm Dry Branch Fire Squad
5:45pm Ryan Adams

Arrow Stage
12:00pm Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
1:15pm Buckwheat Zydeco
2:35pm Hurray For The Riff Raff
4:00pm Cibo Matto with Nels Cline
5:45pm Yo La Tengo

Rooster Stage
12:00pm Waxahatchee
1:00pm The Good Life
2:10pm Jonathan Wilson
3:20pm Sharon Van Etten
4:30pm Dawes
5:45pm Conor Oberst

Saturday, October 4:

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This Week: Brody Dalle Talks Booty, Rob Zombie Wants To Torture You and Trip-Hop Meets The Walking Dead

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

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"I think JLo and Iggy Azalea have lost their heads up each other's big butts... I'm trying to understand what the point of their horrendous video is but I can't find one... The song is a piece of crap that was written by waaay too many people including a well-known woman beater."
Brody Dalle is not a fan of "Booty". (Twitter)

"It was actually so simple, so I really enjoyed seeing how that's come together, after, it looked so polished from not even having to use much of anything."
Iggy Azalea on the video for "Booty". Apparently, more ass means less production. (Billboard)

"How are the lyrics "give him what he asks for" empowering to women? How? How is spreading your bottom apart and singing "give him what he asks for" empowering at all?"
Brody Dalle defending herself, after she was accused of slut-shaming for her "Booty"-based Twitter comments. (Facebook)

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Nick Monaco on the Power of Wearing Lipstick and his New Album "Mating Call"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM


From designing lipstick to producing a quirky new dance album titled Mating Call, young Bay Area producer/DJ Nick Monaco’s career choices have been as colorful as his musical palate. As a hip-hop aficionado in high school, Monaco concentrated on perfecting the art of turntablism, which eventually led to him to contribute to DJ Qbert’s Scratchlopedia Breaktannica. However, in 2011 he decided to submit a demo to Soul Clap records that truly set the direction of his career. Since then, he’s making his own brand of deep house and funky disco for labels Soul Clap, Dirtybird, and Wolf + Lamb. We chat with Monaco about his musical past, newest album, and designing a Freak Flag. He plays this Sunday, September 28, for the Pink Mammoth Boat Party with Crew Love and that night at Mighty for the afterparty.

Where did your eclectic tastes in music come from? What was the first song you heard that made you want to make music your career?
I think it partly came from my dad’s diverse record collection, it spanned from disco to folk. Also when I was a hip-hop head I used to dig a lot so that exposed me to all kinds of music and gave me a pretty unbiased ear. There wasn’t one record specifically but I remember hearing "Another One Bites The Dust," "Fly Like an Eagle," and Alan Parson’s Project “I Robot” when I was like 12 and knowing that I wanted to do music in some capacity.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tin Man, Acid House Producer, Discusses New Record, Classic Acid Cuts, and Live Knob-Twiddling

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Tin Man (a.k.a. Johannes Auvinen) — a Vienna-based, L.A.-born acid house producer — headlines Monarch alongside Basic Soul Unit for As You Like It on Friday, Sept. 26. I recently caught up with him to talk techno, gear, and what we might expect to hear during his liveset.

click image Tin Man headlines Monarch, Friday Sept. 26. - WENTZU CHANG
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  • Tin Man headlines Monarch, Friday Sept. 26.
CZ: First things first, I wanted to start off with a personal question; your name is Finnish (or so it looks to me), you are a Los Angeles native, but you reside in Vienna. Sounds like there's an interesting story there. How'd you end up in Vienna?

JA: My Dad is Finnish, my Mom is Canadian. I was born and raised in Northern California. We moved from the Bay Area to the Sacramento area because my Mom worked in hi-tech, Apple, Intel, HP. I went to L.A. for school and lived there for ten years. I moved to Vienna because my girlfriend was living there. I have American and Finnish passports so I am able to reside here or there.

Nice. A real international upbringing. Do you think of yourself as "American" or "European"? I ask because I wonder if this influences your approach to making music, especially given that electronic music in the USA was a very underground endeavor up until about six-seven years ago. Personally, growing up here in Norcal and listening to electronic music, I always felt a stronger kinship to European scenes where that music was much more readily accepted and available.

JA: Ha — Jeez, I felt like a little bit like a Euro kid in America; now I feel like an American kid in the eurozone. I'm not sure I can put a finger on what the difference is. I hope I can say that I am an individual, and not essentially connected to one or the other. Much of that separation can be silly: "Do you like chedder or swiss better?"

I know what you mean — it's kind of an unnecessary distinction. Moving on, what inspired you to make acid techno — can you remember the first time you heard an acid track?

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Bay Area Record Fair Aims to Unite Local Record Labels and Fans This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

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After moving to San Francisco from New York City, record label owner and publicist Jessi Frick noticed something that she had experienced more commonly among record label folks on the East Coast was not happening here: mingling.

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Marcel Dettmann, Andy Stott, Recondite, and More

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

As You Like It presents Marcel Dettmann and Matrixxman at Public Works, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. $15-$20; // As You Like It presents Tin Man and Basic Soul Unit at Monarch, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26. $10-$15;

Marcel Dettmann headlines Public Works Thursday, Sept. 25. - RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY
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  • Marcel Dettmann headlines Public Works Thursday, Sept. 25.
Normally, the feature slot in this column focuses on one party — but this isn't a normal weekend. For those keeping score, this weekend features more heavyweight talent in San Francisco than any other weekend of 2014 so far, and it's all kicking off with a double-header hosted by As You Like It.

The festivities begin on Thursday, when Marcel Dettmann headlines Public Works. For the uninitiated, Dettmann is the living, breathing avatar of German techno: A resident DJ at Berlin club Berghain, he's heavily involved with its record label Ostgut Ton, and produces his own brand of sharp and sleek minimal techno. His DJ sets are as good as it gets as far as techno is concerned, long-form and propulsive, composed of the finest underground techno but never employing minimalism for minimalism's sake. Joining him is Matrixxman, one of San Francisco's finest producers who has been making serious waves in the techno world recently with a number of excellent records and a European tour. Together, they make for what is probably the best Thursday night party lineup you'll see all year. Local DJs Mossmoss and Patrick Gil go back-to-back to open the night.

On Friday, As You Like It switches gears and hosts two of the world's finest deep-house producers at Monarch. Basic Soul Unit, based in Toronto, is one of the most understated producers around: He's never been in the spotlight but has released a steady stream of superb Detroit-flavored underground house music since his first record in 2003. He'll be performing live alongside Tin Man, an acid house magician whose soulful, emotional grooves sound like love letters written both by and to the Roland TB-303. Jason Kendig is joined by Bells & Whistles to open and close the night.

These two parties alone would make for a top-notch weekender, but they're just the tip of the iceberg. Read below for a mere snapshot of what else is going on.

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