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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some Thoughts Of A Certain Sound: Space Matters

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

It’s a matter of fact: Where an event happens is just as important as who is performing.

This weekend was one of the finest of the year as far as Bay Area electronic music is concerned, in large part because out-of-the-ordinary venues made for some extraordinary experiences.

It began Thursday, when Aaron Dilloway, a long-active noise and experimental musician performed in a cave on the western edge of the city. Dilloway’s performance was nasty, brutish, and short (about twenty-five minutes, to be precise) — and one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed.

Aaron Dilloway, 8/14/14 - JENNA GLASS
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  • Aaron Dilloway, 8/14/14

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Monday, August 18, 2014

DJ Weapon on Karaoke, Lightsabers, and More

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM


With music always in the forefront of his career choices, Bay Area DJ Weapon’s catalog includes audio engineering, music production, and even a “short stint as a struggling karaoke singer.” However, in the past few years, he decided to pick up DJing, a decision that he fatefully made when a friend was looking for a resident DJ for Infusion Lounge on Tuesdays. Thanks to his musical background and determination, it didn’t take long for him to grasp the concept, and just recently he celebrated three years as a resident DJ at Infusion Lounge. We spoke with DJ Weapon about his moniker, playing top 40 clubs, and where his DJ proceeds will go during the whole month of August. He plays every Tuesday at Infusion Lounge.

Is DJing your full-time job?
DJing is definitely a full time job. Last year I played about 200 shows. That's over every other day. But it is not my only job. I am a partner in a bar and restaurant group, Pour Guys Inc, which owns two bars in S.F.: Tempest and Louie's. That is my other full-time job. I'm also really good at Scrabble, and thinking of going pro!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Quotes of the Week: Farewell to Robin Williams, Killer Mike Stands Up For Ferguson and Too Many Kardashians on the Dancefloor

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

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"You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Whenever wherever u need me, I'll be there".
Frances Bean Cobain offers a shoulder to Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, after his shocking suicide. (Twitter)

"My prayers+sad heart are with Robin Williams' family tonight. Only met him once, but it was one of the most enjoyable moments of my life RIP... He gave so many of us so much joy. I hope he knew that deeply."
Pink (Twitter)

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Paul McCartney Closes Out Candlestick Park With His Usual Three-Hour Show

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

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Before all else, it must be remarked upon: Paul McCartney is in incredible shape. The former Beatle took the stage at Candlestick Park last night at 8:55 p.m. (nearly an hour after his supposed start time, but no one in the wine-drunk, median-40ish crowd was complaining). He didn't leave until 11:40, after ripping through nearly 40 songs, the vast majority of them from the Beatles canon. At a certain point in the second hour, during an interlude where he played several songs from his new album, NEW, I became acutely aware of how much my feet hurt and how underdressed I was for the famously unforgiving Candlestick fog. But save for a little sweat, 72-year-old McCartney showed no signs of slowing down.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

FKA Twigs Hypnotizes the Great American Music Hall, 8/13/14

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Great American Music Hall

I'm not one for predictions of fame, but any moron with an internet connection can tell you that FKA Twigs' star is swiftly on the ascendance, and a solitary moment during last night's show at the Great American Music Hall evinced why.

It was a moment, essentially, where she did nothing.

Partway through "Pendulum," the singer writhed her arm up into the air like a cobra, arched her back, threw her head up, seized her beady eyes on a distant point and... froze. The music stopped. The sold-out crowd roared. Pose stricken, flag planted.

FKA Twigs is the stage name of Tahliah Barnett, a supremely talented new artist from the U.K. with the imagery of Aaliyah, the wardrobe of TLC, the minimalist production of mid-aughts Björk, the frenetic arm flailing of Drake and the tense vibe of Portishead. Her voice remains solely its own, as does her utterly compelling songwriting. Barnett's debut album, LP1, was released two days ago. In the gigantic ocean that is music today, it has no close peer, and her show last night proved just as revelatory.

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5 Bands Named After Movie Characters

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, David Lynch and Duran Duran have collaborated on a movie together. The film will comprise of the '80s Brit legends performing live in Los Angeles, paired with images of Lynch's interpretations of the band's lyrics. If that sounds like a wonderful way to spend an evening, mark the date September 10th in your diaries because it's the only night it'll be shown in theaters. Maybe we shouldn't be so surprised by this cinematic event though — Duran Duran did, afterall, steal their name from a character in Jane Fonda classic, Barbarella. So, with that in mind, we'd like to present a list of other bands who stole their names from movie characters.   

1. Save Ferris

Back at the turn of the (Twentieth) Century, ska-punk blew the fuck up and saxophones seemed like a perfectly reasonable prospect for the first time since the 1980s. And while it was No Doubt that hit the big-time, we always thought fellow lady-fronted Orange County-ers, Save Ferris were much more of a good-time. The name of course came from the title character of Ferris Bueller's Day Off — and the misguided campaign to save his life after he skips school and everyone thinks he's dying. Is it a stupid name? Yes. But ska wasn't exactly lofty in its intellectual ambitions, so it's perfectly fine.  

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Outside Lands Video: Fog, Music, & More

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Check out our video from Outside Lands 2014!

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The Mars Volta Is Reborn As Antemasque

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

This is Mars Volta, from which Antemasque was eventually born.
  • This is Mars Volta, from which Antemasque was eventually born.

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August 12, 2014
Great American Music Hall

Better Than: Seeing The Mars Volta at 2 p.m. at some big dumb festival.

Antemasque is the third iteration of the ongoing creative collaboration between vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist/composer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. The first was At The Drive In, a thrilling non-starter of a next big thing whose epic neo-post-punk couldn't survive untenable creative differences. After their promising debut the band splintered into the half that wished to focus more (Sparta) and the half that felt they'd yet to adequately shoot the moon (The Mars Volta). The latter, headed by Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez with a rotating cast of drummers, keyboardists, bassists, Latin percussionists, and woodwinds-men, shared unprecedented vistas where the improbable roads of King Crimson, Tito Puente, Ennio Morricone, Eddie Palmieri, Metallica, and Fela Kuti met. Their everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach deterred some but attracted more and for the better part of a decade, the two were pigs in creative shit.

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Radio Slave, Anthony Naples, Mr. Scruff and more

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

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Deep Blue and Public Works presents Radio Slave and Maayan Nidam
Friday, August 15 — Public Works$15 presale — 9 p.m. -3:30 a.m.

Matthew Edwards, better known these days as Radio Slave, has been in the game for awhile now. In his early days, mid-1990s, his first major gig was as a resident at London’s Ministry of Sound Club; Radio Slave was born at the turn of the century from a Sunday club night in Brighton called Prescription (a Chez Damier reference). The name, Edwards explains, comes from listening to DJs like Joe Claussell work in pop songs into underground DJ sets: “A good record is a good record, and in the right context, playing a track the audience knows and loves can create a euphoric moment on the dancefloor.”

Accordingly, what sets Edwards apart is his ability to straddle the mainstream and the underground. Radio Slave’s first productions were remixes and edits of pop songs, designed to be worked into a techno/house DJ set. But his range is broad: listen to a later production like “RJ,” an example of dance music at its finest, a track where everything is in its right place — not a single element is superfluous and not a single element is missing. It’s simply techno as it should be.

Edwards also runs a record label, Rekids. When asked about the challenges of running a techno label in today’s market, his response is telling: “It’s no surprise that the biggest change [in dance music culture] has to be the internet. It’s transformed everything from the way we record shop to the DJs themselves, and has made mainstream dance music and even techno into a commodity that can be bought and sold.” He’s no Luddite, however. “People want more than the bubble gum that’s on offer, and this is where the internet can work wonders,” mentioning FKA Twigs as someone he’s happy to see breaking through and getting recognized. “This is where things get exciting and why being connected is a good thing … the fact that electronic music is growing all the time can only be a positive thing.”

He’ll be joined by Maayan Nidam, a newer producer who’s released several 12”s on Germany’s Perlon and New York’s Wolf + Lamb. Between the two of them, this is a world-class European DJ experience right here in San Francisco — don’t miss it.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Miles Davis Fusion Music Gets Second Look

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

  • photo courtesy of SFJAZZ Center
What is Jazz? What is "jazzy?" Those terms get tossed around a lot, but generally refer to African American music rooted in improvisation, blues, call-and-response, and swing. Beyond those basics, definitions run far and wide. Wynton Marsalis once said that jazz musicians are searching for the "freedom of ascendance." Many "jazz" festivals don't feature much jazz but borrow the term and its implied cultural capital anyway.

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