About Derek Nielsen

C.R.E.A.M. (Coffee rules everything around me.)
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    Video Premiere: Trebuchet dress up for new single “Failing Up”

Video Premiere: Trebuchet dress up for new single “Failing Up”

You might say that 2020 has been a crazy year for Trebuchet.

Since the dawn of the new decade, the North Bay indie rockers have welcomed a newborn into the [...]

By |July 31, 2020|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Trebuchet dress up for new single “Failing Up”

Self Care come back to life with “Just a Ghost”

North Bay indie outfit Self Care has been delving into the more ethereal side of indie rock in the last few years. Their new album Just a Ghost drops today [...]

By |May 1, 2020|Comments Off on Self Care come back to life with “Just a Ghost”
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    Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

 
Michael Bingham, Spiritual Cramp
(photo: Derek Nielsen)

"My fondest memory of Slim's had less to do with my experience at the show and more to do with my partner's. In our many [...]

By |April 10, 2020|Comments Off on Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

Video: Decent Criminal, “Bleached”

Hey, what you doing right now? Yeah that's what I thought. Here, take 4 minutes out of your busy day of Zoom meetings, bread baking, and fluctuating existential dread [...]

By |April 10, 2020|Comments Off on Video: Decent Criminal, “Bleached”
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    Stories from Slim’s, Part 1: My last show at Slim’s ended in the tow yard

Stories from Slim’s, Part 1: My last show at Slim’s ended in the tow yard

(Source: Slim's Facebook)

So yeah, Slim's closed down. In a normal world, that would have been the most bummer thing to have happened last week. I use that term "normal world" [...]

By |April 7, 2020|Comments Off on Stories from Slim’s, Part 1: My last show at Slim’s ended in the tow yard

Album Premiere: Unconditional Arms, ‘Formation’

So I think it's safe to say we're all in a transition period, right? Both as individuals and as a society? Yeahhhh. That's why the timing for the release [...]

By |April 3, 2020|Comments Off on Album Premiere: Unconditional Arms, ‘Formation’

Video Premiere: Schlee, “Run Run Baby”

Look around you. Doesn't it feel like you're living in a dream world right now? Can you even remember what life was like before this? My advice: go with [...]

By |March 20, 2020|2 Comments

Best Of 2019: Derek’s favorite Wine Country releases

Pictured: The author.

Look, from an artist's perspective, I get why y'all don't come up here all the time. Having grown up here, I'll admit that Sonoma County is pretty [...]

By |December 26, 2019|1 Comment

John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”

Songwriter John Courage returns to his roots as an acoustic troubadour with his first acoustic-centric release in almost 10 years. All sounds were recorded and performed by the towering Santa Rosa [...]

By |September 5, 2019|Comments Off on John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”
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    Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Slugger from left to right: Robert McLean, Hezekiah Donaghy, Alex Vargas, Josiah Donaghy

It’s a muggy late-summer evening in south Santa Rosa. As the four members of Slugger dutifully distribute [...]

By |August 21, 2019|Comments Off on Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Last call with Nothington at Bottom of the Hill

Walking his new puppy through Alamo Square on a clear SF morning, Chris Matulich seems content with the prospect of taking his foot off the gas for awhile. "When [...]

By |June 7, 2019|Comments Off on Last call with Nothington at Bottom of the Hill

Video Premiere: The Drought Cult, “No Beliefs”

The Drought Cult from left to right: Echo, Ford, Overn

Things start getting spooky the deeper you get into the North Bay Area. As you exit 101 and make your way [...]

By |March 1, 2019|Comments Off on Video Premiere: The Drought Cult, “No Beliefs”
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