Behind The Song: Annie Hart’s “Hard To Be Still”

Welcome to the next installment of Behind the Song, the illustrated series where I talk to artists and get the backstory to your next favorite song. While on tour a few years ago in Portland, Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone planted the first seeds of what would become her stunning debut solo album Hard To Be Still. I caught up with Annie last month after her fantastic and fun-loving performance (dancing in the crowd included) at Bottom of the Hill. She was joined by tour opener, the captivating singer-songwriter Madeline Kenney of Oakland. Annie shared some of her adventures with [...]

Favorite Haunts: Artist Jeremy Fish’s North Beach “Pizza Triangle”

Jeremy Fish (Illustration: Rob Goodman) When Jeremy Fish moved to San Francisco from Albany, New York to attend the Art Institute more than 20 years ago, his love affair with the neighborhood of North Beach began. And years later, this renowned and prolific fine artist, sculptor, illustrator, and lover of hip-hop, has grown to be a mainstay of the community. He describes North Beach as one of the few places in San Francisco to be left untouched by the passage of time and the tech boom. As an artist, Jeremy’s work has drawn acclaim the world over and he has made [...]

Making Ways podcast: Behind the lens with Tim Nackashi

(Illustration: Rob Goodman) Tim Nackashi studied painting in college, a choice he jokes he made by selecting the hardest profession to make a living from. These days, Tim is pursuing a path just as elusive but is thriving as a filmmaker and music video director. Now he cracks jokes from music videos sets of OK GO, Death Cab for Cutie, Craig Wedren, TV on the Radio, Neon Indian, and more of today’s biggest artists. Tim didn’t necessarily have big Hollywood dreams as a kid but was always enamored with the fantastical, good-humored science fiction movies of his youth, such as Back to the Future. [...]

By |September 22, 2017|Tags: |

Favorite Haunts: Hazel English on Beauty’s Bagel Shop, East Bay comforts

Hazel English (Illustration: Rob Goodman) I first saw Hazel English when she performed a stripped-down set this past spring opening up for Thao Nguyen at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma. I hadn’t heard her records yet, so I got to know her music right there, live in the moment, one hauntingly raw melody at a time. I was so moved by her performance that when her new album, a double EP amalgam Just Give In/Never Going Home, was released on Polyvinyl earlier this year, I dove into her studio work full force. The album, produced by friend and collaborator Jackson [...]

‘Making Ways’ podcast: Ravi Krishnaswami on commercial composing, fooling Iggy Pop

(Illustration: Rob Goodman) You might not have heard of award-winning commercial composer Ravi Krishnaswami, but you have likely heard his tunes in your favorite TV shows and video games. Ravi joins Making Ways podcast to talk all about creating music for Super Bowl commercials and best-selling video games, his challenges in college, and his first steps breaking into the music industry. He even recounts the time Iggy Pop mistook one of his fictional video game tracks for a bona fide German rock and roll song and played it over the air on the BBC. Along the way, Ravi shares the [...]

By |June 29, 2017|Tags: |

Never Young set to power up the stage at Phono del Sol

If you love post-hardcore or the kind of raucous punk rock that makes you want to grab your friends and rush the pit, come early to Phono Del Sol festival, one of the Bay Area’s best days for music, and catch local rockers Never Young for their set in the sunshine on Saturday, June 17. When I caught up with one of Never Young’s principal songwriters Nikolas Soelter (disclosure: he's also a writer for The Bay Bridged), we spoke about the band's love of playing live and what’s next for Never Young. The origin of the group goes way back [...]

Acclaimed guitarists Harry Taussig + Max Ochs reunite for 50th anniversary

There's a world of guitar music pulsating brilliantly just beneath the surface of today's most popular rock and folk tunes. It's a place where original sounds and players from decades ago still sound as fresh and of the moment as a brash instrumentalist seeking to claim their voice today. That's the zone where San Francisco-based label Tompkins Square Records often lives in and what brought label owner Josh Rosenthal to "re-discover" two American primitive guitar masters, Harry Taussig and Max Ochs, back in 2005. Since that time, Tompkins Square Records has released new recordings from both artists. So it only [...]

‘Making Ways’ podcast: Outerlands restaurateurs share artistic approach to business

When I sat down with Lana Porcello and Dave Muller for my new podcast Making Ways — all about the unexpected paths to a creative career — the couple, partners in life and business, discussed the creative journey that led them to launch Outerlands, one of San Francisco’s most acclaimed culinary venues. From our conversation, it’s clear that the kind of success Lana and Dave have achieved doesn't come without its share of hard work and blunt determination. In this episode, Lana and Dave share their unique approach to realizing a creative project, how feelings help guide their goal setting, [...]

Giveaway: Diet Cig bring their pop punk party to Rickshaw Stop Tuesday

“Don’t tell me to calm down. I know what I want, so please fuck off,” singer Alex Luciano sings on “Link In Bio,” the third track from her and drummer Noah Bowman’s stunning pop-punk debut long player — Diet Cig’s Swear I’m Good At This. The duo, which formed in New Paltz, New York, just last month released their first full-length album on Frenchkiss Records and bring their already renowned raucous party of a live show to Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night. On Swear I’m Good At This, 12 tracks of sugary-sweet pop bangers (that clocks in at under 30 minutes) [...]

By |May 1, 2017|Tags: |

Oakland’s Rays turn it up with debut album

It's rare to find garage rock that sounds as authentic as Rays' self-titled debut. The no-care groove of this Oakland-based group delivers a jangly pop-forward collection of tracks that is at once abrasive anarchistic punk rock and easy listening (in the most rock and roll sense of the term). The album comes by way of Trouble In Mind Records and includes veteran Bay Area players: Stanley Martinez, Eva Hannan, Troy Hewitt, and Alexa Pantalone, formed from notable local acts including, The World, Life Stinks, and Violent Change. Have a listen to their debut album below and see the band plug [...]

By |April 26, 2017|Tags: |
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