Musical Pairings: ‘Hype’ – The Word on the Street

Interestingly, the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word "hype" as follows: "[t]o short-change, to cheat; to deceive, to con, esp. by false publicity."  Interestingly, nearly all of the examples of modern usage provided relate to the music business.  For example, the Sunday Times in August of 1968 stated: "[h]ype is an American word for the gentle art of getting a tune into the pop charts without actually selling any records.  Its methods are various: from the crudest bribery to devious techniques for upsetting the . . . calculations of chart compilers."  But I don't feel like this definition reflects the [...]

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Musical Pairings: The Bay Needs Guitars!

It is Fall in the Bay Area, and like most other places on the West coast, that means it gets dark earlier in the evenings, stays dark longer in the mornings, and we are already seeing some monsoon-like rains that will be more and more frequent in the coming months.  And although there is nothing wrong with throwing on The Morning Benders' excellent Bedroom Covers album or the Papercuts' fantastic You Can Have What You Want and pulling out a bottle of red wine and choosing to accept and deal with the weather (great albums for that purpose by the [...]

Musical Pairings: How To Fight The Fog

I know fog isn't the constant companion of everyone who lives in the Bay Area, but it is a fact of life for many of us who live in San Francisco and other areas closest to the coast.  One day it is sunny and warm, and the next thing you know cold, damp fog is rolling down the street pushed forward by strong, chilling winds from the Pacific.  And for me, taking long treks from neighborhood to neighborhood for any purpose loses a lot of its appeal on these windy, foggy days.  The secret is that you learn to roll [...]

Musical Pairings: The Weird Bay Area – Maus Haus and Casy & Brian

If you are a Bay Area resident or watch a little television, you've probably noticed that the Bay Area is a place that embraces the eccentric and unusual.  Even our oddness is somewhat peculiar in its diversity.  This unique offbeat nature plays out in some interesting ways in Bay Area culture.  You see it at elaborately whimsical house parties thrown by tech-industry residents.  You see it in the diverse range of punks, hipsters, and unclassifiables hanging out in Delores Park on pretty much any day of the week.  You taste it when you order creme brulee from a cart or [...]

Musical Pairings: Vibrant and Upbeat Food & Music from The Bay Area

Two descriptive words that come to mind when I think of the Bay Area are the words ‘vibrant’ and ‘upbeat’.   I can’t imagine there are many people who have ever visited here who would disagree with the assertion that the Bay Area is constantly pulsing with energy, optimism and creativity.  Personally, as a transplant to San Francisco,  and also as a well-seasoned traveler, I’m aware of few places in the word that are so progressive and so enthusiastically forward-looking.  In part, it is probably for this reason that so many artists, musicians and culinary visionaries have historically chosen to call [...]

Musical Pairings: Country Living in the City

I'm frequently reminded of just how lucky I am to live in the Bay Area.  There is an endless supply of excellent restaurants and easy, cheap access to delicious fresh produce at the countless farmer's markets, grocers, and ethnic shops that fill every neighborhood in the city.  Likewise, our music scene is full of history, diversity and is teeming with talent.  Musical Pairings was conceived as a way to connect food with music, the way a sommelier would pair wine with a meal.  Similarly, the "Local Pairings" portion of eating/SF began as a way to highlight some of eating/SF's best [...]

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