Playlist: Our lost year, captured.

(Rexx Life Raj photo: Salihah Saadiq) It's been a year and a week since the Bay Area collectively dimmed the lights on our venues — not that you needed a reminder. And while we'll all be glad to retire words like "pandemic," "unprecedented," and "quarantine" from our vernacular later this year, "defund," "Karen," and "climate change" are likely here to stay. In a lot of ways, the past year has felt like a slow-motion collision of disparate moments shoved unceremoniously into a time capsule for future generations to gawk at in horror and awe. Isolation, grief, survival, wildfires, and yes, [...]

Avi Vinocur’s ‘Hindsight’ will make you miss going places

This morning, San Francisco's Avi Vinocur announced a new album, arriving next Friday. Recorded entirely on his iPhone in his apartment, Hindsight feels like a ship-in-a-bottle encapsulation of the year that's behind us (check the pun in the title). But the storytelling is fiction: Each song is set in a different time and place, something most of us didn't get to experience a lot of last year. Hindsight by Avi Vinocur Strung together, the album sounds like a solitary road trip. A quiet backroad, the dying fuzz of losing a local radio station, a reason known only to you. Since [...]

By |February 5, 2021|Tags: |

Pandemica Online will keep you distracted this weekend

Some of us have been lucky enough to have a little work to pick at this week during "shelter in place" orders across the Bay Area. I myself have had a few items to take care of here and there, but it occurred to me yesterday that this weekend a lot of us are going to have to truly confront crushing boredom for the first time. And it's gonna be brutal. I thought this blog would have to go dark for a few weeks, since a large portion of what we cover are live events. Instead, y'all wasted no time [...]

Blanket the Homeless releases new record at the Independent

Blanket The Homeless Record Cover In these turbulent times of friction and fire, it’s nice to see truly good work being done on a large scale in the Bay Area. Blanket The Homeless, a non-profit organization started by Ken Newman, provides both literal blankets to homeless folks alongside necessities like toiletries, socks, first-aid supplies, and other essential items. The organization is “committed to improving the day-to-day experience of people living on the street,” and announced a partnership with St. Vincent De Paul Society in July of this year. But it wouldn’t be a Bay Bridged article without music, [...]

Music and Mortality: Avi Vinocur, “Blizzard”

When Avi Vinocur's Goodnight, Texas bandmate's father — a New Jerseyan, the kind of character you couldn't write, and, most importantly, one of Avi's closest friends — died, he tried like hell to get to the East Coast for the funeral. His plans were thwarted, however, by one of the worst storms that side of the country has seen in ages. It is what it is. Avi plays Neck of the Woods on Thursday. Goodnight, Texas are debuting their new record, Conductor, at Great American Music Hall on April 12. Cory Branan, Avi Vinocur Neck of the Woods Mach 29, [...]

Mixtape: New Folk Music from the Bay Area

This episode first ran on KQED.org. Download: Mixtape: New Folk Music from the Bay Area (Podcast #423) In venues around the Bay Area, like The Lost Church, Neck of the Woods, and the Octopus Literary Salon, Bay Area musicians are sharing new and exciting folk songs, emotive compositions full of lyrical storytelling and thoughtful instrumentation. The stories shared by local folk artists are often personal, like Diana Gameros' new album interpreting Mexican songs from her youth, or Joseph Childress's LP drawing from his travels around the western United States. Marissa Kay was inspired to write the first song and title [...]

Best of 2017: “Nothing Perfect Stays That Way” by Avi Vinocur

(photo: Scott Padden) Oh my God, Jody, nobody wants to hear about your dead mom anymore. Nobody wants to hear about anyone dead, period. Death is scary and gross and wholly undignified. It doesn't align with our ideals of propriety, and yet, it's coming for every single one of us. So even if you don't want to talk about it, I will. I have the microphone, and you don't, so you will listen to every damn word I have to say. And I can't say anything about my grief as it stood this year without mentioning Avi Vinocur and his [...]

By |December 28, 2017|Tags: , |

Avi Vinocur is always someone else

(photo: Scott Padden) Avi Vinocur has a few people he wants to thank. A San Francisco judge, whose name he can't remember, is one of them. Rachel Maddow is too, but we'll get to that. Early last year, Avi's grandfather was dying. Avi had jury duty. He wasn't sure the "dying grandparent" story was going to fly with the judge in charge of the case, but he gave it a shot. He had to. "I...explained to him my grandfather was sick and I wanted to go to LA, and he just let me go." Just like that. Avi didn't even [...]

By |August 3, 2017|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Avi Vinocur, “I Should Have Been A Con Man”

(photo: Scott Padden) Singer-songwriter Avi Vinocur made a name for himself playing with Goodnight, Texas and the Stone Foxes — or joining James Hetfield on mandolin during the third Acoustic-4-A-Cure Benefit. Vinocur embarked upon a promising solo career with 2015’s Portraits With No Color, a powerful collection of folk songs that were enhanced by the album’s raw, homegrown production. Friday will see Vinocur release his sophomore effort, No Cause For Alarm. Portraits was largely a spare affair, driven by acoustic guitars that left lacunae of quiet around Vinocur’s country-inflected vocals — a skeletal construction that fit the mournful character of [...]

By |July 27, 2017|Tags: |

Avi Vinocur releases record of solo singles

Long-time local musician Avi Vinocur has released a new solo record, Portraits With No Color, his first in nine years. The record isn't brand-new — it's comprised of songs recorded over the course of nearly a decade, in gaps between his time in various local bands. "Many of these songs were written and recorded right after I stopped playing with The (Stone) Foxes," he says in an email. "It's not a particularly uplifting music, but is the product of me finding myself musically over 8 years." The record is being released through Vinocur's Bandcamp page, on a pay-what-you-want basis. Listen [...]

By |July 21, 2015|Tags: |
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