Greg Ashley, Will Sprott, Yea-Ming play benefit for Oakland's Octopus Literary Salon on 7/12/13

The Octopus Literary Salon will be the next big thing in Oakland. Bookstore, cafe (yes, there will be good food, beer and wine), music space, sure, but The Octopus will be so much more. There will be storytelling, literary trivia, readings, book club, ping-pong, children's programming and an open mic as well. Mastermind Rebecca Grove will make it happen with your help! If you like books, music, and talking to live humans about books and music, please donate now on the IndieGoGo site. T'will be your home away from home. There are some great perks with donation! Help make this [...]

Interview: Greg Ashley on red wine, white shoes, new music and more!

Greg Ashley Band, 6/8/12, Saturn Cafe with Brian Glaze (drums), Josh Miller (bass), Wallace La Font (keys). Back in March my world came crashing down, Greg Ashley announced he was moving to Austin. I freaked and immediately contacted him for an interview: so many questions, so little time. Thankfully, plans changed and Greg will stay in Oakland! In fact, he is playing a whopping four shows this week. He played lead guitar last Friday with Sir Lord Von Raven for the King Kahn & BBQ show at Slim's. He played again with Sir Lord on Saturday for the poorly attended [...]

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Review & Photos: Delayed Thanksgivings with Greg Ashley, Pang @ The Night Light, 11/23/12

I am thankful for Sex. I am thankful for Tequila. I am thankful for Greg Ashley and Pang at the Night Light. 'Twas the day after turkey. Holidays are depressing. We binge on food and alcohol like savages. We push everyone out of our way to save $19.99 on the latest toxic gizmo. We chop down trees and stick them in our "living" room to rot. We make resolutions to not make the same mistakes again next year. But then you walk into The Night Light in Jack London Square! The bar is warm and cozy and you can drink [...]

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Death of a Ladies' Man: Greg Ashley performs Leonard Cohen tribute

I can't find it anywhere! I have searched high and low! Where the fuck is my G-spot?! Surely there is another way to find extreme pleasure... If you haven't been pleasured by Leonard Cohen, you simply haven't been pleasured. Leonard Cohen will perform at San Jose's HP Pavilion on Wednesday, November 7th. Unfortunately you need to shell out $278 to Ticketscheister or sit in the nosebleed section. Here is another idea brought to you by the good folks at San Frandelic: Get ye' down to the historic Hotel Utah on Saturday, July 7th where Cohen's 1975 record Death of a [...]

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Review & Photos: Signs of life in Berkeley — Greg Ashley, Cracked Ice, Disappearing People @ Space Lounge, 6/8/12

The Saturn Cafe spawns new life in Berkeley with the opening of the Space Lounge. The Santa Cruz-based vegetarian diner brought quite the interesting line-up to downtown Berkeley. With four Santa Cruz Brewery treats on tap, this could be the start of something great (and WAY past due in our supposedly progressive city). The show opened with Disappearing People, who apparently live next door to Greg Ashley in the Ghost Town Gallery. Greg mastered their recordings at his own amazing Creamery Studios. It's guitar and drums. It's psychedelic. It's loud as fuck! They sounded better behind glass, and photographed better [...]

Review & Photos: Friday Night Freak Fest — Michael Hurley, Avengers and the return of the Ghost Town Gallery, 5/25/12

Michael Hurley played the Great American Music Hall on Friday night opening for Cass McCombs. Hurley aka Snock is truly one of a kind. His First Songs came out in 1965 on Folkways, and he joined the Holy Modal Rounders for the ultimate party record Have Moicy! in 1976. Snock captivated the crowd with tales of Jocko jacking off too much and then brought out the achingly beautiful "O My Stars" from 1980's Snockgrass. A lot of these long lost records have been re-released (a few on Portland's primo Mississippi label). Do check them out. There are a bunch at [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Two Gallants, White Cloud, Greg Ashley @ Edinburgh Castle, 2/23/12

Equally passionate and effortless, Two Gallants rolled through a set of old favorites and new works the first night of their two-night stand at the Edinburgh Castle on Thursday. Wedged in between the short-lived freak folk ascendance (Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and various hairy trolls) and the reverb revival (Thee Oh Sees, Fresh and Onlys, and various recovering shoegazers), Tyler Vogel and Adam Stephens proved to be the quintessential SF house band for the past some-odd years. Built from adolescent busking, onetime national buzz, and some hairy tour tales, the two stir punk-adled emotion with rural rhythmic accents, and never [...]

New Oakland-based label Guitars & Bongos – first release engineered by Greg Ashley

If you see a lot of live music in the Bay Area you certainly have encountered Eran Yarkon. Eran is from Israel but moved here in 1999. The Bay Area live music scene has no fan more dedicated. The guy has his finger on the pulse so to speak. Eran turned me on to Monotonix (from Tel Aviv) and their performances at Treasure Island 2010 and the Rickshaw in January 2011 were truly legendary. Eran is a laid back, friendly guy that seems to know everyone. It should be no surprise (except to himself perhaps) that he recently created his [...]

Screeching into 2012: Drugs and Jello

I appreciated Todd's recent post: Happy Memories of 2011. He was spot on about Deerhoof. Though I hadn't seen them in years, I caught their show at SFMOMA and it was crazy good. And like Todd, I'm sick of the top ten. Fuck the top ten. This year pissed me off more than most and that deserves some recognition. My aunt is dying. We assumed she would live to a 100 like her father, but NO - some untreatable cancer has to come along and fuck that up. Our family is also dealing with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's and multiple friends [...]

Tikva Records, a pop up record store! December only!

For this month only Tikva Records will pop up at 3191 Mission with a '50s style record store. There will be movies and performance including Dengue Fever on December 10th, Wil-Dog of Ozomatli on the 15th, Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave on the 20th, Greg Ashley on the 27th and Luther Dickinson of the Black Crowes & North Mississippi Allstars on the 28th! Check out the full schedule, there is so much more! Many of the events are free, just sign up on the website. Tikva Records is celebrating their latest release 'Songs for the Jewish American Jet-Set: The Tikva [...]

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