"In a way what I'm saying is his privacy remains inviolate." Boyd's ear has also remained inviolate, as seen with the ’90s attention to Drake, whose "Pink Moon" Boyd licensed to Volkswagen, although "by the time the commercial came out, the records had been selling more and more," from the initial 3,000 to 100,000 a year. "My feelings are best described as 'what took you so long?'<\!q>”
Regardless, he continues, "I never made the sort of records that you put into the normal process. You had to come up with original strategies and eccentric ways of presenting a group in order for the kind of records that I made to sell."
These days Boyd prefers to battle the page (his next book is on world music) rather than run a label after all he has been through with Rykodisc, which bought Hannibal, and Palm Pictures, which in turn swallowed Rykodisc. Still, the feisty music lover isn't above a parting volley. "I'm optimistic about the music industry," he says, equal parts wag and curmudgeon. "I think the dinosaurs will go to the tar pits and that will be fine. And all their distant cousins will turn into birds."<\!s>
Tues/20, 7:30 p.m., free
Black Oak Books
1491 Shattuck, Berk.
Also March 21, 7 p.m., free
1644 Haight, SF
LISTEN, DON’T BE DISSIN’
We All Belong (Park the Van) finds the Philly psych-swamp canines breaking out some toothsome songcraft. Thurs/15, 9 p.m., $10–<\d>$12. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016
PINK CLOUDS AND THE PSYCRONS
Gnarly SF psych rockers caterwaul alongside paisley-drenched Kyoto kids — all hail garage skronk, mademoiselle. Sun/18, 8 p.m., $10–<\d>$12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455
Does this highly touted sprawling ensemble boil down to Denmark’s Bjorkestra — with kalimba, strings, and tuba? Mon/19, 8 p.m., $13. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell, SF. (415) 885-0750
SNAKE FLOWER II
Matthew M. Melton (Memphis Break-ups, the River City Tanlines) was stranded by his bandmates in San Francisco but has managed to peel out the muy groovy reptilian garage punk once more. March 26, 8 p.m., $5–<\d>$20 (Mission Creek fundraiser). 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission, SF.