What's as inspiring as Myles Cooper's 2010 anthem "Gonna Find Boyfriends Today"? The video for "Gonna Find Boyfriends Today," directed by another San Francisco talent, Skye Thorstenson. It's true. SF is home to singing strawberries, dancing cupcakes, Mr. Peanuts, cherubic choirs, floating hearts and flaming hearts. Find yourself a cutie and watch it.
FILM Brother Theodore had a way with words. Possessed by a message he had to deliver, in monologue he'd refer to days of yore when his articulate charisma could cause "duchesses [to] laugh freely and dance like dervishes" and "the sick at heart, same-day cleaners, women's clubs and horseflies [to follow] me in a whirlwind of ecstasy." Those last three words, so pulpy they're worthy of George Kuchar, are vintage Theodore. Read more »
In honor of Kimberly Chun's cover story this week on Yoko Ono, the time is right to post some Yoko moments here and there when the time is right. What better place to start than "Why," a 1970 Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band track that has been hugely influential, both instrumentally and vocally. (A good game: name the people and bands it has influenced, and times it has been sampled.) It still sounds futuristic today. Read more »
Nancy Wilson has been quoted as saying that she doesn't play clubs, she plays Yoshi's. That's the truth this weekend, especially on Feb. 20, when Miss Wilson will be celebrating her 73rd birthday on stage with a pair of shows. There is only one Nancy Wilson, only one singer who can bring a fusion of longing and attractiveness to a recording such as "He's My Guy." On the occasion of her birthday and upcoming Bay Area visit, I asked someone near and dear to me, the poet Cedar Sigo, if he'd like to interview Miss Wilson. He did.Read more »
“I'M A HARD-LIVING, YOUNG QUEEN WITH A BIG HEART AND A LOT TO SAY.”
I'm listening. Alexis Penney is part of Party Effects, which Marke B. wrote about recently. This solo track is like if a badass version of Erasure and Crystal Waters' “Gypsy Woman” had a love-hate child. But way better. Read more »
I've been thinking about how Moon Duo's name sounds a little like Amon Düül. Maybe that's just tangential coincidence, but the SF twosome's songs allow for the kind of daydreaming that produces such thoughts.
The just-reissued Vampires of Dartmore album Dracula's Music Cabinet (Finders Keepers) includes a track titled "Hallo, Mr. Hitchcock," in which beloved Hitch silently answers a series of phone calls from a manic, murderous prankster. The track isn't used in Johan Grimonprez's latest unconventional film essay Double Take, but it would be ideal material for the movie. Read more »