No, no, no -- we're not talking about United 93. I'm just wringing my hands about neglecting ye olde blogging duties. I left my brain, if not heart, in Reykjavik.
Speaking of which, wannabe Icelanders will want to "floe" on up to the Marin Center in San Rafael tonight? The waifish ethereal men from the land of fire and ice are up there, touring in support of their September 2005
The band's string accompanists, Amiina, open. Read more »
Ever wish you were everywhere at once? Don't. Be in this body now.
So this body got down to the Parkway Theater last night to catch an eyeful of Oakland pride at the "Celebrate Original Oakland Charm" party thrown by Oaklandish . We beheld a montage of invaluable historical footage including clips of Sun Ra touching down in O-town proper; the bit-too-long, but ultrainformative "Rebels of Oakland," a TV-ish doc on the A's and the Raiders; snippets of Too Short, the Hell's Angels, Black Panthers, The SLA, Remembrance of the Hills Fire & Earthquake, etc. Read more »
It takes real rock 'n' roll godhead to turn down the chance to be a "golden god" -- but Terry Reid did it. The man who passed on the chance to be the vocalist of the New Yardbirds (ne Led Zeppelin) is back. And perfect timing too: His song, "Seed of Memory," stood out, soulful and startling, amid the more predictable Southern rock of last year's gore revivalist flick The Devil's Rejects.
I'm digging this Water live recording (above), released in 2004. Read more »
Give a brother a book, won't you? Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart performs solo and Guardian contributor Devin Hoff brings his Platform (his catchall name for solo projects) to a benefit for the Prisoners Literature Project. Hoff tells me he has friends who work at the project who say they're in dire need of cash, and as luck would have it, his sometime collaborator Stewart also volunteers there when he's in town. Read more »
It's over! And we all feel like we didn't quite see as much as we would have liked. Ain't that always the case for we, the pop neurotic? We came. We drank. We rocked. We nodded our heads with our arms folded loosely about ourselves. We stumbled home. We got damp. We didn't quite conquer, but when we managed to get into the club, we felt that strange, ineffable sense of accomplishment. Read more »
The Beastie Boys' new concert film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! opens today, March 31, in the Bay Area, so here's more of my interview with them at the Austin, Texas, Hilton at SXSW a few weeks ago. Why? Well, because you can't get enough of them, and I didn't have enough space to include much of the talk in the paper this week. Perhaps some things are best left unblogged, but here you go. Read more »
This morning, I went to the press conference for the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 20-May 4) -- wunderbar to hear the appreciation for the "avant-pop" Deerhoof, who have been enlisted to score beat filmmaker Harry Smith's Heaven and Earth Magic for the fest, live, one time only (though that Yo La Tengo score a few years back took on a life of its own, didn't it?). Read more »
Weekend's here and I'm hoping to keep it hail-free this time around. There are some heated hip-hop shows this weekend: Ghostface with M1 from Dead Prez at Mezzanine tonight and that massive Andre Nickatina and Equipto at Studio Z Saturday. Arab Strap are strapping the groovy boys on tonight and tomorrow at Cafe du Nord -- with much excitement about His Name Is Alive. I'm psyched to see Islands with Metric at the Fillmore (along with the Strokes and Eagles of Death Metal at the Concourse) -- and that's all tonight. My ears are already starting to smart. Read more »