All right, I’m giving some heads up time here so you can plan your weekend accordingly: Dolly Parton turns 62 this Saturday, Jan. 19. Oh, the possibilities for celebration are endless, aren’t they? Maybe a spin of her 1971 classic Coat of Many Colors (RCA), or how about slappin’ 9 to 5 (oh, my sweet baby Jesus, so that flick is really from 1980?! Read more »
Everybody's talkin' 'bout Health - as well as Dan Deacon, who the LA noise combo plays with tonight, Jan. 17, at Great American Music Hall. It'll be an awesome show. I traded e-mails with the outfit this week, and here's what they graciously coughed up.
SFBG: How did your name come about?
John: We wanted a name like Television, an everyday word. Went down a list with the interweb. Health was left. Read more »
Few of the MP3 generation can recall a time when music-lovers excitedly listened to entire records. But putting needle to groove was only half of a process that included poring over the often arty jacket itself and the internal sleeve to uncover the album's many intricacies: the song lyrics and the names of the band members, studio musicians, and producers. To many aficionados the packaging was as prized as its contents. Read more »
Don't miss Nancy Wilson -- see "An Evening with Miss Nancy Wilson" at the Herbst Theatre. It showcases a singer with one of the biggest songbooks in the world, and a way with a word like no other. Miss Wilson can make a phrase slice through the air in at least 1,000 different directions, depending on her wise whims. For proof, go to EMI's new box set of her Capitol recordings and the re-release of the stellar Nancy Wilson Show (on CFP). Read more »
After a long musical sojourn with former Yellow Magic Orchestra electronics magus Ryuichi Sakamoto on 2007’s Cendre (Touch), an extensive live collaboration with Mike Patton and a nomination for Best World Album by the Ethic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMA), Christian Fennesz returns to the sonorous shores of his past with a new 7-inch entitled "On a Desolate Shore a Shadow Passes By."
Released as a part of Touch’s vinyl-only Seve Read more »
Fuzz fuzz fuzz! Douse yourselves in some sweet-lovin' reverb this Saturday, Jan, 12 - that's when LA's narco-garage thumpers Darker My Love bring the noise to the 12 Galaxies stage, promising an evening of spark-shooting feedback and deep-echoed harmonies. Read more »
When the lines of past and future become blurry there's the opportunity for a new world to emerge. The space Eric Copeland has created with his most recent album, Hermaphrodite (Paw Tracks), is one where animal meets machine, melody moves around dissonance, and the constant collision of the past and the future remind you that it’s never just one or the other. Read more »