Sadly jazz legend Andrew Hill has passed - after playing a stellar show for SFJAZZ last year and being serenaded by present and past Bay Area players like Nels Cline and Guardian contributor Devin Hoff. Here's the statement from Hill's label, Blue Note.
The Blue Note Records Family is very saddened to announce the passing of the great pianist and composer Andrew Hill. Read more »
Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton is something of a renowned rock god and raconteur of note - the 5-foot-11, blue-eyed Cancer certainly knows how to roll with the punches and spin a tale, even briefly, when not in the shadow of the still great, astonishingly limber Iggy Pop. Read more »
The first time I heard Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, I imagined a huge 30s style musical with hundreds of dancing girls surrounding one man - Dick Cheese himself – who would be standing in a tux at a glistening grand piano. Professional lighting, gorgeous sequined costumes, a dramatic set. Read more »
We just got a letter from Tim Westergren, one of the founders of Pandora, the supercool website that builds you a radio station by tracing the musical genes of song or musician you like and connecting it to others with similar aural DNA. Read more »
Ah, it's here again - that little breather from the workday world.... What you say, you don't work? I'll just have to ignore that, idle rich kid. Anyway, there's plenty of music to see and hear this weekend - starting right up top with Oakland's own punk heroes: XBXRX.
Dudes caused quite a ruckus at Monday's Lobot Gallery show, opening for Lightning Bolt. Read more »
And another for the great and apparently tranny-infested Eurovision Song Contest! This one's called DQ (which used to mean something pretty scandalous in the Midwestern gay underground) and the song is ..... Read more »
Ex-16 Horsepower member David Eugene Edwards conjures an eerie blend of banjo, concertina, piano, and Biblical references - unequal parts Gira 'n' Cave - via his latest project WovenHand, which has a new, third album out, Mosaic, on Daniel Smith's Sounds Familyre label. Read more »
Guardian contributor and Battleship playa Gene Bae wants to sing the praises of the band Little Claw:
Rock ’n' roll used to be dangerous. To engage in it at all was to be an outsider, a rebel unfit for genteel society. These days, however, rock ain't much more than nostalgia - and the biggest danger is possibly throwing one's back out lifting an amplifier. Read more »