MUSIC "I did something really stupid," was pretty much the first thing Ty Segall said to me as we walked to Philz Coffee in the Mission. Originally the plan was to sit at El Metate, but that got nixed as we agreed an afternoon jolt of caffeine was more important.Read more »
Just in time for its Halloween show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, where it will take part in punk rock tradition alongside the likes of Nobunny and Ty Segall, Oakland’s Uzi Rash has gifted us this exclusive peek at its next album, a video directed Dan Shaw (big brother of Shannon of Shannon & the Clams). Read more »
SOUND TO SPARE For some gays the definition of a good night out dancing isn't Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, or whatever else is making it in music's top 40 these days. Instead, we go against the grain, defy the unwritten rules, and satiate our dance floor needs to more primal, aggressive tunes. Enter Erase Errata.Read more »
SOUND TO SPARE "What show are you here for?" asked what looked like a curious 10-year-old as I took care of business at the urinal. "I'm here to see Uzi Rash," I answered matter-of-factly. But I wasn't so sure he was curious about the bands by the way he stared at what makes it the men's room. Apparently Oakland's the New Parish (www.thenewparish.com) took the phrase "all ages show" to heart.Read more »
SOUND TO SPARE The potential closing of Haight Street's Red Vic Theater has unsettled me. With one less place to go out and enjoy, what's a shut-in-prone type like me to do?
Fortunately, when I spoke to Sam Sharkey, one of the co-op's managing partners, he offered a ray of hope by saying that the Red Vic Movie House is here, organized — it just partnered with the Haight Street Fair and the California Jug Band Association for a benefit — and best of all, still screening movies, some of them music-related.Read more »
Before he'd excuse himself to dance the boogaloo on stage, Soul Brother No. 1 would quip into the mic, often saying things like, "So much soul, I got some to spare!" So in case you're wondering, James Brown is pretty much the inspiration for the name of this column. As for my intentions, I hope to keep the parameters somewhat loose, but focused on celebrating our local music scene. However, sometimes these Bay Area bands want to celebrate elsewhere.Read more »
MUSIC "This is where the heartbeat is. Does that sound cocky?" Shannon Shaw, bold-voiced singer and bassist from Oakland's Shannon and the Clams, is cautious how she answers my question. She's in a booth, finishing up her fries at Grubstake, just off of Polk Street. The eatery is my suggestion for a pre-performance chat about the band's new album, Sleep Talk (1-2-3-4 Go! Records), slated for release April 5.Read more »
MUSIC/CULTURE Normally, Irwin Swirnoff's demeanor is upbeat, and I'd consider him to be one of the friendliest people I know. But from the expression on his face, I thought someone had died. Even before walking into the room, I felt there was a weird vibe. "What's wrong?" I asked.
"We just got sold and were taken off the air," he replied.Read more »