It seems there’s no rest for the weary for some Bay Area musicians who are working hard to make their dreams come true.
I asked Thao Nguyen point blank, ‘Why is Valerie Bolden sentenced to life without parole?’ I didn’t expect that she’d give the reason, but wanted to ask partly out of curiosity, and also as an exercise in asking difficult questions. But her answer tapped into the type of person she is; one that promised herself as a sociology major that she would use her music to draw attention to things she considers important.
Around Christmastime last year, a well-respected member of the Bay Area music scene, Ursula Boots (aka Ursula Rodriguez), who's done time at Bottom of the Hill, Amoeba Records, the SF Bay Guardian and also KUSF, was a victim of a fire that tragically displaced her from her long-time Mission residence. Adding insult to injury, her possessions were stolen from her car in the 20 minutes she had to collect her belongings from her fire- and water-damaged apartment.
100 Records Vol. 3 is the final installment of Sonny Smith’s art project that has produced nothing but an abundance of creativity over the past three years. The 100 Records Project has lived up to its name as Smith took on the arduous task of assuming aliases of musicians he made up, recording a bunch of songs, and commissioning visual artists to provide the sleeve designs for each release, which were used in his exhibit.
We all know the feeling of falling asleep; that blissful state of semi-consciousness where you can hear things, but everything still seems like a dream. Right when the magic moment is about to strike, have you ever tried solving complex problems, like say, ones having to do with computer code? I’m guessing no.
Halloween isn’t just for kids. Certainly not in the Bay Area. But the 21 and ups can’t have all the fun right? Mark your calendars because The Coachwhips (one of John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees’ edgier previous bands before his latest project began evolving in the same direction. Guess it all comes full circle?) and Total Trash Booking have heeded our prayers and added a second “all ages” show to their trans-Bay Halloween Bash. Clearly the popular demand is deafening and the show’s promoters are listening.
Are those Eddie Vedder-esque screechy, warbled vocals we hear? Maybe it’s Smashing Pumpkins riffage? No, wait that’s Nirvana’s sing-song playfulness from “Plateau”. We’ll just come out and say it–it’s Two Gallants’ first album in five years, The Bloom and the Blight (ATO Records) and they’ve time travelled to borrow sound from that hedonistic decade of in-your-face and economic surplus known as the 90s. Good times! Everyone’s a winner here.
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