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Year of the Horse

By on Mar 11, 2014 in Bay Area, San Francisco |

I happened to be in Nobb Hill during the final day of the Chinese New Year Parade. I made sure to head down hill to Chinatown to catch San Franciscans ringing in the year of the horse. Firecrackers for everyone!

Sneak a Listen at 826 Valencia Benefit Album Tracklist

By on Nov 27, 2013 in Bay Area, Books, Writing, Publishing, Culture, Gotta Hear This Music, Playlists, Publishing:, San Francisco, Writers, Writing | 1 comment

Check out some songs from the forthcoming 826 Valencia benefit album.

Father John Misty at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park

By on Oct 4, 2013 in Bay Area, Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music, San Francisco |

About an hour ago Father John Misty, whom some of you better know as J Tillman of Fleet Foxes, played a free show at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Check out these screen grabs from the show.

Fake Blood and Alex Metric

By on Jun 22, 2013 in All, Bay Area, Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music, San Francisco |

Sadly I wasn’t able to get tickets to the Bag Raiders, Classixx and RAC show a few weeks back. So I’ve picked up tickets to Fake Blood an Alex Metric as a consolation prize. And as consolation prizes go, it’s sure to be better than a red ribbon. Fake Blood While last month’s featured DJs are known for dreamy remixes heavy on synth, Fake Blood builds bangers. My absolute favorite mashup of 2010 was when Coda Collins put Luciana’s sassy vocals over Fake Blood’s banging track “I Think I Like It“. Coda Collins adds a sexy Bond-girl touch to the track, but the compulsively-danceable retro refix is entirely Fake Blood. Fake Blood vs Richard Vission – I Think I Like That (Coda Collins Smash Up) Another Fake Blood remix I love is their take on Hot Chip’s “Touch Too Much”. I like Hot Chip but their songs can be long or...

Bag Raiders, Classixx and RAC play the Mezzanine this Saturday

By on May 30, 2013 in Bay Area, Concerts, Gotta Hear This Music, Playlists, San Francisco |

A good friend just told me that June 1st three fantastic DJs—Bag Raiders, Classixx, and the Remix Artists Collective—are going to be at the Mezzanine. All three of these DJs should be on your must-see list, as they’re consistently putting out memorable remixes of indie bands you already love (or should).
But don’t take my word for it, have a listen for yourself.

We Lost A San Francisco Legend Today:RIP Kathi Kamen Goldmark

By on May 24, 2012 in All, Bay Area, Books, Writing, Publishing, Publishing:, San Francisco, Writers |

It is perhaps odd for me to write a eulogy for Kathi Kamen Goldmark because in truth I barely knew her. I can say this: she always volunteered to speak or answer questions for the NCBPMA, and because of her friendliness and approachability she was one of the first local producers I knew by name. She was one of those vivacious people that seems to be everywhere, and always smiling to boot. Being a producer is a tough job, and yet she never hesitated to answer a question or offer an explanation about why a certain guest would or wouldn’t be a fit for her show. She somehow managed to do this job while writing books and performing in the literary group the Rock Bottom Remainders. As I’ve embarked on this journey in the Bay Area publishing world, I always imagined the day when Kathi and I would be friends. Not because she was some milestone of important authors (though she was!)...