Protest Records

As the BS continues to fly from the mouths of RNC speakers, I can only continue to resist through protest posts.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of stumbling upon this site on your own, let me do you the favor: Sort through their free mp3’s and find great stuff by Mudhoney, Jim O’Rourke, Allen…

Life of Meaning: Part 3

Most days I find myself absorbing the news via National Public Radio while mindlessly driving to and from work.  I’ve had problems with their coverage (or lack there of) of political events in the past, but I was outright infuriated to hear a segment of All Things Considered where the reporters wanted help in properly…

The Future Dictionary of America

This dictionary put together by the folks at McSweeney’s press supports a good cause (dethrone the thief).  It also comes with a CD featuring tracks by David Byrne, R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Elliott Smith, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and others. more…

Soundtrack Stories: Part 1

Here’s a new segment that features short stories I’ve paired up with an Mp3 (a soundtrack of sorts).  This week’s (or month’s) story comes from an author who lives and creates in the lower East Side of Manhattan.  His name is Farhad Parsa and this story “To Here Knows When” comes from his collection titled…

Life of Meaning: Part 2

Last summer I finally got to see a live Beck show (thanks to a generous gift from two of my students) at U.C. Berkeley’s Greek Theatre.  The opening band, The Black Keys were very energetic and put out a two man blues convulsion.  Joining them on stage was none other than Ralph Carney, who gained…

Robert Wyatt

I’m always on the look out for new and inspiring music to recharge my own song writing.  A friend got me listening to Soft Machine, which I enjoyed, but I searched on and fell in love with later recordings by Soft Machine’s drummer and vocalist,  Robert Wyatt.  In 1973 he fell out of a window…

Life of Meaning: Part 1

The other day on the corner of 26th and Mission a semi drunk man approached me.  Iím accustomed to these sorts of encounters since Iíve come to understand that I project a genial demeanor.  Before the man spoke I took it upon myself to assume he spoke Spanish and addressed him, ìHola como estas?î  The…

Sparring Partners

ìSparring Partnersî is the latest project from Oakland based songwriter Eben Henner and vocalist Jennifer Hosler. Eben has been around the bay area for the last decade playing and recording in such bands as the Cables and Small Wonder as well as developing his solo work. Jen was trained as a vocalist as a teen,…

The Mysterious: Red Shirt Freshman

Upon completion of Conquering Lion Of Judah St. Studio in late 1999, expatriate San Diegan ex-Fern Trio members Sean Brooks and Kevin Chanel formed with Omaha native Bad Penne to record hours and hours of rigidly-timed music under the banner Red Shirt Freshmen, in honor of Chanel’s collegiate basketball status.  Utilizing skewed tunings and found…

Barefoot Hockey Goalie

You cannot just listen to these guys, you must experience them.  They are a four piece (at times) from all over the greater California, that create and perform rock operas.  Themes range form the journey of Estonian butchers coming to America to songs about Thomas Edison and lilies (yes, lilies).  A show I vividly remember…

Funk it with Dr. Ketchup

One of the best funk sounds out of Philadelphia is none other than Dr. Ketchup.  The four piece is made up of Jim Lint on the Rhodes, Lou Fuiano on tenor, Jared Bader on bass and Carl Barone on the drums.  Read more about them at their site or even better–head out to Philly to…

Adios: Guided By Voices

Looks like the claims are coming true. . . GBV will be no more after this summer.  Their final album Half Smiles of the Decomposed is out on Matador.  The label has also done the public justice by releasing some old and new mp3’s on their site.  Check them out here: GBV : Gonna Never…