John Cale

Open Letter to Amoeba Records: Dear Amoeba, Thanks so much for having free shows.  I especially want to thank you for having John Cale perform on Saturday November 26th.  I would have gone to see his show at the Cafe DuNord, but the tickets were $20.  I would have gladly paid that steep price for…

High Llamas

Some folks believe a live High Llamas show lacks enthusiasm or pizazz, but I disagree entirely. Sean O’Hagen, the genius behind the music, is a subtle and unmatched wit at times. Recently I checked out a show at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill (with Joanna Newsome opening the show— I’ll devote a post entirely…

Tom ‘Never’ Waits

The interview is from 2002, but it’s still a treat to hear the gargling genius talk about his influences (does Terry Gross know what she’s talking about?). Tom Waits on Fresh Air Other Tunes: Tom Waits : Jesus Gonna Be Here (live) Tom Waits : Falling Down (live) Tom Waits : Sea of Love (amazing,…

Dry Turkey Punk Rock

“They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned…. They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword,…

Two Gallants new 7″

You can read a previous post I did about these guys here, but this new recording goes beyond what I heard on their last release and live.  Adam’s voice keeps getting better and you can here the new single below. Bringing an infusion of bloody-knuckled punk energy to storytelling epics and tear-in-your-beer honky-tonk, the two…

Broken Social Scene: To Be You and Me (Bonus EP)

Iím the type who scours sites like The Hype Machine looking for music from either artists I know, or covers of songs I know. What the hell is wrong with me? Why was I at KFJC for nine years if Iím only looking for covers of ìNight Movesî? So when the day came that I…

Radio Frequencies

Ryan Francesconi is everything at once.  Part musician, part programmer, part photo artist, film artist, Balkan music lover and maybe human (I don’t know).  But what he creates on his own as Radio Frequencies (RF) or alongside of other artists in groups such as Life on Earth and The Toids is a repertoire (did I…