Monthly Archives: January 2011

Racking Up Plays: “Civilian” by Wye Oak

These are the posts where I gush about some song that I’ve got a huge crush on at the moment, and you put up with it and listen because you’re a good friend. “Civilian,” Wye Oak I discovered this Baltimore … Continue reading

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How’d They Miss THAT?: Lou and Peter Berryman put the joke in folk with Saturday show at Freight & Salvage

It’s perfectly understandable. There’s so much music happening in the Bay Area in any given week that there’s bound to be at least one concert that deserves a shout-out but failed to get any press. This humble blog feature is … Continue reading

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Going On Sale: Rush, PJ Harvey and other major Bay Area concerts

When I started doing a weekly listing of concerts going on sale at my last job, I quickly learned to choose which shows to highlight based on ticket prices, because no matter how big a deal I think Stephen Kellogg … Continue reading

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SONG DUEL!: “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette vs. “You Oughta Know” by Das Racist

Two songs enter. One song leaves. Well, OK, both leave. It’s not like we erase all traces of the losing song from the Internet, but we determine once and for all which tune has the right to their strikingly similar … Continue reading

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Here it is, your handy dandy Decemberists glossary for “The King is Dead”

This has been a week for expanding the ol’ vocabulary, because I’ve been listening to the new album by The Decemberists on a constant loop—or as Colin Meloy might say, on a sempiternal picot. While “The King is Dead” eschews … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Change of Time” by Josh Ritter

These are the posts where I gush about some song that I’ve got a huge crush on at the moment, and you put up with it and listen because you’re a good friend. “Change of Time,” Josh Ritter Two minutes … Continue reading

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How’d They Miss THAT?: The Infamous Stringdusters spread bluegrass jams tonight at The Independent in San Francisco

It’s perfectly understandable. There’s so much music happening in the Bay Area in any given week, and the mainstream and alternative publications have so much to cover with a limited amount of space and resources, that there’s bound to be … Continue reading

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Decemberists listening party at Philz Coffee in San Francisco gives fans chance to unite and converse using words like “parapet”

Anyone who knows me knows I am counting down the minutes to Tuesday, which is when The Decemberists will officially release The King is Dead, the Portland band’s sixth studio album. I’ve already listened to the streaming preview that NPR … Continue reading

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Going On Sale: Janet Jackson, Of Montreal and other major Bay Area concerts

Consider this the first shot fired in my attempt to make this blog more than me just blabbing at you about whatever power-pop band I’m all about at the moment. Check it out, yo: Potentially useful information on tickets for … Continue reading

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Attention high school seniors: Vote Cloud Cult for class song

As my fiancée and I were driving home from Alameda today, “You’ll Be Bright (Invocation p.1)” by Cloud Cult came on the ol’ iPod. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, as near as I can recall: Her: I wonder how many … Continue reading

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