Monthly Archives: May 2011

Newcomer’s Perspective: 10 favorite Bay Area acts I’ve discovered since moving here

It’s been a little more than six months since I relocated from Michigan to sometimes-sunny Oakland, and I’ve tried to delve into the local music scene. According to my obsessive cataloging of music in my iTunes library, there are roughly … Continue reading

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Playlist: 7 songs to get your Rapture on for Saturday, May 21

Obviously, I’m not the first person to come up with the idea for a Rapture playlist, but I’ll take advantage of any opportunity to talk about what an awesome album “Bone Machine” is. Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Thanks for Nothing” by Middle Brother

From its simple harmonies to its tried-and-true subject, nothing about the song is particularly revolutionary, but its emotional turns and twists are perfectly executed. Continue reading

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The Annotated Decemberists No. 1: ‘Oceanside’

I don’t want to dwell too much on the song’s title because it might just be a pretty word, but there’s something odd about trying to get someone to come “oceanside” when they’re already at the beach. Continue reading

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Amazon MP3 Store begs the question: How much Gregorian chant is too much?

Ninety-nine essential Gregorian chants??? I would argue that the number of Gregorian chants any music collection requires is one at most. Any more than that is inessential. Continue reading

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SONG DUEL!: “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac vs. “Dreams” by The Cranberries

In this installment, the bewitching vocal stylings of Stevie Nicks and Dolores O’Riordan face off to see which one will prevail as the other’s worst nightmare. Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Just for Show” by Atmosphere

“Just for Show” is a document of a nasty break-up, the type of quarrel I’d sometimes hear outside my window on warm summer nights when I lived within walking distance of the downtown bars, with shouts of, “Get out my face!” and “You wanna threaten me?” Continue reading

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Report from the show: Big ups to Minnesota hip hop with Doomtree’s Dessa, Sims and Lazerbeak at Bottom of the Hill

San Francisco has been a favorite tour stop for the Doomtree family for as long as there’s been a Doomtree. At least that’s what the Minneapolis alternative hip hop crew’s star female player, Dessa, told a packed crowd at Bottom … Continue reading

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Nitpicking the Hits: Jeremih, 50 Cent bring club culture and rape culture together with “Down on Me”

Jeremih is simply offering to let this girl continue to put drinks on his tab. How considerate! When I saw the title to this song, I assumed it was going to be about oral sex. I guess I misjudged the gentleman. Continue reading

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