Monthly Archives: December 2011

Rankstravaganza: My 15 favorite albums of 2011

The album is dead. Long live the album. Increasingly, my listening habits tend to revolve around individual tracks, so I tried to adjust my year-end list-making accordingly by making My 30 Favorite Tracks of 2011 the primary entry in this … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza: My 10 favorite tracks of 2011 by Bay Area acts

I’ve only had a year and some change to really immerse myself in the Bay Area music scene, and I’m still feeling my way around and discovering new things daily. So I would never dare to say the following tracks … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza: My 30 favorite tracks of 2011

I don’t know about you, but for me, 2011 was not a year of discovery. Most of the songs that bubbled their way to the top of my most-played tracks from last year were by bands I already knew and … Continue reading

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Read a profile of San Jose band Picture Atlantic on another website because somebody’s paying me to post it there instead

You didn’t think I was doing this blog just for yucks, did you? No, I’m in it for the bucks. Ideally, this is a showcase for my writing in the hopes it might lead to paid writing gigs. And that’s … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Party Crashin'” by Blacktivity

Over some banging, reckless beats, Illtone describes the world’s biggest asshole tearing a path of destruction through a party, ranging from the inconsiderate (failing to flush the toilet) to the felonious (stealing the host’s DVDs). Continue reading

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Terrible band names I came up with that you’re welcome to use when naming your terrible band

When my own band was trying to come up with a name, I started keeping a list of odd word combinations that I’d read somewhere or that had come up in conversation. Most of them were so ridiculous that I never even considered presenting them to my bandmates. I saved them only for my own amusement. And now I present them here for your amusement. Continue reading

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Who’s Where? East Bay: Spots to hear live music in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda for Dec. 9 & 10

You’re a music fan in the East Bay. All you need to know is who you can see play this weekend and where to see them. Who’s Where? is your weekly concert listing offering everything you want with nothing you … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Tell Me What I Did” by Ben Folds Five

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. “Tell Me What I Did,” Ben Folds … Continue reading

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10 pleasant surprises hidden in this year’s Grammy nominations

In a category usually dominated by schmaltzy duets, it’s a pleasure to see a stompin’, southern gothic, traditionalist shit-kicker like “Barton Hollow” nominated. Continue reading

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