When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Behind the buzz: There are weeks when the choice for audio bongload is
obvious, and this is one such. The censor-approved "clean" version of the new Beasties' album was prematurely released onto the Internet, leaving our
creaky (and cranky) trio to stream the explicit version in its
entirety. Reviewers are treating this release like a boardroom
statement from yet another Reagan Age corporate enterprise; something
worth heeding if not particularly comprehensible on its merits.
Release delayed from 2009 because of MCA's battle with cancer, this is the
Beasties coming to grips with an enviable legacy by creating more of
Today's dope: The last remaining flakes of last week's DJ Short's
Blueberry Kush, hoarded and toked for this august occasion.
For those about to rock: As worthy as anything off their 2005 Best Of,
"Make Some Noise" is vintage call-and-response rawkus from Ad-Rock, MCA,
and Ad-Rock going through their paces with all the anarchic assurance
of the Marx Brothers clambering out of each other's pockets. "Nonstop
Disco Powerpack" is a chimes-at-midnight hip-hop reverie, its smoky
and muted after-hours vibe yet another example of the Boys'
much-admired skill at shifting mood and tempo. Despite geezer
references like "Be kind, rewind," "OK" is au courant as fuck, its
snaky New Wave beats dialing the frantic back up. "Too Many Rappers
[New Reactionaries]" is an archly old-school (if not hyper-Tory)
fulmination on the state of hip-hop, with its bulging cargo of rats
and hacks, with guest star Nas appearing for the prosecution. "Say It"
is full-on furioso rant in the doomy Ill Communication manner. "Don't
Play No Game I Can't Win" drops Dylan references and reggae beats,
with Santigold contributing to this series of epically jazzy
funkscapes. "Long Burn the Fire" is another self-inflating helium
parable with asides like "I got tiger's claws that will scratch your
dick" tossed off like wisecracks out of Bill Burroughs. "Funky Donkey"
and "Tadlock's Glasses" wouldn't sound out of place on any of their
post-Paul's Boutique albums.
We salute you: The one-two punch of a crashing feedback rocker like
"Lee Majors Come Again" and the slow-burning deep funk of
"Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament" ought to be enough to table any
questions of how "relevant" these guys still are. Music this
accomplished so far into the Boys' bullshitting and signifying career
indicates the distance they've yet to go- all the way to gangsta
geezerdom on the Straw Gat circuit.
Psychoactive verdict: Worth saving the last few grains of your choicest.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"