From SF Weekly's latest music section:
Different Fur: Late in 2009, the Mission recording studio Different Fur played host to a night of local musical magic. Upstart Berkeley band the Morning Benders was recording a video with the then-scarcely-heard-of S.F. music video outfit Yours Truly. It was a few months before the release of the band's second album, Big Echo, and the members wanted to capture a unique performance of opening track "Excuses." With Yours Truly's crisp camerawork taking it all in, the Benders gathered dozens of friends -- which included local music luminaries like John Vanderslice -- and cut a swooning, wall-of-sound version with only four mics. "Excuses" attained a cinematic grace that night at the studio, and the video, posted on websites like Pitchfork and Gorilla Vs. Bear, was an overnight success. Helped by the album and video, the Morning Benders skyrocketed to national notoriety, and Yours Truly became the new standard-bearers for independent music videomaking. (The "Excuses" clip is still Yours Truly's most-watched video.)
The shoot also marked a new period of prominence for Different Fur, a cozy complex tucked behind dual red doors on 19th Street near Valencia...
John Darnielle, Mountain Goat and American Idol: I'll tell you a very funny story," John Darnielle says. This is probably not the first funny story he's told today. Nor will it be the last. Today is a publicity day for Darnielle. When it's over, he will have talked to more than a dozen members of the music press. And tomorrow, he will do it all over again. He has submitted to this grind to promote his upcoming six-date tour, which he will embark upon to remind listeners of All Eternals Deck, the hyperliterate indie folk album he put out last winter with his band the Mountain Goats.
It's a measure of his hard-won success that the dozens of journalists who've requested his time have been corralled into two days of 15-minute phoners. Darnielle is less available these days than he once was... [Note: Story is online-only, so read it here!]