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
We wanted to like this. It's on 4AD for chrissakes. The same 4AD that gave us some of the greatest alternative music of the last century. Pixies! Throwing Muses! Cocteau Twins! Belly! The The! What's not to love? And the current roster ain't to be sniffed at either, what with the Mark Lanegan Band, Iron & Wine, The National, and David Byrne & St. Vincent all calling 4AD home. What we're saying is, we usually trust 4AD Records implicitly. But, put simply, Grimes' "Genesis" makes balls all sense to us. Take a listen -- please though, for the sake of objectivity, close your eyes after you click play, because the video makes this whole thing about fifty times worse.
We're serious. No peeking. We'll get to the visuals later:
The Song: Okay, so it starts with a Middle Eastern vibe, then shimmers its way into an outtake from Madonna's Like A Virgin album and then the vocals come in and it goes all... Clannad. Like Enya and shit. But that doesn't last long either, because then it just turns into the kind of thing that sounds like little girls chanting on the playground while they jump rope. Then there's a weird Asian vibe. Then a piano comes in and the bizarre mumbled vocal stylings wibbling over the top remind us of that noise you hear coming from the back of the Muni after school just got out. You know. That thing where three teenage girls are listening to a song on one of their tinny-ass phones and trying to sing along even though they don't know the words. It's unnerving. Frankly, by the end of this babbled nonsense, we can't help but feel the only good use for "Genesis" is on the soundtrack of a horror movie featuring a psychotic pre-teen. Creepy, creepy, creepy.
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The Video: Okay, now we want you to go back and actually watch the video this time. We would suggest not doing so while eating or drinking, however, for you are about to laugh your ass off. Grimes' Wikipedia page lists her, in addition to being a "singer-songwriter," as a "visual artist" and "music video director." Really? Because this thing looks like what happens when intoxicated people are too proud of their outfits at Burning Man and decide to capture the moment by turning a video recorder on and trying to look "artsy." It's screams amateur from the get-go.
Haphazard rave dancing -- wait, actually: is that even dancing? It's mostly just arms waving at random -- in front of some headlights in the desert looks neither exotic nor sexy here. Instead, Grimes kind of just looks like a crazy person. Which is an appropriate place to start, because everyone in this video looks like a mental patient. Braid lady looks pretty stupid in the ocean, then she picks up a sword and looks even more ridiculous. Then, just as we think it can't get any worse, she puts on a "sexy robot" suit and parades up the street pulling sex faces, even though she's wearing white Spice Girls boots, which are attractive foot attire on literally no one. Shoot to Grimes in the back of a car, dressed like a 12-year-old, holding a massive snake. Okaaay.
It is at this point that shit goes from mildly confusing to completely hilarious. Here's a summary of everything: There's a limo party with bubbles, robot psycho showing us her fake nails before performing some kind of tantrum dance ritual, then there's a group shot of six people all dressed for a different costume party. (Is that 1993 Courtney Love, second from the right?) Then everyone goes on the most miserable camping outing ever, plays with some medieval torture instruments, does some backflips, and the snake makes an escape attempt. (Who can blame the poor creature?)
Honestly, this whole thing is almost worth it just to see what happens when Grimes dances with her mean-faced robot mate in the desert around 2.52 minutes in. Absolutely priceless. If only there were five and a half full minutes of just that on its own -- comedy gold.
In short, the song's awful and the video is enormously embarrassing. We can only hope that future generations never find this and think we all ran around trying this hard and ultimately failed to this degree. Mostly though, we're just going to pretend that 4AD is not responsible for any of this nonsense.
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.'"