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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In Print: Zoe Keating's Tech-Fueled Cello Explorations, the Beautifully Stoned Noise of Young Prisms, and More

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Zoe Keating: "The technology creates this little box that you're always pushing against the edges of," she says. "I find it really good to have these limitations of [recording] latency or RAM or even frustration -- all those things are annoying, but they actually create the music." This goes double for her live shows, where her compositions sometimes wander off into new territories. "When I make mistakes I have to incorporate them into the performance, so many of my pieces are the result of happy accidents," she admits: "I'll do something onstage that might be a disaster, but I have to save it, and afterward I kind of like the way it happened. There's something about being frustrated with computers that leads to interesting musical forms."

Young Prisms: Getting high is a big part of the life and sound of Young Prisms. Their debut single, "Weekends and Treehouses," was inspired by the three original members' habit, back in their high school days, of smoking bowls in a treehouse on a friend's spacious San Mateo County property. Friends for Now is, as singer-bassist Giovanni Betteo describes it, a postcard from a time when having intoxicated fun with each other is one of life's central occupations. And he's talking about the present. "It's just a document of being young and drunk and stoned and whatever else," he explains. "We're at this stage in our lives, and none of it's really going to matter five years, ten years from now."

Sizzle & Fizzle -- Highs and lows from the week in S.F. music: Author Michael Chabon's hip-hop fetish, Huey Lewis' Bay Area absence, the Dodos now flying with Neko Case, and more.

Also, we recommend shows from Asylum Street Spankers, Jazzy Jeff, and Sasha


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