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Monday, December 14, 2015

Recreating a Masterpiece: Rock Band Okkervil River Celebrates the Ten-Year Anniversary of Black Sheep Boy

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM

The band: Okkervil River. - CREDIT: FARLEY BOOKOUT
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  • The band: Okkervil River.

Black Sheep Boy, the third album from Austin, Texas indie-rock band Okkervil River is a tempestuous, inclement creation—or, one might say, a recording born under black clouds. It is unquestionably forlorn, and Will Sheff, the band’s founder and frontman, has been remarkably candid about what contributed to the dark tenor of Black Sheep Boy. A tumultuous, on-and-off relationship was coming to an end, his band teetered on the brink of disintegration, and he was essentially homeless, living in a recording studio while he tried to collect a little extra cash working at a video rental store in Austin.

And yet, Black Sheep Boy was a certifiable breakthrough album for the band. It ended up on a slew of year end Best Of lists, sold far more than the group’s previous two LPs, and solidified the group as a mainstay on the indie rock scene. This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the album, and, to celebrate the decade milestone, Sheff (and his record label Jagjaguwar) remastered the original album and reissued it on December 4 (alongside its companion piece, Black Sheep Boy Appendix and a collection of cover songs for a third LP titled There Swims A Swan). Despite the deep sorrow associated with the 2005 album, Sheff said it hasn’t been difficult to once again explore Black Sheep Boy.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy 50th Anniversary, Rubber Soul!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Today is Britney Spears’ 34th birthday, and while it’s fun to speculate what might be going through her mind now that she’s a year from aging out of the 18-35 demo, it’s also the day of another memorable rock milestone.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Rubber Soul, the Beatles sixth album. A very unscientific poll conducted over the course of many years has revealed that most Beatles fans under 40 rate Revolver as their favorite album. There’s a strong case to be made that it bridges the early and late periods, and I love it dearly. (“Tomorrow Never Knows” is particularly mind-blowing.)

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Happy Dilla Day: Celebrate at Mighty Tonight With "This One is For Dilla"

Posted By on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 3:37 PM

In the nine years since game-changing rapper-producer J Dilla died at age 32 from a rare blood disease, his hometown of Detroit has annually marked his birthday (today, Feb. 7) with a daylong show, party, and celebration of his considerable influence.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Moment of Truth: The Roots' Do You Want More?!!!??! Turns 20

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 8:45 AM

“You are all….You are all about to witness, some organic hip-hop jazz. 100 percent groove. And ya don’t stop! It’s from The Roots. Philadelphia-based rap group. Now check, check. Imma start it like this. Yo, dig it:”

About a week ago, The Roots’ major label debut, Do You Want More?!!!??! turned 20 years old, and I was swept by a rush of memories. This was the album that established The Roots as the greatest live hip-hop act in the world. Up until this point, all hip-hop knew was a DJ and MCs, but the Philly crew turned this notion on its head with a full band led by drummer ?uestlove, backing MCs Black Thought and Malik B, and a human beat-boxer named Rahzel.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

35 Years Ago Today, Jello Biafra Came In Fourth In the S.F. Mayoral Race

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Punks go to the polls, November 1979. - VIA ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
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  • Punks go to the polls, November 1979.

Here's an Election Day tidbit you probably won't see on C-SPAN: Thanks to a post from his nearly 35-year-old record label Alternative Tentacles, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you youngsters and Bay Area transplants that on this date in 1979, San Francisco residents turned out in relatively high numbers to try to vote Dead Kennedys frontman and general rabble-rouser Jello Biafra into office as mayor of our fair city.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mezzanine to Mark 10 Year Anniversary With a Month of Shows in April

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Trinidad James kicks off Mezzanine's 10-year anniversary series on April 4.
  • Trinidad James kicks off Mezzanine's 10-year anniversary series on April 4.

Mezzanine celebrates 10 years in the game with a series of anniversary concerts this April. And while the downtown nightclub kicked off in 2003 with a laser focus on DJ and dance music events, next month's roster of performances perfectly encapsulates how Mezzanine has evolved into a venue for many kinds of artists.

Atlanta upstart rapper Trinidad James -- perhaps best known for launching the catchphrase "Popped a molly, I'm sweatin', woo!" on his single "All Gold Everything" -- kicks off the birthday month with a live appearance on April 4.

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* We're Celebrating Metallica's 30-Year Anniversary This Week

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Is 45 Years Old Today

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM


It's the song that defines Otis Redding, and one of the most famous songs about San Francisco (or at least San Francisco Bay), ever. It was released 45 years ago today, on Jan. 8, 1968, on the great Stax/Volt label. And despite the song's close association with one of the greats of '60s soul -- and its status as an all-time hit -- it's often forgotten that Otis Redding himself never actually heard the final version of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

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NOFX at 30: The Band's 10 Most Controversial Moments

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 3:30 AM

NOFX: About to turn 30 - KATIE HOVLAND
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  • NOFX: About to turn 30

Reassuring us once and for all that turning 30 doesn't mean you have to start behaving like an adult, NOFX -- the West Coast punk icon/touring kegger that never winds down -- announced this week that they'll mark the end of their third decade in existence with a limited edition box set of deluxe LPs, a collection of every studio album the band has released.

That's 12 records in total, if you haven't been keeping count, with a limited number of them signed, plus "a life-size version of the band's infamous stage banner." They won't be issued until Feb. 19, though. So for the NOFX aficionado who just can't contain their excitement, here's a walk through some of the most colorful memories Fat Mike and the crew have given us over the last 30 years.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

SF Party Push The Feeling Celebrates 1 Year with YACHT

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM

YACHT performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
  • YACHT performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Well, that went by fast. A year ago, a couple dudes behind DJ/promotion outfit Epicsauce started Push the Feeling, a low-key party at the gritty, unheralded Lower Haight club Underground S.F. The monthly aimed to showcase some of the new dance and electronic music burbling up from outside of the regular club scene. A year later, the party has hosted the likes of Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick (spinning as his DJ alter ego, Les Sins), Thrill Jockey act High Places, and notable locals like Blackbird Blackbird and James & Evander. Next Friday, it celebrates its one-year anniversary with a headlining DJ set from one of the most reliably fun acts on the DFA label, YACHT.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Top Five Excellent Jimi Hendrix Songs You Might Not Know

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience

There aren't a lot of undiscovered gems in the catalog of an artist as widely admired (and repackaged for commercial gain) as Jimi Hendrix. But there are some remarkably good songs outside of the five or 10 that are his most famous. Today, in honor of what would have been Hendrix's 70th birthday, we're rounding up five lesser-known Hendrix tunes -- deep album cuts and live recordings -- that we think deserve more attention than they've gotten. If you know these already, sit back and enjoy. If not, here are some songs you've gotta hear:

See also:

* Jimi Hendrix's 70th Birthday: 13 Revealing Quotes From the Man Himself

* Hendrix at 70: Jimi Was Headed For Jazz Fusion and Hip-Hop, Not Earth, Wind & Fire

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