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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hear Jeff Adachi's 1978 Psychedelic Folk-Rock Tune "The Ballad of Chol Soo Lee"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM

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The Sounds of Asian America Tumblr unearthed a gem from Jeff Adachi's past.

"The Ballad of Chol Soo Lee"  was a 1978 single intended to raise funds for Chol Soo Lee's defense. Lee was a Korean immigrant who was falsely convicted of murdering a Chinatown gang figure in San Francisco in 1973. His case became a major cause for Asian American activists, including Adachi, and he was eventually granted a new trial and acquitted. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hella Saucy: Bay Area Rap Dances Are Getting Harder

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Priceless Da Roc, creator of "Hella Saucy."
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In advance of his Underground Celebrity EP, which will be available on iTunes and Amazon on April 16, rapper, dancer, and San Francisco State student Priceless Da Roc dropped an EA-Ski-produced single called "Hella Saucy" that features an accompanying dance video.

Priceless and Richmond DJ J12 are the duo behind last year's infectious J12 dance craze. After hearing "Slow Down" by Clyde Carson and the Team, Priceless and J12 made their own version of the song with a guest verse by Priceless and dance moves the two created for the track. Carson embraced the version and made it an official release many months after the original dropped, a wise move that gave his song a large boost. He also featured the J12 dance in the video -- by which time it had already spread through Bay Area schools and dancefloors.

As it turns out, though, the J12 was just the first move.

See also:

* Learn the J12, a New Bay Area Hip-Hop Dance Anyone Can Do

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Against Me!'s Tom Gabel Comes Out as Transgender; Internet Explodes with Support and Shock

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Tom Gabel
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It should have been obvious to us all for years. In 2007's "The Ocean", Against Me! vocalist, Tom Gabel sang "If I could've chosen, I would've been born a woman..."

Most listeners at that time took it as a statement of solidarity with women from a vocalist who made a career out of being vocally politically left and feminist. But on Tuesday, news broke that Tom Gabel very literally wants to be a

woman... and is about to start undergoing treatment to physically become one. The

news broke via Rolling Stone,

to whom the one-time anarchist opened up to this month about the

gender dysphoria she has privately dealt with for years.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Hey, When Did Metallica's Lars Ulrich Turn into a Cool, Funny Guy?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 8:44 AM


Over the years, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich just hasn't done a lot of things to make people like him. Let's recount: he's often an obnoxious interviewee; he pulls some of the most annoying faces in drumming history; he played a role in one of the most embarrassing music documentaries on earth, Some Kind Of Monster; and -- who could forget the final nail in the coffin -- his grandstanding brought Napster to doom. No, Lars hasn't really excelled at making himself look like a good guy all that often.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

BART Musician Adam Young Shares Tips on Busking for a Living

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM


Adam Young was playing in the Powell BART station yesterday. But it wasn't the Owl City lead singer Adam Young. The Bay Area's own Adam Young is a cellist who has just started his first year at the S.F. Conservatory of Music. During the summer months, he busks in BART stations to earn his living.

When Young plays, he is serene -- his eyes half-closed, he cradles his cello as his bow weaves back and forth. Yesterday, in his black-and-white outfit, he matched the monochrome floors and walls of the Powell BART station so that he seemed more like an art installation made for the space than a street musician.

As a BART regular, Young has a small local following. As I watched him play, a little old lady stopped to listen and began rummaging through her handbag. After dropping a donation in his cello case, she shuffled up to me and whispered, "Look how hot he is!"

But there aren't always adoring fans, and there are bad days as well as good ones. Young tells SF Weekly that it's important to have a cheerful attitude when busking.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Bilinda Butchers: Hazy, Seductive New Bedroom Pop from S.F.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:38 PM


Alright, so they're called the Bilinda Butchers, which will either infuriate or delight My Bloody Valentine fans out there. (Non-nerds: Bilinda Butcher was the seminal shoegaze band's second vocalist, the one who sang that song you love on the Lost in Translation soundtrack and most of the others you probably know.)

The Bilinda Butchers, however, is not another warmed-over shoegaze band -- which is a good thing. What is it? Warmed-over chillwave, or dream-pop, or something: Think machine beats, haze aplenty, dragging tempos, vocals half-covered in the luxuriant vapors of a cheap synthesizer. This S.F. duo cites the Radio Department as a big influence, and appropriately so: Like the best Radio Department stuff, a few of the songs on the Bilinda Butchers' new EP are pretty much immediately seductive. That EP, Regret, Love, Guilt, Dreams -- which came out last week -- is available for download on a pay-what-you-want basis. Hear it after the jump.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Meet Gabriel Angelo, the 12-Year-Old Playing His Trumpet on S.F. Streets to Pay for Music Lessons

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM

It's not often that you hear the theme song of The Godfather while walking down Market Street on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. It's even less likely that you'll hear it played in pure, bright trumpet notes that resonate over the noise of the traffic. This music stopped me in my tracks, so I set out to locate the source. If it wasn't a recording, I imagined it must be a tall, powerful horn player, probably older -- an ex-professional, maybe. But I was looking at the wrong height.

When I lowered my gaze, I saw a meticulously dressed young boy, one hand stuck nonchalantly in his pocket, strolling back and forth as he played in front of a sizable crowd. Gabriel Angelo, 12, plays on the streets to earn money for his music lessons at the S.F. Conservatory of Music and Berkeley Jazz School. However precocious his playing is, though, Gabriel bubbles over with a kid's enthusiasm when he shares his story.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lesson of the Day: Don't Throw Away Your Mix CDs

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM

SF Weekly's own Exhibitionist uncovered a "Secret Admirer" mix CD (double disc!) found in the used bin of a Valencia Street bookstore, complete with a (possibly unopened) note giving track-by-track commentary, and saddest of all, a date of creation: May 2011.


Highlights include:

  • An (ironic?) assessment of "Ingrown," by Smudge: "The singer of this band also played guitar for the Lemonheads, but I think Smudge is way better and it's kind of weird they were never as famous, but that probably makes them cooler."
  • A summation of Liz Phair's career in one sentence: "Too bad she only had one good album."
  • (Possibly) embarrassing admissions: "My best friend & I used to listen to this song and drive around the mall looking for cute punk boys. Sadly there were none anywhere ever." (On "P.R.D.C.T.," by Bratmobile)
  • The most accurate four words on Little Pete's favorite song: ("Summerbaby," by Polaris): "it's, like, so good."
  • The slow realization that the "secret admirer" recipient of the mix hocked it into the recycling bin less than a month after receiving it.

The whole thing is painstakingly documented at the Exhibitionist.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Mr. Lif and Brass Menazeri -- You've Never Heard Anything Like This Radness

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 2:42 PM


Wildly popular yet uncompromisingly traditional local party-brass band Brass Menazeri got into a jam with Boston's Mr. Lif. The result is so beautiful it changed our brains just to hear a little bit. Brain different now! Different and better.

Wonderful brain-changing video after the jump.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

From the Dept. of Eerily Similar Band Photos: Mamiffer, Meet Moon Duo

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Good news for people who love adult contemporary gloom-and-doom: there's a new label partnership afoot, SIGE Records, brought to you by Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner, lead growler of the dearly departed Isis and co-owner of the venerated Hydra Head label. Those two are the current core of Coloccia's group, Mamiffer (which is either "mammifer" spelled wrong or, you know, not), whose next album, Mare Decendrii, out two Tuesdays from now, will be SIGE's first release. (It sounds relatively unthunderous from this preview clip, but press materials claim an enticing list of cameos from post-metal royalty including members of Earth, Thrones, Russian Circles, and Black Math Horseman.) 

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