Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor

I had the pleasure of seeing David Byrne and many other well-noted musicians perform the music of the elusive Nigerian synth-funk William Onyeabor at the Warfield. I felt the music. Who is William Onyeabor you say? A Fantastic Man…

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Dominant Legs On Repeat

After a quick stint to Los Angeles to go to the L.A. Art Book Fair and see a dear friend, I can’t stop listening to this…

Somehow it reflects my weekend emotions music wise completely.

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The Ghost of Gram Parsons

I couldn’t help but feel the ghost of Gram Parsons while in Joshua Tree and listening to country rock at Pappy & Harriets. There is a make shift memorial where his body was left at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree. We ventured out to find it but there was nothing there expect a light scribble of his name on a rock. I brought imaginary flowers, and played his songs in my head. When returning home, I listened to my many Gram records and then watched Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons, the documentary about his life and tragic death. I couldn’t help but wonder where his music would have taken him if he was still alive today but took refuge in his songs of yesterday.

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The Flying Burrito Brothers Gilded Palace of Sin cover shoot.

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I Need You Bad- SF Garage Rock Compilation

I Need You Bad – a compilation of the Bay Area and beyond garage rock scene comes out tomorrow on Polyvinyl. It features some of my favorite local bands playing sweet tunes and is curated by the one and only Sonny Smith (of Sonny and the Sunsets). Can’t wait to see it performed live at the Chapel! You can listen to the album in it’s entirety here.

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Album art by Shannon and The Clams!

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Dream River Weekend

It’s a Bill Callahan Dream River weekend. Can’t wait to be in his magically subtle presence. This song is his musical interpretation of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

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Portland End of Summer Fun!

When in Portland, I tend to do the things I like to do in San Francisco (or anywhere for that matter).  I like to eat good food, drink good coffee, ride bikes, go to record/book/vintage stores, and drink good beer. That’s pretty much what we did along with stopping to smell the roses in the city of roses.

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Eggs Florentine with veggie sausages at the City State Diner.
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IMG_2358 Cascade Barrelhouse makes the most magical sours in the world!
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I found this 1950s New Directions copy of Paris Spleen at Powell’s Books! A prose poem inside is this blog’s namesake.
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Three friends went to Three Friends Coffee. Delicious bagels too!
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IMG_2396 Sweedeedee is the cutest cafe. Their pickles,pies and pastries look out of this world!
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Our Surly bike gang.
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Broder Cafe has all the Scandinavian goodness.
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We went to Beermongers with a beermonger.
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Ladd’s Rose Circle is a great place to stop and smell some roses.

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Kelley Stoltz- Double Exposure

Can’t wait for Kelley’s new album Double Exposure to be released on on Third Man Records 9/26.  He’s a genuine San Francisco staple, back to his same old tricks. Who would have thought this song would be a tribute to a Kimchi Taco Man?

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Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

I was lucky enough to catch the documentary Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story on PBS the other night. It was kismet.  I’ve always been a fan of Stax Records and their story is a bitter but sweet one.  Although they were a small label, they still managed to sign and record many of the greatest Soul artists of all time: Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, Sam & Dave, William Bell, Carla Thomas, Booker T. & The M.G.’s and the list goes on. I must go to the Stax Museum in Memphis, TN someday.

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The B-side of Things Get Better/Good Love, Bad Love by Eddie Floyd is one of my most cherish Stax 45s.

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