-+*What are you listening to? Listen to some Bay Area bands I HEART on RDIO! I was using RDIO, but I couldn’t find any good Bay Area playlists. I decided to remedy that problem by making my own. You can now listen to this SF playlist, filled with tons of bands I’ve been loving for the last few years.
-+*If I said, “Lila Rose killed it last night at the independent.” I would be making the biggest understatement of the year.
-+*Last nights show at the Fox presented by Noise Pop was epic. Four bands in three hours = MIND BLOWN.
-+*I discovered geographer in 2008. They had a small fanbase, but I was quite impressed with their sound. I had no idea at the time, that five years later I would be seeing them at the Fox with a crowd of thousands.
-+*I was sitting in the back of Brick & Mortar waiting for GNTLMN. Somebody told me they weren’t playing tonight … so I was a bit annoyed. Apparently they were replaced by a band called Human Touch. I decided instantly that I wasn’t interested. Thus I continued drinking and schmoozing at the bar.
-+*The Noise Pop pre-party kick off event was last night at the Academy of Science. Were you there?
This year I am covering Noise Pop with a press pass. (LEGIT) The Pre-Party was my first event, and they had a special entrance for the press. (TOO COOL) There was no line and we got to cross a fancy, softly lit people bridge behind The Academy of Science … this was pretty cool!
-+*My favorite part of Noise Pop are the Happy Hour Events. They’re free, open to everybody, and a great place to discover new bands. Not to be biased … but I am … and I must erge you not to miss Thursday’s happy hour, hosted by my project Balanced Breakfast and featuring some of my amazing friends band’s: The Damn Fanatics, Friends w/o Benefits & Bear Lincoln. The Happy Hours are hosted by such groups as San Franpsycho, Do415, Different Fur and The Bay Bridged, and you will see me at all of them. So before you head out to an official Noise Pop show, come join us at Bender’s.
-+*It started with Waters opening for Weezer and it happened again the other night when BATTLEHOOCH opened for of Montreal.
I started listening to of Montreal in 2000. I thought they were a pretty big deal then and I still consider them to be one of my more favorite bands today! Thus when I discovered that BATTLEHOOCH was playing a show with them … I knew I had to be there. My BATTLEHOOCH friends were the icing on an already good cake, and I wasn’t about to miss my piece! It’s an amazing feeling when a young band filled with your friends is suddenly playing with a huge world famous bands. It’s like your little boys are growing up.
Maybe you’ve noticed this … but I feel like a lot of the bands I started falling in 2009 have recently come in to their own. Suddenly the bands that I used to see on a monthly basis at some small venue in The Bay are touring places farther & farther from home. In addition many of them are opening for a huge acts instead of headlining for smaller acts. It’s a super interesting food chain … you’re the biggest animal in your city … then you become the smallest beast in a large world circuit.
-+*Jason Kick was running the sound last night at Amnesia, he asked Bridgette Moody, the lead singer of Haunted Summer if she was ready. Her response was simple, “where is my beer?” She looks around, sees it on the piano next to me. “Can you hand me that?” I did. “Now I’m ready.” She took her gum out of her mouth and stuck it to the top of her Korg, then with the help of her band proceeded to give the stage and the rest of Amnesia all hell.
-+*Last month I got to talk to Sondre Lerche on the Phone about his tour and his show in San Francisco. IT WAS AWESOME!