Shabazz Palaces: “astral suites”

July 23, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: First, Ishmael Butler rapped as “Butterfly” in Digable Planets, a ’90s jazz-rap group produced by King Britt — their 1993 single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” won a Grammy. By the end of the 2000s, Butler quietly re-emerged as “Palaceer Lazaro” in the group Shabazz Palaces, a haunting, experimental hip-hip project […]

Anatomy of a Song: Budos Band

July 17, 2014
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PODCAST: Budos Band baritone saxophonist Jared Tankel discusses the song “Budos Rising,” from the band’s 2009 album, Budos Band II. Budos Band is an instrumental band based in Staten Island, New York. Their earlier material was rooted in interpretations of funk, soul, afrobeat, and Ethiopian Jazz. Newer material is influenced more by Black Sabbath and […]

Anthony Friedkin: Not Journalism

June 27, 2014
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For the ECONOMIST: LAWS legalising same-sex marriage are (or soon will be) in effect in 17 states in America and in more than a dozen countries worldwide. These include Luxembourg, whose openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, recently helped pass same-sex legislation that will go into effect early next year. Interpride, the umbrella organisation whose […]

Anatomy of a Song: Zoe Keating

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Preview: Quantic in Oakland

June 24, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: The English producer, DJ, composer, and musician Will Holland spent the past seven years writing, performing, and recording music largely in Cali, Colombia, surrounded by local and regional artists, designed mostly for home listening. But Holland, aka Quantic, was itching to combine all of the rich Caribbean, South American, and African music […]

Anatomy of a Song: Zoe Keating

June 17, 2014

PODCAST: Cellist and composer Zoe Keating discusses her song, “Optimist.” Keating uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layers of cello, creating intricate music. She is known for her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY approach: she releases her music online without […]

José James: Jazz via Hip-Hop

June 16, 2014
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For SF WEEKLY: Singer José James is a go-to example, in the 2010s, of how jazz is — and always has been — a music that consistently redefines itself. James, 36, who has collaborated with the experimental producer Flying Lotus and appeared on The Tonight Show, brings a soulful baritone singing voice and disparate music […]

Craigslist is My Music Scene

June 16, 2014
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For THE ATLANTIC: In his speech celebrating the E Street Band‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, bandleader Bruce Springsteen said something striking: “Real bands are made primarily from the neighborhood. From a real time and real place that exists for a little while, then changes and is gone forever. […]

Brown Sabbath: Metal Latin Funk

June 12, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: Black Sabbath is widely considered the pioneer of heavy metal: the band played blues-influenced music via downtuned guitars and eerie lyrics. When performed by Brown Sabbath, a Latin funk-rock band from Austin, the music becomes a new beast — psychedelic, percussive, symphonic. The thought of such a project — Black Sabbath covers […]

Sylvan Esso: Smart Pop

June 4, 2014
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For SF WEEKLY: Before Oakland’s tUnE-yArDs takes the stage at the Fillmore this Friday, Sylvan Esso will do its part to remind audiences that plenty of pop music in 2014 is interesting: subtle, smart, and infused with artistic sensibility. In Sylvan Esso songs, producer Nick Sanborn creates beds of hushed electronics similar to Four Tet […]

Vinyl: the Rebirth of Records

June 3, 2014

For the ECONOMIST: RECORD Store Day is a date for independent music shops in America and Britain to celebrate their existence and the music they sell. This year’s festival, which took place in April, has been hailed as a watershed moment in the renaissance of vinyl. Record companies marked the day by releasing nearly 500 […]

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