Julian Plenti Covers America’s ‘Horse With No Name’

An excellent evening of moody, melodramatic rock last night at The Great American Music Hall in SF with Julian Plenti, the solo side project of Interpol frontman Paul Banks. It was just what the doctor ordered. Interestingly, I enjoyed his quieter material much more live than on the studio recording. Partly due to his amazing cellist. Wow, what beautiful complexity that instrument added to the evening.

The crowd was intimate but very enthusiastic, bestowing Mr. Banks lots of love throughout the night. They played their entire debut and then some, including some rockin’ new tracks and a great cover of America’s ‘Horse with No Name’. Enjoy the live footage!

the OCMD Mixtape: Budget Rock 2009

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The OCMD Mixtape: Budget Rock 2009

Whoo hoo! The 8th Annual Budget Rock festival kicks into high gear this week right in my backyard from October 22-25. The Eagle Tavern, Thee Parkside and Bottom of the Hill will play host to the West Coast’s longest running garage rock festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some great local garage rock, including The Gris Gris, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Nobunny, the legendary Mummies and more! The best line up for sure is Sunday, October 25 at Bottom of the Hill featuring nearly all of the aforementioned bands.  Oh yeah, let the shitgaze begin!

1. Dan Melchoir Und Das Menace – “Wrapped in Fog”
2. The Mummies – “Die”
3. Thee Oh Sees – “Enemy Destruct”
4. Nobunny – “Boneyard”
5. The Fresh & Onlys – “Fog Machine”
6. The Gris Gris – “Mary #38”
7. Cheap Time – “Push Your Luck”

Foreign Born + The Veils @ Bottom of the Hill

There’s always a bit of fear and trepidation when I anticipate a show as much as I did this one.  Usually you’re setting yourself up for a disappointment, but that was not the case Monday night at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill.  The stellar double header of Foreign Born and The Veils definitely goes down as one of my top concerts so far this year.

Both bands were excellent, but I have to say Foreign Born really delivered an outstanding performance with a rich, polished and professional sound rarely seen at the likes of this venue.  And they had a stage show too. When’s the last time you saw a show at Bottom of the Hill with two drummers, stage lighting and smoke effects?  It was a first for me.  They were tight.

The Veils, Finn Andrews, bared his soul during the show giving such a passionate performance he could barely compose himself after “Larkspur.”  Wow, was all I could say. His vocals reigned true throughout the night and his graciousness on stage was and unexpected surprise for me.  Impressive all around.

Setlist.fm: A Great Site for Live Gig Whores, Like Me

TechCrunch (by way of @epicurianzealot) turned me onto this great new Wiki-like site that serves as a repository for tracking live performance set lists of musical artists, called Setlist.fm. With festival season upon us, this is a site I will definitely be referencing to track the frequency of songs played by more well known artists. Setlist.fm also includes an audio and video playback feature as well as lyrics.

Plus they make it easy to integrate the set lists into your social media accounts, as seen below. Seen here are the set lists for the two Grizzly Bear shows at The Fillmore last month. I was always curious to know how similar or different those two performances were. And if they pulled out my favorite cover of Yes‘ “Owner of a Lonely Heart on the second night. Thankfully, they did not.

Grizzly Bear, “Owner of A Lonely Heart” (Yes cover)

Stop The War On Fun!

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The opposition to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control‘s attempt to shut down some of San Francisco’s finest all ages music venues takes a public face with the launch of the official website and rebranded PR campaign dubbed, Stop the War on Fun!

For those new to the issue, San Francisco has come under attack by the ABC on legally questionable new regulations they are trying to impose on some of the City’s legendary all ages music venues.  If enforced some of our best music clubs – Bottom of the HillGreat American Music HallSlim’s and Cafe du Nord – may be forced to close.

The fight has become the central issue in a recent crackdown on all things fun in the City caused by the State’s increased harassment of live music and entertainment venues for, what many call, inane technicalities. For example, Bottom of the Hill has been cited by the ABC for not serving enough Mexican food.

Stop the War on Fun is the official battleground for this fight and includes important resources and information on how to get involved.  They’ve made it easy to get started with an automated email form you can send to Mayor Newsom, Senator Leno, Assemblyman Ammiano, the SF Board of Supervisors, and SF Police Chief Gascon.

Email your representatives now!