Say hi to the man with the plan – Jason Jurgens, publisher of the San Francisco-based music blog, The Owl Mag. Whether he’s writing, blogging, editing, promoting or filming Jason’s always got his ear to the ground when it comes to music. Check out his band picks for 2011.
Good food, good wine, good friends, good music. Do you need anything more than that? You can get all that and then some this Thursday, October 8, at the hottest restaurant in San Francisco right now – the Mission district’s Flour + Water– where the OCMD will be curating an evening of strictly local music.
This unassuming neighborhood gem has earned the praise of The New York Times, WSJ, and our very own Michael Bauer. Even though the entire town is busting down the doors of this place, the owners remain decidedly laid-back and committed to preserving the hip, low-key neighborhood vibe. Fitting with that theme, I’m excited to share the local love by featuring some of the best up and coming bands San Francisco has to offer. To celebrate the occasion, the restaurant has set aside several coveted tables to bestow on a few lucky readers for this Thursday. First four readers to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org wins!
A most excellent video of local heros, The Dodos, performing “Fools” at a recent KEXP sponsored show. It gives you great insight into the layers and complexities of their music. The Dodos are playing a special Outside Lands night show at The Rickshaw Stop on August 26. If you don’t have your tickets, start scalping. It’s already sold out!
The weekend of August 28-30 is shaping up to be a veritable music bonanza. Organizers of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival have announced a series of night shows for those who just can’t get enough live music that weekend (or who don’t take well to crowds.) The night show series will take place at three fine San Francisco venues: The Independent, Mezzanine, and Rickshaw Stop and will feature a tasty line up of artists such as Calexico, Conor Oberst,The Dodos, The Dirtbombs, Ty Segall, Gang Gang Dance and more.
For the full line up and schedule, click here. Tickets go on sale at 10AM today! Calexico at The Independent? I’m on it.
The Dodos, one of San Francisco’s finest, has a follow up release to their acclaimed debut “Visiter”in the works, entitled “Time To Die.” Reports from @TheBayBridged and @DodgeMOKB indicate the album has already been leaked. Poor guys. In response to the debacle, the band has set up a website to stream the entire album, pre-order it and receive free downloads. The physical release remains set for September 15, but the digital release of the album will be available for purchase/download through Amazon MP3 on July 27th for either $2.99 or $3.99. Goodness!
Okay, you’ve probably heard of this band. Their debut album, Visiter, was a darling of many a music critic. And for good reason; it’s exceptional. To see them perform live is spellbinding. They are one of those artists whose energy and passion translates better in a live forum. Their world tour is already underway, so all of you international readers have no excuse!
Another Bay Area indie pop group on the verge, their new album, Talking Through Tin Cans, was my go to album of the summer. Fresh and irresistible. That and my little boy loved it. He’s got a good ear, that kid. It was his first concert too. If you’re local, be sure to catch their last show of the year, December 5 at The Rickshaw Stop with The Muslims and Miniature Tigers.
I caught this guy opening for another local favorite, Girls, recently and was smitten. Admittedly, when I first saw this virtual one man band take the stage with his jerry-rigged drum kit and guitar, I couldn’t help but think, ‘Oh Christ.’ Which was quickly followed by ‘holy shit!’ He’s touched with that way back sound I love so much. Just take a listen and you’ll see what I mean.
With Muxtape still battling the RIAA, 8tracks has emerged as the new online MP3 playlist solution. 8tracks allows you to create a playlist of 8 tracks and share it with your friends online. It’s easy to use and they are Beta testing an Uploader feature for Mac users that allows you to drag and drop a playlist directly from iTunes to 8track. Hmmm, given how DRM happy Apple is, I wonder how long that will last. Well, go check it out now before the RIAA shuts them down too.
Here’s a mix I created for the Treasure Island Music Festival this Sunday in San Francisco, featuring Fleet Foxes, Port O’Brien, The Dodos, Okkervil River, The Morning Benders, Vampire Weekend, Dr. Dog and The Raconteurs. Can’t wait!
It’s the last day of July and half the year has gone and passed. To celebrate, I’ve compiled a mixtape of my favorite songs (not albums) of the year…so far. You can listen here, but if you want the file, you’ll have to subscribe to the OCMD Mixtape. Enjoy!
You gotta love The Bay Bridged for keeping us all apprised of the latest and greatest indie music artists in our town. Here’s a video they shot during last month’s sold out performance of The Dodos performing ‘Paint the Rust.‘ Great musicians…great show!