It’s hard, fast-moving and you stick it between your legs. No… Not that. Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about bicycles here, you perv.
Well, actually… considering that we’re talking about Bici Noir, a screening of two bicycle films—one of which is a collection of cycling-themed erotica shorts, entitled Bike Smut 8 – Come Again—I guess it is kinda like that. Continue reading »
Two of San Jose’s best-known rappers, Dirtbag Dan and Rey Ressureccion have released a new video for “Thinking of a Master Plan.” The clip, which is anchored by Dan and Res spitting verses on the steps of what appears to be a San Jose porch—whilst smoking and kicking back brews—also features plenty of shots of the city from which they both hail—the Zay.
“God bless the Zay/raising hell on these beautiful streets/ran into problems/fuckin’ with the usual freaks,” Dirtbag Dan rhymes on the chorus of the track praising his and Res’ native city.
Check out the Skylar G.-produced track below. Continue reading »
When Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada first began making music together as Moon Duo, they didn’t set too many parameters for themselves or what the group could be. “I think initially, we didn’t want to define it so much,” Yamada says. “It was more asking the question, where can we take music with just two people trying to play rock. We tried not set any limitations or strict boundaries.”
According to Yamada, keyboardist, drum machine maestro and knob-twiddler for Moon Duo, she and her musical/romantic partner just wanted to give themselves the freedom to do whatever—even if that meant turning Moon Duo into a trio. And so they did. Continue reading »
Derrick “Dstrukt” de Mayo has a thing for pineapples, grapes, and V8 Juice. Believe it or not, these are the very things he needs in the studio to get the inspiration going—which was what inspired his newest EP, Pineapples and Grapes. When he isn’t busy in the studio, you can find Dstrukt spinning at 55 South’s weekly soul dance party, Motown on Mondays, and making (good) fun of colleagues in the prolific South Bay DJ collective, BVMO. Continue reading »
It can be hard to believe now, but two decades ago ska had a pretty big moment. It was a time before Gwen Stefani’s solo debut and Bradley Nowell’s overdose, when alternative radio stations were spinning bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger and Less Than Jake with regularity. And then there were the Voodoo Glow Skulls. Continue reading »
Leave it to Kronos Quartet to deliver a program exploring ethnic wars, genocide, bombings, Afro-Cuban percussion, liturgical Jewish prayers, Tibetan mysticism and the Brooklyn Bridge. As they’ve done for 40 years now, Kronos continues to interpret the future of the string quartet, and the program they have planned for this Sunday, at Stanford’s state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall, is no different.
The concert will feature mostly new works—all of them by female composers, including Missy Mazzoli, Santa Ratniece and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Continue reading »
Tha Doggfather, himself, Snoop Dogg, is coming to San Jose next Friday, Oct. 10, to preside over what is sure to be a hazier-than-usual party at downtown night club, Studio 8. Continue reading »
There are two important facts to understand about Blue Dream, the latest solo album from Orenda Fink, half of Alabama dream-pop duo Azure Ray. First, the songs were inspired by the devastating experience of her dog passing away. Secondly, although it might seem contradictory, it’s probably the most joyful, hopeful album she’s ever written. Continue reading »
These days, terrestrial radio isn’t the first place most would turn in search of new or obscure music. But this weekend—all day Friday and Saturday—fans of the spacey sounds of modern psychedelic music, will be tuning into KFJC, Foothill College’s radio station, as it will be broadcasting live from the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia in the United Kingdom. Continue reading »
It’s that time of year again. As summer slips into autumn, the farmers prepare for the harvest, and the people prepare for the long hard winter ahead… It’s also time for Beyond Wonderland. A traveling electronic music circus—a playground for late teens and early 20-somethings to figure out just how little they can wear or just how borderline offensive a slogan they can slap across the front of a tank top. They come to get blitzed and feverishly dance—or flail, really—to throbbing electronic bass, twinkling melodies and grinding fax-machine-death-knells shaped into one of the tones commonly recognized as one of the 12 notes in the traditional Western musical scale. Continue reading »