Of a kind heart and ecstatic playing: Jason Anderson @ Democracy Center, Cambridge, MA April 17, 2015

May 14th, 2015

Jason Anderson @ Democracy Center
Jason Anderson at the Democracy Center, Cambridge, MA

from: Adrian Bischoff
to: Andy
date: Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:40 AM
subject: Jason Anderson show

So it was at this place called the Democracy Center. But it’s really just a couple of wood paneled rooms. Suggested donation, no stage, no mics. Mostly college kids. One couch, one chair but most people were either sitting on a couple tables or on the floor. No booze. Had a real old school feel to it.

There were a couple openers. They were pretty good. Then Jason comes on and immediately he gets people to move in closer and to sing along to his song, eyes closed (“say hell yeah if your eyes are closed! “) Then it just gets closer and louder throughout the night to the end where he’s standing (and jumping) on a tiny rickety table and people are all standing within inches, almost touching him, and singing along with real gusto.

After the show we told him that Red Red Moon was a major part of the soundtrack of our honeymoon and he wouldn’t let us leave–we were protesting that we had to get up super early– without playing us a condensed version of that song. As we walked out he started playing another couple their favorite song.

Just awesome. See him if you can.

Jason Anderson – Red Red Moon (mp3) (buy)

Jason Anderson – Two Kids (Strand of Oaks cover) (mp3) (no longer available, buy other music)

song obsession friday! (around leap day)

February 24th, 2012

Song obsessions are those songs that get stuck in your head. This series of posts isn’t about what I or the other panel members think is best, but what our brain latches onto, those ear worms that loop around and around in your head.

Adrian (me):
Geographer – Original Sin (On Airstreaming session) (mp3) (buy original)

Geographer live >> Geographer on record. That’s just a fact. And, personally, I like their stripped versions (find another here) more. I found this video last week and just kept hitting repeat on it. There’s something about it, between the catchy original song, the compelling presentation, and Mike’s vocal acrobatics at the end of the track that does it for me.

Geotic – Riding Thermals (mp3) (download free)

I’ve been slowly moving towards melodic ambient music for a while now – it seems a logical outgrowth of my love for both sad bastard and instrumental music. I saw Geotic open for The One Am Radio and Dntel when they were in town, and liked him immediately (incidentally, I’m not as interested in his “main” identity of Baths, but whatever). I got home late that night, downloaded a lot of his stuff, which he offers for free, and went on a binge of dreamy drone.

This track has become my favorite of his – I think it’s a combination of the simple melodic movement, and the more subtle guitar texture in the background. He tells the story of having had it looped for 4 hours one morning – I find myself wishing that I could set loop in/out points in iTunes, so I could do the same.

Al James – Cloudy Shoes (mp3) (download, pre-order the Jurado version)

Leading up to the new Damien Jurado album “Maraqopa” the Seattle Times did a feature of local Seattle artists covering one of their own. Al James covered the Jurado track ‘Cloudy Shoes’. Since Dolorean has not so slowly been becoming one of my all time favourite bands, in turn covering someone who is already one of my all time favourites found me listening over and over again. Why wouldn’t this one be stuck on repeat? It really is a no brainer for me… it just feels right/normal to listen to this song as it seems eerily natural for me just to play it and without a thought just clicking the back arrow to hear it again. I like to think of it as a tribute to the original but will settle for calling it a “cover” if I must…

Cinematic Orchestra – Build a Home (mp3) (buy)

I saw this video a couple weeks ago and the song really grabbed my attention. I like the sparseness of the piano, strings and vocals, it just works really well.

The Lumineers – Slow It Down (mp3) (download with subscription)

I really can’t wait for their album release in April. Until then, this Daytrotter version will do.

announcing! october 2011 mixtape

October 14th, 2011

It’s only been a little while since my last mixtape, but really September and October can be seen as part one and part two of the same mix. This one starts out with some soul and then movies into indie rock and folk. It’s a good one…

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes.

Adrian’s October 2011 Mixtape (zip file, megaupload link)

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply add all the songs to your library and then go to File->Library->Import Playlist and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the playlist 2011October in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

October 2011 mixtape:

  1. Raphael Saadiq Heart Attack
  2. James Brown Think
  3. Charles Bradley The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
  4. Adele Someone Like You
  5. Otis Redding Security
  6. The Womack Brothers Yield Not To Temptation
  7. Pickwick The Round
  8. Two Sheds Let her dance
  9. The Tree Ring Wore It Deep
  10. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love My Ears Are For Listening
  11. BOAT Lately
  12. The Head and the Heart Winter Song
  13. An Heart Dressed Sharply
  14. Aimee Mann The Scientist
  15. Eef Barzelay In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
  16. Leslie Sisson Blues
  17. Beirut East Harlem
  18. Crooked Fingers Typhoon
  19. Low Try To Sleep
  20. Delorean Country Clutter

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them. And tell other people about the artists!

the rural alberta advantage’s stunning acoustic ‘in the summertime’

November 7th, 2009

rural alberta advantage
Rural Alberta Advantage by ipickmynose

“Wow” “…wow. That was … great.”

I was backstage at the Bottom of the Hill for the ipickmynose presents show with the Rural Alberta Advantage. It was just me, Nils and a guy named Travis from KALX–Amy and Paul had gone back to their hotel to change. Travis had asked Nils to do a quick acoustic song to accompany the interview they just did and after a brief misstart Nils stunned me with a version of “In the Summertime.” He finished and after a long pause I could barely choke out a compliment.

the Rural Alberta Advantage – In the Summertime (acoustic) (mp3, for KALX)

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If you like this you should also check out the solo piano version of the song on the RAA’s daytrotter session. And, of course, I highly recommend buying the original version if you don’t have it yet.

Nils from the Rural Alberta Advantage at the Bottom of the Hill

john vanderslice secret house show (videos, photos)

September 25th, 2009


One may wonder how I’m so lucky. I often wonder the same thing. A great going away party has all your friends, plenty of good conversation, and maybe some beer if you’re into that sort of thing. Add to that an intimate, acoustic performance by one of your favorite musicians and it’s really hard to describe how amazing the outcome is.

John Vanderslice (myspace) did just that for my going away part. He and Jamie Riotto (on upright bass) played about an hour with no mics or amplification whatsoever. The gathered audience, sitting on the floor of my cleared out Mission apartment, was entranced. There was hardly a sound except for thunderous applause and “woos!” after each and every song. Figuring that the effect of having this show in my own apartment and for me had skewed my perspective, I said to a number of people afterwards “that was pretty good, right?” Every single one of them corrected me: “No, that was amazing.”

Thanks, JV, for making it a wonderful evening an unforgettable one. And if you were in the audience, thanks for coming. These videos and photos don’t do it justice, but they’re something I’d like to share here anyway.

Romanian Names from ipickmynose on Vimeo.

White Plains from ipickmynose on Vimeo.

Lucifer Rising, by John Vanderslice from ipickmynose on Vimeo.


I have a signed set list among my prized possessions but unfortunately I don’t have a scan of it handy. I will add it to this page eventually.


JV, by the way, has a new 7″ coming out with “Too Much Time” on it. You can get it from Dead Oceans. They’ve also posted a demo version of the song, which is flippin great:

John Vanderslice – Too Much Time (demo) (mp3)

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don’t call it a comeback (because it ain’t)

August 26th, 2009

This is emphatically not a return to form. I’ve been sharing songs with friends and I thought it was a bit silly to not share them here too.

colo(u)rful houses in Bo Kaap

I quite like this Alberta Cross song. The whole album is good, too, though I don’t love every song.
Alberta Cross – Low Man (mp3)

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Volcano Choir is a side project of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. This track was not what I expected, but it’s quite catchy/ good. And Justin’s vocals are wonderful as always.
Volcano Choir – Island, IS (mp3)

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Soul Sides has been posting some fantastic stuff lately and you’d be remiss to not check it out. Bobby Freeman’s “Good Good Lovin'” is a classic blues-based, Motown-sound track with a hard driving sax part. They posted two tracks by the Metros and both are excellent soul tracks, but I like the dark, swaggering “Since I Found My Baby” better.

They also posted these oh-those-are-funny videos of Lushlife doing acoustic covers of classic hip hop tunes. They are so funny, until you realize they’re actually quite compelling. For example, this Jay Z cover:

I definitely am going to keep my eye out for Mayer Hawthorne after a few tracks of his I heard recently. Grab the breezy, oldies- and Motown-inspired “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin'” at MBV.

I don’t know much about Monogrenade but I quite like folky The Acorn-reminiscent track “Ce Soir” that Anyone’s Guess posted.

The B-side of the Very Best 7″, “Yalira”, available here, is beautiful and worth the listen.

I’ve been listening to the Frightened Rabbit Daytrotter session a lot. The featured version of “My Backwards Walk” is great.

And, finally, if I’m posting, I feel it’s my duty to mention the great KevvyKev’s (one of KZSU’s own) 25th anniversary Bang the Drum concert with 25 DJs and 25 MCs. It’s definitely another impressive line up. Check out all the details.

boats in Kalk Bay, False Bay

IPMN KZSU: the ipickmynose sessions digital album. free!

August 1st, 2009

Starting with an impromptu invitation to John Vanderslice four years ago, I hosted a string of a dozen and an half bands on KZSU, including some of my favorite local bands. I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite songs from those sessions into a digital album that I’m offering here for free. I’m really excited about this and I hope you enjoy it half as much as I am.

The download includes mp3s of all the songs, the album art as a jpg and a special cut-out version of the album art* as a pdf that you can use to create your own album sleeve if you want to burn album to disc.

IPMN KZSU: the Ipickmynose sessions (zip file, mediafire link)

Here’s the tracklist:

  1. Joe Pug – Call It What You Will [recorded 11.20.2008]
  2. The Dodos – Fools [recorded 7.11.2007]
  3. The Ian Fays – Lemon Tree [recorded 5.28.2008]
  4. John Vanderslice – Dear Sarah Shu [recorded 8.25.2005]
  5. The Botticellis – Betrayed [recorded 5.14.2008]
  6. Beatbeat Whisper – Lulu [recorded 6.6.2007]
  7. The Light Footwork – Exit Row [recorded 12.13.2006]
  8. Two Sheds – You [recorded 5.21.2008]
  9. John Vanderslice – Dead Slate Pacific [recorded 7.25.2007]
  10. Geographer – Rushing In, Rushing Out [recorded 4.30.2008]
  11. The Morning Benders – Loose Change [recorded 6.6.2007]
  12. Or, the Whale – Crack a Smile [recorded 2.27.2008]
  13. Toromiro – Last Couple [recorded 2.25.2009]
  14. Winterbirds – Cold Hand Killer [recorded 8.20.2008]

Special thanks to: the bands, of course, for playing great sessions and creating some special music. To Smurph for engineering the sessions. To Andy and Dave for helping get together the album and make it much better than what it was in raw form.

* Astute observers will realize this album sleeve idea is influenced by the One AM Radio’s An Assembly CDr EP, which I recommend you download as well.

song obsession friday! (for the week ending July 31)–last one

July 31st, 2009

Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.

Adrian (me):
John Vanderslice – Dead Slate Pacific (mp3) (buy)

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I’ve had various versions of this song running through my head for the last week. I’m not sure what has kept it stuck in my head–the Pacific isn’t even the ocean I’m flying over in a few days–other than it is a gorgeous song.

A Girl Called Eddy – The Long Goodbye (mp3) (buy)

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For my money no female singer in recent memory does pain, longing and regret like Erin Moran of A Girl Called Eddy. We’ll miss you Adrian!

Yup, this blog is going on hold very shortly, so this will be the last song obsession post.

on sale soon (07.30.09 edition)–last one

July 30th, 2009

Posted every Thursday, On Sale Soon is a weekly series of the tickets going on sale that weekend.

Where to get tickets: The Independent, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, Fillmore, Shoreline, and other Livenation venues, the Warfield. Another Planet booked venues like Greek Theatre @ Berkeley, Palace of Fine Arts, etc. Bimbo’s.

This is the last week of this series. Enjoy while you can.

On sale now/ Thursday July 30:
9/18 Sea Wolf @ Slim’s
9/26 Blowoff @ Slim’s

10/14 Great Lake Swimmers @ Great American
10/18 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Depreciation Guild, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Great American

On sale Friday July 31:
11/15 Playing For Change @ Palace of Fine Arts

On sale Saturday August 1:
9/3 Mos Def, Erykah Badu @ Davies Symphony Hall
9/19 Jack’s Mannequin, Placebo, The Gaslight Anthem, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Limousines @ Event Center at San Jose State University

10/17 Brother Ali, Evidence, Toki Wright, BK-One @ Slim’s

On sale Sunday August 2:
9/6 Wavves, Ganglians @ Rickshaw Stop
9/8 David Cook @ The Fillmore
9/9 GLAY @ The Fillmore
9/10 Brendan Benson @ Great American
9/12 Michael Franti @ the Fillmore
9/15 Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Fool’s Gold, Local Natives @ The Independent
9/24 Manic Street Preachers @ The Fillmore
9/25 Galactic @ The Fillmore
9/25 Fishbone, Living Colour @ the Regency Ballroom/ the Grand
9/25, 9/26 Tainted Love @ Bimbo’s
9/29 Crown City Rockers @ The Independent

10/2, 10/3, 10/4 Dark Star Orchestra @ the Fillmore
10/2 Collie Buddz and The New Kingston Band, Devin The Dude @ The Independent
10/3 Shinedown, Sick Puppies , Cavo and Adelitas Way @ The Regency Ballroom/ the Grand
10/5, 10/6 Billy Bragg @ Great American
10/6 The Cave Singers, Lightening Dust @ The Independent
10/9 A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Damon and Naomi @ the Independent
101/10 Buju Banton, The Shiloh Band and New Kidz @ The Regency Ballroom/ the Grand
10/10 Satyricon, Bleeding Through, Toxic Holocaust, ChthoniC @ Slim’s
10/10 Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Zach Gill @ The Independent
10/16 Wax Tailor @ Slim’s
10/17 Monsters of Folk @ Fox Theater
10/25 Gossip @ The Regency Ballroom/ the Grand
10/31 Swingin’ Utters, Throw Rag, Thee Merry Widows @ Slim’s

11/3 Atlas Sound, Broadcast @ Great American
11/5 Hanson, Hellogoodbye @ The Regency Ballroom/ the Grand
11/10 Over the Rhine @ Great American
11/30 The Vic Chesnutt Band @ Great American

Double check all information as venues and promoters often change on-sale times and days up until the last minute.

bay bridged benefit show (or, the whale; french miami) and dorkfest (heavenly states, french miami, railcars) this week

July 26th, 2009

Or, the Whale @ Cafe du Nord during Noise Pop 2008

This week there are a couple cool events with lots of good local bands.

Friday hols Regional Bias, the Bay Bridged’s benefit show, in store for us. Two bands that I always enjoy live are playing: French Miami and Or, the Whale. I’ve seen both of these bands in recent weeks (and many times in the past) and they both put on excellent shows. John Vanderslice is also DJing. Tickets are $15-$30 if you buy now, or $20-$30 at the show.

(Incidentally, Or, the Whale have a new album coming out in September and they have three of the new songs streaming on their myspace page. Also this video/ mp3 session by Luxury Wafers is worth checking out. )

Or, the Whale – Prayer for the Road (live) (mp3, Luxury Wafer session)

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7/31 French Miami; Or, the Whale @ Verdi Club, 7:30pm, $15-$30, 21+

french miami
French Miami @ SxSW

On Saturday you can go to Dork Fest at Cafe du Nord. Though I thoroughly disagree with the premise of the event (“Looking out across the cultural landscape of San Francisco there appears a disheartening absence.”) I still think it’ll be a good show. French Miami are also performing at this show, along with the Heavenly States and Railcars who I’ve been meaning to see–I’m intrigued by their experimental rock.

8/1 the Heavenly States, French Miami, Railcars @ Cafe du Nord, 7:30pm, $12, 21+