A new store called 33 Revolutions Record Shop and Cafe has opened in El Cerrito. 33's founders include an ex-Wholefoods tea buyer, Dave Chavez, and a collector of rare jazz and soul records, Dave Kloski. Naturally, the shop is set to specialize in both areas, with organic tea and coffee as well as a nice selection of hard-to-find vinyl on hand. 33 also buys used records, offering collectors a place to pick up and unload rare jazz and soul. The shop is located two blocks from the El Cerrito BART. For more information, visit their website.
The rumors are true. The three members of Green Day are indeed members of the side project Foxboro Hot Tubs, which kicked off its short North American tour with a last-minute show on Thursday night from the sweaty confines of Oakland's Stork Club. The band consisted of all three members of Green Day -- Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool -- as well as long-time Green Day touring guitarist Jason White and a keyboard player unknown to this attendee. The group was also graced with an appearance by Billie Joe's sister, whose name could not be heard from where I was hyperventilating.
The band rumored (never confirmed, but widely agreed) to be another Green Day side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs, embarks on a three-week long US tour, starting with the Stork Club tonight, and heading to Billie Joe's old stomping grounds, Crockett's Toot's Tavern tomorrow. Tickets for all shows cost $20, and available only on the day of the performance, at that venue's box office. So if you aren't already lined up outside the Stork, grab your mini-fan and watercooler ASAP.
Shane's fourth full-length is a consistent, quality set of mainstream pop. After eight years in San Francisco, she has established herself as a reliable voice on the local scene. Have Heart reveals maturity with well-paced compositions that don't overexert themselves and do what they do well.
DIY charm abounds, from handmade packaging and brother-sister harmonies to the adorable yet substantial indie-folk itself. Beatbeat Whisper's Ayla and Davyd Nereo straddle Americana and indie, practicing contemporary "outsider" folk at its best: modest, smart, and enduringly satisfying.
Fans of Tommy Guerrero will note this project bears a certain gravitas - welcome or not - that his easygoing solo compositions lack. The instrumental, 26-minute In the Interim is art with a capital A: Filmmakers visualized and shaped seven of the nine songs here, and their work is packaged on an accompanying DVD.
I need dough, flow, and the ho's, Mike P. declares at the onset of his Andre Nickatina-produced debut. But it isn't all cliché, as P. endears himself with bumpy raps about SF's Fillmore District, the NBA, and baked goods. Help comes from Equipto, Mike Marshall, Smoov-E, Cognito, and others.
This Berkeley indie-pop band has racked up accolades across the country lately, and for good reason. Though Talking Through Tin Cans is the young quartet's first full-length, it feels fleshed-out and mature, irresistibly so, in the manner of the finest guitar-pop between the Beatles and the Shins.
Is it fair to review a remix album without hearing the original? Only when judging it on its own terms, and that's where Those Things Remixed excels. This is no blip-fest of one deejay trying to outdo the next. Instead, a wide range of collaborators including Crazy P, Alix Alvarez, and J-Boogie turn out a funky, tasteful batch of grooves.
There's something here, but it's buried beneath a rough exterior. The Hearts formed in San Francisco via Craigslist ads last year and debut with six songs showcasing summery vocal melodies (a hint of Stevie Nicks) and simple, effective rhythms. What's missing is the magic between the lines.