Over the weekend, hip-hop behemoth Drake took the Bay Area by storm, landing, according to the Internet, pretty much everywhere. On Saturday night he tweeted: "In the bay area... love it out here." And if Twitter is to be trusted, Drake really does love the Bay — like, literally all of it. Composite internet reports tell of a whirlwind adventure that took the Canadian artist through both San Francisco and Vallejo, as well as a handful of just about the most random East Bay spots you could think of (including Southland Mall, Eastmont, the Oakland Zoo, and Gordo's Taqueria on Solano). Who knows how much of it is true, but according to several sources, it looks like he got some work done.
Lest you think Boots Riley and Lupe Fiasco were the only celebrities to descend on Occupy Oakland, wait 'til you glimpse Ernie, Bert, and Cookie Monster amid the hoopla. The entertainment site Uproxx just posted a full album of photoshopped images depicting your favorite Sesame Street characters as Occupy Wall Street protesters. It's gotten enough traction on Twitter to render #OccupySesameStreet a fairly popular hashtag. We dedicate this one to all our friends camping out at Frank Ogawa Plaza this week.
Oakland metal band Saviours just released a new album, Death's Procession, on Kemado Records, the band's fourth. Check out the video for new song "Crete'n," featuring shots of West Oakland, the Port, Merchant's Saloon, and Eli's Mile High Club. The band plays September 29 with Bison BC, Weedeater, and Fight Amp at the Independent.
So here's tantalizing new workout video from Oakland rapper Dolla Will, directed by Casual of Hieroglyphics, and featuring an extremely grizzled Too $hort. To quote staff writer Ellen Cushing, "I definitely interpreted 'vet' to be short for veterinarian, not veteran, and am now hella disappointed :( ."
Now this is precious. Chester Hanks, son of famed Concord-born actor Tom Hanks and actress Rita Wilson, is generating his own little cult of celebrity — as a frat boy rapper. And he's just released an ode to his school colors at Northwestern University, done over the beat to Wiz Khalifa's hit, "Black and Yellow." In "White and Purple (Northwestern Remix)" Haze puts his own collegiate twist on Khalifa's anthem to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some favorite lines: This is college/Hittin blunts after hittin books/Soon as I hit the keg dudes be gettin' shook. Check out that socialite swagger:
Not for nothing does Berkeley High alum and Harvard- student- turned rapper Sliggitay (aka Nathan Simmons) call himself "a criminal with no convinction. Check out the video for his new single, "Based in the Bay."
Three minutes, 56 seconds of perfect yuppie angst, courtesy of the (partly) Bay-based Fog and Smog films! Choice line: "I been on edge ever since they took kombucha off the shelf."
What’s happening around the Bay in music? Lots! Let’s recap, shall we?
1. New Club Night in Oakland: When it comes to nightlife, Oakland is definitely on the come-up. But Starr Piwowarski says the city still lacks a “great dance night.” Which is why she helped start a new club night in Oakland called “Club Drama.”
Held at the Uptown on the last Thursday of the month, the event features “familiar indie dance tracks all while offering a large selection of electro and dance remixes to really give you that dance-club feeling that you can't find unless you make your way across the bridge,” wrote Piwowarski in an e-mail. Sample artists include Marina and the Diamonds, The Gossip, Dragonette, Martin Solveig, Ke$ha, Ladytron, The Presets, Amanda Blank, Crystal Castles, MSTRKRFT, Goldfrapp, Simian Mobile Disco, Peaches, and more.
Club Drama is also “queer positive,” she says. “With a full lineup of gay DJs, we welcome gay, straight, bi, transgendered, queer oriented and people of all ages over 21.” Club Drama had its first event last month. The next one will be held Thursday, April 28. $5. For more info.
2. Tonight, local rap duo Foreign Legion will premiere its new movie Night Moves, in tandem with the release of its new album of the same name (release date April 12). “It’s a sitcom about two struggling rappers who have just inked their first major-label deal, and are trying, against all odds, not to screw it up,” according to Express music editor Rachel Swan. Check it out the screening tonight at 8 p.m. at Disco Volante (347 14th St., Oakland), followed by a live performance by Foreign Legion.
Speaking of hip-hop and movies, check out the trailer for the Beastie Boys’ new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (release date May 3), featuring a redonkulous amount of celebrity cameos, including Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ted Danson, Jason Schwartzman, Elijah Wood, Will Arnett, and others.
Twenty-two-year-old spoken-word artist Jazz Hudson has been rocking Oakland mics since the eighth grade. From her first writer's workshop at the West Oakland Library — where her father sent her to "curb that mouth of hers" — she has performed from the streets of Oakland and Richmond to the national stage, often with her three-year-old son Nassor at her side. Video by Vanessa Carr.
1) Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder is embarking on a solo tour this summer in support of his forthcoming album, Ukulele Songs, according to the Contra Costa Times, which likens Vedder's effort to Tiny Tim. Vedder plays the Paramount Theater July 11, tickets go on sale April 1.