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Music Blog #1
Written by Jennifer Merz & Gary   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 16:23
Welcome to the Fecal Jennifer Maerz and Gary as our music bloggers! Welcome our two new music bloggers, Jennifer Maerz who writes about music for the Weekly and for other national publications and Gary who writes about celebrities and man-child sightings for the nationally published Star and New Yorker magazines... Both will be contributing to this blog (unnamed as of yet) on the regular. They will help. Gary will Gary. First, let's start with Jennifer 'cause she has photos.

Based on our work as judges at last month's Air Guitar Championships, John thought I might possess some kind of keen observation skills (I could really differentiate between delivering a perfect-squish-face-6.0 score and a close-but-no-Van-Halen measly 4.8 to the contestants). So after hitting some of the Mission Creek fest for Fecal Face, he's offered me a blog on sorta music-related goings on in San Francisco. Below is a random collection of the things I've perused over the past week or two. I apologize in advance for the quality of some of the photos - some day I'll learn more than two settings on my camera.

I get invited to some weird shit sometimes -- and as a rule, I never pass up a booze cruise. So on a recent summer night, I had visions of sailing the Bay aboard the massive battleship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, cocktails in hand.

Unfortunately the crew relayed that not only was the O'Brien not a battleship (it was just a stinkin' cargo ship) but that it also would not be leaving the port.

That did not mean, however, that the hull of the ship couldn't display some wicked information on Sea Perils! I think we encountered a peril later that night. Or maybe it was a sea lion.

I have no idea how I got on the guest list for this Xingolati party -- a group I've since learned operates huge Burning Man-crowd vacation cruises with bands like the Flaming Lips -- since a) the one and only time I went to Burning Man was over six years ago and b) I'm not the type to drop references to life on "the Playa" in everyday conversation. But hey, my friends and I were in agreement that Burning Man people are very friendly, so we hung there for a while.

This guy was playing into the sink by the bathroom, and it echoed into all of the stalls. [editor's note: I think these people's photo looks better sideways. I don't think I can handle that shirt that guys is wearing above vertically!]

There were many conversations about hot springs and organic fuel alternatives in between sets from DJs spinning free-love one-world sorta music. [or any of these shirts]

But really, it was pretty amazing to sip gratis wine at sunset aboard the Battleship Burning Man.

After the boat, we were released into world of Fisherman's Wharf on a Friday night! Which was crazy! How crazy? Fried-food-hamburger-chain-place-crazy!

From there we went to the Hemlock to see garage punks the Country Teasers, who are a bunch of witty crummudeons who talk shit about everyone and everything to the delight of snarky smart-asses everywhere.

The show was fun, it was packed, and it made dance partners out of the most unlikely-looking companions.

I was disappointed that the same big crowd hadn't packed the house for the Tough & Lovely show at the Hemlock a couple nights before. T&L re-work '60s girl-group songs into original garage pop 'n' roll. The singer belted her lyrics like a woman whose heart isn't to be messed with. (Check out their MySpace page ...especially "Hard to Love Me.")

What else? Last weekend a Japanese MC named Tigarah had her first show in San Francisco. She's being touted as the "Japanese M.I.A." and her music was a mishmash of hip hop, funk, crunk, and a whole bucha other stuff from around the world. She and her Brazilian DJ, Mr. D, were decked out in the colors of baile funk, the yellows and greens of Brazil.

Tigarah played the Rickshaw for club Loaded, a good match even though the crowd didn't know her stuff well enough to dance much during her set (her CD isn't even out yet, although she does have some songs online). The show itself felt a little raw as it went along - it needs more time, polish, and definitely more bass.

But hey, at the end of the night, it was Loaded, and people danced.

Saturday we went back to the Hemlock. I swear I don't only go to shows at the Hemlock. But here's Tony from the Hemlock and Tim, who's played sax for Comets on Fire and Howlin' Rain and lots of other people.

The headliner that night was Howlin' Rain, Ethan Miller from Comets' new band. Ethan calls the music "van rock" and it has a slightly mellower vibe then Comets (keeping some of the good feedback freakouts and cool guitar work intact). You can actually hear Ethan's rapsy, salt-of-the-earth singing, which is awesome. (image 866, image 900)

What it feels like to stand in the Howlin' Rain.

Monday night was totally "smells like teen spirit" at Bottom of the Hill for Liars.

I mean that in a good way. The club was sweaty and packed and it was the start of the work week and being a sold out show at Bottom of the Hill it was impossible to see anything but your neighbor's dandruff. But these kids totally lit up the room from the opening acts, slamming into each other, pouring water on one another, and basically projecting that "holy shit I fucking love this band don't you" vibe that you really only get (with that level of enthusiasm) from total drunks - who, when they try to mosh, tend to crush your feet. But these guys were the best. The reminded me of jumping around at shows when I was a teenager in Portland, only it was like Camper Van Beethoven and stuff back then.

The kids also made me think how cool it is that the Internet has opened people still sporting braces up to shit like Liars. This is music with no hooks, no choruses really, nothing but deep rhythm (two drummers and guitar) and chanting and scorching white noise like a Sonic Youth makeout anthem. So while the Red Hot Chili Peppers shit out another two gold bricks of mall funk for their high school brethren, these younguns found their long-haired messiah in Angus, the lanky Australian front man for Liars. Smart choice.

All the bands playing that night had a singular moniker. First up was Rabbits, and then Apes (who had a totally different singer all the times I've seen them before. The last dude was like a cross between Devendra Banhard and Charles Manson, and the new guy - who introduced himself as "the new guy" looked like this.)

Apes' music was a good match with Liars. Apes had that intense, arty San Diego/GSL sound that's equal parts PiL-goth and dirgy Stooges grind. The lyrics were delayed so much they were like runny egg yolks sliding down the speakers. The band was just keyboards, a singer, drums, and one guitar - but the guitar sound was so full and so loud I think this guy bore a hole into my ear drums and excavated the last of my hearing during their set.

The night was all about Liars, though. Not only were their songs the most complex - and weirdly soothing, in their beyond-the-fray-metallic-jams-but they came on stage in a bundle of clothing that the trio stripped off in layers. Angus had his weird pajamas-in-prison thing going on towards the end. It must be a statement about penal colonies.

Magic (if you ignore that that kid's hand is pushing the back of the girl's shirt up a bit high).


Hello and welcome to the first edition of "My Life Is Ruining My Life". If you are wondering how I got a music column on fecalface the answer is I asked. If you are wondering how qualified I am to write a music column the answer is I am not really. I have a lot of records and I have a lot of opinions and I have a computer I can type on so maybe that qualifies me. Or maybe its just that I said to John one day "Hey can I write a free form music column on fecal? I have a lot of opinions and I ramble on about things a lot." And John said yes. That's kind of how it went anyway. I hope you are not expecting me to write about all the hottest bands and how good their show was and how their record is going to be the next big thing because I probably won't be writing about that. I am getting free form to do what I want or at least write about what happens.

Let me tell you about what I thought was going to make a great first column but didn't turn out how I expected at all. A few months ago right after I first approached John about this column I saw there was a High On Fire show going on in my neighborhood. It was at 12 Galaxies and I remember Gargantula played too. They were great by the way. It's people from B'last and Spaceboy and it sounds like that genre of Santa Cruz metal but a little catchier than Spaceboy was. I can't say they are better than B'last just because when I first heard "Start The Machine" it changed my life. Not my whole life but seeing Jason Jesse skate to that song in a video when I was a wee lad growing up on the east coast it made me realize there was another world out there and it's called California. I actually just got up from the computer and put on "Take the Manic Ride" from B'last after writing that last sentence. There is so much nostalgia in my record collection it makes me feel old but in a good way. Not the "been there done that" way but the "damn those were good times and I got see some amazing things when they were happening" way. Wait a second, I am rambling too much, back to my story. That what the readers want right?

I thought "this is my opportunity to really impress people with a High On Fire interview in my first column". I figured I see Matt Pike (vocals/guitar) around. We have some mutual friends. I have talked to him before. It will be no problem. I put new batteries in my mini tape recorder, I wrote out some questions I thought would be funny. I read them later and they weren't. Now, all I had to do was find Matt and ask some questions right? Well the only time I actually saw him was while they were playing and I don't think he saw me, and that would not really be the time to do an interview. Maybe I should try that sometime though. Yell a question to a band as they are between songs. So here I am now reflecting on that night and thinking about what I did manage to do. First I managed to get really drunk. There is a liquor store up the street that has cheaper drinks than the club and there is a nice set of steps between the two to drink with your friends on. Good times. And the other thing I did manage to do was record some really dumb things on my tape recorder. One of which was my friend telling me on the drunken walk to another bar afterwards about some retarded relative who shat out 2 feet of their intestine and how the toilet was filled with intestine. Totally gross story but maybe more interesting than just another interview. Maybe not. Either way High On Fire did kill it.

I hope my ramblings are enjoyable to someone. If not then "Ha! Ha! I have a column so I can say what I want!" Write to me if you want. I have an email address. Thanks for reading.
-gary
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Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

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NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

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Sun Milk in Vienna

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Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

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Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

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The Albatross and the Shipping Container

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Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
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When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.

lead

Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading

 

"Six Degrees" @FFDG
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Work by Meryl Pataky

 

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Ron-Turner

Ron Turner of Last Gasp

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Solidarity
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36

charlie

 

SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
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tiburonbridge

The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link

 

1/5/14 - Going Back
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As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.

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NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
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nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

ABOUT HEADLANDS
Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.

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Congrats, Dudes(ette)
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:29

Just want to say congrats to Fecal Face's Rachel Ralph for graduating from SFAI with her masters in curatorial studies. Also want to congratulate Alex Ziv who also just got his MFA in painting. Also a high five to the talented Mario Ayala who also just graduated from SFAI as well! --- All super talented artists (thinkers), and we're excited to see what the future holds for them!

 

 

 


 

 

 

Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.


Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.


John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


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