Woke up yesterday morning totally fried from moving apartments all weekend (see below) and was pleased to hear our friend Tommy Guerrero being interviewed on KQED's Forum (listen online or download the MP3)... Covering his music, skateboarding, art, etc, it's an interesting 1 hour long interview and you're gonna wanna download it for later listening enjoyments... or listen to it right now.
The San Francisco Chronicle describes musician Tommy Guerrero's work as "a soul, jazz, psychedelic fusion that feels like a soundtrack for walking the streets of San Francisco." That's appropriate, since Guerrero first made a name for himself navigating the city's avenues and alleys as a pioneering pro skateboarder. We'll talk to Guerrero about his journey from high school dropout and teen skate god to entrepreneur and indie music icon. He joins us as part of our "First Person" series featuring the leaders, innovators and other individuals who make the Bay Area Unique.
Tommy Guerrero @ Fecal Face's 10 Year Show Closing at The Luggage Store - Oct 8, 2010
Photos from the OFF!, Trash Talk and Cerebral Ballzy show at the Middle East in Boston. Sometimes it seems like I only shoot bands anymore. This show ended with a shattered window at the venue after one of the punks who got tossed out for crowd surfing decided to return the favor. --Tod Seelie
SXSW #2 Wednesday, 06 April 2011 /// Written by Tod Seelie
Tod Seelie continues with his coverage of SXSW. In his words, Worst thing at SXSW ever: Watching a white guy with a ponytail "rapping" about "drinking diet coke" while his model-looking fake "DJ" pretended to do things on a mixer and dance like a stripper. I cannot make this stuff up.
Battle Rages Over a College Radio Station’s Sale <-- In mid-January, the University of San Francisco abruptly took KUSF off the air. In announcing the sale of the station — which for 34 years beamed cutting-edge rock, public affairs and other programming to a diverse audience — the university said KUSF would not be ending, but merely changing to an online-only format with an enhanced student presence. -Keep reading
Will Oldham Friday, 18 February 2011 /// Written by Trippe
Mirkarimi introduced his resolution to save 90.3 fm KUSF yesterday... From the nearly unintelligible stenographer transcript of the proceedings, the vote breakdown went like this:
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi: Aye
Supervisor Scott Weiner: Aye.
Supervisor John Avalos: Aye.
Supervisor David Campos: Aye.
President David Chiu: Aye.
Supervisor Carmen Chu: No. [told you so!]
Supervisor Malia Cohen: Aye.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd: No.
Supervisor Mark Farrell: No. [ again, told you so]
Supervisor Jane Kim: Aye.
Supervisor Eric Mar: Aye.
After the vote, President Chiu's announcement "the Resolution is adopted" was met by applause by the KUSF supporters who showed up for public comment... From what I gleaned, the resolution needed unanimous approval to be effective, so what exactly is the implication of its "adoption"?
Basically, it appears that the SF Board of Supervisor's agreed (mostly) to ask the FCC nicely to cancel the sale, but the decision is still in the hands of the FCC. So, we write them. The stupid part is, despite being the Frikkin Communications Commission, this has to be done with snail mail.
The address is:
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Secretary
445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20554
While you're dusting off stamps and trying to remember how letters work, you should write to USF's Michael Bloch- the letters will be included in a public file for the FCC. Michael Bloch's on our side, so be nice.
University of San Francisco
College of Arts and Sciences
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Last I heard, KUSF was still $3000 short of the cash they needed to retain a lawyer, information on how to make a tax deductible donation can be found here. - As an aside, the USF Faculty Association Policy Board adopted a similar resolution yesterday, Feb 7 2011, requesting that the University cancel the sale.
Roisin Isner, music editor, fecal face dot com
"Cities" drops April 1st, 2011, album art by Tony Kincses
If a boat departs from a harbor and during its voyage successfully replaces every single part, is what eventually docks by all rights the same boat? Similarly, if every cell in our bodies is regenerated every seven years, is it still the same body? While I can’t attest to the Biological accuracy of that last example, the question remains: can I rightly call "Cities" the second Downer Party EP?
Forget everything you've ever heard about The Downer Party- who made a name for themselves with 2009's irreverently lighthearted pop debut "Ego Driven Lust Creatures." Since that release, the band has undergone a complete metamorphosis of membership, resulting in a very different kind of project. This Downer Party, arguably distinct from the one we met in 2009, emerges anew with "Cities"- a departure into more contemplative waters, leaving in its wake a richer and more textured sound.
photo by Andrew Callaway
from left: Josh Merry (bass/backup vocals), August Churchill (guitar/backup vocals) Sierra Frost (guitar/lead vocals), Chris Crawford (drums)
The EP is at once a love letter to and about cities, speaking aptly about places that can also be people, and indeed a metaphor for self. "Cities" was executed start to finish by the band in Churchill's basement, which in and of itself might fail to impress, until one recalls Frost's veteran career of label representation; this marked decision to work in an insular manner demonstrates the band's commitment to- and consumption with- the growth of the project. The opening track, Country Kids, is an eat-your-heart-out for any San Franciscan, superimposing visions of empathy and idiosyncrasy against the vibrant backdrop of our city. The drums on the song Chicago, which you can listen to here, cleverly mimic a beating heart, at once aligning the physiology of the listener with the music and stripping away their skin with the track's starkly raw intensity. The thesis of the EP, succinctly summarized by the final line of the final (and title) track, reads "and how can it be, that we live with those we love in different cities." Thoughtful lyricism throughout sheds light on complex relationships between people and the places they find themselves, real or imagined. The maturity of these observations is all the more impressive when one considers that their author, Sierra Frost, is still a few months shy of 21.
If you've been on this site, you've already heard about the shady closed door sale of beloved our beloved community station, 90.3 fm KUSF. I'll resist waxing on about the importance of this old and established San Francisco fixture, and instead focus on what we can do. By the time you are done reading this, you could have done (almost) all of them.
As you also might have heard, Supervisor Mirkarimi was scheduled yesterday (2/1/11) to introduce his proposition to block the sale of KUSF to the Board of Supervisors. He asked for a continuance of one week- this is a good thing.
Supervisor Mirkarimi addressing the crowd yesterday, photo by Gina JustGina
This is one week where we can accomplish some serious community organizing. The nub and thrust of the whole thing is to make it blatantly and unavoidably clear that the loss of KUSF is unpopular. The board will resume on Tuesday, February 8th to vote. In the meantime, take every step you can to voice your opinion to the Board of Supervisors, like:
1. Call and Keep Calling- If you don't know your district, check this district map. Then check here for the contact information of your Supervisor here. If you call during normal business hours, your call will be answered by your Supervisor, or an aid. Calling after they close is also effective, jamming up the voicemail can do wonders. Tell them, firmly, that you urge them to stand with Sup. Mirkarimi to block the sale of 90.3, and restore broadcast programming of KUSF.
If you are not registered to vote, call anyway. If you are registered in one district, but live in another, call both supervisors. If your Supervisor is Ross Mirkarimi, call Mark Farrel of D2. It's adjacent, and he's one of the more conservative leaning Supe's.
If you are not a San Francisco resident, but live within the broadcast radius of KUSF, you can still call- call all of them.
2. Email, Email All of Them- emails can also be found on the Board of Supervisors website. A succinct sample would be:
"Dear Supervisor ________,
I urge you to vote in favor of Mirkarimi's proposition on Tuesday, February 8th. KUSF is a valuable community asset, and I wholly oppose it's sale.
Not only another rally to support KUSF out front of City Hall today @1pm before the supervisor's meeting @2pm, but Ty Segall, who played our 10 year party, will be performing out front. Support KUSF and see Ty Segall. Double bonus good times.
Mr. Matt Furie stopped by Fecal Face last Tuesday and we recorded a couple of Podcasts for your downloading pleasure.
First we drank a couple beers while Matt DJ'd a taste of the music he's been listening to... Afterwards, Matt answered many of your questions submitted through email, our Facebook page and Twitter page. All areas of Matt's prolific comic book and fine art career were covered, and we think it may be one of our finest Podcasts to date. ~Check it
Load this XML file into your ITunes and check the list of artist interviews and musical mixes. There's a lot in there and growing... Trouble loading it into ITunes? You can subscribe through the ITunes Store as well for FREE. Just search Fecal Face.
Matt will be showing tonight at Needles and Pens. ~Show Info --> Should be a fun show w/ music from DUB KNOW DUB.
XXCOMMUNICATED Saturday, 22 January 2011 /// Written by Bryan Derballa
It was 4AM and the streets of Philadelphia were wet and shiny. One of the guys in the entourage started skitching on the side of old-ass limo, the kind with the boomerang attached the trunk, when a middle finger presented itself from out the window. Certainly one of the more brilliant things I've seen at that hour.
It was either a roadie or a townie, but he bet me $100 that I couldn't kickflip on his longboard. The board was about as long as a car bumper and the wet griptape was slicker than a seal. But through sheer force I pulled it off. Of course I didn't get the $100. But I think I did earn the respect of Jamie Smith from The XX who I'd been photographing for my first feature for The FADER. It was our last few minutes hanging out, after days of slinking through greenrooms and backstage of theaters. Going into this, I knew two things about Jamie -- that he was a musical genius and that he was notoriously quiet. Talking with him, I learned that he was a skateboarder. We bro'ed down over that and Jamie let me do my thing.
But still, having some creepy dude (me) follow you through the innards of a theater or the afterhours club with a camera always dangling from his neck doesn't really have a calming effect. At least until my kickflip. Then wading through the soggy streets to the tour bus, I finally felt like one of the gang. Even if I didn't take any more pictures, I knew I could and it would be alright. Even if it couldn't change the content of the photos I already shot, it did change what they mean to me. This is my friend of a few days, Jamie XX, and this is his story.
Hanging out front USF with those who arrived too late.
We were turned away at the door last night to support KUSF by a police officer who told us that the theater was filled to capacity already and they weren't letting anyone else in... Well, glad to hear and see that the turnout was massive last night as KUSF fans voiced their grievances with USF president Father Stephen Privett and even going so far as to call him a sell-out douche bag which, in our opinion, may have gone a little too far... But, when people are angry for a good reason, such as this, tempers run high...
Logan Kroeber of The Dodos supports KUSF
It sounds like the president stuck to his guns and never answered the question we wanted answered, which is, WHY? Sure, he did say USF is an educational institution which teaches students how to work and run a radio station, but that the school isn't in the radio business... The radio station is staffed more by volunteers than by students. But, over the decades the station, by nature of broadcasting to the public, has affected the community and the community has grown to love and appreciate the station to the point that the station has become its own San Francisco icon... The station is a musical institution, though not just in San Francisco, but throughout the independent music scene across the United States.
We were surprised by the amount of SFPD in case things got out of hand.
Is the school struggling so badly that it needs the 3.75 million they sold the frequency and transmitter for? If so, at least give others who would like to save the station a chance to raise the money to counter the offer, but they didn't. Instead, the deal, which took years to work out, was done in secrecy. No one working in the station knew. The USF students didn't know nor the USF faculty knew... Pretty much anyway you come away from this, it's bullshit how they kept all who may be interested in the dark... The school loses. San Francisco loses. The music community at large loses.. Hopefully KALX takes steps now to prevent this from happening across the Bay!
Pleased to see that the local media was out in full force.
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.
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" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.
"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on
Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details
NYC --- 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.
Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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