The Two Times I Met Steve Soto
July 15, 2018
The Two Times I Met Steve Soto

Steve Soto from The Adolescents (and a hundred other bands) passed away last week. I didn't know him well but we have several dear friends in common; I've got various CDs of his in my collection, and saw him live in a few different projects over the years. Personally I've only had two very small interactions with the man.

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Five Underrated Material Issue Songs
July 8, 2018

Material Issue are already a criminally underrated band — everyone knows that. We’ll save the spewing about how they should be huge (but instead are a long time best kept secret for those of us that remember them) and instead just focus on 5 of their deep cuts that really should be well known singalong tracks for the masses.  “Valerie Loves Me”, “What Girls Want”, “Diane” — the band knew how to make a big pop song. And some became their singles.  Others are equally amazing, yet buried on the albums. In no particular order…

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12 Tips For Your First Tour As An Indie Musician
March 11, 2018

There’s this great community called Balanced Breakfast; it’s a San Francisco monthly meetup for musicians to talk about various facets of the music industry.  Last week in the Balanced Breakfast Facebook Group, someone asked this question:

“Does anyone have advice for someone trying to book their first tour? I’d like to do a west coast tour (Santa Cruz, LA, maybe Portland and Seattle) but don’t really have any connections in those areas. Thanks!”

And my answer got some positive feedback so I thought I'd share it here for others. In no particular order...

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2017 Holiday Mix CD
February 17, 2018

It’s been 15 years in a row now that these have gone out.  I have no plans to ever stop.  CD players will continue to fade away; I’ll keep making them until CDs are vintage and retro and I’ll keep making them after that too.

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Jawbreaker / Composite / Neutrals at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
January 15, 2018

Neutrals were good, really dug them. 1990’s punkish indie rock played by three guys who looked like they were teens in that era. From what I could make out of the lyrics, it sounded like at least a couple of their songs were about California. At one point in their set, they made a joke about the show being a "punk rock parents date night" and asked people to raise their hands if that was true of them. A fair amount of the audience did so...

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12 Best Albums of 2017
December 28, 2017

It's that time of year again when we all post our "best of" lists and show everyone what they missed over the last 12 months...

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Episode 7 - Turn It Around and Top 5 East Bay Punk Bands
September 22, 2017

The podcast is back! After WAY too long of a hiatus we've got a new episode ready for the world with more to come! In this installment, Tony and Nolan review Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk at The Crest Theater, while eating pizza...literally WHILE eating pizza.  If it sounds like we're talking with food in our mouths, it's because we are. (Kids, don't walk with food in your mouths, it's rude.) 

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Record Store Day Vinyl Purchases
September 20, 2017

In San Francisco over the weekend. Was finally able to catch up with Jen and get the Record Store Day vinyl she had for me.

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A Few Thoughts On Grant Hart and Husker Du
September 14, 2017

Like many of us, I woke up to the news that Grant Hart from Husker Du had passed away.  The first time I heard Husker Du was off the "Never Mind the Mainstream: The Best of MTV's 120 Minutes, Vol. 2". (Looking at the track listing, I'm pretty sure this album is how I first discovered other bands too, but that's a story for another time.)  I was a bit late to the party on the band, admittedly.

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