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Birdmonster, Division Day and Two Seconds

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I went and saw Birdmonster play at Slim’s last night.

Opening were Division Day and Two Seconds. (I’ve seen Divsion Day before before, but I don’t remember exactly where and sonicliving isn’t helping, since it won’t let me search past shows.)

Anyway, they play some relaxed but complex sounding rock with some pop appeal. Check them out on myspace.

Two Seconds are Sierra Frost and Lily Faden, two young girls from San Rafael who have a lot of potential. It’s obvious that they have talent and drive, but they seem to lack the confidence needed to take risks with their music. While the drumming was consitently solid, the songwriting and guitar playing tended toward cliché and bland. Nevertheless, check them out on myspace.

Now to the headliner, Birdmonster. I’ve seen Birdmonster a number of times and my friends Ali and Willo are friends with the guys in the band. I’ve always liked them both live and on their record, but I have to say that they’ve stepped their game up a notch. As a band they’re tighter and more confident, which leads to a certain amount of relaxation on stage, which leads to even better music. They’re playing well and will only get better. Expect big things from them.


Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Don’t worry, before March I didn’t know what SSPU stood for either. But now I do.

If you haven’t heard of them, the Silversun Pickups are an indie rock band from LA that has been making waves in the indiekid scene this year.

I saw them for the first time at a Filter Magazine party at SxSW this year. I just went for the free food, but came away loving this band (then I got some free shoes at the Saucony-sponsored party next door!).

I’ve seen them play a few times since then, including last night at the Rickshaw stop. They rock more each time.

Also, their drummer’s cymbal stand seems to get taller each time.* See it float above the crowd.

Some random highlights from the show:

  • Nikki broke a string on her bass. She rocks.
  • They played, I think, a four song encore, all requests. Ali got a request in.
  • One of the opening bands,Viva Voce was amazingly good. The title of their current album is Get Yr Blood Sucked Out and Anita Robinson is an awesome guitarist.

* An interesting anecdote. After I made a comment along the lines of “that cymbal stand keeps getting taller every time I see them, and I’ve seen them four times”, the girl in front me turned around and said “I think I’ve seen them six times”. To you that may sound like she was being a snob and you’d be right. But she was being the same kind of snob as me, which made it perhaps the hottest thing I’ve heard in awhile.

Microformats dot org 1-year anniversary

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Tomorrow, June 21st is the one year anniversary of Microformats dot org. Its really tough to believe that I’ve been working on this for more than a year. And, after a year, things seem to be going stronger than ever. Here’s some random thoughts:

  1. When we started the site, we thought the project would have a limited shelf-life. We really thought we’d spend six to nine months working on new formats, then that’d be it. We’d then go on publishing and building tools. We have many ongoing efforts and there’s no end in sight.
  2. Its taken longer for us to get microformats search going than I expected. There’s been a lot of good things going on at Technorati.
  3. Microformats have gotten more positive reception from members of the UpperCase Semantic Web Crowd than I expected. I’ve also learned a lot more about those technologies and that crowd.

Of course, since its Web 2.0, and Web 2.0 is about the partying, there’ll be a Microformats Dot Org anniversary party tomorrow night at 111 Minna. See upcoming for details.

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Yesterday morning, I was standing on a pair of skis at 9800 feet above sea level with the wind blowing snow in my (sunburnt) face.

This morning, I was standing at about 100 feet above sea level, about 3 miles from the beach, with the wind blowing rain in my (sunburnt) face.

I think I can get used to living in California.

Spoon @ The Warfield

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Spoon owned the Warfield last night.

spoon at the warfield
photo by buzz

We got to the show in the middle of the opening act, American Music Club— some SF natives who I made sure to catch, based on a recommendation from Brian.

I wasn’t overly impressed with them. According to Britt Daniel (Spoon’s frontman), then may be “one of the last great American Rock ‘n Roll Bands.” He probably right, they played a straight-up rock ‘n roll style, not pushing any boundaries or doing anything innovative (except for singing about gay strippers from Columbus, OH). Britt also said that their manager referred to AMC as “pre emo,” which could easily be shortened to preemo and applied to a large number of bands which wish to assert their authenticity as rockers in a world of rock-wannabes.

Spoon, on the other hand, have no need to assert their authenticity- they play their music, their way and they obviously enjoy doing it. Britt Daniels plays with a great deal of emotion, as any guitar playing frontman must. And he’s backed by a solid group, who never let down and never missed a beat.

Just as on their albums, Spoon managed to be both catchy and raw at the same time. They build songs up to hooks which will repeat in your head all night, all the while remaining unpolished and meaningful.

(this is an event hreview by ryan king)