Noise

Vashti’s progress: More than just another diamond night in San Francisco

Vashti Bunyan is giving a concert at Great American Music Hall this week. To give an idea of how rare this event is, Bunyan has played fewer shows here than she has released albums,...

Volume as a religion

By G.W. Schulz Meant to blog a while back on a stack of records I’ve picked up recently. I’m only going to write about a few. I don’t articulate myself very well when it comes...

NOISE: Love Snowglobe, love their album

May I just say that Memphis band Snowglobe's second full-length, Doing the Distance (Makeshift), out earlier this year, is one of the finest unhyped sleeper-type recordings of 2006 thus far? Hip-hip-hooray for weird, whirling...

NOISE: O, we come in praise of those random acts of music

Yes, Virginia, there's much to catch up on since last week. Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mars Volta for two, last Thursday at Oakland Arena. The scene was dumpy out in the parking lot...

NOISE: In praise of Live Music Archive…

Guardian intern Joseph DeFranceschi holds forth on his favorite music download site, Live Music Archive, and offers sundry tips: If you’re reading this blog, you’ll probably be interested in the online musical goldmine known as...

To the Moondog, Ma!

Lately, I can't stop listening to Moondog. Louis Thomas Hardin was often-to-always homeless, which is another way of saying the world belonged to him. Blinded by a dynamite cap at the age of 16, Moondog...

Death + metal

Maybe the best eulogy ever written (and certainly the first I've ever read to contain the phrase "Luciferian Fire") is this one for Jon Nödtveidt, singer of the recently split Swedish band Dissection. He...

NOISE: Skating along the Bleeding Edge

You ran into the most intriguing pairings - and people - at the Bleeding Edge Festival Sunday, Aug. 13: what other event would find SF duo Matmos and a handful of other familiar SF...

NOISE: Sleater-Kinney’s last stand

Guardian music intern Michael Harkin made the trip up to Portland, Ore., for the last Sleater-Kinney show at the Crystal Ballroom on Aug. 12. Here's his review: A warm Saturday evening in Portland set the...

NOISE: Yes, there is a Grandaddy, Virginia

Yes, Grandaddy may be gone but the band's not forgotten. In particular, poobah Jason Lytle hasn't spaced on his group's songs -- though he did stumble and not quite fall during "Jeez Louise" off...

NOISE: Whoo! I mean, Wu! Rock the Bells…

Guardian assistant art director Ben Hopfer checked out the Rock the Bells rap convo on Aug. 6 in Concord: Redman carouses backstage at Rock the Bells. All images by Ben Hopfer. Rock the Bells sets...

It’s (not) easy being Green Gartside pt. deux

Yes, I, Marke B., your friendly ghost club whore, am the Scritti Politti freak on the premises (see Johnny Ray's post below), the kid who grew up with 1982's vinyl Songs To Remember under...

It’s (not) easy being Green Gartside

Yeah, so what that Sasha Frere-Jones has praised him in the New Yorker, and the New York Times is loving him, too. There's still at least one Scritti Politti maniac on the Guardian premises,...

NOISE: News flash – the Best of the Bay party was a stone-cold corker

All photos by Kimberly Chun Oh, yeah, we were suffering in the days following the Guardian's Best of the Bay blow-out at Club Six on Aug. 2. But oh was it worth it... The soju...

NOISE: I see dead people Pt. III – We LOVE you, Arthur Lee, RIP

Guardian intern K. Tighe remembers the great Love leader Arthur Lee: After his struggle with acute myeloid leukemia, psych-rock pioneer and Love frontman Arthur Lee died peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, a little after...

Take that, bitches!

Pharrell, for one, can only look up at her: The #1 album this week, debuting at the top of the Billboard Top 200, is LeToya by ex-Destiny's Child member LeToya, aka LeToya Luckett. Say...

mark pickerel aug 8

> >CHICAGO, IL: From Seattle Grunge to spooky Country: EX-SCREAMING TREES >MARK PICKEREL (Nirvana, Neko Case) embarks on SOLO CD RELEASE TOUR of West >Coast in support of debut Bloodshot Records release, "Snake in the Radio", >beginning...

NOISE: Lindsay gets spanked

Wow, I'm not sure this even qualifies as a music item, but check Lindsay Lohan's written spanking from the Morgan Creek studio boss, on the Smoking Gun Friday: 'Lindsay Lohan's hard-partying antics and recent bout...

NOISE: Manu Chao at the Greek

Guardian art director Mirissa Neff checked out Manu Chao and Kinky at the Greek Theater on Friday, July 28... here's what she saw and heard: All images by Mirissa Neff After only playing LA and NYC...

NOISE: The immutable Os Mutantes

Guardian art director Mirissa Neff checked out Os Mutantes on Monday, July 24, at the Fillmore and sent back these words and images. All photos: Mirissa Neff Reuniting for their first tour since 1973, Os...

Francoise Hardy, I Love You

Have you heard Francoise Hardy's If You Listen? First released in 1972, this collection of songs sounds very 2006 -- proof positive that Devendra Banhart could uncork some wild worship at Ms. Hardy's feet...

NOISE: More dispatches from the all-girl band front – from All Girl Summer Fun Band

What better band to speak to about all-female groups than Portland, Ore.'s All Girl Summer Fun Band. I e-mailed to Kathy Foster (drums, bass, vocals), Jen Sbragia (guitar, vocals), Kim Baxter (guitar, keyboards, drums,...

Ricardo and Girl Talk

From the desk of: Johnny Huston It's Monday, it's hot as hell, I'm wearing devil red from head to toe and I'm counting the hours until Os Mutantes save us all! Other music I'm loving...

NOISE: Camera Obscura eyed

Guardian intern Michael Harkin went to the Camera Obscura show on July 20 and this is what he thought: Scottish delights Camera Obscura treated the Great American Music Hall to a tidy set o’ fey,...