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scroll below for a roundup of this year in music videos, featuring Alexis Penney, Swiftumz, Wax Idols, Shannon and the Clams, and Girls. see you next spring for thick fog issue #2.
in brief: get yrself to Needles & Pens (16th at Guerrero,SF) and 1-2-3-4 GO! Records in Oakland (40th by MacArthur BART) - there are handfuls of black and white and color xerox copies of the 1st issue available. Also online & in person at Aquarius (Valencia at 21st,SF), however those are going quickly. 2nd issue is currently getting funded, but the more 1st issues sold, the better the next issue looks!!!!
THICK FOG AVAILABLE TONIGHT @ ENGINE WORKS (17TH+CAPP) SAN FRANCISCO
15 Black & White Copies with color covers.
YESYESYES MAGAZINE (SF Arts&Culture Publication) celebrate the release of their issue #2. These folks were generous enough to let me “sell” (for the first time) issues of Thick Fog.
I’m asking $2 donation - to raise $$$ to print issue #2 of THICK FOG (which is in the works)
I haven’t been posting many updates on tumblr, but I finished the first issue 2 weeks ago and since then have printed 100 copies of the zine. I have not formally sold any copies yet but will tonight. Visit this page again in the next two weeks and I’ll have a list of shops and shows where the zine is available at. For more details about tonight, scroll down to the re-blog I did earlier in the week or visit YesYesYes Magazine’s tumblr.
CONTENT OF THE FIRST ISSUE-
“The Many Sides of Tim Cohen” (Fresh & Onlys/Magic Trick) - Gabe Connor
“You’re Invited: Dominant Legs Score A Goal with Invitation” - Gabe Connor
“Look at All the Colours: Small Talk with Brilliant Colors” - Gabe Connor
“Falling Asleep with Swiftumz” (Christopher McVicker) - Gabe Connor
“Gossiping with The SHE’S” - Gabe Connor
“Audience Faux Pas” - Pedro Hernandez (Night Fog Reader)
LIKE THE FACEBOOK: will be posting updates regarding shows and shops the zine will be sold at in the next two months
SEND AN EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
once you get a zine, use this as your open comments platform (without sounding like a douche on a blog) tell us what you loved/hate about the first issue, or any questions about how to obtain a copy (especially if you do not live in the Bay Area)
@teen_ageriot : this is ME talking about MY life and trying to sound clever, but there is some intermittent THICK FOG related news relaying, so check it out
LASTLY, HERE IS THE COVER ART:
SHAUN DURKAN, YOU RULE
Yesyesyes Magazine’s 2nd issue release and solo party this Saturday 10/22.
Last year in June, Yesyesyes put what what I think, one of the best publications reflecting the music and culture of our fair city (San Francisco). Issue #2 has been a long time coming, but hey, it’ll be worth the wait: fiction and creative non-fiction by John Knight, Robert Chandler, and others, art by William Francis Bashore Keihn, Joe Roberts, James Sterling Pitt, Mattia Lullini, photography by Sunny Shokrae, Katie Miller and more! Articles by by Heather Fedewa (Wax Idols), Sirini Kumar, Liz Wood, Jen Snyder and more! Plus a piece on White Fence by Mike Harkin.
Here are the deets on the Issue #2 release party:
8PM, Engine Works, $5 RSVP here.
A Glimpse of Don’t Trip Christopher McVicker’s new LP out now via Holy Mountain.
I chose to eliminate this review from the final printing of Thick Fog #1 and make it an online exclusive. Look forward to reading a chat with Chris and I instead.
Christopher McVicker is one of the few audiophiles who actually makes music. The image of a modern-day audiophile usually manifests in a cranky psuedo-intellectual journalist who theorizes and has a vast back catalogue knowledge of music to compensate for not being able to write song of their own. McVicker has a vast back catalogue knowledge, but uses all of his wit and turns his genre bending personal music encyclopedia into simple and shiny, bubbling pop compositions.
Swiftumz, McVicker’s new project, is the dangerous chemistry of the avant meets pop, the accessible meets the inaccessible, the symbiotic binding of subgenre to subgenre. Take “Don’t Cha Want Me Back”, originally written for and performed Hunx and His Punx, here displayed as a distorted classic rock tune, one you’d find on repeat on a broken jukebox in a dystopian roadhouse. McVicker’s voice is the alien that caused the apocalypse. But it’s only the beginning of a forty minute daydream. The rest of the record is fused with patches of noise, but McVicker’s voice is like a balloon fresh of helium, sweetened and sugar coated with synths and melodic lullaby-like choruses.
A lot of the songs bring to mind the songwriting voice of Yo La Tengo’s James McNew, who shares a familiar aesthetic and the same kind of hyper-eclectic musical smarts. McVicker dabbles different shades of the 80’s and 90’s, from nerdy indie college rock galore to blissful synths that bring to mind the epic Valentine’s day high school crushes. “It’s Beautiful” could be the jitterbug for a commercial that features kids jump roping at a prep school in Harlem. “More Than Sleep” is the overture for Sundance’s next big dysfunctional family flick. The record ends with “Drift Away”, an ode to orchestrated, tribal beat glaswegian pop made famous now by artists like Glasser or Delorean. It’s ironic that Don’t Trip should be released at the tail end of summer. How great “Too Many Friends” would sound with an Independence Day hangover, yesterdays fireworks ricochet in your ears while you mow your parent’s suburban lawn.
You could come up with a million analogies to describe the sounds McVicker and crew allude to on Don’t Trip. But amidst all of the track by track diversity, there is so much sunshine and happiness. The tracks are simple (constructed by just basic chords), relaxed and unpretentious, a virtue in a landscape where musicians try so hard to prove something they think they are. So don’t try to pigeonhole and analyze this album, audiophiles. Head over to the boardwalk, haul out your beach chairs, sit back, get high. Screw what the title says, take the trip.