Saturday, January 29, 2011
On the Hunt for the Best Jukebox in the Haight
The heyday of authentic jukeboxes is long over. With many bars installing those nasty touchscreen digital Internet boxes, the old school record-flipping kind of jukebox is a dying breed. And this is in the town that originated the concept of jukeboxes back in 1889. So what denotes a quality juke these days? It's subjective, but there are some key signifiers: diversity of the records and mood-setting capabilities. In this column we seek out and celebrate the remaining machines. We also measure their success with a one to five drinks scale, based on how long you'll want to linger and listen [...]
Hello, Meat and Cheese: Veganize This!
I’m not a person who typically enjoys mock duck. I don’t often try to imitate meaty taste and texture when home cooking like many vegans do, and when faced with faux meat versus gold standard-but-simple tofu dishes at restaurants; I’ll always choose the latter [...]
Monotonix Explains Why They Dump Trash on You at Shows
At any given Monotonix show, you will see three hairy men crowd surfing with their instruments, throwing trash on the crowd, spitting beer on the crowd, leading group sing-alongs and, possibly, pissing [...]
Saturday, January 22, 2011
KUSF Supporters Deliver Message of Frustration, Outrage to USF President
On Tuesday, the nearly 34-year-old freeform San Francisco radio station KUSF went dark after the station's FM license was sold -- without any warning for listeners and without discussion amongst station volunteers and DJs. Last night, those who felt they didn't get to have any say in the situation got a chance to air their grievances [...]
Vegan Pizza Day Is Coming: Time for Doughy Boot Camp
The vegan pizza slice is elusive. It’s a rare, yet progressively more visible gem, in a world traditionally made up of shredded cheeses and rounds of meat. Walk in to any standard pizza joint in the country and ask for a piping hot slice of dairy-free, meat-free pie. Chances are, the confused chef will either laugh or offer to simply pull the cheese off a slice (um, no thanks)[...]
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Little Wings Warms a Bitterly Cold Night at Amnesia
It was aberrantly chilly last night. Too cold to go out really, to leave the safety and warmth of home, but for Kyle Field, also known as Little Wings, the people of San Francisco made the trek to Amnesia [...]
Sonoma rock impresario’s newest act is kosher cabernet
Bruce Cohn was just a child when he learned how to milk goats on the family farm in Sonoma County.
He would eventually find his way back to farming — sort of — by starting the B.R. Cohn Winery, but not before making a big mark on the music world as the manager of the rock group the Doobie Brothers [...]
Homegrown Israeli folk star is rising on high-tech scene
When Yoni Bloch performed his first Tel Aviv show nearly 10 years ago, a crowd of some 300 swarmed the club.
Then 20 years old, the Israeli singer-songwriter had expected a small audience and was shocked by the turnout. He later found out people had learned of the show thanks to his presence on the Internet. Bloch had been recording his own music since he was a teenager and uploading it to an Israeli social networking site, Bama Hadasha (“New Stage”), which predated Myspace as an online place for musicians and listeners to interact [...]
New Year’s Eve: Cheap, Vegan, and Out of Control
It’s time to get decadent — on a budget. New Year’s Eve is upon us and whether you’re throwing a massive NYE soiree or just hosting a few select guests, planning a vegan appetizer, dessert, and cocktail menu can be a headache. Especially if your crowd is weary of all meat-free, dairy-free treats [...]