ROCKERISTA Mash-up accounts of style, music and some things geek. Geographer: An SF Indie Fave <p> San Francisco has a knack for churning out some of the sweetest indie sounds ever. Geographer hit the SF music scene in 2008 with debut album, <a href="">Innocent Ghosts</a>, and has been a local favorite ever since. Their second album, <a href="">Animal Shapes</a>, turns up the indie pop and you find yourself head-boppin and bum shakin before you even know it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> They&#39;re just one of those bands that hooks you on the first listen and satisfies by the last. Their unique pop-sensibilities come through layers of electronic synth sounds mixed with warm folk strums and Brian Ostreicher&#39;s rad drumming -- all tied together by Mike Deni&rsquo;s haunting vocals and dramatic accents of cello from Nathan Blaz.</p> <p> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> Rockerista got a little Q&amp;A action from Mike Deni this month. Enjoy!<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/74/content/weg_geo_bio.png?1305860170" style="width: 441px; height: 350px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>You&rsquo;ve had a number of live shows over the past year from the Stars Tour to Noise Pop and SXSW. What&rsquo;s been your favorite, most memorable show by far?</strong><br /> <br /> One of our favorite shows was when we played Austin on the Stars tour.&nbsp; We had just come from Denver, where we had to sleep the night in a roadside motel because the freeway was closed on account of a blizzard.&nbsp; This is after we had gotten two forced tows up the mountain pass (hauling a trailer with a minivan up snow-covered mountains--not gonna work).&nbsp; So we had 3 days of just driving with no shows, cooped up in the van, and when we got to Austin all that pent up energy exploded on stage and we just had an amazing time.&nbsp; The place was big and packed, and people were really feeding off of our energy.&nbsp; It was an incredibly exciting atmosphere, and they cheered like crazy for us when we were done.&nbsp; I remember looking at Brian and Nate backstage and just saying, &quot;Wow.&nbsp; That was...worth the drive.&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>For me, both albums are an instant pick me up. Though I know that the writing process for Innocent Ghosts was therapy from your past -- how is it for you to see people dancing around to what was originally pain from your loss?</strong><br /> <br /> Well, yeah, God, I don&#39;t know.&nbsp; It never struck me as odd.&nbsp; I don&#39;t make songs to make people feel sad, I make them to try to transport them into a place, to bring a challenging emotion into focus, but always in a pleasurable way.&nbsp; I&#39;m not the kind of guy that likes really viscerally disturbing art.&nbsp; And while I love pushing up against those fences, I never like going through them.&nbsp; So for me, pop that aspires to be art should still be pop.&nbsp; Not at the expense of the notion behind it, but neither should the notion overshadow the form.&nbsp; You can write a book about boredom, but if it&#39;s boring, I don&#39;t want to read it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/78/content/innocentghosts.png?1305873830" style="width: 227px; height: 227px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/77/content/geographer_animalshapes.png?1305873334" style="width: 226px; height: 226px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>The cello just works so well. I love it as accent and as core in some of the solos. I know you&rsquo;re not an orchestra band, but do you guys ever think about testing out other instruments?</strong><br /> <br /> We operate under two opposing schools of thought.&nbsp; One is: throw everything at the wall and we&#39;ll figure out how to play it later.&nbsp; The other is: play within our confines.&nbsp; And the cello is one of those confines.&nbsp; We strongly feel that limitation can be the lynch pin of creativity.&nbsp; But humans adapt.&nbsp; And those adaptations are often unique and innovative.&nbsp; So we like to box ourselves into different corners and see what comes as a result of that.&nbsp; Have we considered bassoon?&nbsp; Sure.&nbsp; Will we ever use it?&nbsp; Only time will tell.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>I&rsquo;m reviewing a lot of stage style lately, was there ever an act or artist who&rsquo;s stage style and aesthetic stood out for you?</strong><br /> <br /> Wayne Coyne&#39;s white suit I just think is fantastic.&nbsp; And the fake blood and the confetti.&nbsp; I also really enjoyed Washed Out&#39;s stage presence.&nbsp; He just seems like he&#39;s having a great time.&nbsp; What I respond to most in stage presence is that the person cares about and is lost in what they are doing.&nbsp; I&#39;m always impressed with people who can really work a crowd, but what I care about most is that the artist is right there with you, going through something as well.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Geographer fans will be happy to know that the trio is busy writing and recording for the next record. They are also filming a music video with David Dutton for the &quot;Kites&quot; single.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> You can catch them live at Mezzanine on June 4th for the <a href="">Live 105 BFD Pre-party</a> with Vaccines, Innerparty System and Surfer Blood Saturday, and DJ Aaron Axelsen.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> And if you haven&#39;t already, take a listen to some of Geographer&rsquo;s tunes on <a href=" ">Tricyle Records</a>, and stay connected with them on <a href="">Facebook</a> or <a href="!/geographermusic">Twitter</a>.</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 00:10:00 +0000 Alison Mosshart Rockerista Looks <p> I caught The Kills show at the Fillmore last week. Amazing. I think it was my fourth or fifth time to see rock goddess Alison Mosshart live. Man, does she know how to pulse and shake to guitar and drums or what?!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Another one of my all time fashionista faves, Alison&rsquo;s got rockerista style like nobody&rsquo;s business. From her tossled Joan Jett black hair to her distressed tees, leopard jackets, and funky boots - this won&rsquo;t be the last time you&rsquo;ll see us post about her!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Here are three wearable looks our Rockerista stylephile, Nicole, put together from finds across the web.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Alison&#39;s Classic Leopard Sweater and Gold Boots!</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/64/content/leopard_and_boots.png?1305849126" style="width: 321px; height: 481px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/75/content/picture_13.png?1305861950" style="width: 455px; height: 502px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;font:13.0px Arial;color:#001ac5"> &nbsp;</p> <p> Leopard Sweater Cardigan - <a href="">Forever21</a>; The Kills Tee - <a href="">Domino Records</a><span style="font:13.0px Helvetica Neue;color:#000000">; </span>Victoria Beckham Denim Glossed Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans - <a href="">Net-a-Porter</a>; Antik Batik Bongo embellished leather shoulder bag - <a href="">Net-a-Porter</a>; Lyric Culture &#39;Can&#39;t Buy Me Love&#39; Long Pendant Necklace&nbsp; - <a href="">Nordstrom</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>A feminine play on her puffy tutu skirt from the Interview Magazine spread</strong>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/67/content/tutu2.png?1305849273" style="width: 415px; height: 415px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/70/content/picture_2.png?1305849630" style="width: 464px; height: 520px; " /></p> <p> Layered Tulle Puff Bubble Skirt - <a href="">Frockaholics</a>; Embellished Kary Tee - <a href="">All Saints</a>; Maiden leather jacket -&nbsp; <a href="">French Connection</a>; Aur&eacute;lie Bidermann 18-karat gold-dipped swan feather earrings - <a href="">Net-a-Porter</a>; Roberto Cavalli Gold-plated jasper ring - <a href="">Net-a-Porter</a>; Brian Atwood Claudette Studded suede sandals - <a href="">Net-a-Porter</a>; Jalsa Python Bean Clutch &ndash; <a href="">Endless</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>And of course her classic jackets and distressed tees.</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/69/content/leather_jacket_and_tee_2.png?1305849450" style="width: 312px; height: 312px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/72/content/blue_shoes.png?1305850523" style="width: 314px; height: 468px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/76/content/picture_7.png?1305862081" style="width: 510px; height: 536px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Burberry Paneled nubuck skinny pants - <a href="">Net-a-porter</a>; Oversize muscle tee with print - <a href="">YouHeShe</a>; Catherine Malandrino Black Cropped Jacket - <a href=";menu2=6&amp;id=26651&amp;special=sale">StyleBop</a>; Soixante Neuf Petite Turquoise Horn Necklace in Gold - <a href="">Pink Mascara</a>; Anita Ko Spike 14-karat gold stud earrings - <a href="">Net-a-Porter</a>&#39; Jeffrey Camble Two Timer Wedge&nbsp; - <a href=""></a>; Matt &amp; Nat Commix Nappa-Style Bucket Bag - <a href=";creative=395033&amp;linkCode=asn&amp;creativeASIN=B00307SUPW">Endless</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Kills just finished up the first part of the US tour and are heading to the UK to start their European leg, followed by a few Australia and Japan dates. They&#39;ll be back in August to rock Ohio and New York. Hope you don&#39;t miss em! We&#39;ll be following Alison&#39;s style around the globe!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Photos: <a href=""></a>, <a href="">Pessimiss</a>, <a href="">Zimbio</a>, <a href="">Interview Magazine</a>, <a href=";parid=5072">Nylon Mag</a></p> <p> Looks styled by Nicole Weiss using <a href="">Polyvore</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 00:05:00 +0000 Richard Evans: Behind the Album Covers You Love <p> <strong>&ldquo;Record covers are perhaps the timelines of our lives. They remind us of where we were, what we were doing, who we were with; they mark our student days, our holidays, our growing up, and our coming of age.&rdquo; </strong></p> <p> <strong>- Richard Evans, <a href="">The Art of the Album Cover</a></strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In this day and age of all things digital, it&rsquo;s interesting to see how our relationship with the album cover has changed. One of my favorite things I used to do when I got new music was check out the art detail and read through all the liner notes. That was very much part of the whole experience.&nbsp; Admittedly, nowadays, I rarely take the time to appreciate it as much. Do you still?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Richard Evans is the creative visionary behind many classic album covers for such greats as The Who, Robert Plant, Van Morrison, and The Kinks. I&rsquo;ve had the privilege of working with Richard on a few projects for The Who and I&rsquo;ve learned first hand why many artists trust him with their visuals. He is a natural at adding that final flair to a band&rsquo;s music. That, and he has a great sense of humor.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/60/content/theartofthealbumcover.png?1305697137" style="width: 301px; height: 301px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In his latest book, <a href="">The Art of the Album Cover</a>, Richard takes us on an intimate journey of the life of the album cover and narrates through several decades of its evolution. Aubrey Powell, his former boss at Hipgnosis, writes a beautiful foreward describing Richard&rsquo;s talents -- from shoe designer, whose works worn by Elton John, George Harrison, and The Osmonds -- to album cover designer and ultimately becoming The Who&rsquo;s Creative Director.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The book is beautifully written and the visuals inspire me to find ways to keep album art alive -- whether I pause more to appreciate it in its new digital form or in its vintage state as a vinyl collection or art to hang on my walls.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Richard shares his point of view with Rockerista on album design, fashion and style, and stories from his days as a shoe designer. I hope you enjoy spending this time with him as much as I did.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/56/content/richard_evans.png?1305696420" style="width: 375px; height: 444px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>So, what are you currently working on?</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Well, right now I&#39;m designing a ten CD box set of Louis Armstrong which includes a 200-page fully illustrated book and comes in a crocodile-skin monogrammed suitcase. Lots of fun to do and great to go back to the earliest days of jazz.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Can you describe your creative process for album cover design? How do you approach it?</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Each album cover project is quite unique. There&#39;s no real formula for designing a package other than familiarising yourself with the artist and their music and having a passion for what you do. I&#39;ve always been very fortunate that in all the hundreds of album covers that I&#39;ve designed, I&#39;ve always liked the music. Some obviously more than others, of course. Step forward The Who.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/57/content/whosmissing.png?1305696485" style="width: 510px; height: 510px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I generally approach a project by having an initial meeting with the artiste, manager or record company people to ascertain any first thoughts or specific ideas or concepts that they may have. Quite often I am left to come up with ideas from a blank canvas, but again in the case of say, a particular concept album the artistes themselves might wish to be involved. For example, last year I worked with Robert Plant on his Band of Joy album and Robert came to me with a specific idea that he wanted me to realise and bring to life for him.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> If I am given a blank canvas I generally find out if there is an album title already sorted out, and I often ask for a set of song lyrics as they can usually be a stepping off point for ideas. Sometimes I am sent work-in-progress tapes or discs although these days, due to internet piracy and so forth, that doesn&#39;t happen so much. These days I might be invited to listen to a play back either at the studios or at management offices. Very rarely am I present at the actual recording. This is because at the recording stage, the artistes are not usually thinking about cover designs so early on.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/58/content/thinkvisual.png?1305696532" style="width: 510px; height: 510px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/59/content/magictime.png?1305696550" style="width: 510px; height: 510px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Reflecting back at your work as The Who&rsquo;s Creative Director, which album or general artwork is your most favorite to this day?</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Gosh, there is so much to think back on. All those greatest hits, those t-shirts, those tour programmes. Album covers? Hmm, well I&#39;m fond of The Who Singles Box which I thoroughly enjoyed putting together. I&#39;m also fond of Endless Wire. I was in the process of moving house at the time of Endless Wire and I created it on a laptop at my kitchen table! and I loved working with Peter Blake on Face Dances too, back in 1981. He&#39;d been one of my heroes for a very long time so it was particularly nice to meet him, work with him, and become friends.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/53/content/endlesswire.png?1305696109" style="width: 510px; height: 510px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/54/content/facedances.png?1305696134" style="width: 510px; height: 510px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Before your work at Hipgnosis, you were a shoe designer -- can you describe some of the styles of shoes and boots you designed? What made you gravitate towards shoes?</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I studied fashion design at art school and when I left I was a fashion illustrator for a short while until I realised I wouldn&#39;t get rich doing that! I then began designing and making leather and snakeskin belts and clothes, including a floor-length python skin coat for Marianne Faithfull in around 1972. Hmm, I wonder if she&#39;s still got it? I then progressed into designing stack-heeled boots in crazy colours and leathers with appliqu&eacute; and ridiculously high platforms. I sold several pairs of my shoes and boots to Roxy Music, Elton John, and George Harrison &ndash; and guitarist Rory Gallagher, who would run into my place saying &quot;I&#39;m going out on tour tomorrow, I need boots in size 7&quot; and he always wore green boots because he was Irish and he swore they brought him luck. One day in 1972 Polydor Records phoned up and said &#39;we&#39;re sending The Osmonds round to see you&#39; and a big limo pulled up outside with security guys and escorted 15-year-old Donny, his brother Wayne and their father in to my showroom. Nice people, they bought loads of shoes and boots. Oh, and Redbone came to see me. Remember them? &#39;The Witch Queen of New Orleans.&#39; One of the very few native American bands.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/50/content/1972.png?1305694070" style="width: 488px; height: 480px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/51/content/1972b.png?1305694106" style="width: 301px; height: 479px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After a couple of years of designing footwear and having fun my backer pulled out because I wasn&#39;t making him any money and my friend Aubrey &#39;Po&#39; Powell stepped in and said &#39;well, come and work with us at Hipgnosis&#39; &ndash; so that&#39;s how I got out of shoes and into jackets, so to speak.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/52/content/daisyrootsshoes.png?1305694133" style="width: 510px; height: 389px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Which decade do you think was the best for music and fashion?</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It&#39;s probably the decade you come of age in. For me that was the 60s and 70s. The first time I saw the Who was when I booked them for an art school dance. I think we got them for about &pound;400 or less. And I remember Pete being very stylish and clothes conscious. Ten years later when I was working with them, I think the first thing that Pete ever said to me was &quot;So where did you get those shoes from then?&quot; or something similar. He&#39;d been eyeing me and my footwear up in the recording studio canteen.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>When buying a new album - one of my favorite things I used to do was to read the liner notes. In your book, you describe the new digital album covers as &ldquo;the grandchildren of the LP cover.&quot; Do you think this generation of digital covers lessens the experience for the music fan?</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It probably does. As I said in my book, and as my friend Po said in his introduction, in the days of vinyl buying the latest album was a very important part of your week. On Saturday you went to the record shop and bought your &#39;sounds&#39;. You carried them down the street under your arm. You were proud of them, and proud of the cover. You got home and pored over the liner notes, checking who the producer was, who designed the cover and so on. The funny thing is, I still do that to this day, checking this and that, seeing who did what, etc.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/55/content/ostthekidsarealright.png?1305696211" style="width: 510px; height: 510px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> When I&#39;m designing a cover I sometimes think of that guy in, say, Boise, Idaho for example studying the record or CD cover and noticing some little graphic or doodad that I&#39;ve put in to the design and saying to himself &quot;Hey, that&#39;s cool.&quot; That&#39;s why I sometimes hide secret messages in the package too. Such an old hippy that I am!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span id="internal-source-marker_0.032270938947366545" style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&ldquo;The golden age of the album cover may well be long gone, and perhaps the record sleeve is deservedly putting its feet up somewhere, but great art for music packaging will continue to be created by designers today and far into the future, whatever shape or format the delivery of music may take.&rdquo; - RE</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For more on Richard and his wonderful works of art, take a visit to his website, <a href=""></a>. You can also purchase his book at <a href=";qid=1305697003&amp;sr=8-1">Amazon</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Now...if I can only find a way to get those funky boots back on the market!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> All photos courtesy of Richard Evans</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 00:05:00 +0000 Five Ways to Find Live Music <p> Nothing is as bad as missing your favorite band when they&rsquo;re in town. May kicks off the summer concert and music festival season (though some would say April with Coachella) and I want to make sure you don&rsquo;t miss another lighter-waving, fist-pumping, encore-wooting opportunity ever again.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Don&#39;t wait for traditional outlets to tell you (or not tell you) when your band is in your city. Information &nbsp;is actually in your hands.&nbsp;Here are five geeky ways to actively keep tabs of live shows for your favorite artists.</p> <p> <br /> <br /> 1. &nbsp;<a href="">Songkick</a><br /> Do you know Songkick? Well you do now. It&rsquo;s a super cool way of tracking live acts in your area. You can load up your favorite artists with your music collection from iTunes, Last.FM, Pandora or Facebook Likes and leave it to Songkick to alert you when bands are coming your way. The webapp is easy to use and does a fantastic job of connecting you with friends and other concertgoers, and also recommends shows you might be into. They don&rsquo;t have an official mobile app at the moment but <a href="">GigKick</a> is an app that hooks into their data. Songkick is a London based company created by live show uber fans Ian Hogarth, Pete Smith, and Michelle You. Friend me if you&rsquo;re on there!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href=""><img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/46/content/picture_3.png?1305134495" style="width: 510px; height: 410px; " /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2. <a href="">LiveNation</a> and <a href="">Live Nation Mobile App</a><br /> The most popular live music hub online, Live Nation has the latest info on all the major concerts in the world. But something even cooler is being able to now buy tickets right from your phone. Yeah! The Live Nation mobile app was released last year. It searches for events in your location and also via your phone&#39;s music collection and provides show dates and the ability to purchase tickets at the click of a button. Ahh...I love technology. Warning, it can get dangerously addictive.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href=""><img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/47/content/picture_2.png?1305134537" style="width: 510px; height: 442px; " /></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <br /> 3. <a href="">Bandsintown</a><br /> Bandsintown, a San Diego based company founded by Todd Cronin and Phil Sergi, takes the pain out of concert search and keeps you in the early know. Import your carefully curated iTunes, LastFM and Pandora artists to create a personalized &quot;concert cloud&quot; of upcoming live acts based on geolocation and music preferences. Their <a href="">iPhone app</a> is perfect when you&rsquo;re on the run as well. Oh, and whoever came up with that logo? Kudos dude.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href=""><img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/48/content/picture_6.png?1305134563" style="width: 510px; height: 429px; " /></a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <br /> <br /> 4. <a href="">Pollstar</a><br /> A nod to one of the very first to cover information on the live music world, <a href=""></a> was born out of the creators of the industry trade magazine on concerts (online at <a href=""></a>). You can search their site for live acts, read and post reviews, and sift through photos from concerts you may have missed. They&rsquo;ve been relaying live show information for over 25 years.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href=""><img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/49/content/picture_8.png?1305134590" style="width: 510px; height: 419px; " /></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <br /> 5. Artist Websites and Social Media<br /> Still, for my most favorite artists ever, I will always sign up for their e-newsletter or roll &lsquo;em into my Likes on Facebook. Getting the official tour announcement straight from the artist themselves usually keeps me one step ahead and I can share in the excitement of them hitting the road right away. A quick Google search will help you find the official website of your favorite bands.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Other great ways of finding shows are through music blogs, magazine websites and venue email lists. I&#39;ll keep on the lookout for new apps and will try and post updates as soon as I can. Happy show going!</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 00:30:00 +0000 Elvis Costello: Tying it All Together <p> Like many of the kids on my block, I logged a good number of uninspired hours behind the piano for my parents&rsquo; pleasure when I was young. I learned fast, put in my daily 30 minutes, could spin out a mean quarter of Fur Elise, but never really excelled. I saw no reason.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/44/content/jopiano-cropped.png?1304922158" style="width: 510px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Had I caught even half a listen to the keys on Elvis Costello&#39;s <a href=";feature=related">Oliver&rsquo;s Army</a> or <a href="">Shipbuilding</a> I would&rsquo;ve been like, &ldquo; THIS is what it&rsquo;s for! THIS is the reason <a href="">Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge</a>!&quot; (or Every Good Bird Does Fly!). I&#39;d like to think those songs would&#39;ve given me the context to appreciate the beauty of the piano, even if used as an embellishment to bring a rock song alive.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Elvis Costello is a master at composition for the eyes and the ears. From his signature black rimmed specs, stylish fedoras, and color popping neck attire, all the way to the brilliant way he accessorized the musical talents of The Attractions -- adorning Steve Nieve&rsquo;s skills on the ivories and Pete Thomas&rsquo; <a href="">syncopated drum beats</a> over his own clever storytelling lyrics. He is a classic must-love for every style and music fan.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/41/content/elvis_costello.png?1304896512" style="width: 469px; height: 324px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/30/content/elvis-costello-2011sm.png?1304893435" style="width: 414px; height: 265px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/40/content/pic176.png?1304895465" style="width: 278px; height: 418px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Tell me, how can you not be inspired to be playful with your wardrobe after knowing Elvis? To dig through bins of accessories to find one piece that ties it all together. I sure can&#39;t help myself and have been embellishing like pieces into my daily routine -- along with every other urbanite in San Francisco.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/43/content/johatjenn.png?1304916354" style="width: 423px; height: 343px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Heart my Fedoras.</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/45/content/scarves.png?1304923363" style="width: 510px; height: 135px;" /></p> <p> <strong>A quarter of my scarf collection. </strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I also channeled my inner Costella this weekend when looking to update my specs. A fan of accessorizing modern with vintage, I take cues from the 60&rsquo;s cats that first lent chic to glasses, until Costello broke it all the way in to being cool.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/33/content/photo_13.png?1304893765" style="width: 237px; height: 237px;" />&nbsp; &nbsp; <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/34/content/photo_15.png?1304893822" style="width: 237px; height: 237px;" />&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/38/content/photo_14.png?1304894506" style="width: 234px; height: 234px;" /> &nbsp; &nbsp; <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/39/content/photo_12.png?1304894646" style="width: 231px; height: 231px;" /></p> <p> <strong>From left to right: Lafont Issy Eames; Lafont Issy Fizz; Paul Frank Blank Generation; Prodesign Denmark </strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/system/images/ugc/pictures/35/content/singer_elvis_costello-18542.png?1304893938" style="width: 297px; height: 372px;" /></p> <p> <strong>Rad.</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I was nine when Elvis Costello and The Attractions first toured with the Spectacular Spinning Songbook in 1986 and he was a complete stranger to my ears. Twenty-five years later and now an inspiration in all creative directions, I&rsquo;m excited to see him and The Imposters <a href="">bring back the Songbook tonight</a>(!) in Oakland on their third show of The Revolver Tour.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Photos: <a href="">Mardous Blog</a>, <a href=";y=2011&amp;m=5">Not in Hall of Fame</a>, <a href="">Gathering of the Vibes</a>, <a href="">Music Mp3</a>, <a href="">Lyrics Wikia</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 00:05:00 +0000