Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sometimes I Like Other People's Websites Too.

Broke-Ass Stuart and I met {briefly} at a party at D-Structure in San Francisco once. I guarantee he doesn't remember it, as there was free all-you-can-drink-til-it-runs-out beer at this party. But I remember. I was serving the abovementioned cerveza gratis and when Stuart came to the counter, I gave him beer and he gave me a sticker that read "You Are Young Broke and Beautiful." I thought it was pretty awesome {and accurate}. To make the long story short, I visited the website printed on the bottom of the sticker,, and by the time I got to the bottom of the homepage, Broke-Ass Stuart was my new hero. Since then, I've visited the site tons of times, and, I don't usually do website reviews, but I felt this one was well-deserved. So this is officially the first in my new "Sometimes I Like Other People's Websites Too" series.

Broke-Ass Stuart is a recession-busting connoisseur of the [affordable} good life. His site consists of articles, reviews and listings related to getting the most out of life on a budget. Its like a CitySearch/Yelp/Magazine with all of the irrelevant/boring/expensive sections filtered out. Its catered to the young adult crowd - still in or not too long out of college...too old to rely on our parents for financial support, yet still working out the kinks in our "savings" plans. Stuart has also written 2 books: "Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City" and "Broke Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco" (Sierra Says: Wish I would have known about that one a long time ago!). You can also get "Young, Broke and Beautiful" t-shirts (I WILL GET ONE OF THESE BEFORE I LEAVE SF!) and stickers on the official Broke-Ass Stuart website. Yes, we ARE young, broke and beautiful and we just want to have a good, it's like Stuart knows us. :)

Check out the'll be glad you did: Broke-Ass Stuart . For all you interweb enthusiasts, you can also follow Broke-Ass Stuart on Twitter or find him on Facebook.

Throw-Back Songspiration

Hybrid Theory was Linkin Park's best album. That is my opinion and this is my website, so it shall But seriously, I found a copy of Hybrid Theory at Amoeba a few months back and its become a part of my regular rotation again. It reminds me of good times in high school...brings back lots of memories. Here's "Crawling." Admit it, you'd still listen to your copy of Hybrid Theory if you could find it too :)

Sunday Afternoon Songspiration

Here's the latest from Mos Def off the Mictape Vol. 1 project from Michael Sterling Eaton....its called "White Drapes." I can dig it.

Entrevista: The Park

This may come as somewhat of a shock {ha!}, but I have seen my fair share of bands play. I've heard some that I've enjoyed and I've also heard some that made me wish I could switch my hearing on and off at will. Every now and then, I hear a band that's teeming with such indisputably raw and audacious talent, that its effect on me is both inspiring and humbling and it reminds me why I have chosen to document music as I do. On a Wednesday night in 2009, shortly after I moved to San Francisco, I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting a band called The Park. Though you can frequently find them rocking a stage in front of a packed arena, or backing up an artist on tour, on this night, The Park played in a tiny bar called Royale in San Francisco's North Beach Neighborhood. Long before entering Royale, I was greeted by intoxicating musical libations being offered up into the atmosphere. As I got closer to the door, the sound became more distinct and it seemed to weave itself in and around me, drawing me in like only music can. I entered to find The Park's jam session in full was absolutely amazing. The whole night I was on the edge of my seat...I mean these guys had to be a superhuman mutant band or something....they were that good...I was that entertained. I knew from the moment I walked in that this was no ordinary night and this absolutely was not an ordinary band. These guys were PROFESSIONALS in every sense of the word. This was The Park and this music was rock-you-down-to-your-soul REAL. Known for their versatility and ability to make everything they touch turn to musical gold, The Park has backed everyone from freestyle rappers who sit in on the Wednesday night sessions to Bay Area legends such as Darondo to British soulstress Alice Russell, with whom the band regularly tours. They are respected musicians, in the Bay Area and beyond. I'm {very} proud to bring you this interview with one of the hardest working and crit-diculously gifted bands I've ever heard. Ladies and gentlemen....The Park!

WANLS: Introduce me to the band members and whether they play/sing/etc.

THE PARK: The Core - Josh Lippi {bass}; Ben Schwier {keys}; Derek Taylor {drums}
The Special Sauce - Anthony Coleman II {trumpet}; Brian Switzer {trumpet}; Wiatt Grant {sax}; Steve Wyreman {guitar}; Ross Grant {guitar}; Nate Mercereau {guitar}; DJs/MCs: Johnny Venetti, Whooligan, Gedeon, Wonway

WANLS: Throw your sets up! Where do you live and why do you love it?

THE PARK: We love living in San Francisco, because of the food!

WANLS: What are your musical influences?


WANLS: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

THE PARK: soulfunkjazzcountrycritrock

WANLS: Do you have or are you signed to a record label?

THE PARK: We are independent artists. We have been signed with projects in the past but now we only deal with the labels of the artists we are working with. There isn't much need for a label right now with the kind of thing we are doing. We have label interest and when the time comes with a deal that makes sense we would consider it.

WANLS: What are some of your most memorable shows?

THE PARK: The PST closing. {Sierra Says: PST was a loooong running party/club night in San Francisco that featured TONS of amazing live shows and some of the best DJ's from the Bay Area and beyond.} We got a chance to back up some of our favorite Bay artists like Martin Luther, Zion I, Res, Boots Riley, Trackademicks, Jesse Boykins III, Silk E...great family event.

Also, selling out the Troubador in LA with Alice Russell, the first show with Darondo...worrying if he was even going to make it down the staircase to the stage (because he was frail and a little buzzed), and then watching him do the splits on stage with the ease of James Brown in his twenties.

WANLS: Who writes your music?

THE PARK: Most of our work is a collaboration. Josh and I have our own writing style and usually provide most of the harmonic framework and D is equally involved in creating the feel and arranging. Our strengths as writers/arrangers/producers lie in taking an idea or motif and then building and expanding on it as a group. It's kind of a telepathy we share from the years of playing together. All of our individual strengths play off of each other.
Derek adds: "Like whales."

WANLS: What direction do you see the band going in 2010? Any specific plans?

THE PARK: Taking over the world one gig, studio session, and tour at a time...

WANLS: Your fantasy show or tour line up?

THE PARK: The Park Presents Tour (similar to La Pena shows/all our fam/circa Okayplayer '99 Maritime Hall San Francisco).
Ben adds: The Park at Staples Center backing MJ.
Derek adds: D'angelo backed by The Park.

WANLS: Describe what its like to experience your live shows.

THE PARK: Love bursts.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: If it hadn't been for ___, we would have ___.

THE PARK: If it hadn't been for Papalote's, we would have been hungry.

WANLS: What's the #1 priority for your band right now? (Ben)

THE PARK: Keep working. Keep moving. Keep loving.

WANLS: Where can we find you on the web?


WANLS: Fill in the blank: People would never guess that ___.

THE PARK: People would never guess that our drugs of choice are dark chocolate and health drinks.

WANLS: Best thing about being in your band?

THE PARK: We have/do experience the craziest spectrum of life. We have played dog shows as well as festivals with 20,000 people and room service. One day we are drinking goose and champagne in New York; the next day we are squeezing into one car with all of our gear on the way to hold down our local session in North Beach. It's part of the process and we just try and enjoy the ride.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: One day they're probably gonna name a ___ after our band.

THE PARK: One day they're probably gonna name a burrito after our band.

WANLS: Last and most importantly, if you were stranded on a desert island with your bandmates, who would go cannibal first?

THE PARK: We were stuck on an island in Vancouver once. Derek will eat anything.

Now park yourself in front of the computer and crit The Park on the interweb:

Official Website

Photo Cred: Amanda Lopez and Rehes Creative

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Music Video from A Dream Asleep + Show Dates...Oh Boy!

Check out the brand new video from A Dream Asleep! Its the first video release from the band's latest, "We Are the Juggernauts." The track is called "Horus -vs- The Juggernauts." The band kills it and the video is airtight....very well done, gentlemen. {Sierra Says: They most definitely make me proud :)}

WARNING: This will most definitely rock your face all the way off. Now quit being a punk and hit play already!

OK....catch your breath and then make a note of these upcoming A Dream Asleep show dates:

February 6th they're playing at Shadowplay Lounge in The Woodlands, starts at 7pm.

February 13th its Trash Bar Texas in Humble, starts at 8pm.

March 3rd, the boys are back at Trash Bar Texas with another 8pm show.

Wanna know more? Stay tuned right here...I'll keep you posted on the latest ADA happenings. You can also stalk them on the interweb:

Official Website
Pure Volume

Tell 'em Sierra sent you :)

10 Things to Love About 2010

1. 311 Day in Vegas

Let me preface this with a statement: I LOVE 311! They are, in fact, my favorite band. Period. Deal with that however you choose :) 311 is on the road allllll the time, and that's how its been for years now. For nearly ten years now, on 3/11 (that's March 11th for all you special ones), the band plays a special show (usually in New Orleans, LA) with a longer set than usual and an expanded set list....which thrills the ride-or-die 311 fans. (The 2006 311 Day show was 5 hours long and featured a 66-song set list!!!) This year, the show will take place in America's grown-up playground, LAS VEGAS!!! The 2010 festivities include a fan party, 2 shows on 3/11 (daytime and evening) and a beach party featuring their tour guests, The Wailers.

Tickets may be hard to come by this late in the game, but go to 311's official website for more info.


For anyone who has ever attended the mecca of a music festival in Austin, TX, the name says it all. Invaluable networking, exclusive and intimate performances and inspiration to keep creating for the next 11 months until it's time to do it all again! I remember South By Southwest back in the 90's, when most of the attendees and performers were from Texas. Today, more than twenty years since their first production, SXSW is internationally recognized as a must-attend event for industry folks and music lovers alike.

The festival features live music, industry networking events, film screenings and much much MUCH more. I will be in attendance at this year's festival, which runs from March 12-21. Hope to see you guys there!

Info, including how to purchase registration bands and local hotel listings, is available here. The full 2010 lineup has not been announced, but you can check out a list of the bands that have been confirmed so far here.

3. Coachella

Only hours ago the 2010 Coachella lineup was announced. Among the 130 acts that will grace the stage in Indio, CA this year are Devo, Tiƫsto, Grizzly Bear, De La Soul, Faith No More, Gil Scott-Heron, Them Crooked Vultures, Jay Z, The Raveonettes, Public Image Limited, Wale, MGMT, Sly and the Family Stone, Bassnectar, Pavement, MUTEMATH and Corinne Bailey Rae (I LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

As if Coachella's lineup wasn't reason enough to attend, the festival's powers that be offer LAYAWAY TICKETS! What do you say boys and girls???? Altogether now: THANK YOU COACHELLA! This year's festival is April 16, 17 and 18. All information (including info on camping and car camping for all you hardcore music fest fans) is available on Coachella's official website.

*The Coachella 2010 lineup page is awesome! Very well put together. Ever single performer is listed and you simply click on the respective icons next to their names to find them on Twitter/Facebook/MySpace/YouTube. Very cool. Check it out.

4. Austin City Limits

This year's ACL will be held at Zilker Park in Austin (duh) October 8-10. While the 2010 lineup won't be announced until later this year, ACL's past leave us thirsty for more and waiting with baited breath to find out who will rock the stage this year.

Mos Def, Kings of Leon, Eek-A-Mouse and Yeah Yeah Yeahs were among the numerous 2009 acts...this makes me very hopeful for 2010:)

The best way to stay in the know on all things ACL is to get connected online in one of the 7, yes 7, convenient ways offered: find ACL on Facebook, Twitter or MySpace; sign up for email or mobile alerts; keep up with the official ACL message board or the official ACL blog.

I love love love Mos Def and I love love love his 2009 release, The Ecstatic, which I'm sure will comprise much of his set list at ACL this year (at least I'm hoping it will). I really wanted to post my favorite track from the album for you guys....its called "Life in Marvelous Times," but there's no official video for it. So please excuse the lameness of the fan-made video that I found on YouTube and enjoy the track:)

5. VANS Warped Tour

For the love of Punk! This year the Warped Tour turns sweet 16...well, as sweet as a punks can get:) Warped Tour will forever remind me of good times in the summer as a teenager. My friends and I were faithful attendees of Warped Tour back in those days. We'd plan for it for months and then in the few days before, we'd get our parents to drop us at the mall so that we could find the PERFECT t-shirt to So much fun. Well, my friends and I are pushing 30 now, but Warped Tour still makes me smile. Not only is there no shortage of music to make you move (or mosh...whatever you like), but Warped Tour has plenty of other things happening to keep you entertained. When you're not watching the bands perform, you can watch skaters or BMXers do their thing on the ever present Warped Tour ramps.

This year's lineup doesn't dissapoint, featuring acts such as Agent Orange, We the Kings, The Fabulous Rudies, Of Mice and Men and (this is not a joke) Sum 41....we'll see how that last one works out...I was actually a fan when they debuted, not so sure Warped Tour runs June 24th through August 15th. That's alot of dates, which is cool because you can bet the show is coming to your city or one near by. All the info is available here. (Sierra Says: Dear Warped Tour Folks, I love the show you put on, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE upgrade your kind of sucks.)
Here's a look back at last year's Warped Tour 15th Anniversary Celebration:

6. Lollapalooza -

August 6-8, Grant Park Chicago.
Beats, rhymes, guitars and moshing. Lollapalooza was founded in 1991 by Jane's Addiction singer, Perry Farrell. Since then, with a brief hiatus between 1997 and 2003, Lollapalooza has provided the stage for some of the best live musical performances of the past 2 decades. From Archie Bell to Alice in Chains to A Tribe Called Quest and many more, the festival's gargantuan lineup always includes a little something for everyone. Check out this list of Lollapalooza lineups past!

The interweb is abuzz with rumors, but this year's official lineup is yet to be announced. Early Bird passes to the festival have been sold out since August '09, so be sure to stay tuned to the latest happenings on the official Lollapalooza website to be in the know when regular tickets go on sale. Bonus: a portion of the proceeds from Lollapalooza ticket sales are donated to the Parkways Foundation. Music on a that's good stuff.

7. New Interpol Album Release

In 2002, Interpol exploded onto the national scene and sonically illuminated the world with their debut studio release "Turn on the Bright Lights." 3 albums and 6 EP's later, Interpol announced in 2009 that they were working on a brand new album to be released at some point this year.

While fans have never turned their back on the NYC four-piece, it's no secret that there are high hopes for a return to the Interpol of the "Turn on the Bright Lights" days. We shall see... The band's official website is quite cryptic, at the moment, but I would imagine this will change as the album release date approaches.

8. Lilith Fair

Contrary to what many believe, Lilith Fair is not some sort of over-the-top-hardcore-feminist-man-hating-go-girl rally. It is a celebration of women and our {amazing} creative energy. Founded by Sheryl Crow in 1996, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world from 1997 to 1999. Past Lilith lineups have included a wide range of notables spanning multiple genres, including the Dixie Chicks, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman and, of course, the show's creator, Sarah McLachlan.

2010 marks the return of Lilith Fair after just over a decade-long hiatus! The entire lineup has not been announced, but a few of the already confirmed acts have me way excited: Corinne Bailey Rae, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott....those three alone are reason enough for me to want to attend!!! 33 cities have been announced so far and there's more to come, so stay tuned to the official Lilith Fair website for details on show dates, lineup announcements and ticket sales.

9. Outkast!?!?

Of all the announcements in this post, this is by far my favorite. Andre 3000 and Big Boi are each releasing solo albums in 2010. According to news sources, if the solo projects are well received, a new Outkast album can be expected. I almost peed in my pants when I heard this. Although I hope in my heart of hearts that this will come to pass, this is not {yet} an official announcement that the album is in the works.

If this is true, then this album will be a long awaited answered prayer for legions of die-hard fans who have dreamed about this day for years now. The level of originality and raw talent the duo possesses have yet to be matched by any others. Their chemistry is magical...their delivery is absolutely incredible. Outkast, I wish you all the best for your solo albums and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the group release...because the whole world loves it when you make that sound;)

Until we know something more, you can satisfy your Outkast cravings by visiting their official website. You can check out the entire collection of every video the duo has ever made {hallelujah} and you can also sign up for the email list to stay in the know....I recommend it.

10. LCD Soundsystem Tour

Producer/musician extraordinaire/really funny and creative dude who makes music that makes me want to dance, James Murphy AKA LCD Soundsystem is packing up his live show supporting band types and going on tour! I could say some things about it, but LCD can say it even better. The refreshingly straight forward latest update on the official LCD Soundsystem website is titled "basically we're announcing a tour." Check it out:

"i can’t imagine this comes as a shock to everyone, since we’re making a record, which is well documented, and i’ve talked pretty openly about going on tour, but we’re going on tour. there’s a button at the top here that says “gigs” that you can click on, as well as a section to the left called “standing in front of people doing things loudly”. they’re the same thing, really. that has gig information. before you get mad and ask why there’s no gig in your town or house, please realize (realise, for you uk people) that we’re going on tour for a long time, in a lot of places, around the planet, for longer in support of this one record than the beatles ever toured in total, and we’ll likely be close to you at some point. i hope that clears some of that up?

we’re excited, and want this to be the best tour ever. hope we see some of you out."

There you have it, folks. For once, I have nothing more to say:)

Honorable Mention: New Massive Attack Album

We waited and waited and waited, then we waited some more...and it's finally paid off! Trip-hop lovers, hold your heads up. Massive Attack's "Heligoland" will be released February 9th in the U.S. (and one day earlier in the UK)!!!

BONUS: Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Part 2!!!!

Nah, I'm just kidding....but wouldn't that be sick??!! Dave...if you're out listening....I'm just sayin'.....

Love and light ya'll :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Entrevista: Trackademicks

For those of you who, like myself, were quite distressed about the bleak outlook for hip-hop's future, take note. I have found the knight in shining armor who has come to ease our fears: Trackademicks. Been craving originality? He's got it. Been missing the finesse and personality (not a bad attitude) from a true entertainer? He's got that too. What about professionalism, a strong work ethic and consistency? Yep....he's your dude. Thanks to Trackademicks and his Honor Roll crew, hip-hop is back and it's better than ever! From flawless lyricism and making crowds go crazy, to producing bangers that make 'em go dumb and remixes that make you wonder why the original track even bothered, Trackademicks is ahead of the class! I'm so pleased to bring you this interview with the Bay Area tastemaker. Students, take your seats......class is in session!

WANLS: Tell me who you are and what you do in 3 sentences.

TRACKADEMICKS: My name is Trackademicks aka The Cool Collar Scholar, representing the Bay Area's Honor Roll Crew. In a Nutshell, I create lush, breezy synthphonic-soulectronic-neo-funk-infused sophisti-slapadelick-soundscapes enriched with socially relevant ramblings about the human experience in celebration of the culturally diverse world we are blessed to be a part of! Though, some may simply refer to me as an artist/producer...

WANLS: What's the last song you listened to?

TRACKADEMICKS: Todd Rundgren "Love is the Answer"

WANLS: What gets you started in the morning?

TRACKADEMICKS: Promise of a better tomorrow gets me in gear to tackle the tasks of today.

WANLS: Fill in the blanks: If it hadn’t been for ___, I would have ___.

TRACKADEMICKS: If it hadn't been for meeting the core members of the Honor Roll in high school, I would have never developed such a broad, idealistic yet realistic view of the artist I could potentially become.

WANLS: What's #1 on your priority list right now?

TRACKADEMICKS: Getting the right look/reception for all of the first round Honor Roll projects dropping this year. When we put our best foot forward, everything else will fall into place. Going 100% is the only way to meet God half way in getting were you're supposed to be!

WANLS: Tell me one song that everybody should listen to and why.

TRACKADEMICKS: Everybody should listen to "Blue" by Wham!, because if you have ever been or have the experience of knowing someone at the brink of falling apart at the mercy of someone else, this song will perfectly articulate the passion in the pain of that moment. Just saying...

WANLS: What’s one thing people would never guess about you?

TRACKADEMICKS: People would never guess that I usually can careless about the small details. I'm big picture all the way.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: Ten years ago, I just knew I ___.

TRACKADEMICKS: Ten years ago, I just knew I could never be a musician, because "what 'normal' dude from Alameda can really make a decent living doing hip-hop?!?" Joke's on who? Hmmmm...

WANLS: Fill in the blanks: But as long as I can listen to ___’s music, I know everything will be alright.

TRACKADEMICKS: But as long as I can listen to Sade and Tears for Fears' music, I know everything will be alright.

WANLS: Throw your sets up! Where do you live and why do you love it?

TRACKADEMICKS: I love living in Trackademia because everything here, in my own headspace, everything is of my own volition.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: One day they’re probably gonna name a ___ after me.

TRACKADEMICKS: One day they're probably gonna name a Chill Pill after me.

WANLS: Favorite tour or show so far?

TRACKADEMICKS: N.E.R.D Live At Fillmore in San Francisco June 14, 2002.
This show was magical. So magical in fact that they threw it on the re-released enhanced CD of In Search Of... This show was the epitome of what I have been enlisted to do as an artist. It’s all about bridge building and cultural connection. There were so many truly different people in the room that night. People create Art. Art is Life. Life is Good. It was achieved that night. You can see me in the front row if you look hard enough.

WANLS: Fantasy tour lineup/show location?

TRACKADEMICKS: Sade and Tears for Fears somewhere in the UK, circa 1985-86.

The Trackademicks Process (Extended) from Dave The Dopeman on Vimeo.

Yes, class is in session...lucky for you guys, there are online enrichment courses, as well:
Trackademicks' Official Blog
Trackademicks on MySpace
Trackademicks on Twitter
FREE DOWNLOAD of 'The [Re]Mixtape Vol. 2' from Trackademicks

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Just Cause I'm Watching it Right Now....

The drums are amazing in this song and the video is just amazing. And if you aren't striving to make music at least on this level.....learn to swim:)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Get Around....

Greetings and Salutations!

I am honored to now be a regular contributor to Bold As Love, the site of writer extraodinaire, Rob Fields. My assignment is to cover the Bay Area music scene, and my first piece features Oakland based HOTTUB!

This site will, of course, continue to be my first love, but I hope that you will all follow me and support the projects I'm working on elsewhere, as well.

Here is the link to my Bold As Love piece:
It went up this morning and is already getting some press...this makes Sierra very happy:

Stay tuned folks, I have recently taken on a few other projects so look out for those in the near future. Until then...

Love and light!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Congratulations Are In Order...

So I was stumbling around the internet and I came across an Austrian commercial for European wireless phone company, 3 Mobile (or simply 3). What's so cool about that, you ask? The track playing on the commercial is "Another Fine Lesson in the Art of Cool" by Ezra Bang & Hot Machine! WANLS loves those guys (and gals). I offered a free download a little while back that featured another one of their bangers, "What You Can't Kill U Must Envy." If you've been slippin on your pimpin, you can still download it here.

I know the commercial came out last year, but congrats guys! Now back to my web hunting so that I can bring an Ezra Bang & The Hot Machine interview to you guys....stay tuned!


Oh boy, oh boy, folks! I'm super pleased to bring you brand spankin' new music videos from Peekaboo Theory and Game Rebellion! Peekaboo Theory's vid was released to the world only moments ago, so it's my pleasure to give my readers the chance to be among the first in the world to view it:) Both tracks are amazing, both videos are insanely hot....enjoy!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Entrevista: The Whooligan

In March I will be moving from San Francisco to the greatest city in the world, Houston, TX. As you may have gleaned from previous posts, Houston is my hometown and there is definitely no place like it, in my opinion. As I prepare to leave the Bay Area I'm reflecting on the culture and community that I will be leaving behind. In that spirit, I have decided to post a series of interviews with Bay Area movers, shakers and whatnot (don't you just love that word?...hehe).

First up is The Whooligan. I've had the occasion to witness the craft of many dj's since I've been here in the Bay, and of those, very few have actually impressed me. The Whooligan most definitely has. As genuine personally as he is ridiculously talented on his turntables, Whoo is a staple in the Bay Area's music scene. I'm pleased to bring this interview to you guys, and even more pleased to call The Whooligan my friend:)

WANLS: Tell me who you are and what you do in three sentences.

WHOO: My name is Julio Galvez and I am known as The Whooligan. I am a resident DJ and producer for a variety of clubs and collectives; some include 40Love, Sole Vibe Music Group, The Park, Foreign Legion, Eve Lounge and Om Records. I am co-founder of the #cRitGAWD special: eggs, spinach, brown rice, hashbrowns & coffee- pretty much a standard 'round these parts.

WANLS: What's the last song you listened to?

WHOO: My roommate and brother-from-another, Derek Taylor (drummer of famed rhythm section The Park) just put me onto John Mayer's new album, "Battle Studies." It's 7:45AM and I listened to the LP front to back on the way home from the airport. A peaceful morning in the Bay with a great sound track and beautiful tones. As I am writing this interview though, I'm listening to DJ Sneak live @ the Forum in Waterford, Ireland 2008- definitely in need of some coffee now.

WANLS: What gets you started in the morning?

WHOO: Woah, woah, woah. Take it easy...

WANLS: Fill in the blanks: If it hadn't been for ______, I would have_____.

WHOO: If it hadn't been for witnessing my parent's late nights playing salsa records, drinking wine, dancing and enjoying company (as a very young child), I would have never known the true essence of sharing good music with the people you love most.

WANLS: What's #1 on your priority list right now?

WHOO: Connecting with my people, your people, their people, our people and spreading love. All day, every day. And you know, that other stuff like paying my bills and staying healthy.

WANLS: Fill in the blanks: Everybody should listen to _______, because _______.

WHOO: Everybody should listen to whatever moves them. Don't pigeon-hole yourself. Listen to it all, even if you think you will absolutely despise it. Appreciate music for good or for bad, because whether you're feeling it or not, there was a process involved to create and capture something pure. Fela, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Osunlade, Flying Lotus, Nina Simone and Johnny Cash never hurt nobody either.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: People would never guess that _______.

WHOO: People would never guess that I am of Buddhist spiritual beliefs and chant on the daily. I give thanks to those who came before me and will eventually follow me. Self reflection has changed my life.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: Ten years ago, I just knew I ________.

WHOO: Ten years ago, I just knew I wanted to play professional soccer. As a kid, it was always salsa records and soccer. That's all we could afford to eat. I played competitively growing up and a couple years in college. I am super thankful to have met someone who would later refer me to Amoeba Music. For 5+ years, I worked next to some of the smartest and most knowledgeable music nerds west of the Mississippi. The rest is history.

WANLS: But as long as I can listen to _______'s music, I know everything will be alright.

WHOO: But as long as I can listen to music, I know everything will be alright. House, Broken Beat, Salsa, Classical, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Techno, Boogie, Rare Groove, Soul, Jazz, Afrobeat, Bhangra, Rock, etc etc and so much more. Bring that chit on, mane.

WANLS: Throw your set up! Where do you live and why do you love it?

WHOO: I love living in San Francisco because of the people, the culture, the weather, the music, the food, the inspiration, the record nerds, the sunday fundays, the herb, the best bartenders, artists, promoters and service professionals in the world, and because our afterhours parties trump yours. I'm just sayin though.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: One day they're probably gonna name a _______ after me.

WHOO: One day they're probably gonna name a Nacho Libre remake after me. Pfffft!

WANLS: Favorite gig so far?

WHOO: I would have to say my favorite gig so far was rockin with a marketing company in NYC, as well as MTV a couple years back. For a few years I was on national tours opening for folks like Diplo, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Sister, Buggz in the Attic, Plain White T's, Brooke Hogan, Taylor Swift, Lloyd, Bobby Valentino and hella other artists rocking 8,000+ crowds. But really though? My MOST favorite gig? Life, because one day we rock for 10,000 people and another day we rock for 10. Experience is everything.

WANLS: Fantasy gig?

WHOO: My fantasy gig is to tour the world with my friends and family. One super wild festival tour with everyone I love to listen to and rock with on the daily. Peace and Love.

WANLS: Tell me where you see or would like to see the Bay Area's music scene head this year.

WHOO: Honestly, I would like to see everyone step their LIFE game up. Too much petty beef, too many childish mistakes and too many people saying they want to do this and connect with this person... which never happens. Again, being on both sides of the artist/business spectrum, I see and hear a lot nonsense that honestly saddens me. How you live your life and how you treat your neighbors and community dictates the music you create. The Bay Area is too fresh and musically diverse to not be recognized on a national level. No offense, but really? Hyphy is the only "genre" known to come out of the Bay? We create beautiful soul music; hip hop to house and it's time the world recognizes our talents. How is this going to happen? Genuine support, honest communication and love for the energy and hard work we all, male and female, put into our craft. And I'm not saying you have to connect with everyone who makes music or everyone who claims they can rock a party. If you're not feeling it, you're not feeling it, and that's ok- just keep it to yourself and stay positive. In the words of Jay Electronica, "Someone being great takes ABSOLUTELY nothing away from YOUR greatness. Stop Hating."

WANLS: Where can we find you on the internet?

WHOO: Twitter:
Official Blog:
Eve Lounge:

Photo Cred: Scott LaRockwell (color photos) and Melissa Fuller (B/W's)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Today in Rock History: Sex Pistols

On this day in 1978, punk pioneers the Sex Pistols played their final show together. Known for jump-starting the punk movement, the London natives changed rock and roll forever, influencing the music of bands from Pure Hell to H2O to Sum 41.

Although they had more than their share of pitfalls (including bassist Sid Vicious being charged in the stabbing death of his longtime lover, Nancy Spungen), the Sex Pistols will forever be icons in the world of rock.

Check out the legendary punk gods performing one of their most popular records, "God Save the Queen:"

And here's a clip from the infamous Sex Pistols interview with Bill Grundy (which later ended Grundy's journalism career):

For more on the Sex Pistols, check out their official website. Until next time....rock on ya'll!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Entrevista: thelastplaceyoulook!!!!!!!

thelastplaceyoulook is hot…and by hot I mean 9000 degrees-ready-to-spontaneously-combust-at-any-moment-making-brimstone-feel-like-ice HOT! These dudes had one hell of a year in 2009 and ended it by dominating the Texas Buzz Music Awards, snagging Best Alternative Band of the Year and both guitarists snagging Best Guitar honors. To top it all off, they are from my hometown (HOUSTONNNNNN!) so I’m uber stoked to bring this interview to you guys. I’m so proud of them for all of their success and can’t wait to see what 2010 holds for this talented bunch. How many times do I have to tell ya'll???? HOUSTON ROCKS!!!!!! POW!

WANLS: Tell me the name of your band, how it came about, if you ever went by another name and how you guys formed a band.

LPYL: thelastplaceyoulook. ( all one word because we like it that way ) Before thelastplaceyoulook formed, Justin Nava ( who only goes by "Nava" ) was putting together an acoustic project with a few friends. The bass player at the time was going though some lyrics of Nava's and stumbled upon "the last place you look" as a great name to begin the project.
Nava was in a funk band previous know as "Six West" with guitarist Richard Sherwood. After a few years, "Six West" had more member changes than you can count and finally faded out.
Richard and Nava were on a mission to put some music together and started the hunt for more "stable" band mates. Nava found Drummer Andy Moths at an Acoustic Mic Night at Helios playing guitar to Dashboard confessional covers. After a few nights of hanging out Andy confessed he had played drums in a band up in Milwaukee.
Nava's met bassist Kevin Pool through working at Starbucks. Kevin being in a band already called "Nadiri" introduced him to their guitar player whom after a trial show did not dig the music just yet.
Finally, Naridi's guitarist introduced the band to Derek Young, who had been in pop punk band "Mr. Castaway" that had recently disbanded only a few months prior.
Since then the founding members of "thelastplaceyoulook" has always been Nava, Richard, Andy, Kevin and Derek since 2003.

WANLS: Introduce me to the band members and whether they play/sing/etc.

LPYL: Justin Nava (Nava ) - Vocals
Kevin Pool - Bass/Vocals
Richard Sherwood - Guitar
Derek Young - Guitar
Andy Moths - Drums

WANLS: Throw your sets up! Where do you live and why do you love it?

LPYL: We love living in the van, because the smell is intoxicating...or toxic...either one.

WANLS: Do you guys identify with a particular genre?

LPYL: Rock with Indie influences

WANLS: What are your musical influences?

LPYL: Bill Cosby, Thrice, Taking Back Sunday, Mae, James Brown, Little Richard, Chasing Victory, The Used....anything good really.

WANLS: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

LPYL: We have a balance between pop sensibility and musical intelligence. Well thought out lyrics and driving rhythms create an original edgy sound. We will make your heart swoon before we rip it out and stomp on it.

WANLS: Do you have or are you signed to a record label?

LPYL: No labels, independent baby!

WANLS: What are some of your most memorable shows?

LPYL: We just finished up an epic tour with Universal national artist 10 Years!! One of the best experiences so far!

WANLS: Who writes your music?

LPYL: We all play a part in writing the music in the band. Often times Nava plays the biggest part in the writing because he brings in songs for the rest of the band to interpret. His lyrics and melodies can set the tone for how the songs are written. However the process is never the same each time. In the past a song has been created by just a simple guitar part.

WANLS: Tell me about the in-studio/music making process for your band.

LPYL: We recorded our last full length album with Will Hoffmann (former guitarist of Push Monkey ). He helped formalize our sound we have today. Before we had all types of genres floating in our songs and now with his help we have learned to keep the songs simple and memorable.

WANLS: What direction do you see the band going in 2010? Any specific plans?

LPYL: More Touring with national acts, recording a new demo of about 5 songs. Increasing our fan base in Texas and Louisiana. Maybe making the band our full time job? (cross fingers)

WANLS: Which do you prefer: studio time/creating new music or touring/live shows?

LPYL: I (Derek) can't speak for everyone in the band shows are the biggest payoff!! You get to meet great people at shows that really connect with your music.

WANLS: Your fantasy show or tour line up?

LPYL: Shine Down, Glassjaw, The White Stripes and thelastplaceyoulook on a Brazilian Congo tour. Dope!

WANLS: Describe what it’s like to experience your live shows.

LPYL: There are a lot of dynamics in our songs and you have to be ready for that. We come out pistols blazing with big rock riffs and huge choruses. But we are not scarred to taking it down a notch for songs like "Band to Save Me". Be ready for a roller coaster of emotions!

WANLS: Fill in the blank: If it hadn't been for _______, we would have _________.

LPYL: If it hadn't been for our stubborn idea of brotherhood, we would have broke up by now.

WANLS: Do you have any new music being released soon?

LPYL: We are working on a 5 song EP we plan to record soon in 2010.

WANLS: Do you have any upcoming shows?

LPYL: Yes! In Houston we are playing Thee Armada's farewell show at Warehouse Live on Saturday January 16th. It is going to be a great line up!

WANLS: Are there videos to any of your songs?

LPYL: We recorded a new music video for our single "Don't Make it So Easy", YouTube it!

Sierra Says: Surprise! You can watch it right here on WANLS:)

WANLS: What's the #1 priority for your band right now?

LPYL: Make fans and meet more people!

WANLS: Plans to tour any time soon?

LPYL: We just jump off the 10 Years tour right after the holidays, but we might be doing something again in February or March but we can't talk about that just yet :)

WANLS: Where can we find you on the web?

LPYL: Official Website

If you Google thelastplaceyoulook, you'll have three pages full of links to find us!

WANLS: How can we buy your music?

LPYL: iTunes, Amazon or

WANLS: How can we contact you for booking?


WANLS: Fill in the blank: People would never guess that ________________.

LPYL: People would never guess that we have a picture of Brittany Spears hanging up in our practice room.

WANLS: Best thing about being in your band?

LPYL: Having people/fans connect with the music we are playing.

WANLS: Fill in the blank: one day they're probably gonna name a ________ after our band.

LPYL: One day they're probably gonna name a desert island after our band.

WANLS: Last and most importantly, if you were stranded on a desert island with your bandmates, who would go cannibal first?

LPYL: On thelastplaceyoulook desert island...Nava would go cannibal first and Derek would be eaten first. Nava even now bites him occasionally. Nava says it is out of love, but Derek knows the truth.

First Photo by Taylor Gahm
All Others by Barry D.

Sierra Says: Thanks guys! Keep rockin...WANLS is behind you all the way!