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Hiero After Dark: Images & Words From The Best Hip Hop Party of the Year

All photos by Ché Holts.

This was a long time coming. Sure, the Hiero Day festival graces Oakland every Labor Day weekend, but Saturday night’s Hiero After Dark party at The Midway in SF represented a far more ambitious event for the Hieroglyphics crew. It was so crucial for the culture and nothing short of a triumph.

We can’t deny the influence that Hiero has on Bay Area hip hop culture. Their legacy is timeless. But building on that legacy by propping up other artists in the Bay and mainstream nightlife culture, is what Hiero After Dark did best. The Midway was an apt massive space for the 2,000+ goers and felt like a hip hop funhouse.

“Tonight was about connecting the new era…” Hieroglyphics’ Pep Love told us. “…connecting the artists with the new wave doing business: venues, promoters, people who curate events… Community and culture is what packs the house and that’s what Hiero does best.”

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Saul Williams Drops New Video Filmed in Ferguson

Saul Williams’ musical flame was recently re-ignited for me in The Cipher Podcast’s brilliant interview with the New York based poet, rapper, playwright, actor and all-around hip-hop Renaissance man.

The interview between host Shawn Setaro and Williams centered on Williams’ latest release, Martyr Loser King. It’s a dense, ambitious and nothing short of cinematic album that magnifies modern sociopolitical issues within the world of a cyber hacker living in East Africa…shit that’s right out of a graphic novel (of which there also is one.) But there were certain comparisons that were drawn in the episode between Williams and David Bowie (Williams dropped a 2008 release entitled The Inevitable Rise And Fall Of Niggy Tardust) and a new interest in Williams was piqued.

His art is dense and complex. He oozes idealism and activism and his work is manifested in many mediums. Discovering Saul Williams’ body of work is a thrilling endeavor and today, he released a powerful video for his latest single “The Noise Came From Here,” directed by Anisia Uzeyman. In it, Williams walks through Ferguson, Missouri and tip-toes around the epicenter of where Michael Brown was brutally gunned down by a police officer in 2014. Do yourself a favor and watch this gripping piece of art and hop over to The Fader for more details on the making of the video. One love.

The Best Sandwiches in San Francisco

This post originally appeared in The Bold Italic on 10/22/14. 

(My Between Two Slices column in SF Weekly is a result of version 2.0 of this post which was slated to come out less than two weeks after The Bold Italic ceased operations. Enjoy!)

READ THIS IF YOU’RE OBSESSED WITH SF’S SANDWICHES

Oct 22, 2014 at 6am

Warning: reading this will make you hungry.

San Francisco is #blessed with some of the finest sandwich shops in all of the land, thanks in part to the blend of cultures that are so close to each other geographically. You could take a leisurely stroll to North Beach for a classic Italian number-one day and hit the FIDI for roast-beef amazingness for the second. You can stop at a signature Jewish deli in Nob Hill or walk another few blocks to a place with “the best Vietnamese sandwich in America.” There are Korean steak subs in the Mission, and the turkey sandwich of your life is a stone’s throw away from Golden Gate Park. Is your mouth watering yet?

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THE 11 BEST BOWLS OF PHO IN SAN FRANCISCO

This article originally appeared in The Bold Italic on 01/30/2014 and is now databased on Everything Ecstatic for safekeeping. 

Jan 30 at 6am

It’s always slightly chilly in SF. What better way to cure the cool-weather blues than with hot, chunky noodle soups? At its most basic, pho is Vietnamese noodle soup that’s typically made with beef stock, herbs, and spices, and simmered for several hours. Pho is served with rice noodles and various cuts of beef (Pho Tai) or chicken (Pho Ga). In San Francisco, the Vietnamese population’s influence is strong, and the traditional cuisine across the city reflects different styles of pho. It’s become a cultish comfort food, and we’ve ventured out to different parts of town to bring you our 11 best bowls of pho in San Francisco.

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Listen to Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs: Los Angeles

Producer Adrian Younge’s much anticipated Linear Labs: Los Angeles project is out today featuring collaboration tracks with Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier (swoon), Ghostface Killah, The RZA, Raekwon, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, The Delfonics and more.

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AlunaGeorge Drops New Track “Supernatural”

Welp…here is the first taste of AlunaGeorge’s post-Body Music sound. “Supernatural” has a confidently existential electro-pop beat. Seems like Aluna might’ve found what she’s looking for after deliciously playing hard to get throughout Body Music. Check it below:

Read our review of Body Music – #12 Album of 2013.

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Thom Yorke Makes Surprise New Album Available for 6 Bucks via BitTorrent Download!

Thom Yorke is at it again. The king of unconventional music distribution has just made his new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes available for download as a Bit Torrent file for the more than reasonable price of $6. I suppose we can expect something this anti-establishment from the guy who originated the “Pay What You Want” structure for Radiohead’s In Rainbows.

Buy the bundle here and you’ll not only get the album, but also a music video for the first track “Brain in a Bottle.” You can also download the “Brain in a Bottle” for free. Once you hear how awesome it is, you’re gonna wanna drop $6 for A FUCKING THOM YORKE ALBUM! YES!

I ponied up the $6 via paypal and downloaded the album in less than a minute via BitTorrent, using internet tethered from my cellphone, while chillin at a park. The revolution is here people.  Happy Friday.

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Below is a transcript of a letter from Thom and producer Nigel Gorich regarding the release. :

 

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich