Good Riddance running through some old tunes and playing “All Fall Down” off of their album, “For God And Country” released in 1995. This show was at the Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA on 12/19/13. Good times with old friends at this show!!

Materialized during the Cosmic Love Ball 2013 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

Materialized during the Cosmic Love Ball 2013 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

I have really been digging on the band Materialized lately.

Give a listen and let me know what you think.

Materialized is a keys/drums live electronic music duo from Oakland, CA. that specialize in soul shaking, bass-quaking dance and electronic music played live.

Drummer Dale Fanning and Keyboardist/Synthesist Dave Pellicciaro have crafted a style that feeds on their trademark combustive energy. With live sets that don’t stop once they start Materialized collides big bass electro-house w/ deep-space, cinematic compositions leaving noise and textured ambience in the wake.

Synergizing the energy and vibe of live performance with the punch and consistent tonal impact of cutting edge electronic music is the destination. Creating layered, sonic impact live, Materialized keeps things moving without “press play” assistance to make the music. This is where the bond and connectivity between band and audience happens and what Materialized considers central to their focus…. unity w/ the audience, to be equally immersed together.

In the past 18 months, Materialized has released two recordings, “Magneto Delicti” and “Space Junk” on CD, digital download and vinyl. Materialized hosts a beloved San Francisco annual bash, The Cosmic Love Ball, at The Fillmore Auditorium and plays nationally.

Magneto Delicti

Space Junk

“Mighty Dave Pellicciaro (keys, samples, myriad noisemakers) and Dale Fanning (electronic drums/percussion) and their varied collaborators are up to is just about everything most electronic dance music is missing, most notably a prominent human element with the ability to shift and respond in real time with true musician insight and instinct. No question that these guys are masters of technology but in a daring, hang-your-ass-over- the-edge way that recalls the sonic spelunking of early Tangerine Dream and Aphex Twin. The more aggressive, intense and shadowy Materialized becomes the more I’m captivated by their evolution.”

JamBase | Northern California – Dennis Cook

Such a good night the other night as I got to see Good Riddance for the first time in about a decade. They were one of my favorite bands in high school, and it was a treat to get taken to one of their shows again by the man who introduced me to them in the first place.

The crowd at the Bottom Of The Hill went nuts as Good Riddance opened the show with “Out Of Mind,” Slowly,” and “Salt;” and the energy continued all night.

Looking back at some videos I took from this past year and I came across a night at Thee Parkside with some of my favorite singer/songwriters. I finally got to see The Scorpios on 06/29/13. I love these guys. Such good times!

Red, White, & BluegrassDo you think that you will still need some more Americana in your life after July 4th this year? Well, Shelby Ash PresentsThe Mountain Men, and the Great American Music Hall will have you covered. Join The Mountain Men and their friends for a slew of good tunes on July 5th at 8:00 PM.

This all-star stringband revue features members of The Trespassers, The Cowlicks, the String Slingers; Erik Anderson (dobro, vocals), Fritz Baggot (fiddle, vocals), Jared Jesperson (mando, vocals), David Barrow (guitar, vocals), Dan Newitt (guitar, mando, vocals), Todd Ronan (upright bass), and Andy Roberts (banjo, guitar, vocals).

Not your typical bluegrass band; the boys of Windy Hill did not grow up in the deep rolling hills of Virginia, nor grow up listening to the Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers on an old fashioned AM radio. However, you couldn’t tell this from listening to this fabulous band – they show sincere enthusiasm for traditional bluegrass music. The young, fresh players take on a 70+ year old musical genre and pull it off like no other. Whenever they play, they bring it! And look and sound the part – as if they are playing a 1940s dance hall.

Largely inspired by the energy of old-time dance tunes, honky-tonk country, western-swing, bluegrass, and Cajun music, The Vivants play their own brand of American roots music – original foot stompin’ tunes about riots, hollers, and hopping train cars. In former incarnations, Emily honed her songs performing in San Francisco with the Whoreshoes. She is joined by stellar players, Jody Richardson on fiddle and vocal harmonies, James Touzel on upright bass, and Isaac Bonnell on piano accordion.

Acoustic music rooted in the bluegrass and folk tradition, with hints of blues and punk elements sneaking in to give them a sound both new and old. The Creak’s energetic performances and visible onstage chemistry inspire dancing, singing, and stomping, leaving audiences feeling elated to have
taken part in such fun.

God Bless Americana!

Terrapin Crossroads

On June 13 – 16, Phil Lesh will perform at Terrapin Crossroads with Stanley Jordan, Neal Casal, Jon Graboff, Rob Barraco, and Cody Dickinson. Each of the four shows are scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:30. Guitarist Stu Allen will also be performing at Terrapin Crossroads as part of their 4:20 Happy Hour Party that features half-off pizzas and drink specials.

Tickets for the June Rambles went on sale a while ago, but the last time I checked there are still some tickets available. So, get your ticket ASAP!

Weir Here Over ThereTRI Studios invites you to join them for a very special night of music featuring the TRI All-Star Band including the following people: Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Jason Crosby, Jay Lane, Jeff ChimentiLeslie Mendelson, and Jonathan Wilson with special guests Beth Orton and Grateful Dead archivist, David Lemieux. Come be a part of the live studio audience and join the festivities in the Grate Room at Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA! TRI will also be broadcasting the show live on their website.

Tickets go on sale at the Terrapin box office Tuesday, June 4 at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available online through Terrapin Crossroads’ webstore on Wednesday, June 5. Please note: This is live studio taping. There will be no ins and outs. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show begins promptly at 6 p.m. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask Bob Weir, Steve Parish, and other couch guests questions as part of the live variety show.

If you can’t join in person, be sure to tune in to all the fun online at

General Admission – $75
VIP – $100

Event poster (pic above) signed by Bob Weir
Event t-shirt

The AmericanaramA tour featuring Bob DylanMy Morning Jacket, and Wilco have announced their dates. They also intend to bring in additional acts during different stops on the tour including the Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryan Bingham.

Current confirmed tour dates are as follows:

06/26/13 – Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL
06/27/13 – Live Nation Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL
06/29/13 – Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA
06/30/13 – Riverfront Park in Nashville, TN
07/02/13 – AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN *
07/05/13 – Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN *
07/06/13 – Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH *
07/07/13 – Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH *
07/10/13 – Midway Stadium in St. Paul, MN *
07/11/13 – Peoria Chiefs Stadium in Peoria, IL *
07/12/13 – Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL *
07/14/13 – DTE Energy Music Center in Clarkston, MI *
07/15/13 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON *
07/18/13 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY #
07/19/13 – The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT #
07/20/13 – Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA #
07/21/13 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY #
07/23/13 – Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD #
07/24/13 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA #
07/26/13 – Pier A in Hoboken, NJ #
07/27/13 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY #
07/28/13 – Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ #
07/31/13 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, CO #
08/01/13 – USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley, UT #
08/03/13 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA #
08/04/13 – Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA #

* with Richard Thompson Electric Trio
# with Ryan Bingham

Terrapin Crossroads

Phil Lesh cordially invites you to the first annual Terrapin Prom on June 29th. Guests are required to wear formal attire from any decade they wish, and they should come prepared for a fun-filled evening of cocktails, dinner, and live music. I don’t have many details as of yet, but I have heard that David Martin’s House Party will be starting the fun off in the Grate Room at 8:30 pm. Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band should be providing the after party entertainment in the restaurant around 10:30 pm.

Tickets went on sale June 1st, and are available for $75.00 at the Terrapin Crossroads box office or online at

Have a great time kids!

This video has been going around the punk scene lately and for good reason. It rocks. It is a drum medley of every Fat Wreck Chords full length release (excluding live albums, compilations and re-releases) in chronological order of the label’s first 20 years. Thanks for all the tunes, Fat!

Audio Mix: Michael Ferfoglia
Medley compiled by Kye Smith
External drums performed and recorded by Kye Smith
Cameras provided by eLuminate Training


00:00 – Lagwagon – Duh


00:05 – Propagandhi – How To Clean Everything
00:09 – No Use For A Name – The Daily Grind


00:14 – Lagwagon – Trashed
00:20 – Strung Out – Another Day In Paradise


00:22 – Face To Face – Don’t Turn Away
00:27 – Good Riddance – For God And Country
00:32 – No Use For A Name – Leche Con Carne
00:37 – Tilt – ‘Til It Kills
00:42 – Wizo – Uuaarrgh!
00:43 – Lagwagon – Hoss


00:48 – Snuff – Demmamussabebonk
00:53 – Hi-Standard – Growing Up
00:59 – Strung Out – Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues
01:05 – Propagandhi – Less Talk, More Rock
01:14 – Good Riddance – A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion
01:19 – Goober Patrol – Vacation
01:21 – Snuff – Flibbidydibbidydob
01:26 – Swingin’ Utters – A Juvenile Product Of The Working Class
01:31 – Screeching Weasel – Bark Like A Dog


01:34 – Screw 32 – Under The Influence Of Bad People
01:38 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Have A Ball
01:43 – Hi-Standard – Angry Fist
01:52 – No Use For A Name – Making Friends
01:56 – Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum
01:59 – Bracket – Novelty Forever


02:02 – Good Riddance – Ballads From The Revolution
02:10 – Tilt – Collect ‘Em All
02:12 – Strung Out – Twisted By Design
02:18 – Snuff – Tweet Tweet My Lovely
02:21 – Swingin’ Utters – Five Lessons Learned
02:28 – Mad Caddies – Duck And Cover
02:34 – Screeching Weasel – Television City Dream
02:39 – Goober Patrol – Unbearable Lightness Of Being Drunk
02:42 – Lagwagon – Let’s Talk About Feelings


02:54 – Sick Of It All – Potential For A Fall
02:55 – Good Riddance – Operation Phoenix
03:01 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Are A Drag
03:08 – Frenzal Rhomb – A Man’s Not a Camel
03:15 – Tilt – Viewers Like You
03:22 – No Use For A Name – More Betterness
03:26 – Consumed – Hit For Six
03:31 – Hi-Standard – Making The Road


03:37 – Snuff – Numb Nuts
03:40 – Bracket – When All Else Fails
03:41 – Avail – One Wrench
03:45 – Swingin’ Utters – Swingin’ Utters
03:50 – Less Than Jake – Borders And Boundaries
03:55 – Sick Of It All – Yours Truly


04:01 – Propagandhi – Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
04:11 – Zero Down – With A Lifetime To Pay
04:17 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Blow In The Wind
04:22 – Frenzal Rhomb – Shut Your Mouth
04:31 – Mad Caddies – Rock The Plank
04:36 – Anti-Flag – Underground Network
04:44 – Rise Against – The Unraveling
04:52 – The Dickies – All This And Puppet Stew
04:57 – Good Riddance – Symptoms Of A Leveling Spirit


05:02 – The Lawrence Arms – Apathy And Exhaustion
05:07 – Strung Out – An American Paradox
05:12 – Dillinger Four – Situationist Comedy
05:14 – No Use For A Name – Hard Rock Bottom
05:23 – Avail – Front Porch Stories


05:30 – Swingin’ Utters – Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, And Bones
05:35 – Mad Caddies – Just One More
05:40 – Lagwagon – Blaze
05:52 – Rise Against – Revolutions Per Minute
06:01 – NOFX – The War On Errorism
06:09 – Good Riddance – Bound By Ties Of Blood And Affection
06:12 – Frenzal Rhomb – Sans Souci
06:21 – None More Black – File Under Black
06:25 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Take A Break
06:30 – Sick Of It All – Life On The Ropes
06:32 – The Lawrence Arms – The Greatest Story Ever Told
06:35 – Anti-Flag – The Terror State
06:40 – Against Me! – As The Eternal Cowboy


06:46 – Descendents – Cool To Be You
06:50 – The Epoxies – Epoxies
06:56 – Joey Cape & Tony Sly – Acoustic
07:02 – Only Crime – To The Nines
07:06 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Ruin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah
07:14 – Strung Out – Exile In Oblivion


07:18 – Smoke Or Fire – Above The City
07:25 – Chixdiggit! – Pink Razors
07:31 – The Epoxies – Stop The Future
07:35 – No Use For A Name – Keep Them Confused
07:40 – The Soviettes – LP III
07:45 – The Real McKenzies – 10,000 Shots
07:55 – Against Me! – Searching For A Former Clarity
08:03 – Propagandhi – Potemkin City Limits
08:13 – Western Addiction – Cognicide
08:17 – Lagwagon – Resolve


08:23 – Randy – Randy The Band
08:27 – The Loved Ones – Keep Your Heart
08:33 – The Lawrence Arms – Oh! Calcutta!
08:38 – The Sainte Catherines – Dancing For Decadence
08:42 – Love Equals Death – Nightmerica
08:45 – NOFX – Wolves In Wolves’ Clothing
08:50 – None More Black – This Is Satire
08:53 – Good Riddance – My Republic
08:58 – Dead To Me – Cuban Ballerina
09:02 – Strike Anywhere – Dead FM
09:07 – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Love Their Country
09:12 – Bad Astronaut – Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment


09:14 – Only Crime – Virulence
09:18 – Smoke Or Fire – This Sinking Ship
09:24 – Citizen Fish / Leftover Crack – Deadline
09:29 – Mad Caddies – Keep It Going
09:35 – Strung Out – Blackhawks Over Los Angeles
09:41 – The Flatliners – The Great Awake
09:47 – American Steel – Destroy Their Future


09:55 – The Loved Ones – Build & Burn
10:05 – No Use For A Name – The Feel Good Record Of The Year
10:10 – The Real Mckenzies – Off The Leash
10:16 – Star Fucking Hipsters – Until We’re Dead
10:19 – Dillinger Four – C I V I L W A R


10:25 – NOFX – Coaster
10:30 – Pour Habit – Suiticide
10:37 – American Steel – Dear Friends And Gentle Hearts
10:42 – Banner Pilot – Collapser
10:43 – Teenage Bottlerocket – The Came From The Shadows
10:48 – Strung Out – Agents Of The Underground
10:53 – Dead To Me – African Elephants


10:58 – Tony Sly – 12 Song Program
11:07 – The Flatliners – Cavalcade
11:11 – None More Black – Icons
11:14 – Smoke Or Fire – The Speakeasy


11:19 – Old Man Markley – Guts ‘N’ Teeth
11:31 – Screeching Weasel – First World Manifesto
11:38 – Pour Habit – Got Your Back
11:43 – Swingin’ Utters – Here, Under Protest
11:47 – Ellwood – Lost In Transition
11:55 – Cobra Skulls – Agitations
11:59 – Star Fucking Hipsters – From The Dumpster To The Grave
12:05 – Tony Sly – Sad Bear
12:13 – Frenzal Rhomb – Smoko At The Pet Food Factory
12:21 – Dead To Me – Moscow Penny Ante
12:26 – Banner Pilot – Heart Beats Pacific


12:31 – Useless ID – Symptoms
12:42 – The Real McKenzies – Westwinds
12:45 – Joey Cape & Tony Sly – Acoustic Volume 2
13:01 – Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
13:12 – Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes
13:16 – NOFX – Self Entitled