June 2008


This past weekend was a fine celebration of San Francisco. What follows is a quick run through of the highlights. But first, a song to play while you read this. The Submarines have nothing to do with any of the above, but this song just keeps playing on my iTunes mix and I thought I would share it with my loyal and adorable readership. This is off their new album – Honeysuckle Weeks. Note: if the song doesn’t play, visit this link to hear it.




On Friday, Kelly and I went to see Kid Beyond and the Honeycuts at the Independent. Neither band is exactly my cup of tea, but Kid Beyond’s beatboxing is something to behold. He multitracks his own beatboxing to create nuanced rhythms and melodies, then sings over them. He’s pretty entertaining.

During the day Saturday, I rented a Zipcar to run some errands. Said errands took me through many of the city’s neighborhoods on a gorgeous, sunny, cool day. I hit up the Presidio, Fort Mason, Upper Haight, the Sunset and touched my hands in the Pacific at Ocean Beach.

Saturday evening, after a quick stop at Olive, we visited the new Owl Tree and then went to more tiki bars than entirely necessary (although it wound up being a very fun night). I have another post planned about the new Owl Tree, but my main observation is that I was so happy to see the new owners honor the former owner Bobby and his desire to keep the name the same and the owl theme alive. They did right by him. They did a great job with updating the owl theme.


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The New Owl Tree


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Inside the Owl Tree


Last night was the coup de grace – a dinner of mexican food at Puerto Allegre with some out of town friends, then Erykah Badu and the Roots at the Paramount in Oakland.

I’ve never been to the Paramount, and I missed Erykah Badu the last time she was there. I’ve always wanted to go to the Paramount, and I can’t think of a better line up to see there. It was a great show, although the acoustics could have been better.

Erykah Badu is a true performer. I love her.

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Badu w/ The Roots @ Paramount!


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The Paramount in Oakland

Happy Monday Kids!

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SF – Image Courtesy of SFPhotorama.com


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My Living Room

Well, Philly anyway; then onwards to New York in the Fall.

This morning I gave notice to my building manager that I’ll be moving out of my wonderful apartment of 6 1/2 years on July 5th. The countdown is on! I’m moving back east to return to school (once again), this time to continue my research into the rapidly evolving intersection of music and technology. The next 4 years will be filled with many challenges, hard work, and surely rich rewards.

I’m very excited about the program and being closer to my family; but I’m also very sad to leave this wonderful city, my dear friends here, and a life that couldn’t have been more fulfilling in nearly every way.

More to come on exactly what I’ll be researching and learning in future posts. In the mean time, for those who are curious, check out the PhD program overview

And if you’re so inclined, clock the flickr set if you want to check out my lovely apartment. It’ll be refinished and available for rent (probably) in August. Also, some of this furniture is for sale. Contact me if you’re interested!