Make Music Make Sense

They say smell is the sense most tied to memory. A whiff of some scent can send us years into the past, to an emotion long forgotten. But there’s another sense inextricably linked to memory…

The Hot Toddies: Not a drink

A few months ago, I saw The Hot Toddies perform at a local watering hole (figure of speech) ((I actually mentioned it here.)). The Oakland-based, all-girl quartet plays an ironic mix of twee surf-pop, girl-group…

Cool Burps

Last night I went to see The Hot Toddies from Oakland at Audie’s Olympic ((Come on, Fresno. Let’s take a stand. Fred’s is dead. It says “Audie’s” on the signs; I’m calling it that. I’m…

Nekoquest 2009, Vol. 1: Middle Cyclone

In late February, an alarming bulletin appeared on my MySpace homepage. A MySpace “Secret Show” was to be held the following Tuesday, March 3, in San Diego. The performer? Neko Case. A free show, at…

Spilled the Beans

The following occurred, and was written, in December 2005: I was at Starbucks this morning because I had to get up early to finish papers for a million classes. So I’m sitting there with my…