Summer of Love Playlist

For those who don’t know, I’ve been working with the California Historical Society (CHS) for the past six months or so creating and curating digital content for a Summer of Love 50th anniversary that is now upon us. CHS is working with SF Travel to coordinate a statewide commemoration with international reach, and partner organizations such as my beloved Western Neighborhoods Project will have programming and exhibitions throughout the year that showcase San Francisco and California in 1967.

To whet your palate, I’ve curated a playlist of songs and speeches from 1967. All from 1967.

Turn on, tune in, and drop out of 2017…my little time travelers. Nostos Nic Loves You.

A Phono del Sol Playlist

Couldn’t make the Bay Bridge + Tiny Telephone production Phono del Sol today? Not to worry, Nostos Algos has you covered. Here are some festival favorites for you to view in the pantsless privacy of your apartment, so crack that craft brew, microvave those Chinese leftovers and let this visual playlist be your Saturday highlight.

Wye Oak, an everlasting gobstopper-esque addicition.

Much love for the throwback sound of San Francisco State University alum, Nick Waterhouse.

The Tambo Rays, purveyors of one of the best damn shows I’ve seen all year.

Always a woman of her own means, the ever-ready Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

Tony Molina. Tony (freaking) Molina.

Current Obsession: Bombadil

Bombadil at Pendarvis Farms by Kristen Krauter

Having had the concurrent displeasure and honor of planning several funerals, I’ve come to understand the importance of music in the heady moments of a final goodbye. Accordingly, I’ve started a playlist for my own funeral to save my loved ones the agony of soundtracking a ceremony to honor a woman who thought always in terms of music. Also, I don’t trust them to get it right (which makes me a pretentious asshole).

Which is not to say I morbidly contemplate death at every turn. I do not seek the songs on my funeral playlist, they find me and this is how I discovered Bombadil. The track “I Will Wait” off Bombadil’s album All That The Rain Promises–a title which in and of itself can offer an optimistically funerealistic aura–is so incredibly moving in its gospel simplicity. Bombadil, however, is no one trick pony. The rest of the album pairs bouncy melodies with wry humor that showcases the band’s musical ability without taking itself too seriously–offering a wonderfully refreshing contrast to the more somber opening track. All in all, a deeeeelightful listening experience and another notch acquired on my quest to create the perfect funeral playlist.