Fat Tuesday Time
Date: 4 March 2014
Fat Tuesday, it’s the flashiest, trashiest, most flamboyant day of the year in New Orleans. With more sloppy debauchery on display than an evening at the playboy mansion hosted by Ron Jeremy, R. Kelly, and Tara Reid. Pace yourself or yell “YOLO” endlessly all day, this is the mix to help see you through the merry mayhem.
Date: 28 February 2014
Do raindrops keep falling on your head? Ours too… But it is better to have sprinkles than drought! Either way, we have a playlist to keep you afloat while the city drowns. So grab your umbrella, slip your feet into some wool socks, plus a pair of boots, and get ready to brave this playlist.
Takin’ Care of Business
Date: 18 February 2014
Now that you’ve had all the rest and relaxation you can cram into a three-day weekend, it’s time to cannonball back into the rat race and make that moolah, bust for the big bucks, and work it ‘till you hurt it.
Rent ain’t getting any cheaper, but we at WillCall know that a few sweet tunes can turn the longest of work days into a proper twerk fest. Crank this playlist and make those dollars. Get it.
For those who TCB on Spotify, here’s your cut.
Meet the WillCall Fam: Huck
Date: 17 February 2014
Meet Huck. A Boston boy turned SF Hawaiian food truck chef, now turned aspiring music maker and music biz intern of our dreams. His keen eye for shows and epic taste contributes to our kickass event curation. So give it up for Huck and make sure to keep an eye out for his upcoming sets in SF!
Q. You can tell a lot about a guy by what he drinks… Liquor? Mix Drink? Pick your poison!
A. I’ve always been a rum guy, it’s the pirate in me. I think my favorite drink would have to be a Dark and Stormy. I have a secret recipe for it that my father handed down to me. Unfortunately I can’t share that recipe with you.
Q. You are originally a Massachusetts man, correct? What called you over to California?
A. I actually had never visited the city before making the decision to move here. I heard the music scene out here was really inspiring and I had aspirations of making music of my own. I also had read up a lot on the history of the city and its artistic backdrop. The Grateful Dead have been and always will be my favorite band of all time.
Q. I hear you have your own musical project in the works. What kind of jams are you working on? Will we get to write about one of your shows for WillCall someday?
A. My two favorite genres of music are oddly enough psychedelic rock and electro/dub. I’m trying to find the perfect mix of the two, and I think it sounds pretty dope. Picture a dance beat with live rock guitar build up to a gnarly dub drop. BOOM. Ideally I want to generate the act into a full live performance but in the meantime I’m forced to play off my turntables. Big developments are coming in 2014 so yeah, get ready to write about me.
Q. Before you started being a biz wiz intern at WillCall what were you up to?
A. During the past five years I’ve spent in the city I’ve worked in just about every job market out there. I spent a year working at a public relations firm (until I quit because I was seriously debating jumping off the building). After this I worked doing music promotion for a couple companies in the city, which was great for the free tickets to shows but didn’t pay enough for me to afford to eat anything besides ramen and Slim Jim’s. I then spent a year working marketing for a social media startup that never successfully started up. Finally, right before this job I was a chef on a Hawaiian food truck. No joke. WillCall is the best job I’ve had so far.
Q. What is something about yourself that nobody at the office knows and would surprise readers?
A. I actually used to competitively ski race up until I moved out here to California. I started when I was twelve and raced slalom, GS, and a lot of back country cliffs and whatnot. I was lucky enough to ski everywhere from Jay Peak Vermont, on the border with Canada to Breckinridge Colorado. Interestingly enough I’ve only skied twice since I quit even though I’ve been to Tahoe a bunch of times. I should probably go skiing.
Q. Tell me a bit about your playlist. How should listeners prepare their ears?
A. My list is a mix of my two music loves, rock and dance. Get ready for a roller coaster ride spanning the course of sixty years, alternating bpm’s, guitars, and computers. All guaranteed to be of the finest quality.
Finding Bossa Nova with Blondfire
Date: 13 February 2014
We can’t get enough of the Bossa Nova inspired siblings behind Blondfire, Bruce and Erica Driscoll. Boomeranging with Bruce’s evocative productions, Erica’s winsome vocals, and a full live band, their distinct electro-pop glows with a wealth of wonder more irresistible than a free trip to Brazil. For these two, it’s adventure through warm, lush terrain or bust, and they’re certainly headed somewhere with the release of a sophomore album this week. We wanted to say hey before we sway with them at Rickshaw tonight, so here goes:
Q. Blondfire was one of the first unsigned bands to hit the number one spot on the iTunes Alternative chart. What do you personally think it is about your music that made it jump out for people like it did?
A. I think what possibly made it jump out at people, is that my brother and I have kind of created our own sound. We grew up inspired by bands that were a little left of center, but also love good pop hooks, so it might be our different take on music that can catch people by surprise.
Q. You just released your second album, Young Heart. Where do you want this new record to take Blondfire?
A. Anywhere and everywhere it can! Our hope is that some people connect and fall in love with it the way we did with our favorite albums.
Q. You guys are both part Brazilian and spent portions of your childhoods there. Does that account for the almost tropical vibes in your songs? What other types of influences did the Brazilian culture have on your music?
A. I definitely think Brazil had a big influence on us musically. We grew up surrounded by classic Bossa Nova and other Brazilian rhythms. Plus, I always say that you can hear it in the way we write melodies. They can give you that bitter sweet thing that Bossa Nova does. Happy and sad at the same time.
Q. What band would make you guys feel the most honored to cover one of your songs? Which of your songs would you want them to cover?
A. That’s a tough one! Any band that inspired us to do music in the very beginning would be amazing. The Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Cure, U2, if they did any one of our songs we’d be honored! Plus, we’d really be into doing any sort of duet also. Pet Shop Boys: Call us! ;-)
Q. Who are a few bands we probably haven’t heard of that have struck you recently?
A. Lately I’ve been surrounded by the amazing music that my friends bands are making. Check out Hunter Hunted and Family Of The Year if you haven’t yet!
Catch Blondfire with Scavenger Hunt and STRFKR [DJ Set] tonight at Rickshaw Stop. Tickets here: www.getwillcall.com/STRFKR