This is long, a bit sloppy but ultimately a lot fun…TWSS (the running joke of the evening.) Recorded at a house concert in the Fox Den in Piedmont, this podcast features live tunes and some hilarious conversation with Bay Area acts Lapel and Static and Surrender.
Debbie Neigher, along with various supporting members, is Lapel, a dreamy synth-pop band that blew us away. It was nice to deviate a bit from our standard acoustic rock/folk/Americana format and we urge everyone to check out their debut album “Periphery.”
Static and Surrender frontman Jeff Campbell has been a longtime friend of Renee and Irish Greg dating back to the KFOG years. His latest project Static and Surrender has him teaming up with brothers Adam and John Schuman, a trio that write effortless songs with beautiful harmonies. In between jello shots and irreverent banter the trio managed to squeeze in exquisite covers of Bowie, STP and the Zombies along with a bunch of originals.
For our 3rd annual Dog Dance Party we invited Peter Himmelman to be our guest. Peter wrote the beloved KFOG Acoustic Sunrise favorite “Dixie the Tiny Dog” so he was the perfect fit. Peter played a few other tunes and even improvised a song about Irish Greg’s dog Pirate.
Peter Himmelman is a man of many talents and accomplishments who also happens to be Bob Dylan’s son-in-law. He has been playing in bands since sixth grade in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He has released a dozen rock albums since 1986 all of which have received love from critics. He also writes music for movies and television in Hollywood.
Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up in partnership with Inside Lands House Concerts proudly presents Static and Surrender in Song & Conversation. an intimate evening of music and stories at a gorgeous location in Piedmont.
Every once in a while, paths cross at just the right time, in the right place, and within the right circumstances. Such is the case for San Francisco alternative rock upstarts Static and Surrender—Jeff Campbell [lead vocals, guitar], Adam Schuman [guitar, vocals], and John Schuman [drums]. By 2016, brothers John and Adam had established themselves in popular Bay Area stalwarts such as The Trophy Fire, landing critical acclaim and gigging alongside everyone from Dredg to The Dear Hunter. Within that same scene, Jeff earned recognition by receiving national songwriting awards, shared the stage with titans such as John Mayer, and fronted Pine and Battery, among other acts.
One night, a chance encounter between Jeff and Adam paved the way for what would become Static and Surrender.
“I ran into Adam and his wife at a restaurant,” recalls Jeff. “We started talking about the static and stagnation we’d both been feeling about our careers, and how we’d both sort of surrendered to it. A day later, he sent me a bunch of demos. As soon as I heard them, it just felt right. It’s the brother dynamic that attracted me to Adam and John. They’ve been playing music together for two decades. They finish each other’s sentences, in life and on stage. At the same time, we grew up in similar households. When we met, it felt like we’d known each other forever. Everything fit. It was like we were meant to play together all along.”
Join us for an evening of song, art & conversation with the great Dan Bern on Saturday June 29th at the Haight Street Art Center for the ridiculously low price of $5! At 5pm we bring you an extended happy-hour to enjoy Dan’s beautiful paintings, followed by some wonderful songs and conversation.
Patrons of the Show at the $5 a month level get FREE admission (+1) including a complimentary adult beverage. Become a patron or RSVP.
Dan Bern has released some two dozen studio albums, EPs, and live recordings since his first CD on Sony/Work in 1997. Either fronting various bands or as a solo performer, he is convincing, funny and timely, with an unassuming tip of the hat to the spirits of the past greats, all while sounding fresh and original. Dan’s songs pack a punch, and are engaging and often cinematic.
Bern’s singular songwriting has led to work on such projects as the Judd Apatow features Walk Hard—the Dewey Cox Story and Get Him to the Greek. His songs have appeared in countless TV shows and independent films, been covered by The Who’s Roger Daltrey.
In addition to the music, Dan Bern is a prolific painter, with works hanging in The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and The Bobby Feller Museum. He has published several books, the latest being a collection of poems, “encounters,” which recount his real-life encounters with, among others, Wilt Chamberlain, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Carter and Hunter S. Thompson.
A really fun show recorded on Record Store Day at the Haight Street Art Center to celebrate all things vinyl and our collective love of music. With live performances by Four Year Bender and Jeff Desira PLUS fascinating interviews with Eric Christensen, director of “The Cover Story-Album Art” and the hilarious soundman to the stars Frank Gallagher.
Eric Christensen is the director of “The Cover Story-Album Art,” a fascinating look at the history of iconic record covers with Blind Faith’s controversial 1969 release at the center of the movie. Also in the film, an interview with the now grown-ass man man who was the baby on the cover of Nirvana’s iconic “Nevermind.”
Frank Gallagher is a Scottish bolix who has done sound for Buddy Guy, Talking Heads and currently works with the B-52’s. Some say he is the inspiration for the other Frank Gallagher, patriarch of the dysfunctional family that star on TV’s Shameless.
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Renee & Irish Greg's Pop UP!
Record Store Day Special with Four Year Bender & Jeff Desira
This a benefit for the Blanket the Homeless compilation album being produced by Scott Mickelson featuring Whiskerman and the Coffis Brothers as well as Fantastic Negrito, Con Brio, John Craigie and many more.
Ticket includes 6-7pm happy-hour and the From Detroit with Love: Grande Ballroom poster exhibit.
Whiskerman is a rock-and-roll overture to the great unraveling. Over the last 7 years the Oakland band has developed an underground reputation for tackling the sublime with their ambitious songwriting, thunderous stage show, and acute lyricism. They have since emerged as an engine of the Bay Area’s revitalized psychedelic and festival scenes.
Scott Mickelson is an artist/producer from the Bay Area. His debut release Flickering was on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance. His follow up full-length A Wondrous Life is receiving great reviews in the US and abroad. Mickelson will be playing his first European tour this Fall.
The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are five young men from the Santa Cruz Mountains that have been playing around the Bay Area and beyond since 2010. They play a style of music that is rock and roll in the most classic sense, melodic, rootsy and heartfelt. The songwriting duo of Jamie and Kellen show an obvious love for a bygone era of music and for groups like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young and The Beatles as well as a sense of maturity and experience beyond their years.
There was laughs, tears and just a few drinks as we enjoyed some craic agus ceol from the old country. Shaun O’Sullivan, from our sponsor 21st Amendment Brewery, was also on hand to regale all with tales of his angling prowess on Lough Mask in Mayo and we had our annual lesson on why it’s St Paddy’s Day and NOT St Patty’s Day.
Performing live will be the great Four Year Bender (duo) who’ll have some vinyl to sell and will be promoting their album release party at Cafe du Nord. Opening the show is the great Jeff Desira who also is releasing new material produced by Chris Manning of Jellyfish and Guster.
We’re thrilled that Eric Christensen will be on hand to discuss great album artwork and his wonderful documentary The Cover Story-Album Art.