Author Archives: Oakland Soft Rock Choir

“Tony, I’m pretty sure we’re stuck in a time loop”

Here’s how Josh Justice’s “Another Long Stretch of Continuous Soft Rock,” the third-place winner of this year’s Austin Chronicle short-story writing contest (documented in full at “Full Hearts Can’t Lose,” begins: The machine maintains a relentless cadence, disseminating paper over paper, … Continue reading

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‘Anyone could find a piece of themselves within these songs of love and loss’

Here’s how Jessica Hopper’s Pitchfork review ends: Nevertheless, it is difficult not to buy into the mythology of Rumours both as an album and pop culture artifact: a flawless record pulled from the wreckage of real lives. As one of … Continue reading

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Two quotes

YouTube: […] The two things that I have talked about, this denial of structural racism and mass corporate control of the expressive forms. These two things have had a profound impact on stifling the creative center of commercial hip-hop. And … Continue reading

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Smoothday Christmas party at Bar 355!

So, what are you doing in the evening next Tuesday, December 18? Think you might want to stop by, raise a glass of spirits, and let our smooth sounds raise your spirits in turn? All signs point to the presence … Continue reading

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‘That was for the children!’

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is 30 years old today, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t post a classic “Yacht Rock” episode to mark the occasion. And you’d be remiss if you didn’t watch it and then watch the man himself. … Continue reading

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Soft rock Sunday: Hot mix, cool clicks

Meditating to a dreamy #disco mix preparing for the #WLD2012 tonight with @socialtyler: soundcloud.com/skeetskeet/dj-… — Gregory Higgins (@GregoryJHiggins) November 24, 2012 Something Else! Reviews’ “Desert Island Discs: Guilty Pleasures Edition” and “Steely Dan Sunday, Confessions of a Side Man: Recording … Continue reading

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‘Stand up, little girl / A broken heart can’t be that bad’

AVC: I can’t hear it in my mind, and I won’t ask you to sing it. AF: You would have to have pictures of me doing obscene and unwelcome things with a series of farm animals before I would sing … Continue reading

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‘Well, it’s been a year. It doesn’t surprise me’

Your KOIT Christmas begins this Wednesday at 12pm Noon! Classics from Burl, Bing and Johnny Mathis to Mariah… fb.me/1K3kcghg3 — 96.5 KOIT (@965KOIT) November 17, 2012 It’s almost that time of year when San Francisco’s “lite rock, less talk” readies … Continue reading

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‘I mean, there was just all this work to be done. And now there’s not.’

“Y’know, I come from an old school,” Marx says. “I would work on a vocal, and keep working on it and punching in until it was right. I do use Auto-Tune when I work with other singers or other background … Continue reading

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‘I lost myself in a familiar song’

Noticed today in a Twitter search for “soft rock”: Tough aspect of covering these events: you have to endure a lot of soft rock. Now playing: “More than a Feeling” #Romneyrally — Jonathan Freedland (@j_freedland) November 5, 2012 @j_freedland More … Continue reading

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