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‘The counterrevolution was prepared via vinyl’

Here’s how General Gandhi begins Jacobin’s “The Yacht Rock Counterrevolution”: I cannot satisfy culpability to the degree required by an American court of law, but here are the facts of the cabal’s first – and most insidious – plot. The … Continue reading

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Conspiracy of Beards makes NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

We’ve shared gigs with Conspiracy of Beards, the Bay Area men’s community choir with a repertoire of Leonard Cohen songs that will bring tears to your eyes. We’ve gone to their shows and they’ve come to ours, so we know whereof we … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be a star, baby, to be in our choir

As the wind gently blows upon the sails of our summer, we call out to our lost soul mates of soft rock to come join us in sweet song … If you have a yearning for expressing the soft rock … Continue reading

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The belle of Eight Belles

The creative class here largely consists of refugees who came in search of affordable real estate and a leaner, slower way of life. Like Phillips, they cling to a pastoral mentality. Oakland’s new bohemians like to stage house concerts and … Continue reading

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John Cage turns 100

We had a lovely practice yesterday at Dreamboat Manny’s place! (If you’re thinking you’d like to attend a practice and see about joining up, drop us a line on the contact page.) Preacher Teacher’s return was an auspicious one, not … Continue reading

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Eternal flames, summer songs and karaoke ambition

Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single August 21, 1982 – September 4, 1982 We’re more amused than we should be by these three articles, perfect for a bit of diversion during the last few hours of the Labor Day weekend, … Continue reading

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Soft rock of ages

Perhaps this year’s second most interesting article indirectly related to soft-rock music was published in today’s New York Times Magazine Continue reading

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Once upon a time in a city by the bay

… there was a choir. In it, people came together regularly to sing songs of a certain vintage Continue reading

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