Make this one a Monday even Garfield would appreciate by getting yourself over to The Independent this evening to rock with a couple of our favorite bands, Augustines and My Goodness. All the deets you need are right here, it’s gonna be a wonderful night and we hope to see you there!
With a new EP dropping later this month, a slot at Italy’s Spring Attitude Festival alongside such heavyweights as Four Tet and Com Truise, and major labels like Stones Throw and Carpark knocking at his door, 21-year-old musician and Long Island native Ryan DeRobertis, better known as SAINT PEPSI, is poised for success. Do415 had the chance to chat with the young producer as he readied for his first trip to the Golden State and his West Coast debut in San Francisco on February 15th.
Do415: First things first: We’re crazy excited you’re coming to San Francisco.
Saint Pepsi: I’m so excited too! I’ve only been to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida. I never, ever travel. I haven’t been so excited for something since I don’t know when. It’s like all I think about.
Do415: That’s the best. You must be counting down the days.
SP: Half of me is, the other half is rushing to finish as many new edits/new tracks to premiere at the show. I never get the opportunity to do things like this so I want to make it super special.
Do415: The momentum you’ve picked up since the release of Hit Vibes this past summer has been incredible to watch. We can only imagine what it’s been like on your end.
SP: It’s been unbelievable, but to be honest, my life was literally about to crumble into pieces before Hit Vibes came out. I was still at Boston College and I had worked myself into this really bad depression. I had stopped attending classes and warped my mind and I was just a mess because I thought I didn’t have control over my life. I was a political science major. It was STUPID. I made Hit Vibes the first month I was home from BC. And Long Island’s sort of like a cultural wasteland in itself. Growing up my parents sheltered me so I never went to Brooklyn or anything for fun. So it took all the positive energy I had in my body to make ‘a unifying dance record’ in spite of all the bullshit, the academic inconsistency, the lashing out at my upbringing. Just wanting to be something different.
Do415: It’s pretty remarkable that an album that just absolutely radiates joy came out of a time that was so dark for you. Has music always been a part of your life?
SP: My dad took me to see Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, which were amazing experiences in themselves, but I was also like 5 years old haha. My first ‘real’ concert was Toro y Moi when I was 18. But I started writing my own songs when I was 14. They were really weird because they weren’t GOOD, but they were a lot different from what everyone else did at the time. Then I put this shitty song on iTunes when I was 16 and everyone at my school thought I was famous hahaha.
Do415: You’re singing! SAINT PEPSI sings?!
SP: Yes! I can’t wait to start singing again on the new SP record that will be coming out later this year. It’ll be an official release and my proper label debut.
Do415: Big things! Is this where you always saw SAINT PEPSI going?
SP: Hahaha not in the slightest. It’s kind of a funny story. In November of 2012, I did a whole album called Adversaries under the name The Cold Napoleons. Wrote and recorded it in 2 weeks. And then over winter break I started SAINT PEPSI as sort of an art project, but it was very tongue-in-cheek. The running joke was ‘imagine SP becoming the biggest project out of anything you’ve ever done.’
Do415: And now here you are. And here you’ll be in no time at all! What’s at the top of your to-do list while in San Francisco?
SP: …Is it bad that I don’t have an agenda?
Do415: Not at all. Cheers to that.
Get refreshed when Do415 and HGMNY bring you Saint Pepsi live at F8 | 1192 Folsom this Friday September 15th
by Kate Horton
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When, as predicted, the world ended last December, many of us could never have guessed that our first year post-existence would bear an uncanny resemblance to the years that preceded it, full of the same highs and lows, triumphs and failures that we had come to recognize as part of life on Earth.
This applied to life in the Bay as well, as a number of local stories touched on a range of recognizable emotions, from anger to compassion and shock to joy. The real spirit of a city that sometimes seems to be at war with itself was best represented when we came together to make a little kid’s dream come true, so while these stories are presented in no particular order, the only place that made sense to start was with Batkid.
10. We got married!
2013 offered quite the spread of kickass female-fronted acts.
Here are my top 10 picks, in no particular order. Included are songs and performances as justification. Enjoy!
4. london grammar
6. ms mr
8. still corners
9. sky ferreira
It’s so hard to make a list of the best bars in San Francisco, because there are honestly way too many to choose from. I mean, if you’re a local most likely you have a set 3 bars that are your go to, 2 you go to strictly for first dates, and every once in a while you’ll try a new one just for kicks, but usually you don’t make your way back there for another year. For now, this is my top 10 list of bars that I frequented in 2013 and enjoyed (alone and with friends because I do hang out with people I swear). If you haven’t been to any of these on this list, well, you should probably go. And here’s why, as if you really needed an excuse to go out drinking…
10. Fly (Sutter St.)
Not to be confused with Fly’s evil twin sister on Divisidero. Fly of Sutter St. is the go to spot for my group of friends. Chances are regardless of the time of the day one of us will be there. Because of this, we all know the menu by heart and most likely know all the bartender’s schedules. I don’t go there as much as most of us, but I do enjoy it every time I go. Everyone is super rad, the food is decent and the drinks are strong. My recommendation: the House Sangria.
Not a lot of people make their way out to the “other” side of Folsom, but if you find yourself wandering about 19th and Folsom, be sure to wander into the Homestead for a drink. I like this bar because I can do there by myself, read a book, and eat peanuts and throw the shells on the ground (bonus). For some reason whenever I’m at this bar I really want to drink cheap beer straight from the can and top it off with a shot of Jameson. Nothing special, but my recommendation if you ever go here.
How can you not? This is a staple of San Francisco. Don’t consider yourself a real San Franciscan if you never been there. Just saying. If you haven’t gone, stop what you are doing right now, and go there for a simple yet quant gin and tonic. I don’t know what it is about the gin and tonics at Vesuvio I never crave gin unless I am here. They are made with pure love. Enough said, go here make some tourist friends or something.
Most of time I tell people to avoid 6th street at all cost, right now I’m telling you to go there. Like sun shining at the end of a foggy San Francisco morning, Monarch is that same shine in the break of crack heads. The bar is beautiful, gold and red everything, fancy furniture and a crazy wild party in the basement. Whenever I go there, I feel like I’m not supposed to be there as if it is a speakeasy or a gentlemen’s club. By afternoon it is a classy bar for fancy cocktails, by night head down to the basement and enjoy their incredible sound system and some fireball shots. How could you go wrong?
6. Thee Parkside
And here I go raising the standards for bars with outdoor seating. Many people would probably think that I would put Zeitgiest here because it’s central, that is, it is the go to bar for most people. But no, as much as I like that bar… Thee Parkside does it all better. If you want to smoke outside with your drink, eat amazing food, listening to your punk rock. Well look no further then Thee Parkside. I love this bar for many reasons, but mostly because the staff is nice, the drinks are strong and the food is delicious. I don’t personally smoke, but the smell of smoke and whiskey is very comforting to me. My recommendation for this bar, a margarita to wash down their world famous pulled pork sandwich.
I actually don’t understand why more people don’t talk about this San Francisco staple. Like Vesuvio, if you haven’t been here before you have a serious problem on your hands. This white trash themed bar is determined to get you shit faced the moment you walk in. Whether it is through the numerous Jello shots you are offered every ten minutes, a forty of miller high life literally served in a paper bag or, my personal favorite vodka nightmare, the after school special (vodka and grape soda), you are surely going to black out. Not only do they have the strongest drinks that taste like sugar, they also have a DJ who plays all your favorite 80’s/90’s mashups as well as a trailer that will deep fry anything and serve it to you. There is so much to go wrong with all these combinations but it is worth every questionable thing you don’t remember doing in this bar. What happens at Butter, stays at butter. Next time look for my friend’s pink bra hanging from one of the water pipes on the ceiling, it’s there… true story.
4. Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery
Got to have at least one brewery on this list, if I had to choose one, I would have to go with Magnolia. Conveniently located on Haight Street this bar has some of the finest beers on tap one could ask for. Completely overshadowed by it’s brewery competitors in the city, people forget about Magnolia constantly. Those people are what I like to call “crazy.” Very difficult concept to grasp so I’ll make it easy for you, Stout of Circumstance, or if dark brews aren’t your jam, Sara’s Ruby Mild. You honestly can’t go wrong with any of these beers if you consider yourself a beer lover. The flavors are complex and keep your mouth watering for more. Not to mention, they grill an excellent burger. Pure bliss.
The sweet smell of whiskey and wood haunt me forever, in the best kind of way. Churchill will make you the greatest concoctions involving your favorite alcohol. They don’t shy away when you ask them to make something they think you might like, they simply ask you how you are doing and make something based on what you are feeling, it is quite fantastic. If you want a glass case of emotion, they are going to make that for you, you’ll love it I guarantee. However, magic is in the classics here, my recommendation is their old fashioned.
2. Moby Dicks
Need I say more? If you’re familiar with my column, you know that this place is one of my top favorites! Seriously though, a gay bar straight boys can also enjoy? Who would have thought? Everyone I know who has been here is down, it’s one of the happiest places on Earth. I’m not going to elaborate much, if you really want to know the details of this beautiful place check back in on my article about it here (When In Doubt Drink With The Gays) 2 for 1 Margarita/Lemon Drop specials everyday, how could you go wrong? SHOUTOUT TO MARY THE BARTENTER.
AND THE NUMBER 1 BAR IN SAN FRANCISCO IS….
1. Dear Mom
Dear Mom now occupies a building that has always held a special place in my San Francisco heart. Back when I first moved to this glorious town almost 6 years ago this building on the corner of 16th and Harrison was an interesting bar called El Ricon. I liked going here (when I was 18) because local bands from my art school always played there and they served nachos. Of course, this bar had a dark shadow as it was the only place I’d ever seen someone literally get smashed over the head with a glass bottle. Needless to say, this place was shut down and unoccupied for some time. That is until Dear Mom moved on in, at this point I could drink legally so I was curious to see what they had done with the place. And I was pleasantly surprised. Owned by Whiskey Thieves and Thieves Tavern, this place surpasses all expectations. You got your tasty drinks, local food (different venders occupying the same kitchen changing weekly), and ping pong tables. A match made in heaven. It’s also big enough so if you run into an ex-boyfriend you can hide very easily, amazing. The lighting is cool, the people are awesome, the drinks are cheap, the bathroom is usually nice. No bad things to say about this place. Always a great time, even when it’s packed. Go here, be happy, enjoy drinking out in public.
After months of obsessively listening to new music and numerous in-office debates about the merits (or lackthereof) of Drake, Miley and everyone else who made waves this year, we’ve called upon two of our own to bring you their picks for the 10 best albums of the year.
10. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
9. Volcano Choir - Repave
8. Kanye West - Yeezus
7. Drake - Nothing Was The Same
6. Disclosure - Settle
5. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
4. Mutual Benefit - Love’s Crushing Diamond
3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of The City
2. Darkside - Psychic
1. Rhye - Woman
10. Lucki Eck$ - Alternative Trap
9. Saint Pepsi - Hit Vibes
8. Kelela - Cut 4 Me
7. Waldo - NSDE/OUTSDE
6. Pusha T - My Name is My Name
5. Kaytranada - Kaytra Todo
4. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
3. Jai Paul - Jai Paul
2. Mr. Carmack - Bang, Vol. 3
1. Kanye West - Yeezus
It was an absolutely wonderful year for music in the Bay and, looking back, it was a struggle for us to narrow this list down to 20. Our staff has varied tastes, so we each contributed a few of our favorites. The following are presented in calendar order with special shouts going out to April 2013 for having 1/4 of the shows on this list… you were a legendary month and we’ll never forget you!
1. Solange and Kelela, The Independent, February 5th
2. Wavves and FIDLAR, Bottom of the Hill, march 22nd
3. Phoenix, The Independent, April 1st
4. Rhye, Bimbo’s 365, April 3rd
5. Sky Ferreira, Rickshaw Stop, April 9th
6. Shovels & Rope, The Crepe Shop, April 11th
7. TNGHT, Mezzanine, April 20th
8. Mount Kimbie, The Independent, June 17th
9. Giraffage, Popscene at Rickshaw Stop, July 4th
10. Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake, Candlestick Park, July 26th
11. The Postal Service & Big Freedia, Greek Theatre, July 26th
12. Nine Inch Nails, Outside Lands, August 10th
13. Neko Case, First City Festival, August 25th
14. Souls of Mischief, Hiero Day, September 2nd
15. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, GAMH, September 4th
16. Disclosure, TIMF, October 19th
17. James Blake, TIMF, October 20th
18. Sleigh Bells, TIMF, October 20th
19. The Eric Andre Show Live, The Chapel, November 11th
20. Mr. Carmack | A-1 | Mikos Da Gawd | Insightful, 1192 Folsom, November 16th
It’s hump day heaven this Wednesday when Australia’s super-dope Jagwar Ma play The Independent! It’s gonna be a straight-up dance fest, so lace up and come get down with us. Their live show is a joy and they’ve got Fascinator opening for them, so we’re in for a full night of getting freaky. Let’s do this!