Today we are featuring the San Francisco techno-acoustic performer known as Tycho.
He doesn’t just twiddle knobs on a computer keyboard at his shows. Real guitars and drums are also part of the sound. And aside from music, Tycho – whose real name is Scott Hansen – is also a graphic designer. He creates abstract patterns and designs to accompany his ambient songs, which he calls “artifacts from the future.”
New methods of music delivery seem to appear about every month. Once the new one is in place, the old one is quickly forgotten. This was as true in the pre-electronic days as it is now, which is part of the reason the Society of California Pioneers in San Francisco is showcasing the nearly forgotten but all-time champion in home music delivery: sheet music.
Today whole rooms are devoted to home entertainment, but in this earlier time, “the high point of entertainment would be gathering around the parlor piano and singing,” says exhibit curator James M. Keller.
Today we are featuring the soulful, old-school sounds of Adrian Costa. The Palo Alto bluesman will be on stage Sunday, May 27th at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland. It’s on Sunday, so music starts early, around 5:30pm.
The rainbow flag flying over the Castro District is symbolic of the gay community. But back in Harvey Milk’s day, San Francisco was not as gay-friendly. Consider the words of Milk’s speechwriter, Frank Robinson, from a promo for the film 2008 Milk: “When he came to town, there were a lot of gays living in town but there was no such thing as a gay community per se. People were friends of the community who would be your friends until you got between a rock and a hard place, and then they didn’t know you.”
Recent census data shows that on the West Coast, less than half of Americans younger than 24 have registered to vote. And only a quarter say they've actually voted. That figure is considerably lower compared to other age groups – for example, among 45- to 64-year-olds, nearly 60 percent say they've voted. The situation in other parts of the US is very similar.