San Francisco in 1958

San Francisco 1958I just came across some more old, mesmerizing footage that needed to be shared. In this montage of home movie clips, we get to see what the Bay Area was like more than 50 years ago. I love the decidedly retro, supersaturated, and almost grainy look and feel of the 16mm footage. It actually invokes a strange feeling of nostalgia in me; one that makes me wish that I was alive back then to see all of it first hand.

Although the footage alone is compelling enough, it’s the accompanying song that really sets this apart from the pack. The name of it is “Alone in Kyoto” by Air, which may or may not be familiar to you; it was used in the soundtrack of the critically-acclaimed 2003 film Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

The priceless shot in this is the one with the silhouetted man smoking a cigar while overlooking the entire city. In this shot we can make out major landmarks in the background like the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building.

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Video Throwback: Air - La Femme D'Argent

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The world was a totally different place 100 years ago - there was no commercial radio, no TV, and the internet hadn’t even been conceived. World Wars I & II had yet to be fought, the Titanic had yet to be built, and Arizona & New Mexico weren’t even part of the United States. And yet, without all of these seemingly monumental things, life carried on just fine.

In this video for Air’s “La Femme D’Argent,” we are given a glimpse of what the world was like in 1905 on a trolley in San Francisco. The trolley is traveling down Market Street towards the Ferry building, for those of you familiar with the city. Keep in mind that most of what you see in the video was destroyed in the gigantic earthquake and subsequent fire of 1906. The song and video are still pretty trippy nevertheless. I’ve watched it probably 10 times, or so, and it gets cooler every time.

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The Story of Grizzly Bear and Patrick Daughters' Magical Brain

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Once upon a time there was this brilliant film director named Patrick Daughters who directed short films, commercials and videos for indie artists. They were brilliant. The end?

Ooh, not even close. This Cali cool man is all but 33 years old, pumping out more indie-related videos than a 17-year-old guitar player with a bad haircut and a YouTube account. He’s the one behind the avant-garde, split screen video of King of Leon’s ‘Bucket’ and the iPod-induced sensation of Feist’s ‘1234’ (not to mention the ultra chic ‘My Moon My Man,’ ‘Mushaboom,’ and ‘I Feel it All’).

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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the highly-anticipated album from French foursome Phoenix


It might be the intro’s pulsing and the sing-stuttering or maybe it’s the rock pop and glazed vocals. I don’t know for sure, but whatever the reason, Phoenix’s single ‘1901’ got me through finals week despite late nights, all nighters, and pure misery.

Emergency song kit coming your way:


It was the first single released from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix’s long-awaited May release. Well, probably more long-awaited for perennial Phoenix fans hailing from France and other European countries. Wolfgang is their fourth album release, which was some surprise to me, an American fan who’s just recently hopped the Phoenix train.

After some hefty google-ing, I discovered quite an impressive history.
It’s crazy to think these guys started out over a decade ago in suburbs on Versailles. Before the name Phoenix was even established, they were more ambiguously known as those dudes playing in that remix of ‘Kelly Watch the Stars’ by Air. Things got serious when guitarist Laurent Brancowitz committed to Phoenix by officially leaving Darlin’, an unsuccessful starter band with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (no worries, the two soon became Daft Punk).

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