Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance Tour in San Francisco This Week

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2014 02:03am | Post a Comment

Known to many as Tom Haverford - the character he's played for the past five years on television's Parks and Recreation - prolific actor/comedian Aziz Ansari has a lot going on in addition to his hilarious role in that popular NBC sitcom, between acting gigs, writing a book, and of course his active stand-up career. He's landed acting roles in numerous other TV shows and movies including the recently released film Date and Switch. Meanwhile his busy stand up shows have yielded releases including last year's Dangerously Delicious CD (see clip above from this 2010/11 tour of the same name) and 2010's Intimate Moments For A Sensual album- both released by Comedy Central. And likely his current stand up tour, entitled Modern Romance: A New Comedy Tour, will be released as an album and DVD too.

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Cyberpunk Action Film The Matrix Live With The Don Davis Conducted SF Symphony

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2013 03:40pm | Post a Comment

Bay Area fans of the cyberpunk action film The Matrix are in for a treat this Saturday (July 27th) evening in San Francisco there will be a unique presentation of the acclaimed 1999 Sci-Fi film when Don Davis - the musical score composer of the film (and the others in The Matrix series including The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions) - will conduct  the San Francisco Symphony in  a live accompaniment of a screening of the popular film starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving on a giant screen at Davies Symphony Hall.  Reportedly it is an incredibly engaging new way to experience the film as composer Davis guides the SF Symphony through his carefully crafted score. Known for its atonality Davis has said in interviews of the composing The Matrix film score that he based a lot of the musical structure on directors The Wachowski Brothers' frequent use of reflected, mirrored images throughout the film, such as the reflections of the blue and red pills seen in Morpheus's (Laurence Fishburne) glasses, combining full orchestrated sweeps of music with electronic synth components plus vocal choral elements. Note that Davis' score is separate from The Matrix soundtrack that features music from such artists as Rage Against the Machine, Ministry, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Marilyn Manson.

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sinead o'connor

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 20, 2007 09:20pm | Post a Comment
I just went to go see the wonderful Sinead O'Connor this last Sunday at the fantastic Davies Symphony Hall. I absolutely love this venue. Not only is it a wonderful little venue with great architecture and sound but it is so close to my house. The only other time that I had been there was for the Margaret Cho show a couple of years ago. We had seats in the balcony this time, so it gave us a different perspective on the whole venue. It is nice seeing someone like Sinead in a venue where people usually see classical music and symphonies. The Margaret Cho show was great expect for the fact that we had a loud dude sitting behind us. He really felt a connection with Margaret and felt the need to yell out "true" after every single joke that she told. I can literally still hear the sound of his voice in my head.  Now it makes me laugh, but not so much at the time. Lucky for us, I don't think he was at this show. But we did have one of those dudes who likes to sing along sitting behind us. I am not sure if he wanted to show us how cool he was because he knew what the songs were before they even started. Or maybe he was just such a super fan that he could not hold in his excitement. There were many others that felt the need to clap during the first 30 seconds of most songs. It had Curt and I wondering why this always happens. I understand that they want to show the artist how much they love them. However, it seems that what they really want to do is show the rest of the fans what a bigger fan they are. These types especially like to clap for the more obscure songs as soon as they recognize them. I totally understand clapping after a song is over and I usually participate in this activity. But clapping and cheering at the beginning of the song just sort of ruins the beginning of the song. But then again, maybe people like Sinead would start crying and refuse to play the song if nobody clapped at the beginning. But I seriously doubt it.

I have seen Sinead a couple of time before this. But she really surprised me with this show. The first couple songs were from the first couple albums. I thought we would have to wait until the end of the set to maybe get one song like "The Emperor's New Clothes." She has had so much different material over the last decade that I figured she would focus on this stuff. Her new album "Theology" came out a couple of months ago. I already talked about it here if you want to check it out. She was joined on stage by a drummer, keyboardist, guitar player and cello player. The stage set up looked awesome from where we were. Sinead was of course bare foot and looked great. She seemed to have a great energy and was excited to play songs she had not played in many years. She even teased her manager at one point. She said something like "my manager said I should tell you I have a new album out." She knew most of us were there to see Sinead O'Connor and not to hear the new album. She seemed to be giving in to the crowd or maybe she just likes her old songs as much as we do.

Those Sinead O'Connor fans are a loyal bunch. They forgive and forget and love her no matter what. She was actually sort of funny in between songs. Which surprised me a bit. Unfortunately I could not really tell what she was saying most of the time. But what I could understand seemed funny and genuine. We got there just as the opening act was performing. Her name was Jesca Hoop. Sort of a Bat For Lashes/Joanna Newsom/My Brightest Diamond type. We saw her walking around after and got a closer look at her outfit. It was made out of magazine clippings and sort of looked like it was made from  paper mache or shellac. She was pretty good. But it is hard to compete with Sinead O'Connor. We left the show to go get a drink in the lobby after the opener finished. But we made the mistake of going downstairs since they only took cash upstairs. Which was probably for the best since the bartender upstairs had made me a gin and tonic that was 99% gin. But it was crazy downstairs and we took a quick vote to decide if we should run back in or just have our drinks. We decided to still wait in line and get our drinks. But everybody else somehow finished their drinks in 2 seconds and ran inside to see the show. It was basically just the four of us and some ushers. But we watched the first two songs from the video monitor outside in the lobby. But there was audio and everything so it was sort of nice. At least nobody was clapping unnecessarily out there.