Today, he performs as J. Quest. But when he was growing up on Elsie Street, he was Justin Botza.
Hooray! Once again, a piano reappeared on Bernal Hill yesterday… and the rest was just music and magic.
And of course, the fun continued as the sun went down:
PHOTO: Top, Vicky.se
There’s a terrific new single from Heartwatch, the San Francisco indie-rock band that includes Neighbor Eric Silverman, a distinguished resident of Precita Avenue.
We wrote about Neighbor Eric & Co. last January, back when the group was called The Tropics. Since then, your Bernalwood editor has spent an awful lot of time listening to The Tropics, which recently changed its name to Heartwatch. Why the new name? We don’t know. Perhaps to confuse us. Anyway, it doesn’t matter, because these months of listening to
The Tropics Heartwatch have turned your Bernalwood editor into a genuine fanboy. They’re really good. Plus, Neighbor Eric lives down the street, which is rockstar fun.
Here’s the 411 from the press kit:
Heartwatch. The name is new but the band – fka The Tropics – is no stranger to hoards of San Francisco’s young and beautiful.
In late 2014 the group released their inaugural EP, Wind House, to national acclaim, solidifying their status as the Bay Area’s favorite new band. Their critically adored live shows take a sonic victory lap through the very best of pop music from every decade since the 70’s, crossing the finish line in the present golden age of west coast music.
The band has been staying busy in 2015 with a sold out Noise Pop show at The Independent, an appearance at the Phono Del Sol Music Festival and the recent finishing of their forthcoming record.
You can catch Heartwatch in August at Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco.
Did you catch that? Outside Lands! So hot right now!
Heartwatch will play Outside Lands on Saturday, Aug. 8 at noon, but before you go, Neighbor Eric offered us a special Bernal Neighbor Backstage Pass to hear their brand-new single, called “Faultlines.” Fall into it:
UPDATE: 3 August: Bonus! Here’s a brand-new video of a recording session and band interview, recorded in Neighbor Eric’s Precita Ave. backyard. Loovley!
PHOTO: Courtesy of Heartwatch
The Knockout on Mission Street (at Valencia) in La Lengua is one of Bernal’s underground treasures. This weekend The Knockout is celebrating its 10th birthday, and out hipper friends at MissionMission wrote it up (so we don’t have to):’
Can’t believe it’s been 10 years already! Seems like only yesterday everybody was like, “What’s the deal with this brand-new bar having ALL THE BEST BANDS AND DJs ALL THE TIME and isn’t their ‘NOPE’ sign funny???”
Seems like only yesterday Jay Reatard (RIP) was playing a 10-minute (amazing) set there. Back when the stage was next to the bar.
Seems like only yesterday we were there for an Oldies Night, laying eyes on Primo for the first time, all that energy behind the decks, and we were like, “ALL DJs SHOULD BE LIKE THIS.”
Seems like only yesterday we were there for a Debaser around Christmastime seeing their Weezer cover band and we were like, “THIS IS WAAAY BETTER THAN ACTUALLY SEEING WEEZER!” […]
Here’s what’s happening this weekend:
COME CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF THE KNOCKOUT! BRINGING YOU LIVE MUSIC, CHEAP DRINKS, KILLER DANCE PARTIES AND MAKING MEMORIES SINCE 2005! AS A SHOW OF THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS WE’VE PLANNED A KILLER WEEKEND OF DJs AND LIVE SHOWS TO KICK OFF THE NEXT 10 YEARS!!!
Friday, July 10 9pm
TEENAGE DANCE CRAZE PRESENTS…
Plus The World Famous TDC DJS…
OREN, RUSSELL QUAN & dX THE FUNKY GRANPAW
Saturday July 11, 2:30pm
Sat July 11, 10pm
THE KO SUPER STAR DJ SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY
W/ DJs PRIMO, JAMIE JAMS, SPECIAL LORD B (AKA PAUL PAUL) & JOSH YULE
Sun July 12, 2pm
THE POPE OF YES PRESENTS…
+ PBRn’B DJs
Sun July 12, 10pm
SWEATER FUNK MODERN FUNK AND BOOGIE PARTY
W/Live Sets by KMAXX & PLAZA
Full-weekend passes come with limited edition KO Anniversary t-shirts. Limited tickets.
PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics
You may remember that way back in September 2014, Neighbor Corey launched a project called Phonographic Memory by hosting informal, open-mike sessions at the Bernal Heights library where people were invited to share stories and music from their favorite old vinyl records.
Phonographic Memory has now become a regular thing, and here’s how it goes down:
Now Phonographic Memory graduates from the Bernal library and relocates to Bernal’s stretch of Mission Street, where you can join in tonight, June 30, at 7 pm at the Knockout (3223 Mission @Valencia).
Neighbor Corey brings the news, and the invitation:
For June, we have a very special edition of Phonographic Memory planned for you. We’re throwing a party! We’re making the trek from our usual spot at the Bernal Library down the hill to The Knockout, because libraries close early, and we want to party together all night long.
We’ve curated a diverse lineup of individuals who have contributed to the Bay Area music scene: Justin Torres (record dealer and DJ who helped re-ignite soul singer Darondo’s career), Lydia Popovich (stand-up comedian who managed Quannum records in the early 2000’s), Dan Lactose (guitarist for seminal punk/powerviolence band Spazz, producer for Hip-Hop duo Grand Invincible), and Winston Smith (artist responsible for designing the Dead Kennedy’s logo as well as countless album covers).
We have DJ’s Brycon, Wam Bam Ashleyanne and Stef providing the soundtrack to rock the night away.
The event will serve as a fundraiser of sorts, and will be complimented by an IndieGoGo campaign. We are asking a $5 donation at the door, and guarantee that you will be entertained!
Our goal is to obtain non-profit status, and ultimately secure grants to grow Phonographic Memory into a global community.
Music starts at 7:00pm, stories at 8:00. Hope to see you there!
A terrific local band has a terrific new video to back their terrific new song… and we couldn’t help but notice that the video includes lots of glamorous scenes shot around Bernal Heights.
The band is The Tropics, and its members include Claire George, Eric Silverman, Nate Skelton, Kern Sigala, and Rowan Peter.
Extra Bonus: Eric Silverman is actually Neighbor Eric, an esteemed resident of Precita Avenue. (That’s Neighbor Eric, looking all shaggy-sexxxy, at far left in the image up above.)
The video was directed by Frank Door, and asture viewers will also enjoy the dramatic burrito-eating footage filmed inside the distinctive yellow walls of Taqueria Cancun in La Lengua. Real rockstars eat at Cancun — just like us!
Big congrats to Neighbor Eric and The Tropics, and enjoy their new vid:
PHOTO: The Tropics via Facebook
The Neighborhood Performance Project Team will host a free performance of Beethoven by the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco’s at the BHNC on Sunday, and all you need to bring is some wine:
We are excited to present our next event featuring the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. They will be performing the great Beethoven op. 132 string quartet and Haydn Op. 20 #4.
The event will be held on Sunday November 23 from 5pm-6:30pm at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center at 515 Cortland Ave. A public performance as always: no cover, wine, and donations appreciated.
Look forward to seeing you there!
The Neighborhood Performance Project Team:
Adam, Camellia, Marco, Aldo