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 holidays are upon us, and the shortest day of the year has already come and gone. Luckily for us, David C. Hill brought his video camera up to Bernal Hill on December 21 — last Sunday! — to shoot this gorgeous “Winter Solstice” video.
When your far-away relatives ask what life is like in Bernal Heights, show ’em Winter Solstice. And remember: We’ve got it pretty good.
Bernal Heights neighbor and rockstar next door Matt Nathanson has had a very busy year. A new album, a big tour, lots of travel… you know, rockstar stuff. Somehow, however, he managed to squeeze in some pro bono work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that provides assistance to hearing-impaired people around the world.
So when Neighbor Matt went to Peru recently, it was all about lending a hand with the Starkey Foundation. On his own website, Matt writes:
i joined a trip to huancayo, peru with some folks from starkey hearing foundation. our job was to fit people with hearing aids if they needed them. the company provided the devices and their service for free. they do this all around the world. i was one of the many volunteers.
i’ve been trying to write a short piece about my experience for weeks now. it’s been really hard. words kinda fail it.
if i didn’t have my hearing, i wouldn’t have music. and if i didn’t have music, i definitely wouldn’t have survived my childhood. listening to albums and seeing bands and being connected to songs was EVERYTHING to me. it still is. it makes me feel not alone. it helps me transcend my broken brain. in fact, the only reason i play music is because i love it so much. i couldn’t stay on the sidelines, i HAVE to be a part of it.
going to peru was super heavy. the people were incredible. to be in service to them, to assist in connecting them to their kids laughter, to their parents voices, to MUSIC!… it was completely humbling. and overwhelming. i felt love and gratitude towards other human beings on a level i’ve never experienced.
see? it’s really hard to put into words… so i’m glad we shot footage and made a video while we were there. it does a WAY better job explaining than i ever could.
Matt’s newest song and video are all about his time in Peru. And when you see it, it’s easy to understand why the experience was so powerful, and so difficult to put into words. Because here’s what Neighbor Matt did during his recent visit to Peru:
100% of artist and label proceeds from this video are being donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to headphones.starkeyhearingfoundation.org
It’s going to be beautiful in Bernal Heights today — a warm and clear allocation from our limited annual ration of summer-like days.
During a similar day earlier in the week, Jamie Fausto created a gorgeous time-lapse video of the sunset, as seen from the north-facing vantage point that looks straight up South Van Ness Avenue. It’s awesome.
Enjoy Jamie’s video in full-screen mode, and if you want to experience the real thing for yourself, be advised that sunset will happen tonight at 6:49 pm.
PRO TIP: Bring a cocktail.
This week, the folks from the Instagram introduced a new app called Hyperlapse that makes it easy to create spiffy time-lapse videos. The kids are all excited about it.
To take Hyperlapse for a test drive, Neighbor Brian went up to Bernal Hill yesterday, and the result is a rather fluid little video of Karl the Fog spilling over Twin Peaks. Wheeee!
As part of his ongoing video series about Bernal Heights personalities, Neighbor Steve Sisler points his camera at Neighbor Darcy Lee, the glamorous proprietor of Heartfelt on Cortland:
Serving the residents of Bernal Heights for over 22 years, Heartfelt is a treasured neighborhood gem. Reminiscent of an old-fashioned variety store with a modern twist, proprietor – Miss Darcy Lee has created a place where delight meets whimsy at the intersection of happy.
It’s true. Heartfelt is a gem, and not only does David Byrne love to shop there… why, Bernalwood’s very own Cub Reporter does too. Just like us!
Yesterday at dusk, Bernalwood contributor Joe “Jobius” Thomas captured a terrific time-lapse video of the moon rising behind Mount Diablo, as seen from his Observation Post on the eastern slope of Bernal Hill.
It was an exceptionally large moonrise, in many different ways: