MUSICAL CHAIRS. DJ Gobi’s Best of 2009 Mixtape. Playlist for 28 December 2009

Today’s MUSICAL CHAIR is Brandon Solem a.k.a. DJ Gobi, an artist and DJ based in San Francisco, and former curator of West Oakland’s art and music venue, The Noodle Factory. His playlist includes his top ten songs of the year.

FEATURED PLAYLIST: DJ Gobi’s Best of 2009 Mixtape. Playlist for 28 December 2009

1.   *Electronic Plantation – Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine

2.   *Bang – Rye Rye

3.   *Aqui Para Voces – Buraka Som Sistema

4.   *Hold The Line feat. Santogold (Tommie Sunshine Reggacid Mix) – Major Lazer

5.   *Right Hand Hi (Kill The Noise Remix) – Kid Sister

6.   *I’ll Get You feat. Jeppe – CLASSIXX

7.   *Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

8.   *Cruel Intentions feat. Beth Ditto (Joker Remix) – Simian Mobile Disco

9.   *AYA (Justin Van Der Volgen Remix) – Sugar & Gold

10. *When I Grow Up (Bassnectar Remix) – Fever Ray

*Available on iTunes


Brandon Solem’s Website: www.BrandonSolem.com

Brandon Solem’s Upcoming Events:
You can check out his next DJ gigs at Bordello in Oakland Friday, Jan. 1st and Saturday, Jan. 23rd.

Musical Chairs’ Playlist Library: LITTLE MAGAZINE’s Music Page
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Musical Chairs’ Downloads: DJ Ts’ A Disco Gift to You. Playlist for 8 December 2009

Enjoy!

Musical Chairs is a collection of weekly playlists created by selected artists, DJs, and musicians for LITTLE MAGAZINE. For guest DJ inquires, please send M.LittleMagazine@gmail.com a description of yourself, including a bio and musical tastes.

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POLITICAL PROS. Dear Obama by Lindsey Adams

I am gay. I am from the Bay Area. And I do not like the cold.

About a year ago, I packed up my Volkswagen Jetta, bought chains that looked like the right size, mailed my absentee ballot, and drove to Reno. For you. Having missed the opportunity to travel to a more pivotal battleground state, Nevada and its 4 electoral votes were the closest I could come to impacting the election. Off I went.

A caravan of like-minded Bay Area-its went too. We plowed our way through a surprisingly awful snowstorm over Donner Pass. The McCain supporters were, embarrassingly, better prepared for the snow. SUVs and chains that actually appeared like they had been used in the last 5 years zipped by the Volkswagens, Mini Coopers, and Priuses. But…in the, at times, unlikely story that was our survival…we drove on until the elevation dropped, the temperatures warmed slightly, and the snow stopped.

The bright lights of Reno greeted your fearless precinct walkers, phone bankers, and voter-protection volunteers. The Obama volunteers, for whatever reason, clustered at the Circus Circus. We had heard, for whatever reason, the McCain volunteers were at the Atlantic. Thus, the Circus Circus was the hotel of the people…and of the future. We were Hotel Hope. They were Hotel Palin.

I checked in to a local office, got a packet, and went to sleep. Around 5:00 AM I put on every warm article of clothing I could find, and headed out to a precinct. I chattering college students in the lobby. They sleepily pulled coats over sweatshirts from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Sacramento State, and others. They also stared blankly at precinct-walking packets and asked hesitantly, “Do we really start knocking on door this early?”

For most of them — it was their first election.

My precinct seemed to me to be in the middle of nowhere. There were signs warning drivers of herds of wild horses. And it was really cold.

It was really really really cold. In fact, the other young attorney and I couldn’t believe how cold it was.

But everything went smoothly. My friends in other states sent me periodic texts asserting the same, marveling at the grassroots effort, or updating on exit polls for East Coast swing states. They sent pictures of lines of people happily waiting to vote.

We were still at the polling place when they called Pennsylvania. I was driving back to my hotel when they called the election. I stood at a bar in Hotel Hope with volunteers from both campaigns and watched John McCain deliver a concession speech to a hushed crowd. An even more hushed crowd, at the local Democratic Party celebration, would later watch Proposition 8 pass in California. California volunteers looked around at each other uneasily, knowing many of us had chosen between the effort to defeat that and the effort to elect you.

When we left the party it was even colder.

I thought Californians would vote down Prop 8, but they didn’t. I thought the California Supreme Court would strike down Prop 8, but it didn’t. I thought the sheer unfairness of passage would turn the tide in other states, but it doesn’t seem to have done that. At least not yet.

So now, a year later and a little more than 100 days into the presidency we hoped and prayed and donated and fought and froze for, I would just like to say…

I would do it all again. Everyone I know would.

Lindsey Adams’ Blog: NotesIntheMargin

About: Lindsey Adams is an attorney and political activist living in the Bay Area. Her political affiliations include: Membership Chair of Cal Alumni Pride (UC Berkeley’s LGBT Alumni Club), Board member of Californians for Justice (organization focused on protecting educational rights in CA), and founding member of Citizen Hope, a social networking community service organization.

MUSICAL CHAIRS. M.’s Indie 2000s Mix. Playlist for 21 December 2009

Today’s playlist consists of my top ten indie rock/electro pop/dance- punk songs from the past decade the songs I’ll never tire of because they provided the backdrop to my twenties, each year represented by a particular song and its release date.

FEATURED PLAYLIST: M.’s Indie 2000s Mix. Playlist for 21 December 2009

1.   *In Particular – Blonde Redhead (2000)

2.   *Soma – The Strokes (2001)

3.   *Blue Jeans – Ladytron (2002)

4.   *Y Control – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003)

5.   *Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire (2004)

6.   *Tribulations – LCD Soundsystem (2005)

7.   *Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio (2006)

8.   *Ce Jeu – Yelle (2007)

9.   *Time to Pretend – MGMT (2008)

10. *My Maudlin Career – Camera Obscura (2009)

*Available on iTunes

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Musical Chairs’ Downloads: DJ Ts’ A Disco Gift to You. Playlist for 8 December 2009

Enjoy!

Musical Chairs is a collection of weekly playlists created by selected artists, DJs, and musicians for LITTLE MAGAZINE. For guest DJ inquires, please send M.LittleMagazine@gmail.com a description of yourself, including a bio and musical tastes.

THE FOODIE SECTION’S GIFT GUIDE. Delicious Gifts Under $50

Since buying unique, useful, and affordable holiday gifts can be quite a feat, the following gift suggestions are among some of my foodie favorites, all costing under $50.

Teuscher’s Champagne Truffle has a Dom Perignon cream center surrounded by a dark chocolate ganache, which is then covered with milk chocolate and then dusted with confectioner’s sugar. The layers of  silky Swiss chocolate intermingled with the creamy champagne center is what I call pure holiday decadence.


Teuscher Champagne Truffles (16 pieces) $39

Blue Bottle Coffee is artisanal coffee at its finest. The Bay Area based coffee company uses only organic, pesticide-free, and shade grown (traditional, most beneficial, however scarcely economical, and increasingly harder to find method of coffee bean farming) coffee beans that are freshly roasted and blended (within 4 hours), which in turn produces a smooth richness unlike any other. Try their Bella Donovan Blend, a best-seller made from wild and citrusy organic Ethiopian beans paired with earthy organic Sumatrians.


Blue Bottle Coffee Bella Donovan Blend $18.75/lb

I typically don’t like butter cookies – with one exception: Yoku Moku. A Japanese classic, Yoku Moku are delicate, crisp, light, and of course, individually wrapped, butter cookies. I find Yoku Mokus to be extremely dangerous, for suddenly you’ve eaten half a dozen without even knowing, all due to their wonderful lightness and sweet subtlety. Available at Neiman Marcus stores.


Yoku Moku Assorted Cookies $38-$65

MUSICAL CHAIRS. Guest DJ Elisa Gonzalez. Playlist for 14 December 2009

Today’s MUSICAL CHAIR is Elisa Gonzalez, local Bay Area DJ and jewelry fanatic. Her playlist includes her 10 favorite and essential rock en español bands.

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Elisa Gonzalez. Playlist for 14 December 2009

1.  *El Disco Anal – Los Amigos Invisibles

2.  *Mala Vida – Mano Negra

3.  *Angel Eléctrico – Soda Stereo

4.  *Sin Documentos – Julieta Venegas

5.    La Piedra Adonda – El Ultimo de la Fila

6.  *Tu Carcel – Los Enanitos Verdes

7.     Apagón – Estopa

8.   *Al Lado Del Camino – Fito Páez

9.   *La Locomotora – Tacuba Cafe

10. *Como Los Olivos – Bebe

*Available on iTunes

Musical Chairs’ Playlist Library: LITTLE MAGAZINE’s Music Page
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Musical Chairs’ Downloads: DJ Ts’ A Disco Gift to You. Playlist for 8 December 2009

Enjoy!

Musical Chairs is a collection of weekly playlists created by selected artists, DJs, and musicians for LITTLE MAGAZINE. For guest DJ inquires, please send M.LittleMagazine@gmail.com a description of yourself, including a bio and musical tastes.

THE FOODIE SECTION. Chef’s Picks. Wine and Cheese Pairings by David Nayfeld

This week’s FOODIE SECTION is dedicated to my favorites, wine and cheese, and comes from David Nayfeld, sous chef of New York’s highly acclaimed Eleven Madison Park. His selection of wine and cheese pairings are delectable and affordable; absolutely perfect for any holiday spread or for a snack, any day.

Truffle Tremor’s semi soft goat cheese is a washed rind cheese that has a slightly pungent exterior when ripe. It’s tart and creamy interior exudes and earthy truffle flavor, making it an excellent pairing with a Vouvray (wine from the Loire Valley in France – often found for under $20). Tart earthy flavors are a wonderful contrast for the slightly sweet and fruit forward wine.


Truffle Tremor Semi Soft Goat Cheese $15.50 1/2 lb


2007 B&G Vouvray $9.99

Humboldt Fog Blue Cheese is excellent paired with a German Riesling Spätlese from the Rheinhessen area (often these wine can be found for under $20). The sweet dried fruit flavor of the wine pairs very well with a mellow blue cheese like this one, since the wine has just enough acidity to cut through the extreme creaminess of the cheese.


Humboldt Fog Blue Cheese $13.50 1/2lb


2007 Gunderloch Riesling Kabinett Baptiste $15.99

Vella Dry Monterey Jack is great paired with NV Scharffenberger Brut (also under $20) as the fruit notes of this sparkling California wine cut through the creaminess of the cheese.


Vella Dry Monterey Jack $10.75 1/2lb


NV Scharffenberger Brut $14.95

David Nayfeld’s Website: www.DavidNayfeld.com

BOUTIQUES. She-bible

It’s difficult finding knitwear that lasts for more than one season and fortunately, She-bible makes quality knitwear with the most incredible fit. She-bible, named after a he/she confusion error in the 1611 version of the King James Bible, is Deirdre Nagayama and Stacy Rodgers, two designers who produce their garments locally in San Francisco.

She-bible’s Classic Dress (pictured here in the long sleeved version) is their best seller and for good reason – the empire waist, princess seams, and cowl neck on this dress is flattering on any figure.


She-bible Classic Long Sleeve Dress $140

I absolutely love the versatility of She-bible’s Pop Doyle Tunic, which you can wear three ways: down the front, tied around the neck like a scarf, or over the head as a hood.


She-bible Pop Doyle Tunic $115

With its cocoon neck and bell sleeves, She-bible’s Siberian A-line wool coat is just plain fabulous.


She-bible Siberian Coat Wool $244

She-bible Wesbiste: She-bible.com
She-bible Blog: She-bible.com/blog
She-bible Boutique:
The founders of She-bible recently opened Curator Boutique in San Francisco, which sells additional contemporary brands like Micaela Greg and Moda Spia.

Curator Boutique
1767 Church St (Day Street)
San Francisco CA 94131
415.292.5745

EVENTS & PROMOTIONS
This Saturday December 12th is the Curator Boutique Holiday Party and Kylea Borges Art Show 4p-8p with 15% OFF THE ENTIRE STORE

Add She-bible Clothing as a friend on Facebook for additional sale info.