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  • 2012
    • Dave Stewart – Producer, Songwriter - The Eurythmics
      Dave Stewart (sometimes also appearing as David A. Stewart) is an award-winning English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known as one half of the Eurythmics. Prior to forming the Eurythmics, Stewart was in a short-lived folk-rock band called Longdancer which dissolved after signing to Elton John's Rocket Records. He met aspiring singer Annie Lennox in the late '70s and they formed the Tourists with guitarist Pete Coombes. The band achieved modest success with the release of three albums, but they disbanded in 1980. Stewart and Lennox continued their musical partnership and remerged as the Eurythmics.moreless
    • Ty Segall – Garage Rock Singer/Songwriter
      Ty Segall is a singer/songwriter who began playing guitar, drums and singing in lo-fi/garage bands, including the Epsilons, in Orange County, CA and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He made his solo debut in 2008 with a cassette release, but his 2009 album, Lemons (Goner Records), is considered his first official full-length. He followed up Lemons with a number of split 7" singles and a new full-length, Melted (Goner Records), in 2010. Ever profilic, Segall released two albums of new material in 2011, Live in Aisle Five (Southpaw) and Goodbye Bread (Drag City), and a collection of previously released tracks, Singles 2007-2010 (Goner Records). 2012 continued similarly busy, with three Segall releases: a collaboration with White Fence called Hair (Drag City); a record with his touring band, Slaughterhouse (In The Red), released under Ty Segall Band; and another solo album, Twins (Drag City), which came out in October.moreless
    • The Fresh and Onlys – SF Indie Rock Band
      The Fresh & Onlys are an indie rock band which formed in San Francisco in 2008 by Tim Cohen of Black Fiction and bassist Shayde Sartin. The duo were later joined by Kyle Gibson and Wymond Miles. In their four years together, The Fresh & Onlys have been incredibly prolific, releasing four full-length albums as well as a number of EPs and singles for various labels. Their self-titled debut full-length was released in 2009 on Castle Face, and was followed later the same year by Grey-Eyed Girls (Woodsist). Their third album, Play It Strange (In the Red), came out in 2010 and not long after The Secret Walls EP (Sacred Bones) was released in the spring of 2011. Their latest album, Long Slow Dance, was released on September 4, 2012 for Mexican Summer and our own reviewers called it "shockingly good."moreless
    • Vieux Farka Toure & Idan Raichel – The Toure-Raichel Collective
      Vieux Farka Toure is a Grammy-winning Malian singer-guitarist who has been dubbed as "The Hendrix of the Sahara" and named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone. The son of late Malian blues musician Ali Farka Toure, Vieux has released several albums fusing African blues, jazz and pop. His most recent album, the critically acclaimed The Secret (Six Degrees, 2011), includes collaborations with Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, and Ivan Neville.moreless
    • Greg Proops – Comedian / Actor
      Greg Proops is a comedian, actor and Podcast host from San Francisco, California. Widely known for his improv style and sharp wit, Proops has released five comedy albums including Back in the UK (1997), Houston, We Have a Problem (2007), Joke Book (2007), Elsewhere (2009), and Greg Proops Digs In! (2010). Proops currently hosts his hit Podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, in which he talks about current events, celebrity culture, and his personal life before a live audience in Los Angeles.moreless
    • Kimya Dawson – Singer/Songwriter
      Kimya Dawson is an indie-folk singer/songwriter best known for her work on the 2007 film soundtrack Juno and as Adam Green's counterpart in The Moldy Peaches. She is a Grammy winning, platinum-selling artist who has released six solo albums including I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean (Sanctuary Records, 2002) and Knock-Knock Who? (Important Records, 2003). After The Moldy Peaches went on hiatus in 2004, Dawson released Hidden Vagenda (K Records, 2004), My Cute Fiend Sweet Princess (Important, 2004), Remember That I Love You (K Records, 2006) and a children's album, Alphabutt (2007), on her own label Great Crap Factory.moreless
    • Jason Mewes – Actor
      Jason Mewes – Actor
      Episode 10.16.12
      Jason Mewes is an actor best known as one-half of the on-screen comedy duo Jay & Silent Bob. He had his screen debut in 1994 with the award winning independent comedy Clerks. Filmed in the convenience store where Mewes and Kevin Smith worked, Clerks cost less than $30,000 to make and eventually became a cult-hit, earning more than $3 million. Mewes would continue in the role of "Jay" in a series of Kevin Smith's indie films including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II.moreless
    • Lee Ranaldo – Sonic Youth
      Lee Ranaldo – Sonic Youth
      Episode 10.11.12
      Lee Ranaldo is a singer, guitarist, writer, producer, visual artist and one of the founding members of influential rock band Sonic Youth. Born in Long Island, Ranaldo began his music career in New York in the 1980s, playing in several bands including the early electric guitar orchestra of avante-garde musician Glenn Branca (along with Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore).moreless
    • Dave Gahan & Rich Machin – Soulsavers
      Dave Gahan is the iconic lead singer of Depeche Mode and most recently featured as lead singer in Soulsavers. The original members of the Depeche Mode recruited Gahan after hearing him sing David Bowie's "Heroes," in 1980. Upon joining the band, Gahan suggested the name "Depeche Mode" after seeing it on the cover of a French fashion magazine. Depeche Mode gained a growing, dedicated audience with their first two albums, Speak & Spell (1981) and A Broken Frame (1981), both reaching the top ten in the UK. 1983's Construction Time Again officially propelled Depeche Mode into international superstardom. Gahan has shared in no less than 15 top ten albums and more than 40 top forty singles with Depeche Mode and the band is one of the biggest alternative acts in music history. Gahan, who continues to serve as frontman for Depeche Mode, has also worked on solo projects, including his solo albums Paper Monsters and Hourglass.moreless
    • Brendan Canning - Cookie Duster, Broken Social Scene
      Brendan Canning is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene. Canning and BSS released multiple albums including 2001's Feel Good Lost (Noise Factory), You Forgot It in People (Paper Bag Records, 2002) and Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts, 2004). Their last album, 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts), was released before BSS announced their indefinite hiatus in 2011.moreless
    • Ceremony - Hardcore Punk Band
      Ceremony is a hardcore punk band from the San Francisco Bay Area featuring Ross Farrar (vocals), Anthony Anzaldo (guitar), Justin Davis (bass), Andy Nelson (rhythm guitar), and Jake Casarotti (drums). The band grew up together in Rohnert Park, CA, releasing their first EP, Ruined, on Malfunction Records in 2005. Violence Violence, the band's critically acclaimed debut album, followed in 2006 and found the band exploding onto the hardcore scene with their fast, aggressive sound and raw, energetic live shows.moreless
    • Panos Cosmatos - Director, Writer
      "Panos Cosmatos is a writer and director best known for his visually-stunning, cinematically unique science fiction film Beyond The Black Rainbow. Although he has been making short DIY films and music videos for years, Black Rainbow was his feature film directorial debut in 2010 and he has already been compared to avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and influential director Stanley Kubrick.moreless
    • Serj Tankian - System of a Down, Solo Artist
      "Serj Tankian is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, writer and political activist. He is best known as the frontman for alternative metal band System of a Down.
    • Murs - Independent Hip-Hop Artist
      "Originally from Los Angeles, Murs is an independent Hip-Hip emcee and member of multiple collaborations, including the Living Legends, 3 Melancholy Gypsys (3MG) and Felt. In addition to his solo releases, Murs has been featured on several influential indie rap albums, working with a number of artists since the \'90s.
    • tUnE-yArDs - Merrill Garbus
      tUnE-yArDs - Merrill Garbus
      Episode 08.20.12
      "tUnE-yArDs is the experimental music project of Oakland-based musician and former Sister Suvi member Merrill Garbus. Garbus, who also spent time teaching singing in Kenya, began writing and performing under the tUnE-yArDs moniker in 2006. The first tUnE-yArDs album, Bird-Brains, was originally self-released and recorded by Garbus using a digital voice recorder and assembled using mixing software over a two year period. In 2009, tUnE-yArDs signed to 4AD, who re-released the remastered version of Bird-Brains, with bonus tracks. The Guardian gave the album five stars, calling her \"the find of the year.\" tUnE-yArDs also went on tour opening for the Dirty Projectors, where her live shows gained much attention. Using her ukulele, loop pedals, multiple mics, a snare drum and her unique voice, tUnE-yArDs began gripping audiences everywhere. In 2010, tUnE-yArDs performed with Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band in Los Angeles and again at the Iceland Airwaves festival.moreless
    • James Gunn
      James Gunn
      Episode 08.13.12
      "James Gunn is a filmmaker, writer and actor known for his cult films Tromeo and Juliet and Slither. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri Gunn developed a love of film at a very young age. By the time he was 12, he began making eight-millimeter films of the macabre and absurd, a talent that would lend itself to Gunn\'s unusal and successful film career.moreless
    • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Indie Rock Band
      "Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks is an indie rock band featuring former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus on vocals and guitar, Joanna Bolme on bass, Mike Clark on keyboards and ex-Joggers drummer Jake Morris. The Jicks formed in Malkmus\' hometown of Portland, Oregon in 2000 after the demise of Pavement in 1999.moreless
    • Ceci Bastida - LA-based Latin Alternative Artist
      "Ceci Bastida is an LA-based, Latin alternative artist who began her musical career at 15 in Tijuana, Mexico as the vocalist, songerwriter and keyboardist in ska-punk band Tijuana No! The band quickly rose to fame in Mexico in the \'90s, was signed by BMG and released three albums, NO, Transgresores de la Ley, and Contra-Revolucion Avenue, during their twelve years together. With Tijuana No!, Bastida wrote and produced songs with Manu Chao, Fishbone, Bad Brains, Kid Frost, and The Breeders.moreless
    • Bradford Cox - Atlas Sound, Deerhunter
      Bradford Cox is the lead singer and guitarist for Atlanta-based experimental indie rock band Deerhunter. Cox is also known for his long-term electronic inspired solo project, Atlas Sound.
    • Bob Odenkirk
      Bob Odenkirk
      Episode 07.16.12
      Bob Odenkirk is a comedian, actor, writer, director and producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his dark, corrupt and comedic character Saul Goodman, in AMC's Breaking Bad. Odenkirk also co-starred and co-created HBO's irreverent, cult hit Mr. Show with Bob and David that's been called "the American Monty Python," one of Odenkirk's strongest comedic influences. In addition to playing Saul Goodman, Odenkrik has had many other memorable roles on TV, including the agent Stevie Grant on The Larry Sanders Show, the ex-porn star Gil Bang in Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Artillery Arthur in How I Met Your Mother.moreless
    • The War on Drugs
      The War on Drugs
      Episode 07.09.12
      Formed in Philadelphia, PA, indie rock band The War on Drugs is known for their experimental, lush rock infused tracks and is comprised of Adam Granduciel on vocals and guitar, David Hartley on bass, Steven Urgo on drums and Robbie Bennett on keyboards.
    • Ben Lee
      Ben Lee
      Episode 07.02.12
      Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee has been a prolific musician since his teens, releasing eight solo albums since 1995. Lee began his musical career at 14 years old with the band Noise Addicts. With the support of promoter/record label owner Steve Pavlovic, Noise Addicts earned several famous fans, including Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Evan Dando, and Thurston Moore. Although Noise Addicts broke up shortly after the release of their first full-length album, Lee was also a solo artist at that point, having already released one solo album in 1995 (Grandpaw Would on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal Records) and was working on his follow-up album.moreless
    • Michael Monroe & Sami Yaffa - Hanoi Rocks / Michael Monroe Band
      Michael Monroe is a Finnish rock musician who was the frontman and mulit-instrumentalist for influential Finnish glam rock band Hanoi Rocks from 1979-1984. After the demise of Hanoi Rocks, Monroe relocated to New York City and launched a succesful solo career with his first album Not Fakin' It (1989). In 1994, Monroe reuinited with Hanoi Rocks bass player Sami Yaffa on the new project, Demolition 23. Monroe has continued releasing solo albums, including 2011's Sensory Overdrive, which also featured Yaffa and won Album Of The Year at the Classic Rock Magazine awards.moreless
    • Sharon Van Etten
      Sharon Van Etten
      Episode 06.18.12
      Sharon Van Etten is a Brooklyn-based folk inspired singer/songwriter and guitarist. Van Etten grew up in a musical household, playing clarinet and piano as a child and performing in school musicals and choir. As a teenager, she taught herself to play guitar and write songs. In 2004, Van Etten began making home-recorded CD-Rs of her songs, and passed one to TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone. With Malone's encouragement, she relocated to New York City.moreless
    • Grimes
      Episode 06.11.12
      Claire Boucher, known as Grimes, is an electronic vocalist, producer and artist originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. After relocating to Montreal in 2006, she became involved with and influenced by its DIY culture. In her music, Grimes experiments with airy-synth sounds and dance beats blended together with her falsoetto voice to create her one-woman indie, electronic pop band.moreless
    • The Hives
      The Hives
      Episode 06.05.12
      The Hives is a Swedish garage rock quintet featuring Chris Dangerous (drums), Nicholaus Arson (guitar), Dr. Matt Destruction (bass), Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar), and Howlin' Pelle Almqvist (vocals). The band began in the early '90s when they were teenagers, inspired by punk and garage rock. They also adopted a strict dress code policy, wearing only black and white uniforms.moreless
    • Headcat
      Episode 05.28.12
      HeadCat is the supergroup of long-time musicians and Rock n' Roll icons, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) on vocals, guitar & bass, Danny B. Harvey (Rockats) on double bass, guitar, keyboard and Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) on drums. HeadCat was formed after recording the Elvis Presley tribute album Swing Cats, A Special Tribute to Elvis in 2000 on which the future bandmates all collaborated.moreless
    • James Pants - Stones Throw Artist & Multi-instrumentalist
      James Pants is an avant-pop multi-instrumentalist, beatmaker and singer, originally hailing from Spokane, Washington. Pants, a one-man phenomenon, dubbed his style "fresh beat," with influences from early '80s soul, electro boogie, rap, synth and post-punk disco.
    • Ben Kweller - Singer/Songwriter
      Ben Kweller is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born in San Francisco, he spent his youth in Texas. He grew up in a musical household, with his father teaching him to play drums and guitar, and by the time he was nine he had a dozen original compositions and could play multiple instruments.moreless
    • Chromeo - Electrofunk Duo
      Chromeo - Electrofunk Duo
      Episode 05.07.12
      Chromeo is a synthpop/electrofunk duo from Montreal, Canada and based in New York City. They are P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) on keyboards, synthesizers and talk box, and Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) on guitar and lead vocals. Childhood best friends, they officially formed the band in 2002 and were discovered in their hometown by Tiga, who immediately signed them to his Turbo Recording imprint.moreless
    • John Cameron Mitchell - Writer, Actor, Director
      John Cameron Mitchell is a New York City based independent director, writer and actor, best known for the cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Mitchell's stage past led him to write and star in the 1998 off-Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, about a transsexual East German punk rock singer named Hedwig. Mitchell and his writing partner, Stephen Trask, showcased and developed Hedwig and the Angry Inch at various gigs and drag punk clubs preserving its rock-n-roll feel. Three years later, Mitchell made his directorial debut with the feature film adaptation of Hedwig, which earned Mitchell a Best Director award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as well as a Golden Globe nomination.moreless
    • Idle Warship - Res & Talib Kweli
      Idle Warship is a rock/Hip-Hop/soul hybrid collaboration between longtime friends, emcee veteran Talib Kweli and soul singer/songwriter Res. Res has appeared on each Talib Kweli album since 2000's Train of Thought and prior to forming Idle Warship, the two have toured together. Idle Warship began as sheer studio experimentation, but the songs they released online in 2008 were attracting attention. Their premiere at SXSW in 2009 was a big success and led to a European tour. Idle Warship then released Party Robot – their debut mixtape with DJ Mick Boogie and singer/songwriter Graph Nobel in October 2009. Idle Warship's first official album, Habits of the Heart, released in November 2011 on Blacksmith, features guest spots from Chester French, John Forte, Jean Grae, Jay Knocka and Michelle Williams.moreless
    • Blitzen Trapper - Alt-Country Rock Band
      Blitzen Trapper is a Portland, Oregon based alt country/folk band who formed in 2000. The band consists of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Eric Earley, guitarist Erik Menteer, guitarist Marty Marquis, bassist Michael VanPelt, and drummer Brian Adrian Koch. Blitzen Trapper self-released their first three albums - Blitzen Trapper (2003), Field Rexx (2005), and Wild Mountain Nation (2007). Their notable success came in the form of "Best New Music" recognition from Pitchfork for Wild Mountain Nation and critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin and The Nerve. This landed the band a record deal on Sub Pop. The release of Furr in 2008, another critically acclaimed album, showed the band honing in on their distinctive roots-rock, Americana sound and was followed by The Black River Killer EP in 2009. Their next Sub Pop full length album, Destroyer of the Void, was released in 2010.moreless
    • Lena Dunham and Lesley Arfin - HBO's GIRLS
      Lena Dunham is a writer, director, producer and actress who came to prominence with her 2010 film, Tiny Furniture. The native New Yorker, whose parents are both artists, got her start making YouTube videos and has emerged as a major talent with the success of her semi-autobiographical film debut. Dunham received the 2010 LA Film Critics Association New Generation Award, an Independent Spirit Award for "Best First Screenplay," "Best Narrative Feature" at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, and Tiny Furniture was released by The Criterion Collection. Her writing has also been featured in The Onion and The AV Club and Dunham has created two web series entitled Tiger Shots and Delusional Downtown Divas.moreless
    • Enrique Bunbury - Spanish Singer/Songwriter
      Bunbury is the recording name for Spanish singer/songwriter Enrique Ortiz de Landazuri Izarduy. Bunbury got involved in music at a young age, making his debut in a high school and later playing with Proceso Entropico and Zumo de Vidrio. Bunbury then joined Heroes Del Silencio in 1987, becoming popular in the Spanish rock scene. After a successful run with Heroes, releasing over six albums during his time in the band, they eventually broke up in 1996. Bunbury went on to a solo career in 1997, releasing the radically different techno album, Radical Sonora, which was also recorded with some former Heroes del Silencio bandmembers.moreless
    • Wild Flag - Indie Rock Band
      Wild Flag - Indie Rock Band
      Episode 03.26.12
      Wild Flag is an indie rock band based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC. The quartet, which formed in 2010, features Carrie Brownstein (vocals, guitar), Mary Timony (vocals, guitar), Rebecca Cole (keyboards) and Janet Weiss (drums).
    • Joel Isaac Black - Drummer-at-Large
      - Sweaters, Lion Fever, good posture drummer-at-large. - Foghorn & Leo Disco SoundSystem. - He can be found sleeping on the sunny side of the canal, riding a fine Dutch bicycle through central Kreuzberg, Berlin.
    • DJ Quik - MC/Producer
      DJ Quik - MC/Producer
      Episode 03.12.12
      DJ Quik is an MC and producer who came up as a West Coast gangsta artist during the '90s. Born David Martin Blake in Compton, California, Quik's love of music started early with the influence of his mother's record collection and playing instruments beginning at age twelve. He made a name for himself on the mixtape circuit during the late '80s, selling and compiling tapes which also featured fellow rappers AMG, 2nd II None, and Hi-C.moreless
    • John Flansburgh - They Might Be Giants
      John Flansburgh is the guitarist and co-founder of They Might Be Giants. Over the last 30 years, They Might Be Giants have released 15 studio albums, won two Grammy Awards, went platinum, and recorded theme songs for Malcolm In the Middle and The Daily Show with John Stewart.
    • Theophilus London - Brooklyn Hip-Hop Artist
      Theophilus London is a Brooklyn-based Hip-Hop artist who has been described as "genre-bending" because of his ability to blend soul, pop, punk, electro and R&B. London, who cites Michael Jackson, Prince, Kraftwerk and The Smiths as some of his major influences, released a series of mix tapes and the Lovers Holiday EP (Warner Bros., 2011), which landed him a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. His full-length debut, Timez Are Weird These Days (Warner Bros.), was released on July 19, 2011 and features guest vocalists Holly Miranda and and Sara Quinn (Tegan and Sara). London has performed at The Northside Festival in Brooklyn and the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and will be playing at South by Southwest in March 2012. Additionally, London has been profiled as a style icon in GQ, Esquire, Elle, NY Times, Fader and NME.moreless
    • Acid Mothers Temple - Japanese Psychedelic Band
      Acid Mothers Temple (a.k.a. Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Parasio UFO) is an influential and prolific Japanese experimental-psych band featuring Kawabata Makoto, Tsuyama Atsushi, Higasgi Hiroshi and Shimora Koji. The band, led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto formed in 1995, was essentially a solo effort. In 1997, Makoto released his self-titled album and a year later he assembled a group of musicians who were also influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krautrock, and '70s progressive hard rock to tour overseas as the collective of Acid Mothers Temple. The band has released albums frequently on a number of international record labels as well as the Acid Mothers Temple Family record label, which was established in 1998. Early in their career AMT featured many musicians, often rotating as many thirty members, but by 2004 the line-up had solidified with four core members and frequent vocal guests.moreless
    • Zola Jesus - Experimental Electronic Musician
      Zola Jesus (a.k.a. Nika Roza Danilova), is a singer/songwriter who creates dark wave, synthpop, electronic and experimental ballads. Raised in the Wisconsin wilderness, Zola Jesus took an early interest in music, being primarily influenced by Opera. Inspired by Classical and later goth, no-wave and avante-garde, she began crafting her own sound with home recordings using keyboards, drums and synthesizers.moreless
    • Nick 13 - Singer, Guitarist - Tiger Army
      Nick 13 is a Los Angeles based Country singer/songwriter who explores the vintage American sounds of 1930s-1960s hillbilly, honky-tonk and bluegrass. Nick is best known as the singer, songwriter, guitarist and founder of the Psychobilly band Tiger Army, a three-piece he started in 1995. Tiger Army has released four albums: Tiger Army (Hellcat, 1999), II: Power Of Moonlite (Hellcat, 2001), III: Ghost Tigers Rise (Hellcat, 2004) and Music From Regions Beyond (Hellcat, 2007).moreless
    • Ti West and Sara Paxton - The Innkeepers
      Ti West is a director, screenwriter, editor and producer known for his horror films. After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City, West released his first feature film, The Roost, in 2005. He followed it with 2007's Trigger Man and 2008's The House of the Devil. His latest film, The Innkeepers, is being released on February 3, 2012. Sara Paxton is an actress and Los Angeles native. Beginning in musical theater and commercials, Paxton has also worked in television (Summerland, Darcy's Wild Life, Will & Grace) and film (The Last House on the Left, Superhero Movie). She is one of the stars of Ti West's new film, The Innkeepers.moreless
    • Carlos Nino - Producer, Composer & Radio Host
      Carlos Nino is a producer, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, and poet, based in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. A prolific artist, Nino has been involved in the production of more than 75 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. He's one of the founding DJs of www.dublab.com, has spun records for Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for five summers, and has been a music programmer on KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles for 16 years.moreless
    • Eddie Muller - Author, Film Noir Historian
      Eddie Muller, or the "Czar of Noir," is a San Francisco, CA native and an author, filmmaker, and film noir historian. After leaving his career as a journalist, Muller created the Historical Boxing Museum, co-wrote and produced the digital documentary Mau Mau Sex Sex, and wrote multiple books about film noir. His books include Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (St. Martin's Griffin, 1998); Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir (Harper Entertainment, 2002); and The Art of Noir: Posters and Graphics from the Classic Film Noir Era (Overlook, 2002). His crime fiction debut, The Distance (Scribner, 2002), was named "Best First Novel" by the Private Eye Writers of America and Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (Algonquin, 2008), which he co-authored, has become a bestseller.moreless
    • The Legendary Pink Dots - Psychedelic Rock Band
      The Legendary Pink Dots are a psychedelic, experimental band at whose core is Phil Knight (a.k.a. "The Silverman") on keyboards/electronics and Edward Ka-Spel (a.k.a. "Prophet Qa-Spel") on vocals and keyboards. Their lineup has changed over the years, and currently includes Erik Drost (guitars), Raymond Steeg (sound engineer).
    • Peanut Butter Wolf - Stones Throw Founder, DJ, Producer
      Peanut Butter Wolf (a.k.a. Chris Manak) is a DJ, producer, record collector, and founder of Stones Throw Records. Manak took the moniker "Peanut Butter Wolf" in the late '80s. He was the DJ/producer for Charizma in San Jose, CA until 1993 when Charizma was killed at age 20. After taking a break from music, Wolf started Stones Throw Records in 1996 in the Bay Area. Charizma's posthumous single "My World Premiere" launched the label. Stones Throw, which moved to Los Angeles in 2000, has released albums by Madlib, Aloe Blacc, J Dilla, James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne, and many more. In December 2011, Stones Throw celebrated its 15th anniversary.moreless
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