Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kat Von D

Tonight I took a little ride into San Francisco with JC from theFIVE10 Radio to catch Ms. Kat Von D at Booksmith (in the Haight). She's been on a small tour promoting her newest book "Tattoo Chronicles", and graciously scheduled time to meet and talk with us. Tune in to soon to hear the interview, and meanwhile enjoy my photos below.

Kat Von D
Kat Von D

Friday, November 12, 2010

Jean Quan - Oakland's Grassroots New Mayor

East Bay Express (a weekly newspaper out of Oakland) sent me to a small restaurant to cover the victory party of mayor-elect Jean Quan.

In case you hadn't heard, Quan was the underdog, but had overwhelming volunteer support and beat out former California state senate powerhouse Don Perata by 2%. This makes Quan Oakland's first female mayor, and the first Asian-American female mayor for a major U.S. city.

Below is a shot of her and her husband addressing the audience.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stars (with Geographer) - The Fillmore (11/10/2010)

Last night I met up with JC of theFIVE10 Radio at the Fillmore in San Francisco, to interview drummer Patrick McGee of the Canadian band Stars, and shoot their set afterwords. I was really impressed (well, I suppose I should be, considering they opened for Coldplay on the Viva la Vida tour). It was also my first time shooting with my pal Jen of Calibree Photography, which made it even cooler. The only downside? No pit! We had to fight and squeeze our way up front.

JC interviewing Patrick of Stars
Amy Millan of Stars
Torquil Campbell of Stars

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thomas Pridgen - Beyond Mars Volta

Big day for music and photos yesterday.

I managed to hang out with members of New Montgomery, Tracing Figures, Pine & Battery, Jealousy Curve, The Memorials, and Mars Volta all in one day. My friend and former drummer had his CD release show with Tracing Figures last night in San Francisco (photos to come), but I gotta say the biggest opportunity was taking a quick trip to an Oakland studio to do some promo work for ex-Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and his current band, The Memorials.

Their upcoming record is a mix of hard rock with grungy riffs and female soul-style vocals, and is being independently produced with distribution from Universal Records.

The Memorials

The Memorials music can be found here, and the other bands I've mentioned can be heard at the links below.