Well, here we are again --- in the Outback of Publishing – the Internet. For ten years I published the San Francisco Herald (and all those other Heralds) until the newspaper/magazine industry finally tanked. Then I tried that online-only edition of the Herald called Cal-List which really bombed big time. Then I tried that hybrid concept where one copy of the Herald was left at 250 cafes, bars, and restaurants, with big letters on the cover that read: STORE COPY – PLEASE DO NOT TAKE, which worked well… for about two days until 250 inconsiderate people walked off with them. Yes, the Herald is just a website again, folks. That’s the way it goes.
Although, ironically, I re-started Cal-List as a printed direct marketing flyer that advertises local businesses and can be found in locations in San Mateo, Burlingame, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and the South Bay. It’s the best idea I ever had in my life (though that’s not saying much).
Anyway, in this edition of the Herald, in addition to the new material, you can also find some articles that appeared in the short-lived Herald print comeback. And for all of you frustrated people who kept sending me press releases to no avail, I’ve put your websites on the Cal-List Directory (found on the Herald homepage). And why not? Paid online advertising isn’t even worth pursuing. I’m whoring Cal-List.com out. But not the Cal-List printed direct marketing flyer. Call me at (650) 430-5534 to advertise in it. You won’t believe how cheap it is to have your name, address, phone number, website, plus 10 words or less to describe your business on a printed flyer that is in, like, every freakin’ business in your town (and the town next to you). Or in the case of San Francisco, the neighborhood (and the neighborhood next to you.) It really is quite a deal. You’ll probably think I should be committed because it’s so incredibly amazing.
And remember, as San Francisco’s Hottest New Artist Laurie Jacobs says:
“Advertising in Cal-List will make an impression on your customers…”
“… NOT on your wallet.”
Or, remember, as the Martin Scorsese character says to Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro) in Taxi Driver:
“I know, I know you must think that I'm, you know... You must think I'm pretty sick or somethin', you know, you must think I'm pretty sick. Right? You must think I'm pretty sick? Hmm? Right? I'll betcha, I'll betcha you really think I'm sick right? You think I'm sick? You think I'm sick? You don't have to answer that. I'm payin' for the ride. You don't have to answer that.”
New Japanese restaurant in Potrero Hill called Rocketfish.
Recently Opened: The Pretty Pretty Collective.
Walked by Beauty Bar on Mission Street and heard a song I haven’t heard in over twenty years – “Too Many Creeps” by the Bush Tetras. They were this No Wave band from Manhattan in the very early 1980s. My final project for this film class at the College of San Mateo in 1986 was a takeoff of a 1960s home movie featuring this low-class Italian-American family’s barbeque with that song played over it. I lost that, but enjoy this video of the band filmed in pre-Rudy Giuliani New York.
I stumbled into Livermore, California recently (sober) and was surprised that the town known for windmills off the freeway has a pretty quaint downtown (heck, it even has a porno shop!) There’s also a nice coffee house there…
I’m still taking my car (well, actually, the tow truck driver is still taking my car) to Dale’s Auto Service in San Francisco. It’s located right across from the UPS building on Utah Street in the Potrero Hill area. Dale and his protégé Phil offer reasonable prices and really know what they’re talking about. Stop on in and don’t forget to say, “Gene sent me!” They’ll wonder why you did, but hey, do it anyway.
Dan Resin, the Ty-D-Bol Man passed away on August 2nd. I don’t have a TV so I never knew they updated Ty-D-Bol Mans they way they do James Bonds, but that’s what his obituary read. I remember Dan as Dr. Beeper in “Caddyshack”, as well as him in all those television commercial appearances (when I had a TV). He was also in a New York-based sketch comedy show in 1980 called “Madhouse Brigade” (with Joe Piscopo just before he joined “Saturday Night Live”.) Terrible show, but Dan (and Joe) were good nonetheless.
Recently Opened: Unwind on Union Street.
Recently Opened: Roam Artisan Burgers.
Recently Opened: Dunya – “Fine Wines and Fine Foods”, 1609 Polk Street.
Recently Opened: The Pour House, 1327 Polk. Same owners as when it was S.N.O.B. Wine Bar.
Leland Tea Company has a cupcake competition once a month.
Dean Clark is running for Supervisor for District 6. Couldn’t he find a more macho dog?
Recently Opened: Jebena Coffee and Tea Company.
Jazz chanteuse Kim Nalley recently sent a press release.
There’s a guy who works at Nomads clothing store in Hayes Valley who likes to say “Danke Schoen” instead of “Thank You” and he’s not even German.
Isotope Comics is owned by a sharp dressed man who politely turned me down for an ad a year ago, explaining how he would get more publicity from flushing $300 down a toilet than advertising in any print publication. When asked to elaborate, he said he would videotape himself flushing $300 down the toilet, put it on YouTube, and plug the store in the process.
And in another sign of the digital age, The Daily Wamp, a newspaper started in August for the Menlo Park area, is now The Weekly Wamp.
Those are nice guys who work at the Moonlight Café on Cortland in Bernal Heights.
Find, a new furniture store just opened at 425 Hayes (though I couldn’t find their website.)
I recently walked into Pizza Express on Cortland in Bernal Heights, hoping to talk to my friend Ramesh Lama. However, I was told that he had passed away suddenly. It was so sad as he had recently come into good fortune after all those years of hard work. Check out the article Kimberlye and I wrote about his then-new Nepalese restaurant for the Herald years ago. We miss you, Ramesh.
Recently Opened: Covet, a women’s accessory store at 451 Hayes.
It’s been a year since Energy 92.7 stopped broadcasting. A lot of good guilty pleasures were played on that station. Here’s probably my favorite…
“Get Lost” is the name of the travel book store located on Upper Market. It’s also what the owner of the store used to tell me when I would hit him up for an ad in the Herald. After 14 years he’s hanging it up at the end of 2010, so stop on by before the place takes a permanent vacation.
Check out Marino Mexican and Seafood Restaurant at 579 Hayes. Good food, nice people.
Hayes and Kebab, a Middle Eastern eatery, is coming to Hayes at Laguna.
The guy who owns this place used to be a commercial airline pilot.
Remember that piece I wrote about Mary Jane Snow and her band Hazeldon a couple of years ago? No? Of course not, it was in the online-only edition of the Herald! Here it is…
people often ask:
what is there after nirvana?
this question cannot arise
because nirvana is ultimate truth
if it is ultimate...there can be nothing after it
if there is anything after nirvana
then that will be the ultimate truth and not nirvana
HAZELDEN is the new nirvana
because mary jane snow said so.
Mary Jane Snow
Truer words have never been spoken. (That was from Hazelden’s MySpace page.)
What is Hazelden? Possibly the greatest band to come out of Los Angeles in a long time. And let me tell you about Mary Jane Snow, their lead singer. She could be the next big thing. Yes, I mean it. And it’s not just her looks. Her talent is…
What’s that? She’s living with the drummer? She’s taken?
Okay. Moving on to our next band…
Only kidding. Seriously, though, Hazelden is a good rockin’ band that’s been getting some buzz around El Lay. I saw them perform a few months ago at Hotel Utah in San Francisco and had a good time, and the crowd seemed to as well. The band was tight (I was especially impressed with the drummer, even more so now that he’s living with the singer) and Mary Jane’s vocals range from almost as melodic as Berlin’s Terri Nunn to much more melodic than Hole’s Courtney Love.
Check out www.hazeldenmusic.com.
Well, apparently the band had to change their name to End Roulette. I guess Hazelden, the renowned addiction recovery clinic wasn’t amused by a band of the same name fronted by a singer named Mary Jane Snow. Oh well, break a leg, guys.
My piece of shit 1988 Volvo still has a cassette player in it, so I’ve decided to take a break from talk radio (AM stations and NPR) and slip some plastic into it. I recently bought some used cassettes for a couple of bucks each at the Vinyl Solution, this record store in midtown San Mateo. I wouldn’t have bought this stuff if it was full price, but I still like it.
I bought “All Four One” by the Motels (Kimberlye Gold reviewed their disastrous reunion for the Herald years ago.) Here’s my favorite song from that album…
I also bought a tape of the Black Crowes (who sound like early ‘70’s Rolling Stones) because I dig this song…
There’s a little record shop in Half Moon Bay called the Music Hut, and I decided to check out their used cassette collection. Though not as vast as the Vinyl Solution’s, it did include a used tape from the late Ofra Haza, an Israeli singer who had a glorious voice, and a really sad story. The first link will be to that great song you heard on Live 105 and at the DNA Lounge in the late ‘80’s, and then there will be a link to her unfortunate bio. See you next time.