Foxygen - CANCELLED
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections. Jagjaguwar is proud to share with you Foxygen's bedroom masterpiece, Take the Kids Off Broadway.
The enigmatic Gary Wilson emerged from New York's DIY movement with 1977's proto-New Wave masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me, an extraordinary record which has been known to suck unprepared new listeners in like a drug and never let go. Shortly after its limited release its creator simply vanished.
In the 25-year wake before he was found again, Gary's small-town opus had spread by word-of-mouth and indie radio to inspire a whole new generation of musicians and producers with his bizarre songs and personal musical vision. His cult following includes (not only you and all your friends, but) Beck, who shouts him out in "Where It's At (Two Turntables And A Microphone)", The Roots' ?uestlove, Simpsons creator Matt Goening, and of course, Stones Throws Peanut Butter Wolf (who championed his own Stones Throw release, the infectious spacial-funk that is the 'Mary Had Brown Hair' album).
The re-release You Think You Really Know Me in 2002 won him accolades in The New York Times and culminated in select sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles. Gary Wilson has continued making music in the years following his "disappearance." His music continues to chronicle his obsessions and angst that his followers would expect from him. His songs have been compared to everything from Prince to Talking Heads bursting with electro-funk, synth rock, lounge, soul, and avant-garde jazz.
A longtime in the making, the incredible documentary, "You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story" - the new DVD/CD released from Plexifilm in '08 is well worth the wait and deserves shelve space next to your copies of 'The Last Waltz', 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston', and 'We Jam Econo'.