The first time I met Tyler Matthew Smith was back in 2009. We were all packed into a Volvo station wagon on the way to play a gig at the Speakeasy Brewery in San Francisco. Driving along the Embarcadero we got caught in a traffic jam caused by one of San Francisco’s cliche’ protests. Having a little time to burn we chatted a bit about politics, substitute teaching and of course music. We eventually Read more
9:17AM Sunday morning and its raining in San Francisco. I just induced malolactic fermentation in the 2011 Red Hills cabernet so now it’s up to nature and a pinch of bacteria to do it’s work. As Thanksgiving approaches I have been calling friends and family in an effort to stave off the holiday blues. Hopefully this song finds everyone in good spirits.
The Wine Sherpa
Since becoming a wine enthusiast I’ve noticed that one of the defining qualities that separates a great wine from an average wine is the “range” (with regard to time and space) in which a given wine can be enjoyed. Unbeknownst to us all there are some mysterious situational factors that can either amplify a wine’s perceived enjoyment or turn it into an epic fail that are simply unique to the individual and is what makes us wine drinkers such a fickle bunch. Read more
Note: All music reviews will be scored by the Notebook system of: Thumbs Up/ok/thumbs down.
A few years ago I met a local musician who helped me realize how fortunate I am to live in a city with such great live music. Over the past four years I have watched his music progress while attending numerous shows here in San Francisco. The latest release by Kiyoshi Foster titled “Tranquilizer” is a more refined effort that is filled with all the heart wrenching and inspiring blues melodies that his loyal fans have grown to expect from the talented Boston-native. You can check out Kiyoshi Foster at the Fillmore, Red Devil Lounge, Kimo’s, Giordano Bros. and various other music venues around the Bay Area.
Notebook Score: Thumbs Up