Music

Q&A with Oakland singer/songwriter Jennah Bell

September 3rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Q&A with Oakland singer/songwriter Jennah Bell

In addition to running 38thnotes and working as a full time educator in Oakland public high schools, I also write for Jay-Z’s arts and culture site, Life+Times. Most recently I conducted an interview with the refreshing Jennah Bell, an eclectic Bay Area [...]

Thursday Throwback: Clint Eastwood Sings “Unknown Girl (Of My Dreams)”

September 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in 38th Notables, Featured, History, Music, Thursday Throwbacks

Thursday Throwback: Clint Eastwood Sings "Unknown Girl (Of My Dreams)"

Clint Eastwood is a famed actor and director, but he is also an acclaimed composer and musician. Musically, the four time Oscar winner is best known for his film scores, but jazz was actually his first love. Before he ever touched a stage, the Oakland [...]

New Music: Siaira Shawn: “Unthinkable”

September 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

New Music: Siaira Shawn: "Unthinkable"

A  year ago Siaira Shawn started releasing YouTube videos where she covered some of her favorite tracks. Andre 3000′s “Prototype” and Corrine Bailey Rae’s “Like a Star” were among the songs that the San Francisco native decided to put her personal stamp [...]

Mixtape: DaVinci: Feast or Famine

August 29th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Mixtape: DaVinci: Feast or Famine

Feast or Famine. The title alone paints a dire picture. As our economy continues to crumble, the highly sought middle class ideal is becoming an endangered caste, but in the hood, that has long been the case. Given that context, DaVinci embodies the dream [...]

NPR presents Oakland: The Self Made City

August 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, History, Music

NPR presents Oakland: The Self Made City

Not too long ago NPR program State of the Re:Union reached out to us here at 38thnotes to help them put together an hour long program on Oakland. They were interested in what made Oakland such a special place, and their findings revealed a rebellious [...]

Kev Choice: Call Him Maestro

August 24th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Kev Choice: Call Him Maestro

Kevin Choice is just another Oakland rapper with a masters degree in Piano Performance. Over the past decade we have watched hip-hop migrate from the dope spot to the blogspot, but it’s connection to education and musicianship is still touch and go. [...]

Thursday Throwback: Marvin Gaye Live in Oakland

August 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, History, Music, Thursday Throwbacks

Thursday Throwback: Marvin Gaye Live in Oakland

On December 14, 1974 Marvin Gaye sang the National Anthem at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum before the Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-23in front of a national television audience. Marvin donned his iconic red beanie in the Bay Area’s temperate [...]

Video: Iamsu!: “All I Ever Wanted” & “Gucci Gucci”

August 16th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Iamsu is without a doubt one of the top lyricists in the Bay Area right now. And with the Rich City sophomore’s HBK Gang about to take over Summer Jam, he’s released a couple new visuals worth checking out. “All I Ever Wanted” is a one verse [...]

Video: Raphael Saadiq: “Movin’ On Down The Line (Don’t You Go Away)”

August 14th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Raphael Saadiq does not miss when it comes to dope videos and gorgeous costars. On “Movin’ Down The Line” he splices footage of his recent globetrotting with his return to the arms of his girl. The quick cuts make you realize how grueling touring [...]

38th Notables

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN’s E:60

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN's E:60

I've loved Oakland since I was old enough to begin to understand it. And when you're from an underdo[...]

Introducing “East of the Lake” Restaurant Chronicles

Introducing "East of the Lake" Restaurant Chronicles

Over the past five years Oakland's culinary reputation has skyrocketed, but The Town has always had [...]

Kill A Hipster, Save Your Hood

Kill A Hipster, Save Your Hood

It's been several years since Oakland's DJ Treat-U-Nice first dropped his infamous "Kill a hipster, [...]