Music

Mixtape: Erk Tha Jerk: Nerd’s Eye 2

September 9th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Mixtape: Erk Tha Jerk: Nerd's Eye 2

“Never been hard for me to fall on my honesty/ And that’s why the music is the perfect autobiography” This line on the “Intro” to Nerd’s Eye 2 sums up Erk Tha Jerk’s music pretty succinctly. The most consistent artist coming out of the Bay of [...]

Video: Support Oakland’s Pop Lyfe on America’s Got Talent

September 6th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Events, Featured, Music

Video: Support Oakland's Pop Lyfe on America's Got Talent

Update: PopLyfe has made it to the final 4! Out of the thousands of contestants, the young pop band from Oakland has proven itself to be the cream of the crop! They are up against tougher and tougher competition each week, but they raise the ante [...]

Video: Goapele: “Play”

September 4th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Music

Video: Goapele: "Play"

“Play,” is pure seduction. Goapele’s new single features production that makes you want to dip, sway and grind with lyrics that just might push you to do a bit more. On the track, the Bay Area singer confesses that she is ready for a lover’s session [...]

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. [...]

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, [...]