"Berkeley singer-songwriter Spellling makes beautifully layered, experimental pop tracks using just her keyboard, voice, and loop pedal, weaving compositions that evoke avant-pop artists such as FKA Twigs and Björk — East Bay Express"
This Friday! Happy to spread the word that there is a Spellling and Kohinoorgasm split, August 5th, at One Farm in West Oakland. Check out what is sure to be a good show.
photo via eastbayexpress.com
Went back to Oakland last month to hang and I noticed some changes in the neighborhood. Here are some photos that I took of the same alley way on broadway in 2011, 2013, and 2016.
Last November 25th, like a lot of frustrated Americans, I headed to my downtown to show support for Michael Brown and other young black men that have recently lost their lives at the hands of the police. In the weeks to come, protests escalated and of course there were looters just looking to get into a crowd, but the overall environment that I witnessed was extremely peaceful. I was very proud to walk with the city of Oakland that night and am glad that many people showed up to demonstrate rather than to sit silent. – Tim
photos by Tim Gatto
The end of September was a really fun week. I personally took a mid week trip with my girlfriend to see Modest Mouse at a Southern California legendary spot, Pappy and Harriets. It's located in Pioneertown, CA in the desert outside of Joshua Tree nat'l park. It's a super sweet old western film set turned destination venue. It was then Tim's birthday weekend so him and I took in another Modest Mouse show in San Francisco at the newly reopened Masonic. Great show with lots of awesome color and lights. We chilled near the back of the General Admission crowd to more easily swill beers and whiskey. After the show, we finished the night up with Bummer and Lazarus G and T's at a cool spot next to the Embarcadero BART station called Terminus. We then hopped on the last train back to the East bay. Tim's B day party was on Sunday at a rad mexican spot in Oakland. Great week for photos, take a look.
Flying into Burbank.
FIrst show of the week.
Tim and I stopped by an SF gallery and donated some prints to their show.
Second show of the week.
Baby Blue Sedan.
There can only be one.
Photos by George Baker.
Some photos from the last couple of months; Tahoe, Oakland, Art Murmur, and SF. On a technical note, I picked up a Ricoh GR for everyday stuff and have been totally loving it. I needed a digital camera, and chose the GR for some of its quickness and because it could fit in my pocket. It's been pretty great, and have been bringing out my medium format camera with it as a result. That's all — Tim
made it away to the "snow"
Saying goodbye to my Grandmothers house in St. Helena. It was a fantastic place to grow up.
A postcard written to my Grandfather
made it to Pallet Space
Owner, Purdy, in front of pallet space's rotating wall
definitely worth a trip, lots of interesting stuff inside
Johnny Manente selling shirts at Art Murmur
had to stop and support bar Dogwood after a car crashed through their front window just days before
RIP Kim's backyard
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see a mural going up on a big wall in the parking lot on 15th & Harrison in downtown Oakland. I stopped by throughout the day and snapped some photos of the progress. The mural is a collaboration by Chicago based artists, Clam Nation, Nice One, Lady Lucx, and Espir. It looks great, stop by and check it out.
photos by Tim Gatto
If you live in Oakland you can't help but notice the graffiti that covers most of the city. Since moving here, I cannot ignore that my landscape changes week by week. It has helped me pay attention to the politics that surround graffiti but also appreciate the art. Everyday on the way to work I bike by an oil change place that is always covered in graffiti. The roll up doors get painted over each week, and so do most of the walls, except for a spray character by iRot. The oil change guys sit in front of the wall in the perfect morning light, smoking and waiting for customers. For all of the reasons above, and out of fear that the character might get painted over, I have desperately wanted to take a photo.
I shoot mostly normal length lens cameras and am without anything telephoto, so I knew that I'd have to get pretty close in order to get the shot. My first attempt at getting the photo, I crusied in and asked a question about prices and snapped a quick photo with my point and shoot and rode off. Only 1/4 guys saw me, so I was pretty happy about that. When I got home that day I found out that my "trusty" p&s, had a broken film advance, and my roll didn't even take. I was bummed.
Determined to get the photo, I loaded some slide film in my more reliable point and shoot, and waited for a perfectly sunny morning. One came last week, and I pulled up to the place to a not-so busy staff. I up and asked them if I could take a photo of the crow. They looked at me weird, said sure, and moved out of the shot. I snapped the photo, but really wanted them in it. So, I asked them why they kept the crow but kept nothing else. The guys sat down, and told me that they kept it because they really liked it. I took another shot and can now bike to work without stressing. —Tim
photos by Tim Gatto
A short clip of Why? performing January Twenty Something at the New Parish in Oakland - 3/5/13. On a technical note, I needed a digital camera for everyday stuff and ended up with a fujifilm x-f1 point and shoot. So far I am happy with my purchase. I like the images that it makes, and am also pretty impressed that it can take video in such lowlight conditions. —Tim