1. Amass (CPH)
  2. Oleum (Puigpunyet)
  3. Guisados (LA)
  4. Aamanns (CPH)
  5. Publican (CHI)
  6. Pine and Crane (LA)
  7. Girl and the Goat (CHI)
  8. Frontera Grill (CHI)
  9. Carnitas Fry Shack (SD)
  10. Spruce (SF)
  11. Perdition BBQ (Berk)
  12. Animal (LA)
  13. Night + Market (LA)

Really ought to eat at some more awesome local places. Coming for you State Bird!


“Facebook makes me hate the people I know, and Reddit makes me love the people I don’t.” ~ Alexis Ohanian, Reddit Co-Founder


A friend posted this article on facebook and asked me what I thought of it.  I decided to add it my blog as well.
Was it ever any fun to live in Silicon Valley? Growing up here (SJ), was it ever a dynamic place to be?I’d absolutely agree with the writer, 100%. Planners, and Urbanists have been foretelling this phenomenon for years: Richard Florida, Katz, Christopher Leinberger, and other Brookings folks in particular. Their basic argument is that livable cities are where the knowledge-based economy will take place. What’s telling is how San Jose is not even mentioned in the article. But Oakland is. There are plenty of articles that have the same doom and gloom about how SF has become all white and gentrified, the ill-effects that will lead to, and that long-time San Francisco residents are flocking to Oakland.  As for comparing San Diego to the Bay Area, I don’t particularly have much insight. From my primitive understanding of cutting edge Bio-research, much of it is being developed alongside Computer Scientists. Given the comparative advantage here, all the startups dealing with Big Data, I’d give the edge to the Bay. There seems to be some talk about Boston leading the way in BioTech, but I feel Boston’s been nipping at the heels for decades. I’m eagerly watching to see what happens in Mission Bay and the new UCSF campus. They’re building like crazy out there, and with all the new office space available, there’ll be much more room for new companies to move in. Planners have begun talking about tearing down the elevated 280 freeways north of 101. If they do, there’ll be so much more room for activities!I’m very bullish on the Bay, and SF/Oakland in particular if you haven’t gathered by now. And as long as policies are being put forward that help humanize cities, I have a hard time seeing this shift (cities over suburbs) changing. From last I saw, office space is actually cheaper in SOMA than PA or MTV, and that will only continue to feed this. On a side note, Ron Conway is a name worth following. He’s an angel investor, and has a special place with SF Citi, a lobbying agency representing the tech community. Twitter moving in to Mid-Market has a lot to do with SF Citi.

Bruce Katz actually writes for The Atlantic Cities. I feel that there should have been some mention of this. Sloppy journalism, and slightly sensationalistic with little substance would be my comment about the article.


The neuro-biology of playing a musical instrument is completely scientific, but it’s also an absolute miracle, that you’re taking basically a calcium bucket filled with salt-water that’s run by a weak electrical signal, and you’re using it to move your flesh around in order to manipulate an instrument which disturbs air molecules between you and the listener, and then the listener’s ears picks up those disturbed air molecules which generates a weak electrical signal to their calcium bucket full of salt water, and they feel a feeling. That’s miraculous, and that’s where I live,”
~Bob Brozman, RIP

  1. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  2. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  3. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  4. Dr John – Locked Down
  5. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  6. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  7. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  8. The XX – Coexist
  9. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  10. Sixto Rodriguez – Waiting for Sugarman
  11. Passion Pit – Gossamer
  12. Baroness – Yellow & Green
  13. Wild Nothing – Nocturne
  14. Beach House – Bloom
  15. Death Grips – The Money Store
  16. The Walkmen – Heaven
  17. Black Keys – El Camino
  18. Diiv – Oshin
  19. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  20. Cody ChestnuTT – Landing on a Hundred
  21. Twin Shadow – Confess
  22. Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
  23. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
  24. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  25. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
  26. Nas – Life is Good
  27. Fang Island – Major
  28. Various Cruelties – Various Cruelties
  29. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe
  30. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  31. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  32. Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On The Sky
  33. Metz – Metz
  34. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  35. How to Dress Well – Love Remains
  36. Mac DeMarco – 2
  37. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze
  38. The Men – Open Your Heart
  39. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  40. Best Coast – The Only Place
  41. Calexico – Algiers
  42. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
  43. Django Django – Django Django
  44. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
  45. Stars – The North
  46. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  47. Aimee Mann – Charmer
  48. Yeasayer – Fragran World
  49. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  50. Bruce Sprinsteen – Wrecking Ball
  1. Dr. John – Locked Down
  2. Beach House – Bloom
  3. Andrew Bird – Break it Yourself
  4. Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
  5. The Walkmen – Heaven
  6. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  7. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
  8. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel
  9. M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion
  10. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

1. Robin Pecknold – I’m Losing Myself
2. Frank Ocean – Novocane
3. The Dodos – When Will You Go
4. Surfer Blood – Voyager Reprise
5. Bon Iver – Beth-Rest
6. The Weeknd – House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
7. M83 – Midnight City
8. Real Estate – It’s Real
9. St. Vincent – Cruel
10. Weezer ft Hayley Williams – Rainbow Connection
11. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed
12. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
13. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
14. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Otis
15. Destroyer – Chinatown
16. Drake – Crew Love
17. Kendrick Lamar – Fuck Your Ethnicity
18. The Head and the Heart – Lost in My Mind
19. Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever
20. Dia Frampton – Heartless

21. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk