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FesTIPval finale: magic roof makes everything eerie, enchanting

Posted in News, Tunes | 24 August 2012 | by D/C

That was fun. Thanks, magic roof. And thanks, Ocha La Rocha, Johnny Houx, the Shivas and the Memories for an amazing variety of cool music. See more photos here.


FesTIPval, part deux

Posted in Tunes | 21 August 2012 | by D/C

Part Deux of the first ever FesTIPval wraps up with not 1, not 2, but 4 bands you should know if you want to stay cool. Fresh from their SoCal relocation and back by popular demand, Ocha La Rocha deliver the yearning, rootsy vocals of Johnny La Rocha and the six-string legerdemain of Taylor Crowell. From his voice to his songs to his intense presence, the night’s other Johnny — Johnny Houx — defies easy categorization. The next Woody Guthrie? Check him out before he blows up. And just added: a couple of Portland’s finest, The Shivas and their labelmates The Memories. Also back by popular demand, sunset on the Tip roof. Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 5:30 pm, RSVP.


Music marathon + movie premiere + mass quantities = FesTIPval fun

Posted in Tunes | 10 August 2012 | by D/C

Opening night of FesTIPval turned out to be a perfect storm of perfect weather, unstoppable bands and the inimitable Gary Wilson introducing his new video from Mars. Thanks to Drunken Prayer, Leftover Cuties, Thomas Wynn & the Believers and director Sean Dunne. Check out the pics of the most fun you’ll ever have — unless you come to closing night of FesTIPval, on the Tip roof, 8/21.


FesTIPval kicks off: 3 bands, video premiere, sunset on roof

Posted in Tunes | 6 August 2012 | by D/C

D/C’s first annual FesTIPval starts tomorrow (continuing two weeks later) outdoors on the roofdeck of the world-renowned Tip. Stellar new-music lineup includes Drunken Prayer, from Portland, Leftover Cuties, from LA, and, just added: Thomas Wynn and the Believers from Orlando. And from the embarassment of riches file, Tip Records will also premiere the new Gary Wilson “Feel the Beat” video, introduced — live and in-person — by director Sean Dunne (American Juggalo), with a rumored special appearance, via Skype, by the legendary Gary himself. Beer and wine, 5:30. First band, 6. Video and Gary(?), 7.


Opus Orange on the roof

Posted in News, Tunes | 19 June 2012 | by D/C

Opus Orange is Paul Bessenbacher’s band. And Paul is one of the freshest pop performers and songwriters we know. His irresistibly catchy songs have appeared in Grey’s Anatomy and Apple commercials. As a composer at Emoto Music, he has created themes for Dog Bites Man on Comedy Central, The Suite Life of Zach & Cody on Disney and scored spots for Lexus, VISA, Cadillac, Burger King and Delta Air. Best of all, he wrote and played the delightful music for D/C’s John Muir Health campaign. And on Friday, he’s bringing his amazing quartet to a Tip roof summer (more or less) soiree.


“Feel the Beat” album launches, Gary Wilson Day proclaimed

Posted in News, Tunes | 6 December 2011 | by D/C

Millions around the world are blowing off work today to stay home and groove on Gary Wilson’s new Tip Records album, Feel the Beat, available at iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Spotify, Google Music and a digital outlet near you. Evidently, Gary Wilson Day was first proclaimed by the City Council of Escondido, CA, but the movement soon spread to El Cajon, Santee, Chula Vista, Elfin Forest and Pueblo Siding, among other San Diego area municipalities, as well everywhere else on the planet.


Tipmas 2011: Gary Wilson, Tip Records & a whole mess of wtf

Posted in News, Tunes | 14 October 2011 | by D/C

The year’s Tipmas finds devotees at Duncan/Channon celebrating the First Annual Tip Records Holiday Extravaganza on Friday, November 4. This solemn/utterly ridiculous day marks the official launch of Tip Records and official release of the new Gary Wilson album on Tip Records, as well as the official annual celebration of the entire Tip Records roster of superstars. It also marks the official release of a bunch of whoop-dee-do involving food, fire, booze, hotpants and rubber gloves. Due to overwhelming demand, 2011′s Tipmas observances will be taking place at the Public Works venue in San Francisco’s swingin’ Mission. A happy Tipmas in advance to all!


Actual fact: actual Gary Wilson, actual legend, signs with Tip Records

Posted in News, Tunes | 5 October 2011 | by D/C

For reals. The man about whom Beck sang, in “Where It’s At”: “My man Gary Wilson rocks the most.” The man whom the New York Times called “odd” and “wonderful.” The man about whom they made the documentary You Think You Really Know Me, which premiered at Lincoln Center. The man who performed on Jimmy Fallon last year because ?uestlove is one of his big fans (another one is Matt Groening).

Yeah, that Gary Wilson.

And on November 4, 2011, Tip Records — yeah, that Tip Records, an otherwise inexplicable division of Duncan/Channon — is going to release Gary’s next album, Feel the Beat, which happens to be the same day he headlines the First Annual Tip Records Holiday Extravaganza at Public Works in San Francisco. True story (unlike some of the stuff on this site).

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