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Travelling to San Francisco next week, any tips for a music / pro audio geek?
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Travelling to San Francisco next week, any tips for a music / pro audio geek?

I'm coming home

What should I see and hear?
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Watch where you step.
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See if there's anything going on at CCRMA @ Stanford - they have some great spatial audio concerts & tech events. I wish I would have done some sessions at Tiny Telephone studios while I was there:

http://www.tinytelephone.com/
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see if you can tour hyde street
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Envelop at the Midway
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Hyde Street is always fun... Depressing coming and going, but helps create a truly authentic record for the soul though!
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I lived there for about a year before I couldn’t take it anymore. I do have fond memories of the place. I love the architecture. It’s beautiful to look at... as long as you look up. But then you will surely step in human feces as I did my first day there.

I lived there 6 years ago and I’ve heard the homeless problem has been even worse lately. I lived in the mission and worked near market street so I probably got to see the worst of it. Of course there are nicer parts of town but usually they’re very close to the poopy parts.

I was also disenchanted with the music scene there. Everybody liked top 40, it was playing everywhere. I was hoping to find more of a live music scene but I think all the real bands moved to Oakland. But I did see Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood at the jazz center which was awesome. That is one excellent venue, great sound, and very intimate. I’d definitely go to a show there again.
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Originally Posted by Mendocino beano View Post
I lived there for about a year before I couldn’t take it anymore. I do have fond memories of the place. I love the architecture. It’s beautiful to look at... as long as you look up. But then you will surely step in human feces as I did my first day there.

I lived there 6 years ago and I’ve heard the homeless problem has been even worse lately. I lived in the mission and worked near market street so I probably got to see the worst of it. Of course there are nicer parts of town but usually they’re very close to the poopy parts.

I was also disenchanted with the music scene there. Everybody liked top 40, it was playing everywhere. I was hoping to find more of a live music scene but I think all the real bands moved to Oakland. But I did see Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood at the jazz center which was awesome. That is one excellent venue, great sound, and very intimate. I’d definitely go to a show there again.
I lasted there for 5 years (somehow)! I agree, Oakland music scene was much more enjoyable. I loved places like Freight and Salvage.
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I lasted there for 5 years (somehow)! I agree, Oakland music scene was much more enjoyable. I loved places like Freight and Salvage.
San Jose native here. Oakland's definitely still a gem, especially once you head toward Berkeley. Great spots for all kinds of music - 924 Gilman for punk, F&S for folk, Yoshi's for jazz, Metro Opera House for metal. There's still good venues in SF, but those are usually the bigger ones, like the Warfield or the Bill Graham.
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I lived there 6 years ago and I’ve heard the homeless problem has been even worse lately.
I was there for a week recently, and the homeless problem is indeed really horrible.

Every day, I would walk by this middle eastern woman, sitting on the sidewalk with 3 small children, including a very young toddler, out in the open with no shade. They were there ALL day EVERY day.

I would regularly see people who were so high on their fentanyl-laced chinese morphine knock-offs of who knows what that they were completely out of their head, walking around like zombies. That is such a depressing thing to see up close and a horrible worldwide concern.

And then the feces and other disgusting stuff in the streets. Uggggh. The watch where you walk advice is not to be taken lightly. I was not expecting that at all.

Of course, like all urban areas this has its hotspots. But I was surprised to see how much it was spilling into the "nice" parts of town.

SF is not ALL bad, it has its merits too, but I would never ever want to live there.

Sorry for the Debbie Downer post lol.
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