Other Articles by Kevin Alfoldy

Features

TELEVISION

 » Life (BBC Series) - Yes, most of what television has to offer, whether it be broadcast or broadband, is boring. But with a complete absence of hyperbole I will say that Life is one of the most amazing things that has ever been filmed, ever.
[04.02.2010 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Fleet Foxes: Live - As you may have heard, there are plans to open a McDonald's restaurant and McCafé in the Louvre museum next month. On the other hand, when groups of bearded, flannel-clad American rockers load their gear into La Cigale in Paris, they're probably met with the swankiest venue they've ever played.
[10.08.2009 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #17 - Time for another spin through the flotsam and miscellany of music that couldn't find a home anywhere else. This time around there are robots, cowboy boots, dance clubs on boats, and at least one reference to a schnitzel.
[09.09.2009 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #16 - It took nearly three years, but the LAS resident smart-mouth finally got around to reviewing a couple of EPs. This edition includes references to Whitesnake and Dian Fossey and Lil Wayne, as well as use of the phrase "ravenous for blood," so hopefully it was worth the wait.
[07.27.2009 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Drunken Barn Dance - To be sure, Drunken Barn Dance walks a fairly worn path through the forest of singer-songwriter fare. Thankfully, however, though there's no real wilderness encountered, there are enough day hikes into the trees on either side to keep Scott Sellwood's songs from being relegated to strictly coffee-shop fare.
[04.07.2009 by Kevin Alfoldy]

PERFORMANCE ART

 » Nachos and Twat Mist - An evening with Patton Oswalt who, now that George Bush's verbal incoherencies and glassy-eyed faux cowboy smirk are gone from the media limelight, is undisputedly the funniest, most entertaining person in America.
[02.25.2009 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » Prop 8: No Rainbow - Traditionalists can spare me their high-minded Bible-thumping and sham family values speeches; what Proposition 8 came down to was hate and oppression. In the face of it we should all ask ourselves which is more courageous, casting an anonymous ballot in a private booth or fighting vocally for the right to make public record an ostracized lifestyle?
[12.17.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » El Ten Eleven: LIVE - Other bands might come up with hotter riffs or some asinine stage antics, but they will in no way be able to top the spectacle of this Los Angeles-based duo, who are one of those bands that absolutely needs to be seen in person.
[12.01.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » California's Proposition 8 - On November 4th voters in California will decide on the fate of the "California Marriage Protection Act." Seriously. Out of all the problems in the world today, same-sex marriage is still an issue. For the life of me, I cannot understand why.
[10.16.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Indie Rock Los Angeles - The only way to top off a surprising but short set by local act Sea Wolf, followed by an equally surprising but disappointing set by the visiting Okkervil River, was to stop off at a strip club where the women aren't naked and the beer is predictably overpriced.
[10.13.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

POLITICS

 » Nadergasm (An Unreasonable Man?) - In the documentary film An Unreasonable Man, directors Steven Skrovan and Henriette Mantel talk to proponents, opponents, friends, former colleagues, and the man himself, seeking to uncover the motivations behind one of the greatest, and now most vilified, figures in American history. A recap for the peak of Presidential season.
[09.30.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

LITERATURE

 » 33-1/3: Gentlemen - While not diving into the excesses or tawdry anecdotes the way Nikki Sixx would, Gendron slightly titillates while using the kind-of sordid stories as a context to describe the duress and emotional fragility from which the Afghan Whigs' album sprung.
[09.11.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Broken Social Scene: LIVE - When asked afterwards how he enjoyed the show, The Euge remarked that it was really good, although he didn't appreciate the people next to him talking throughout the entire show. He couldn't understand why someone would pay thirty bucks for the privilege to yap the whole time the band was playing.
[08.26.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

LITERATURE

 » 33-1/3: Master of Reality - In his off-template analysis of Black Sabbath's seminal 1971 album for Continuum Books' revered 33-1/3 series, John Darnielle, better known as The Mountain Goats, has penned a moving celebration of the power that music plays in peoples' lives.
[08.19.2008 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Tunng: LIVE - Having enjoyed their recent album of communal, folky songs tempered with a tasteful and restrained use of samples and loops, last week LAS staff writer Kevin Alfoldy set out on a dark and stormy night to catch Thrill Jockey's UK imports in the flesh.
[11.05.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Rocktober NYC 2007 - Kevin Alfoldy was fortunate enough to be able to take in four of his favorite artists - the Mountain Goats, Great Lake Swimmers, Caribou and Mono - during October's first week, avoiding the regret he no doubt would have felt had he stayed home with the usual carton of ice cream and this month's selection from Oprah's book club.
[10.15.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Darwin's Nightmare - Director Hubert Sauper's film documents the lives of those living near Tanzania's Lake Victoria, which in the 1950s was stocked with the non-native Nile Perch, an event that would change the fabric of the lake and the fabric of the lives around it as well.
[08.29.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Witches Sabbath - Too silly to be considered any kind of serious expose on the Satanist "lifestyle" and too stupid to be anything else, this video exists solely for the teenager sitting in his room wearing an Analcunt shirt, all out of ideas about how to piss off his parents.
[08.15.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Danielson: A Family Movie - Devoid of petty squabbling and conflicts, this documentary film showcases Daniel Smith and the Danielson Famile, as well as the love and ideology behind one of music's most interesting groups.
[07.16.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Menomena: LIVE - Having just missed them in San Francisco, Kevin Alfoldy sets out to see Menomena in San Diego. In a predictable twist, as the protagonist is overcome by unkempt hair, an unlikely hero in the form of Danny Codd steps in from the wings and gets his fiancé to say "mah na-mah na…"
[07.09.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Cursive: LIVE - After years apart, LAS staffer Kevin Alfoldy and Omaha, Nebraska's most angsty post-rockers reunite, if only for a brief moment and if only at a distance.
[05.21.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Sparklehorse - LIVE - Last fall Mark Linkous released his first studio album in nearly five years under the Sparklehorse banner. Last week the band stopped in New York for a warm-up date ahead of performances at South By Southwest, Coachella and All Tomorrow's Parties, and Kevin Alfoldy was there to catch it.
[03.05.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

LIFE

 » Sick and Tired - Heading home for the holidays, LAS staff writer Kevin Alfoldy puts stand up comic Wanda Sykes to the test at the annual Alfoldy Christmas gift exchange. Can Wanda provide a few laughs? Find out ->
[01.09.2007 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #15 - Sometimes a change of location can mean a change of situation. After moving 3000 miles, "a somewhat rosy outlook on life has replaced the previous twenty-six years of cynicism and pessimism" that colored EPMD. Hello world, meet the new Kevin Alfoldy.
[12.04.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

FESTIVALS

 » High Times Stony Awards 2006 - Late last month throngs of potheads descended on BB King's in New York for the 6th annual awards ceremony recognizing the best of the baked in television and cinema, not to mention Stoner of the Year.
[11.14.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #14 - Admitting that he may be suffering from delusions of grandeur, LAS staffer Kevin Alfoldy delivers his last column from San Francisco.
[10.02.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Thermals, The: LIVE - Back in his old haunt of San Diego, LAS staff writer Kevin Alfoldy crossed paths with one of his musical crushes, the Thermals, who are on the road in support of their latest album for the venerable Sub Pop.
[09.06.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #13 - Things can be so complicated. But then if they weren't, why would anyone ever bother? Luckily for us LAS resident comic/poet Kevin Alfoldy has taken it upon himself to sort through another hefty box of singles. Enjoy the prose.
[08.11.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

ART & DESIGN

 » Matthew Barney at sfMOMA - LAS staff writer Kevin Alfoldy usually gets artsy after work on Thursdays, and a recent Thor's-day trip to San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art to check out a Barney exhibit left him asking, "Really, this guy's famous?"
[07.28.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Built To Spill: LIVE - You may have never thought that a guy calling himself "Tue$day" and the phrase "Dude's got a wicked jump shot" would turn up in a live review of Boise's most famous band, but you've never met Kevin Alfoldy.
[07.11.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Mountain Goats, The: LIVE - Not every performer would be able to take a physician's recommendation to call in sick and turn it into a unique, intimate performance worth remembering. But then again not every performer is John Darnielle.
[06.30.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Acquired Taste - The indie rock music video is the equivalent of local cable TV commercials. Flashes of brilliance are often buried underneath endless spots of used car dealerships featuring some fat guy in a cowboy hat, a lot of gold chains on a very hairy chest, and an elephant. Sub Pop aims to break the mold with a new DVD.
[06.16.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Mono: LIVE - "I thought my eardrums were going to explode," says Kevin Alfoldy when recalling Mono's recent performance in San Francisco, adding that he "was kind of disappointed when they didn't." While some are unmoved by the Japanese quartet's albums, they can be assured that "live they are just ferocious."
[06.09.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #12 - There are no anecdotes about sexual (mis)adventures in this edition of Kevin Alfoldy's short-form review column, but there are plenty of drug references like "taking a bunch of mushrooms and breakdancing in an arcade for twenty-four hours."
[06.05.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Ultimate Bullriding - I can't imagine there is much money in a sport sponsored by Skoal, so therefore these guys are risking life and limb for the adoration of a crowd that, like NASCAR, is simply sitting through the tedium while awaiting a grisly "mishap."
[05.25.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #11 - With the immigration debate dominating American media coverage, resident idiot savant Kevin Alfoldy waxes on short-form releases, deciding to forgo writing a review in Spanish only to recount hot sex on the heels of a burrito.
[05.18.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #10 - This unedited version of EPMD includes the meanest thing Kevin Alfoldy has ever said about a band's CD. See if you can guess which one!
[02.22.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #09 - For a special edition of our short-form reviews column, LAS staffer Kevin Alfoldy takes a look at some recent offerings from around the way.
[01.04.2006 by Kevin Alfoldy]

MUSIC

 » Animal Collective: LIVE - According to one of the most confounding writers on the LAS staff, Animal Collective is one of the most confounding bands around right now. What better excuse to write up a live review? We couldn't think of any.
[12.16.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #08 - What do strip clubs, time machines, Drew Carrey, and a Coffinberry all have in common? Each makes an appearance in Kevin Alfoldy's second installment of our short-form reviews column.
[12.06.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Carnival of Sins Live - With the actual horror of the 1980s far enough removed from the consciousness of the current day, the glitz and glam of that decade of decadence are slowly creeping back into view as retro-chic, and it didn't take much to summon hairspray rockers Motley Crüe from their spandex graves.
[11.14.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » EPMD #07 - After Erick Bieritz flaked like a cloud of dandruff it looked like EPmd was going to lapse into history. But fear not! Staff writer Kevin Alfoldy, the Supreme Commander of the forces of sarcasm, has stepped up to the plate to tackle a smattering of short-form releases.
[10.14.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

FOOD & DRINK

 » Alfoldy Brewery - I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. It seems like a no-brainer. I like beer. I like drinking beer. I like drinking a lot of beer. Why spend money on a bunch of Miller High Life when I can avoid the hangover and feeling of self-loathing by brewing my own beer?
[08.26.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

FESTIVALS

 » Hellfest 2005 - One of my most precious memories is of the day that my dad kept his promise and got out of jail in time to take my sisters and me to Hellfest at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Of course now, that is just a fantasy.
[08.18.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

FESTIVALS

 » Noise Pop 2005 Recap - Having given us a drinking man's preview to the Noise Pop festival, LAS senior staff writer Kevin Alfoldy recaps his experiences at the 2005 installment of a new San Francisco institution.
[03.11.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Wise Old Little Boy - Writer Kevin Alfoldy reviews the Microphones/Little Wings tour documentary, and finds the very heart of what makes these bands great.
[03.08.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

FESTIVALS

 » Noise Pop 2005 Preview - Kevin Alfoldy takes us on a drinking tour of Noisepop 2005.
[02.21.2005 by Kevin Alfoldy]

CINEMA

 » Fourth World War - Kevin Alfoldy, immersed in the social and political turmoil of today, examines a new film telling the stories of those around the world who resist being annihilated in the new war.
[10.25.2004 by Kevin Alfoldy]

COLUMN

 » Iraq On Video - With emotions flip-flopping from day to day and video to video, the US is still fumbling along in Iraq, despite itself.
[06.01.2004 by Kevin Alfoldy]

FESTIVALS

 » Noise Pop 2004 Recap - It's the week all of us here in San Francisco have been eagerly anticipating for the past year. No, it is not the six days leading up to the Gay Pride parade. Nor is it the week of the Folsom Street leather fair (which is far, far more shocking than the Gay Pride parade). This week is Noise Pop!
[03.02.2004 by Kevin Alfoldy]
Reviews
»Set Em Wild, Set Em Free
Akron/Family
Dead Oceans
»Ten Years of Tears
Arab Strap
Chemikal Underground
»Asia Minor
Asia Minor
Anomer Records
»In Flesh Tones
Azeda Booth
Absolutely Kosher
»Red Album
Baroness
Relapse
»Enchanted Islands
Beep Beep
Saddle Creek
»Crimes
Blood Brothers
V2 Records
»Young Machetes
Blood Brothers
V2
»33 1/3: Gentlemen
Bob Gendron
Continuum
»The Night Bleeds Gold
Bother
Three Ring Records
»Hymns For A Dark Horse
Bowerbirds
Burly Time
»We Know About The Need
Bracken
Anticon
»Vs. Children
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Tomlab
»Unloved and Weeded Out
Converge
Deathwish Records
»Mama, I'm Swollen
Cursive
Saddle Creek
»Distressed
Damsel
Temporary Residence Lt.d
»Ships
Danielson
Secretly Canadian
»Darker My Love
Darker My Love
Dangerbird
»Jouhou
Discordance Axis
Hydra Head Records
»Copia
Eluvium
Temporary Residence Ltd.
»Insomniac Doze
Envy
Temporary Residence Ltd.
»Flying Canyon
Flying Canyon
Soft Abuse
» As The Last Light Drains
Freya
Victory Records
»Get Fucked
Get Fucked
Level Plane Records
»Bodies and Minds
Great Lake Swimmers
Misra Records
»Ongiara
Great Lake Swimmers
Weewerk
»Lost Channels
Great Lake Swimmers
Weewerk
»'Splosion!
Great Redneck Hope
Thinker Thought Records
»Night Flares
Greg MacPherson
G7 Welcoming Committee
»If These Trees Could Talk
If These Trees Could Talk
Mylene Sheath
»33 1/3: Master of Reality
John Darnielle
Continuum
»An Exaltation of Laarks
Laarks
Absolutely Kosher
»Some Are Lakes
Land Of Talk
Saddle Creek
»These Sounds of the Spirit World
Malachi
self-release
»Battening the Hatches
Mt. Egypt
Record Collection
»The Stand Ins
Okkervil River
Jagjaguwar
»CVA
Paint It Black
Jade Tree Records
»Werewolves and Lollipops
Patton Oswalt
Sub Pop
»City of Echoes
Pelican
Hydra Head
»To Willie
Phosphorescent
Dead Oceans
»Might As Well Go Eat Worms
Pidgeon
Absolutely Kosher
»Autumn Of The Seraphs
Pinback
Touch and Go
»The Amazing Adventures of Pleaseeasaur
Pleaseeasaur
Comedy Central
»A Demonstration
Ponies in the Surf
Self-Released
»Ponies On Fire
Ponies In the Surf
Asaurus
»Living Well
Rob Crow
Temporary Residence
»Midnight To Midnight
Sergeant
self-released
»Why Do I Love You
Shiny Around The Edges
Golden State Recording Co.
»When Broken Is Easily Fixed
Silverstein
Victory Records
»Heaven's Pregnant Teens
Some Girls
Epitaph
»Eyes At Half Mast
Talkdemonic
Arena Rock
»Elf-Titled
The Advantage
5 Rue Christine
»Safety Second, Body Last
The Locust
Ipecac
»The New Year
The New Year
Touch & Go
»Now We Can See
The Thermals
Kill Rock Stars
»Still Lifes Are Failing
The Vanishing
Gold Standard Labs
»Book of Bad Breaks
Thee More Shallows
Anticon
»Light
This is the Process of a Still Life
Firefly Sessions Recordings
»Good Arrows
Tunng
Thrill Jockey
»What the Toll Tells
Two Gallants
Saddle Creek
»Two Gallants
Two Gallants
Saddle Creek
»Take Penacilin Now
Various Artists
G7 Welcoming Committee
»Reunion Tour
Weakerthans
Anti-
»Nord
Year Of No Light
Crucial Blast