Homegrown: Birds and Batteries

photo credit: Matthew Washburn

photo credit: Matthew Washburn

Originally published by SF Station on 8/30/11. This album remains one of my favorites, and it’s an absolute shame Mike Sempert remains a relative unknown musician. 

Excerpt: In a word, Birds & Batteries recordings are lush. Layer upon layer of synth, guitars, ambient percussion, harmonies, strings, and seemingly whatever else is lying around the studio. It’s as if each song is a collection of intersecting flight patterns that all land on the same, unexpected runway. Sempert, along with guitarist Christopher Walsh, bassist Jill Heinke, and drummer Brian Michelson know how to deftly navigate unexpected turns.

Read the full article here, buy Panorama immediately, then listen to Sempert’s latest at http://mikesempert.com.


Before I Was a Nobody (Part 1)


His future revealed itself to him just off the corner of Lyon and Fulton. Between a Jordanian corner store and a shell of a 3-story Victorian. The apartment was at the bottom of a damp crack of San Francisco housing.

The studio had one room and one window with a view of a wall, but it was new inside, and furnished, though not by Charlie. It had a twin bed, a mini-fridge, a roll-top desk and bright yellow walls. His mother would’ve liked it. It was late, and it was quiet. The homeless monologue could be heard verbatim between the 5 line’s hydraulic brakes. Continue reading