Thursday, January 21, 2021

John-Paul Shiver

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John-Paul Shiver has been contributing to 48 Hills since 2019. His work as an experienced music journalist and pop culture commentator has appeared in the Wire, Resident Advisor, SF Weekly, Bandcamp Daily, PulpLab, AFROPUNK, and Drowned In Sound.

3 for Free: Some recommended entertainment this week

Two great music collections and an Afrofuturist film series on offer to help you glide through the speedy season

New Music: Yeah, we know it’s Christmas—here’s 4 new sounds to carry you through the schmaltz

The latest project from SF's own Bezier, Bahamadia takes instrumental hip-hop to its limits, and Jessy Lanza's new remix release packs a surprising punch.

It’s Charlie Brown, Mang! Revisiting a jazzy Christmas classic

The 55-year-old special, with deep Bay Area roots, still warms us up—and stays relevant—in 2020

New Music: 5 year-end suggestions for audiophiles (Baby Yoda included)

A maximalist take on Disney+ Star Wars, rare vinyl from Tyler, the Creator, and more to tempt even the most jaded sound snob.

4 songs Sofia Coppola dropped with startling cinematic precision

From Lost in Translation's pink panties background notes to the Kiss guitar wank that sidelined Stephen Dorff, here's the director's greatest track deployments.

Good Things: 5 relaxing new releases to soothe the soul

KingMost gifts the Bay breezy vibes on 'Pancakes 3' mixtape, sweet sounds from Chico Mann, a new comp from an Austin label dedicated to artists with few followers, more.

New Music: 5 sweet tracks for holiday haze

Rare DM tears into your bicycle fatale daydreams, San Jose's Voluntary Hazing proudly represents for ska, and Grammy-nominated Thundercat pushes upstream

New Music: 3 terrific local acts to support directly

Sci-fi vibes from Salami Rose Joe Louis, uneasy computer nostalgia from Neutrals, and Scatter Swept's wiry grooves

Local Listen: La Doña’s bold femmeton, Kelly Finnigan’s soul holiday, more

An indie duo's Joshua Tree retreat and some good ol' Sacramento rock 'n roll also prick up our ears

Out of the Crate: Deluxe reissues offer fond looks back

Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, J Dilla, Paul Weller, more slide into holiday season with big-time packages