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CITY OF DREAMS – an Oakland love retrospective

CITY OF DREAMS – an Oakland love retrospective

From 2000: digital slide projections celebrating folk personalities of our unsung city with 130 images from the worlds of civil liberty, science, arts, culture, sports, politics and crime. This unsanctioned public art work has been shown on the outside walls of the grand lake theater, the Oakland museum of California, the Kaiser building, and at the Oakland airport tower lounge. Images included:

King’s Boxing Gym: East Bay Boxing’s Hidden Home

King’s Boxing Gym: East Bay Boxing’s Hidden Home

On a dead end street between train tracks and 880 near Fruitvale BART, is where King’s Boxing Gym has made its home for over 15 years. If you had never been to King’s, you probably wouldn’t notice the gym entrance, barely distinguishable from the car repair garages next door. After you step inside, however, you […]

The Birth of the “Just Say No” Movement

The Birth of the “Just Say No” Movement

On a cold, rainy morning in January 1985, a group of children at Peralta Year Round School in Oakland, California were discussing drugs and peer pressure with two representatives of Oakland Parents in Action. The children viewed a film on a visit to their school by First Lady Nancy Reagan the summer before. In it, […]

"Let’s Set the Record Straight on the Mai Tai"

by Victor J. Bergeron aka “Trader Vic” I originated the Mai Tai and have put together a bit of the background on the evolution of this drink, which has earned worldwide identification and acceptance. There has been a lot of conversation over the beginning of this drink. Many have claimed credit, including Harry Owens. The […]

Oaklandish Retrospective Poster Campaign

Oaklandish Retrospective Poster Campaign

eleven 24″ x 36″ black and white designs of the patron saints and sinners of Oakland, wheat-pasted onto negative urban spaces such as underpasses and vacant buildings in 2000. These posters were part of Oaklandish’s origins as a guerrilla street art campaign. Julia Morgan “East Bay Charm” A graduate of Oakland High School, Julia Morgan […]

The Raiders Forever

“When a team plays for a city, it plays for the idea of a team and the idea of a city.” – John Krich, Bump City The Oakland Raiders will not be in the Super Bowl this year. Some combination of the Packers, Bears, Jets, and Steelers will be. The eternal journey to glory must […]

Art Rock: The Warehouse Party

Around 2001 you began to see a thriving arts based West Oakland warehouse scene, where noise experimentalism reigned. These bands defy easy summary, but are tied together by electronic influences, a progressive rock mentality, and an anything-goes aesthetic. Featuring: Numbers, Erase Errata, Deerhoof, Experimantal Dental School, Gravytrain!!!, Paris King, and Drunk Horse. 25 minute mp3 […]

Oakland Rap Tracks Vol. 1

More well documented is Oakland’s contribution to Hip Hop. These tracks were unavoidable during the golden age, when these beats were heard booming out of car trunks city wide. (Before the early 90’s no-cruising laws were passed). There are way too many influential artists to fit in one mix, so here we just started with […]

East Bay Thrash Metal

East Bay Thrash Metal

In the 80’s Heavy Metal music began to get harder & faster, as local bands were inspired by their punk compatriots. The all ages night club ‘Ruthie’s Inn’ was a breeding ground for this musical fusion, dubbed ‘Thrash Metal.’ At this time the members of Metallica lived together in a house in El Cerrito, and […]

Innovators Award

Innovators Award

Besides our own projects, we also systematically contribute to other organizations who are doing positive work in Oakland. To engage with and support these programs is integral to the Oaklandish creed. We don’t consider it “giving back” to the community; it is being a part of the community. It’s simply who we are. Our Community Support […]

Oakland’s Nu-Jack Swingles

OAKLAND’s NU-JACK SWINGLES New Jack Swing is defined as R&B or Soul style vocals produced with Hip-Hop style rhythms. It was popularized by a wave of radio friendly pop artists in the late 80’s, including most notably Oakland’s Tony!Toni!Tone! The follwing mix honors that era & style, while including some acts that predated the scene […]

East Bay Punk Rock

East Bay Punk Rock

The cooperative run Berkeley venue ‘Gilman Street’ was the epicenter of the Bay Area’s thriving punk scene. On any given night there in the late 80’s you could see a multitude of influential & energetic young bands, many of whom would later go on to become international rock stars. This mix is a snap shot […]

Tales of the Town Vol. 2

Tales of the Town Vol. 2

Volume II :: Open your buns… It’s GravyTrain!!! Ricky Powell: Confessions of a Closet Raider Fan, Oakland Funnies, The Hot Grits Project, Subterranean Waterways of the East Bay, Emeryville Driftwood Sculptures, Oaklandish Hotdog Tour, Symbionese Liberation Artworks, Guerrilla News Network: Trojan Horses of the Information Wars, The New Science of Nonchalance, PoPoMetrics, Urban Education, The Clash’s […]

Tales of the Town Vol. 1

Tales of the Town Vol. 1

The classic zine, long out-of-print, is now available via free pdf download. So, read it on your computer or print it out to enjoy and share. Reading these now, you can feel the inspiration and innocence behind the movement in it’s inception, when we were just kids creating what we felt like. Boy, shit has […]

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