South of Gilman St.
Welcome to South of Gilman St., an mp3 streaming/internet radio site dedicated to the music that put the Bay Area punk scene and the Gilman St. Project on the map. Click on the Listen link to tune-in (this may require some tweaking in your browser) or point your favorite mp3 player at http://stream.southofgilman.org:8000 and start enjoying.
And while you're listening, explore the database to find out more about the bands, albums, and songs you're listening to and even make requests. Don't forget to rate stuff you like (or dislike)!. The console is a little window that will keep you up on what's currently playing while you're exploring other parts of the site. There's even a forum where you can chat about stuff as well as see and post flyers and album art.
Want to know more about the site? Here's some info. Curious about what the Bay Area scene was like? The liner notes from the seminal Turn It Around 2x7" really captures what Gilman St. is about. For a more recent perspective, check out an interview with band-member and punk insider Jesse Luscious.
2021-09-15 - The Lookouting!
I just learned about a one time special event back in 2017 celebrating Lookout Records, at Gilman, naturally. I love that all these bands "came back" to celebrate Lookout's history and I love how they all sound, with hardly a hint of the passage of time.
They posted one video, MTX playing Gilman St. (sic - kinda weird they dropped "At"), that I'm aware of. I wish they would share the whole show!
2021-05-22 - Live gigs of old
Listener Erlan dropped me a line pointing me to a live recording of Sweet Children (aka Green Day) from Feb 24, 1989, Gilman show (just 2 weeks after I had seen them at a gig with Crimpshrine!)
Exploring that channel, I was stunned to find a treasure trove of records from all my faves - Crimpshrine, Fifteen, Monsula, Cringer, and more. I know what I'm gonna be going through over the weeks to come. Go check it out - it's an amazing time machine to the music this site is devoted to, live!
Thanks for sharing, Erlan!
2019-03-15 - 20 Years
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the inception of this stream and site. As cliche as it may sound, I still remember the start like it was yesterday. The original stream was run from a Windows NT box using Shoutcast, the hot new thing that got me interested in trying this. Encoding mp3s took about 30 minutes per song on my computer then, not to mention the time it took to digitize vinyl and cassette playback. And I learned PHP and SQL to build my first dynamic web site.
And then, in the blink of an eye, it's all turning 20 years old, old enough that I'm sure someone out there who visited/listened was born after that week in 1999.
Thank you all who've stopped by some time along the way, to listen, to browse around. to drop a note. You'll probably hear next from me at 25 - til, then enjoy!
2016-01-30 - Things very old and very new
That was a long quiet spell. I won't bore you with the details of my private life but I'm going through some changes right now and that's afforded me some time and renewed interest in revisiting this site and music.
First off, there's been a bunch of stuff queued up for addition to the stream. On the "very old" front, we have tunes from The F.U.'s and Squirrel Bait, a couple of somewhat influential East Coast bands from the mid-80s. Of more "local" interest, I've fleshed out the song lists for the Skinflutes and Corrupted Morals, a couple of bands that should be familiar to Bay Area punk fans.
On the "new" front, I've added a few items from a recent Fat Wreck binge. The highlight is Constructs of the State by Leftover Crack. I can't even pick out a notable track because they are all so good.
Slightly older we have Keep Your Heart from The Loved Ones, also a solid album. And rounding things off, the latest Fat comp, Going Nowhere Fat, which I haven't fully listened to yet but hope will lead to some discovery.
Finally: I finally got around to a project I had in mind for a while, getting that live Crimpshrine recording up on YouTube with some minimal visuals. In case you haven't given it a listen, you can do so there now.
2013-08-28 - The Once A Year Update
Been a while huh? No site updates to report but I've added a few new musics I've come across recently. First up is Homepage, a completely unfortunate band name when it comes to doing searches. As best I can figure, they are from Moscow and their primary "homepage" (hahah) is on bandcamp. I was actually a bit surprised to find out they are Russian as the vocals were in fluent English as far as I could discern. Anyway, the music is that girl-fronted pop punk that I'm a sucker for (see Coed, Unlovables, Discount for other examples). Their music is available on their bandcamp page via donation or on last.fm.
The other new add is Bleached, a pair of sisters from L.A. cranking out a grungy retro sound, kind of doing for punk what Best Coast does for pop.
So check 'em out, rate & request, and let me know what you think on the boards!