The Takeaway's Musical Road Trip: San Francisco with Mates of State

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We’re continuing our virtual Musical Road Trip series today in San Francisco. Our tour guide will be one half of one of our favorite bands, Mates of State. The band consists of Jason Hammel and his wife Kori Gardner. 

"We knew that when [Kori and I] graduated from college, that we were going to move to a big city and give music a go," Hammel says. "We packed up all our instruments and drove from Lawrence, Kansas to San Francisco." The city is still one of their favorites in the world, he says. 

"Having come from a couple of different, very musically rich cities, the one thing that we think is unique and that we love about San Francisco is that everyone supports one another," Hammel says. "It's not as competitive as other cities, and the support and community vibe of it is what makes it really great and what makes it ultimately thrive." 

The band's seventh and most recent album, Mountaintops, was released last year. Currently, the duo is on a break from their West Coast tour.

Bands featured on this stop of the road trip include: The Grateful DeadJefferson AirplaneThe Aislers SetBeulah, Flake Music (who eventually became The Shins), and of course, Mates of State.

We've been asking our listeners who we should visit on our tour. Check out the map below to see what people have said so far. Have another suggestion? Send it to us!


Jason Hammel

Produced by:

Robert Balint and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [6]

Stephanie from Milwaukee

What about bisphenol-S and the replacement chemicals that then qualify a product as "BPA-free"

Jul. 19 2012 08:37 AM
Jenna M. from Oklahoma

The conversation should begin and end with New Orleans. From long ago Congo Square to Frenchmen street today, no other city has a deeper history and maintains a culture as wholely dedicated to music as the crescent city. Music is New Orleans and New Orleans is music, neither could be on their own. The list of musical Greats from New Orleans would be too exhausting to compile including Jazz, Rock, blues, hip hop, and every type of great artist you can imagine. As the birthplace of Jazz it is ultimately responsible for all the other Jazz cities, without New Orleans they would have kept playing ragtime.

New Orleans IS the best music city. As much today as ever, If you have any doubt just spend an evening on Frenchmen St or catch a second line through the Treme.

Jul. 18 2012 10:53 AM
Jared from Oklahoma City

Really enjoyed the show covering San Francisco but I can't believe that Metallica was not mentioned. Regardless of what you think about their music, they are one of the biggest and most influential bands of all time.

Keep up the great work!

Jul. 18 2012 10:47 AM
Larry Fisher from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn

"kick out the jams" is the tune by MC5 you need to listen to as you motor into Detroit for the next stop on your musical road trip...

Just don't get out of the car, The Motor City needs you to keep your engines revved in this soon to be turned into Mad Max town.

Besides, the obvious glory of Motown, there is MC5 who started the White Panther movement, Iggy and the Stooges, and a history of garage rockers that have broken in recent years from The White Stripes to The Detroit Cobras.

And let us not forget that Detroit broke Kiss into our consciousness... for better or worse

Jul. 18 2012 09:01 AM
SteveP from Detroit

Of course it's Detroit, and not just everyone and everything already listed. Jazz in and from Detroit is phenomenal. Many of the great jazz musicians who found national and international acclaim were born or grew up in and around The D: Elvin, Hank, and Thad Jones; Regina Carter; Paul Chambers; Rodney Whitaker; James Carter; Marcus Belgrave; Marion Hayden. The list goes on. Currently, the quality of jazz here is at least as good as anything anywhere. There are a large number of world class jazz musicians who have chosen to live and work in the Detroit area. Anyone attending last Sunday's Michigan Jazz Festival would attest to that.

Jul. 18 2012 08:57 AM
David from Detroit

Lady you are spot on. Detroit is Anerica's Music City! For every rock and roll, techno, and Motown soul artist you named, but for who is coming up. Mayer Hawthorne is a joy to see live and is injecting that Motown sound back into the mainstream. Music and Motors baby! God Bless!

Jul. 18 2012 08:34 AM

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