Songs of 2020 playlist for the readers of Broke-Ass Stuart’s website compiled by Nico Simonian, Geneva Harrison, Ashkon Davaran, and Sayre Piotrkowski

One year ago we assembled a group of our most plugged-in friends from in and around the music industry to compose a 2020-minute playlist documenting the past decade. This year we’ve tasked a smaller team with a much smaller task. 100 songs from the most extraordinary year of our lives.


I am starting a podcast.

“Over Beers” will be a 1-on-1 conversation program with the people who interest, inspire, and intrigue me most. The idea for the show is that the best way to get to know someone is by talking to them about things they love. …


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A week from Tuesday is the final day we Oaklanders will be casting ballots in the ongoing election. While we can’t pick up our cell phones without being reminded of the critical importance of 2020 as a national election year, the effect of social-distancing…


This work originally appeared on SF Gate Friday, May 29, 2020

I got my first job as a beer buyer in 2004. At that time there were no craft breweries within the city limits of Oakland or Los Angeles, and even San Francisco, home to the country’s original craft brewery…


This story starts in 2011. I started writing it in 2007.

I was walking with a friend down Telegraph Avenue past the then newly reopened Fox Theater when I noticed it. A familiar orange and black concert poster by local artist, Lil’ Tuffy. The show that was being promoted took…


Primarily written by Sayre Piotrkowski with research and other input from, Colin O’Dell, Nico Simonian, Kristin Lawless, Cindy Martinez, and Stuart Schuffman.

The readers of this site range from anti-fascist anarchists who are wary of being involved in electoral politics at all, to other folks whose sole priority in the…


We gathered together our most knowledgeable, and opinionated, friends from in and around the music industry and asked them to come up with a playlist that represented the past decade. Here it is…

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6EHtzatfbasUaJ4omObvfg

Nearly 600 songs. Nearly 34 hours of music.

There have been plenty of not great things…


Sometime last year an old college friend of mine, Abel Arias, reached out asking if I’d be a guest on a podcast he was hoping to launch called “Mixtape Memories.” Abel’s idea was to use music, specifically a mixtape, as the catalyst for a larger biographical trip down memory lane…


Roughly one month ago my three-year relationship with an extraordinary woman came to an end. With the end of my relationship, a certain vision for how my life could be was swept away. I would not be the father to her children. We would not change the world together. Worse…


For most of the past month I have been reading “We Were Eight Years In Power” by my favorite author, Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book is something like a greatest hits collection culled from Coates’ work in the pages of the Atlantic magazine. Nine essays, eight of them previously published, surrounded…

Sayre Piotrkowski

The only Certified Cicerone® you know who once opened for Fat Joe.

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