Tuesday, December 30, 2008


1st and 3rd FRIDAY
of each month
Come out to DALVA
(16th and Valenica)

bring you music that you will more than likely enjoy

SOUL, ROCK, 80'S, HIP-HOP.... all that stuff...

Sunday, December 28, 2008


That's fine. I just felt the need to defend myself and my gift when I got booed. Because that's was simply unacceptable for a gift of that caliber.


The following three posts are in reference to each other. To understand the matter please scroll down to the post titled "Holifayes" and then go up.


To further clear up the matter...
Patrick's gifts were both traded 3 times. Rachel opened the cyanotype kit, Mathew stole it, Federico stole it from Mathew and Rachel stole it back.
To be honest, it is a pretty awesome gift.


Dear Blog,
Just to clear things up:
I, Nina, ALSO brought shark teeth, a red light bulb, a COLLECTIBLE star wars pez dispenser, and an ENTIRE sterile nurse's outfit. Not JUST movies. PLUS, there were 2 of them, they were VHS (which they no longer make), and they were "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Robin Hood", the Disney animated version- 2 AWESOME movies. So don't listen to Patrick, he's only jealous because he didn't have the creativity to come up with anything better than an Aquarius gift card and a sunlight printing kit. Apparently it also got to him that MY gift was in higher demand than his, because it was traded the maximum 3 times, while only his Aquarius gift card was traded that often.
I welcome your rebuttal.
NINA G.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dear Fayes Blog,
So the space baby's birthday came and went. Phew. Things have been going sorta slow lately. It's not raining as much as I thought it might this season.
The Fayes Holiday party was a blast! We ate/drank all night and played "celebrity." Nina brought movies to the gift exchange. Booooooooooooo.
Lot of good movies coming out lately. Last night I saw

Synecdoche, New York!!!

Super good. I'm still reeling.

Friday, December 19, 2008


Need a Gift?
Want something to stuff in a stocking?
Have a movie lover in your life?
Why not give a gift that gives for a little while....
A Fayes Video Gift Certificate!
3 levels available!
5 rentals, 1o rentals, and the best deal... 20 rentals!
We have cute and cuddly looking gift certificates that will melt anyones heart.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


So for those of you who don't know Matthew is one half of Fayes Video. For the past six plus years he has been the numbers machine behind the store. Inventory, charts and graphs, and responsible for that "crazy" handwriting on the sandwich board. He is a  native Californian and graduated from Hollister High in 1989.  

fayes / matthew

In high school what activities did you participate in? and did you receive and awards or high achievements in these activities?   I was a nerd/skater the first couple of years, then got more involved in stuff the last couple of years... man, there are so many things to get involved with in H. S., just attend a meeting and you are in.  For the record, this is what I decided to list in my "Senior Bio" : Varsity Tennis, Senior Class Treasurer, Tennis Club, F.E.C., Ski Club, Rally Club, Prom Committee, C. S. F., Winter Ball Committee, Float Committee, Honor Roll, Journalism, Photo Staff, T.H.B., Homecoming Escort, Granada Employee. I Can't decide which committee is more silly to have listed, "Float" or "Winter Ball"?

Currently, what are your hobbies?  I am crazy about horse racing. Been following  it, fairly seriously for the last 5 years. I try to make it to the track at least once a week. I enjoy the analysis/math angel as well as the sport/horses element. It's perfect for me, the way my mind works. I would really love to work with horses in the near future.

Do you have a favorite musician or band?  Here is a hodgepodge: The Clash, The Wedding Present, The Faith Healers, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Prince,  and The Temptations.

How old were you when you got your ear pierced and did you do it for any special reason?  Reason? Um, maybe just small town rebellion. I got 3 holes in one ear when I was 18, and then a few months later I got the other ear pierced twice. I got one earring knocked out at a MINISTRY concert a few years later and just let it close up, more balanced. I totally forget my ears are pierced. Thanks for the heads up, I should clean them... soon. I used to wear an Ankh in one ear... NICE!

What movie would you say best describes your high school experience? Now? And who would play you in the movie about your life?  Somewhere between "Better Off Dead" and "Weird Science". It's funny though, I really liked the friendship/sweetness in "Superbad", so maybe I wanted my HS experience to be like  "Better Off Dead" and/or "Weird Science", but now that I am older "Superbad" kinda made a lot of sense to me and I "understood" those characters. I guess more realistic than a dancing hamburger or making a Kelly Lebrock out of porno mags.
A movie now? I always saw my future being like "Paris, Texas" , but currently... geez, I am not a "in the present" kinda guy... um, I will say "2001: a Space Odyssey". Who is gonna play me? I like that guy Jeremy Sisto, he is a detective on the current Law & Order... and he was born a day after me... so... but I am still older then him.

What is your morning coffee ritual?  I get up, pee (wait... yeah that's part of it) and I think I wish I could make coffee while I was peeing... save some time... get Fayes beans, filter, water... all that jazz, and hit the GO MAKE IT NOW button... turn on KCSM... turn on the computer... brush teeth... not wait til the pot is done... pour it into my Bay Meadows mug (it has horses on it)... get a cigarette... go into the bathroom... stand in the tub... and smoke out the window and drink the coffee. I usually only drink like 4 or 5 ounces of coffee a day. I'm crazy.

While in High School  what crowd did you belong to?  Like I was saying, I was a nerd for a while... I played some D&D and Car Wars (anyone? Bumper Spikes?)... was threatened a lot with possible "ass kickings"  and "let's meet at Park Hill". I had a solid crew though, we'd skateboard, deliver newspapers, listen to Run DMC, Ramones 'n stuff... find a can of beer every now and then. Good times. My junior year was transitional... I had these really rad plaid pants and my friends started to drive... got hooked up with all those "float" committees and stuff. Then maybe I got kind of "mod"my senior year... I wore cardigan like sweaters, had pegged pants (safety pins), and some Creepers... owned a belt. I did get Best Dressed for my class that year. Rayon was popular in the late 80's. I guess overall I felt like I was friends with a lot of different crowds, and I never ended up at Park Hill.

What was the scariest moment of your life?  In 1996, on my way to Chico to see some friend's bands (Thinking Fellers, PEE, and Death Star) I was by myself, 7pm or so, traveling on a 2 lane road and was "stuck" behind some cars. I waited for oncoming traffic to subside and decided to pass. During my acceleration, my math was off and I was quickly closing the gap between me and oncoming traffic. During this procedure, my slot in my original lane had been taken over with a slew of cars and there was no space for me to slide back over. I had now entered in to a game of chicken at 80MPH, there were honks, both from me and other cars, but no one was letting me over. My best plan at the moment was to ditch the car into the left hand side of the road to avoid taking out anyone with me. About half of my life had flashed before my eyes when out of nowhere a pickup truck had appeared behind me, forced his way into the onslaught of traffic in my lane, hit his breaks and opened a space for me. After I was "safe" in my lane, I looked at myself in the rearview mirror and noticed I was as white as a ghost. I was white the whole weekend. Oh, and there was this time I got bit by something, which may or may no have been a brown recluse spider. That also happened in Chico.

During your year of watching a movie everyday, did you have a favorite? How long after did it take for you to see another movie?   366 movies that year, 2004 was a leap year. I don't think  have seen as many movies in the last 4 years as i did that year. I go to the movies (sadly) maybe 4 or 5 times a year, and maybe rent something a couple times a month. Ridiculous, I know. Here is a list of 10 of my favorite movies I saw that "famous" year (barring old favorites of course) in no particular order: The Fog of War, Fail Safe, Testament of Dr. Mabuse, 3 Women, Home Movie, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Pitch Black, Blind Shaft, Deathtrap, Shadows. I have a book (I kept track of course).

What is your favorite Fayes Story?  Oh sooooo many over the years. But maybe the time a customer called and had gotten a VHS tape stuck in her VCR and needed help. So i went over to her house, and wait for it...  she opened the in a bath robe. I used a butter knife and got the tape out. I think the film was "The Killing Fields". she reminded me of  Dixie Carter of "Designing women" fame.
Hey Mike, thanks for the interview and letting me ramble on... you sir, are the James Lipton of the blogging world...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

All your favorite songs

EVERY Sunday until Jan!!!

Then every 1ST Sunday until...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Reaves Gallery Art Show

Come check out the benefit show at the Reaves Gallery in Hayes Valley. Your very own Mike McConnell has made some small works for the holiday (affordable)  and some of the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. More info at : www.reavesgallery.com

Sunday, November 23, 2008


 Often we are asked here at Fayes about the backgrounds of the employees, so I decided to do a little spotlight section on our amazing staff. First off will be our youngest employee, who regardless of her mature demeanor, is still in high school. She used to study ballet and is in the process of applying to college. I am sure she will have no problem getting in to any school of her choice. Here she is... NINA. 


What school activities are you involved in? Junior State of America and Vice President of Film Club.
If you were a high school stereotype, which one would you be? Maybe the person who shows up every day for four years, but no one notices and has a blank space in the yearbook were their photo should be. (If that stereotype exists?)
What are your hobbies? Ballet, drawing, knitting (yes, I occasionally knit), comic book indulgence, sock darning, and procrastinating.
Who is your favorite band or musician? No favorite. Some favorites. 
What movie would represent your life? "Step Up 2- The Streets" or whatever it is called ( I haven't seen it, but I have engaged in a dance-off. For real.)
What is your favorite 80's movie? "Big Trouble" all the way. And maybe "Working Girl" and "Robo-Cop".
What do you want to be when you grow up? Who knows? Something along the lines of an artist/graphic designer/ illustrator/ industrial designer all rolled into one big bundle of fun.
What is your favorite coffee beverage? I like tea. (uh hum, and MILK)
Muffin or Moe?  That's a mean question! Muffin.
What's your favorite Fayes story/ies? Here's a few:
Customer: "Do you have a bathroom?"
Matthew: "No."
Customer: "Where do you pee?"
Matthew: (aside) "In the coffee?"

Girl: "What's the funniest movie in the store?"
Nina: "I don't know."
Girl: "What's the longest comedy yo have?"
Nina: "I don't know."
Customer: "Mannequin 2 is pretty long"

Elijaun: "I don't get scared. The only movie that  EVER scared me was "Prom Night".
Patrick : "You have no taste."

Mike smashing his face into a muffin, and Jennifer P. laughing like a wild woman.
Ahhh that's right. I was crying.
Thanks Nina, you definitely will be missed when you go off to college. When can Cacious start working?
Nina's Highest Single Word in SCRABBLE: PAINTER (72pts)

Saturday, November 22, 2008


New York is pretty cold about now. Everything here is twice as expensive as Faye's. They only give you 16 ounces of tea for $1.75. Rip-off. But everything is also constantly accessible, 24 hours a day, wherever you may be. 
So far I've only made it to the places in my neighborhood here in the Bowery, but there are some great spots here. There's this one place, the Sugar Cafe, that takes FOREVER to get you your order, even when it's not busy, but the food is worth it and their corner spot on E. Houston and 1st ave. provides good people-watching material. SoHo is just a couple blocks away, along with Cooper Union and a very busy Whole Foods. I have yet to experience any crazy subway lurkers the way I usually do.

I was surprised when I got here by the number of bicyclists. I never remember there being this many. It's nothing like San Francisco, but for a city full of such aggressive cab drivers and pedestrians, I'm surprised that anyone feels compelled to buy a bike at all. 
My visit to Cooper Union went amazingly well and the facilities were beautiful. The foundation building is only eight blocks away from where I'm staying. Apparently they're opening up a new arts facility this spring, but we visitors weren't permitted to see it. 
Tonight I'm going out with some NY friends. Perhaps they can broaden my neighborhood horizons. However, I can't wait to get back to clean tap water that doesn't have green moss in it. 

Fun Show Tonight!

My friend Yes Alexander's collaborative album with Blue Sky Black Death has been released!!! Recent reviews of the album on Spin Magazine online and PopMatters.com have called the album 'otherworldly' and have compared Yes's ethereal vocals to those of Mazzy Stars or Johanna Newsom. It's so good! And tonight is the record release at Annies Social Club! Come have fun!Flyerbsbd

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


FAYES will be open Thursday November 27th...
the day of the TURKEY !
8am to 1pm......
If you need us that day, we'll be around.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

We have moved the foreign section!

Drama VHS is now in plastic sleeves along with the drama DVD section in th back.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Happy birthday, Patrick, Pete and Dan.

Today is the 12th day of November, and in addition being an uncommonly popular day to born, it is also Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day, the day the US space shuttle Columbia was launched, the day the Bay Bridge was opened for use in 1936 and the day of the first successful Pacific Ocean crossing by a hot air balloon.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Portland Visit

Lydia had just gotten back from her soccer game. She was sooo close at scoring 2 goals. She scored with some danishes later on...

Jacob was "hella" hungry for danishes
Alberta was trying not to look at me...

Was up in Portland for the weekend and visited with old Fayes friends... They all seem to be doing well. Scott and Cliff send their hellos while sipping on Fayes coffee.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Viva Loss is blowing my mind!
"Stories" on page 28 is my favorite so far.

You can get it here:


Friday, October 24, 2008

Rod turns 34!

October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 67 days remaining until the end of the year.

Born this same day in 1974: - Lee Byung-Kyu, Korean baseball player.

And from Shakespeare we get:

King Henry V:

This day is called the Feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a-tiptoe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day and live t'old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say "To-morrow is Saint Crispian":
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

adventures on bart

living in the east bay, yet working a minimum of three, often times four, days a week in sf at various jobs and other preoccupations, affords me the wonderful opportunity of great people watching during my adventures aboard the bay area rapid transit. tonight for example, after an eventful evening of babysitting involving bite sized finger food, my failed attempts to construct a monkey out of white playdough "like mama makes it, LIKE MAMA MAKES IT!!" that ended in tears all around, and demands for 15+ stuffy toys to be brought into the crib at bedtime, i was more than looking forward to zoning out and making sideways glances of my fellow bart riders through the window reflections.

the best places to sit are obviously the ones where the action is all in front of you: the sideways seats near the door where you get a full 180 perspective in your peripherals (though if occasional eye contact with strangers sitting across from you makes you uneasy, i suggest you opt for option two...), or the seats at the end of the car that make sure no one's dancing the jig or something crazy behind your back. plus from there, you get all kinds of great window reflection angles. so tonight i board at 16th street and find my place in a vacant sideways seat opposite a man, early twenties, goatee, intricate corn rows, pants with legs baggier than most. he's studying the quintuple colored system map posted on the wall behind my head like he can see a light moving along the yellow line marking our train's progress along the tracks. after i we both transfer at 12th street oakland to the richmond line, we find ourselves seated in the exact some seats as before, but this time, i'm the one staring at the map behind his head. funny; it's like how people go to class lectures with 300+ people and always sit in the same seat or in yoga classes how people always set up their mats in "their spots." i feel an odd sense of comaraderie with my corn rowed companion.

as we pull away from macarther station, the middle aged woman with
dyed red curls going every which way, an old navy tech vest to match and the rolling backpack dolled up with obama paraphernalia that has just boarded the train has scanned the rest of her seating options and has chosen to join us, settling herself next to me. she pulls out some crochet project and i think to myself, "she could be friends with my mother." suddenly, she dives into her rolling backpack, digging, searching for something, zip zip ZIP! finally she comes up for air clasping a yellow box of what i guess to be throat lozenges, since she offers one to cornrow, as he suppresses a cough, leans forward and accepts her offer with an outstretched palm and a silent nod of thanks. as he sits back in his seat, he pushes the lozenge into his cheek with his tongue and him and i make eye contact for the first time. i guess i hadn't noticed his cough, and suddenly i feel a twinge of guilt; not only do i not have a cough drop or hard candy to offer him, i hadn't even noticed my corn rowed companion's cough. as i stand to take my place at the door, preparing to exit, i offer cornrow a weak, part sympathetic, but mostly apologetic, smile. he nods up at me. "night," he says, returns a smile and the doors whoosh open in front of me.

there's something about the kindness of strangers that can make feelings of frustration or apathy disappear. perhaps i'll start carrying around throat lozenges.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Celluloid Memories

We had a Suburban when I was growing up in Mesa,AZ around the mid 80's that us kids, older sister, brother and younger brother called the Green Machine. On camping trips to flagstaff my dad would take out the back seat and lay the sleeping bags down for us kids. The four of us would get treated to a Big Gulp soda and share it. When we would need to pee we'd have to share the cup again.
We would also take the Green Machine to the drive-in movie theater back when my family still did things together. I remember the afternoon leading up to the movies, the stillness of the 120 degree heat, the bickering over who got to go to the concession stand for popcorn, the anticipation of a night under the stars. When we headed out to see Back To The Future II we had to stop at Smith Plumbing so my father could pick up his pay check. At the time I thought nothing of it, but I always remember that part of the trip. It's only now that I realize how little my father's paychecks must have been then and how a night at the movies with all six of us, snacks included, surely was extravagant in his wallet's terms. The next day, much like in part one at the dinner table Loraine's father told her that if she ever had a kid like Marty he'd disown her, my own father told us boys that if he ever say one of us riding our skateboards as recklessly as Marty did on his hover board he'd kill us. He always threatened death when we attempted deadly feats or promised to extend our attempts into a blood bath. For instance, "If you even think of making a rope swing from the roof I'll kill you." Or when we were mopey, "Stick that lip out any further and I'll rip it off for you."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


(in a doggy voice) "I'll tell two friends and then they'll tell two friends and then they'll tell two friends and it'll keep going and going. I wuv Faye's. Woof!"

Booty Barn Escapades

If Dexys Midnight Runner can get a crowd going like the peeps having a Black Kids after-party at the Beauty Bar last night then you know it's all gonna be cool.

Rod at the Beauty Bar every other Monday night at 10-till bad decision. Sometimes with a Patrick Patrick sandwich.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Screaming Beatles Sunday Night

Nina and I both made mixes for tonight. We always work together (Sunday nights), she does the mid shift and I close. We were listening to various Beatles CD's two weeks ago and decided to make a "SCREAMING" mix. I'm sure you get the idea of what this entails. What's great is that we both made CD's and there isn't much overlap. "Oh, Darlin" is definitely on both.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Midnite For Maniac!!! $10 for all 3

My friend Jesse hosts this at the CASTRO THEATER:

"BACK TO SKOOL... in the 1990s" TRIPLE BILL

friday, octoBER 10, 2008
at the castro theatre in San Francisco, CA.

7:15pm - buffy the vampire slayer (1992)
Written by Joss Whedon; Directed by Fran Rubel Kazui
Containing: Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, Rutger Hauer, Hilary Swank, Paul Reubens

Buffy creator, Joss Whedon coined this Valley-Girls-Victimizing-Vampires idea to the big screen five full-years before it was adapted onto the boob tube. With a cast to die for (including Hilary Swank's feature debut!), this early-90s, back-to-high-skool, fang-fest has wonderful comic timing and has been sadly overlooked, even by Buffy fans! Due to the short length, the feature will be preceded by a huge mouthful of 90s high-skool trailers. 35mm print. 86 minutes.

P.S. Brace yourself for Paul Reuben's show stealing performance!

Playing with...

9:15pm - romeo + juliet (1996)
Written by Craig Pierce & Baz Luhrman; Directed by Baz Luhrman
Containing: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Paul Rudd


Baz Luhrman's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragic teen trauma is sooo perfectly the 90s, you might not be prepared for how much nostalgia it'll spark in you! (Yes, it was released 12 years ago!) Hawaiian shirts, amped-up editing and lil' Leo doing his best to make sense of love in Los Angeles, all highlighted by the soundtrack of 90s teen flicks including Garbage, Butthole Surfers, The Cardigans, Radiohead and everyone's favorite breakup song by Des'ree. Don't miss your chance to fall in love with the 90s. Preceded by some killer 90s teen trailers. 35mm, Widescreen.
120 minutes.

Playing with...

11:45pm - starship troopers (1997)
Written by Ed Neumeier; Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Containing: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris

Misunderstood by nearly every critic upon release over a decade ago, Paul Verhoeven's follow-up to SHOWGIRLS ranks up there with Stanley Kubrick's DR. STRANGELOVE as the greatest satire about war ever made. Hyper-violent and hypnotically subversive, this facist-allegory brilliantly uses 90210-type acting to emphasize the cluelessness of 1990s youth, while eerily exposing how easy it is to brainwash an entire society into commiting genocide. Surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, HOLY MOUNTAIN) considers STARSHIP TROOPERS to be the only great American film of the past 30 years. WARNING: Film includes excessive blood, guts and insect slime. Preceded by some gloriously nasty 1990s trailers. 35mm print. 129 minutes.

Plus, tons of trivia and giveaways!

Miss this night… and cry!