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After the legendary New Orleans group the Meters disbanded in the late 1970s, drummer/percussionist Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste withdrew from the music industry and fell into obscurity. In the 1990s, the release of a two-CD Meters anthology, Funkify Your Life, coupled with relentless sampling of Meters grooves by popular hip hop and funk acts such as De La Soul, Public Enemy, and the Beastie Boys, blasted the unparalleled grooves of Modeliste and the Meters back into the American consciousness. For the past four years, Bay Area transplant Modeliste (now in his 50s) has been playing his brand of innovative New Orleans R&B to enthusiastic crowds at intimate local venues such as the Boom Boom Room and Pier 23. Modeliste recently released his first solo album, Zigaboo.com, on his own Oakland-based label, JZM Records. Fans of the Meters and Modeliste's live shows will not be disappointed, as the new record remains true to fine funky form throughout. Several instrumental compositions are hot shit, dead ringers for Meters songs, complete with Hammond-esque backing organ tracks. An all-star cast, including former Meters member George Porter Jr., makes this one of the most outstanding comeback records of the year. The nasty, soul-stirring grooves laid down by Modeliste and friends prove, once again, that it's important to listen to your elders.
While it is de rigueur to name-drop Burt Bacharach as an influence these days, people seem to forget that he was responsible for some of the most treacly pop music ever made. Casino Royale hasn't forgotten; in fact, the 10-piece band pays tribute to Mr. Breezy Listening by covering all his hits -- girl-group smashes like "Baby, It's You," British go-go instrumentals like "Bond Street," and orchestral weepers like "Walk on By" -- with a gusto that borders on parody. Formed in early 1999 as a one-off for a Burt-day celebration, the group soon discovered that there was a market for big band ensemble playing, colorful costumery, and cheerful nostalgia-mongering. Featuring former members of Baby Snufkin, Club Foot Orchestra, Eskimo, and Super Diamond, the large combo has provided entertainment for such jolly greenback giants as Bill Gates, Willie Brown, and Dianne Feinstein. With the release of its debut album, Back to Back Bacharach, Casino Royale offers 17 reasons to do the frug, shimmy, and shake, with or without an ironic tunic.
Our Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Lucky
Beni B., president of ABB Records
Anthony Bonet, booker for Bottom of the Hill
Karen Dere, founder of GiantPeach.com and DJ for KALX-FM (90.7)
Dirk Dirksen, co-founder of Dirksen-Malloy Productions and booker for legendary Mabuhay Gardens
Paul Kopf, organizer of Baypop Festival Dennis Mitchell, founder of Future Farmer Records
Don Stroud, organizer of Baypop Festival
Fisherman’s Old Time Burlesque Revue with Cantankerous Lollies
Eddie Dane’s Dames
DJ the Now Sound
Stinky’s Peep Show Large and Lovely Go-Go Girls
Will the Thrill and Monica Tiki Goddess
SF Weekly Wammies 2000 Staff:
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With a name that can be interpreted to mean "pastry cooks" or something smuttier -- panocha is slang for part of the female anatomy -- the saucy chefs of Los Panocheros serve instrumental delights. Starting with a base of '60s party au go-go, the boys in the band spice things up with a smorgasbord of worldly flavors, from cumbia to rumba, surf rock to belly-dancing music. "We're a melting pot," says guitarist/bandleader Brett Coffin. "I wouldn't say we'll ever do Irish music though; we're more south of the border." Founded by Coffin, Vox organist Andy Oglesby, and drummer Chris Lyman, the band's current lineup includes bassist Kurt Statham, trumpeter Marc Capelle, trombonist Tom Yoder, and sax player Ted "The Kid" Meyer. Begun three years ago as a Tijuana Brass-y one-off for a Devil-Ettes show, the band plays extended renderings of obscure B-movie soundtrack snippets (such as Roger Corman's "Man With the X-ray Eyes"), filled out with breaks, call-and-response vocals, and extended improv. Far more than a mere cover band, this is the sound of classic elements being updated for the new millennium.
Shitty Shitty Band Band
Shitty Shitty Band Band is a group that defies easy categorization, taking its light, accessible sound from Herb Alpert and a multitude of other early '70s pop acts. If you had to peg the band to the wall, you'd say something like Fantastic Plastic Machine, The Benny Hill Show's background music, and Cake at a cheesy wedding party. This seven-piece act has been performing in its current incarnation since 1996, amusing audiences around the Bay Area with horn-driven numbers, airy female vocals, and a bizarre collection of instruments, including a spatula and a "three-pronged African wind splint." The group is discreetly evasive when the inevitable question about the origin of the name Shitty Shitty Band Band arises; A fair inference might be that musical virtuosity is neither the band's forte nor its concern. However, if sleazy listening is your bag, then Shitty Shitty Band Band will amuse, entertain, and thoroughly lounge you right out of your space-age bachelor pad.
Like it or not, the Rave Generation is getting older. The same kids who shook it all night long a decade ago are now more concerned with IPOs than DMT and in getting sleep than getting high. As the forum for electronic music moves from condemned warehouses to yuppified clubs, the music must by necessity become mellower and more socially palatable. Enter an artist who has long been relegated to hazy ambient rooms and barren afterparties -- the downtempo DJ. Joe Rice spins many forms of music -- techno, soul, hip hop, house, even jungle -- but his specialty is definitely downtempo. While his crew, the Justice League Sound System (not to be confused with the Justice League on Divisadero Street), has never gained major prominence, Rice is well-known for his work with the city's strongest underground rave production teams like Cloud Factory, Friends and Family, and ProSoy. Rice is also a frequent guest at prominent local weeklies like the long-running "Static" (now defunct) and "Circuitbreaker." Recently, Rice's talents have finally started getting more recognition, thanks to a bootleg CD of his now-legendary set at Cloud Factory's 1998 New Year's party and his self-released mix Between Hours. Few DJs are consistently as interesting, experimental, and -- above all else -- fun as Joe Rice.