Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Sid Vicious-taught bassist Jah Wobble drops by; the Violent Femmes mark their 26th year of weirdo rock 

Wednesday, Feb 1 2006
Comments
If Sid Vicious hadn't once loaned Jah Wobble a bass to tinker around with, the world would have been robbed of one of its most adventurous players. Wobble's first gig was with Vicious pal John "Rotten" Lydon's postSex Pistols group, Public Image Ltd., which earned a bit of respect in the pre-alternative days of the early '80s. In the decades following, Wobble amassed a large discography, collaborating with artists like Can, Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, and Bernie Worrell. He's always defied the image of the silent bassist; his larger-than-life personality gets in the way of that. In fact, he's also developed his spoken-word poetry over the years, so expect a witty vocal component to what promises to be a bold exploration of low-end theory. Jah Wobble & the English Roots Band, with Tryptophan and Giant Haystack opening, will have a punky reggae party on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Bottom of the Hill; call 621-4455 or visit www.bottomofthehill.com for more info.


They just don't build bands like the Violent Femmes -- now in their 26th year! -- anymore. All those faux teenage angsty groups that clutter the current altrock landscape have nothing on Milwaukee's finest rock trio. Emo, shmemo: This group's enduring classics like "Gone Daddy Gone," "Add It Up," and "Blister in the Sun" still sound fresh and still fill a void for the lonely and neglected. Conveniently enough, the Femmes' recent release is a greatest-hits called Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes, and it's as good a tool as any with which to get acquainted with the act in a hurry. The band is joined on this tour by the soulful punk outfit the BellRays, fronted by the amazing singer Lisa Kekaula, a lady versatile enough to rock with these boys and then turn around and guest on a dance single by club-music kingpins Basement Jaxx. It all goes down on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Fillmore; call 346-6000 or go to www.thefillmore.com for more info.

About The Author

Tamara Palmer

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Slideshows

  • Phish at the Bill Graham Auditorium
    Phish is in the midst of a block of sold out shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (October 27-29). The Monday night concert featured a rare first set opener of “Walfredo” with the band members switching instruments for the song. The evening’s highlights included John Fishman and his iconic vacuum cleaner solo and favorites such as Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light, Axilla, Rift, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Maze. The show also featured Phish’s debut of a, seemingly impromptu, version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to with roaring approval of the, singing along, crowd. With Game 6 being tonight, partying Phish fans will join Giants fans in Civic Center Plaza where there will be a World Series viewing party on a large screen set up by the City. Photography by Jamie Soja.
  • The 4th Annual Masquerotica 2014 - NSFW
    The theme this year was Carnaval Mystique for the 4th Annual Masquerotica at The Factory. Attendees were entertained by strip dance, trapeze, and live music. Photographs by Calibree Photography.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed