Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle

Oakland psych-drone outfit Lumerians released new album Transmalinnia last week on Knitting Factory records. After seeing the band's eerie live show a bunch of times — and loving it — we can finally hold our own extended space-jams at home.

In a video interview we did with Cake frontman John McCrea, he recalled the band's early days playing the teeny tiny stage of S.F.'s Hotel Utah, and being followed into the bathroom by fans at Bottom of the Hill.

Props to sarcastic Oakland electro-pop outfit Wallpaper., whose video for crunk anthem "#STUPiDFACEDD" premiered on MTV this week.

Local blogs Ears of the Beholder and See the Leaves are asking for support to put out a compilation of Bay Area bands. So far they've got the Soft Moon, Exray's, and Young Prisms on board — we wish them luck.

After Outside Lands shrank to two days last year, festival avatar Ranger Dave announced Monday that this year's Golden Gate Park festival will return to a three-day format on August 12-14. Cross your fingers for amazing headliners.


Fizzle

Bay Area rappers gathered at the Rock It Room to battle for the Live Large Project — a contortion of their freestyle creativity into an ad for, um, Trojan Magnum condoms. We're not opposed to all product endorsements, just stupid ones like this. But at least they're supporting safe sex.

The Bay Area is home to a ton of digital music companies: Pandora, Mog, Bandcamp, and Topspin to name a few. The Bay Citizen took a closer look at the industry, noted that their missions are all over the map, and asked the dreaded question: Are there too many?

Some idiot bought a lock of Justin Bieber's hair on eBay for $40,688. Seriously. Sometimes we wish we didn't all have to share the same Internet.

For more on S.F. and Bay Area music, check out All Shook Down, our music blog.

 
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