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


• In an interview, Gwar's monster-in-chief, Oderus Urungus, spilled the details on his love of STDs and his habit of dining on Mexicans (the people, not the food). He says he eats crack instead of smoking it. And what does he think of the Bay Area? "There is something about Northern California that is so pretty that it fills me with rage and hatred." You're so cute, Oderus.

• Trademark applications discovered by Rolling Stone indicate that Neil Young is in the process of developing his own high-resolution digital music format. This makes sense, given the local rock icon's statement earlier this year that digital distribution is "degrading music." Details are unclear, but Young appears to be following up on his belief that digital convenience doesn't have to come at the expense of sound quality.

• Local label Om Records launched a new imprint last week at S.F. club Monarch. Lavish Habits will mine the increasingly popular common ground between indie rock and dance music — with an focus on live shows instead of DJ sets — and plans to release new EPs and albums by local artists Blackbird Blackbird and Maus Haus later this year.


• S.F. techno and minimal party Kontrol will bring its monthly events to an end this June. After seven years, its organizers are burnt out, and ready to move on to new things. But their legacy is secure: The crew brought foreign artists like Isolee, Modeselektor, and D. Diggler to S.F. at a time before dance music was as popular as it is today, helping to spawn a renaissance in S.F. nightlife.

• Stop abusing the term garage rock. The phrase — which once referred to maladjusted social deviants conjuring the feral essence of rock 'n' roll — is now used by fans and critics alike to indicate any group of vintage retail employees recording mild pop music on a low-tech tape machine. Best Coast is not garage rock, people. Get it straight.

Paul McCartney's son, James, wants to start a band with the rest of the original Beatles members' offspring. It's kind of a terrible idea, right? There are some famous children of musicians who did well by their last name, but we somehow doubt this project will turn out to be another Nancy Sinatra, Roseanne Cash, or Arlo Guthrie.

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