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


• We usually don't appreciate people telling us to turn off our brains, but when Swedish House Mafia did it at the start of their five-night farewell run in S.F., we obliged — and were happier for it. Between the relentless beats, the pyrotechnics, and the huge video screens, we realized that whether these guys are really DJing the music live or just acting like it is beside the point.

Jason Kick of S.F.'s Maus Haus has a new project called Snowboarder. The group's surprise debut is seven songs of punchy hooks, brazen energy, and pure fun — electro-pop-rock as made by demented German robots shredding a mountain while stoned.

Travis Hayes Busse, a booker for Thee Parkside and Noise Pop, is the subject of a new mini-documentary on the S.F. music scene — in the form of a Scion car ad. The three-minute clip shows Busse explaining how he came to work in music for a living, and illustrates what a 24/7 kind of job it is. Doesn't say where he parks, though.


• That Mr. Bungle reunion isn't going to happen. Trevor Dunn, bassist for the Nor-Cal freak-rockers as well as Mike Patton's Tomahawk, dismissed the idea in an interview. "It would feel weird and awkward to play that music again," he told us.

Green Day needs to stop releasing so much material at the same time. Last year it was three albums in a single season — which largely seemed like an excuse to put drummer Tre Cool's face on an album called Tre — and now it's two documentaries at SXSW. Learn to self-edit, guys.

• Watching the MTV-edited video for "Bitches Love Me," a new track from Lil Wayne, Drake, and Future, amounts to a game of misogynist mad libs. Practically every other word is bleeped out. It's so over-the-top absurd, it's impossible to view this thing as anything but a joke.

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