Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

The ever-excellent Pop-Up Mag put on its "Song Reader" issue, themed around Beck's latest release. The night included an interview with Mr. Hansen as well as meditations on obsessive fandom and listening to Robyn while pregnant.

If you catch Ariel Pink on a good night, he's an ideal pop star. The lo-fi pop auteur was in excellent form at the Chapel, showing off Brian Wilson-esque pop, Bowie-like androngyny, and a top-notch band. He even mixed his backing musicians live onstage.

Rumor has it that both Drake and Kanye West are filming surprise cameos for the upcoming Anchorman 2. We'd love to see both of them do something self-deprecating and hilarious, but since Kanye's involved, we won't hold our breath.

Mission venue Brick and Mortar is under fire from otherwise supportive neighbors for problems with excessive noise. Meanwhile, the club's owner alleges that a city inspector has punished it and other local venues for not hiring a security company the inspector has close ties to.

Vinyl copies of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories sold out before noon on the day of release in many local record stores. One clerk we spoke with lamented that his large store didn't stock more copies. There were plenty of lowly CD copies available, though.

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the Doors and cultivator of theories about how Jim Morrison faked his own death, passed away at 74. We recalled conducting a long, fascinating phone interview with Manzarek, only to find the next day that the tape was blank. In a later, more successful conversation, Manzarek discussed the influence of Venice Beach on the band's music.

 
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