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

Wednesday, Dec 18 2013


Local rap godfather E-40 put out three albums just last week, bringing his total album count over the last three years to an astonishing 12, if you count the two he released last year with Too $hort. When this man brags that he's on top of the game, you really can't dispute him.

It's the last season for the Niners at Candlestick, and the rap video odes have started to pour in. "Home," by Sunset MC Heat, features awesome footage of the tailgate crowds pouring one out, and the lyrics recall notable moments in 'Stick history, from the world-dominating '80s seasons to that one Monday night when all the lights went out.

Jeopardy finally proved its coolness by coming up with an alt-rock category – although a suspiciously easy one at that. Sample question: "The punnily titled 'Diane Young' is a 2013 alt hit for this 'undead' band." For $600, even our Michael Bolton-loving parents could answer that.


Ventured to the new Audio Discotech on 11th Street and found ourselves in a tangle of velvet ropes and bottle service areas. We quickly decided it wasn't our scene. The place needed a heavy dose of scruffy NYC party-rocker Juan Maclean, which it finally got.

The small Mission District Savanna Jazz Club is for sale, which probably doesn't bode well for its survival. The apartment building and club at 2937 Mission St. is on the market for $1.74 million, but act fast if you want it. And please keep live music there if you get it.

Can we exclude R. Kelly from everything until the end of time? If his ultra-rapey new video for "Cookie" isn't bad enough – and it is – there was a timely reminder this week of the court-documented allegations of Kelly's unconscionable sexual relationships with dozens of underage girls. It's clear this man is a monster.

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