We use our newest gadgets to buy some of our lowest-tech gear. A colleague today raised this question: Is it ironic, or weird, or even funny, to buy vinyl -- analog music -- online? The issue was prompted by the news of Vinyl Dreams, a new online-only record store started by Michelangelo Bat ... More >>
John GrahamGuess this means it's officially time to stop believing, folks. See above for visual proof that the backlash against Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" has begun -- at least for one local Karaoke Jockey.
Remember at the end of last year, when the punk rockers were concerned that the loss of anything-goes outlet Annie's Social Club would only pave the way for yet another SOMA ultralounge? Well, get ready for yet another SOMA ultralounge, or at least one with Ultralounge in the title. Clubs Editor ... More >>
Your required reading for the fall semester.
How does an "over-educated 32-year old" decide between so many "cute indie girls with ugly indie guys" bands and hyped festivals? According to the smart-asses at Cracked.com, being able to say you've seen a certain hipster act live "feels like 100 orgasms covered in chocolate set to a Radiohead s ... More >>
Stoner humor doesn't just make for excellent summer blockbusters, it also makes for some hilarious band descriptions. To wit, the bio of Oakland doom metalheads Tyrant, who explain themselves thusly: "We got high and then all these riffs fell out of us and we were all like what the fuck, so we gr ... More >>
Doze Green"Kali Dwapar" Big tip o' the ASD hat--hey, do we have hats?--to SF Weekly Clubs Editor John Graham for passing along this tasty tidbit about what could be the Next Big Hip-Hop trend. In JG's words: "Now that MC Chris has agreed to appear at Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Jugg ... More >>
Joseph Lubushkin222 Hyde in sweatier times: Anybody here jonesing for a salumi plate?Shuttered Tenderloin club 222 Hyde (SF Weekly Clubs Editor John Graham has described it as a "slumming-hipster nightclub") is apparently being reborn as 222, a thin-crust pizza place. A two-page Web site is up onlin ... More >>
From clubs editor John Graham. I think the title just about says it all.
Being fierce is priceless. Like the women at the end of the video, we're left asking, "How did he do that?" (Thanks to clubs editor John Graham).
Sent along by Clubs Editor John Graham, who notes the clip is your "hipster hardcore zen video for the day."
I can always count on clubs editor John Graham to point out the bad band names, but this week I had to make one of his picks public. San Jose's Touch My Rash chose a moniker that is grody to the max but also kinda hilarious in a way that also makes you cringe. So will you want to catch this Rash or ... More >>
Working On A Dream, the newest album by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, was officially released yesterday. No surprise: the critics are digging it. (Bruce could sing "The Alphabet Song" and Rolling Stone would give it five stars as long as Clarence Clemons played sax in the background; in t ... More >>
Nineties-born forebears to much of today's orchestral, literate indie-pop, Britain's Tindersticks will be touring in support of last year's album, The Hungry Saw. That disc was released by Montreal's Constellation Records -- home to Godspeeed You Black Emperor, Silver Mt. Zion, etc. -- so that shoul ... More >>
Experimental cult hero Steven Stapleton -- aka Nurse with Wound -- is scheduled to return to S.F. this spring for another dose of sinister Dada whimsy and peculiar sproing-noise nightmare collages. Tix for the Thursday, March 26, performance are now on sale at the Great American Music Hall box offic ... More >>
Thanks to clubs editor John Graham for this tip: Nobunny not only has a great two-minute slab of anxious garage punk in the song "BoneYard," the band also has a killer animated video of a reckless rabbit to go with it by Owen Cook. Check out Nobunny in the flesh...practically every week between N ... More >>
Those who didn't make it into the finals for the national Air Guitar Championships earlier this summer still have a chance to shred with invisible instruments for valuable prizes. Our homegrown air guitar/karaoke night, Hesher, is hosting a contest this Friday, Nov. 21, at Thee Parkside and first pr ... More >>
The old school Olympia, Wa. queer arts and music festival, Homo a Go Go, is picking up stakes and moving to San Francisco in 2009. Since 2002 the festival has been a Northwest staple for the countercultural underground, hosting events with everyone from the Indigo Girls to director John Cameron Mitc ... More >>
Here it is, another post-nonstop-weekend Monday. This time we ignored the beckoning of the cool old junk that must be bought at Sunday's ever-addicting Alameda Flea Market. But there were other things that lured us out of our cozy den. Like chocolate. Lots of it. And doilies with nasty words crochet ... More >>
Clubs editor John Graham recently stumbled onto this Heavenly item: Guitar Hero for Christians. It's a new game called Guitar Praise, which is all the fun of your typical rock 'n' roll video game, but with lyrics that "reflect Christian values." Plunk down the credit card for this Praise and you too ... More >>
Pink Slip, the new Drag Cabaret show filling in for Trannyshack at the Stud Bar, kicked off Tuesday night. We missed it (we suck), but found this video of the inaugural performance on host Virginia Suicide's website. In it, Charisma Glitterati performs to Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet." Looked like a go ... More >>
Club promoter Charles Faison of O'Shea Entertainment was shot to death in his South Berkeley home on June 19, according to the news clippings posted to his MySpace page. O'Shea Ent. promoted various nights around town, including a regular Tuesday night hip-hop showcase at Club Six called Da Showcase ... More >>
(2007 San Francisco Air Guitar champ Ricky Stinkfingers) Air Guitar is such a popular pastime in San Francisco that the national qualifying event at the Independent on June 25 is way sold out. But for those who want to see the local contestants work a little magic, clubs editor John Graham passed ... More >>
Bonnie Prince Billy (aka Will Oldham from the Palace family of various indie-folk permutations) and Gogol Bordello are scheduled to appear at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 8 when it takes over Golden Gate Park this fall. The three-day fest — October 3-5, 2008 — always takes pains to expand beyond pl ... More >>
For those who complain that you can never see your music idols in intimate venues, Jonathan Richman has announced a four-night run at the Make-Out Room. He'll be a the Mission club from Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 19. Knowing how quickly little indie acts sell that place out, I'd say grab ... More >>
(The Bar Feeders) Johnny Cash and Crime aren't the only acts to play shows inside California prisons. Local punks the Bar Feeders will be performing to a very captive audience at San Quentin on Saturday, June 7th, when inmates will learn the pleasures of "Vomiting," Bar Feeders-style. (Thanks to C ... More >>
I doubt they'll record Lalo Schifrin's classic TV theme song, or feature any Scientologist hack actors on the album, but Metallica have launched a website dedicated to their new album: Mission: Metallica More info from the Voice of Corporate Music Worldwide. -- John Graham
So May is "Masturbation Month" which means business as usual for most of our fine readers (and writers), but for those of you who truly want to celebrate, here are a few dates to mark on your calendars: Saturday, May 3, 7–10pm - Opening reception for "I Touch Myself," a collection of erotic photo ... More >>
(DJ Shadow's "High Noon") From our clubs editor's (John Graham's) desk: The list of nominees for DJ Times magazine's America's Best DJ contest has a number of locals, including: DJ Theo; Gabriel & Dresden; Kaskade, DJ Shadow; Mark Farina; DJ Qbert; DJ Behrouz; Bassnectar; Claude VonStroke; Miguel M ... More >>
MarketWatch has a delightfully one-sided report on Healthy San Francisco. Our intrepid reporter gushes that restaurant owners are "dishing" the cost of the program out to customers by tacking on surcharges and then invites us to "call it health care a la carte!" Um, no thank you. The executive direc ... More >>
Best music elitist shirt ever (thanks to John Graham for the link).
(Monotonix by John Graham) Better than: an L-tryptophan food coma Download: Some Triclops! stream Arriving to a packed house, humid and crammed with perspiring scenesters, the first question that comes to mind is: “Can Triclops! and the Monotonix actually stir up their usual tornado of chaos and ... More >>
(Monotonix at the Knockout, by John Graham) Welcome back from the holiday, turkeys. Our G-I tracts have shut down in protest of the weekend's overwork. We're backed up like the I-5 coming out of L.A. Our janitor will be earning his keep this week. So today is "cyber monday," evidently; the day Ame ... More >>
We all thought of it, but this guy did it. Hotchickswithdouchebags.com posts submitted photos of, you guesses it, ... decent-looking girls with absolute choder-boys. A couple no-nos if you don't want to end up on the site: stop spiking your hair with gallons of product; kill the kissy face shit; an ... More >>
Check out this "Baconfest 2007" posting from Tribe.net: It's that time of the year again. Time to come up with some great Bacon dishes and party down. It starts around 5pm Oct 6th @ 91 Lobos street in Sanfran(right off the 280) Bring a Bacon dish,extra bacon and party materials(and extra camping st ... More >>