However, the Li Po is also wicked-sweet because its dank little basement serves as a venue for indie-rock acts and strange sounds from the underground. Case in point: Spencer Clark (one-half of the Mission-based duo the Skaters) is trying his hand at booking gigs around town, and he's lined up a killer show for Wednesday, August 23, featuring two side projects that have recently sprouted from the international cadre of lo-fi rock outfits and drone heads whom the Skaters run with.
GHQ comprising drummer Pete Nolan of the Magik Markers, axeman Steve Gunn, and the Double Leopards' multi-instrumentalist Marcia Bassett just released Heavy Elements, a collection of feedback-soaked fusions of celestial ragas, shattered Appalachian folk, and free-form ensemble play. It's a total stoner throw-down. And what's more, Bassett, an innovator of delay pedal freakery who also serves time in Hototogisu, has teamed up with out there six-stringer Tom Carter, whose primary project is the Oakland duo Charalambides. Under the tag Zaika, Bassett and Carter have released two records to date that see them alchemically mutate a dizzying array of undulating sonic effects 'n' fuzz into what sounds like flowing rivers of molten steel.
So go spray-paint "Porkchop Express" across the side of your car and head down to the Li Po; between the décor, the booze, and the trippy jams, yer head is gonna be swimming.