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

Wednesday, Nov 2 2011


The Lemonheads performed all of their 1992 classic It's a Shame About Ray for a packed Independent, creating yet another temporal wormhole for aging, nostalgic indie kids. It was a fun and well-played time-warp — at least until the band began churning out off-album songs in no particular order.

• Local singer Chuck Prophet released a single called "Castro Halloween" that longingly looks back at the neighborhood's free-for-all Halloween happenings before they were marred by violence and ended for good. Over gleaming guitars and a breezy rhythm, the local singer makes us wish we had better appreciated those days.

Beavis and Butt-Head are back on MTV, and to celebrate, we explored their most brilliant musical insights. Among them: Radiohead's "Creep" is mostly lame in order to kick ass during the chorus, and James Hetfield really does look like the Cowardly Lion. They were right-on about Vanilla Ice sucking, too.


• DJ Omar S. brought his vinyl-based virtuosity to Public Works for a session of classic house and Detroit techno, but exuded pissed-off, grouchy vibes the whole night. Was it because his equipment wasn't working well? The set hit a few bumps, but it was pretty cool when he pushed a malfunctioning turntable over in anger.

• We finally heard Lou Reed and Metallica's San Rafael-recorded album Lulu — once — and let's just say we will probably never listen to it again. The strangest part about this 87-minute abomination is that Lou Reed and Metallica could actually think it's some of their best work.

Coldplay released a new album last week, giving music critics another occasion to spout off about how much they hate this band. Why the bile? Because Coldplay's predictable tediousness and plastic-wrapped emotion make listening to its music a chore. Giving Coldplay to critics is like forcing a foodie to eat at Applebee's.

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