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Friday, September 12, 2014

This Week: Miley Does Art, J. Lo Does Acting (Again), and U2 Does Invasion

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

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"If you have ever wondered what the hell to do with a bunch leftover ecstasy and Halloween candy and a few coupons for free arts and crafts kits from the Iowa State 4-H fair, look no further than the "art" of Miley Cyrus, displayed during this show."
Miley Cyrus had an art show. Jezebel didn't think much of it. 

"The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement. Disney vigorously protects its trademark rights, and we oppose Mr Zimmerman's attempt to register a logo that is nearly identical to our trademarks for his commercial exploitation."
The Disney vs. Deadmau5 legal battle is heating up. (Billboard)

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Swans: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Redemption, 9/8

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Swans at The Independent, Sept. 8 2014. - MICHAEL DURAND
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  • Swans at The Independent, Sept. 8 2014.

with Carla Bozulich
Sept. 8, 2014
The Independent

Better than: Praying, getting an MRI, or praying while getting an MRI.

Confessional time: Prior to this gig, I have more or less never listened to Swans. I am a devout industrial/noise/experimental/out-there-music fan, growing up on a steady diet of Nine Inch Nails, Front Line Assembly, Coil, Autechre, and Whitehouse, among others. I became aware of Swans early on, as their name was mentioned often in discussions and articles about other music I was listening to at the time (usually in the context of “rock band that is actually noisier than most noise bands”). For whatever reason, though, Swans just kept slipping past my radar.

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New Century Chamber Orchestra Delights, 9/11/14

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM

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New Century Chamber Orchestra
Violinist and Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Better than: Geometry. The concert was all about angles and surfaces, but unlike anything force-fed in a 10th grade mathematics class.

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Dirtybird's J. Phlip on Her Favorite San Francisco Spots and Upcoming Collaborative EP

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

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As first lady of the quirky Dirtybird crew, DJ and producer J. Phlip is everybody’s homegirl with an impeccable taste in all things booty bass. Starting her career at the age of 19 in Champaign, Illinois, armed with some cheap belt-drive decks and a mixer, her tenacity and audio-engineering degree eventually led her to a permanent vacation in San Francisco after meeting the Dirtybird guys. Ever since, she’s been busy producing hits like “California” with Claude VonStroke and, more recently, this year’s solo hit single “Say My Name.” We chatted with J. Phlip about her upcoming releases, closing out the Movement Festival, and her favorite SF hangouts. Dirtybird BBQ takes place this Sunday, September 14 at Treasure Island featuring Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, and more. The show is sold out but you can still win tickets here.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Pender Street Steppers, Shifted, Luke Hess, and More

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Icee Hot presents Seven Davis Jr., Pender Street Steppers and Roche at Public Works, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. $10-15;

Pender Street Steppers (middle and right) join Seven Davis Jr. at Public Works on Saturday, Sept. 13. - CLAIRE CICHY
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  • Pender Street Steppers (middle and right) join Seven Davis Jr. at Public Works on Saturday, Sept. 13.
Since its inception, Icee Hot has focused on being ahead of the curve — bringing the freshest upcoming talent to San Francisco. And while it's a bit too early to call it, 2014 may very well end up being the Year of Mood Hut.

Mood Hut is the collective name of a group of young Canadian producers — just how many are involved is difficult to pin down (because of a predilection for pseudonyms and the general facelessness common to many underground house and techno producers), but the primary actors seem to be Pender Street Steppers, aka Jack Jutson and Liam Butler, and the memorably named Hashman Deejay, aka Tanner Matt, who may or may not also moonlight as Bluntman Deejay.

Since 2012, they have been releasing a steady stream of cassettes and vinyl, offering up their unique take on house music, in which the cheesy-yet-evocative New Age vibes of your parents' record collection (I'm looking at you, Deep Breakfast) is reconfigured with thumping, disco-flavored minimal house rhythms. If this sounds a bit silly, that's because it does indeed come across that way at first. But the grooves are infectious, and subsequent listens reveal that these guys aren't messing around: They're seriously talented, crafting smart, languid tracks (few Mood Hut tracks are faster than 120 bpm) that sound like they could just as easily been produced in 1992 as 2014.

Joining the Pender Street crew is Seven Davis Jr., a new producer whose funky, soul-infused house music sounds like a modern, fresh take on vintage Moodymann. Local producer Roche, who crafts melodic, sunny house music with an array of hardware, will be playing a live set to celebrate his new record, just released on Icee Hot's eponymous record label. As always, resident DJs Shawn Reynaldo, Ghosts on Tape, and DJ Will provide support throughout the night.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Some Thoughts Of A Certain Sound: Timing Is Everything — Sometimes

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The crowd at RDMWERK at F8, Friday Sept. 5. - CHRIS ZALDUA
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  • The crowd at RDMWERK at F8, Friday Sept. 5.
Last weekend’s events illustrated how timing, in various senses of the word, is integral to the way one experiences electronic music.

On Friday, I attended the RDMWERK party at F8 featuring RP Boo and Traxman, footwork producers from Chicago. Footwork (or juke) is fast-paced, much faster than the house and techno music that generally fills San Francisco dancefloors. For reference, the rough standard for house music is about 125 beats per minute (b.p.m.), roughly — a steady, easy groove that makes dancing a fait accompli.

In contrast, footwork speeds along at 160-plus b.p.m., and jungle and drum’n’bass are even faster, generally 170-180 b.p.m. Unless you’re an aspiring DJ, you probably don’t notice or care much about the b.p.m. of the music played at a party, but in some ways, it’s the b.p.m. of a DJ set that matters most. It sets the mood, creates the rhythm, and it drastically changes how people dance — which, of course, can pump a dancefloor up (good) or clear it into oblivion (bad).

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Have Beef. Don't Worry: Next Week It'll Be Two Other Ladies...

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

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Yesterday, many many music and entertainment news shows and websites reported a brand new feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The story started with comments that Swift made in this month's Rolling Stone, where she cryptically talked about a fellow female star whom she felt hated her for reasons unbeknownst to her.  Taylor said in her cover story:

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Underground No More: Viracocha Gets Its Venue Permit

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Viracocha's performance space - PETE LEE
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  • Viracocha's performance space

Viracocha, the San Francisco music scene's semi-secret and beloved underground venue, is finally going legit. Yesterday, owner Jonathan Siegel received a venue permit from the Entertainment Commission that will finally transform the basement performance hall into an official, city-recognized venue.

Siegel applied for the permit in May. The Entertainment Commission unanimously voted to give Siegel a conditional grant, but he still had to complete renovations to the space before Viracocha could receive final approval. 

"It's been a long ride," Siegel says. "This is a major step forward. There's still a long road to go."

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top 10 YouTube Songs of Summer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM

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With the sun setting sooner and students back in school, it's clear that summer has reached its unofficial end (or in our case just started). To celebrate (or mourn) the outgoing summer, YouTube has announced the most streamed songs you played at BBQs, pool parties, and wherever else you went this summer. Compiled between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the songs topping the list will surprise no one. These hits are probably still stuck in your head, even as winter slowly reveals.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

This Week: Riff Raff Gets Stupid, CeeLo Gets Offensive and Courtney Love Gets... Cheese

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

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"People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!"
CeeLo Green is a fucking idiot. (Billboard)

"I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe."
Hey, CeeLo Green! The comments were "attributed to" you because you were the one that wrote them! Idiot. (Twitter)

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