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Scotch to Start, Bacon for Dessert

photograpy by Frankie Frankeny

I’m a big fan of liqueurs, and an even bigger fan of food photographer Frankie Frankeny, so when she invited me to an “Amber Tasting Lab” at her SoMa studio last Monday, I was there—along with a few dozen of the city’s best bartenders and pastry chefs. They were making samples of cocktails and desserts they’ve created using Macallan Amber: a liqueur made from Macallan single malt scotch, flavored with pecan and maple.

Ain't Life Dandy

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Tickets to last Friday's Noise Pop show at Mezzanine sold out quickly as folks got wind that Portland-based alt rockers and subject of tell-all documentary DiG!, The Dandy Warhols, were headlining with Bay Area bands Audrye Sessions and Elephone opening. The Dandy Warhols are planning to release a greatest hits compilation this summer.


Getting Happy at Diesel

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

As part of the jam-packed Noise Pop festivities, Diesel and The Fader hosted a happy hour last Friday featuring dj sets by The Dandy Warhols and DJ Morse Code.

Ass-Kiss Section

And now it's time for my weekly "suck-up" in which you, precious reader, get to see me kiss the butts of people whom I either owe favors to or want favors from:

First of all, a shout-out to Ned Clarke, the storytelling genius who hijacked my blog last week. I promised him that if he helped out with my blogs, I would help get him a job. Ever since my show got canceled, he has been unemployed and destitute. Look into your hearts people; help me find this man a job. Currently, he can be found living underneath the Sixth Street overpass in downtown SF. Just look for the burnt-out dumpster next to the leaky oil drums. Or call him on his cell phone at 415-302-7256. No project too big or too small.

If the Ocean Gets Rough

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Willy Mason played his bluesy folk rock to a full house at Café du Nord last Wednesday. The 22-year-old's latest album, If the Ocean Gets Rough, comes out in the U.S. tomorrrow.

Bubble and Scrape

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Former Dino Jr. member Lou Barlow and bandmates Eric Gaffney and Jason Lowenstein rocked out at the Great American Music Hall last Wednesday as Sebadoh. The trio came out with Sebadoh III last summer—a digitally remastered and expanded two CD rework of its 1991 album.

Noise Pop's FREEDM Night

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Noise Pop rolled right into its 15th anniversary last week at Mezzanine with a jam-packed line-up including Minneapolis natives Har Mar Superstar and Tapes 'n Tapes along with DJ Diabetic (artist Shepard Fairey) and host-comedian David Cross.

South of the South

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

David Dondero, whom NPR's "All Songs Considered" calls one of the best living songwriters, played in the Noise Pop Festival last Friday at The Fillmore.

Roky on a Roll

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Texan rocker Roky (pronouned "Rocky") Erickson sounded off at Noise Pop last Thursday with his band, The Explosives, to a full house at the Great American Music Hall. Back in the '60s, Roky and his then-band the 13th Floor Elevators played at SF's Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms. He's the subject of a documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me, named after the first hit recorded by Roky and his Elevators band.
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