Arts + Culture
Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together
Greetings and salutations* Bay Area film snots … While Poppa H and the Daft Heiress continue our leisurely Sausalito Bay sojourn on Errol Flynn’s legendary 118-foot skiff, the Zaca, I’d like to turn the attention of the geek collective to a cinematic woolgathering I had while bobbing the day away.
Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, better known as the French pop duo Air, seduced the crowd last week at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium with their brand of sexy pop-infused lounge music. The duo played songs "Napalm Love" and the Kraftwerk-inspired "Mer Du Japon" from their highly anticipated new album Pocket Symphony as well as older favorites like "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Sexy Boy." Norwegian singer-songwriter Kate Havernik opened the show.
"Born in the dust-laden family garage with archaic samplers, Radio Shack mics and broken record players, Mute Math have been noisily calculating their notes for the past few years. This electro-alt rock collaboration ... has crept up on the music scene with the onslaught of a worldwide fan-base driven to their website from countless video blogs and non-stop touring." So say the quartet comprising Mute Math, who hit Slim's last week along with The Cinematics and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
New Wave City (an '80s dance party started back in 1992) threw (what else?) a big dance party at Mezzanine with '80s powerhouse The English Beat singing hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "I Confess." The Beat was joined by L.A. band The Plimsouls, who rocketed onto the charts in 1983 with Valley Girl hit, "A Million Miles Away."
THE ENGLISH BEAT