by Jason Jurgens
Oh, hello Moon Duo. Nice to meet you. San Francisco's Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (of Wooden Shjips) are introducing themselves with a near seven-minute lo-fi-space-y and uber haunting jam. Listening to "Stumbling 22nd St" is like walking in to a Quentin Tarrantino movie during one of his classic stomach wrenching scenes. Sit tight for the release of Escape (Feb. 16, 2010).
Holy butts, Or, the Whale. In a True Blood moment the main character of said band's new video for "Rusty Gold" reveals his birthday suit and shape-shifts into a chocolate lab. Not sure what the message is here, but the video seems to be a perfect fit for the song's backwoods feel.
Dust off the Chuck Taylors, the 18th annual Noise Pop Festival returns to our neighborhood venues February 23rd-March 1st. The west coast's reigning hipster-pop extravaganza announced early confirmations including Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Atlas Sound, and Four Tet. And, of course, there's always a local smorgasbord of talent and 2010 is no different with Rogue Wave, John Vanderslice, and Wallpaper set to play. For the music-tech inclined, the festival includes a mini-conference at the Swedish American Music Hall on Feb 27th.
In full odd and awkward fashion grown humans dressed as insects descended on Union Square to celebrate Cirque Du Soleil's OVO. Swarms of wing-ed clad performers proved the best remedy to warm the antennae is to dance. Area shoppers put away their lists for brief spurts of bugging out.
What better way to promote fun-loving times than to surround yourself with pot plants and a pre-teen? Reggae icon Lee "Scratch" Perry is in his 70s and the ganja may have a stranglehold on his dreads but the dude continues to push the music envelope. Just listen to this schizophrenic rave-esque holiday song, sure to make you think more about glow sticks and blue pills rather than sleigh bells: "Santa Claus"
The ridiculous and unfounded war on SF's all-ages music venues continues. Threats have gotten serious. Accusations ridiculous. A litany of SF's problems (think murder and violent crime) have all been blamed on all-age venues such as Slim's, Cafe Du Nord and the Great American Music Hall. Clearly, rock, jazz, folk and bluegrass are dangerous for our youth. A vocal group of ultra-conservative neighbors have gotten their panties in a bundle and are using the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control as their a-bomb. Check out our video on the issue below and then click here to find out more about what you can do.