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Smells Like Patriotic Spirit??!!

So, who knew this day could happen? Its hip to be patriotic.

Bush wrapped himself in the flag for so many years, you’d think we could never get the smell of hypocrisy out of that thing. But lo and behold, Facebook is full of feklempt Friscan bleeding hearts who felt the totally alien sensation of national pride when Aretha stirred souls with her not dog-calling version of Our Country 'Tis of Thee.

And she wasn’t the only relevant recording star to belt in out for Barack yesterday and Saturday, at the star-studded concert for we, the people.

Fleet Foxes: From Bottom of the Hill to SNL

The Fleet Foxes have had quite a year.  We knew they were something else when the hype machine made it near impossible to score tickets to their Bottom of the Hill show last Spring (maybe one of the most amazing shows of last year).  Then they played the Treasure Island Music Festival, drawing Jack White out from his trailer to watch the magic.  They’ve secured the coveted number 1 spot on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2008, and this Saturday, will join the short list of indie label bands to perform on SNL.   They’ll be performing “Blue Ridge Mountains,”  (which Pitchfork crowned the

Relive Middle School Angst With Boyz II Men

Yeah, so, we’re down on bended knee.  Boyz II Men are playing at Mezzanine this Sunday and we’re kinda excited.  They’re performing songs from their new album, MOTOWN: A Journey Through Hitsville USA, (like whoah) and recording the whole thing for a live PBS broadcast.   Tickets are $35+ – a small price, in our estimation, for potentially meeting your soulmate. Here are some videos to get you prepped.  (And a ringtone, if you're so inclined).

Drama!  On Bended Knee

Maus Haus Rings in the Indie New Year at Ghost Town Gallery

If this show was an accurate representation of what to expect this year in Bay Area indie, we're in for a hell of a ride.

Oakland four-piece http://www.myspace.com/chamberstheband " target="_blank">Chambers opened the evening with their ultra-rich brand of nu emo.  Think Yeah Yeah Yeah’s with a male singer.

The Best Tracks of 2008 (Bay Area Edition)

'Tis the season for "best of" music lists around the web. We've got one of our own to add to the mix - our roundup of what we think are the seven best songs to come out of the Bay Area this year. So listen up, and then go out and support these bands immediately. (Read: catch them before they're playing mega tours and you're paying stupid ticket prices to support things like light shows, pyrotechnics and RVs).

Here's the list.

Live 105's Pre-Not So Silent Night Party with Vampire Weekend

Mezzanine hosted Live 105's sold out Pre-NSSN party for city-dwelling kids to revel in this year's buzz bands and local favorites.

From the opener, "Turn Me Off," the Audrye Sessions continuously blended arresting rock, Ryan Karazija's vocal range, and a welcome hint of 90s style.

Brooklyn-based Chairlift broke away to deliver the bouncy "Bruises," already featured in an iPod commercial. Their atmospheric, 80s thing takes on ominous and cute.

Is Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" The Best Song of 2008?

Pitchfork thinks so. Check out their performance at the YBCA Artists Ball and then weigh in.

 

 



video by Jason Jurgens

 

Have Yourself A Downbeat Alt. Rock Christmas?

“It can’t be all cheer and happiness, there has to be some suicidal depression and family hatred and alcoholism,” Aimee Mann told the crowd at Bimbo’s Sunday night at the scene of her Third Annual Christmas show. She then launched into her “hit” of sullen melancholy, “Save Me.”

Depression, alcoholism and hatred are what you might expect from Aimee Mann, holiday cheer and jovial whimsy, not so much. But apparently she’s been doing these Christmastime variety shows all over the place and it’s a charming way to espy another side of the subdued singer songwriter.

The Morning Benders Play On At Rickshaw Stop Despite Blood

Wrapping up a year of whirlwind performing December 6, Berkeley darlings The Morning Benders took a break from recording to perform at the Rickshaw Stop.

Miniature Tigers and the The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims, joined The Morning Benders, led by baby-faced frontman and all around dance-inciter Chris Chu.

Adele Sweeps San Francisco

Gleefully referencing her appearance on the infamous “Sarah Palin episode” of Saturday Night Live, Adele giggled to Shanghai 1930’s packed room, “I guess it didn’t work out so well for her, but it certainly worked out for me!” Indeed it did. An established hit-maker in her native UK, Adele had yet to break into the American music scene by late 2008. That is, until she scored the musical spot on SNL’s October 18 episode, was seen by an estimated 14 million viewers, and topped the iTunes charts the very next day.

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