Girls n Boomboxes are primed to get the party started opening for The Toxic Avenger tomorrow at Mezzanine, and they’re fighting for your right to get down: “The entire rave/techno/electronic thing here in the U.S. is still taboo for those people who are stuck on non-electronic music. Some day, people will open their mind,” they told SF Station’s Christina Li in a recent interview. Check out the Girls n Boomboxes NSFW tmblr feed for more info on what these guys are all about and get more info on the show.
The mother ship touches down in San Francisco at Yoshi’s tonight with the godfather of funk, George Clinton and his band Parliament Funkadelic. Clinton has reached living legend status with a stage show that is otherworldly, and classics like “Atomic Dog,” “Flashlight,” and “We Want the Funk.” At a recent show at The Warfield, Clinton was accompanied by a roller-girl backup singer, a guitarist in diaper, another guitarist with a Hannibal face mask, and about 20 other people on stage. We’ll have to wait and see what he brings to Yoshi’s, a much smaller venue.
The Most Extravagent Single in History? That’s what Datarock is claiming with Catcher in the Rye, set for for release on March 21st. If you shell out the clams and purchase, you get a designer toy with a USB stick with 110 tracks, 1,500 photos, 20 music videos, and a new hour-long concert film. Added bonus, the toy was designed by Brian Flynn of Hybrid Design and San Francisco’s own Super7. If you just want to hear the new tune, listen below.
[audio:http://girlieaction.com/music/datarock/downloads/Catcher_In_The_Rye.mp3] Datarock “Catcher in the Rye”
Psych rockers Animal Collective (Panda Bear, Deakin, Geologist, and Avey Tare) will be making their way to Cali for a trip down the California coast on their way to Coachella. They’ll be playing some surprisingly small venues and looks like there will be some strict rules enforced on ticketing to help the fans get tix : )
Local bass clarinetist, composer and 12-year Bay Area resident Aaron Novik is releasing an album based on the works of three “outsider” poets from the streets of the Mission (Bart Alberti, Swan, and Michael B. Loggins).
Darlings of the Noise Pop festival last year, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger returns to San Francisco for a show at Cafe du Nord tonight. The group is the offspring of Sean Lennon (himself, the offspring of John Lennon and Yoko Ono) and his model girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl.
The crowd was intimate but enthusiastic last Thursday night at Bottom of the Hill when Minneapolis natives Peter Wolf Crier took the stage. I have been admiring the simple dynamics on their latest release Inter-Be (Jagjaguwar) for a while now, and was looking forward to seeing how something as atmospheric and stripped-down would translate in a live setting.
A little more than a month after Mike D remixed Matt & Kim’s “Cameras,” fellow Beastie Boy Ad Rock is throwing his hat into the ring with a remix from Mad Decent’s Bosco Delrey. MCA, you’re up!
[audio:http://pulse.sfstation.com/files/2011/01/Evil-Lives-Ad-Rock-Remix.mp3] Bosco Delrey “Evil Lives” (Ad Rock remix)
If you haven’t yet seen the Gareth Pugh Pitti 2011 film by Ruth Hogben, watch it now. Even if you aren’t into fashion, just press play and listen. The music direction is by Matthew Stone and features Anton Coppola’s Ascension (think Dracula). Stone is Pugh’s go to man for scoring his shows.
Bay Area DJ history is at times elusive unless you’re from the area, so learning a bit about how different scenes and groups formed is always very cool. And better yet, learning of its cultural influence on friends is even cooler.