Fred Armisen has a system for greeting random people who recognize him

According to MM reader Chino, he’s a “stop and chatter and a direction changer” (and he likes Ramen):

We crossed paths outside of JapanTown in SF.  He saw our excitement when we recognized him and said ‘You guys wanna go this way with me’ We switched routes and chilled. He gave us an opportunity to banter & didn’t rush it at all. The whole thing was really human & made our day. Thanks Fred!

Gotta admit that I’m kind of surprised he’s not a stand-in-liner.  For the record, if anyone recognizes me on the street, I’m a “turn around and run away shrieking-er.”

(Thanks Chino!)

$8 toast

At a bakery in Venice, California. Avocado, pickled Fresno chiles, greens and sprouts. $8, and it was gooood. (Converts to about $5.75 SF btw.)

When your beard requires its own hairnet

This is one of the Trick Dog guys, visiting the Ancho Reyes distillery in Mexico.

[via Josh Harris]

A plea for mercy

[via @daneoperator]

Robin Williams movies at the Roxie all weekend!

Here’s the plan:

Robin Williams’ indelible imprint on the San Francisco film community is a proud and distinctive one. In that spirit, on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, the Roxie Theater is holding a special memorial tribute featuring two of his best films: MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (1984) and AWAKENINGS (1990). Both films will be presented in studio 35mm prints!

Nice! Get tickets here.

The flyest, most-talented, hardest and most badass women

This Friday night is “Ladies Night” at the Knockout. Here’s the plan:

LAAAAAADIES!!!! WE’RE BACK to pay homage to the flyest, most-talented, hardest and most badass women of Rock n Roll, Post-Punk, 80′s Pop, Freestyle, Rn’B, Riot Grrlz, Synth-pop, Rap, Bubblegum, Lazer-Muzik —ALL FEMALE VOX!!!! ONLY WEIRD JAMMERS & HITS!!!!!!

With DJ’s Mayberry and Yule B Sorry PLUS Special Guest DJ SWIFTUMZ!


RSVP and invite your friends!

Save the world by drinking a bunch of booze tonight!

Mission-based human and environmental rights nonprofit Global Exchange is having a little party. Here’s the deal:

Come join Global Exchange and Dr. Teeth for a happy hour promoting social, economic and environmental justice! We’ve spent the past 26 years tackling some of the most critical issues of our time- and we couldn’t have done it without a little help from our friends! Connecting with you is a priority for us. We believe that as a network of allies and supporters, united in our shared vision, we can create a just and sustainable world. We’re excited to see you, share ideas and raise our glasses for change!

$3 beers, $4 well drinks. 10% of bar sales will be donated to Global Exchange.

The Union Street uniform

I wonder how these gals would get along with Flannelbeard and Sundressbangs.

[via Phil Hamilton]

Newly released King Tuff song features former local boy Ty Segall on drums

I mean, he’s no Kenny Tudrick, but that’s a damn good jam.

King Tuff plays GAMH on October 29th!

Sad blues, punk rock and a jam band; all in a night’s work at El Rio

Last night I passed on my usual kareoke on Wednesdays at El Rio to check out what turned out to be three bands who really had nothing to do with one another. So glad I did though because I saw Vollmer – a blues/country/rock band that looks like the photo above. Real weird group of guys, pretty cool tunes.

Other bands included agro-female-fronted punk group Spider Heart, and classic-jam-band Sad Tires (brought me back to my Vermont days).