Beautiful fire hydrant geyser

[via Alicia]

The Gooch Palms, all the way from Australia, live onstage in SF tonight

The Gooch Palms are definitely my favorite new band of late, and even though they’re from Australia, they’re playing tonight right here in San Francisco:

It might be Sunday, but THAT DOESN’T MATTER cause it’s also Labor Day eve!!! So come celebrate having Monday off with killer cuties POOKIE & THE POODLEZ, Aussie punk sweethearts THE GOOCH PALMS and doo-wop punker ELVIS CHRIST!

August 31, 2014
8:30 pm – 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States [link]

Watch this video if you wanna hear the best song you’ll hear all day:

The scene at Last Nite’s 1-year anniversary party

[via Angela May Chen]

Nature’s lava lamp

Remembering Diary, and Diary after-parties

Our pal Lizzy (screaming over there on the far right), who relocated to Detroit a couple years back, but during her 6 years in SF, she had a lot of fun times at legendary Pop’s emo night “Diary” (RIP). She did a little #tbt remembrance today:

I’ve been to a lot of parties which ended because they were broken up, in college mostly. For whatever reason, it’s always going to be a little bit significant to me that the only San Francsico party I was ever at which was broken up by police was a Diary after party.

Unless someone told me something way wrong there was a noise complaint because everyone was singing Understanding in a Car Crash too loud.

Read on for a little more.

(And for a *lot* more, check out my lengthy emo-related interviews with Lizzy and Diary founder Patric Fallon from a few years back.)

Crazy koozie color wheel

Epic! Even better than that last one!

[via Allison]

Thursday morning music moment: Luke Sweeney takes you on a magic carpet ride

These are without a doubt some of the greatest special effects I have ever seen:

Delightful.  Oh, and they’re also playing at the Brick & Mortar this Saturday!

[Video Link]

Is this washing machine broken or is it just happy to see you?

[Photo and title by the legendary Melly G]

Kids make the darnedest gifts for their parents

The legendary Cody Frost explains:

Left: a normal stapler. Right: a ‘pillow’ a coworker’s son made for him because his father “looked tired”. #laughedsohard #kidsareourfuture #kidsareamazing #kidsareinsane



Thrillhouse Records, an accurate approximation of SF in the early ’90s

The fine folks at Bernalwood today shine a spotlight on a local business which has managed to cultivate a vibe that is not ’10s SF or ’00s SF or even late- or mid-’90s SF — but early-’90s SF:

Want to know what counterculture looked like in the analog days before Tim Berners-Lee unleashed his Prometheus on our unsuspecting planet? What were the sensibilities of a young and alienated generation in an age of ascendant Reaganism, cassette tapes, and desktop publishing euphoria? What were the totems and signifiers of this edgy, halcyon time?

What did it look like?  What did it smell like??

Wonder no more: It looked and smelled exactly like Thrillhouse Records.

Read on for more info and photos.

(For me it’s also a time capsule of mid-to-late ’00s nostalgia.)