A night of chocolate, bacon, booze, loud music, sultry performers and giveaways

Our pal Broke-Ass Stuart is helping throw this multifaceted rager tonight. My New Year’s resolution was to party harder, so I don’t know if I can actually attend this in good conscience, but it sounds like a good time:

- PLEASURABLE SOUNDS (DJs) -
J-Boogie (Om Records)
Richie Panic (Lights Down Low)
DJ Omar Perez (Popscene)
Kimmy Le Funk (Monarch)

- TEMPTING TREATS -
Fera’wyns Artisan Chocolate Tastings
Bacon Bacon Truck
Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- complimentary cocktails from 9-10p (while supplies last)

- SULTRY PERFORMANCES -
Dark Garden Corset Fashion Shows
Circus Artistry from Golden Gate Dolls

- NAUGHTY GIVEAWAYS -
Spin Good Vibrations’ “Wheel of Pleasure”
Giveaways from Crave by Lauren Stewart, Pleasure Ambassador

RSVP and invite your friends!

Classic Bay Area punk rock

My friend Adam (aka DJ Trigger Cut) is doing his monthly punk happy hour at the Knockout tonight. It’s always tons of fun, but this time there’s a little controversy:

In the grand tradition of other terrors like Harry Potter and nipples, we’ve been censored! Thus, this place is no longer fucked (shhh… look the other way). In it’s place, Hickey’s love anthem. “Hey cutie pie, it’ll be alright.”

Classic Bay Area punk w/ DJ Trigger Cut!

The forecast says we’re all in for a long-overdue downpour of Lookout goodness. Blatz just played for the first time in forever and it needs to be celebrated. Plus, I’m bringing a whole pile of MTX and Ghoulies 7″s that aren’t going to play themselves. Screw 32, Dead and Gone, Fleshies, yada yada yada, come drink with me and enjoy the sounds of the good ol’ days! And Hickey. Always Hickey.

Plus Beth behind the bar!

It used to be called “This Place Is Fucked” after the line in “Journey to the End of the East Bay,” so I’m assuming Adam got a cease-and-desist from Rancid :(

RSVP and invite your friends!

Here’s “Hey Cutie Pie”:

Australia Day Mate!

My best friend Jess is a real Aussie, and she lives in the Mission, and the last few years she’s thrown these amazing Australia Day parties involving food and beer and weird Aussie activities. This year, she’s doing it on a grander scale, open to the public, in a big awesome venue, and I’m helping out a little. Here’s the plan according to the official invite (and I’ll add some translations for my fellow Americans):

• TRIPLE J’s HOTTEST 100 streamed live from 5pm! [A national tradition! They all listen to this one radio broadcast, which counts down the best songs of the year over the course of 8 hours. It's sort of an NPR type station, so the jams lean indie.]
• A big indoor GOON OF FORTUNE! [Kind of like Wheel of Fortune but with a clothesline and bagged wine.]
• Hot SAUSAGE ROLLS and CHEESYMITE SCROLLS! [Possibly the best part! Aussie snack foods! Sausage roll is sausage meat rolled up in pastry dough. Cheesymite scrolls involve cheese and Vegemite, and more dough!]
• LORDE lookalike contest (cuz she’s gonna win the top spot, and you know it, is why) [This is basically just to troll the Aussies. They're all, "You know she's from New Zealand, right?" And we're like, "YES but she is going to be #1 on the Hottest 100, so...]
• *Aussie-Rules* BERLIN-STYLE PING PONG [Like American-style Berlin-style ping pong, but you run the *other way* around the table.]
• Aussie-themed photo ops [We're renting a kangaroo costume!]
• COOPERS Pale Ale & Sparkling Ale [Legit Aussie beers! Rare in the U.S.]

Sounds good, right? Plus there will be a few more food options, and Folsom Street Foundry, where we’re doing this, is the most awesome new event space in town. Cavernous yet warm and comfortable, a lovely staff, and it’s easily accessible from the Mission! So, get tickets here. RSVP and invite friends here.

Also, let’s give away some tickets! In the comments section below, tell us what you love about Australia or Australians. Winners will be selected randomly or based on merit and notified ASAP.

Orbco Record Swap and Music Gear Sale, this Sunday

Via our Facebook wall, this message:

THIS SUNDAY JAN12
ORBCO RECORD SWAP & MUSIC GEAR SALE
1962 HARRISON @ 16 12-6 SELL YOUR OLD VINYL AND GEAR ,,,RESERVE A TABLE OR JUST BRING IN A FEW CRATES

Sounds intriguing! Follow the Orbco Blog for updates.

Virgil’s Sea Room is bringing back Nap’s Karaoke!

Nap’s lives! Here’s the deal:

Every Thursday night starting January 23rd Virgil’s will play host to a night of karaoke you won’t remember, but will never forget. Nap will be back with his song books, harmonicas and signature MC’ing.

You can sing the songs you love while sipping on cocktails from Virgil’s Local Heroes Cocktail Menu, including the Nap Urbina, a fresh grapefruit margarita named after Nap himself.

Hurray! RSVP and invite your friends!

Also, read Vic Wong’s classic review of the Nap’s karaoke scene from way back in 2010.

Release party this Saturday for local band that wrote viral hit about Isaac Fitzgerald

It’s The Yellow Dress! Here’s the deal:

We’ve been working on our new album, “Faint Music//Ordinary Light” for the better part of a year now, and at last at last it is done! Recorded and mixed to tape at Tiny Telephone Studios and featuring the band in full 8 member formation, we couldn’t be prouder of the results. Come celebrate with us at the Rickshaw Stop, a venue most near and dear to us, Saturday January 4th and delay the crushing cold and darkness of winter one week further.

Featuring:
The newly resurrected Quite Polite (https://www.facebook.com/QuitePolite)
Basement (featuring members of Little Teeth) (http://basementphr.bandcamp.com/)
Watercolor Paintings! (http://watercolorpaintings.bandcamp.com/)
Plus special guests and the most members of the Yellow Dress ever on stage at one time, even our beloved Zoe Rose Palladino!

Advanced tickets are highly encouraged and will come with a free digital download of the album! They can be bought here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/419107/

RSVP and invite your friends!

Tonight at Haçeteria: No special guests, just the Haç boyz

Rezzes only!

☻☻☻ HAÇ rings in 2014 by digging DOWN, DOWN deep into the wintry ground to unearth its tender and dirty ROOTS ☻☻☻

~ ~ ~ In other words: {Nihar} {Tristes T} {SMAÇ} {Jason P} bring you NO NONSENSE and stax and STAX of sweet, sweet WAX ~ ~ ~

☺ There’ll be something for your MIND ~ your BODY ~ and your SOUL ☺

((@)) a NEW BEAT for a NEW YEAR ((@))

Happy New Year! Let’s dance! RSVP and invite your frenz!

Rickshaw Stop’s 10th Anniversary Party starring YACHT, Mikal Cronin, the Spits and more!

Can you believe Rickshaw Stop is 10 years old??? Seems like only yesterday it was the upstart new kid on the block, and now it’s an established, respected, totally awesome rock club that regularly hosts your favorite bands and dance parties and talks and R. Kelly sing-alongs.

To celebrate the milestone, they’ve put together this killer lineup of bands for a little anniversary mini-festival. Tickets to Geographer are already sold out, but a weeklong pass will still get you in. Cannot WAIT to see YACHT again. Also, how sick is the rock ‘n’ roll one-two (-three-four-five-six) punch of the Tuesday and Wednesday lineups?? In any case, act fast if you wanna score tix before more sellouts.

CONTEST: Win tickets to a Talking Heads New Year’s Eve party!

Here’s the deal:

How would you like to spend New Year’s Eve with a KILLER Talking Heads cover band? Oh, you’d LOVE to? Well you’re in luck…

******THE NAME OF THIS BAND IS *NOT* TALKING HEADS********

• TALKING HEADS cover band (featuring members of North American Scum)
• DJ Nicky Peeps (BFF.fm, KALX) spinning power pop
• DJ JustStella (American Tripps, BFF.fm) spinning classic CBGB hits
• DJ Elisa Rocket (KDVS, Smithsonian Folkways) spinning African party music
• Berlin-style PING PONG
• Skeeball courtesy of Joey the Cat
• LOTS MORE tba

AND it’s at the incredibly awesome FOLSOM STREET FOUNDRY!!!!!!!

The band, in addition to members of North American Scum, also features Natalie Galatzer of Bike Basket Pies fame on backing vocals and lead vocals! And be sure to catch DJ JustStella’s BFF.fm show (Friday 8-10pm) and DJ Nick Pal’s BFF.fm show (Sunday 6-8pm) for a little taste of their tastes.

TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS, tell us your favorite Talking Heads jam in the comments section below. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Contest ends at 5pm this coming Monday.

To buy tickets, hit up AmericanTrippsNYE.eventbrite.com

Winter Dance Party starring Windham Flat

These guys were the stars of the best New Year’s Eve party in the Mission last year. Not sure what they’re doing this New Year’s Eve, but TOMORROW they’re rocking the Make-Out Room!

RSVP and invite your friends!