Well, hopefully my sharkskin suit still fits. Tonight at thee Parkside, Too Much Pressure, an all star 2-tone ska tribute band is gonna be playing skankable hits from the ’80s. What constitutes all-star? Well here are a few of the singers:
Mike Park – Skankin’ Pickle, Asian Man Records
Karina Denike – Dance Hall Crashers
Jesse Wagner – the Aggrolites
As well as a backing band made up of the awesome members of Let’s Go Bowling, the Phenomenauts, and Bad Manners. 3rd wave meets 2nd wave! The early 2000s rudie in you is completely stoked, just own it.
That’s a picture of Fucked Up in Austin in 2010. Next Tuesday, they’re playing in San Francisco, and we’d like to give you some free tickets. Here’s their label’s blurb about the new album, released in June:
Musically, Glass Boys carries echoes of some of the more ragged and adventurous bands from America’s punk past (Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr.), but it also has some of the anthemic charge of the Who and the guttural intensity of Negative Approach. Singer Damian Abraham still growls like a demon, but he’s found more range and depth in his bark. Drummer Jonah Falco does something innovative on the LP, playing four simultaneous drums tracks, two of them in half speed, which gives a subtly psychedelic, disorienting feel. (A limited vinyl edition of the album includes a bonus version that only features Falco’s half-time drums.) The triple-guitar battalion of Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook, and Josh Zucker still builds symphonies out of feedback and power-chords, but this time around, there’s less emphasis on world-crushing riffs and more on world-creating textures. Bassist Sandy Miranda is now even more a part of that storm, her instrument blurring in with that overwhelming guitar roar.
Sounds excellent! To win tickets, use the phrase “fucked up” in some kind of creative or interesting way in the comments section below. A winner will be decided based on merit. Contest ends Monday at 5pm.
If you know him, you love him. Toshio Hirano has been charming the hell out of Mission audiences with his country yodeling and hilarious stage banter for over a decade.
In 2009, director Oscar Bucher made a short documentary about how this fella from Tokyo fell in love with early country music and followed that passion to the United States. It had limited screenings, one of which I was lucky enough to catch then.
Finally, the film has been posted online for the rest of us, so check it out:
That is all. I don’t think you really need to listen to them first, or watch YouTube videos, or read about them or anything. Just go see Diarrhea Planet perform live, tomorrow night, right here in the neighborhood.
Okay fine, here’s a pic of them last weekend at Pickathon:
I was there. It was a fucking mindblower.
(I was gonna preface this with something about how Thee Oh Sees used to be the best live band in American before they turned grumpy and less good, but I’m trying to be less grumpy myself.) (Long live Diarrhea Planet!)
3D City is a year long stereoscopic photography project by Doctor Popular
Crashfaster, a local chiptune rock band, have just released a brilliant new EP called “Superchroma“. A couple months back they invited me to hang out and document the process as they recorded at Different Fur Studios in the Mission. I wanted to pick a format that worked with their lo-fi electro sound, so I created this experimental series of glitched out 3D images of the band in action.
All shots taken on my little Lumix 3D1 then glitched in text editors. BTW, I’m teaching a series of artist’s workshops in The Secret Alley throughout August, including workshops on creating 3D Wigglegrams and glitching images in text editors. Basically, how to create images just like these.