Calling all rudeboys and rudegirls: Too Much Pressure at thee Parkside tonight

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.

Here’s a shot Jesse took of rehearsal:

CONTEST: Win tickets to Fucked Up at the Independent!

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.

Or to just buy tickets, go here.

Now let’s rock:

All-female DJ lineup spinning 8-hour marathon of soul, girl groups and garage tonight at Beauty Bar

RSVP and invite your friends!

‘Waiting for a Train’ the Toshio Hirano documentary now online!

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:

Toshio still performs at Amnesia on 2nd Mondays and the Rite Spot Cafe on the 4th Tuesdays.

The early word from Outside Lands 2014

Virtual gamelan ensemble

My sister Elisa Hough built a web-based virtual gamelan ensemble! It’s very simple and incredibly fun to play. Check it out!

Diarrhea Planet is the best live band in America

(Despite their name.) And they’re playing this Thursday night at Brick & Mortar Music Hall right here in the Mission.

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!)

UPDATE: They’re also playing Friday night in Oakland.

[Photo by Anthony]

Here are the 3 songs I sang at karaoke in the month of July

Pretty sad compared to the 45 I sang in May and the 18 I sang in June, but this monthly listicle series has been exceedingly popular, so here they are:

  1. Ever Fallen in Love — The Buzzcocks
  2. Someday — The Strokes
  3. Taken for a Fool — The Strokes

With DJ Purple doing his Dance Karaoke show at SoMa StrEat Food Park on Saturday nights throughout August, hopefully I’ll be able to get my numbers back up this month ;)

3D City: Crashing Faster

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.


Nicholas Krgovich is playing an early show at Rite Spot this Saturday afternoon!

This song should be all you need to know:

Nicholas Krgovich rules! (And seeing live music at Rite Spot rules.) (And being able to go see a show at 5:30pm on a Saturday and still being able to go out and do something else afterward rules.)

Here’s the tour info:

UPDATE: L.A. Takedown? Also rad…

(Thanks, A!)