20 punk and indie songs you won’t believe are in this karaoke songbook

The Karaoke Underground is coming to San Francisco for the first time on April 12th. Their karaoke songbook is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Here are 20 songs you can sing at karaoke on April 12th at Rickshaw Stop if you want to:

  1. “My Heart Is A Drummer” by Allo Darlin’
  2. “Emily Kane” by Art Brut
  3. “Bad Kids” by the Black Lips
  4. “Drivin’ on 9″ by the Breeders
  5. “Lloyd I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura
  6. “Girl Anachronism” by the Dresden Dolls
  7. “San Francisco” by Foxygen
  8. “Arming Eritrea” by Future of the Left
  9. “Love Comes in Spurts” by Richard Hell and the Voidoids
  10. “The House that Heaven Built” by Japandroids
  11. “Boxcar” by Jawbreaker
  12. “Mr Your on Fire Mr” by Liars
  13. “Strange Powers” by Magnetic Fields
  14. “Sackcloth and Ashes” by the Mr. T Experience
  15. “Liza & Louise” by NOFX
  16. “Hey Suburbia” by Screeching Weasel
  17. “Teenage Riot” by Sonic Youth
  18. “Dr. Worm” by They Might Be Giants
  19. “After Hours” by the Velvet Underground
  20. “Art Star” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

And that’s just a taste. Browse the whole songbook.

RSVP and invite your friends!

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s

[Editor's note: Nothin' like a real live band performing at your neighborhood bar! It's common everywhere else in the world, but not in SF. Thanks to Pop's for being cool, and for sponsoring us.]

We are very excited to be bringing San Francisco based electronic duo FUTURE US to Pops Bar. Singer/songwriter and guitarist Megan Heavlin Ochoa and rock frontman turned beatmaker Daniel Durrett have the perfect name for their groundbreaking fusion of acoustic sensuality and dirty infectious grooves and wild sonic textures: Organic Electronic Sex-Pop. Just a year and a half after meeting through a mutual friend and in ten minutes transforming Megan’s rockabilly-tinged On My Mind into their hypnotic, obsessive and dissonant trademark tune, the duo defiantly declares We Are Future Us on their bold and edgy yet supremely danceable seven track debut EP. Megan states “A lot of lyrics in electronic music are mindless, but we write and perform songs that people can relate their own life experiences to because we both come from very strong songwriting backgrounds.” Step into FUTURE US Friday at Pops Bar!

See what else is in store this week at POPS:

 

3/23/15 MONDAY

Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.

M.O.M

9PM START, 1:30AM end

Hey!

Check out my

M.O.M.

Mondays at Pops

DJ GORDO CABEZA, TIMOTEO GIGANTE, THE CAPTAIN AND WEEKLY GUESTS

PLAY ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVE REMIXES

AND CLOSE RELATIVES OF YOUR FAVORITE

MOTOWN SONGS…

 

3/24/15 TUESDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Kelly Rice

Kelly is a SF based singer-songwriter making music of the folk pop acoustic variety. Join her for a live music set of classic rock, hip hop, 90s and everything in between.

Tropicana Tuesdays

“Quality Latin BASS”

Every Tuesday at POPS BAR

Music: FREE (Local BayArea DJ`s)

Salsa Lesson: FREE (Instructor La Muerte)

Time: 9pm – 2am

Tropicana is BACK in town! Every TUESDAY night for the WINTER season. Bringing “Quality Latin BASS”, by playing some of the latest – up to date latino music genres.. of course respecting the classics…

With Tropicana Nights, our purpose is to create space for cultural diversity and environmental awareness. Community and music can do a lot of great positive impact in society.

Music by local BayArea DJ`s, such as Stepwise, El Kool Kyle, Mr. Lucky, Mr. E, J Boogie and more…

Salsa I LatinHouse I Latin HipHop I Moombahton I DubCumbia I Merengue I Bachata I Dancehall I LatinReggae I and more…

 

3/25/15 WEDNESDAY

Happy Hour Tunes with DJ Bezera 6-9PM

Wu Tang Wednesdays

9PM-1:30AM

Every Wednesday Night at POPS BAR

Razor Sharp Sounds sliced by DJ Kevvy Kev

Classic 90s Hip Hop

No Cover

 

3/26/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Tunes with Suzanne Cortez 6-9PM

Local Mission Musician Suzanne Cortez and her All star line up group Adelante will be performing a “Santana Tribute” and a Variety of “Old Skool” Rock, R&B Chicano Rock, and Latin Rock, Soul & Oldies.

BFF.FM Night

9PM-1:30AM

Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week: DJs Teitan & Moonfog of Cult of Riffd

Come support local community radio.

No Cover!

 

3/27/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Tunes with FUTURE US 6-9PM

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Megan Heavlin Ochoa and rock frontman turned beatmaker Daniel Durrett (collectively known as Future Us) have the perfect name for their groundbreaking fusion of acoustic sensuality and dirty infectious grooves and wild sonic textures: Organic Electronic Sex-Pop.

NIGHTLIGHT

DJ’s Sean Murray and Quantum23 curate a journey into sound off the beaten path of dance music.

https://soundcloud.com/sean-murray

https://soundcloud.com/quantum23

9PM-1:30AM

No Cover

 

3/28/15 SATURDAY

Happy Hour Tunes with The Incidentals 6-9PM

Favorite songs take on new identities …

classics old and new reinterpreted with

drama, mystery, and soul … Simultaneously

familiar and strange, both a tribute and a

deconstruction, a moody, noirish celebration.

www.theincidentalsmusic.com

SOUL SLAP

9pm-1:30am

A funky new party at Pop’s Bar. We’ll be playing classic funk, boogie, and soul all night long. Stop in for a drink!

with:
SPANK BANK
Honeyknuckles

NO COVER

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

Lost Weekend Video’s rad new plan to ally with Oakland’s 1234Go! Records

Well, this is some GRAND news!  Instead of having to close their doors for good in May as they previously feared, they’re going full Voltron:

First, Lost Weekend, in partnership with Oakland’s 1234Go! Records, will be relaunching the Valencia Street location on April 18th (Record Store Day 2015) as a new video store/record store hybrid, ready to serve all of your physical media needs. VHS, DVD, cassettes & vinyl – all in one place – with an expanded staff of enthusiastic fans ready to recommend the best in new or classic music & film.

A little bit of Oakland is just what the Mission needs right now!

Read on for the rest of the plot.

(Thanks Andy!)

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s

A double helping of local mission based BFF.fm radio station in the DJ booth this Thursday & Friday night at Pops Bar! BFF.fm brings the Bay Area music scene to the world by championing emerging and underground artists, partnering with local venues and festivals, and sponsoring cool events. Their studio is located inside of The Secret Alley, a unique workspace that provides local San Francisco artists with a place to collaborate, palaver, scheme and dream. Every Thursday night, they venture out of the studio and into the DJ booth at Pops Bar! See what else we have in store this week at POPS:

 

3/16/15 MONDAY

6-9PM Blues Happy Hour with U9LIFT & TIMO

MOM at POPS: Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.

M.O.M

9PM START, 1:30AM end

Hey!

Check out my

M.O.M.

Mondays at Pops

DJ GORDO CABEZA, TIMOTEO GIGANTE, THE CAPTAIN AND WEEKLY GUESTS

PLAY ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVE REMIXES

AND CLOSE RELATIVES OF YOUR FAVORITE

MOTOWN SONGS…

 

3/17/15 TUESDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Bdubs

ST. Patrick’s Day with

Tropicana Tuesdays

“Quality Latin BASS”

Every Tuesday at POPS BAR

Music: FREE (Local BayArea DJ`s)

Salsa Lesson: FREE (Instructor La Muerte)

Time: 9pm – 2am

Tropicana is BACK in town! Every TUESDAY night for the WINTER season. Bringing “Quality Latin BASS”, by playing some of the latest – up to date latino music genres.. of course respecting the classics…

With Tropicana Nights, our purpose is to create space for cultural diversity and environmental awareness. Community and music can do a lot of great positive impact in society.

Music by local BayArea DJ`s, such as Stepwise, El Kool Kyle, Mr. Lucky, Mr. E, J Boogie and more…

Salsa I LatinHouse I Latin HipHop I Moombahton I DubCumbia I Merengue I Bachata I Dancehall I LatinReggae I and more…

 

3/18/15 WEDNESDAY

Wu Tang Wednesdays

9PM-1:30AM

Every Wednesday Night at POPS BAR

Razor Sharp Sounds sliced by DJ Kevvy Kev

Classic 90s Hip Hop

No Cover

 

3/19/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Strange Angles

BFF.FM Night

9PM-1:30AM

Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week with Baystrife DJs Sadrave & Millenials Falcon. Best of all, you’re supporting community radio!

No Cover!

 

3/20/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Steve Brannan

Steve is a guitar player who plays and sings an eclectic mix of songs from the 60’s to the present covering blues, americana, folk, alternative and indie rock. Steve prefers the B-sides, but is happy to throw in a pop tune or two to keep the party rolling.

SUPER AWESOME BONUS BFF.fm NIGHT with Cosmic Amanda

Friday night is prime drinking and dancing time- so you’d better get ready! Cosmic Amanda will be in her full sequined glory spinning dance tunes for you.

9PM-1:30AM

No Cover

 

3/21/15 SATURDAY

6-9PM Happy Hour Music with Tell River

BOWIE vs. FREDDIE MERCURY

with DJ Timoteo

9pm-1:30am / No Cover

 

3/22/15 SUNDAY

Bushman’s Bash Open Jam

Join us for an open Jam at Pop’s!

6-10PM

No Cover

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

You’ve wanted to sing NOFX or Neutral Milk Hotel at karaoke your entire life (whether you admit it or not) AND NOW YOU CAN!

I first stumbled upon The Karaoke Underground doing a Google search for “replacements can’t hardly wait karaoke,” because no karaoke place seems to have that song even though it’s like the best song.

As I scrolled through their songbook, seeing songs by Jay Reatard and Cock Sparrer and the Detroit Cobras and the Thermals and NOFX, I was stupefied. I was sure it was some kind of prank, that it was too good to be true.

But it’s true.

A few months later I dragged a couple of my best friends to Austin to see for ourselves, and I had one of the best nights of my life, singing “Always Wanting More,” “Take ‘Em All,” “Pillar of Salt,” “Bad Girl,” and “Lori Meyers” — each and every one a song I’d never in my wildest dreams dreamed I’d get to sing at karaoke.

And it’s not just some jerk playing YouTube videos. Creators and hosts Kaleb and Hannah have made every single one of their 900+ karaoke tracks from scratch, and they’ve even gotten the blessings of certain punk rock superstars along the way. It’s a labor of love and it shows, and it will probably be one of the best nights of your life too.

One month from today, on Sunday, April 12th, 2015, KU is coming to SF for the very first time. And it’s at Rickshaw Stop, so you get to perform on a stage the actual Thermals performed on! And THE SONICS performed there last year for goodness sake! I’m gonna pass out.

Browse the (completely mind-blowing) songbook and then RSVP and invite your friends.

(I’m helping out with some promo and logistics, and I’m tremendously excited about it, so don’t be surprised if I write about it a bunch more in the coming weeks.)

‘Mission, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down’

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s

See what we have in store this week at POPS BAR. Be sure not to miss out on DJs Six & Candy, headliner DJs for SF Pride 2015′s popular Indie Oasis Stage, spinning at Pops on Saturday at Get Lucky! “I think to say the vibe at the Indie Oasis stage is infectious is really an understatement. It is a gathering of friends, family, and fans of awesome indie dance music. As a DJ, to look out and see full city blocks of people freaking out to your music is something truly special. We have just as much fun as the crowd; if not more. It’s a magical combination of all walks of life having an absolute blast.” – DJ Candy. Come sample the magic at Pops!

 

3/9/15 MONDAY

BLUES HAPPY HOUR 6-9PM with U9Lift & Timo

MOM at POPS:

Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.

M.O.M

9PM START, 1:30AM end

The most talked about night in town.

Hey!

Check out my

M.O.M.

Mondays at Pops

DJ GORDO CABEZA, TIMOTEO GIGANTE, THE CAPTAIN AND WEEKLY GUESTS

PLAY ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVE REMIXES

AND CLOSE RELATIVES OF YOUR FAVORITE

MOTOWN SONGS…

 

3/10/15 TUESDAY

Tropicana Tuesdays

“Quality Latin BASS”

Every Tuesday at POPS BAR

Music: FREE (Local BayArea DJ`s)

Salsa Lesson: FREE (Instructor La Muerte)

Time: 9pm – 2am

Tropicana is BACK in town! Every TUESDAY night for the WINTER season. Bringing “Quality Latin BASS”, by playing some of the latest – up to date latino music genres.. of course respecting the classics…

With Tropicana Nights, our purpose is to create space for cultural diversity and environmental awareness. Community and music can do a lot of great positive impact in society.

Music by local BayArea DJ`s, such as Stepwise, El Kool Kyle, Mr. Lucky, Mr. E, J Boogie and more…

Salsa I LatinHouse I Latin HipHop I Moombahton I DubCumbia I Merengue I Bachata I Dancehall I LatinReggae I and more…

 

3/11/15 WEDNESDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM

Rude Awakenings

Forgotten underground classics of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with DJ Cathy 2-Tone & Scooter Stalin.

Wu Tang Wednesdays

9PM-1:30AM

Every Wednesday Night at POPS BAR

Razor Sharp Sounds sliced by DJ Kevvy Kev

Classic 90s Hip Hop

No Cover

 

3/12/15 THURSDAY

6-9PM Happy Hour Entertainment

Drew Smith, singer/songwriter plays popular songs from the 70s-00s with a few originals. Your favorite beach campfire jams whll have you singing along in no time!

BFF.FM Night

9PM-1:30AM

Rotating DJs from BFF.fm radio! This week: Steve Foxx & NITEPPL. Best of all, you’re supporting community radio!

No Cover!

 

3/13/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Kid Gorgeous: Rare Grooves, Deep Cuts; Soul, Funk, Psychedelic, Cumbia, Reggae and Beyond with Your Boy Kid Gorgeous!

24 & YORK

A new dance party for the neighborhood! Music from Shane King.

9pm-1:30am / free

 

3/14/15 SATURDAY

GET LUCKY!

DJs Six & Candy spinning indie dance & electro music videos.

Dance to the underground!

9pm-1:30am / No Cover

 

3/15/15 SUNDAY

Bushman’s Bash Open Jam

Join us for an open Jam at Pop’s!

6-10PM

No Cover

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour with DJ Nick Pal, tonight at Pop’s!

Our pal Nick Pal has officially locked down the *first Wednesdays* happy hour slot at Pop’s. Good work, Nick! Here’s the deal:

Nick Pal spins short songs because life is short. Hard rock, power pop, punk and pop vinyl.

Plus the Warriors are playing the Bucks and Jay Beaman’s behind the bar. See you at Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour!

RSVP and invite your friends!

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s

[Editor's note: Thanks again to Pop's for sponsoring us, and for keeping the party alive in the Mission every single night of the week.]

This week’s music line up at Pop’s Bar:

 

3/2/15 MONDAY

6-9PM Blues Happy Hour with U9LIFT & TIMO

MOM at POPS

Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.

M.O.M

9PM START, 1:30AM end

The most talked about night in town.

Hey!

Check out my

M.O.M.

Mondays at Pops

DJ GORDO CABEZA, TIMOTEO GIGANTE, THE CAPTAIN AND WEEKLY GUESTS

PLAY ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVE REMIXES

AND CLOSE RELATIVES OF YOUR FAVORITE

MOTOWN SONGS…

 

3/3/15 TUESDAY

TROPICANA TUESDAYS

“Quality Latin BASS”

Every Tuesday at POPS BAR

Music: FREE (Local BayArea DJ`s)

Salsa Lesson: FREE (Instructor La Muerte)

Time: 9pm – 2am

Tropicana is BACK in town! Every TUESDAY night for the WINTER season. Bringing “Quality Latin BASS”, by playing some of the latest – up to date latino music genres.. of course respecting the classics…

With Tropicana Nights, our purpose is to create space for cultural diversity and environmental awareness. Community and music can do a lot of great positive impact in society.

Music by local BayArea DJ`s, such as Stepwise, El Kool Kyle, Mr. Lucky, Mr. E, J Boogie and more…

Salsa I LatinHouse I Latin HipHop I Moombahton I DubCumbia I Merengue I Bachata I Dancehall I LatinReggae I and more…

 

3/4/15 WEDNESDAY

Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour 6-9PM

Nick Pal spins short songs because life is short. Hard rock, power pop, punk and pop vinyl.

Wu Tang Wednesdays

9PM-1:30AM

Every Wednesday Night at POPS BAR

Razor Sharp Sounds sliced by DJ Kevvy Kev

Classic 90s Hip Hop

No Cover

 

3/5/15 THURSDAY

6-9PM Happy Hour Entertainment

Alabaster’s Record Collection. ALL VINYL ALL THE TIME. Electoc, Rock & Roll, Punk, Indie, 80s & Whatever.

7-10PM STEAL THE GLASS: While supplies last, order a Lagunitas and take home the glass!

BFF.FM Night

Rotating DJs from BFF.fm radio! This week: Pro Fans – Katie & Marisa spin goddamn every danceable jam!

9PM-1:30am

No Cover!

 

3/6/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM

Uncle Rifkin is a 4 piece, mostly acoustic, homegrown San Francisco band. Their style ranges from stripped down country to blues, rock & folk, all with a funky edge and storytelling vibe.

CULT OF CHOICE

Shortshortzz and Lisa P present CULT OF CHOICE. Sway, groove, nod, float, fly, small-dance, big-dance, talk, or stare to rarities and well-knowns—from Chic and Chaka Khan to Todd Terje and Tensnake. Nine pm until no one is watching.

9PM-1:30AM

No Cover

 

3/7/15 SATURDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Alabaster and Tim. Down home alt Rock duo.

OUR JAMS
All about feeling like you’re somewhere warm and fun. the sounds can be an island with sugary umbrella drinks or a black + white checked-tile dance floor in a long lost detroit. trinidadian calypso from the 30′s 40′s and 50′s, brazilian jungle jams, 60′s motown/teenage funky stuff, 70′s boogie and everything in between.

9pm-1:30am / No Cover

 

2/8/15 SUNDAY

Bushman’s Bash Open Jam

Join us for an open Jam at Pop’s!

6-10PM

No Cover

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

Watch this pretty video of Rocky Yazzie performing a song in a backyard garden

(Thanks, Adam!)