Let’s talk about Nick Pal

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He’s a dad, he’s a lawyer, he has his own radio show, he was in Readyville, he was born and raised in San Francisco, and he has his own monthly DJ night at one of my favorite bars of all time. Here’s what happens at Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour, which is tonight (and every first Wednesday, 6-9) at Pop’s:

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

And he does a great job of it. Plus he lets me make all his poster art, which is nice. RSVP and invite your pals.

UPDATE (3:04pm): Nick adds, “[N]ationally ranked Hearthstone player, former Mission Mission staff writer, sober Sally.” Oh and I just remembered he’s also one of the few people with a 2-character Twitter handle.

Hey music nerds, check out Music Mondays at the Alamo Drafthouse!

I went on a whim last night and saw Urgh! A Music War, a cult-fave compilation of concert footage featuring the Police, Wall of Voodoo, the Go-Gos, Gang of Four, Gary Numan, Devo, Klaus Nomi, and lots more. It was very ’80s and very awesome. Check out this rippin’ performance by the Cramps:

Can’t believe I’d never seen that before!

Anyway, Music Mondays are every Monday at 10pm in the main (awesome) auditorium, tickets are only $5, you can eat and drink, and the movies are expertly chosen by our pal Mike Keegan.

Next week is Velvet Goldmine, and the week after that is Christiane F. Check out the full Alamo calendar and have yourself a blast!

Slow Jams tonight (and every Tuesday night) at the Make-Out Room

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I mean, when was the last time you went, man?

In case you’ve never been, here’s what’s so great about it. Maybe you should invite that friend of yours who never comes to the Mission.

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CONTEST: Win tickets to Diane Coffee at Noise Pop!

Who’s Diane Coffee, you ask? Get this:

Shaun Michael Fleming (born May 31, 1987) is an American actor and musician. He is best known as the drummer of the indie rock band Foxygen and the creator of his solo project Diane Coffee as well as his Disney voice acting career.

And now have a listen:

Here are the show details:

Diane Coffee plus Hazel English, Be Calm Honcho, Dick Stusso
Tuesday, February 23rd @ Brick + Mortar
8pm (7pm doors) $15 / 18+

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets, leave a comment on this blog post, or retweet the tweet we send about it, or comment on the Facebook post we post about it. A winner will be selected at random. Contest ends Thursday night at 6pm.

Tickets and more info here.

Ramones and Misfits cover bands tonight at the Knockout!

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Cool David Bowie quote

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[via Pamela]

A tribute to the cowbell

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Indulge us for a moment as we pay tribute to one of the greatest elements of the percussive world: The Cowbell. Many successful Indie Dance Songs feature steady, driving beats influenced from either from rock or from dance music. DJ Blondie K from Fringe says that “the ones that really move people on the dance floor are the tracks that mix steady beats with looser percussion elements. The push and pull of the rhythms is what makes people want to get out there and dance.”

DFA recording artists like LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture took this technique to great success with songs like “House of Jealous Lovers”, which feature cowbell and other dance percussion mixed with punk rock grooves. Remixes of songs by the Twelves, MSTRKRFT and RAC use live percussion to transform straight ahead songs by artists like the Two Door Cinema Club and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs into dance floor favorites.

DJ subOctave who was been a drummer long before becoming a DJ says, “We love all percussion but there is something about the cowbell that can cut through a mix and has a attitude that is edgy and fun. ”

Fringe DJs Blondie K & subOctave will be playing an indie rock tribute to the Cowbell and percussion based grooves this Saturday January 30th at Pops Bar. Check out the promo video:

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Why are there so many good summer jams coming out right now?

First there was the new song by Still Flyin’, and now there’s this:

The full Still Flyin’ album came out on Friday and it is tiiiight through and through fyi, and Ben Pearce (with drummer Nate Brown) has a record release show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall here in the Mission on Wednesday evening.

Just close your eyes and pretend it’s summer!

[via The Bay Bridged]

Peaches at Pop’s!

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This Friday at Pops Bar, we are thrilled to welcome back the supergroup of all female, bay area, hip-hop DJs: Peaches! DeeJays Pony P & Smokey Rose from the Peaches Lady DJ Crew are holding down a Tag Team DJ Set All Night – Dropping hip hop classics, club bangers and bay area rap. Guaranteed to keep the dance floor jumping!

Check out the rest of this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Cavalcade of weirdo punk this weekend at the Ss Records 15th anniversary party

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Here’s all about the very special lineup:

Friday January 15

100 Flowers: The original line-up of this legendary band will be playing their songs. Morphed from the legendary Urinals, 100 Flowers made one perfect LP and a handful of stellar eps, singles, and comp tracks. They ended in 1983 and have since played only a handful of times, most recently for the reissue of their lone album on Superior Viaduct. This is the original line-up of the band 100 Flowers reassembled just to play SS15.

Spray Paint: Our Texas friends will be back on the West Coast recording with Chris Woodhouse, so I convinced them to do one show while they are here. Spindly avant-punk of the Nth degree, the yolksters always come through live. This will be their one and only West Coast appearance.

Pony Time: Luke and Stacy are Pony Time, a splendid and inventive rock & roll duo who remind me of the Troggs and Wounded Lion and something I have yet to figure out, which is why I am crazy about this band. They have two records on Per Se and their third will be releases February 2016 on Ss.

Screature: Shimmering guitar, brooding organ, stripped down kerplunk,a nd a hellish howl makes Screature the Central Valley’s best band going. Their most recent album – Four Columns on Ss Records – has gotten raves from all around the interweb (Noisey, 50thirdand3rd, TheQuietus, etc.). Great live band, too.

DJ: Ryan Wells

Saturday, January 16

Lil Bunnies: Fathers of Hippity Hop, legends in their own minds, the world’s first super group consisting of nobodies, masked revengers, Lil Bunnies walk among us for the first time since 199???. What to expect…

Life Stinks: “San Francisco’s last punk band” – though truth be told, Life Stinks has spread their disease across the Bay Area. Their first album is one of Ss Records’ favorite releases and their second is coming any day. Great live band that just keeps getting better.

Ozzie: Man, I was surprised when these guys said Yes. Ozzie started in the mid-Seventies and ended in the 1980s (documented on the Ss release The Parabolic Rock). They created some classic proto-punk/glam/new wave tunes and are one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the history of my hometown Sacramento. They played once seven years ago when Parabolic Rock was released and were great! This will be their first time playing since then and the first time they’ve played San Francisco since 1979 (at Mabuhay Gardens).

Andy Human & The Reptoids: Andy and his reptilian pals just played with Timmy’s Organisms and all reports said that Andy & ‘toids left the place stunned. No surprise. The talent here is tip-top, the band is a damn rock & roll bulldozer. Their debut album on Ss was released late Spring 2015 and continues to get worldwide praise. The French love it, the Italians love it, the Japanese love it, ‘mericans love it. Pitchfork called it one of the best records of the summer.

DJ: Mitch Cardwell

RSVP and get tickets!