Cool doormat


Saw this last night at a new friend’s house.

One time about 8 years ago I did a Q&A with John McCrea from Cake, and he talked a little about a changing San Francisco (and it was about 8 years ago, so it was election season then too):

There are some things that happened in San Francisco politics that could happen nowhere else in country. I’m grateful things are as progressive as they are. Compared to all the other cities that we visit in the United States, it’s pretty remarkable. People lambast us using catch phrases like “San Francisco values”, but i just think values are shitty everywhere else, so… live it up. That said, all my friends have moved to Portland, and I’m not sure if San Francisco’s gonna be as livable without any musicians or degenerates. Sure there are lots of great musicians and bands, but they’re musicians that happen to have jobs at Yahoo! or something.

Lol at the Yahoo reference, am I right? So 8 years ago. Read on for the full Q&A.

Now let’s rock out to my two favorite Cake songs about evictions and gentrification:

It’s raining


(Been hearing this on the jukebox at 500 Club a lot lately.) (Irma Thomas is playing at Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year btw along with Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck and Snoop Dogg.) (I saw her at Yoshi’s once back when it existed, and it was pretty unforgettable.)

Sorta Secret Show


Rob and Lauren, formerly of the band He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister (not actually brother/sister but yes actually husband/wife) have a new project called KOLARS. They’re stopping by Mission Bicycle Company for an intimate acoustic show tomorrow before their sold-out Independent gig on Saturday. Free beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.

Friday 3/18. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00. Limited tix available online and at the door. 766 Valencia, between 18th and 19th.



[Editor's note: At Roger Niner nights, I've sang "Love Is the Drug" by Roxy Music, "Roadrunner" by the Modern Lovers, "People Who Died" by the Jim Carroll Band, "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric, "Linoleum" by NOFX , "Suzanne" by Weezer, "Seasons" by Future Island, and probably lots more I can't remember. Point is, QUITE a songbook this guy has.]

Warm up your pipes. This Friday Roger Niner is back in The Mission… at Pops Bar! And he’s bringing his big ole’ book of rare and unheard karaoke tunes. Find and sing a new favorite or a long forgotten oddity. Karaoke like you never left the basement of your parents house. Check out the songbook and PREPARE!

“I’ll open your mind, shake your ass, shuffle your shizzle, cast you off, reel you in, rent out your heart to a loving couple, make tea in your soul, rake your leaves, find you a puppy, melt your brain, solve your puzzles, get you off The Island, take your temperature, sooth your aching nerves, reach your stars, bend your perception of space/time, AND give you back $0.97 in change, all in the name of Rock and/or Roll BAY AREA KARAOKE! Go epic or go home!” – Roger Niner

Check out this week’s full music line up at Pop’s Bar:


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.

[via Primo]

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!


Cool David Bowie quote

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[via Pamela]