Dave Chappelle’s tribute to Prince, here in the Mission late last night

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He was doing one of his short-notice late-night sets, this time at the Chapel. The Chronicle was on the scene:

Chappelle ended up dedicating much of the four-hour show to Prince, sharing stories of how his sister introduced him to the funky music, how he was finally introduced to Prince in real life and how much he respected Prince’s fight to protect the rights of musicians and artists.

Backed by a band, Chappelle’s set was as much as a musical tribute as it was a laugh fest. He often encouraged the band to keep jamming since he believed they could “say more with music than I could ever say … all I have are pussy jokes left anyway.”

Martin Luther McCoy, a San Francisco singer who wore a black shirt that read “Purple Reign,” provided vocals for the night. He and the band performed a medley of Prince hits including sing-alongs like “Kiss” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” during which Chappelle often had his head bowed. At one point, just after 3 a.m., Chappelle unsheathed a shiny tambourine that bore the “Artist Formerly Known as Prince” symbol.

Read on.

[Photo by m__nolia]

Two places to go twice this weekend

that's me inside your head

First, the Victoria Theater on 16th Street. (You’ve never been inside, and now’s your chance!) The SF International Film Festival is on for the next couple weeks, and this Saturday there are two great looking events:

  1. At 2pm they’re honoring Ellen Burstyn and then screening Requiem for A Dream!
  2. Then at 6pm it’s a new Greta Gerwig movie!

Next, over to Rickshaw Stop in Hayes Valley sort of. Great stuff all weekend:

  1. Saturday night it’s the Sheer Mag concert everybody’s been talking about!
  2. Sunday night brings the return of the Karaoke Underground from Austin! (Pictured.)

Have fun, everybody!

Why go all the way to Coachella to see LCD Soundsystem when you can “see LCD Soundsystem” right here in the Mission in a couple weeks??


And sure they’ll be at Outside Lands in August, but that shit costs like $7,000 too.

Here’s the deal with this party:

*****************I’M LOSING MY EDGE******************
“LCD Soundsystem” vs. Everything They Mention in “Losing My Edge”

Starring North American Scum (the band) as the band

With DJs TRISTES TROPIQUES, NUTZEFFEKT and NICK PAL as Can, Captain Beefheart, Suicide, Larry Levan, the Beach Boys, all the Modern Lovers tracks, Niagra, every seminal Detroit techno hit, Yaz, This Heat, Pere Ubu, Nation of Ulysses, Lou Reed, Scott Walker, Royal Trux, 10cc, Eric B. and Rakim, Gil Scott Heron, etc., etc., etc

• Special “First Guy Playing Daft Punk to the Rock Kids” DJ set before the band
• Special “The Sonics… The Sonics… The Sonics… The Sonics…” DJ set after the band
• Plenty of dance floor
• That uncomparable VERDI CLUB VIBE
• Berlin-style ping pong action all night long

RSVP and invite your friends!

And get advance tickets if you want!

Record Store Day is tomorrow, what’s happening in the Mission?

1.) 1-2-3-4 Go! (on Valencia) looks pretty good:

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2.) Thrillhouse (way out Mission) has some bands and BBQ:


April 16th is Record Store Day and we’re throwing a big ol’ party at Thrillhouse. Thrillhouse will be opening at 9am and offering free coffee and doughnuts. We will have all those dumb record store day records plus lots of rare and collectable records we’re saving for Record Store Day. And at 2pm we’re going to have this awesome show!!! CCR HEADCLEANER, NEUTRALS, DARK BEACH, TEENAGE SEX, and SKIN DEEP are all playing!!! Show up around noon if you want to get in on the free BBQ we’ll be cooking up.

RSVP and invite your friends

3.) Explorist International (on 24th Street) is partyin:


4.) Aquarius (on Valencia) has donuts and beer:

Just reminding everybody that this year’s Record Store Day – when we celebrate & support the continued existence of independent record shops like aQuarius – is coming up real soon. So please come to the shop that Saturday, April 16th, to hang out and eat donuts (or drink beer, later in the day) and of course buy all kinds of stuff, whether it be one (or more, probably more!) of the limited edition RSD releases we’ll be getting in, or just a cd or lp you find in our bins that day that strikes your fancy… Thanks for the support!!

5.) There’s also Originals Vinyl (at 18th and Treat) but I can seem to find any announcements about what they’re planning.

Sean Rawls from Still Flyin’ performing his own band’s song at karaoke last Friday

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With a little help from DJ Purple of course. Watch:

Seriously, how awesome is that, performing YOUR OWN SONG at karaoke? (Great backing vocalist back there too.)

Now please read my review of “Love Both Sides” (the song in question) from a few weeks back.

An evening of ignorant party rap!


This Saturday at Pops Bar! If that poster art doesn’t have you convinced, here’s a blurb about the DJ:

A true veteran of the Bay Area hip hop and music scene, DJ Sake One is a born and raised renaissance man, known to doing anything from community projects to opening up for big acts such as Mos Def or Kanye West. Whether it’s soulful lounge tracks or bass-filled remixes, his talent and musical palate does not discriminate.

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


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: