Please rock out to this new Still Flyin’ song featuring DJ Purple on sax!!!

That sax! Be sure to party with DJ Purple every Thursday at Slate Bar, or also on January 23rd at Rickshaw Stop for the return of Singin’ & Pingin’!

And preorder the whole new Still Flyin’ album here.

All the songs I sang at karaoke in Tokyo on my birthday last week

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From time to time I like to share lists of songs I’ve sung at karaoke over a given period, mostly to express to the uninitiated how possible it is to go to karaoke and sing lots of your favorite songs — weird stuff too, not just big hits.

Once you know that, you can start going to karaoke all the time and reveling in its transformative powers, come out of your shell, become a better person, etc.

Here’s everything I sang in a little bar in Tokyo’s Golden Gai district at my birthday party last week:

  1. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
  2. Touch Me - The Doors
  3. Sunday Morning - The Velvet Underground
  4. Darlin’ - The Beach Boys
  5. Maybelline - Chuck Berry
  6. I’m Not Like Everybody Else - The Kinks
  7. Out of Time - The Rolling Stones
  8. Material Girl - Madonna
  9. Every 1’s A Winner - Hot Chocolate
  10. Young Americans - David Bowie
  11. Reflektor - Arcade Fire
  12. Don’t Think Twice - Bob Dylan
  13. Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
  14. The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
  15. Pink Triangle - Weezer
  16. Minority - Green Day
  17. Red Hot Moon - Rancid
  18. New York City Cops - The Strokes
  19. Perfect Day - Lou Reed
  20. Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles
  21. Alison - Elvis Costello
  22. Burning Love - Elvis Presley
  23. Daria - Cake
  24. Work to Do - The Isley Brothers
  25. Debaser - Pixies
  26. Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

It was the first time I ever sang a Bowie song. I’d always been too hesitant because it seemed like messing up a Bowie song would be too much of a bummer, but when I saw “Young Americans” in the songbook and I was with a bunch of young Americans and had had a lot to drink, it seemed like a good idea.

If you want to sing some karaoke soon, I might recommend doing it at Pop’s this Friday with Roger Niner (who has an incredibly extensive songbook) or at Singin’ & Pingin’ at Rickshaw Stop on the 23rd with DJ Purple (who puts on a very special “Dance Karaoke” party).

It’s all Bowie all day at St. Francis Fountain

Here’s an approximation of what it’s like in case you can’t make it before closing time:

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Hop on Pop’s (home of Roger Niner karaoke this Friday night)!

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[Editor's note: Woohoo! Karaoke returns to 24th Street once again! And Roger Niner has TONS of Bowie fyi.]

Time to GO EPIC or GO HOME with ROGER NINER KAROAKE this Friday at Pops Bar! “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 Roll BAY AREA KARAOKE!” – Roger Niner

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

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All the songs I sang at karaoke in 2015

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Numbers-wise it’s only a handful more than the time I sang 45 songs in the month of May 2014 alone, but I sang a lot of good stuff in 2015.

It started with a pair of songs at the first Karaoke Underground party in San Francisco, and grew and grew from there. Highlights (besides the KU stuff) included “96 Tears” which was surprisingly awesomely fun to do even though it’s real simple, “Diane Young” because the baby-baby-babys are so fun, “Surf Wax” because the audience loooooved it so hard, “Honey Bunny” because I mean c’mon GIRLS, MAN, and “Police on My Back” because it was my final song of 2015, on New Year’s Eve in Shibuya and it was awesome.

The point of this list and this post is to encourage everyone to do more karaoke! I got into somewhat late in life, like when I was 28 or something, and I hope to help others avoid this pitfall. Karaoke is killer and it will improve your life, I promise. Here’s the full list:

  1. Christina – Oblivians
  2. I’m Not An Animal – The Blind Shake
  3. Brandy You’re A Fine Girl - Looking Glass
  4. Conquest - The White Stripes
  5. I Don’t Wanna Dance - Eddy Grant
  6. Go West - Pet Shop Boys
  7. Victim of Love - Erasure
  8. Motherless Children - Eric Clapton
  9. Back to the Shack - Weezer
  10. Seasons - Future Islands
  11. Fall Back Down - Rancid
  12. Girl U Want - Devo
  13. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again - Angels, The
  14. 96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians
  15. You Might Think - The Cars
  16. What Do All the People Know - The Monroes
  17. Diane Young - Vampire Weekend
  18. Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
  19. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
  20. Surf Wax America - Weezer
  21. What Ever Happened? - The Strokes
  22. Army - Ben Folds
  23. Annie Waits - Ben Folds Five
  24. Veronica - Elvis Costello
  25. You’re My Best Friend - Queen
  26. More Than A Woman - The Beegees
  27. Rivers of Babylon - Boney M.
  28. Next to Me - Emeli Sonde
  29. Take Me to Church - Hozier
  30. Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
  31. End of the Line - The Traveling Wilburys
  32. Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe
  33. She’s Got You - Patsy Cline
  34. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
  35. Rasputin - Boney M.
  36. Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney
  37. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles
  38. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee
  39. Someday - The Strokes
  40. Oh Yoko - John Lennon
  41. Getting By - The Rentals
  42. Honey Bunny - Girls
  43. Rich Girls - The Virgins
  44. Myth Takes - !!!
  45. Blank Generation - Richard Hell
  46. Marquee Moon - Television
  47. Someday - The Strokes
  48. Undercover of the Night - The Rolling Stones
  49. Living for the City - The Dirtbombs
  50. Don’t Pass Me By - The Beatles
  51. Shoop - Salt ‘n Pepa
  52. Take Me Back to Your House - Basement Jaxx
  53. Relax, Take It Easy - MIKA
  54. Police on My Back - The Clash

I particularly recommend, if you’re looking to do karaoke in San Francisco, doing karaoke at DJ Purple’s world-famous “Dance Karaoke” party, every Thursday at Slate Bar in the Mission ;)

[Photo by The Karaoke Underground]

Here’s a rare sight: DJ Purple out from behind the decks, on the mic!

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Me and my pals at Jameson Irish Whiskey threw DJ Purple a 50th birthday bash-slash-holiday party (at J. Rusten Furniture Studios, which, incidentally, may not be located in the Mission for very much longer; throw yourself a party there asap while you still can) on Saturday night, and it was epic.

As a special treat for himself (and everyone in attendance) DJ Purple got KJ Paul to come in and assist on karaoke duties so that the birthday boy could step out and sing some stuff for once! It was historic.

Here’s some video:

DJ Purple does his patented “Dance Karaoke” party every Thursday in the Mission, at Slate Bar on 16th Street, don’t forget.

Here’s one more pic of the party:

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[Photos and videos by Luke Spray]

All is Merry & Bright at Pops!

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[Editor's note: Pay attention! Here's a great opportunity to spend Christmas Eve with Melly from te Aprecio and Prima Bike Maintenance!]

This Christmas Eve, our friends at BFF.fm radio will be holding down the holidays at Pops Bar for a LOCALS’ XMAS EVE with DJ MELLY G. With hella R&B, Hip-Hop, oldies and classic jams, even Santa may pop in for a spin on the dance floor! Come get weird with us under the mistletoe, we’ll keep the bar warm and toasty for you.

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

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Holiday Art Party at the Galallery this Friday!

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Procrastinated on your holiday shopping again? Don’t worry, we did too. Lucky for you, the Secret Alley’s brand new Galallery is hosting a ~ Holiday Art Party ~ tomorrow night for all you slackers, featuring goodies by local artists and designers. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Limited-edition lapel pins, from the folks behind Gruen Day!

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Treats and provisions for all you boozy rats, from hello, cheetle!

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A popular sentiment on a shirt, plus other cute tees and bags from assorted local artists! Plus, so much more!

RSVP and invite your friends, and consider dropping by the BFF.fm Holiday Party right up the alley that same night.

Vote for Pop’s!

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Pops Bar is thrilled to be nominated this year for THE NITEYS under the category of BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR. THE NITEYS celebrates the best in San Francisco nightlife and patron experience through a public vote.

Show your support for POPS and vote today!

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

 

12/7/15 MONDAY

Metal Mondays

Hosted by BFF.fm & Cult of Riffs

9pm-2AM

Keepin’ it real and playing all things heavy! If you’re false, do not enter! Classic 60′s, 70′s, 80′s deep cuts, black metal, death metal, thrash metal, NWOBHM, proto-metal, psychedelic, heavy blues rock, hardcore punk, d-beat, noise. ANYTHING WITH RIFFS!

No Cover

 

12/8/15 TUESDAY

Trivia Tuesdays

Pops Quiz

$2 to play

8:30-10:30PM

Join us every Tuesday of the month and test your wits at Pops trivia night “POP’s Quiz” where your brain may get stump on categories such as Pop’s culture, Sports, Movies, Music and more, with little snippets of audio and visual effects too! So come on in for some good ole fashion competition and a night of drinking with the crew! It is a 2 dollar cover and winner gets the pot!! so tell friends and family because the more peeps the steeper the cash prize is!!

MUSIC THERAPY

Electro-Cumbia Breaks, Hip Hop, Nu Latin Beats

9PM-1:30am

No Cover

21 UP

 

12/9/15 WEDNESDAY

Rude Awakenings

Happy Hour 6-9pm

Rude Awakenings: Forgotten underground classics of the 60′s, 70′s and ’80′s, with DJs Cathy 2-Tone and Scooter Stalin

WHATEVER WEDNESDAY

9PM-1:30AM

Whatever Wednesday is YOUR PARTY, literally. You got DJ skills? Have you been itching to show ALL your friends? Its your turn to take over the night and mix it up. Send us your request, your best mix and we’ll see what we can do to get you your turn.

Email: tom@popssf.com

No Cover

21 UP

 

12/10/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Drew Smith.

BFF.FM Night

9PM-1:30AM

Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week: Knokternal Foxx bring you nothing but hooks!

Come support local community radio.

No Cover

 

12/11/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm

Music For Ghosts

Lester T. Raww spinning music from the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s.

24 & YORK

Rap Music + Cheap PBR + No Cover + Good Company

9PM-1:30AM

No Cover

 

12/12/15 SATURDAY

Lonesome Lester

6-9PM

Lonesome Lester plays three kinds of music: his music, old music, and his old music. Armed with a ukulele, occasionally joined by an acquaintance or two, Lester plays Tin Pan Alley favorites as well as his own songs…which sound like Tin Pan Alley favorites.

SADDERDAY EMO NIGHT

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an emo/pop punk/scremo/electro dance party

DJ Kevin Kannibal and Ashley Suicide

Get ready to relive the days of white belts, myspace, and bangs. Lots of them. We’ll have a bathroom photobooth for your next profile pic, a wall for posting emotional updates, and a costume contest for the best scenester. Expect music from all your faves like Alkaline Trio, Thrice, The Faint, Get Up Kids, Boys Night Out, Taking Back Sunday, Moving Units, and many many more!

9:00pm-1:30am

No Cover

21 UP

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

Christopher Owens (of Girls) presents a special show dedicated to his many years in SF

It’s at the newly refurbished Swedish American Hall on Friday, December 11th, and it sounds like it’s gonna be pretty special. Here’s the message Christopher posted on Facebook earlier:

I’ve been writing songs for 8 years now in San Francisco, join me in a special show, about those songs & those years

Songs like Lust for Life and I Will Always Love You and years such as 2009 and 2011! Sounds good!

Get tickets here.

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