Here are the 45 songs I sang at karaoke in the month of May

Definitely a new record:

  1. Angst in My Pants – Sparks
  2. I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant
  3. Rush – Big Audio Dynamite
  4. Another Nail in My Heart – Squeeze
  5. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up – Ramones
  6. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
  7. You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds & Regina Spektor
  8. Nasty Habits – Oingo Boingo
  9. Musta Got Lost – J. Geils Band
  10. Subway Girl – The Audacity
  11. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
  12. Die Die My Darling – Misfits
  13. Bang a Gong – T. Rex
  14. I’ll Be You – The Replacements
  15. Crosseyed and Painless – Talking Heads
  16. Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison
  17. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
  18. Jackson – Johnny Cash & June Carter
  19. Black or White – Michael Jackson
  20. A New England – Billy Bragg
  21. My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
  22. Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats
  23. Shine a Little Love – Electric Light Orchestra
  24. In a Big Country – Big Country
  25. Centerfold – J. Geils Band
  26. Later – Dr. Dog
  27. Susanne – Weezer
  28. Linoleum – NOFX
  29. 1901 – Phoenix
  30. Party Hard – Andrew W.K.
  31. Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
  32. Little L – Jamiroquai
  33. Supersoaker – Kings of Leon
  34. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
  35. Tarzan Boy – Baltimora
  36. Bad Is Bad – Huey Lewis and the News
  37. Gotta Serve Somebody – Bob Dylan
  38. Hot Child in the City – Nick Gilder
  39. Take It Easy – The Eagles
  40. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  41. Workin’ for the Weekend – Loverboy
  42. My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson
  43. Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine
  44. Juicebox – The Strokes
  45. You Only Live Once – The Strokes

The point is, just in case you weren’t aware, you can sing a lot of cool songs at karaoke these days. Support your local karaoke night!

Ferocious Few will deliver ferocity tonight at Amnesia!

Let’s party! RSVP and invite your friends!

North American Scum performs the songs of LCD Soundsystem, and Boob Tube Armada performs TV theme songs, plus Picklehorse

Here are my thoughts on this show:

  • Love this flyer!
  • Love a reason to go to Hotel Utah!
  • North American Scum ALWAYS kill, and somehow my thirst for live LCD Soundsystem covers just never seems to wane
  • I really hope Boob Tube Armada is working on True Detective.
  • Picklehorse seems pretty fun

RSVP and invite your friends!

Unreleased vintage ’00s music video by local rockers the Passionistas finally emerges

These guys totally ruled. I first saw them open for the Willowz at the Make-Out Room… holy shit… ten years ago, in ’04, around the time the Willowz had that song in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and were poised to become the biggest rock band in the world, but were still playing the Make-Out Room. For $6:

I didn’t have any friends here really, so I was standing alone in a corner between bands, and the show was sort of poorly attended because it was on a Monday night, so Myles (the drummer then but the singer in this new video) came over and made friends with me. We were both going to SF State, and we were both drummers, and I think we both lived in the Mission. It sure was a different time back then. Delfina was the only fancy restaurant. There was a KFC on Valencia. And bands like the Passionistas could still afford to live here.

They were a bare-bones rock ‘n’ roll band, a little arty but not too arty, with Myles’ slightly off-kilter drumming style and Aaron’s definitely off-kilter crooning. I would see them every chance I could after that. And I bought a lot of their (usually homemade) merch. Eventually they got another drummer so Myles could better help front the band, as you’ll see in a second.

They broke up in 2009 I think, and Aaron and Myles went on to do some amaaazing solo projects. But there was never anything quite like the Passionistas, so I was extremely pleasantly surprised to find this newly available song and video in my Facebook feed last night. It totally rules too:

(The Willowz were okay, but not as good as they got 5 years later on their killer album Everyone.)

Now check out all these old Passionistas-related Mission Mission posts…

CONTEST: Win tickets to Peaking Lights at Public Works!

Noise Pop are presenting this bill at Public Works on Wednesday night, and I think it’s gonna be pretty chill:

Get tickets here, or for a chance to win a pair, tweet about this post and tag @missionmission and @noisepop. Winner will be selected at random; contest ends at 5pm Tuesday.

Thursday morning music moment: Luke Sweeney gets beat up by Social Studies and tossed by Two Gallants

This one begins at the beach, exactly in the spot where YOU should have been last night because it was so damn hot, then hops on over to Secret Studios to hang out with ALL THE BANDS.  Guest-starring the aforementioned Social Studies, Two Gallants, and a whole bunch of other rad SF bands, this little ditty should help you make it through this sultry day.  And if you want to hear more, Luke’s playing again on Friday, May 30th at the Starry Plough.

Btw, for those of you loving this lovely Ocean Beach bonfire weather, know that your days of burning desiccated Christmas trees on the beach may be numbered if the National Parks Service goes through with their proposed ban on bonfires after 9pm.  WE MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.

How do you feel about dubstep?

I see. But it’s so good when Helen does an impression of it. Or when Mission trees dance to it.

[via Mills]

Ramones all night; nothing but Ramones

I’m DJing this party tonight in the Lower Haight! Like the poster says, nothing but Ramones all night! Also, you get in free if you wear a Ramones t-shirt!

It’ll be plenty of hits (probably at least five albums in their entirety, right?) and a helping of lesser-known stuff too. Let’s rock:

P.S. “der Nutzeffekt” means “the effect of the nuts” in, I think, Chinese.

KJ Paul performing with DJ Purple!

That signature ‘stache, getting down during that signature sax solo! Two local karaoke legends, shredding as one!! What a sight!!! (Paul elected to perform “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” last night at Purple’s regular Thursday night gig at Slate, and together they nailed it.)

Btw check out the line to get into the party last night (at 12:45 no less!):

How about a free punk show up above a bike shop in La Lengua?


(Thanks, Rocky!)