Soul legend Sugar Pie DeSanto performs live at this Saturday’s Hard French

This month’s Hard French (on the patio at El Rio on Saturday afternoon as always) is gonna be historic:

Hard French is thrilled to welcome Sugar Pie DeSanto, a 60’s soul icon who performed alongside acts like Etta James and James Brown, to the patio at El Rio. Having spent over 60 years on the stage, Sugar Pie’s wild live shows have become a thing of legend. At 78 years old she can still out-dance, out-sing, and out-sass anyone in the room. We play Sugar Pie’s 45s at every Hard French and now you get the unique opportunity to hear the real thing. They’re even making a documentary about her – check out the website to learn more about this living legend:

Advance tickets are already sold out, so you’ll wanna line up early! RSVP and invite your friends!

KJ Paul is back in town!

After 6 weeks of pony riding in Iceland, exploring Malta, hosting his annual hammock camp at Burning Man and literally holding down the fort during the rainstorms, KJ Paul is officially back and in action. Get your song list ready for September!

Celebrate’s 1st birthday!, the Mission’s own and city’s best underground radio station, just turned one! To celebrate, they’re throwing a big free birthday party at the Chapel tomorrow night, complete with music, DJ sets, tote bags full of party favors, and lots of cake — apparently of both slice and cup varieties! Musical guests include Happy Fangs, Nanosaur, Night Genes, and founder DJ Cosmic Amanda herself. And did I mention that it’s FREE?

Here are some cool facts about and Mission Mission:

So, see you at the party tomorrow? RSVP and invite your friends!

Here are the 12 songs I sang at karaoke in the month of August

This all started when I sang 45 songs in May and wanted to brag about it, but also, I just wholeheartedly want to give props to the local karaoke scene (and karaoke scenes around the world) for making me feel so good all the time. This month I sang an Ian Dury song for goodness’ sake! Can you imagine!?

  1. I Will Follow — U2
  2. Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick — Ian Dury
  3. All My Friends — LCD Soundsystem
  4. Ape Man — The Kinks
  5. Leave It Alone — NOFX
  6. Perfect Day — Lou Reed
  7. Could You Be Loved — Bob Marley
  8. It’s Oh So Quiet — Björk
  9. Tubthumping — Chumbawumba
  10. Pompeii — Bastille
  11. Boots — Nancy Sinatra
  12. Wannabe — Spice Girls

In particular, I want to mention KJ Eileen, who, in a crazy twist, doesn’t have a website! I think she does last Fridays of the month at Bender’s and some Sundays at Maggie McGarry’s in North Beach? Anyway thanks to her I got to sing the Kinks, NOFX and Lou Reed in one 2-hour period! I couldn’t believe my luck!

Also, “Pompeii” is exactly as fun as you’d imagine. Thanks, DJ Purple!

The Gooch Palms, all the way from Australia, live onstage in SF tonight

The Gooch Palms are definitely my favorite new band of late, and even though they’re from Australia, they’re playing tonight right here in San Francisco:

It might be Sunday, but THAT DOESN’T MATTER cause it’s also Labor Day eve!!! So come celebrate having Monday off with killer cuties POOKIE & THE POODLEZ, Aussie punk sweethearts THE GOOCH PALMS and doo-wop punker ELVIS CHRIST!

August 31, 2014
8:30 pm – 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States [link]

Watch this video if you wanna hear the best song you’ll hear all day:

Thursday morning music moment: Luke Sweeney takes you on a magic carpet ride

These are without a doubt some of the greatest special effects I have ever seen:

Delightful.  Oh, and they’re also playing at the Brick & Mortar this Saturday!

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’00s indie dance party Last Nite celebrates its 1-year anniversary this Friday with a Strokes cover band

Yesterday I wrote about an inspiring scene at a real Strokes show I was at on Sunday night. And I have no doubt this Friday’s fake Strokes show will be just as good, seeing as how its being put on by the folks at Last Nite (spawn of ’90s indie dance party Debaser), on the occasion of their 1st birthday:

DJs Jamie Jams and Emdee celebrate one year of making you all dance to post punk, dance punk and freak folk records.

We’ll be returning to the Elbo Room for one night only. Special guests, Bang On, play the Strokes!

$10, $5 before 11 pm. Photos by Rob Williamson.

RSVP and invite your pals!

Tit-filled Tomorrow’s Tulips music video co-directed by local boy Dominic Santos [NSFW]

It’s actually two songs in one video, like that one Green Day video. Both have lots of tits:

Check out more of Dom’s work here.

The flyest, most-talented, hardest and most badass women

This Friday night is “Ladies Night” at the Knockout. Here’s the plan:

LAAAAAADIES!!!! WE’RE BACK to pay homage to the flyest, most-talented, hardest and most badass women of Rock n Roll, Post-Punk, 80′s Pop, Freestyle, Rn’B, Riot Grrlz, Synth-pop, Rap, Bubblegum, Lazer-Muzik —ALL FEMALE VOX!!!! ONLY WEIRD JAMMERS & HITS!!!!!!

With DJ’s Mayberry and Yule B Sorry PLUS Special Guest DJ SWIFTUMZ!


RSVP and invite your friends!

Newly released King Tuff song features former local boy Ty Segall on drums

I mean, he’s no Kenny Tudrick, but that’s a damn good jam.

King Tuff plays GAMH on October 29th!