Rival graffiti crews getting into it on public sidewalk

The great debate!

[via nofriendo]

 

Trivia for the Mission: This week at Pop’s!

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! It starts at 7:00pm ends at 10:00pm. 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!!

Here’s a taste:

What is SF’s steepest street?

*Scroll to the bottom to see if you are right*

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

 

8/17/15 MONDAY

MOM at POPS:

Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.

M.O.M

9PM START, 1:30AM end

Hey!

Check out my

M.O.M.

Mondays at Pops

DJ BLUZ, ALARM & GUESTS

PLAYS ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVE REMIXES

AND CLOSE RELATIVES OF YOUR FAVORITE

MOTOWN SONGS…

 

8/18/15 TUESDAY

Trivia Tuesdays

Pops Quiz

$2 to play

7-10PM

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! It starts at 7:00pm ends at 10:00pm. 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

10PM-1:30am

No Cover

21 UP

 

8/19/15 WEDNESDAY

Spike’s Live Piano Karaoke

Every 3rd Wednesday 7-10pm with Karl on the Keys

Whatever Wednesdays

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

 

8/20/15 THURSDAY

BFF.FM Night

9PM-1:30AM

Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week: Cult of Riffs

Come support local community radio.

No Cover

 

8/21/15 FRIDAY

MUSIC THERAPY

Electro-Cumbia Breaks, Hip Hop, Nu Latin Beats

6PM-9PM

Cult of Choice

9PM-2AM

A night dedicated to those of us who turn the music up unreasonably loud in our own living rooms just to feel the vibration, who stand feet from the stage attempting to understand how the guitar player gets that sound, who travel to places around the world because of the music that was born there, who connect with music as their own unique form of worship.

We have many a musical cult to choose from, and every 3rd Friday, we do our best to honor them all. From T.Rex to Tinariwen, John Holt to Howlin’ Wolf, Baris Manco to Merle Haggard, Ann Peebles to Arthur Russell, Rza to Ranking Dread, Fania to Fela.

Cult of Choice is hosted by a ragtag group of record collectors and music appreciators with the sole intention of sharing music with you. So come listen, dance, and even talk to us! We’d love to tell you all about who you’re listening to.

This Week

Record Selections by LP, Lord Cromwell, & casias

Live hiphop performance by Brothers Amor & Karen Less

No Cover

21 UP

 

8/22/15 SATURDAY

Patch & Rita

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM

Who could resist this dynamic duo, with their sonorous adventures into the deserts of early 20th century songwriting? If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some rootsy boot-stompin’ tunes about whiskey and cheatin’ women, then this is your place. Patch & Rita throw down some tunes like this coast has never seen, and you’ll leave stomping your feet, we promise.

Candy Rain

The Gawds of mediocre rap MP3s played too loudly out of a subpar house party sound system are back! Throwback 90s, early 2000s hip hop and R&B.

9PM-1:30AM

No Cover

 

8/23/15 SUNDAY

DOUBLE FEATURE SUNDAYS

Watch your favorite movies and series at Pops!

9PM

No Cover

Email movie suggestions to tom@popssf.com

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

*Lombard Street gets all the love, but Filbert St. between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets is the steepest—31.5 degrees!*

Throwback Thursday: Check out this vintage review of the DJ Purple scene at Jack’s

From a Dusted Magazine top-10 list by musician Leyna Noel Tilbor:

This one time at Jack’s was the best show any of us had been to in a Very Long Time. Jack’s is a neighborhood place, not too on the scene, and you can tell because moms are there, and gangster looking tough guys, and hipsters, and fun people in general. It’s two dollar buds so that might have to do with the fact that its is popping off. I’ve seen broken glass, broken mirrors, and douche bags walking on tables. If it were a house party, the cops’d come. But Thursdays belong to DJ Purple, his incredible Karaoke with a capital K, and his deep purple velvet (velour?) blazer. There is not a proper stage, just an area by the door crammed with screens and fluorescent-fur-covered wireless mics. DJ Purple is damn unfuckwithable; you have to literally run up to catch your song as it’s starting because Purple doesn’t pause or call roll. He DJs the karaoke songs so they run right into one another. Really embodying the music major grad years later, DJ Purple rocks a saxophone, playing leads on every song and adds pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, unsolicited. This one particular Thursday, I’m rolling in a crowd three-deep — myself, my man Daniel, and his housemate Neale — and we’re enjoying the mayhem. Neale only does songs that have key changes (usually ends up with Neil Diamond). Yours truly sang NIN’s “Closer” with a perfect stranger/gothy lady who seemed timid about the chorus. A duo of Latin dudes did “California Love” and the WHOLE PLACE IS DANCING, I mean getting down. They’re getting in everyone’s faces and it looks just like MTV. A tall kid in skinny jeans just channelled Bowie with “Heroes” and it’s truly epic. Feeling so ebullient. To intensify the vibe further “Bohemian Rhapsody” comes on, and it’s a ridiculous, the tender togetherness in this bar. Swaying and singing loud, as if we were in a pub. Then, the song crescendoes just before the Wayne’s World freakout part and a mosh pit erupts. Neale, who is from Baltimore and hell-bent on being “rowdy” grabs me and throws me into the pit. Though in sneakers, I get caught terribly underfoot in the pit, and there’s a sudden alien pop in my right foot. Hop out of the pit stunned, alas, the problem in my foot is real and we aim for the ER. I’m mostly super-bummed to leave the dance floor. Hours and X-rays and Vicotins later the three of us consummate the bizarre awesome journey of the night with 5am peanut butter shakes at Sparky’s.

Read the rest of the list here.

[via DJ Purple on Twitter] [File photo by Vic Wong maybe?]

The End of an Era: KJ Paul’s final night at El Rio

KJ Paul El Rio Final Night

Sure, I can get my karaoke kicks elsewhere. And KJ Paul will find a new home for his KJ-ing. But there was something truly special about Wednesday nights at El Rio with KJ Paul. He brought every type of person into one room mid-week to belt their hearts out. There were no barriers, no stage – just a space and a microphone and everyone crowded around you.

I didn’t do karaoke before I found KJ Paul. I thought it was stupid. I thought it was scary. Then one night in 2011 I found myself in El Rio with a bunch of new friends, and I found a new confidence along with a home where we would all come together every week and not give a shit. There were also always the fixtures, who I think of as KJ Paul All-Stars. These people are pictured below and are just a few of the characters that made this night so special, whether it was with their impressive chops, their erratic dance moves, or just their natural charisma. El Rio on Wednesdays was a community of friends and strangers who all found their happy place singing along with KJ Paul, and it will be missed by many.

King Dusty El Rio

Mike C El Rio

Viola El Rio

Juicey El Rio

Chauncey El RIo

karaoke heartthrob

F.O.B. Kitchen, ‘the best restaurant in the Mission,’ starts its new every-Wednesday popup tonight!

A couple weeks ago we declared this place “the best restaurant in the Mission.” Go see for yourself.

RSVP and invite your friends!

‘Uptown Homos’ night means a bit of the Lexington at the Uptown, tonight!

Capp Street Crap has the scoop:

Missing their old haunt, two devotees of the shuttered Lexington Club are putting on the first of what they hope will be a monthly queer night at the Uptown bar. Uptown Homos, “a dyke, lesbian, unicorn, trans queer night of flirtation,” takes place tonight, from 6 to 11 p.m.

Kelly Robbie Hansen and partner Tanya Wischerath worked with Uptown to put together the event which will feature $5 Jameson and tequila drink specials. Wischerath, a former Lexington Club bartender also known as “Hot Tanya,” will be helping out behind the bar.

Read on for more quotes and origin story.

Looking down at the Mission from high atop Starr King Open Space

What a view! Click on it to view it bigger.

Mission Comics and Art relocating to new digs on Mission Street

Capp Street Crap reports:

Owner Leef Smith said he decided to look for a new space after their 20th Street landlord wouldn’t agree to anything more than a new short-term lease renegotiated every couple of years.

As a small business owner in a pricey real estate market, the lack of long-term security was scary, and Smith thought he “could do better than that.”

“It definitely felt like I had to be proactive and not rely on the whims of a landlord,” he said.

Mission: Comics & Art’s new store will be at 2250 Mission between 18th and 19th streets, in what used to be Vimy Electronics. After nearly 40 years in business, the couple that owned the electronics store wanted to retire, Smith said. A contractor is now working to modernize the 1970s era space.

Read on.

[Photo by Wordfury]

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s!

Let’s face it, the bay area is dominating the sports world lately and POPS BAR is here to make sure you always have the best seat in the house. For major games we take a break from our great music line up to bring you your favorite sporting events on our 4 large screen tvs and large projector screen.

Looking for a spot to watch your college football team with fellow Alumni? Contact tom@popssf.com to take over the bar with your team spirit on Saturday mornings. Enjoy Pops signature Bacon Bloody Mary’s because after all, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. Humans and canine friends welcome!

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

8/10/15 MONDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Lauren Tannenbaum playing original music and a few well loved covers.

MOM at POPS
Motown on Mondays
It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.

M.O.M
9PM START, 1:30AM end

Hey!
Check out my
M.O.M.

Mondays at Pops
DJ BLUZ AND DJ ALARM PLUS GUESTS
PLAY ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVE REMIXES
AND CLOSE RELATIVES OF YOUR FAVORITE
MOTOWN SONGS…

 

8/11/15 TUESDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Retro Tuesday. A mix of music from a range of decades to keep you grooving.

TRIVIA TUESDAYS

Coming soon to POPS…stay tuned for more details!

 

8/12/15 WEDNESDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM

Rude Awakenings

Forgotten underground classics of the 60s, 70s and 80s with DJs Cathy 2-Tone and Scooter Stalin.

Whatever Wednesdays

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

 

8/13/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with Drew Smith

Second Thursday of every month, Drew Smith, singer/songwriter, plays popular songs from the 70′s-00′s with a few originals here and there. His laid-back style will take you back to your favorite beach campfire jams and have you singing along in no time!

BFF.FM Night

Rotating DJs from BFF.fm radio! This week: Hang The DJ

Join us for a night of post-punk, power pop, new wave, and other time- and genre-adjacent tunes. Cold beers, cool people, rad musics.

9PM-1:30am

No Cover!

 

8/14/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Kid Gorgeous:

Rare Grooves, Deep Cuts; Soul, Funk, Psychedelic, Cumbia, Reggae and Beyond with Your Boy Kid Gorgeous!

24 & York

Rap Music + Cheap PBR + No Cover + Good Company
9PM-1:30AM
No Cover

 

8/15/15 SATURDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with DJ Deivid spinning a mix of funk, soul, disco, Brazilian breaks, reggae and hip-hop.

WUS GOOD II
A smooth Rap & R&B night spun by DJs ZMO & ANT-ONE. A very swipe right kind of night.
9pm-2am
No Cover
21 UP

 

8/16/15 SUNDAY

Double Feature Sunday

Watch your favorite movies and series at Pops!

9PM

No Cover

 

Email movie suggestions to tom@popssf.com

POPS BAR
2800 24th Street @ York
San Francisco, CA 94110
www.popssf.com

Listen to this sad song by the Gooch Palms, and then see them tonight at the Chapel

Such an epic sad song! Such power and such simplicity.

(Okay, we did it: A whole week of posts about the Gooch Palms, who are playing tonight at the Chapel.)