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.

What are you doing for April Fools’ Day? I recommend doing some SINGIN’ and maybe a little PINGIN’

April Fool's Day Singin' & Pingin'

American Tripps (the “Berlin-style” ping pong party I helped start here in the Mission back in 2011) along with the legendary DJ Purple present the first-ever April Fools’ Day edition of Singin’ & Pingin’, this Friday night at Verdi Club. Here’s from the official invite:

This is our first ever APRIL FOOLS’ DAY date, so we knew it had to be a SINGIN’ & PINGIN’ party!!!

• DANCE KARAOKE w/ the world famous DJ Purple
• BERLIN-STYLE PING PONG all night long (2 tables!)
• DRINK SPECIALS by the Verdi Club crew

*****Special guest ~April fools~ will announce CRAZY NEW RULES at the ping pong tables throughout the night!!!!
**********And it’s up to YOU to bring some utter FOOLISHNESS to the karaoke stage!!!

RSVP and invite your friends here! (And be sure to get a head start browsing DJ Purple’s songbook.)

UPDATE: Btw my favorite *foolish* song DJ Purple has is probably “Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick” by Ian Dury. I’d do it myself tomorrow, but I have some other plans. Who’s up for it?

Booze, Bones and Babes


This Sunday the Bon Vivants present a night of booze, bones and babes at Pops Bar! Stop in from 7-9pm for some clackin’ and throwing bones all while slugging back some chocolate Jell-O shots with Ancho Reyes and Mandarine Napoelon. The Bon Vivants’ own Ethan “Bone Daddy” Terry will be hosting the event with DJ Chili Killi (aka Nicolas Torres) playing a menagerie of jams to keep you bonin’. Pops’ girls Ally & Ellie will be tending bar and they’ll be sure to wet your whistle. Come on down to the boneyard.

This week at Pops Bar:


Berlin-style ping pong and Dance Karaoke, back together at last!

Return of Singin' & Pingin' 2016

We haven’t had a Singin’ & Pingin’ since Halloween 2014 at Verdi Club, man. Time to make up for lost time! Here’s the invite:

Would you believe SINGIN’ & PINGIN’ has been on hiatus since 2014??? It’s true!!! Here’s what’s in store for *****the first can’t-miss party of 2016*****…

• Singin’ with DANCE KARAOKE
• Rockin’ out to DJ Purple’s SAXOPHONE SOLOS
• Dancin’ with YOUR FRIENDS
• Makin’ some NEW FRIENDS
• Drinkin’ BEER

Check out DJ Purple’s songbook here.

Read about the history of Berlin-style ping pong in San Francisco here.

RSVP and invite your friends!

(And big thanks to Singin’ & Pingin’ for being our sponsor all month long!)

Why are there so many good summer jams coming out right now?

First there was the new song by Still Flyin’, and now there’s this:

The full Still Flyin’ album came out on Friday and it is tiiiight through and through fyi, and Ben Pearce (with drummer Nate Brown) has a record release show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall here in the Mission on Wednesday evening.

Just close your eyes and pretend it’s summer!

[via The Bay Bridged]

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


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).

All the songs I sang at karaoke in 2015


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!


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:


[Photos and videos by Luke Spray]

Reminder: DJ Purple’s songbook is *not* a high school yearbook

But haha nevertheless!

DJ Purple‘s world-famous “Dance Karaoke” party happens tonight (and every Thursday night) at Slate Bar here in the Mission! Peruse the dance-oriented songbook here.

[via Matt]