Why it’s a bad idea to try to rob Viracocha

Judging from the music video of latest from Atmosphere, security seems pretty tight at Viracocha on Valencia and 21st. Keep that in mind next time you’re thinking about shoplifting that moss-covered log with the Edison bulb screwed into it.

[via Mission director and dumpling enthusiast Pete Lee]

Wolf Larsen’s new Mission-made video

Local singer/songwriter Wolf Larsen teamed up with Mission filmmaker Pete Lee, Viracocha, and what looks like the mysterious silhouettes of the Patzner bros for her latest music video. It was filmed within the reclaimed-wood walls of Viracocha with little/no budget. If watching a graceful modern dancer caress vintage typewriters to ethereal breakup music is your thing, you’ll love it. You will probably like it anyway. NPR did.

Wolf’s alter ego, Sarah Ramey, happens to be a fascinating person. She was the personal blogger of the Obama campaign in 2008 and is currently writing a book “The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness” which probably has to do with her struggle with an illness that’s been keeping her in treatment in Washington D.C.

Also, check out Pete Lee’s stuff if you haven’t already. He recently did a crazy martial arts music video for Aesop Rock.

Swingin’ accordion

Porto Franco Records hipped us to this video of the Rob Reich Trio looking sharp and performing Puttin’ on the Ritz. It was shot in that weird store that sells a bunch of neat expensive old stuff (AKA Viracocha).

Be sure to watch for the drum solo at the end. Drummer Beth Goodfellow kills me every time. She reminds me of Sonny Payne on some of that killer small combo Count Basie stuff on youtube.

You can catch Rob and Beth at Amnesia every Wednesday 8-10pm as part of Gaucho.

Megan Keely @ Viracocha Saturday Night

I know you’ve been dying to check out the new Viracocha space. Well here’s your chance: Megan Keely and her band are having a CD release show  there this weekend, Saturday Oct 23.

Every time I hear Megan Keely, I remember that she has one of the most beautiful folk songwriter voices in San Francisco. She also plays a mean ukulele and kazoo. I first saw her at an Amnesia open mic and quickly saw that she totally out-classed the other performers. Of course, the other “performers” were weird spoken word artists, guys who just figured out how to play “Under the Bridge” on guitar, and shockingly bad insult comics. But still.

Meg got her start at the ever-popular open mic at Hotel Utah. She quickly caught a lot of folks attention and starting doing her own regular gig at Amnesia. Her delightful dad and bro are also in her band. I have no idea how they make that work. I couldn’t even play Legos with my brother for 20 minutes without kicking him in the nose.

Here’s the latest from her record, a tune called “Anymore”:

The album is called “Acorn Collection” and Megan made acorn necklaces for the first 60 lucky buyers. I guarantee it’s the best acorn related purchase you’ll make this year.

The show is at Viracocha on Valencia and 21st. It starts at 8pm and there’s a $10 suggested donation. Mission Mission favorites, and also recent CD releasers, Gaucho will also be playing!

If you miss the show, you can also grab it in CD or digital at her bandcamp page.