Mr. Kind’s Brian Bergeron and Kyle Kelly-Yahner rocked out on a perfect summer afternoon in an apartment somewhere in the Mission. Catch their EP release at Hotel Utah on July 27.
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Infectious Detroit rapper Danny Brown released the video for his song “Grown Up” today, but the real star, clearly, is Little Danny Brown — the kid on the bike who loses his two front teeth (just like Big Danny did), and rides around his neighborhood causing a gleeful stir. Mess it up Lil’ Danny.
So I walked into this Swedish party with cotton snowdrifts and round, mosquito-netted white beds with some pink lipstick… it’s a long story, but the scenario (the monthly Donna Scam party, it’s a something) was partly the brainchild of Zhala, Sweden’s reigning single-maker. The club promoter-singer’s single, you ask? Here it is — with visuals to make you squirm courtesy of director Makode Linde, baker of the “racist cake,” as his recent piece of performance art will now go down in Interpop history. Thanks Sweden! Check out more of my Scandinavian finds here.
Oakland’s resident twerk master Chippy Nonstop premiered her flashy new video for “Kicked Out Da Club” today. Directed by none other than Kreayshawn, the strobe lights and lasers-enhanced clip features teeny Chippy whipping a freaky long green-twirled braid and stage diving with local pals. Get ready, it’s about to be stuck in your head.
Check out the star-dusted new video for Seventeen Evergreen‘s “Burn the Fruit (Pegasus),” off the newly released full-length, Steady On, Scientist! Directed by Brian Ziffer, the space-inspired mini movie came from an interest in NASA’s Voyager and the Golden Record. You may recall Seventeen Evergreen as part of this year’s On the Rise elite class.
We missed Blood Orange‘s appearance here a couple weeks ago (kicking selves). Now, he’s rocking the “Champagne Coast” with his latest strange journey — yeah, it continues and broadens the Weeknd’s brilliant ’80s flashback-meets-future R&B and features hot scantily, cleverly clad models dancing erotically. We do not mind this one bit.
This Sat/28, three actually legendary house music DJs and producers — Li’l Louie Vega, David Morales, and Tony Humphries — will combine to melt the floor at Mighty. Here’s footage from them last month at Miami’s Winter Music Conference. If you’re a head like me, you start shouting in your cubicle right at 1:24.
That pretty cool Caine’s Arcade video basically ruled the Internet last week — and can we just be happy that something not involving clumsy cats, Republican presidential candidates, or Twitter ignoramuses viralled its way into our national consciousness for once? Now you can have a chance to play the LA youngster’s cardboard paradise-outsider art masterpiece IRL and meet its maker, as part of the Exploratorium’s Open MAKE event. Full details after the jump.
From the press release:
Caine’s Arcade Featured at the Exploratorium’s Open MAKE on April 21
Nine-year-old Caine Monroy and his now-famous cardboard creation “Caine’s Arcade” will be taking part in the Exploratorium’s Open MAKE: Trash on Saturday, April 21. The arcade will be installed in the Tinkering StudioTM at the Exploratorium. Visitors may visit the arcade and purchase a ticket or “FunPass” to play the games between 10am and 4pm.
Caine also will be featured with 5 other tinkerers at the “Meet the Makers” program at 1 p.m. toanswer questions from the general audience. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick will present his short film
about Caine at 3pm and also available to answer questions.
Caine’s Arcade is part of this month’s Open MAKE: Trash, a collaboration between the Exploratorium, MAKE Magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios. The program highlights the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local Makers. Visitors are invited to participate in tinkering and making activities at Open MAKE, where Makers from around the Bay Area will share their work.
Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of MAKE Magazine, will interview featured makers in the McBean Theater. This month’s Open MAKE: Trash is the last one at the Palace of Fine Arts and will
re-open at the museum’s new location at Pier 15 in Spring 2013.
About Caine’s Arcade:
Caine’s Arcade is a short film about a 9-year-old boy’s cardboard arcade, located in his father’s used auto parts store, Smart Parts Automotive in Boyle Heights, CA. Directed by Nirvan Mullick and produced by Interconnected, this film went viral with more than five million views after being posted on the Internet, resulting in more than $170,000 in donations to Caine’s scholarship fund in a single week. A $250,000 matching seed grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation has given birth to the Caine’s Arcade Foundation, which will find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in more young kids like Caine.
Special installation of “Caine’s Arcade” and film screening at Open MAKE: Trash
Saturday April 21, 2012
Caine’s Arcade will be open from 10 am-4pm.
1pm: “Meet the Makers” interview with Caine
3pm: Screening of “Caine’s Arcade” and Q&A with Caine and film director Nirvan Mullick
The San Francisco Exploratorium
The Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street, SF.
MORE INFO HERE
Longtime San Francisco indie pop act Loquat released a video for the song “Time Bending” off brand new album We Could Be Arsonists late last week. A bare bones look at a classic act, the video follows the band setting up in the studio and recording the song surrounded by smiling onlookers, welcoming them back into the fold.
The band plays its record release show next Friday, April 27 at the Independent.
In a world where iFart is an acceptable product, you would think that pretty little abstractions of bodily functions would pass muster. But multimedia visual artist Luciano Foglia encountered resistance in Appleland when he tried to make his “Geometric Porn” app available via iPhone — it was rejected on the grounds of being “excessively objectionable or crude content.” Check out this preview video of GP to see the shapes Apple deemed too hot for your phone screen. And rejoice: the controversy hasn’t stopped Foglia from making T-shirts. Or you from buying them, you sleekly dirty dog, you.
The weird and wonderful comic Japanese punk band Peelander-Z announced a tour on Brooklyn Vegan this week; and yes, those dates include a visit to the Bay Area. The futuristic cosmic space Teletubbies (who live in NYC) will be in SF on May 6 at the DNA Lounge.
In the meantime, take a “four-minute vacation” as a commenter aptly described this newish video for the band’s song, “Star Bowling.” What just happened?
By the way, color-coded band’s eighth spazztastic full-length, Space Vacation, falls from the sky April 10.
Forgive the blowed-out sound quality (much better here) but you know there was going to be some interference in the airwaves once LA butch queen AB Soto teamed up with fierce SF club celebuterrors Manicure Versace and Terry T for a boom-boom tribute to everyone’s favorite Toddlers and Tiaras tragedy/metaphor of American exceptionalism, Alana. Go-go juice and gone!
The other day I saw this woman was walking down the street, spitting image of Rose from the Golden Girls. Excuse?! Lady, I know you didn’t get the glimmer for those high-waisted purple pants all by yourself. Leave it to LA electro pop duo Hi Fashion to debut a video (featuring luks crafted entirely by the group itself) today that speaks to this exact situation. So that I don’t have to. Because no one wants that mess. If you wanna get Hi live and in person, check out the group’s May 11 gig at Rickshaw Stop when it opens for JD Samson.
Dazzling local Hi-NRG electro-hop sissy bounce-y duo Double Duchess graced our Club Action cover in February and has been slaying parties for the past year. Now we finally get an official EP release, Extravaganza, and of course what promises to be a totally insane event at Rickshaw Stop on Sat/31.
This one will bring together most of the city’s most colorful nightlife characters — its presented by the infamous Peaches Christ, and includes music by Hard French and Stay Gold DJs (also Bunnystyle and davO) and appearances by Some Thing queens VivvyAnne ForeverMore and Glamamore. Double Duchess nuts!
Dum Dum Girls have released a new video for “Coming Down” off last year’s stunning ’60s girl group-meets-Mazzy Star full-length, Only In Dreams (Sub Pop). In the music video, singer Dee Dee, clad in her signature black lace, sings directly to the camera as a crowd of people casually cuts pieces of cloth from her body, reminiscent of Yoko Ono’s “Cut Piece.” It’s directed by the group’s new bassist Malia James. Hint: Dum Dum Girls return to San Francisco May 22 at Slim’s.
“Diplo calls the bounce beat the perfect beat,” said NOLA bounce DJ Rusty Lazer in our recent mid-Mardi Gras Guardian interview at his Bywater home. If you’re wondering just what the world of bounce looks like, Swoon wheatpastes, drinks-to-go, street parties, and all, you can check Rusty protege Nicky Da B’s new video for “Express Yourself”, featuring Diplo himself and local dance queen Quack. Following in the wake of Big Freedia’s nationwide success, Nicky’s the next wave of bounce exuberance. (I mean, @2:00 he’s dancing upside-down, jungle gym-style.) If you thought Big Freedia had azz everywhere, you should probably watch this clip.
One hundred words they’ve taken from us. Do you know which ones they are? Sure, it’s a few years old, but Rafael Casal breaks down the Bay Area’s propensity to coin viral slang (without getting its props from appropriators!) in this track, off 2009’s The Monster LP. The video’s got easy-to-learn text graphics so that even if you don’t know the lingo that reigned three years ago in the Bay, you can cop it real quick. Wait a second… [Via Broke Ass Stuart]
San Jose rapper Antwon’s new video for “Helicopter” (directed by Brandon Tauszik) splits time between the Steve McQueen classic Bullitt (1968), filmed on the mean streets of San Francisco, and present-day Oakland; the modern shots are of Antwon and friends including Squadda B and Mondre MAN of Oakland’s Main Attrakionz hanging out around the city, along with some gratuitous Sriracha pouring.