San Francisco’s Girls paid tribute to Whitney Houston — whose untimely death this weekend stunned the globe — with this emotional cover of her cover of “I Will Always Love You.”
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Somehow, Valentine’s Day has grown into an entire week — and come hell or high Hallmark, we may just get away with avoiding it altogether (despite all the actually cool stuff going on). What we will not avoid, however, is enjoying this special Cupid of the Castro, caught on tape way back in 2006. Heart u, SF!
Languorous bike-riding, age-old mother-daughter conflicts, technicolor flower-bursts, and a surprising glimpse into the Ethiopian community of (we suppose) Seattle, the hometown of cosmic hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces make the video for their new single, “Are You … Can You … Were You? (Felt)” off last year’s awesome Black Up album a nice Monday start. They’ll be performing this Thu/2 at Yoshi’s SF. (10:30 p.m., $18-$22. 1330 Fillmore, SF. www.yoshis.com)
SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver met local SF band and performance troupe, Corpus Callosum, in their studio to record a live set and learned all about their love of video game music.
After picking up some bulk food items at Rainbow Grocery, SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver crossed Folsom to join local SF band Timmy Mezzy in its studio to check out the band’s sugar-soaked sound.
It’s tough to be a musician in this town. Not everyone has the natural talent and drive, plus it’s tiring and costly spending every waking moment trying to show the world your sound. So we tip our hats for adorable Uni and her Ukulele and her efforts to release a new record — with the help of some Kickstarter dough. In this video, she pleads her case.
Notorious German electro-hardcore group Atari Teenage Riot teamed up with Anonymous to release this second video edit for its song, “Black Flags” late last month, with footage culled from Boots Riley, Steve Aoki, and other Occupy Wall Street supporters. It’s an ongoing video project; submit your statement here.
The ininimitable Peaches Christ has just released the teaser for her annual filmic funfest for those who take their movies wee, happening Nov. 19. Talking head in a toilet! Need we say more.
Beach squelch shimmy is back.
Just in time for its Halloween show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, where it will take part in punk rock tradition alongside the likes of Nobunny and Ty Segall, Oakland’s Uzi Rash has gifted us this exclusive peek at its next album, a video directed Dan Shaw (big brother of Shannon of Shannon & the Clams).
I Was 30 in 2012, due out in November after some delay, features the song “Garbageland.” Enjoy scenes of what appears to be the band giving “Ring Around the Rosie” a go, mixed with horrifying images of half-human, half-beasts foraging for rotten foods. I would say that this is reminiscent of the “I am The Walrus” segment from Magical Mystery Tour on acid, but it’s fair to assume that was already the case. So take a gander here at this bum trip version — or perhaps it’s Uzi Rash’s take of a dystopian future, and remember to catch the band covering the Undertones for Halloween this Friday, Oct.28.
SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver spent the afternoon with SF act Dominant Legs to shoot a mini-concert on its back porch, just before the band’s national tour.
Raise it up! SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver drops in on a delectable bread-baking basics class with Danny Gabriner of La Victoria Bakery in the Mission.
Mega mega fire S.O.S.O.S.! The Japanariffic J-Pop Summit is this weekend and SFBG editors Emily Savage and Caitlin Donohue will be tweeting (@tofuandwhiskey and @caitlindonohue, respectively), Facebooking, and posting here about the wild music, films, culture, and – yes! — amazing outfits. Get ready to anime-te. (Video by J-Pop guests Danceroid.)
I’m coming to pick you up right now, we’re going to Treasure Island, and we’re gonna see manta rays. Jeff Waldman and Andrew Hartley shot this footage of the scrap of land (recently labeled a “food desert” for its low income residents by the Department of Agriculture) to practice their videography skills for the upcoming Bolivian leg of their “multi-country experiment in random acts of kindness.” What’d they find?
Definitely not grocery stores, but public housing, art collectives, condemned military structures, wineries, and a family of manta ray-anglers. “It’s a crazy weird place that’s largely abandoned but also partially inhabited by an eclectic mix of bizarre personalities. You get the sense that you can do anything there, without consequence or attention, despite being a stone’s throw from the most densely populated metropolitan area on the West Coast,” says Waldman.
There are few hip-hop crews that get so gleefully shitfaced at gigs — in fact, I think cheap domestics actually power Fist Fam’s psychedelic hip-hop pick-up truck. Or maybe the group’s mojo, underlaid with remixed crate gems from DJ Al Lover, comes from the fact the whole posse is family-close, having moved to the Bay from North Carolina pretty much en masse a few years ago. Both factors (Coors Banquet and bro love) are present in the video for the group’s new summer anthem, shot at emcee Philo’s childhood home in what the press release calls “the moonshine mountains of Asheville.” So how drunk was the Fam by the end of a day of “Drinkin”? “I think fools went out to the bars afterwards though, so maybe not drunk enough,” recalls Al Lover, somehow.