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WORLD PREMIERE: Shannon and the Clams, “Tired of Being Bad”


Fierce and bluesy East Bay garage rockers Shannnon and the Clams premiere the new video for “Tired of Being Bad” from their “Sleep Talk” album, animated by Owen Cook, in this SFBG exclusive. (And check out their recent revealing interview with us.)

Alexis Blair Penney, “Lonely Sea”


This past weekend Honey Soundsystem held a release party for the 7-inch single release of Alexis Blair Penney’s “Lonely Sea.” Now the video for “Lonely Sea,” directed by Justin Kelly, is up for viewing. We’ve written about Kelly’s videos a few times in the past, and devoted a cover story to High Fantasy co-hosts Penney and Myles Cooper last year. Kelly’s video for “Lonely Sea” finds him and Penney tapping into at least a triad of ’80s video divas, as well as natural and mythological undercurrents.

Pie attack? Bike Basket Pies delivers


Get your fork ready: SFBG videographer Ariel Soto grabs some piping hot slices with Natalie Galatzer of Bike Basket Pies in the Mission

Beth Ditto, “I Wrote the Book”


One of our favorite Katy Perry-shredders, Beth Ditto serves a “Justify My Love”-era Madonna look and the kind of sound Madonna lost touch with after her first album. Guardian Video Issue cover star Justin Kelly made a fab recent Gossip video, but this teaser from an upcoming solo EP hints that it might deliver the dancepop Rick Rubin didn’t for Ditto’s group.

Johnny are you Weir?


Yes. Finally ending decades of knuckle-biting speculation, ice skater Johnny Weir came out today(ish) — just in time for the release of his new book and new single! He scores a belated Lamebow Award. Watch him unveil his new song “Dirty Love” in Flint, Michigan last month if you dare.

Welcome, new Republican overlords! Please bend over


Our fuzzy friends over at Daddyhunt.com just popped this ‘tube in our box. To welcome the incoming House majority, here’s a video countdown of their top 10 RILFs (Republicans They’d Like to … Filibuster?) — many significantly less Droopy-looking in Daddyhunt’s representation. Spank ’em redder! 

DJ Earworm’s top pop mashup


Honestly, we meticulously avoid the TV, the radio, the mall, the Explorer dealer, and Chili’s all year, just so local wiz DJ Earworm‘s annual mashup of Billboard’s top 25 hits will surprise us — with brilliance. It’s the only way we can digest all that auto-syrup in one big candy-colored blast.

Fine (and found) dining with Wild Kitchen


Wild boar, Monterey squid, light-it-yourself flambe — local, wild edibles are foraged and transformed into multi-course gourmet meals, as ForageSF hosts underground restaurant Wild Kitchen. Dig in to this SFBG exclusive.

Video babies of 2010: A wee look back


Smoking Baby, Preacher Baby, Iron Baby, Samba Baby, Mini Daddy — Is it too premature to nominate 2010 for “Year of the Video Baby”? Copious amounts of Gaga-goo aside, this year had plenty to offer li’l sprout gawkers — the baby meme has definitely replaced the baby mama as our go-to young ‘un pop cultural signifier of choice. Here are some of our favorite kid video (kideo?) shout-outs from the past year …

>>Iron Baby

>>Heavy Metal Baby

>>Samba Baby


>>Smoking Baby

>>Mini Daddy (NOT Smoking baby)

>>Awesome Poetry Baby

>>Chronic Reggae Baby


>>Baby Monkey Riding Pig

>>Demon Baby from Hell

>>BONUS Two-Headed Baby Turtle

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A twisted “Alright” from Public Jones


In the grand tradition of creatively uglifying yourself for videos comes this catchy (if somewhat bleak) little number from LA “groove-based electronic art rockers” Public Jones, who’ll be playing the Red Devil Lounge on Fri/10 with Fake Your Own Death.

El Guincho deconstructs the male gaze (NSFW)


Surreal ’70s porno homage meets gender-theory gymnastics in the latest vid from Spanish “space-age exotica” techno-tropicalist El Guincho. He’ll be live at this week’s Tormenta Tropical party (Sat/9, 10 p.m., $15. Elbo Room, 657 Valencia, SF. www.elbo.com).

Save Day of the Dead!


Another wonderful local cultural event, Día de los Muertos, is falling prey to the city’s War on Fun — watch the video, and donate here to help reach the $6k goal. (via SFist, Mission Local)

Russian twink porn or kick-ass Transformers tribute?


Our friends at Boing Boing just posted this awesome amateur clip — but really, who else thought these guys were gonna start making out before playing with their toys?

Showtime for Miss Cass!


It seems like forever since gloriously booby SF transsexual performer Cassandra Cass was handing out out-dated calendars of herself at drag shows for the elderly. Now she has a show on Showtime, premiering tonite. And it makes me love America again. 

Behind the Scenes: Shooting our 2010 Local Heroes


Take a peek at the robo-amazing Blue Sky Studios, as photographers Keeney + Law shoot three of this year’s Best of the Bay Local Heroes. Video by Michael Keeney.

“You’ve come from so much diversity — and you’ve overcome it”


Liza: is there nothing she can’t do? The ever-amazing Rich at FourFour watched all two hours of Liza Minelli’s Home Shopping Network extravaganza. And of course he made a highlight reel. Give that man a Z!

All hail the big red noses, honk honk


Just in time for summer, it’s circus week on SFBG. Caitlin Donohue visited Circus Bella in this week’s issue, and now we take an indepth and colorful look inside the San Francisco Clown School and Circus Finelli. Allez-oop!

Mundo Via Afrika: Roll up your shorts and kick it


World Cup fever has produced its share of pop tributes and hot girls visuals. You get both combined in the vibrant video for local boy Gavin Hardkiss‘ “Mundo Via Afrika!”

World’s best (sharp-dressed) drummer?


You decide. (h/t Nick Larimer and Richard Bott)

“Leather Gimp” wins it!


Just in time for Pride Month, the winner of this year’s International Mr. Leather competition (held this past weekend in Chicago) is New Mexican transman wheelchair-user — and self-described “Leather Gimp” — Tyler McCormick. We teared up at his speech. Diversity x 1 million = work the runway. In a leather jockstrap, even.  

I am going to this thing


I don’t know what you’re planning for your long weekend ahead — Carnaval? Himalayan Fair? DEMF? Rehab? — but I’m heading back up to Arcata and Eureka to peep the Kinetic Sculpture Race, the “triathlon of the art world.” It is truly one of the wonders of California — and yes, those things have to go into the water.

Sit/Lie: The Movie


Directors Ricky Angel and Samuel Hernandez sent over this energetic and colorful short documentary about the screwy rationale — and possibly devastating impact — of the proposed sit/lie law that Mayor Newsom now intends to put before voters, bypassing the Board of Supervisors. Local activists and San Francisco citizens express dismay and hope.