In case you haven’t figured out by now, I have a soft spot for Brit rock and have been keeping and eye on this UK duo called Little Fish for quite some time. I like their stripped down, bluesy rock vibe and the raw energy Juju brings to the vocals – like Heartless Bastards on Red Bull. They’re in the states for a limited US tour, supporting Hole for much of it. Lucky for us, they’ll be hitting Cafe du Nord this week for a headline appearance. Get it while it’s hot!
Little Fish US Tour Dates (* w/ HOLE)
April 20, 2010 Cafe du Nord, San Francisco
April 21, 2010 Viper Room, Los Angeles
*April 22, 2010 Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
*April 23, 2010 Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
*April 27, 2010 Terminal 5, New York City
*April 28, 2010 Terminal 5, New York City
San Francisco’s Girls are paired up this week with New York’s Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight for a great night of music at The Rickshaw Stop. Bonus prize, Girls are offering up their 10″ for free download. Get ‘em.
The battle between California’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) and some of San Francisco’s most beloved all ages music venues wages on. Here’s a YouTube clip of a recent report from NBC 11 explaining the situation. Imagine a San Francisco without a Bottom of the Hill, Great American Music Hall, Cafe du Nord and Slims. I cannot! Here’s what you can do to get involved.
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 14, 21 & 28 | CAFE DU NORD
8 p.m. doors
San Francisco’s answer to Swedish pop, Loquat is getting ready for their May residency at Cafe du Nord, performing every Thursday in May. Loquat handpicked out-of-town and local bands—Head Like a Kite (Seattle), Juliette Commagère (L.A.), Greycoats (Minneapolis), Foxtail Somersault (SF), Malbec (L.A.), The Union Trade (SF), Jen & Abby (L.A.), and AimLowKid (SF)—to join them for the four shows. Each night will be different: reworked old songs, new songs, surprise covers, visuals, and between-band DJ sets from Zion-I’s AmpLive and SomaFM’s DJ Elise—not your regular Loquat show.
Listen to “Harder Hit”from Loquat’s latest album, Secrets of the Sea (Talking House):
All of these businesses are able to operate as all ages venues because they serve food, as required by the ABC. Recently, however, the agency has decreed that at least half of the clubs’ revenue must come from food sales. The problem is that most of their income comes from alcohol and ticket sales. While the code makes no mention of a minimum sales requirement, some clubs are having conditions set on their license by the ABC contingent upon these new requirements – such as food sales exceeding alcohol sales.
Luckily the jurisdiction of the ABC is being questioned by elected officials, including San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and state Sen. Mark Leno. Still, it can’t hurt for the community to get involved in the fight to preserve our best music venues – and a right of passage.
What a perfect night of music last night at Cafe du Nord. Both the Cave Singers and Department of Eagles were fantastic. It’s impossible to get a good photograph in the dimly lit Cafe du Nord with my pitiful little point and shoot. But I had such a good spot I tried my hand at videotaping one of my favorite Department of Eagles song, ‘Phantom Other’. The sound certainly isn’t soundboard quality but it’s not bad. It gets a bit blown out when Chris Bear starts wailing on the drums, but you’ll get the gist. It was a good show!
Oh, and be sure to watch the video in high quality (HQ). The little button that appears when you mouse over the up arrow icon. Makes a big difference.