Julian Plenti Covers America’s ‘Horse With No Name’

An excellent evening of moody, melodramatic rock last night at The Great American Music Hall in SF with Julian Plenti, the solo side project of Interpol frontman Paul Banks. It was just what the doctor ordered. Interestingly, I enjoyed his quieter material much more live than on the studio recording. Partly due to his amazing cellist. Wow, what beautiful complexity that instrument added to the evening.

The crowd was intimate but very enthusiastic, bestowing Mr. Banks lots of love throughout the night. They played their entire debut and then some, including some rockin’ new tracks and a great cover of America’s ‘Horse with No Name’. Enjoy the live footage!

SF Music Venues Continue to Battle ABC for Licensing

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.

ABC Email and website:
SFO.Direct@abc.ca.gov Attn: Brett Musselman
http://www.abc.ca.gov/districts.asp?City=SFO#Sanfrancisco

Email Senator Mark Leno!
http://icanhaz.com/MLeno

Buy this shirt to show your support for GAMH and Slim’s:
http://www.slims-sf.com/tshirts/

Concert Pick ‘O The Week: King Khan and The Shrines

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The King at Amnesia Last Night in SF

King Khan and The Shrines threw a little party last night at Amnesia in San Francisco, curating an evening of 60s cover songs with the help of lots of Bay Area music talent like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees.  At the end of the evening he give us a little taste of what’s in store for tonight’s performance at Great American Music Hall.  Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come.  Be there!

Video: King Khan & The Shrines – “Land of the Freak”

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One of the most insane live performances I’ve ever witnessed, King Khan and The Shrines are a sight to behold. Originally from Germany, King Khan – also known as Black Snake – is like a Hindu version of Little Richard and James Brown. His band of freaks rolls eight deep and lays down a crazy concoction of psychedelic R&B with a full horn section and Go Go Queen of the Underworld, Bamboorella.

This is the new video for “Land of the Freaks” off their latest album The Supreme Genius of King Khan and The Shrines. The band is on tour now and will hit San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall May 28.  Be there!  The freak show awaits.

State Targeting Legendary SF All Ages Music Venues

Bottom of the Hill - One of SF's all ages music venues in question

Bottom of the Hill - One of SF's all ages music venues under scrutiny by the ABC.

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a disturbing story this weekend on legally questionable new regulations the state of California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) is trying to impose on some of San Francisco’s legendary all ages music venues.  If enforced some of the City’s best music clubs – Bottom of the Hill, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s and Cafe du Nord – may be forced to close.

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.  

(Thanks Al for forwarding this story!)

Dig For Fire Episode: Black Lips

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The Black Lips have a new album, 200 Million Thousand, coming out February 24. Listen to the single, ‘Starting Over‘.  The notorious, ever-touring bunch will be back in San Francisco April 30 at The Great American Music Hall.  In the meantime, enjoy this new DigForFire episode.

‘Starting Over: