I was curious about the pimping notion. The idea can't help but cross one's mind with the crowded pit of punk reunion shows (including the Flesh Eaters; see "Zombies Are Back!" page 35), all within spittin' distance of each other in the past few years. So I spoke to Flipper drummer Steve DePace, who put together the "reunion" after the band's first performance after a "10-year hiatus" (Bruno DeMartis sitting in for the late Will Shatter) at a CBGB's benefit last year. Following that, they answered a request to play LA's closing Olympic Auditorium. "I thought to myself, in the spirit of the funnest days of my career back in the late ’70s and early ’80s at the Mabuhay Gardens — when that scene was flourishing and that club served as the hub to the punk rock scene that developed in SF — what if we were to do a show with that vibe?" says the 49-year-old ex–animation industry project manager, who now lives in LA. "What are the bands around that are still playing from back in those days?
"Listen, Flipper is not making a ton of money," he continues, adding that Flipper has reformed because they still have a passionate audience. To DePace, the most famous of those Flipper fans was likely Kurt Cobain, who wore his homemade Flipper T-shirt on TV and magazine covers. Of course, there were no official Flipper shirts, he says. "Back in those days we were not into the commerce," he explains. "No one thought about selling merchandise — nowadays it's the biggest thing. People gobble it up." Just keep feeding.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
April 28 and 29
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1805 Geary, SF
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After supporting his buddies the Shins and finding inspiration on Fleetwood Mac's Future Games (Reprise, 1971), ex-Califone side guy Eric Johnson made one of the loveliest, most underrated indie pop LPs of 2005, Spelled in Bones (Sub Pop). Images of blood injury (the legacy of cutting his head open as a five-year-old and, later, one auto accident too many) crop up, as does a ref to that distinctively northern Midwestern "land of sky blue waters" from the old Hamm's beer commercial. Johnson's obviously comfortable listening in the past, judging from these items in the iTunes library on his new computer:
•Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (Bizarre/Straight/EMI)
•Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde (Columbia)
•Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies (Rhino/WEA)
•Steve Martin, A Wild and Crazy Guy (WEA)
•Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II (SST/Rykodisc)
•Rod Stewart, Every Picture Tells a Story (Polygram)
•Kelley Stoltz, Below the Branches (Sub Pop); "Favorite thing I've heard this year so far."