The weird and wonderful comic Japanese punk band Peelander-Z announced a tour on Brooklyn Vegan this week; and yes, those dates include a visit to the Bay Area. The futuristic cosmic space Teletubbies (who live in NYC) will be in SF on May 6 at the DNA Lounge. Read more »
The other day I saw this woman was walking down the street, spitting image of Rose from the Golden Girls. Excuse?! Lady, I know you didn't get the glimmer for those high-waisted purple pants all by yourself. Leave it to LA electro pop duo Hi Fashion to debut a video (featuring luks crafted entirely by the group itself) today that speaks to this exact situation. So that I don't have to. Because no one wants that mess. Read more »
Dum Dum Girls have released a new video for "Coming Down" off last year's stunning '60s girl group-meets-Mazzy Star full-length, Only In Dreams (Sub Pop). In the music video, singer Dee Dee, clad in her signature black lace, sings directly to the camera as a crowd of people casually cuts pieces of cloth from her body, reminiscent of Yoko Ono's "Cut Piece." It's directed by the group's new bassist Malia James. Read more »
"Diplo calls the bounce beat the perfect beat," said NOLA bounce DJ Rusty Lazer in our recent mid-Mardi Gras Guardian interview at his Bywater home. If you're wondering just what the world of bounce looks like, Swoon wheatpastes, drinks-to-go, street parties, and all, you can check Rusty protege Nicky Da B's new video for "Express Yourself", featuring Diplo himself and local dance queen Quack. Following in the wake of Big Freedia's nationwide success, Nicky's the next wave of bounce exuberance. Read more »
One hundred words they've taken from us. Do you know which ones they are? Sure, it's a few years old, but Rafael Casal breaks down the Bay Area's propensity to coin viral slang (without getting its props from appropriators!) in this track, off 2009's The Monster LP. The video's got easy-to-learn text graphics so that even if you don't know the lingo that reigned three years ago in the Bay, you can cop it real quick. Wait a second... Read more »
Local musician Jhameel, one of the Guardian's On the Rise stars, often observes new batches of social networking fans with idiosyncratic videos. Here he's celebrating reaching 5,000 Facebook fans with a drunken cover of “We Are Young” by Fun. Enjoy.