Stinson's spirit lives on in exiled Pavement drummer Gary Young, whose inspired lunacy stapled a soul to his band's cryptic artiness. Samples was devastated to inadvertently miss Young open for Sebadoh at the Fillmore last week. Young seemed upset, too: He stood at the top of the entranceway stairs, hands rubbing his bare beer belly, glassy eyes fixing latecomers with a hurt stare that said, "Hey, you missed my show!" A friend reports that Young asked the audience, "Am I insane? Am I insane?" Probably not -- our money is on Von Lmo, who traveled all the way from the planet Strazar to play the Kilowatt. Looking like the extraterrestrial bastard child of Roy Orbison and Elvis Herselvis, Von Lmo kept up a steady wall of ear-splitting noise, thanks to backup band Monoshock and a power drill he later stuck in his ear. As his head morphed into a green space alien on the overhead video screen, Von Lmo chanted, "We're not CRA-zy! We're not CRA-zy!" Whatever you say.
Shoot 'Em Up
With Digable Planets and Spearhead playing the Fillmore Saturday, and the "Best of the Underground" tour at the DNA Sunday, what started out as a fantasy weekend for hiphop fans ended with a gunshot blast. On Mon, Feb. 20, the Sound Factory was packed to the gills for the Notorious BIG (aka Biggie Smalls), whose Ready to Die is being hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread by many B-boys. S.F.'s own Pirate DJs provided the dope beats and Smalls was all that as he ran through smashes like "Juicy." Maybe BIG got the crowd too frantic, because as people were leaving the venue, a shot rang out inside the club, causing mass confusion as people ducked and scrambled for the exits. In light of recent SoMa club crackdowns, this unfortunate incident provides ammunition for detractors of hiphop who want to ban live shows and close nightclubs. Ironically, Smalls sings in "Big Poppa": "... please don't shoot up the place/ 'Cause I see some ladies tonight that should be having my baby, baby."
Sia Michel, Eric Arnold