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Cold Hot Crash, Built for Sea, The Hundred Days and Elephone (with special guest spots from Mud, Panda, Audrye Sessions, Poor Bailey, Push to Talk, Emperor Norton, Bray, The Trophy Fire, and Persephone’s Bees)
November 30, 2007
Bottom of the Hill, SF
Better Than: Staying at home, downloading Christmas elf porn, eating candy canes until diabetic coma sets in.
Download: Samples from the new “Foggy Holiday” album.
Local label Talking House galvanized 13 Bay Area bands Friday for a night of beer-swigging, head-banging holiday carols at Bottom of the Hill. The four headlining bands — Cold Hot Crash, Built for the Sea, The Hundred Days and Elephone — also rocked full sets worth of their own material, and the show culminated with an entire stage full of Bay Area band members singing John Lennon’s “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over).”
With Push to Talk’s James Leste at the helm, the SF bands collectively chanted Lennon’s delicate, sincere challenge: “War is over / If you want it.”
Presumably we're referring to the war between tight pants and tortured ball sacks. The tight pants have it.
The nearly sold out show, sponsored in part by Live 105 and SF Chronicle’s 96 Hours, channeled the holiday's better aspects, with bands sharing the stage and equipment throughout. Christmas wreaths, mistletoe, red stockings, and twinkling lights covered the Bottom of the Hill’s usual punk rock décor (graffiti, band stickers, and old picture frames). The smell of pine trees and candy canes spiked the usual smell of sweaty rock n’ roll.
Talking House Records’ solid new release A Foggy Holiday provided most of the holiday songs performed at the show. Ten percent of the proceeds from the album are going to the Grammy’s Musicares program — an organization that provides emergency financial, medical, and personal help to working musicians.
Other highlights included Built for the Sea front woman Lia Rose’s casually beautiful voice, The Hundred Days’ eerie pop songs, Panda’s intricately harmonized version of “Winter Wonderland” and Elephone’s appropriately gangling rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.”
As for those of you who passed on the show, have fun with that boring holiday party this week. You missed a bit of SF music history. —Tyler Callister
Personal Bias: I believe in Santa.
Random Detail: Elephone’s drummer Lilly Faden eating a candy cane on stage.
By The Way: Happy holidays.