Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Budget Rock by the alphabet 

Wednesday, Oct 22 2008

Once all the other music festivals have their way with the locals, Budget Rock ( comes in at the end of October to sweep up the trash – trashy rock 'n' roll, that is — which is collected into a lowbrow marathon of eating, drinking, and dancing. Punk and pop bands flood Oakland's Stork Club between Oct. 23 and 26, and, given the festival's penchant for celebrating basement party elementals with such flair, I offer this week the ABCs of Budget Rock:

Four days + 30 bands + seven years of punk rock 'n' roll weekenders = Budget Rock.

Brunch, Pancake
Free 'cakes off the griddle for your Sunday grubbing.

Budget Rock admission: $10-$12 a day, or $30 for the weekend (which works out to $1 a band).

A more effective stink deterrent than turning the band shirt inside out.

The finest the Salvation Army has to offer.

Bloody Mary garnish. See also "Brunch, Pancake," "Hot-Dog–Eating Contest," "Mexican Food," and "Taco Truck."

Garage Rock
Style du jour.

Hot-Dog–Eating Contest
Witness beer guts expand. (Saturday)

"I Want Fun"
Super-catchy Kinks-meet-Voidoids anthem for this —and every — weekend by the Pets (Sunday)

Seattle's Head courts babes with the song "I'm 35 Years Older Than You." Sample lyric: "Yes, it's true that I'm 35 years older than you/but that doesn't mean we can't get it on." (Sunday)

Keep Your Television
Oakland's married duo Touch Me Nots' sweet country-rock ode to boob tube kinship, "Hey Television." (Friday)

Look-Alike Contest
Don a Prince Valiant bob to celebrate Russell Quan from the Mummies ... and the Phantom Surfers ... and the Count Backwards ... and the Bobby Teens ... and the Flakes ... and two new bands since you started reading this sentence. (Thursday)

Mexican Food
With songs saluting everything from "Tamale Mama" to "Chorizo," The LaTeenOs evoke primal hunger with primitive rock 'n' roll. (Sunday)

Nothing People
Feedback hums, guitars shoot metallic rays, and sci-fi No Wavers have their new heroes. (Saturday)

Roy Head (Friday) was rock 'n' rollin' at Texas sock hops before your parents first swapped spit. The dude can handle any mixture of country, rock, blues, and rockabilly.

Personal and the Pizzas
The band's elementary recipe: Take yer basic Stooges and Dictators pie, sauce with a Jersey 'tude, and season with extra Grease-y humor. Bake. (Sunday)

Quan, Russell
Celebrating his 50th birthday Thursday at a festival named for the mantra coined by his band the Mummies. (See also Look-Alike Contest)

Record swap
Vinyl give 'n' take (Sunday).

Reconfiguring of your favorite trash, pop, and noise rock idols: Mayyors, (Saturday –- Chris Woodhouse, Mark Kaiser, Julian Elorduy, John Pritchard); C'Mon Everybody (Thursday — Tina Lucchesi, Jay Rosen); Mercy Wifebeaters (Sunday — Russell Quan, Darin Raffaelli, Michelle Santamaria).

Taco truck
Parked in front of the Stork Club. Visit before digesting the LaTeenOs' set.

What Budget Rock host — and bucktoothed bubblegum pop aficionado — Nobunny has been known to leave on when other clothing is discarded (although the ears also stay put).

See also "Hot-Dog–Eating Contest," aka the scarf ... and barf.

Nodzzz's "I Don't Wanna SMK MRJWNA" is a call to get high, tucked inside a wiry punk tune that stays in your system longer than THC. (Saturday)

Xmas (Christmas) Island
The holidays have a new sound: steady guitar pop melodies, twee vocals, and lyrics about pretending not to care when someone stuffs your heart in a stocking. (Saturday)

"You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll"
Girl groups and the Ramones filter into this poppy anthem by Hunx & His Punx that's anti-glue–sniffing, pro–rock 'n' roll. (Sunday)

Make sure your band name has at least one. To wit: Minneapolis' Hypsterz (Thursday), San Mateo's Nodzzz (Saturday).

About The Author

Jennifer Maerz


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"