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Friday, October 16, 2009

SF Weekly Music Awards: Better Than the Obama Party Down the Street

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Colorful music performances, gold plated

awards and a room full of buzzed musicians and paper employees made for a wild

night at the 20th annual SF Weekly Music Awards. The night

alternated between recognizing the best of the best in the Bay Area's music

scene and making use of Ruby Skye's huge dance floor.

Host Alex Koll, comedian and local air guitar champion,

started out the night with liquor jokes and references to his Biblical hairstyle,

noting the difficulty of being a "comedian at the music show." Presenters

took over the stage, including performer, Wallpaper, who announced the

"nomineezes" and then winners for the Soul/R&B/Funk category. An impromptu

drummer hopped up on stage to pound out a drum roll, while still on his cell

phone. "Best Club Night" winner, Sweater Funk, took the stage with their entire

posse, and attempted to play a ringtone as part of their acceptance speech.

Unfortunately the song was fuzzy beyond recognition.


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A few more vodka drinks and whole lot of drum and bass from

local performance crew, Loco Bloco, livened up the venue with a mix of African,

Caribbean, Brazilian and contemporary Hip Hop rhythms. People ventured onto the

dance floor to booty shake and jump alongside the lively act, increasing the

room's energy level 100 percent. A dancer on stilts dazzled the crowd, high

kicking and swinging her body as if the wooden extensions were merely her own

long limbs.

The final set of presenters received loud cheers and

Electronic/DJ winner, Lazer Sword, rallied up the crowd with "big ups to the

Mission" and "hot dogs." Indie winner, Girls, sent in a troop of giggly, barely

legal young ladies to accept their gold award, who said only, "We're the girls

of The Girls--Thank you."

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Wallpaper took over the mic with a glittery red cape, fedora

and sunglasses, starting out his bizarrely entertaining set with a rendition of

Biggie Smalls' hit, "I Love It When You Call Me Wallpaper." The dance floor was

overrun with excited bodies who enjoyed the purposefully cheap-version of

Justin Timberlake, toting songs about getting wasted, cheap booze and sex. The

gigantic screen behind Wallpaper's glittery blazer flashed images of old

educational movies and a mixed bag of interesting text. The

night concluded with a DJ set by Lazer Sword and a packed house of club

goers. 

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SFWeekly Music Award Winners:

Rap/Hip-Hop: The

Jacka

 

Electronic/DJ:

Lazer Sword

 

International:

Sila and the Afrofunk Experience

 

Soul/Funk/R&B:

California Honeydrops

 

Indie Rock/Pop:

Girls

 

Metal/Psych/Punk:

Triclops!

 

Jazz/Blues:

Gaucho

 

Experimental, Etc.:

Tussle

 

Alt-Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter:

Goh Nakamura

 

Club Night:

Sweater Funk

 

You can follow more of our musical adventures on Twitter at @sfallshookdown and @sfweekly.


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