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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Watch: Phish Played "We Are The Champions" For The Giants Last Night

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Phish at the Bill Graham Civic last night. - RENE HUEMER
  • Rene Huemer
  • Phish at the Bill Graham Civic last night.

In a scheduling move that would be questionable for, um, pretty much any other band with any other kind of following, Phish played three consecutive nights this week at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Last night was the third of three, and as news swept through the crowd that the Giants had done it again (and a different kind of insanity ensued just across the street at City Hall), the band segued seamlessly out of "Moma" and into "We Are the Champions." According to Phish fans (and Phish fans are the people we trust about Phish), this is the first time the band's ever played the tune live.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Yes Yes Yes": Here's Your 2014 Giants-Themed Slapper

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM


Ah, that's better. We knew something was missing from this World Series — it was a highly specific and topical Bay Area hip-hop anthem and accompanying video about this season's Giants roster. Ideally one that, despite its fast-approaching expiration date (considering our impending win tonight), can be joyfully and stubbornly bumped out of car windows for at least the next week or two.

What's that? You want a shoutout to Bryan Stow and a Robin Williams cheer-turned-sample in the last minute of the track? Well, the Hippy Mobb — that'd be locals Equipto, BaldHead Rick, Shag Nasty, Aukwin, Curt Sak, and Ike P — have you covered. Here's "Yes Yes Yes" in all its baseball-drunk glory. 

We know this much: It's a hell of a lot better than anything the guy from Staind has done lately. (Ever?) 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sorry Not Sorry, Lorde: SF Radio Bans "Royals" During the World Series

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Nothing personal, we just can't abide by this: Lorde holding a jersey sent to her by '70s Royals third baseman George Brett. - VIA THE ROYALS' INSTAGRAM
  • via the Royals' Instagram
  • Nothing personal, we just can't abide by this: Lorde holding a jersey sent to her by '70s Royals third baseman George Brett.

Ahh, the post-season. Is there anything better than watching San Franciscans who might normally never make eye contact with one another high-five at random on public transportation because they're both wearing orange and black? For one all-too-brief month, we're united by all things Gigantes — which this year includes, quite naturally, collectively shitting on the Royals. 

SF radio stations KFOG and KOIT announced this morning that they won't be playing Lorde's inescapable 2013 hit "Royals" for the duration of the World Series. Reps from KOIT said the decision was prompted by "listener complaints." And KFOG program director Jim Richards told NBC Bay Area, "Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City? Why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it." 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Top Ten 49ers-Related Rap Songs to Bump Before the Next Game

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Heat shows 49er pride in the new "Die-Hard" video.
  • Heat shows 49er pride in the new "Die-Hard" video.

The past two years have seen an influx of rap songs dedicated to the San Francisco 49ers, a phenomenon that seems to grow along with the city's team pride. The tracks consist of a combination of remixes of popular songs and entirely original compositions, with most pointing out player names and little details that a fair-weather fan might not know.

Even if you don't actually watch football, these 10 tunes should help you get into the spirit of the game before the Niners kill the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 20 and get one step closer to the Super Bowl.

See Also:

- Local Rappers Make a 49ers Anthem Out of Journey Power Ballad 'Faithfully'

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Amazing Video: A-1 Raps in S.F. Streets Amid Post-World Series Chaos

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM


As settings for music videos go, this is one of the more interesting ideas we've seen: S.F. MC A-1 (aka Adam Traore) filmed this video for "Double Dose" in the streets of San Francisco right after the Giants won the World Series. Amid the toilet-paper-throwing and sign-waving and Henny-passing, there are fires, vandalized buses, and some seriously grouchy members of the San Francisco Police Department. Things get dicey a few times, especially toward the end, but A-1 keeps his cool, rhyming pretty much on-lyric throughout the whole thing despite many, many distractions. It makes for a good rap video, but "Double Dose" is almost more interesting as a street-level document of what really happened the night in 2012 that the Giants won it all:

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Your World Series National Anthem Singers: Aretha and Zooey, But Not Bob Seger

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Zooey Deschanel: Coming soon to a baseball game you'll be watching.
  • Zooey Deschanel: Coming soon to a baseball game you'll be watching.

So, okay, Phillip Phillips, the American Idol winner, wasn't awful at the National Anthem before last night's World Series Game 1. And tonight's singer is Matthew Morrison, who plays a character on another Fox TV show some people watch, called Glee.

After that, though, the singers doing "The Star Spangled Banner" for the 2012 World Series start to get more interesting.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Here Is Lil Wayne Singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at the Giants-Cardinals Game Last Night

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

It got Weezy in S.F. yesterday
  • It got Weezy in S.F. yesterday

Well, this didn't make it to our Fox-fueled TV screens yesterday: Rap star/walking tattoo warning Lil Wayne was on hand at AT&T Park to sing -- we use that term loosely -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Yes, and with enthusiasm! Which raises several questions:

1. Lil Wayne is a Giants fan? (He's decked out in the team gear in this video we've got for you.)

2. Lil Wayne can sing? (Hint: No AutoTune appeared to be on hand at AT&T Park yesterday.)

3. Whom can we expect to surprise us at tonight's NCLS Game 7? (If you know, leave us a hint in the comments, please.)

Meanwhile, here's Weezy gettin' all affectionate for our boys in the orange and black:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Let's All Laugh at How Terrible These St. Louis Cardinals Fan Songs Are

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

[Editor's note: SF Weekly's sister paper in St. Louis recently put together a list of eight rather hilariously unflattering fan-made tributes to the St. Louis Cardinals. Obviously, they originally meant it with some affection. But given that our beloved Giants are currently battling the Cards for the National League title, we see these in, shall we say, a different light -- especially given the typically high-quality Giants tributes issued by locals like E-40, a bunch of other rappers, and Ashkon. Here then, as a rare insight into the minds of musically-inclined Cardinals fans -- our opponents -- we present some of the worst-yet tributes to the team. Laugh away.]

Every sport has its fan-written songs, but in Major League Baseball today, it seems like no community seems to write as many as St. Louis Cardinals fans. And most of them are awful.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

E-40 Remakes "Function" Into an S.F. Giants Postseason Anthem, Because Duh

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM


Obviously an S.F. Giants postseason run wouldn't be nearly as fun without a suitably themed local rap song to go along with it. So here, fulfilling that need, is the great Bay Area rapper E-40, remaking the ubiquitous "Function" into a team anthem that shouts out pretty much every orange-wearing S.F. baseballer you love to be tortured by. Admittedly, "Giants out here tryna win somethin" isn't quite as instantly grippy as "We out here tryna function," but hey, if it brings us a victory in NLCS Game 2 tonight (5 p.m. West Coast time!), you won't hear us complaining.

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* Five Songs About Baseball to Make You Joyful Before the Playoffs

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Dizzee Rascal's "Scream" Shows the World How to Soundtrack the Olympic Games

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM


See also:

* Muse's Official Olympic Song "Survival" Is Decidedly Not a Victory for the World

* Five Olympics Theme Songs That Are Especially Terrible (Because Most Are Fairly Terrible)

* Olympics 2012: Underworld and the Chemical Brothers Raise Hopes for Good Music at London Games

On Monday, you may have seen us talking about how things at the London Olympics were looking up, music-wise, thanks in no small part to The Chemical Brothers' "Theme For Velodrome." Turns out that although Muse's cacophony of cliches got the biggest fanfare, there are in fact five official Olympic songs -- and the best one got unveiled yesterday.

Dizzee Rascal's "Scream"

is, hands down, the best Olympic theme song we have ever heard. Ever.

This, ladies and gents, is what an Olympic theme is supposed to sound

like. It gets you pumped within the first fifteen seconds. It makes

pretty great work-out music. It's about triumph over adversity. It makes

you want dance your ass off by the light of the Olympic flame. But the

thing we love most of all is that it's the first theme for the Games

that we've ever heard that ain't afraid to get real.

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