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Thursday, August 20, 2015

This Professor Dressing Up Like David Bowie For a Year is the Funniest Thing You'll See This Week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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Here at All Shook Down, we know all about stupid jobs. But, this week, to our absolute astonishment, we found out that there are careers infinitely sillier than music blogging. Leading the way is the strange man you see in the photo above, who has taken it upon himself to pretend that dressing up like David Bowie for a year, is somehow furthering the world of academia.  

No, really. This is actually happening.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

22 Years Later, Jawbreaker Releases a Video For "Boxcar"

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

For all the other, better songs they had, Jawbreaker will forever be known for the defiant anthem "Boxcar" (and its many covers). Though the song never had an official video, that changes today — 22 years later.

As the story goes, last year, the band's drummer and historical torch-carrier Adam Pfahler found a Super 8 film cartridge. Turns out that this footage was on it, and with some editing by Gillian Rude, it now serves as a video for the song.

It also serves as a time capsule for the Mission District of the early '90s, virtually unrecognizable from the neighborhood today. Between bassist Chris Bauermeister goofing off in the van and Blake Schwarzenbach dabbing something in his ears (I'm thinking hydrogen peroxide, but it could just as easily be Modelo), the more eagle-eyed viewer will note bygone institutions like the Carlos Club at Mission & 24th, as well as Hunt's Donuts, "Open 25 Hours," which is recalled here in extensive historical detail by Erick Lyle. (Sam's Shoe Service, seen at 0:13, is miraculously still breathing.)

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

S.F.'s Sic Alps Scrubbed the Noise, But Still Want to Freak You Out

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Sic Alps, with Mike Donovan at far right.
  • Sic Alps, with Mike Donovan at far right.

"I'm kind of like Ron Swanson -- I fucking hate paperwork."

Mike Donovan, figurehead of San Francisco rock band Sic Alps, is grinning in the kitchen of his ground-floor apartment, explaining what he likes about driving a cab for a living. Along with the fact that Donovan usually works only a couple 12-hour days per week -- and can go on tour when and for however long he wants -- there's the informality of the job.

"I'm not remotely as cool as Ron Swanson -- I don't want to put myself in the same breath," he continues. "But I love the handshake-deal life, the good life that doesn't cost money. Cab-driving fits with that really well."

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