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Thursday, September 1, 2011

This IS It: A Letter to the Perfume-Shilling Julian Casablancas

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Something stinks, and it's you.
  • Something stinks, and it's you.

Dear Julian Casablancas,

Remember how the Strokes were good that one time in 2001? Yeah, we're ready to forget that ever happened -- but then again, we're pretty sure you already have.

Once upon a time, you brought us the bouncy, gritty swagger of "Last Nite" and helped herald in the garage rock revival. We had hope for you, Julian. Maybe it was a mistake, but we looked to you and your classmates (the Hives, the Whites Stripes, etc.) to save us from the Limp Bizkits of the world and prove that rock could be great again, that rock didn't need anything other than brilliant songwriting -- and it certainly didn't need rapped verses.

Even while the last few Strokes albums underwhelmed us, we were hoping that maybe, just maybe, you were still a dirty New York post-punk at heart, teasing us with sub-par albums only to blow our minds again in a few years. But we're pretty sure you can't do any of that when you smell like "The essence of rock."

Yes, we're talking about Azzaro's new French perfume for douchebags, Decibel, and how for some reason you, Julian Casablancas, are its poster boy.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grab Miguel Migs' New Single "Everybody" Early, Courtesy of a Certain Vodka Company

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Miguel Migs in his Polk Street studio.
  • Miguel Migs in his Polk Street studio.

For some reason, a certain Swedish vodka maker recently introducd a special San Francisco-branded edition of its product. To pique the interest of locals (read: to market to them), it's holding some sort of get-involved thing on Facebook, where you can advertise yourself and your city preferences via photos and votes.

Because vodka and house music go together (duh?), the company has partnered with S.F. house producer Miguel Migs, and is releasing his new single, "Everybody," early on its Facebook page. (It's due for public release on July 12.) You can do it that way if you want -- go through and see pictures of Migs in his favorite S.F. locales before you find the download. Or you can simply go to the jump, where we've included a widget to download the track for the price of an e-mail.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Here's What Would Happen If You Remade Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day" in S.F. Today

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Angry Birds on the iPad. Does this look familiar?
  • Angry Birds on the iPad. Does this look familiar?

We can say with near-total confidence that Jello Biafra will hate the people in this video. You tech-employed, indie-pop-loving Twitter users might just love it, though. This none-too-subtle advertisement for a new wireless speaker is a music video spoof of Ice Cube's immortal "It Was a Good Day," recast in San Francisco in 2011. There are taco trucks, bougie lofts, Steve Jobs, Angry Birds, organic produce, bike riding, Twitter and Instagram references, and even -- vom! -- beer pong. Yuppie scum: Kind of hurts to see your whole life summarized in a three-minute video, eh*?

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Dear Dr. Dre, Please Stop Trying to Sell Us Things Other Than Detox

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Coming soon to your dad's new car.
  • Coming soon to your dad's new car.

Is it greed? Does he need the money? Or does Dr. Dre really not know that the world would much rather receive Detox -- the album he's been promising us since 2004 -- than his endorsement of the speakers in luxurious new Chrysler sedans?

For those of you new to Dre's latest outrage, let's recap: Dude has a headphone/audio company named after him. (He was the first; other rappers have followed; it's all pretty dumb if you ask us.) Dude's protégé white rapper Slim Shady did a Super Bowl ad for ailing Detroit automonster Chrysler -- which was, it must be said, rather cool. So far we're okay, right? 

But then Eminem sent his doctor to Chrysler. The legendary SoCal producer/rapper's "Beats ny Dre" label will be all over the fancy audio systems in the company's cars, starting with the new Chrysler 300S. 

Meanwhile, Detox doesn't yet have a release date.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How Pomplamoose Made Me Hate Christmas, Hyundai, and Pomplamoose

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Just, please, make it stop.
  • Just, please, make it stop.
UPDATE: For more on Pomplamoose, see our February, 23, 2011 cover story on the band.

Editor's note: Mike Seely, who helms a sister publication of ours called Seattle Weekly, has a problem. A problem, that is, with the Hyundai holiday ads that feature Marin County husband-and-wife duo Pomplamoose. In the heat of an "Up on the Housetop"-induced fury, Seely penned a fevered screed about the band and its infuriating cuteness. Out of sympathy for your jingle-damaged ears/eyes/soul, we have excerpted his diatribe here:

As car companies go, I've always liked Hyundai. They produce modest, reliable and affordable cars with little fanfare. I don't really have a problem with Christmas either; despite its over-commercialization, it tends to bring people together and send people into the new year with a renewed sense of optimism. Nor do I have a problem with independent music acts cashing in on corporate America's desire to "cool up" their image. And until recently, I didn't have an opinion of Pomplamoose, a Bay Area indie-pop duo best-known for its snarky cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" and selling its music exclusively online.

But now that Pomplamoose has produced a series of Christmas commercials for Hyundai, my opinions of all these entities have been forever altered.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pomplamoose Turns Its Talents on for Hyundai Commercials

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

UPDATE: For more on Pomplamoose, see our February, 23, 2011 cover story on the band.

Marin County duo Pomplamoose is famous for its offbeat video covers of big-time pop songs, which rake in revenue on YouTube. Now it appears as though Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn have found another way to bring home the bacon: car ads. They remade "Up On the Housetop" and "Jingle Bells" in their signature style for Hyundai's Christmas-y clips, which look just like their normal videos -- except that they're in a big TV studio their own garage (!) with shiny cars, and their songs are given second billing to a throaty announcer's voice (who may be Jeff Bridges; see below).

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Five Bay Area Hip-Hop Stars Who Should Be Really Stinkin' Rich

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Is this what it takes?
  • Is this what it takes?
On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent jail sentence, but Akon owns a diamond mine. Most importantly: not a Bay Area cat among them. (Compton native Dr. Dre clocked in at number five with $17 million, but that's the farthest north we get on this fair coast.) So what's the deal? Armed with some hunches and no data to back them up, we've rounded up some candidates whose "diversified revenue streams" might, lord willin', qualify them for the top 50.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No Operation Ivy Reunion? Thank You, Jesse Michaels

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman
  • Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman

Jesse Michaels, you have just earned yourself enough punk rock cred to fill a dirty van. (Or a four-door car, as the case may have been.)

In an interview  with Jewcy, Michaels, singer of the short-lived-but-much-mythologized East Bay ska-punk band Operation Ivy, frowned on the possibility of getting the band back together:

I don't think it would be a service to the legacy of the band to have a reunion, I think it would be more of a service not to have a reunion. People always want more, and I understand that, but sometimes less is more. Take Minor Threat, could you imagine a Minor Threat reunion? It would be such a fuckin' disaster.

Now, its easy to make the case for an Op Ivy reunion.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Arigato! Jamiroquai Wants to Sell You A Virtually Insane Cup of Noodles

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM

​If you don't know the Jamiroquai song "Virtual Insanity" -- and its iconic, dancing-on-a-moving-floor-in-a-big-hat video -- you didn't watch enough MTV in the '90s.

But even though we saw that floor retract across our screen a zillion times, and tried to sing along when the song came on the radio, we could never quite catch the lyrics. 

Thankfully, there's a new version of the video now that makes Jay Kay's words much easier to understand. Turns out he was just explaining his love for Cup of Noodles (or is it Cup Noodle?) this whole time.

The future, it seems, is made of virtual insanity, monosodium glutamate, and weird shit that happens in Japan. See it after the jump.

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