Flippin’ Out at the Burger Boogaloo

King Tuff, Burger Boogaloo 2011 | Canon 60D, 15mm, .5 sec, f6.3, ISO 500

The Burger Boogaloo, a collaboration of Burger Records and Total Trash Booking, returns to San Francisco March 23-25 for two days and three nights of lo-fi garage punk and jingle-jangly toe tappers. This year’s headliners include Thee Oh Sees, the Cuts, Strange Boys, and King Tuff (who made his highly anticipated SF debut at last year’s shindig). Supporting bands include Gravy’s Drop (one of my favorite new Bay Area bands; they recently premiered their “Runaway” video), as well as flame-haired Chicago duo White Mystery, primitive cave dwellers Cyclops, Puerto Rican popmeisters Los Vigilantes, and Oakland wam-glam oddballs Sir Lord Von Raven. An Electric Boogaloo danceoff and record swaps round out the festivities.

At last year’s Boogaloo, I took some stills but mostly video with the Canon 60D, which C and I had purchased just a few weeks before the event. If you’re not a tech geek, please skip to the photos and videos below. Otherwise, here are a few things I learned about the camera and the Transcend 32GB class 10 card I used that weekend:

  • The 60D has slight shutter lag when compared to the Canon 5D so, as far as live music photography goes, it’s best for available-light shots of fairly still subjects.
  • The 60D takes awesome video (assuming the file gets written to the card properly—see next item). The flipscreen is a definite plus, as is the ability to adjust the sound levels while recording.
  • The Transcend card is unreliable, at least when it comes to recording video (e.g., it’d abruptly stop recording 10 seconds or so into a segment and take a minute or so to process it before allowing me to either take photos or video). Yes, Transcend cards are super cheap but we’ll stick to SanDisks, thanks.

Based on my footage, Wrongs Words, the Rantouls, Personal & the Pizzas, and King Tuff kicked off the first night. The Traditional Fools headlined day two’s day show, while two Atlanta bands (the Booze and the Biters), the Mean Jeans, and Davila 666 made sure that everyone went home with stiff necks, beer-drenched hair, and fond memories to last a lifetime. Expect more of the same shambolic fun at this year’s Boogaloo!

Wrong Words | Canon 60D, 15mm, 1/50, f2.8, ISO 1250

The Rantouls | Canon 60D, 15mm, 1/50, f2.8, ISO 1250

Personal & the Pizzas | Canon 60D, 15mm, 1/50, f2.8, ISO 1600

Traditional Fools | Canon 60D, 15mm, .3 sec, f6.3, ISO 500

The Booze | Canon 60D, 15mm, 1/15, f6.3, ISO 320

The Biters | Canon 60D, 15mm, 1/5, f6.3, ISO 400

Mean Jeans | Canon 60D, 15mm, 1/5, f6.3, ISO 400

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