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Wish You Were Hear: Uncool Fest 2016, Day 2

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SWMRS at Uncool Fest, Day 2 | 924 Gilman Street

In the early ’90s, when I was between the ages of 17 and 21, you could find me most weekends at 924 Gilman Street, an all-ages, non-profit, volunteer-run club in Berkeley that’s perhaps best known as the stomping ground of bands such as Green Day, Rancid, and AFI. It didn’t really matter who was playing—there was always at least one band on the five-band bill that turned out to be worth seeing. Sometimes a show even garnered national attention (e.g., the Insaints’ X-rated antics, the time Jello Biafra was assaulted by crusty punks).

My trips to Gilman grew increasingly infrequent with each passing year, even after Pyramid Brewery opened across the street and offered an alternative to Gilman’s functional but dank restrooms, sugar-laden snacks, questionable couches, and floor seating. (Pyramid closed last year.)  I can’t remember the last time I watched all the bands…until last weekend’s two-day Uncool Fest.

So C and I are making a rock ‘n’ roll travel video series, the first of which focuses on the East Bay, and needed Gilman footage for it. Since I pretty much don’t know any of the local bands playing there these days, I was pleased to recognize a couple playing the second day: headliners SWMRS and opener Jakob Danger. Mind-bogglingly, both bands have the distinction of featuring the sons of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. How crazy is that?

Even crazier was the number of parents pressed up against the walls at the back of the room, no doubt wishing there was somewhere to sit or get a snack. Or maybe I’m just projecting.

But I digress. I arrived shortly before (who I thought would be) Jakob Danger kicked off the show and joined the gaggle of girls parked at the front of the stage. They were dedicated SWMRS fans, judging by their branded shirts and phone cases. Was this similar to what it feels like to attend a Justin Bieber concert? I’m sure I’ll never know.

In any case, the first band turned out to be Berkeley’s Mom Jeans. Jakob Danger had been moved to a middle slot, which is how I ended up staying for all six bands. Although, honestly, what would I have done between the first and last bandsshop for groceries at Whole Foods down the block?

All the bands, including San Francisco’s Dinosaurs and SoCal’s Melted and No Parents, were awesome and compelled sweaty, fervent pit action. The No Stagediving sign went unheeded. A giant dinosaur balloon bounced around the room during Dinosaurs’ set.

Throughout the night, the heaving crush of adolescent energy around the stage transported me back to my first few years at Gilman. In addition, I was headbutted in the face at one point and kicked in the head by a wayward foot at another, adding a corporeal element to my nostalgia. No wonder I didn’t take many photos back then! I was too busy thrashing around and surviving flying bodies and limbs to fiddle with a film camera. Oh well. I’ve since learned how to multitask a little better. Here’s a glimpse of the action, as well as my KALX playlist from 20 years ago.

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* = feature play
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2/16/96: FRIDAY 12:30-3pm

* PUBLIC DISTURBANCE – S&M
* THE HUMPERS – Apocalypse Girl
ZERO BOYS – Johnny Better Get
THE CONTROLLERS – Do the Uganda
* BIORITMO – Asia Minor

* THE VANDALS – Wannabe Manor
*$ VOODOO GLOWSKULLS – Thrift Shop Junkie
* THE CADAVERS – Bad Kid
S.H.A.K.E. – Invasion of the Gamma Men
* GAMMA MEN – Police Car

NANCY SINATRA – Sugar Town
* FIFI & THE MACH III – Heaven Only Knows
THE SAINTS – Lipstick on Your Collar
STAN GETZ – Girl from Ipanema
THE POMPOMS – Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

COMMANDER CODY & HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN – Hot Rod Lincoln
* CIGAR STORE INDIANS – Hot Rod Concerto
BILLY THE KID EMERSON – Move Baby Move
$ ELVIN BISHOP – Beer Drinking Woman
SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS – I Am the Cool

TROTSKY ICEPICK/VENA CAVA – I’m Stranded
* BOUNCING SOULS – All of This & Nothing
* AFI –  Advance in Modern Technology
* THE MOTARDS – Johnny Tremaine
* THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – The Dirty Sea

THE BUSINESS – Get Out While You Can
THE LURKERS – Wolf at the Door
$ X-RAY SPEX – Oh Bondage Up Yours!
$ LINK WRAY & THE RAY MEN – Rumble
* JOHNNY LYON – Bark Like a Dog

THE TAMMYS – Egyptian Shumba
DAVID SEVILLE – Witchdoctor
THE NAILS – 88 Lines about 44 Women
THE ANGELS – My Boyfriend’s Back
$ SANDIE SHAW – How Can You Tell

THE ADVERTS – Safety in Numbers
THE CLASH – Jail Guitar Doors
SHAM 69 – Tell Us the Truth

$ NAKED RAYGUN – Gear
* VAST MAJORITY – I Wanna Be a Number
* JACK O’ FIRE – Run Run Run
$ THE MAKERS – Dos & Don’ts of Lying

* LOUIS ARMSTRONG – Black & Blue
BILLIE HOLIDAY – Travelin’ Light
* THE TIKITONES – Rusty Nail
* THE BOMBORAS – Slinky

DAVID BOWIE – Heroes

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Love Wins: 2015 Revisited

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What an epic year for love 2015 turned out to be! On a national level, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26th landmark ruling declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry. On a personal level, we were honored to join incredible couples on one of the most significant days of their lives together.

Our whirlwind year was marked by weddings on Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and New Year’s eve. We maneuvered around trains, planes, and automobiles, as well as buses, scooters, skateboards, and bikes. We even boarded a few to travel to Malibu, Chicago, Louisville (KY), Japan, and Taiwan. We befriended dogs, squirrels, gophers, sheep, horses, and 2000 cranes (the latter albeit of the paper variety). Our mouths dropped in awe when our couples shared their many talents: singing a cappella, swing dancing, Irish dancing, breakdancing, wiffle balling, levitating, frontside grinding, frolicking gleefully. Most importantly, we witnessed honest, unbridled laughter and…

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Diana & Andrew’s Engagement Adventures in Japan

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You might remember Andrew in his role as an undead stalker during Becca and Mike’s zombie engagement shoot in Golden Gate Park a while back. Well, he’s baaaaaaaaack! And we have the great pleasure of photographing his and Diana’s wedding later this year. When they casually mentioned that they might like to do a Tokyo Vicestyle pre-wedding session, we couldn’t believe our ears.

“We’re gonna be in Japan in November!” we exclaimed. “Can you join us there?”

They looked at each other, mouths agape, until squeals of excitement escaped from both of them. Soon we were all squealing. Lily has been friends with them for several years through martial arts so we knew that they’re fun-loving, energetic, and always hungryin other words, a blast to hang out with!

Our two-day adventure together began in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city. With our trusty dSLRs and a hefty Pentax…

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Jessica & Nathan’s Fun-Filled Chicago Engagement Session

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chicago-engagement01Chris and Nathan have been skate buddies for over a decade so we were thrilled when he and his bride Jessica asked us to photograph their wedding later this year. Since they’re tying the knot in Louisville, KY, they thought it’d be fun to take pictures around their home in Chicago. And fun we had!

The first stop of our two-part session was the freshly painted “Chicago” mural that Victor Ving of Greetings Tour had just completed. (Lily had spotted it as she rode the train into town that morning.) We then headed to Logan Square for a fierce Star Wars bubble battle and daring dandelion fluff blow-off.

A bit lightheaded and sticky afterward from being so adorable, Nathan and Jessica called upon The Force and zipped us over to Lake Michigan at Pier 31. There, we caught the sunset and watched as lights twinkled on across the city. We…

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Katy & Phil’s Magical Malibu Ranch Wedding

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malibuwedding001Roughly 10 miles away from the beaches of Malibu and tucked amid the Santa Monica Mountains, Calamigos Ranch is not your typical ranch. Sure, it’s outfitted with a Ferris wheel, carousel, and summer-camp concession stands of yore, but it’s their majestic oak treea breathtaking beauty that radiates with the wisdom of a hundred sunrisesthat Katy and Phil fell in love with. It was the perfect setting for their one-of-a-kind wedding.

Their special day started at Westlake Village Inn, the site of our couple’s engagement (you can take a peek at their ridiculously fun save-the-date video here). Many tears were shed and hugs were shared as they giddily got ready. Katy slipped into a stunning full-length strapless gown with an intricate bodice, while Phil rocked a custom blue suit and a snappy, partially paisley vest. Even Lady, their furry ring bearer, dressed up for the occasion…

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Burger Boogaloo 2015: Pretty Faces (Going to Hell)

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bbface01The 2015 Burger Boogaloo may be over (surf over to our Day 1 and Day 2 posts if you need a little help remembering or simply want to bask in the afterglow) but we’re still stunned that upwards of 5,000 folks converged upon Oakland’s Mosswood Park over July 4th weekend. And to think we only encountered a tiny fraction of them at any given time!

Although tracking down our friends was seriously like a page out of the bizarro-edition of Where’s Waldo?, we had a blast seeing familiar faces from near and far and meeting new ones. Our biggest doubletake was when we walked past a sweet couple whose wedding we shot on Valentine’s Day earlier this yearwhat a fantastic surprise! Thanks again to Total Trash Productions and Burger Records for bringing us all together! Here are some of the loveable mugs (and other body parts) we immortalized…

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Burger Boogaloo 2015: Day 2

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sneaky pinks10We’ll be honest: Day 1 of the Burger Boogaloo (and the Clorox Girls reunion show afterward) totally kicked our butts and we found ourselves moving much more slowly on Sunday. Unfortunately, this caused us to miss Vial completely and fail to get within acceptable shooting range of Dancer, Guantanamo Baywatch (photos of their 2013 performance are here), and King Khan & BBQ Show. Bummer!

Still, we caught a good chunk of the action, including Gooch Palms’ amp-climbing antics, the Sneaky Pinks’ red-hot revue, and the Black Lips’ attempt to keep everyone’s hands clean. One guy even launched a bottlerocket from the middle of the Flesh Land amphitheater before the Black Lips hit the stage (and was immediately escorted off the property). We can’t imagine how Total Trash and Burger Records will top this weekend but we’re sure they’ll find a way! Until then, enjoy our recap!bbsun-161

Gooch…

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