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HoZac Blackout 2012: Photo Recap

human eye

Human Eye | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 500

Rather than try to describe the ear-splitting glory that was the 2012 HoZac Blackout, here’s a smattering of the thousand-plus photos I took last month (how time flies—yikes!). For a more in-depth look, check out the 100-pic gallery here. You can also view provocative band portraits from that weekend in my previous blog post. I shot video (of questionable quality) for most of the bands, too. If any are halfway decent, I’ll (hopefully!) post them sometime in the next six months.

cemetery

Cemetery | Canon 5D, 17mm, .3 sec, f6.3, ISO 500

mentally ill

Mentally Ill | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/5 sec, f8, ISO 500

screaming yellow zonkers

Screaming Yellow Zonkers | Canon 5D, 17mm, .3 sec, f8, ISO 640

cozy

Cozy | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 800

plateaus

Plateaus | Canon 5D, 17mm, .3 sec, f8, ISO 800

video

Video | Canon 5D, 17mm, .4 sec, f8, ISO 800

davila 666

Davila 666 | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/6 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

Video smackdown

Video smackdown | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/5 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

white mystery

White Mystery | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/5 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

barreracudas

The Barreracudas | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/6 sec, f8, ISO 1000

ketamines

Ketamines | Canon 5D, 28mm, 1/6 sec, f8, ISO 1000

pleasure leftists

Pleasure Leftists | Canon 5D, 29mm, 1/5 sec, f8, ISO 1000

teledrome

Teledrome | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/6 sec, f8, ISO 800

fungi girls

Fungi Girls | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/6 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

homostupids

Homostupids | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/5 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

crowd goes crazy during homostupids

Crowd goes crazy for Homostupids | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/5 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

gentleman jesse

Gentleman Jesse & His Men | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/6 sec, f8, ISO 800

redd kross

Redd Kross | Canon 5D, 38mm, 1/5 sec, f8, ISO 1000; 17mm, .3 sec, f8, ISO 1000

redd kross

Redd Kross | Canon 5D, 17mm, .4 sec, f8, ISO 1000

redd kross

Redd Kross | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/6 sec, f8, ISO 1000

medication

Medication | Canon 5D, 23mm, 1/4 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

bare mutants

Bare Mutants | Canon 5D, 33mm, 1/25 sec, f4, ISO 1600

estrogen highs

Estrogen Highs | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 1000

human eye

Human Eye | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/5 sec, f8, ISO 800

roky erickson

Roky Erickson | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 800

roky erickson

Roky Erickson | Olympus PEN EP2, 25mm, 1/60 sec, f1.4, ISO 1250

todd + timmy vulgar

Todd + Timmy Vulgar | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/10 sec, f8, ISO 500

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The Many Faces of HoZac Records: Blackout 2012 edition

gentleman jesse and his men

Gentleman Jesse & His Men (Atlanta, GA) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/13 sec, f8, ISO 500

The mere thought of sifting through the thousand-plus underexposed / overexposed / blurry / out-of-focus shots I snapped at the HoZac Blackout two weekends ago was so overwhelming that I decided to ease myself into the abyss with the band portraits I took that weekend. Unfortunately, due to varying degrees of senility, tardiness, hunger, and/or exhaustion, I failed to capture all the bands that played. (Steven/Redd Kross, if you’re reading this, sorry I had to bail! Will you take a raincheck?)

In any case, here are the portraits I managed to wrangle over the course of those four days, starting with the opening-night art show and concluding with the legendary Roky Erickson (a wholly unexpected development, I might add). Incidentally, I displayed a bunch of prints at the art show but forgot to take a self-portrait that night. I also forgot about taking portraits by the time Cemetery and Mentally Ill played. I suppose if this mental lapse had to happen anywhere, what better place than at the Blackout.

In the next few weeks I’ll be posting photos of the actual performances as well as a revealing interview with the latest teen-pop sensation out of Minneapolis, Cozy. Stay tuned!

marieke mcclendon

Marieke McClendon, artist | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/320 sec, f4, ISO 200

luke chappelle

Luke Chappelle, artist | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/320 sec, f8, ISO 200

darius hurley

Darius Hurley, artist/Criminal IQ Records mastermind | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/320 sec, f8, ISO 200

colin smith

Colin Smith, photographer | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/320 sec, f8, ISO 200

christopher ilth

Christopher Ilth, artist | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/40 sec, f4, ISO 1250

joey potts

Joey Potts, artist | Canon 5D, 40mm, 1/40 sec, f4, ISO 1250

tiger lily photo exhibit

Tiger Lily photo exhibit | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/50 sec, f4, ISO 1250

tiger lily photo exhibit

Tiger Lily photo exhibit | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/50 sec, f4, ISO 1250

hozac trifecta

HoZac trifecta (Canderson, Todd, Brett) | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/50 sec, f4, ISO 400

cozy

Cozy (Minneapolis, MN) | Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/13 sec, f8, ISO 640

plateaus

The Plateaus (San Diego, CA) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/8 sec, f8, ISO 640

video

Video (Denton, TX) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/8 sec, f8, ISO 500

spider fever

Spider Fever (San Diego, CA) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/5 sec, f8, ISO 400

davila 666

Davila 666 (Puerto Rico) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 640

white mystery

White Mystery (Chicago, IL) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/13 sec, f6.3, ISO 400

barreracudas

The Barreracudas (Atlanta, GA) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/13 sec, f8, ISO 800

ketamines

The Ketamines (Alberta, Canada) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/6 sec, f8, ISO 500

pleasure leftists

Pleasure Leftists (Cleveland, OH) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/8 sec, f6.3, ISO 800

teledrome

Teledrome (Calgary, Canada) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/8 sec, f8, ISO 500

fungi girls

Fungi Girls (Cleburne, TX) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/6 sec, f6.3, ISO 500

gentleman jesse and his men

Gentleman Jesse & His Men (Atlanta, GA) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/13 sec, f8, ISO 500

medication

Medication (New Milford, CT)  | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/4 sec, f6.3, ISO 640

bare mutants

Bare Mutants (Chicago, IL) | Canon 5D, 15mm, .3 sec, f8, ISO 800

estrogen highs

Estrogen Highs (New Haven, CT) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 800

human eye

Human Eye (Detroit, MI) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 500

roky erickson's band 2012

Roky Erickson’s band (Austin, TX) | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 500

roky erickson meets human eye

Roky Erickson meets Human Eye | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/4 sec, f8, ISO 500

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Roctober’s over

Rip Offs, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/6 sec, f8, ISO 1000

It’s been so long since my last post that I almost forgot how to insert a photo and put together a sentence. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to expound on the joy that was the Budget Rock showcase since I have some serious packing and eating to do. Whether or not you were able to take part in the sometimes-inhuman festivities, I invite you to visit the Budget Rock galleries I put up. Hopefully the pictures will make up for my lack of words.

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HoZac Blackout: Part 2

Nones | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/8, f8, ISO 800

Continued from Part 1.

Since dinner the night before consisted of a small bowl of mixed nuts (thanks, Jim!) at 2am, I kicked off Blackout day 2 with a starchy double breakfast at Longman & Eagle and a vegan chocolate cupcake from New Wave Coffee. (This, and all the meals I had over Memorial Day weekend, is the subject of another post.) Amazingly, my usual food coma never set in and I was fully awake for all the festivities. From what I remember:

1. The Nones (pronounced “nuns”) took the stage at around 4pm—saxy, shambolic fun.

2. Outer Minds, who made one of my Top 7 singles of 2010, belted out haunting harmonies reminiscent of the Mamas and the Papas. C and I shot some footage that may or may not appear in their upcoming video.

3. Although they didn’t play right after each other, Radar Eyes, People’s Temple, and Idle Times generated a blur of distortion and head-banging. 

4. Heavy Times were way punker than their HoZac single led me to believe they are. It was not an unpleasant surprise, though I was baffled that they’d play “Ice Age” but not “No Plans,” the A side of the same single.

5. Reading Rainbow, now a three piece, delivered a sweet, engaging set. I had a hard time shooting them so you’ll have to deal with a portrait of them instead of a live shot.

6. Puffy Areolas assembled themselves on the floor and, assisted by Christmas Woods (of ET Habit and Mickey), whipped up a sonic maelstrom that sucked in everyone within earshot. Christmas, in his final performance of the weekend, literally fired up his saxophone at one point, while my friend Alejandro (the one who took the bus to Chicago from San Francisco), Ross of the Brides, and at least a dozen other audience members groped and fondled the singer’s guitar.

7. Back on stage, Timmy’s Organism delivered cosmic convulsions of the highest order yet managed to keep it clean (i.e., no squid parts or neon paint).

8. Close to midnight, hunger finally started worming its way into my every thought. Somehow I made it through a few Tutu & the Pirates‘ songs (these self-proclaimed toilet punkers were so good C had to drag me away) before hightailing it to the Rocking Horse a few doors down for burgers, fries, and a surly waitress. We inhaled our food but missed all but two songs of Nobunny‘s set. Chicago apparently loves Nobunny—so much so that a good portion of the crowd, intoxicated by the warm and fuzzies, left in a daze and forgot to come back for the Nervous Eaters, who hit the stage at around 2am. Partly expecting them to play the ’80s versions of their classics, I was thrilled that they stuck to the no-nonsense punk sound that they launched their career with. Songs like “You Smell Like Fish,” “I’m a Degenerate,” “Loretta,” and “Just Head” incited a near-riot on the floor. I was excited to see “Get Stuffed” on the playlist…and thoroughly disappointed that they skipped it when their set got cut short. Gah!

Here are some photos to remember Blackout 2011 by. For a more expansive look, click here. I also put up separate galleries for Puffy Areolas, Timmy’s Organism, and Tutu & the Pirates because, well, I just couldn’t bear to kill these babies anymore.

Welcome back, Blackout! Hope to see you again next year!

Outer Minds | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/20, f8, ISO 800

Radar Eyes | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/30, f8, ISO 800

Heavy Times | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/25, f8, ISO 800

People's Temple | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/25, f8, ISO 800

Reading Rainbow | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/8, f8, ISO 800

Idle Times | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/5, f8, ISO 800

Puffy Areolas | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/5, f8, ISO 800

Christmas Woods and his flaming sax | Canon 5D, 15mm, 1/15, f8, ISO 800

Timmy's Organism | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/8, f8, ISO 800

Tutu & the Pirates | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/10, f8, ISO 800

Nobunny | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/10, f8, ISO 800

Nervous Eaters | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/10, f8, ISO 800

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HoZac Blackout: Part 1

Squish and "Clive Jones" perform "Rabies Is a Killer" | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/6, f7.1, ISO 400

When I first set foot in the crumbling warehouse-like space that the folks from the Empty Bottle would transform into the Velvet Perineum, site of this year’s Blackout, my brain reeled back to all the punk shows in squats I attended in my wide-eyed youth. Back then, I had no fear of scabies, rabies, hepatitis, arthritis, deafness, sciatica; I was resilient and invincible, eager to make up for all the live shows I was deprived of in my teens. But with age comes a craving—nay, need—for creature comforts, and I’ll admit the Velvet Perineum’s indoor portapotties, concrete floors scarred with foot-deep crevices, generators, and lack of seating filled me with some dread.

Yes, I am a wuss. I am not my friend Alejandro, who arrived in Chicago from San Francisco via a harrowing two-day bus ride and walked 3.5 miles each way (he was on a really tight budget) to his room in a hostel by the lake and still managed to spend as much time at the front of the stage as I did.

Luckily, the only real bummer (if it can even be called that) was the four-foot-high stage–great for watching bands but lousy for taking photos. The sound was great, the crowd was friendly, and the space was…well…spacious. I daresay this two-day festival was physically more comfortable than the last two Blackouts at the Empty Bottle, although it was definitely weird leaving the venue without a hairful of beer, the sweat of strangers on my clothes, and a crop of colorful contusions.

As for the music, I appreciated that the line-up was composed mostly of bands on HoZac’s roster. I only wish the Flips and Myelin Sheaths could’ve made it.

Some highlights from Night 1 (in order of appearance):

1. Christmas Woods (of Mickey and ET Habit), dressed as Clive Jones of Agony Bag, performing “Rabies Is a Killer” with Squish

2. Mickey’s trashy, glammy, glittery swagger

3. The Happy Thoughts’ charming lo-fi pop gems, even though they didn’t play “Happy Thoughts” (note that they’re no longer “Eric and”)

4. TV Ghost’s electric mayhem

5. K-Holes skronky sax

6. The Brides’ goofy banter in between blasts of rock’n’roll adrenaline

7. The Spits’ Ronald Reagan masks and trademark flaming drums (but right before they go on, Christmas Woods scuttles like Spiderman on the skylight above the stage)

Here’s a smattering of images from the evening’s offerings. For a more expansive look, click here.

Mickey | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/6, f6.3, ISO 400

The Happy Thoughts | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/5, f6.3, ISO 500

TV Ghost | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/4, f8, ISO 800

K-Holes | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/4, f8, ISO 800

The Brides | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/6, f8, ISO 800

The Spits | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/6, f8, ISO 800

(Despite the drunken frenzy that erupted at the front of the stage during the last two bands, the portapotties were in shockingly good shape at the end of the evening—no vomit, no wayward turds, no upended stalls. I doubt a real bathroom would’ve fared so well.)

Portapotties | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/30, f4, ISO 1250

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Five on Friday: Taiwan Street Food part 2

Taipei street food vendor

Taipei street food vendor | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/100, f8, ISO 400

There are a number of events this weekend celebrating the 100th anniversary of Taiwan (or the Republic of China, depending on what side of the fence you fall on). The Taiwanese American Cultural Festival takes place from 10am to 6pm tomorrow in San Francisco’s Union Square and it claims that visitors can “enjoy a sampling of the culinary culture of Taiwan and taste Taiwanese dishes such as bah-tzang (Taiwanese tamale), Taiwanese sausage and stir fried noodles. Food will be served ‘tapas’ style to parallel the common ‘nightmarket’ experience in Taiwan where people try different food items from street food carts. Arrive early and order quickly before the food runs out!” The festival layout diagram shows that only a small corner is earmarked for the food section, but it might be worth checking out. If I’m disappointed (which is highly possible), I may have to turn to 168 Restaurant in Pacific East Mall. It’s not the same, but close. Just stay away from their stinky tofu!

Even more intriguing is the Taiwanese Night Market Event at University of Washington in Seattle, also happening tomorrow. If the Bay Area can have food truck rallies (in fact, there’s one tonight at Fort Mason), is a Taiwanese night market event too far afield? Or how about a Taiwanese food truck? Anyone?

Oh, and San Diego is hosting a Taiwanese Food Fair tomorrow, too. Happy eating! By the way, if you’re interested or missed it the first time around, you can read my first post on Taiwan street food here.

taipei street food vendor

Taipei street food vendor | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/40, f4, ISO 200

Taipei street market vendor | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/50, f6.3, ISO 100

Taipei street market vendor | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/50, f6.3, ISO 100

Taipei braised food vendor

Taipei braised food vendor | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/60, f8, ISO 200

Taiwanese takeaway

Taiwanese takeaway | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/125, f8, ISO 200

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