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Wish You Were Hear: Nobunny as Bo Diddley, Halloween 2013

nodiddley01It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged about something other than weddings and engagement sessions and I feel terrible about it. But now that the end of the year is nigh, I finally have some time to remedy that. Let’s start with masked marauder Nobunny on Halloween night at Oakland’s Stork Club, when he paid tribute to R&B legend Bo Diddley.

The last time I saw Nobunny on Halloween was in 2009, also at the Stork Club. Back then, he channeled the spirit of Lux Interior of the Cramps, and that show was as shambolic as you’d expect, with burnt bunnies, used undies, and unbridled bodily fluids rocketing across the room as he and his band (which included Peach Kelli Pop‘s Allie as Poison Ivy and Rock’n’Roll Adventure Kids’ Marcos as Bryan Gregory) careened through their primitive set.

Unsurprisingly, Nodiddley and his band brought that sonic maelstrom back to the Stork Club, cranking out classics such as “I’m a Man,” “Pills,” and “Who Do You Love?” Even though he forgot to don Bo Diddley’s trademark frames earlier on in the set, the costumed crowd went crazy anyway, crawling over each other and throwing themselves toward the stage. Bo himself might’ve been taken aback, but Nodiddley embraced it thoroughly. I heard that Shannon & the Clams (as Peruvian garage punks Los Saicos) and the other bands that played that night were excellent, too, but unfortunately I missed them. So please dive into the sloppy hot mess that is Nodiddley!

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Belated thanks to the Total Trash crew for throwing such a great bash! Next post: Garage punks The Sonics invade San Francisco. Check back soon!

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Wish You Were Hear: Burger Boogaloo 2013, Day 2

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The Zeros | Burger Boogaloo, Mosswood Park, Oakland

Oakland’s Mosswood Park is the kind of place where locals go to walk their dogs, let their kids run amok on the playground, kick a soccer ball around, play a game of tennis, film a low-budget music video, or lie in the sun with a good book. It hardly seems like it could handle a posse of rowdy garage/punk bands and the crowd that loves them, but the visionary folks at Total Trash Booking saw its potential and took a stab at putting together an East Bay outdoor music fest.

With the help of Burger Records, Marc and company did a tremendous job organizing the two-day Burger Boogaloo on July 6 and 7. I was only able to attend day two but was fully impressed by how pleasant it was to be there. The sun was out, the bands were pretty much on schedule (some were even early!), the food trucks had something for everyone, and the portapotties weren’t a total disaster. New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off, with DJ Jonathan Toubin, was a highly entertaining intermission. If Burger Boogaloo happens at Mosswood Park again next year, count me in! In the meantime, here are some highlights from the day.

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The Memories

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The Memories

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Gap Dream backed by The Memories

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Boogaloo-ing

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Gravy’s Drop

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Burger merch

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Kissing booth

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KALX booth

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Burger Boogaloo mascots

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Wild & woolly DJ Justin

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Guantanamo Baywatch

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Guantanamo Baywatch

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Guantanamo Baywatch

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Mean Jeans

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They’ve got their mean jeans on and they’re ready to go

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MC Oscar

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The Zeros

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The Zeros

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Marc of Total Trash joins the Zeros for “Beat Your Heart Out”

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Kevin & Marc beat your heart out

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Hella Vegan Eats offerings

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Doughnut burger

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Trashwoman Danielle enjoys some fries with Russell Quan

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Trashwoman Tina with the Stompin’ Riffraffs

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Jello Biafra shoots the breeze with the Burger boys

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off

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Jonathan Toubin

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The judges

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The judges

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off: the finals

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off: the finals

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off: the finals

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off: the finals

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New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off: the winner

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The Audacity

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The Audacity

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Fuzzheads

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Jonathan Toubin & Jello Biafra bond

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The Oblivians

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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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Totally Trashed

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Back in August, San Francisco’s Total Trash put on a four-night garage punk extravaganza featuring the likes of Nobunny, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, the Anomalys, and the Okmoniks. I finally posted my photos from the last three nights here…just in time for the upcoming BURGER BOOGALOO, a collaboration between Total Trash and Burger Records that takes place March 25-26. Better start getting my beauty rest!

FRI MARCH 25 – Thee Parkside (1600 17th Street) 9pm, 21+, $10
KING TUFF
PERSONAL and the PIZZAS
The Rantouls
Wrong Words
King Lollipop

Personal & the Pizzas

FRI MARCH 25 – El Rincon (2700 16th Street) 8pm, 21+, $10
STRANGE BOYS
TY SEGALL
Natural Child
Moonhearts
Cosmonauts
Nick Waterhouse

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SAT MARCH 26 – Thee Parkside (1600 17th Street) 2PM DAY SHOW, ALL AGES, $10
TRADITIONAL FOOLS
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Culture Kids
Underground Railroad to Candyland
Skumby and the Disneydads
The Shrouds

SAT MARCH 26 – Thee Parkside (1600 17th Street) 9PM NIGHT SHOW, 21+, $10
DAVILLA 666
MEAN JEANS
The Biters
The Booze

Mean Jeans

Sun March 27- Thee Parkside (1600 17th Street) 9pm, ALL AGES, $10
NOBUNNY
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Wild Thing
Midnite Snaxxx
Egg Tooth (featuring Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams)

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