NOISE POP NIGHT 1 :: 02/27/07

Words by: Kayceman :: Images by: Andy Tennille

Extra Action Marching Band :: 02.27.07
Last night (Tuesday 2/27) San Francisco welcomed Noise Pop back for its 15th Anniversary shindig. Opening Night, billed as FREEDM Night, was held at Mezzanine, and let me tell you, it was a scene!

Opening night is always a big meet-and-greet, and with an open bar and free food for VIPs, this was indeed schmooze-tastic. While the remainder of the week is packed with more music than any man can possibly consume, the kick-off party was more of a "who's who" of the biz, with lots of booze to grease conversations.

Walking past the long ass line with my badge flying high, I noticed Les Claypool waiting with the masses and quickly rectified the situation by telling the folks in charge to take care of business. Once inside we linked up with lots of familiar faces including Two Gallants drummer Tyson Vogel and shared some drinks as we checked out the free swag that was going around. There were posters, hair products, art, ice cream, key chains, all kinds of shit. And then, there was the music.

Har Mar Superstar :: 02.27.07
Of particular note was emcee and DJ David Cross, who is one seriously funny dude. He was crackin' jokes from the stage and even worked in a "Final Countdown/GOB's Theme" tease ala his hit show Arrested Development during his DJ set.

From there it was skin-skin-skin, and not always the good kind. Billed as FREEDM Night, people were embracing the idea and stripping down. Extra Action Marching Band rolled out heavy with horns and drums and a parade-on-acid vibe. One guy was standing on a speaker with a megaphone, another fella was on the bar, a bunch of 90-percent nude dudes running around with flags, and a slew of girls and guys doing the thong dance on stage as everyone pretty much got weird in the room.

After the Marching Band kicked off the live music, Har Mar Superstar took the stage. While many seemed to be diggin' his vibe, I can't seem to figure out how this guy has a career. It was pretty much glorified Karaoke. It was okay as background music. He had some good beats he was singing/rapping over, but what the fuck is with an overweight white guy stripping down to his skibbies on stage all about? I was at the end of my rope and drank heavily.

Tapes 'n Tapes :: 02.27.07
Closing down opening night was Minneapolis, MN's Tapes 'n Tapes. Easily the most musical of the acts, the band played a hyper version of indie rock in the same vein as The Shins. While not mind-blowing, these kids sure can play and they served the people well by keeping their clothes on.

Although last evening was the official start to Noise Pop, tonight we really dig in for some tasteful songwriters (Josh Ritter) and head-smashing rock (Sebadoh). Stay tuned right here at JamBase as Kayceman and Tennille will be hitting the streets hard and bringing back words and pics every day to keep you up on the Noise Pop onslaught.

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