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The Noise Pop festival has a penchant for out doing itself each successive year, and that tradition continues this year with notables like Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Cat Power, the Donnas, Calexico, a revived Folk Implosion, Mountain Goats, and even a newly reunited Camper Van Beethoven.
The fourth annual Noise Pop Educational Series will take place on Saturday, March 1st at the Noe Valley Ministry, located at 1021 Sanchez. This year the festival is sponsored in part by the Seattle-based Experience Music Project (EMP) museum music, promising an even more educational Noise Pop. Who says noise rots your brain? Other sponsors this year include Amoeba Records, Juice Design, Devil In the Woods magazine and the San Francisco Academy of Art College. Oh, and the binge drinker/exhibitionist in you will be happy to know that the fine folks at the Red Hook Ale Brewery will be sponsoring free happy hours and after parties every night of Noise Pop 2003 complete with special acoustic performances, guest DJs, drink specials and all the shenanigans that go along with drunk twentysomethings. The debauchery will all go down at this year's Noise Pop Headquarters, Thee Parkside bar at 17th and Wisconsin, where you'll be able to spot several LAS staffers manning the glassware each evening.
Festival badges for Noise Pop 2003 have been on sale since January 19th, and tickets for some shows are available from Ticketweb.com. In addition, most individual show tickets will also go on sale at the venues' respective ticket outlets the day of, but if you're going that route expect long lines.
B The Blood Brothers, Built Like Alaska
C Calexico, Camper Van Beethoven, Cat Power, Ceramic Isles, Citizens Here and Abroad, Court and Spark, Creeper Lagoon, Crime In Choir, Crooked Fingers, The Cuts
D Dead Moon, The Dirtbombs, The Donnas, Downturn, Nicolai Dunger
E Eleventeen, Erase Errata
F Fields Of Gaffney, Film School, Firecracker, Fojimoto, Folk Implosion, Nik Freitas
G The Go
H Har Mar Superstar, Hockey Night, Peggy Honeywell, Hot Rod Circuit, Hudson Bell
I Ill Lit, Imperial Teen
J Jealous Sound, Junior Panthers
K Kirby Grips
L The Librarians, The Locust
M Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Milemarker, Minus The Bear, Moore Brothers, Mountain Goats
N Joanna Newsom, No Knife
O OK Go
P The Pattern, The Pleased
R Rattlesnakes, Replicator, Rooney, Roots Of Orchis
S Sermon, (smog), Kelley Stoltz, Swords Project
T Time Spent Driving, Mia Doi Todd, Tortoise, Trackstar, Trans Am, Truxton, Tsunami Bomb, Tussle
U Under A Dying Sun
V The Velvet Teen, John Vanderslice, The Von Bondies
W M. Ward, Western, Whysall Lane
Thursday, February 27 (7:30 PM at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street)
HURT [Directed by Mark Romanek, USA 2003, 4 minutes.] .: Johnny Cash sings a song by Trent Reznor. This video is guaranteed to make you cry.
IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE: THE SHANE MACGOWAN STORY [Directed by Sarah Share, Ireland 2000, 93 minutes] .: Combining his Irish roots with the spirit of punk rock, former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan wrote some of the most passionate, exciting music of the 80s until years of drink and drugs began to take their toll. With remarkable candor, a wild-eyed, but world-weary MacGowan discusses his past, his life today and his enduring reputation as a man whose self-destructive streak is matched only by his musical genius.
Friday, February 28 (7:30 PM at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street)
BEAUTIFUL FRENZY [Directed by Christina Hallstrom and Mandra Waback, Netherlands/Sweden 2001, 52 minutes] .: Beautiful Frenzy profiles the independent-minded and sure-footed Dutch quintet The Ex in a thorough history of the incendiary avant-punk group. Interviews, archival footage and live performances create a captivating document, while interviews with interested parties, such as Steve Albini, contextualize the group's impact.
SILVER ROCKETS / KOOL THING: 20 YEARS OF SONIC YOUTH [Directed by Christopher Dreher, Germany 2002, 60 minutes] .: An inspiring portrait of uncompromising artists, Silver Rockets / Kool Things captures everyone's favorite noise pioneers through interviews, videos, archival footage and remembrances by collaborators and friends.
Saturday, March 01 (2:00 PM at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia Street)
RANGE LIFE [Directed by Robert Trondson, USA 2002, 19 minutes] .: Johnny Go's got a problem. His band's either on the verge of breaking through or breaking up. Everything depends on tonight's show.
1-2-3 FOREVER/CITYCITY BANGBANG [Directed by Gunnar Knutsen, Norway 2002, 20 minutes].: Two films, one story and the strangest delivery service you've ever seen.
ANGEL OF LOVE [Directed by Doug Stone, USA 2002, 21 minutes] .: Outsider music has no better representative than B.J. Snowden, a substitute teacher who writes and sings songs about Canada and the U.S. Navy.
PIXIES: GOUGE [Directed by Matt Quinn, England 2001, 50 minutes] -- 4:00 PM at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia Street .: Remember the first time you heard the Pixies? After five years and five albums of their unique combination of surf music, punk rock and 50's rock 'n' roll, the band broke up leaving behind a legacy which influenced a generation of artists from Nirvana to Radiohead. This documentary incorporates dynamic Pixies performance footage with interviews from the likes of Bono, Thom Yorke, Blur, PJ Harvey, Steve Albini and, of course, the band themselves.
ROCK THAT UKE [Directed by William Preston Robertson and Sean Anderson, USA 2002, 75 minutes] .: The ukulele is more than a tiny musical instrument. It's a state of mind. This eccentric documentary examines the mystical allure of this four-stringed underdog and the recent surge of post-punk musicians who have taken up the instrument as a counter cultural statement. From the traditional to the distorted, today's ukulele players have tapped into a raucous and irreverent source of irony, angst and impotent rage.
Sunday, March 02 (2:00 PM at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia Street)
DO YOU REMEMBER?: FIFTEEN YEARS OF THE BOUNCING SOULS [Directed by Jeff Alulis, USA 2002, 100 minutes] .: After years of obscurity, homelessness, breakdowns (both mental and vehicular) and that initial embarrassment of playing your first gig before you know how to play your instruments, the Bouncing Souls have perfected their unique, catchy punk rock sound. But this doc is more than a just a portrait of a band. It captures the spirit of an era, when a punk could pick up a guitar and dream of a DIY world.
Sunday, March 02 (Sunday, March 02 (4:00 PM at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia Street)
ALL THIS WAY [Directed by Alexandra Lacey, USA 2002, 23 minutes] .: Touring through the Southwest in a beat-up van, Rose is forced to make some difficult decisions about her band, her music and her future. Although it's in Arizona, much of this locally produced short was shot at the Make Out Room.
SPEEDER KILLS [Directed by Jim Mendiola, USA 2003, 83 minutes] WORLD PREMIERE .: On the run from a $45,000 debt, Texas-born, San Francisco-based video artist Amalia has returned home to San Antonio. When selling folk art door-to-door doesn't work out, she turns her artistic sights on the Chicano punk band rehearsing across the street. She wants to make a documentary about them; they just want a music video. What follows is a delectable blend of indie rock, Mexican American culture, kidnapping plots and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. SEE ALSO: www.noisepop.com
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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