Hands up, who remembers Chu-Bops? From 1981 to 1983 these 3-inch square reproductions of popular LP covers with "albums" made of crappy chewing gum were sold in convenience stores and local 40oz shops all across the United States and Canada. I bought several, including a copy of Blondie's Parallel Lines which is still unopened to this day!
This week we're paying tribute to these weird collectables and have created all-new Isotope-staff-flavored Chu-Bops inspired by the awesome albums of days gone past.
The Monsters of Electro-Pop Amazing Freezepop Hits SF
Drop everything you are doing, throw away your evening plans, and prepare to deep-fry your brain in the hot electro-pop oil of one of the greatest live music acts ever, San Francisco!
Detonate the fuse on your internal ecstasy detector when the vocorder hits and twin keytar playing dynamos stalk the stage, quiver in undiluted joy as sub-zero thumping rhythm machines vibrate your body in that dirty, dirty way you secretly love so much, fill your childlike glee cup over-flowing and beyond as you piston pogo bounce and centrifuge spin your way through a crowd of grinning, fabulously stylish nerds... you won't soon forget as Freezepop beep boops and clicks uncut pleasure down into dilithium crystals of pure happiness. And all for you.
Freezepop for ever. And ever. And ever. And ever.
Freezepop @ 12 Galaxies 2565 Mission Street Saturday, November 3rd
The Best Weekend All Year Long So Much To Do, So Little Time!
Wow, what a phenomenal weekend we're going into here in SF! I've seen a whole lot of folks in from out of town in the past two days so if you're in from out of town... "welcome" and I'm giving you all a high-five for having excellent timing!
So, what's going down during the best weekend all year long in the greatest city on Earth?
SF Love Parade & After-Party - We all know that San Francisco is without a doubt America's most open-minded city, so it was naturally the first choice to host the American version of Berlin's world-famous Love Parade. This massive parade and street party down the city's main thoroughfare of Market Street and culminates in a gigantic outdoor festival at the end of the route. Right out in front of city hall (that's how we do it in San Francisco, baby)! Not to be missed.
ArtCar Fest 2007 - The largest congregation of crazy, beautiful, goofy, and brain-meltingly outrageous ArtCars on the entire coast! You haven't truly lived until you've cast your peepers on jaw-dropping automotive glories like Ripper the Friendly Shark, Cowasaki, The Mirror Image, and the gothic majesty of the you-have-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it Carthedral. There just isn't anything more wonderful than seeing these beauties rolling down SF streets.
6th Annual Docfest - San Francisco's famed documentary film fest is one of my favorite reasons to snuggle down into a movie theater seat, scarf popcorn by the handful, and get hypnotized by the silver screen. This year's flicks include American Scary which answers all those burning questions you have about great TV horror hosts and hostesses of yesteryear, Luchando a flick about sex-working hustlers in Cuba's gay underground, What Would Jesus Buy? a cross country anti-consummerism bus ride with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, El Mechanico Loco the highly praised look at a punk rock hotrod racing team, and the downright awful sounding Absolute Zero, a flick about a railway worker freezing to death trapped inside a refrigerated cooler car full of animal carcasses. I'll definitely be checking out a few of these!
Folsom Street Fair - The quintessential San Francisco street fair! This event is always one of the most fun of all of the crazy events we have here in SF, and this year the organizers have upped the ante with the addition of an "erotic artists' alley" full of some of our favorite local comic creators including Justin Hall, Steve MacIssac, and Drub. I've gotta give the Folsom Street Fair a standing ovation for showing so much appreciation to the art form of cartooning this year. Nice!
And lest we forget the very best thing happening all weekend...
JH Williams III @ the Isotope - Oh, I'm completely biased, I know! But seriously, who wouldn't want to come to the world's sexiest comic book store to meet one of the greatest living masters of the comics artform? One look at Mister Williams work on Promethea, Desolation Jones or his current run on Batman will get you just as mouth-foamingly manic about his art as we all are!
Feathers, Confetti, Champagne, Rock & Roll It's the Triple Cobra CD Release Party!
It's Saturday and what could be better on a beautiful San Francisco night like tonight than a decadent cranked-amp glam rock & roll spectacle of the highest majestic order? Well, my friends, that's exactly what I'm going to be over-indulging myself in tonight as SF's supreme glitter rock beings take the stage for a majestic CD release bash.
Like the fur. feather and leather adorned androgynist rock and roll gods of old, Triple Cobra erupt from life's mediocrity with all the sparkling champagne-infused sass, gaudy guitar solos, confetti-launching cacophony, skintight vinyl pants, full-frontal fishnet adorned karate kicks, and lust-filled lyrical content that would make even Prince's face turn purple that you need.
Click here to sample the glorious glitter glam that is Triple Cobra. Oh good lord am I looking forward to this!
Triple Cobra @ Fat City 314 11th Street Saturday, June 9th
Can you feel that? It's your heart racing with the knowledge that we're right on the edge of the best weekend all year here in San Francisco... the weekend of the Alternative Press Expo. We here at the Isotope love APE for far too many reasons to list, but most of all we love APE weekend because it's the weekend that's all about the love for comics.
As usual, there's a ton of things going on during APE weekend, as the convention spirit always spreads through the city offering comic creators and fans an excuse to launch gallery shows, set up workshops, and throw parties in celebration of comics. It's easy to fill up your schedule with so much going on, so allow us to select out a few events to recommend. There's some stuff going on at othershops and at a few galleries and cool spots we like as well... but a body can't do everything, so here's our suggestions:
Erotic Electronic Automatons Freezepop's Sexy Nerd Pop
Freshly popped from electro-pop beat cooker straight to your cerebral cortex, Freezepop fuels up hip dancefloors with boogie inducing whisps of beautiful vibrophonic grooves. Plug into the vocoder voices and bubbling synths backed up by thumping post-punk rhythms and cool new wave beats. The people shall rejoice.
Dose your evening with ultra-freshness tonight!
Freezepop w/ Sutro & Subimage @ Elbo Room 647 Valencia Street @ 17th St March 7th. Doors at 9:00pm
Instead we're cancelling all our previous plans to go see the mighty Zepparella, the all-female Led Zeppelin cover band tonight. If you feel like we do about bands dropping lawsuits on venues that let cover bands like Zepparella play, come join us, won't you?
Zepparella with Triple Cobra @ 12 Galaxies 2565 Mission Street @ 22nd St February 23rd. Doors at 9:00pm
UPDATE: Apparently we're the stupid ones! We've been informed by one our readers that the above story we linked to is nothing but pure sensationalism with big names attached to get people reading the Colorado paper and score some free publicity for the club owners who failed to get a proper ASCAP license. If so... let us offer our apologies out to Misters Plant and Page and a thanks to Tytlane for keeping us on our toes. That'll teach us to drink and blog!
It's Isotope Sneak Peek Time Gipi's Awesome Garage Band
When our friends at First Second Books announced their spring 2007 offerings including more books from Eddie Campbell, Louis Troundheim, and Sfar, we here at the Isotope stood up with a hearty round of applause!
But nothing excited us more than Garage Band.
With the family garage finally his own to do with as he pleases, Giuliano grabs life by the reins and forms the band he and his friends have always dreamed of. Putting aside the fear of failure which lives in us all, these four friends begin bashing out music on battered equipment and find an unexpected refuge from turbulent family lives. But when their only amp blows a fuse, a desperate search for some new equipment lands them in more trouble than they ever saw coming...
Written and painted in gorgeous watercolor by the brilliant Italian cartoonist Gipi, this original graphic novel thrilled us with the promise of an introspective look at the intersection between music and teenage life... and having just finished reading it, we have to tell you, this book brought tears to our eyes.
For everyone who missed the hot Uke Apocalypse show last month on the Isotope stage... here's live footage of Stella, Just Henry, and 5 Cent Coffee rocking out a beautiful rendition of David Bowie's classic Five Years.
Throw Rag + Nashville Pussy + The Cramps Equals One &%@#-ing Great Concert
At the end of last week's Polysics show Isotope amigo J. turned to us and said, "Man, I have got to see more live music with you guys. Everytime I go along with you to one of those crazy shows you go to, those bands ROCK!"
Well J. it's time to clear your Saturday night schedule, 'cos we've got another one for ya!
Charlie Horse: Meaner than a rye whiskey hangover, these vicious greaserbilly outlaws from Southern California include an ex-Las Vegas Strip performer and the dirtiest, filthiest singer in rock and roll, Capt'n Sean (Throw Rag), a fire-breathing bass playing tattooed amazon, Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy), a preacher's wayward son from the mid-west's notorious murder belt, Chopper Franklin (The Cramps), and a rhythm section of pure, undiluted psychobilly madness.
"its dirty, its nasty, it makes me feel like drinking till I fall down and waking up in the middle of the street" - punkrocktheory.com
See you there!
Charley Horse @ Thee Parkside 600 17th Street @ Wisconsin February 3rd. Doors at 9:00pm
A Hyper-Charged Show Not to Miss Bottom of the Hill 1/30/07
After many weeks of us hosting outrageous shows and throwing kick ass in-store events, it's time for the Isotope staff to "get out of the house" and indulge ourselves in an event someone else put together!
And what better way to do that than with an evening of vintage synths, hyperactive guitars, and manic beats of two of the best nerd-rock bands playing today?
Mongoloid: The beautiful mutant's choice for hardest working Devo cover band today! Led by the always outrageous Loid Mongoloid, this group of sexed-up geeks deliver the superheroic showmanship of a classic Devo concert with half the cost and twice the environmental impact! Seeing and hearing is believing
Polysics: The Japanese gods of electronic punkpop! Mainlining audiences with high octane antics, this four piece from the home of Godzilla regurgitates and reinvents hyper accelerated grooves, plasticized dress codes, and computable sounds with quirky style of refreshment. Popular with both hipsters and long distance truckers who are known to pop Polysics to stay awake! Seeing and hearing is believing
And next up on the Isotope stage, we proudly present the magnificent MC Chris. Hailing from Brooklyn, this helium-voiced staple of the nerdcore phenomenon is perhaps best known for his work on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, and for brilliant songs like Fett's Vette and I Want Candy.
We're proud to hold MC Chris's first all-ages show in San Francisco ever and one of his only all-ages shows on his latest tour. Free from us to you. Definitely not to be missed!