Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2008 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Lots of good hip-hop flavored shows over the next few days in San Francisco, including DJ, producer and musician RJD2 at the Independent on Divisidero tomorrow night (Thursday, April 10) on a bill with Dalek and Happy Chichester - 9PM showtime. Also tomorrow is the Audiopharmacy Spring Harvest Tour with performances from the seven piece Audiopharmacy collective, the ten-piece Bayonics, the Duniya Dance Company, plus DJ sets from Ren the Vinyl Archeologist, DJ Coop D'ville, plus lots more. Showtime 9PM - 3AM at SF club Mighty on Utah. More details here. 

And this weekend at Amoeba Music on Haight Street, San Francisco there will be a free instore when DJ Sake1 Presents Fania on Saturday afternoon (April 12) at Amoeba SF. Note the early showtime of 2PM. Read details on Sake1 (pic left) on Amoeba.Com.

On TV an Interesting looking documentary airs tonight about the so-called "hate edge" offshoot group of the straight edge movement - the hardcore punk based anti drink, drugs, & sex movement inadvertently started by Ian MacKaye when he and Minor Threat recorded the song "Straight Edge" back in the early eighties. Inspired by MacKaye's beliefs, since then a whole hardcore punk-loving and clean living youth movement sprung up, calling itself "straight edge." But in recent years this well-meaning movement has reportedly bred some members who have remained clean but taken to vigilante violence against drug dealers and other (as they see it) bad apples in society. 

In the Thurston Moore-narrated TV documentary called Inside Straight Edge -- tonight at 10PM PST on National Geographic Channel -- the makers set about determining if straight edge is no longer simply a safe refuge for youth but rather becoming a sort of breeding ground for a "militant subculture" across the US in cities such as Salt Lake City and Reno. Whether this is just another sensationalist look at another music-related youth movement culture it should be still worth checking for.   Meantime below is a video of an anti-drug/just-say-no public service announcement from some years back that intersperses the lyrics of Minor Threat's "Straight Edge" throughout the PSA - lyrics reprinted below YouTube clip for you to sing along if you DARE.

I'm a person just like you,   But I've got better things to do
Than sit around and fuck my head, Hang out with the living dead
Snort white shit up my nose, Pass out at the shows
I don't even think about speed, That's something I just don't need
I've got straight edge, I'm a person just like you,
But I've got better things to do, Than sit around and smoke dope
'Cause I know I can cope, Laugh at the thought of eating ludes
Laugh at the thought of sniffing glue, Always gonna keep in touch
Never want to use a crutch,  I'VE GOT STRAIGHT EDGE   -
Minor Threat

Over in England this week the UK RSPCA is rather upset with Mark E. Smith of The Fall after, in an interview in the new May 2008 issue of music mag Uncut, he flippantly claimed that he routinely kills red squirrels in his back garden -- chopping them up with his hedge clippers.  The British animal rights group is reportedly upset with Smith if he harmed any animal, especially the UK endangered list red squirrels and are currently investigating the case. If they find the claims to be true, they will push to prosecute Smith under the WIldlife and Countryside Act as reported by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

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