Watch: A Mini-Doc on Carletta Sue Kay, Possibly S.F.'s Most Indescribable Band

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Carletta onstage
Describing the particular allure of a performer or a kind of music isn't often easy, but some acts make it harder than others -- and usually that's to their credit. San Francisco's Carletta Sue Kay is such a performer. The plot-level summary of what this act is doesn't really work, because Carletta Sue Kay is so much more than a man in drag singing old-seeming, wounded songs in an incredible voice. The best way to explain it is to simply show it to people. And that's what Out of Focus TV's Loren Risker and Tina Liao have done in a new, 10-minute mini-documentary about Carletta Sue Kay. The final installment in a series called American Music, their Carletta film blends interviews with Carletta's Randy Walker and others -- including fans and noteworthy local musicians -- with electrifying footage of the band onstage. If words often seem unable to capture the spirit of Carletta Sue Kay, this documentary comes closer. Check it out:


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A-Plus and Aagee Get Lost Inside the EDM Matrix in "Blue Tear Drops"

Categories: Video, WTF

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We thought the age of everyone jumping on the EDM train came and went a couple of years ago. We were wrong. Here is East Bay indie-rapper-of-note A-Plus with a new album unsubtly titled Molly's Dirty Water, and a single whose video trades in all the sensory stimulation you can find outside of an Oracle Arena massive. "Blue Tear Drops" is spacey track with -- get this -- no rapping, only lots and lots of digital atmosphere wafting over a trip-hoppy mid-tempo beat. It's too ineffectual to be terrible, but certainly far from compelling, and the accompanying clip trades largely in stock dance-scene imagery: crowd silhouettes, pulsing EQ meters, and futuristic neon robotics. There are some vertical horizons in there, too. And runners. And windmills. We couldn't tell you why.

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Watch the Incredibly Strange New Video For Cass McCombs' "Big Wheel"

Categories: Video

We don't really know what's going on here, either.
Here is a list of things you will see in the new music video for Cass McCombs' "Big Wheel," a droning trucker-rock tune from his excellent new album of almost the same name:

- Bloody fingers
- San Francisco City Hall
- Some green bug
- A dog and its person
- Clips of television people with their faces blanked out
- A plane flying shakily
- Cheesy 1980s VHS video effects
- Dancers or actors performing in a park
- Big words like "nothing," "freedom," and "heart."

But, you know, listing what is in this video really isn't going to help us, or you, understand the meaning of these images as they flash quickly by. You will just have to watch it:


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Watch: Massive "Single Ladies" Flash Mob Takes Over S.F.'s Main Library

Categories: Only in SF, Video

We kinda wonder about the spontaneity of this flash mob, given the outfits and synchronization and the rather practiced dancing, but! We're in no mood to spoil this party with reality. Here, showing all of San Francisco's rainbow diversity, is a vast flash mob shaking its thing to "Single Ladies" in the lobby of San Francisco Public Library. Why? Because it's Friday, because it's holiday time, and because you're probably sick of "Drunk in Love" already. You're welcome.


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Watch: "Home" Is Your 49ers-Celebrating Farewell Ode to Candlestick

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Rapper Heat in the mix at Candlestick
It's the last season for Candlestick Park, and the tributes are already pouring in. Here's one in video form from local rapper Heat, a Sunset District MC, writer, and youth educator who recalls here just about every notable moment in Niners history, from the world-dominating '80s seasons to that one Monday night when all the lights went out. This is Niners pride to the max. Watch here, and pour one out for the 'Stick:


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Watch: Dutch Artist Sings "Stairway to Heaven" Backward, We Can't Look Away

Categories: Video, WTF

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Jeroen Offerman, feelin' a backward guitar solo.

If you ever need proof that the Internet can be educational, expand our horizons, and make us more culturally aware global citizens, this video from Dutch artist Jeroen Offerman should do the trick.

Offerman, a visual artist living in a town called Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, learned to sing "Stairway to Heaven" backward. Then he performed it that way on some church steps, recorded it, and reversed the tape; the clip first appeared in an issue of Wholphin, a McSweeneys-produced DVD. This fan saw it, and passed it along to WMFU, an independent radio station out of Jersey City, which apparently curates a long-standing collection of different "Stairway"s, because, well, why do you need a reason to do that? This is America.

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Oakland Toy-Maker GoldieBlox Rewrites the Beastie Boys' "Girls" to Encourage Young Female Engineers (and It's Awesome)

Categories: Video

GoldieBlox, a barely-year-old company founded by Stanford graduate/engineer Debra Sterling that makes toys designed to inspire "the next generation of female engineers," recently debuted this ad, which we love for the following reasons:

1) It's a re-imagining of one of the Beastie Boys' most squirm-inducing songs -- we still get happy/nostalgic when we hear it on the radio but the lyrics embody the kind of casual sexism the late, great Adam Yauch could later be heard apologizing for;

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Stop Everything and Play With This New Music Video for "Like a Rolling Stone"

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The words "new Bob Dylan music video" don't usually set our hearts a-flutter, especially after the upsetting fever dream that was "Must Be Santa" -- which, really, we're still hoping was the result of Dylan losing a bet, owing someone money, and/or showing up to a video shoot on Ambien.

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Watch: Thao Nguyen's "Feeling Kind" Video Is a Lovely Ode to the New Bay Bridge

Categories: Video

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Thao Nguyen, riding the bridge.
The new span of the Bay Bridge may be an obvious setting for local music videos, but leave it to folk-rocker-with-a-conscience Thao Ngyuen to fete the bridge as well as we've yet seen. This new clip for the jazzy stomper "Feeling Kind" has Nugyen and Co. grooving all up and down the eastern span's pedestrian walkway, interspersed with lovely footage of the Bay and Treasure Island to boot. It helps that, like most of the songs on Thao's latest album, "Feeling Kind" is excellent -- a bittersweet New Orleans-y blues about hitting pause on your modern worries, or at least trying to. The clip premiered on Stereogum today, but you can watch it here:


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GWAR's Oderus Urungus Reading Goodnight Moon Is the Funniest Thing You'll Watch Today

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Whoever at Loudwire came up with the idea of getting GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus --the towering demon in monstrous costume who leads the world's most gruesome and most satirical metal band -- to read the classic chlidren's book Goodnight Moon deserves a huge fucking raise. Not only does Oderus have no idea what Goodnight Moon is, but he ad-libs throughout the whole thing, adding all sorts of delicious profanity and seeing things -- like, say a condom drying rack! -- we're pretty sure weren't in the original story. This probably isn't okay to play for little kids, but as far as adult entertainment goes, it's amazing.


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