Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy holidays, from all at Mezzanine

We will be on holiday from December 22 -January 9. Back on the saddle in the new year with some special surprises. Watch this space.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Because we love you

We're starting to take inventory of our giveaway stash, and believe us, it's massive. Because we want our readers pampered and cooler than everyone else, our first gift for this recession-fun party is two gift cards for superstar boutique Aritzia in the Westfield Shopping Mall in downtown SF. To win for yourself or for that fashionable one in your life, submit a 50-word graf on the following:

What trend do you absolutely hate, and what would you do to the offenders?

Email me or post your response in the comments, and we'll pick our two faves! But hurry, these cards expire Tuesday, December 23. General contest rules here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Just Twitter-ing about

We finally succumbed and got ourselves a Twitter account so you can follow in our every footstep. Keep up-to-date on all things Mezzanine-related by following us here!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Let me Tellier all about it

It’s not hard to expect Sebastien Tellier will assist you in getting tail. And I’m not saying it's for the first time in a long dry spell, I’m talking about being laid for the next 72 hours. I’m talking about dusting off the record player and closing the blinds for a few days. I’m talking about phenomenal neon cosmic orgasms and body melds like you’re fucking in a waffle-maker.

Mezzanine played host to the beginning of my Sexuality-inspired weekend with a man that is personified by the essence of pillowtalk foreplay and 80’s soft touch porno-pop-sex. As I slowly unzipped and opened myself up to new things, I heard men croon more than women, experienced wasted 20-something hipsters overexaggerate their relationship insecurities with “just pull out” inhibitions, all the while watching Mezzanine turn into a French bisexual disco Jacuzzi cootie party.



I don’t speak the French language, but I’ve always secretly wanted to be French. Screw Sylvester the Skunk, I’m the pastel blazer-wearing, true school electroblazing, Filipino version of Don Johnson from Miami Vice…but I’d have a Tagalog/French accent - find me as the token bad guy in the next Bond movie.

The song that really hit the G-spot at the Mezz show was “Kilometer” - filtered Korg synths missionary-style over Miami callgirl sex moans is WAY more amazing than His & Her KY Jelly.

Don’t get me wrong, the beard and Jesus locks make Tellier looks like The Dude or Tommie Sunshine; not so much the ideal “take me home cause I’m naughty type.” But game recognizes game, and even though Jenz thinks I’m lothario, Tellier's solar-shield sunglasses and charming French tickler persona gave me lockjaw. During track “L’amour et la violence,” I swear it felt like I was in the middle of a Power Exchange orgy. If you’ve ever been into American Apparel, where Tellier has his own line of V-neck hipster sex shirts, then you know what I’m talking about.

I’ve had Sexuality ebbing from my apartment since I got home Thursday night, and I’m sure I’ll be getting noise complaints from the landlord about how much my bed squeaks. The only time I saw the sun was when I turned on the weather channel to try and drown out my own verses to “Une Heure.”


Show review by Ryan Rosario

Photo thru Google

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

In his Relm

DJs are a lot more creative than people give them credit for. The shitty ones, of course, stand there and just pretend to do something (a la celebrities who think throwing on an iPod and hitting "shuffle" is sufficient). The more advanced use vinyl, mashups, stage antics and beer to make their sets stand out.

City native Mike Relm decided to go down the latter route while also throwing down his mixing skills live, in time, to video screens looming behind him on Friday night. Not a bad idea for one with nimble fingers.

I'll admit it is sort of odd to stand there and watch someone behind a turntable. I couldn't decide whether I wanted to dance or observe, but I was glad I did both. One of the things I like about Relm is that he seems to be and practice being a pretty cool guy, which includes intersplices footage of movies, videos, and random shit alongside his scratching; the infamous "O" face video did make an appearance as well as some homemade short films Relm did, communicating with audience via a tablet of paper and nothing else.

The dude definitely knows to mix; we heard some 90s grunge with some Ladytron, some hip-hop followed by indie, all done live in tune with the video images flashing around. Relm also dropped new single from his new album Spectacle called "Everytime" with the video he directed behind it. The slow-motion stop imagery, going backwards, and shot in a gorgeous black and white feel made it a neat watch.



Thanks for being a cool guy, Mr. Relm.


Photos by Kapshure/Berderp

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

GET SCHOOLED :: Sébastien Tellier


The 33 year old French multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to being erotic, from having fellow French friends like Air as well as making this year's album Sexuality, an "11-track meditation on lovemaking." After having his song featured in this year's Eurovision Song Contest (which is sort of like an American Idol between European countries), Tellier is landing in San Francisco Thursday, December 4 to bring his take on the new Parisian pop, as well as sitting down with us to talk about soft sex and V-neck shirts.

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Q: We are very thrilled to have you back in the States. I went into American Apparel a month or so ago and noticed ads for your new album, Sexuality. How did you get involved with the brand name to do a promotion which essentially released your album before record stores, [at] at a clothing store?

A: It was by chance. American Apparel and I share the same aesthetic for soft sex and easy color, and that links us with a similar philosophy. They even made a Sébastien Tellier t-shirt for me and started the promotion in July.

Q: I totally felt a perfect pairing. I have a bunch of friends who purchased the Sébastien Tellier tee. It's an ultra-deep V [neck], oversized tee, right?

A: Yes, you're correct.

Q: Speaking of your new album, Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo [that also did Daft Punk] produced it. How did you connect with him?

A: Guy-Manuel is the best producer. He's really clever and doesn't use his brain when it comes to music; Guy feels the music. As for me, I'm a composer of the music and don't see some things that Guy does, so he's very good and does everything that I don't see. I'm a composer and I'm always thinking about the music from the beginning until the end of the day. It's always on my mind and he's a producer, always, and coming up with new things.

Q: He's brilliant, and your new album is great as well. Can you tell us about your live shows? Does it only feature you on stage?

A: It's a really intimate setting. I do have a band; there's four of us on stage. I've been on tour for the last year so this is a new band for this tour. I play guitar and channel. I want to see kisses in the crowd and have everyone excited to hear the songs.

Q: What about lights, visuals, projections? Do you have all of that stuff?

A: Lights are important to mood. We use soft pink lights that remind us of the 70's; it's a very natural setting, but also electronic. I want it to feel more real as if the spirit is "woody" so sometimes there's not too much light.

Q: Your video for "Divine" (which was also iTunes "Video of the Week" for New Music Tuesday) puts you in various venues like a library, liquor store, a ferris wheel, a police lineup. What was going through your head, or does it have meaning?

A: It wasn't trying to be hip; the video has no meaning. I just made it because I don't live just one life. If you're going to be happy, you got to live your life how you want to.


Interview by Shahim Ali

Pictures courtesy of management

MezzanineIV :: Identity crisis with the Dewaele brothers

Soulwax, aka 2 many djs, aka two dudes from Belgium, discuss the "painful" process in making their documentary The Weekend Never Dies, their remix superstar friends, and contest the notion of brotherly love.


Monday, November 17, 2008

SHOTS OF AWESOME :: Q-Tip

The gospel of Q-Tip, as caught by Kapshure at the R2K Sports Bounce tour.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"Sleeper Hits," by Ryan Rosario

Ryan Rosario reports on Saturday's Dirtybird show:

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After a serious herbal detox (not the drinking kind) from last Thursday night’s waxing, I plowed through for Saturday’s storm to catch Claude VonStroke and Switch blowout some bassbins. I’ve been a Dirtybird and Dubsided fanatic for a good minute, so my expectations of the show were that of a die-hard, dance-harder fan. I loaded my copper-colored Shuffle with all the songs that make me fidget, wobble, techno-juke, blip-slide, and ghetto-tech in anticipation of the night.

[VonStroke picture by Kapshure]

Now, I don’t know how many of you have been to a Dirtybird party in Golden Gate Park, or their occasional Friday night at Shine, but these guys bring it like a Benadryl and Vodka Red Bull uppercut in the gut. Techno squirrel squeaking on top of deep house baselines and sodapop drums at 130 bpm’s would make everyone from candy-ravers to hyphy soldiers bob their heads and tap their feet. Then there’s Switch, aka Dave Taylor, aka one half of Solid Groove, aka one half of Induceve, aka Modeler, aka shall I keep geekin’ out!?!

Nevertheless, Switch’s remix catalog is equally rivaled by his original production work with artists like Santogold, M.I.A., Diplo, Crookers, and fellow Dubsiders Jesse Rose, Sinden, Herve, and Trevor Loveys - all of which have been in SF over the past four months with the exception of Herve , who is yet to cross the pond.

By the time I reached the Powell MUNI station, the diphenhydramine and highball combo I consumed before leaving turned my reality into the music video for "Pest - Pat Pong (Solid Groove Remix)" as it was playin’ in my headphones. I walked into Mezzanine feeling like a wet dog on acid while anxiously anticipating the physical warmth from other bodies dancing the rain away.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

5 Golden Rules: How to be a WINNER

Should you wish to be eligible to win free tickets as part of a Mezzanine giveaway, please refer to the five following golden rules regarding how best to succeed as a winner:

  1. Please follow the specific directions in the blog post as to how to win whatever it is we're giving away. Any incomplete answers/submissions will be disqualified.
  2. Directions regarding how to enter each giveaway will generally be included in the post itself; these directions will more than likely include either leaving a comment after the post, or sending an email to the address provided. In either case, both are time-stamped and we'll usually adhere to a first-come, first-served methodology.
  3. Winners must be 21+.
  4. Tickets are non-transferable.
  5. We have no third party to sell your info to, so no worries on that front.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

SHOTS OF AWESOME :: Claude VonStroke


Captured by Kapshure over at Berderp. Can't you feel him feeeeeeeeeel the music?

Monday, November 3, 2008

"Get Your Soulwaxed," by Ryan Rosario

Ryan reports on the sonic blitzkrieg that is Soulwax+2ManyDJs!

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Have you ever had a Soulwax? A sonic laser removal of the flesh from your bones and mangled conception of reality into live streaming internet video? It peaks in “Phantom Pt. II (Soulwax Nite Versions remix),” and that fucking breakdown into silence that bugs the shit out of music snobs until they remember how much the final buildup of digitized bass licks and Roman Catholic chapel synths makes them want to geek like new tracks on blogspots. This is my first spot for Mezzanine, and I highly recommend this track on vinyl 12” over 320 kbps because DJs still gotta have wax on their hands.

First off, Thursdays are the new Fridays. There is just something about S.H.I.T. that makes me believe Part of the Weekend Never Dies. The hour-long documentary/video coverage filmed on one camera (f’real!?) during the 2005 through 2007 Soulwax tour/studio/interview movie was a voyeuristic endeavor into the core of Soulwax. It built me up and let me down like sex in a bathroom stall. “E Talking” was their 2006 music video that was banned from European television because it depicted hella kids on hella drugs being hella real at London venue Fabric. If that video was a hardcore porno, Weekend was the stolen sex tape from your next-door neighbors…best watched with 200 other people.

With a serious chubby as a result from that film and armed with a fresh Red Stripe, I was ready for the music from opening DJs JDH and Dave P from New York City. I LOVE NEW YORK DISCO TECHNO! They got that boogey-down shit on point like Republicans and oil. Their ’tween sets were refreshing for all the heads – enough to make me buy a red-eye to NYC and catch them at their monthly party called Fixed.

Soulwax & Nite Versions equal David and Stephen Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven, and Steve Slingeneyer. Their all white ensemble and proper bow ties let us know that things were going to get sweaty. My favorite was the LCD Soundsystem Nite Versions cover of “Get Innocuous.” I’m going to have that song stuck in my head for a minute, I’m sure. Instead of an encore, the Dewaele brothers decided to close as 2ManyDJs. In the day and age of recently acquired Serato DJs and Abelton live computer sets, it was refreshing to watch the Dewaele brothers bring the heat with real wax. Flipping records and riding the pitch control brought me to full mast as I suddenly realized I was poking through like a Florida voters’ booth. After a careful zip-up and realization that I was dancing commando, girls started sprinkling the stage. Everyone went COMPLETELY APE SHIT when the biggest dude in the smallest pink striped polo jumped on stage and shamelessly sang out his underbelly. As the crack in the dam that had finally been unleashed, soon the stage mob rivaled the dance floor onlookers.

This was my first live Soulwax/2ManyDJs experience, and I know it won’t be my last.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

GET SCHOOLED :: Claude VonStroke

Claude VonStroke is a busy cat. The Detroit transplant who cites San Francisco as home now is working on three separate projects while also balancing being a dad and a self-professed hater. But at the end of the day, it’s nice to see someone with a refreshing sense of honesty. Check out our Get Schooled edition with him below. Mr. VonStroke plays Mezzanine on Saturday, November 1.

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Q: Tell me a little about what’s on your plate at the moment.

A: For Mothership, we have a new album for Catz n Dogz for promoting. As for Dirtybird, we just got a new girl and her record is coming out in a couple weeks. I’m also working on an album, and Justin Martin has one too.

What is the process like for remixes? Do you approach that any differently?

Some people just try to do a different version of a song. I tend to make a new track each time. I go about it in the same way, though.

How did you make it out to the City? It seems San Francisco is sorta a long call from Detroit.

You know…I was dating this girl who wanted to move out here, and then she didn't end up going out here. [laughs] I didn't want to go back to L.A., and I didn’t want to go back to Detroit, so I stayed. I don’t know how I got out here sometimes.

With so much new music out there, how do you keep track of everything? Do you have friends or publications you have faith in?

Now it’s getting to be hard. We get over 100 promos a week and 30 download offers. It takes several hours of work. I try to listen to everything, but sometimes it takes me a little while. There’s going to be chances I will miss something. There are labels I usually trust, but with magazines, I don't really listen to at all [due to advance nature of reviewing releases].

On your MySpace page, you list yourself under “ghettotech.” I’m trying to wrap my head around that, especially since what I’m finding includes a lot of pornographic imagery.

It’s also a sound from Detroit that's usually called “booty;” it's just a style of music that is faster that my genre, but the beat of it is really funky in the pocket – big bass, the spirit of it…it's really dirty, yes, but it’s not only the lyrics, but the vibe on how the beats are done.

What can people who haven’t seen you live expect?

It kinda depends on how it’s going to go, what time I end up on. If I play before Switch, it will be one way; if I play after, I'll play another way. He plays gigantic, so I’m going to work with that.

What was the last song you got stuck in your head?

This track on Kindisch Records, “Thrill” by Philip Bader and Sascha Braemer.

So no, like, Hall & Oates or anything?

Oh, you mean regular music?

[laughs] Or whatever gets stuck!

Maybe Dora the Explorer – I hear it all the time with my two year-old around.

If you had the chance, would you pick a different name? Maybe VonTouch, or VonCaress?

It was just a total joke at first, but it caught on. My first track somehow got into lots of people’s hands and then I went with it. It's interesting how many Europeans don't get it, but people in America do it. Europeans really think it's a real name.

Is there anything you refuse to play?

Almost everything. I'm not even kidding. I'm really kind of a hater.

Really? [laughs]

There's just a lot of bad stuff that's out there. Less that half of one percent of it is good – and then maybe half of that. Certain bass patches – as soon as I hear it, the big room electro, [that] will just get shut off, I'll just put in the trash. Some people like it, but I definitely know what I like. I will go into any genre if the song is amazing, but I don't play any music that is bad.


Interview by Jenz

Pictures courtesy of Dirtybird

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

One year ago today

This hotness graced our stage:


WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, PATRICK WOLF? I miss your face. And you subliminally humping shit. And even when you fight with Mika.

Photo courtesy of aidenbordner.

MezzanineIV :: Treasure Island music and mayhem

The IV team went out to last month's Treasure Island Music Festival to get sunkissed and rub elbows with the famous, all just for you. Check out their interviews with Aesop Rock, Mike Relm, and Tilly and The Wall as well as live footage taped on Treasure Island.
Special only to the Mezzanine blog!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Oh man, I remember this

Shiny Toy Guns - New Year's Eve by ivvvvv.

Our New Year's Eve party at end of 2006, entering good ol' 2007 - god, was that really two years ago I had a normal hair color? Wow. Sadly, I left after Scissors For Lefty and Shiny Toy Guns played, totally missing out on Blonde Redhead. I decided I wanted to be with all my friends instead of just one, and I and my friend Jeremy booked it from downtown to the outer Richmond, double-parked, and dashed up my friend Charlie's stairs at "SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE." Just in time. Crazy I even remember.

STG live shot courtesy of I-V.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ah, to score things that are free



I have two pairs of tickets for the Soulwax/2manydjs show at the end of the month! You want 'em, yeah? First two people to email me answers to the following gets some love:

- What is Samantha Fu?
- Name five remixes the Dewaele brothers have been responsible for.
- How would you describe the difference between the two groups?

Does anyone else think it a little funny they're opening up for themselves? I digress....

(Note: Contest has closed lovies! - Ed. 10/27)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lasers! Yay!

MSTRKRFT3 by kapshure.

MSTRKRFT last week in between strobing, taken by Kapshure over at Berderp. Sexy mouth on the monitor, no?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"MSTRKRFT - They're Safer Than Bees" by William Oliver Hart

We sent our good friend Will over to witness some lasers last week, and here is what he had to say.

There's plenty of things that want to kill you in 2008; terrorists, bored children, bees, the Chipotle Chicken Ciabatta sandwich at Jack-N-The-Box, that Black Hole Machine thing in Switzerland. MSTRKRFT don't want to kill you though. Thus begins my first blog for Mezzanine, entitled "MSTRKRFT - They're Safer Than Bees." I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing this on the back of a paper plate at Fuddrucker's and giving it to my girlfriend to transcribe.

Seeing that I quit my job, I saw MSTRKRFT mid-week. Really, what else am I gonna do with my free time? Get kicked out of the library some more? Please. Annnyways, the two opening DJs, Congorock and Felix Cartel, both subscribed to the same vague aesthetic of EVERY SOUND EVAR (car alarms, sirens, the cries of hungry babies) that has the potential to be the crux of some hardcore booty-quaking dance anthem. This, like anything else cool, kind of requires a sort of Kirkegaardian leap of faith to appreciate.

When MSTRKRFT hit the stage around midnight-ish, it was totally satanic panic. Do you think you like lasers? MSTRKRFT like lasers at least 5,000 times more than you. MSTRKRFT sounds like lasers. Okay, imagine Xanadu plus rave-action, divided by American Apparel, times epilepsy, and you might have an idea what the MSTRKRFT experience entails. Let's just say I'm pretty sure that the people that decided not to gorge themselves on Dimethyltryptamine before the show felt pretty solid about their decision. It could've been a bad scene. Not surprisingly, these brosephs' mastery of iconography probably rivals their oft-cited peers Justice, but it's not exactly surprising, seeing that a KRFTR himself, Jesse Keeler, cut his teeth with Death From Above 1979, a short-lived band whose music is wholly forgettable but whose striking elephant-schnoz imagery from their first CD is forever burned into my brain. Oh, and I think they had some sort of semi-epic beef with DFA stalwart Jamie Stewart 3 years ago. I remember thinking, "This could be a dance-punk Jay-Z versus Nas." But alas, no cool dis songs were produced. We all lost.

Wait - what was I talking about? Ah, right.

There is a sort of hamfisted horror show schlock to MSTRKRFT's presentation, from the Jason mask imagery to the blatantly metal (re: verging on illegible) font that proudly adorns a grip of their new merch. Their face-melting brand of electro strum und drang is offset perfectly by videos of explosions, fire, guns, and boobs, a display that is artsier than I'm letting on, and that I can assure you is supposed to be postmodern. But like their music, it works just as well (if not better) on a very superficial level: it's all icing, all the time. Subtlety is cruel mistress. These guys probably get super pissed when they're bored. I've never heard MSTRKRFT outside of a live setting, and I can't help to feel that you'd be missing the point if you just listened to them otherwise. Omygaw, I just noticed we have a Pitchfork link. Seriously, guys?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Who are you people?

Making the dance floor shake under my feetsies and having a raucous time at 12:30 in the A.M. on God's day...

Shame on you.

But seriously, how fucking phenomenal was last night's show? I swear to God I'm gonna marry an Australian. In Ghost Colors is one of my favorite albums of this year, and Cut Copy killed it. Haters aside, beezy. Plus, I think my ears are still ringing from The Presets' bass-heavy, drum-drooling "My People." How do two dudes make so much noise between them?

Let's not even talk about how ____ Heartbreak was. I'm still recovering.

More commentary to follow, but here are some snaps we found over on Flickr:


From MakeYouSick:
The Presets
Cut Copy

From Ario:
Cut Copy

I was standing about here, and the sound still was seamless. Bravo, dear Aussies.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW :: Andy of Hercules & Love Affair

NYC's Mr. Butler sits down to talk to us about being crowned the new disco kings, as well as his favorite songs on H&LA's debut record, featuring the vocals of Kim Ann, Nomi, and Antony from Antony and the Johnsons. Special only to the Mezzanine blog!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dear dude last night at MSTRKRFT in the smoking area around 1:15 AM with the sweet taco tattoo on your bicep

Can I buy you a drank? Srsly?

We got some commentary coming your way about last night's American Apparel/moustache/white boy dancing/laser light show that was MSTRKRFT, and all I gotta say is: damn. I wish I was even remotely interested in doing drugs because those fucking things were out of control.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Everyone needs some free swag! (aka, enter here for your free ish)

What's up party people!

(Sorry, I think I had too much coffee tonight - or maybe not enough)

I come bestowing more gifts. MSTRKRFT is playing next week, and I am almost tempted to drop some hallucenegetic drugs to witness this new light show that's gonna pop (no, Mom, I'm not going to - Ed.). So, we're doing this cool swaggy thing where if you're interested, you can comment on this entry and get some sweet T-shirt and turnable scratch pads f-r-e-e of charge sent to you if you'd like them cos really - everyone knows you need that shit when you least expect it. You can also email me if you're more shy like that. I'll be nice.

(EDIT: We actually did not end up getting our hands on scratch pads, but instead offer sweet MSTRKRFT CDs instead. I got a handful left of 'em, so let me know if you're still down for either/or. I'll close shop on Wednesday, October 8 for sending goodies out! - Ed. 10/6)

Also, should you purchase more than two tickets to the show, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free drink card worth $25 at the Mezzanine bar, which, if you've been here before, know that it can come in handy. We only have a couple of these though, so buy buy buy!
This post is mustache-approved.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I almost took off my clothes

So before I get into the insanity of this weekend, I'm going to gloat (I mean, be extremely modest): I already had tickets to see Janet Jackson of the Saturday of Mezzanine's Nelly show, but as we all know, it was canceled so that dude could open for her in Oakland. And let me tell you - I could see that guy's pecks from a mile away (well, the back row of section 105 at least). No "Country Grammar," but "Hot In Herre" is still a fun jam to visualize getting naked too, as evidenced by a crazy old white guy in a pinstripe suit who was dancing to this song in front of us.

Nelly also came on stage with the Goddess herself to do their duet "Call On Me," and they hugged after. So cute.

The Treasure Island Music Festival this past weekend was a success - I danced, I drank, I rode a fucking Ferris Wheel. I also met my new boyfriend:



Isn't he adorable? You can read more about that here if you're inclined.

The free afterparty at Mezzanine was really late, I admit, but I think worth it: I got to hear "Cassius" by Foals a second time, and my friend Morgan got a really nice screenprinted T-shirt outside in the smoking area, courtesy of the folks over at Antics. We were only able to stay for a song or two of Tilly and the Wall, as our healthy and nutrious dinner of Del Taco was starting to catch up to us. And, I still think "The Beat" sounds like Gloria Estefan being contracted to write a song for Disney. Does that make it bad?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Hey! Dirty! Baby I got your money

Such a grand song...

Remember that free shit I promised? Well, here are the details:

I will be running around this weekend at the Treasure Island Music Festival, as well as the sweet afterparty on Saturday at le olde Mezzanine with Foals and Tilly and the Wall (you've RSVP'ed, right?). If you find me, tell me the answer to this question and you will be rewarded with a pair of MSTRKRFT, Brazilian Girls, or Soulwax tickets. Simple as that!

Answer this: why is Treasure Island named so? (Hint: something special is found 'inside' the island...)

Find me and my bright ass hair, and you too can be a winner! See you then!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Partying with hippies and bowlers is actually more fun than you think

Herro! I'm back, lovelies. Apologies that it's been a bit quiet around the Mezzy bloggy, I stalked some band for a while and just am now over my birthday hangover. Will you take me back?

Of course you will. You need a drinking buddy.

So! Saturday! Power to the Peaceful afterparty! I knew I should have eaten that special truffle before I went over. But seriously, even though I was one of the few people who'd actually washed their hair that morning, I was really pleased to see everyone having a wonderful time. I saw lots of people hugging, dancing, drinking, and trying to touch those blown-up balloon creatures that were perched on the rafters. And while I can't say I have a full discography on reggae and jamband music, I was also pleasantly surprised to really like Michael Franti's Spearhead and All-Star Jam Band - I just couldn't do the 19-minute guitar solos. I felt like partying and falling asleep simutaneously.

Kinda hilarious that the night before was the big Lebowski party, no? I wonder if the bar staff ran out of White Russian ingredients. There would have been mutiny.

Anyway, if you have any pictures, stories, love letters, or snips to gripe with me on, send 'em my way to jenz.mezzanine@gmail.com. There's lots in store in the next few weeks on the blog...keep your eyes peeled for free stuff (yeah, I said it).

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Such a vibrant thing

Shot by Jeff Luger - how awesome does everyone look in this photo?


More afterparty photos to ensue, per usual.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Come bell rocking on Saturday...

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The Human League is still, well...human + Hey British guy, way to be lame

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the dude of THL still sounds excellent live. And although I completely was the youngest person in attendance at Mezzanine Saturday (seriously...), I will always love "Human" unconditionally because it sounds like a love song and dancefloor anthem mashed together accidentally, and it was so completely perfect that it was the song that played as I walked up.

Iconic gems like "Don't You Want Me Baby" and "Fascination" also still are superb in all its synthpopnuwavetastic glory. And although the lineup as changed throughout the years and the art of the blips of synth has evolved, the Human League still showed me that my The Ladytrontatat Faints Chip would not exist without them. Plus, blonde backup singer Sharon was so fucking sassy with her sequined dress, I wanted to put her in my pocket.

But the highlight of the night was at the bar; being hungover as hell from the previous night, my friend Vroo and I ordered orange juices to sip on as we took a break from the dancing that started after The Human League took off. We got approached by a tall Brit in a suit who began working out his lines, and as I was trying to politely tell him we weren't interested ("Hey...it's a valiant effort, man, but no thanks"), he insisted he was actually trying to set us up to get to meet his friend. Having never been subjected to a wingman scenario, my interest was piqued and I nodded to have him bring his (presumably hotter) friend over.

"No, really! He's very cool, I think you'll like him. Be right back," he insisted. The Brit then grabbed Vroo and I's shoulders to face the wall, and we waited in silence side by side before we were tapped on the back to pivot around.

It was the same guy.

And I couldn't help but laugh.

Hysterically.

The Brit looked mad hurt, and leaned in between us with his arms around us as his face fell rapidly.

"Are you fucking kidding me?" I asked as I wiped tears away. "That was the worst set-up ever, dude."

"What's your comeback?" Vroo inquired.

The Brit seriously stood there for about 15 seconds and then said, "I don't have one."

Burn!

Maybe he listened to "Human" too many times...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Is the Dirty South still dirty?

We just announced the Nelly show in September (on a Saturday, no less - party on, Wayne) - does this mean I have to go buy a box of new white Band-Aids? Wear jerseys in the middle of SF's Indian summer? Or should I just take off all my clothes?

So many questions...

If you go to his MySpace, you'll see an uber-classy picture of said man in a slideshow of pictures of him in front of a bridge, reclining on a chair, and these sweet superghetto spotlights moving back and forth about as fast as caterpillars. Very excellent.

And although I'm not sure I can fully endorse someone with such bad takes at spelling, look at those "knuckles" on the 'Space that are being used to represent Nelly's aptly-named Brass Knuckles tour; are they diamond-encrusted? Super ass shiny? Topaz?

So many more questions...

big event

GET SCHOOLED :: Heidi

Last week we were excited to host Heidi; she's sure to be back soon, so check out the Get Schooled with her below!

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Heidi (Get Physical, U.K.) - a London-by-the-way-of-Ontario DJ known for her knack of pulling up infectious beats to bring to the dance floor! Playing for us Friday, August 8 with fellow headphone wearers Craig Kuna, Kevin Knapp, and Eric Sebastian.

Check out how New York City partied when she stopped by (courtesy of AirDropTV):

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I'm so fucking excited about tonight - also, thanks Oprah!



Mr. Thicke, please don't be upset I said these things about you...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

EXCLUSIVE :: Interview with Andy of Hercules and Love Affair

Look at this! A brand spankin' new feature of wonder!

And what else you ask? Why, a new YouTube channel full of derangement and love. This will be the spot for interviews, audio clips, your bootlegs, and all kinds of unknown fun. Bookmark us - you may see yourself one of these days in the crowd.

Our first interview for MezzanineTV is here; check it out!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Lasers?? Where??

I will be the first to admit that music without vocals never used to tickle my fancy. I grew up on a plethora of music (classic rock, alternative, country, R&B, hip-hop, rap), but the farthest extend to my exposure of voiceless pieces was when my dad would play this album during Christmas. Tragic.

(Actually. I have fond memories of that composition...sorry Dad.)

It wasn't until I took some music courses in my first year in college that I really gained a huge appreciation for opera and classical music, even seeing Philip Glass three times in one weekend (cue nerd music, I know). Since then, I gotta hand it out to musicians who create in a variety of mediums and with instruments-or-not, and even to the DJs who tour exclusively just to mix beats live.

Two of my favorite albums this year, Ratatat's LP3 and the soundtrack to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (done by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis), are all noise and no vox. I am pleased to add Booka Shade to that list of favies, because German homeboys threw it down two weekends ago. I've struggled with how to write a review for them (how to describe two dudes on stage...hmmm); but I think to say that I walked in with no reference to the duo and walking out a fan is enough. Thankfully I had my good friend Charlie to provide me with hilarity and background ("These guys are like the Michael Jackson of German techno"), and we danced the whole time to the sounds of Water and Arno. Some highlights from the guys:

  • Beating the shit out of a drum kit that looked like they picked up for Rock Band at Best Buy
  • Hiding behind a DJ booth with what looked like a call center service rep's headset
  • Lots of fist pumping
  • Lots of jumping
  • German accents
Also, when we walked in, there was a sign posted on the Mezz door that stated "Please note this show will have lasers." I don't know about you, but any show with some fucking lasers has got to be good.

And completely gratuitous, but here is what I thought the whole time because of that sign:




Tuesday, August 5, 2008

This is a true story

"Hey Wendy! Guess who is coming to Mezzanine next week," I asked my dear friend, who I was on the phone with last night. She’s recently moved back to the Bay Area from a stint being amazing across the planet, and our conversation had reached a good breaking point to talk about upcoming shows.

"Who?"

"This one singer...son of a guy named Alan Thicke..."

"Shut the fuck up! Are you serious?" and bursts of "What?!?!" was all I heard as I fell onto my bed in stiches of laughter.

"Sexual chocolate!"

"Did you just really refer to him as confectionary with a purpose?" I asked.

"Yes…and you didn’t tell me this when we first started talking? This is headline news. What is wrong with you?"

Apparently, this guy is a big deal. Or something. Who am I kidding, the first thing we all want to know is if Robin Thicke can live up to that last name of his. C’mon now.

Kidding!

But on a serious note, I am truthfully very excited to see what this crooner can belt out. I like indie and alt as much as the next Pitchfork ho, but I also very much adore R&B and adult contemporary music as it was the basis for a lot of my childhood (as well as Bone Thugs N’ Harmony and Puffy, but that is a different story). And, as much as I love Justin Timberlake (Robin’s other ‘white chocolate’ brother), Thicke does the falsetto and the suave better than the former NSYNC'er and with the greatest of ease. I’m sure he’s gonna just look at some ladies in the audience and they’ll get pregnant.

Keri Hilson is also opening for Mr. Thicke; I know her as a guest vocalist from Timbaland’s Shock Value record from last year ("The Way I Are" is a brilliant club anthem, albeit illiterate in title), but Wendy informs me that she actually did a lot of vocal arrangements on that album as well as has written for the likes of Usher, Britney Spears, and Mr. Tim. Pretty impressive if you ask me. I guess I’ll forgive her for this heinous video she did with PCD’s Nicole Scherzinger. (I mean, really? Hoisery as head gear? Not cute.)

Come get pregnant next week with me!

Monday, August 4, 2008

I forgot my white glove...sorry guys

I got all stupid emo over at Conor Oberst on Friday, so I missed Dimitri From Paris...don't you worry though, I wore my finest bunny outfit out over in Potrero Hill in honor.

Or did I?

We did attend the Michael Jackson vs. Prince night Saturday, and I have to say that as much as ye Artist makes me feel way sexy and want to do naughty naughty things, I really think MJ won that night. His singles and non are just all classics around the board, and I found myself going "Fuck, I love this song!!!!" about 17 times that night. Also, "Bad" sounds so kickass over the PA system with the bass thumping through my veins, I totally flipped my shit. True story.

I'm in the process of picking my favorite pictures to spotlight here from that night from Suckafreeze, who were kind enough to snap some awesome party shots. Were you hella wasted and flashed some tit? Wore a MJ red jacket? Double fisted some drinks? Then you probably are on SF and should find your mug. (Girl who kept popping out of her top around 2AM near the stage, you are missing from this site. You were hot, but be glad.)

My favorite picture is here, and I gotta say to you two fellows: email me. I totally want to buy you shots.

(I'm serious!)

Anyway, I hope everyone had fun and that the two dudes who totally got into a fender bender around 2:30 by the smoking area were not too embarassed as we all broke out into cheer when the collision happened. Car accidents = bad, always, but y'all shook it off like you were in line for Jack-In-The-Box.

Unless, that was were you were going...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Fun Friday: which dude is less crazy?

I have an internal battle in picking which performer has more sass, diva behavior, and good music between Michael Jackson and Prince. On one hand, the Purple One can play his own instruments, has showed his bare ass more times to count, and did one of the best sing-a-long movies to date (don't tell me when "Purple Rain" comes you don't clench your fist and pretend to have a cape on...that's a pretty shiny velvet). Plus, he still performs and does stuff like piss off Foo Fighters.

On the other hand, MJ had so many singles in his heyday, and his iconic status is hard to argue. He pretty much cemented the way we think about the Moonwalk dance in pop culture as well - but he does shit now like hang his kids over balconies and get terrible plastic surgery, so I dunno. Maybe both are in their own element.

I wanted to pit two videos of each wonder against each other, but what to pick? Ballads? Dance anthems? Songs solely about automobiles? Since the Soul Slam tomorrow is supposed to be more about grooving, I chose some videos to get us in the mood.

Arguably, one of the most memorable dance routines ever:


I also danced to this song when I was in high school:


Oh, wait. I can't post any Prince videos in comparision because he's kinda suing YouTube right now for being YouTube. Or something. How retarded.

Hmm. I guess we will only tell who will win tomorrow.

(And go ahead, try to YouTube any Prince video right now. There are non. Nil. It's tragic, actually.)

I'm also gonna post this M. Jack video too, because I fucking loooove the harmonies. Soz Princey-poo...way to be Internet-unfriendly.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tears of black, ohhhh my heart

To the maxx

Shame on me, but I have not seen "Control" just yet. I am a bad hipster. Last night I'm sure was an epic display of Joy Division fanaticism and adoration, though - did you wear your best fitted suit and wispy haircut? I hope we handed out Suicide Hotline cards at the end when everyone walked out.

Anyway, I was too busy watching my new indie rock boyfriends be British and stuff, so I was unable to make it out to the documentary and movie screenings last night. And, I was a retard and totally missed The Hold Steady and Loved Ones on Tuesday, so I am ready to bust it out. This weekend we got Dimitri from Paris on Friday and the Soul Slam: Michael Jackson v. Prince night on Saturday - tomorrow we will be hosting some sweet ass videos to get you pumped for the weekend, and if you have any MJ or Purple One requests, I'll be sure to include 'em in the post. Leave requests in the comments section, por favor.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SHOTS OF AWESOME :: Dizzee Rascal

Admittedly when I stepped into Mezz on Friday, all I knew from Dizzee was this song, which I used to pretend to know all the words to while dancing in my undies at an old apartment (you clap along to the heavy drums, and tell try telling me that shit is not addicting).

Thankfully, Dizz was better outfitted in much classier threads than my Hanes when I saw him, and laid down some pretty impressive rhymes to boot. I was really into the grime thing initially with The Streets, but considering the heyday for it was back in 2004 and Dizzee still has stuck around, I bow down to this East London native for still bringing the noise.

Also, he even gained a #1 spot in the U.K. recently with a song called "Dance With Me" that he did with my Scottish boyfriend Calvin Harris - it's a more dancepop feel with Calv's synth working to compliment his rapping skillz. That takes some talent, people. Additionally, the first 15 seconds of the video features some pretty scantily-clad booty (literally) and lots of the color gold, which is always fun for the whole family.

(Mr. Harris will be making his way out to San Francisco in October at our very own establishment...his hotness needs his own post though, so that will come later.)

For now, enjoy pretty pictures!



SHOTS OF AWESOME :: Wyclef Jean

Some good friends of ours shot some incredible photos from Wednesday's Wyclef Jean show. I'll be sure to take some Allegra in plenty of time to witness this guy next time.




Jeff Luger:




Do you have any from this night? Send 'em my way!: jenz.mezzanine@gmail.com.

Meet my new boyfriend...(s)


Swoon. More on that later, I just wanted an excuse to post a picture of hot German men...

Monday, July 28, 2008

GET SCHOOLED :: Drop The Lime

We'll be starting a new feature called "Get Schooled" (a working title, as this is as clever as Jenz can get hungover on a Monday), where we spotlight upcoming artists with videos, photos, interviews, and whatever other educational tools we can get our grubby hands on. The first one ran last week; check it!

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Drop The Lime: a New York producer and DJ who knows what a party should be! DJs from Argentinian spectacular Club Zizek and SF's Tormenta Tropical also join in spinning for you on July 24. Check out what you'll be on board for:

Wait...WHAT?!?!??!?!

Did everyone else but me already know that Nomi from Hercules and Love Affair was actually...special?


Regardless of biological boxes, the woman could have been an alien for all I'd known, and it wouldn't change the fact that she has some fierce pipes on her. She totally gave Antony a run for his money during "Blind," and I still danced my tail off. But, hmm...my sexuality is all confused now. And I keep thinking of this, which has absolutely no correlation whatsoever, but is still pretty entertaining. Oh, crazy Elizabeth Berkeley.

Also, apparently I was skipped over for the memo on Saturday's show, as I did not show up in or having any of the following:

  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Anything that got attacked by a BeDazzler
  • Feathers
  • Hot pants
I did dance with my hot gay friend Kevin, so I had one accessory at least. The trouble with shows like H&LA where I have no idea they have a huge homo following is that I ended up walking in and being subjected to a huge sausage fest, and I can't have any of it. There ain't nothing worse than a straight girl surrounded by beautiful men she cannot have. Trust me on this.

Anyway, I was really pleasantly surprised that live Hercules brought it, especially with the beautiful brass section and a great percussion with both live kits and a loop. And though it did sort of feel like disco almost made a comeback, Herc showed that a fresh spin on a beloved era in music can be successful.

That lingering sweat that rained on the main dancefloor was not cute, though. Reminder for air conditioning, stat.

Tracksuits, wave of the future?

Datarock has some mad redness going on. I wrote about their antics over at The Tripwire, which you can peep at below if you feel so inclined. In a Spin interview last year they mentioned that their main goal in life was to get everyone to don the same threads as them; me thinks global domination via comfy apparel is spot on.

Christine over at aestheta photography snagged some stills from the show as well; check it out!

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Live - Datarock @ Mezzanine | SF

Austin-datarock

Here is my first beef with Norway's Datarock: dressing in frickin' red track suits means I think you're gonna delve into some grime or potentially a phat MC battle, not that you're gonna bust out an electro jam about girls with phantom penises or jump around on stage like a bunch of lunatics. (more...)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Wyclef in the flesh, plus this weekend

Our good friend Jeff snapped up some good Jean pix at the Wednesday show:
More to come as we sort through the epicness of this weekend: Dizzee Racal tonight, Hercules and Love Affair tomorrow, Booka Shade on Sunday...my dancing shoes are gonna be evaporated come Monday.
Also, how hot was last night at Drop the Lime? I had to drink a Red Stripe like water just to cool down.
If you are around at any of the shows this weekend, say hi, drink some, and send me your pictures, bootleg videos, and some love at jenz.mezzanine@gmail.com. Prizes TBA, always.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

That girl is a baaaaaaaaad girl

How did everyone like the Wyclef show last night? Boss? Bad? Drunk? I wasn't able to make it out as I suffered a huge allergy attack when I got home (damn you weather change), and I'm bummed I missed the opening act Kardinal Offishall cos I superlove this jam:



Sigh. Next time.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

You always need new music to listen to, correct?

Win me!


Win a brand spankin' new Hercules and Love Affair CD, courtesy of us at the ol' Mezz, simply by leaving a comment answering this question: what has been your favorite performance at Mezzanine so far, and why? Did you dance your feets off? Did you fall in love in the smoking area? Did you lose your virginity? Greek-related answers and nudity need apply, but mostly quirky and original answers will win my heart.

Hey, it's my first day, and already I am bestowing free crap among you. Don't say I wasn't ever generous.

Last day to enter is Monday, July 28!

Party people, say what?

Hello everyone! My name is Jenz, and I've been somehow elected to manage this blog known in the interwebs as Mezzanine's.

Scary, right?

What will you be in store for, you ask? I can't promise anything, but I hope to deliver amusing banter, witty commentary, and exclusive interviews and photos from the many talents that flock to our humble SOMA abode. Also, I like free shit, so be on the lookout for ticket, CD, and hug giveaways in your and my near future. We like to keep people happy, you know?


This is what I look like under club lights. Find me sometime!
(But in a totally non-creepy, non-asshole way. That would be terrible.)

Monday, July 7, 2008

The World According to Calvin



Booty-shakers and U.K. heartthrobs Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris are currently number one overseas in Europe. Mr. Harris blogs all about it on the MySpace, so check out what he has to say on the matter.

Check out Dizzee in two weeks when he headlines the Mezzanine stage on July 25!

Mos to the maxx

Our own Christine Peterson snapped up up some cool pix of Mos Def; check 'em out below as well as a review of the show from SF Weekly's blog All Shook Down.

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"Def But Not Dumb" - Mos Def @ Mezzanine - Mos Def -- the Brooklyn-born rapper, actor and host of the HBO series Def Poetry Jam -- played two shows in San Francisco this week (Tuesday at Ruby Skye and last night at Mezzanine). The performances were announced early Monday evening, yet the short notice didn’t prevent what felt like over-capacity crowds, particularly at Mezzanine. (more...)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Summer 2008 lineup!

We compiled a fantastic Imeem player up at the top of the page for your listening pleasure. Not sure who Booka Shade or Hercules and Love Affair are? July artists playing at Mezzanine are currently featured in our playlist.

Happy listening!

Monday, June 23, 2008

NY Times showers love

Party titans, indeed! A cool review on the phenom known as Hercules and Love affair was profiled. We just added 'em to our July shows - don't miss out!

"Party Titans, Updating Disco’s Sound"
- Sometimes you instantly know you have a hit on your hands. And sometimes it takes you a few years to realize it, because you mistakenly assume that your lone collaborator hates the song. In 2004 Andy Butler persuaded his friend Antony, the otherworldly singer of Antony and the Johnsons, to record a dance track he had written called “Blind.”

The singer Antony, above, of Antony and the Johnsons, and Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair started working on the dance track “Blind” in 2004.

They listened to it afterward, and Mr. Butler said, “Antony was like: ‘What did we just do? What did I do?’ ” This inscrutable response deterred Mr. Butler from trying to release the song. “Antony always thought it was ‘curious,’ ” he said with a grin. “He thought it was a curious melody. I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means.’ ” (more...)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Dilated Peoples ensure dilation of the mind

"Another Day" is a clip of what to expect from the guys who visit Mezzanine on June 26. Check it out!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sister Sledge playing Return to Paradise!



Disco Diva group Sister Sledge will be playing the Mezzanine's all night party "Return to Paradise". The group who brought you "We are Family" among many other hits will be bringing the disco vibe in full effect. It's also a big year for the sister's, as they are being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Also playing that night is Holy Ghost!, a New York city duo. DJ's spinning that night are Derreck Love, Nicky B., BT Magnum & Black Shag. Honey Soundsystems will also be playing all night in the Honey room upstairs. For a limited time there are $10 tickets available, regular tickets are $15. You can pick up tickets online at ticketweb.com. You can also pick them up in person at one of these locations:

Azalea, 411 Hayes Street (at Gough) and

Urban Outfitters, 80 Powell Street

We'll be open from 10 pm to 6 am, with Jet Set tasting from 10:00-12:00 AM, and drink specials.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Presets



The Presets are coming to the Mezzanine in late May, with Walter Meego. The Australian duo can be described as grimy electro-rock. Also playing that night are DJ's Omar and Baby Ryan. Doors open at 9, tickets are $15 in advance, and you can get them online at ticketweb.com.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Simian Mobile Disco & Cut Copy

Simian Mobile Disco, Cut Copy, and Black Kids, need we say more??

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Post message to score a pair of tickets !

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Junkie XL

With his fifth studio album, "Booming Back at You", having just dropped Junkie XL is on the road touring the United States. The Dutch born musician will be making stops at two of the biggest music festivals of the year, Coachella and SXSW(South by Southwest), as well as a stop here at the Mezzanine! If you can't make it out to one of these festivals this is a great opportunity to catch Junkie XL. Performing with him is Tommie Sunshine, who has worked with a variety of artists including Ladytron, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, and Good Charlotte to name just a few. Pick up your tickets for this event at:
Tweekin Records:
593 Haight St.

Urban Outfitters:
80 Powell St.

You can also order them as always online at ticketweb.com

Monday, March 24, 2008

OVERHEARD IN SF: not just NYC anymore..

New York city, the center of the world came up with this idea first.
People post funny, anyonmous comments they overheard on the subway, at shows,
In passing, getting your hair did, anywhere thats intersting and funny. Post what you hear under comments. Lets see where the gossip and fun take us.

NOT GOING TO COACHELLA???

A handful of the artist playing at this years Coachella will stop by the Bay Area to play you some of the finest tunes. Coachella Artist are hand chosen specially for one of the years hottest events. This year includes highlight artist like Justice,The Raconteaurs, Midnight Juggarnauts, Simain Mobile disco, Buzz band Black kids, Lily Allen Tease KATE NASH, Amy Winehouse Duplicate Duffy, M.I.A, a similar counterpart to her SANTOGOLD, Kid SISTER, Kavinsky, Sebastien, exclusive remixer Dj Mehdi with UFFIE, the reunion of the Verve, Goldfrapps return to the states and 100's of more artist. for more info about the lineup and info for 2008's coachella festival checkout

http://www.coachella.com/

and if your not going to make the trip out to the valley then stay in the Bay and see atleast 40 of the artist play in San Francisco. Already Scheduled to play in san francisco are GoldFrapp at the Warfield, The Verve at the Warfield, Death Cab for Cutie at the Fillmore, Hot Chip at the Fillmore, Simian Mobile Disco Cut Copy and Black Kids (first bay area performance) at the Mezzanine, Midnight Juggarnaughts headline the Mezzanine the same week as well as a handful of other performances.

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Fully Flared: A Skateboard Film Co Directed by Spike Jonze

The buzz and anticipation for this film dates back to 2 years. The release which pushed back because important folks like new skateboard crews and important production team additions which made the making of this film about 2 years.

The opriginal ideas changed because some concepts were too dangerous. Mezzanine will host a early screening before the film is brought on dvd for a future release.



For $5 tickets e-mail sf360@sffs.org
$8 at the door

*Complimentary tasting provided by Pearl Vodka from 7:00-8:00 PM

Doors open at 7:00 PM
Program starts at 7:30 PM

Oh yeah for you music buffs, check out the soundtrack which includes Arcade Fire, Calexico,Bad Brains, Echo and The Bunnyman, Band Of Horses, David Bowie, Fischerspooner, Unkle, Judas Priest and a list that gets more and more impressive.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Artist on the Rise: DJ MEHDI from ED BANGER



Random Facts- Hes a parisian Artist whose soundtracked for many films.
He Dates Uffi's Sis, Fafi whose An artist/designer.
Did beats for Fools Gold Artist Chromeo.
Is a music Beast. Seriously Dj Mehdi will be pushing the hottest track at Mezzanine on May 14th. And Cover is only 10 buckS!!!

Private Events Are Fun



Q -tip let a Ey Baby on stage during the Private Mezzanine Event held for Sony Electronics Last Week. The Tribe Called Quest Leader looked a little disturbed when the words were projected from the fan MC. Although nothing was exchanged, they went on with the song and treated the audience to what looked like american gangster idols audition. The fan busted all the right moves which had the crowd and Q-tip Going.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Junior Boys



Advance tickets $14 @ ticketweb.com

The Canadian duo, Junior Boys (Jeremy Greenspan & Matt Didemus), will be playing with Lo-Fi-FNK, and San Serac, and DJ set by Sorcerer this Saturday. They are currently on tour promoting their latest album So This is Goodbye, which was released in 2006. There will also be a Lotus Vodka tasting along with drink specials afterwards. Doors open at 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Virgins



The Virgins hail out of New York city and have the sound to match. Influenced by New York's eclectic scene The Virgins are influenced by everything from Kiss to RUN DMC. Also playing are Airborne Toxic Event, The Blake's, Man/Miracle, and a DJ set by Aaron Axelsen from Live 105.3.