2021 Live Performances


Obviously, the first half of 2021 was very, very quiet while the world was still trying to recover from lockdown.  But then, starting in late June with outdoors shows, and gradually shifting back into normal, the pace of live performance attendance really started to pick up.
This was mostly a new set of bands, a veritable who's who of SF "fog pop".   And some opportunities missed, it wouldn't be until the middle of 2022 until I managed a successful capture of The Reds Pinks & Purples.

2022 and beyond will get their own post at some point, will try to get this done by late January 2023.

In reverse order...

2021-11-18 Bottom Of The Hill SF


Julian Never (audio)
Massage (audio)
Cindy (audio)

Julian Never - The Fall  4m.

Massage - In Gray and Blue  3m.

Cindy - Deer In Japan (with Inna Showalter)  5.5m

Cindy - Party Store  3m.


2021-11-17 The Make-Out Room SF

My 50th birthday.

Hectorine (audio)

Hectorine - Saltwater  4m

Hectorine - Blue Sky  3m

Sad Eyed Beatniks - Finch Running On Ground 6m

Umbrellas - Never Available / Autumn / Visions / Lonely  14m

2021-11-12 The Knockout SF


Semi-Trucks (audio)
Chime School (audio)

Semi-Trucks (GaoBest) 10m

Semi-Trucks (thehappyone, multicam) 10m

Chime School (GaoBest) 35m

2021-11-11 The Knockout SF
Hits (audio).
The Wind-Ups  (audio).

No videos for this one.

2021-11-06 Bottom Of The Hill SF

The Reds, Pinks & Purples
Asteroid No. 4

Recorder volume knob zeroed, no audio here, only photos, and this video of TRP&P's playing a new one called "Sing Red Roses".

2021-10-16 The Knockout, SF - A Zelebration of Kyle

Jason Kick (audio)
Fine Steps (audio)
Part / Human (audio)

Some of Fine Steps and Part / Human was filmed, but currently not online.

2021-09-30 Golden Bull, Oakland CA

Tony Jay (audio)

Tony Jay (excerpt)  3m

2021-09-28 The Chapel SF


Mdou Moctar (audio) 


Calendarsarethebest short


2021-09-22 The Knockout SF


Mister Baby (audio)
Hits (audio)
Flowertown  (audio

Mister Baby - MOL Watchtower (2m)


2021-08-26 The Argus, Chico CA


Cameron Ford (audio).  Brief video with audio files.
The Empty Gate  (audio).  Brief videos with audio files.


2021-08-19 The Knockout SF 


The Snogs (audio). 
Chime School (audio).  Entire set videoed (GaoBest)

The Snogs (First two songs) 7m

Chime School (entire set) 22.5m  (GaoBest)

Chime School (soundcheck)  23m (GaoBest)

2021-08-07 The Rickshaw Stop SF 


Torrey (audio)
Cindy (audio)

A family emergency meant I only caught the Marika Stuurman set, so while my Zoom has taped Torrey twice, I've never been there physically.
Cindy video - first two songs, followed by audio for rest of the set, filmed by GaoBest.  27m.

2021-08-07 Hit Factory Pop City SF


Children Maybe Later (audio).  Videoed as well, but not online yet.
April Magazine  (audio).  Videoed as well, but not online yet.


2021-08-06 - Rickshaw Stop SF


Blues Lawyer (audio)

The Reds, Pinks & Purples (not taped due to recording fault).  
"I'm Sorry About Your Life" (mikem99 vid)  6m.

Healing Potpourri - audio was brickwalled, and thus, unlistenable

The Umbrellas - audio was also brickwalled and unlistenable. 
"Write It In The Sky" (new song) was shared, poor quality though.  5m.

2021-07-31 - Hit Factory Pop City SF


Ice Cream Head (not taped, arrived after their set finished)
Semi Trucks (audio).   Videoed as well, but not online yet.
Seablite (audio).  Videoed as well, but not online yet.
Flowertown (audio)  Videoed as well, but not online yet.    0//


2021-07-29 - The Knockout SF


CVCC (audio)
The Wind-Ups (audio)  
The Shutups (not taped)
CVCC excerpts (video)  2m  (GaoBest)

The Wind-Ups "Drinking Bleach" w/ "Jack Green" (video)  2m.


2021-07-10 - Duffy's, Chico CA


Cindy (audio)  Video of show, to un-embargo once album is out.

The Empty Gate (audio)  Video of show  42m  Video clips from 'Chico Art Collective'

 Video clips from 'Chico Art Collective' (2.5m)


2021-07-09 - Russ Room, Sacramento CA


System Exclusive (audio)  Video of show, to unembargo once album is out.
Blues Lawyer (audio) 
Cindy (audio) 
Julian Never (audio)  Video of show, to unembargo once album is out.

Video of Blues Lawyer performance 28m.

Video of Cindy performance 34m.


2021-07-08 - The Knockout SF


Chime School (audio)
Julian Never (audio)  
Julian Never - "The Fall" (video)  4m.

2021-07-04 - Balboa Theatre SF


World Smasher - No recording (tech failure of iPhone Voice HD app)
Torrey (audio)

Kevin from Paisley Shirt kindly recorded these for me, as the date obligated me to view fireworks rather than my preference for the bands.


2021-06-24 - The Knockout SF 

April Magazine (audio).  Also released on Paisly Shirt Records as "Live At The Knockout" bonus with order of their latest tape.


2021-06-20 - Hit Factory Pop City  SF

Blue Water (not taped, sadly)
Hectorine (video)
All of the following were upped to the Paisley Shirt YouTube channel
Mister Baby 15m


Another Shitty Day In Paradise 12m

The Umbrellas 24m

Hectorine 17m

Sad Eyed Beatniks  17m


The State Of The World...or something...

From Amnesty Int'l ©IRFS

I likely won't keep this channel updated regularly beyond this post, beyond yearly recaps, and archaeological digs.

New posts appear on Facebook and Tumblr, which also mirrors to Twitter. 

New videos appear on Youtube.  Note that because of the copyright strike system, I'm fairly judicious of what I choose to upload, so many links are unlisted and just referenced above.

Twitter and Instagram may have links as well, which may or may not vary slightly.

Here's a linktr.ee.

Here's a listing of worthwhile bands "from here" to get you started, which I recorded over the past year that I've started sharing my recordings publicly over YT or since 2017, via pCloud fileshares.  I figured out that the idea was to get them heard, rather than worry about the sanctity of the format chosen, but for some of the older ones, you're always free to request the lossless versions, which I can make available...within reason....

I also have various shows from the past via various archives (my own and others) shared on my channel, but that's been a lot more scattershot, so it should be covered in a different post, perhaps when the next "blast from the past" is shared.  Only if there were five of me...

This listing is in reverse chronological order.


Mane - 2016-06-07 - The Rickshaw Stop SF

Rickshaw Stop
San Francisco CA

taped by: thehappyone
using: Sonic Studios DSM-6s/L mics, into an Olympus LS-5

NOTE: this is audio-only


0:00 intro
0:38 "Waste Your Time"
5:21 Bloodstone
8:38 "Your Hunger"
13:46 Dark Of The Night / New World Order
22:37 White Knuckles
25:26 Bougainvillea
29:08 "My Generation"


Great set by SF's Mane, whom I had a copy of their 7" already, but bought it again in all of its monaural glory.

In support of W.A.M. (Women's Audio Mission), which strives to promote the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, visit their website at http://www.womensaudiomission.org/ to learn more.

Please also support the group by checking out some tunes at http://manesf.bandcamp.com

My Facebook page also has YouTube links to the Sirena Victima and Silver Shadows sets, who also performed.

There's simply a plethora amazing female-fronted groups plying their trade in SF/Oakland, as Women's Audio Mission proves, not to mention other bands like Cruel Summer, Quaaludes, and The World...none of whom sound alike...but this Silver Shadows video of one of my fave tunes of theirs (called "Faultlines") was a high point. Enjoy!

Silver Shadows "Faultlines" (video)

Some excerpts

Sirena Victima


Lush - 2016-04-24 - The Warfield SF

To quote Andy Von Pip, Lush fan extraordinaire, "Created by syncing up a blend of the audio recordings by muchmusic and lammah with various Youtube videos shot by Fender Bass, ampersand, GilW, Tyler King, gridlifeTV, jrcode3, Jim Murphy, AJ4, djmarloca, Veronica Sanchez, and Michelle L.


Intro (Undertow)
Kiss Chase
Light from a Dead Star
Lit Up
For Love
Out of Control
Sweetness and Light

Desire Lines
Leaves Me Cold

Thanks to the artists and those who recorded the show. I do not own the rights to this material. If any rights holder, or anyone associated with the band objects to it being here, away it goes."

Because creative writing is hard, I'll recycle what I had written earlier on.

"A fairly superlative effort from Camden's finest. Was surprised there wasn't more jostling down front. I guess we're all old and way too respectful. Lots of thunder clappers near me, so employed some limiting to tame the worst of it.

On the recording, there's a bit of right channel hum during quiet segments. No idea why, I've seen this happen before to me once or twice, otherwise it's not too distracting.

Emma seemed a bit upset over technical issues during the early part of her set, she had some words with her guitar techs after a couple of the songs...and think someone missed a cue near the end of 'For Love', leaving her dangling.

After Lit Up, Miki laid into the two guys in front of me who were videoing throughout...I've been guilty of this in the past but have severely curtailed this in situations (like this one) where your screen is all "lit up" (get it?) and it's indeed a huge distration to those behind you.

Worth quoting Miki in full:

"Okay, so I'm just going to say something because...I know people go on about this all the time, but if you're going to film, right, I personally (don't) give a shit but just check with the people behind you that it's not really fucking irritating them, you know, because it can kind of detract a little bit, you know. A little consideration...that's all I'm saying..."

The guys look like they got struck with lightning...though later on, they were at it again, but now standing *next* to each other, presumably with the approval of the people behind them this time.

As we were walking to the Warfield, my friends and I passed Phil next to the tour bus talking to a couple of fans right before the show."

If you want the audio recording in lossless FLAC, brave my tracker here: http://incubation.atmyheels.com/torrents-details.php?id=310

A few photos from the show, taken with my iPhone 6S...

Will have more recordings in the pipeline, Andy Human and World anybody? More Cruel Shadows and Silver Summers, of course, since they're so gooooood....


Cruel Summer - 2016-04-20 - The Knockout SF (w/Shark Toys and Bent Shapes)

Cruel Summer
The Knockout
San Francisco, CA

With Landlines (not taped), Shark Toys, and Bent Shapes

Taped by thehappyone, a blend of Edirol R09-HR and Olympus LS-5 recording devices.


'home taping is killing music', soundchecking

Sound clears up a bit from track 3 onwards as I positioned the Olympus more advantageously.

New tracks "Trust" and "Skyless" are now my favorite tracks from them.  Now that Young Prisms are no more, these guys are setting the bar for what you'd call "shoegaze" in the City.

Support them by seeing them live and buying merch:  https://cruelsummmer.bandcamp.com/

A 7" is coming out in a few weeks with "Around You / Around Me", backed by "Crazy", from their Part Time Punks session, I believe.

Listen to their performance here:

Shark Toys
The Knockout
San Francisco, CA

(Olympus LS-5)

Many tracks still unidentified, these guys are way ahead of their releases!

Bent Shapes
The Knockout
San Francisco, CA

(Edirol R-09HR)


pre-gig PA, soundchecking
Realization Hits
Xerox Voids
Behead Yrself, Pt 2
Samantha West
Bites And Scratches
What We Do Is Public
Big Machines
Girl U Want [Devo]
New Starts In Old Dominion

Total: 31:15

An AMH production.  Please visit https://bentshapes.bandcamp.com/ to support the group or see them on tour!