DJ Shitbird

Welcome to the Party

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With members of Coachwhips, Numbers, Lil Pocket Knife, and Crack: W.A.R. making up the informal and side-project-ish bands DJ Shitbird and Revenge SF, the quirky San Francisco "don't call us electroclash" underground looks like it could go down in history as an Elephant 6-style collective. Filled with in-jokes, pranks, and plenty of minimal noise, the split EP Welcome to the Party is incestuous evidence. More obsessed with partying than the B-52's and 2 Live Crew combined, DJ Shitbird's half is filled with naïve beats, nerd-punk, and Lil Pocket Knife's vocalist Kristy Geschwandtner masquerading as an eight-year old. "SF Rules!" roll-calls all the underground scenesters by name, "Elephant Dance" is about just what it says, and their other three songs just go on about partying. It's cute if you can stand the giggles, and necessary if you're name-checked, but insufferable if you're not in the mood to party. Revenge SF are almost as sonically limited as Shitbird, but their chaotic sound (as if George Hurley, Martin Rev, and Nivek Ogre formed a supergroup) is less ironic, throwaway, and more visceral. Music journalist Kimberly Chun gets a mention but that's it for San Francisco references. Way more developed and driven, you can enjoy Revenge SF's half without an insider's knowledge or an ironic bunny costume.

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