DEMF - Rhythm & Sound
They played 6 hours of dub reggae in the rain. I'm still not fully on board with the whole non-Burial Mix dub reggae thing, but one of the highlights of the festival was hearing them blast No Partial and smile.
DEMF - Monolake
Mr. Henke fucking brought it. Although the sound was a little on the quiet side for the first few minutes, after he got going he proceeded to destroy the main stage.
DEMF - Kate Simko
I was tired and not up for dancing to the crazy techno going on at all of the other stages, thankfully Ms. Simko was there to provide the cure. Great mellower minimal stuff which got a little on the twisted side further into her set. You can grab a recording of it from her site here.
Murcof & .PIG at SFEMF
I want to include this on the list because I've wanted to see Murcof live since I first started listening to him, but this concert was actually retarded. 30 minute sets and no visuals. Which was kind of incongrous during tracks like Cosmos and the climax of Cuerpo Celeste. It's like, "Whoa loud music awesome. And uh, Murcof looks kind of sleepy and is staring at his laptop. Oh wait he just turned a knob, that's the most exciting thing that's happened in the last 5 minutes!"
Biosphere at Recombinant Media Labs
I showed up late and the seating area was crowded as shit. Spent most of the show trying unsuccessfully to keep my legs from falling asleep. It was worth it to hear When I Leave on the RML sound system though. One of the close contenders for my favorite bassline of all time.
Sugar & Gold + Jessie Evans & Toby Dammit
2 incredibly energetic bands + tiny venue + up-for-it crowd + ingesting large amounts of alcohol = FUN
T.S. Monk Sextet, SF Jazz Festival
Pretty amazing show considering I blindly picked tickets for it for my dad's birthday solely on the fact that he's a fan of T.S.'s father, Thelonius Monk. T.S. Monk leads a great band and is a hilarious MC. It's worth seeing them solely to watch their pianist, Helen Sung.
Melt Banana at The Independent, 12/07
Incredibly fun band to watch. Their vocalist, Yasuko Onuki, has a very odd stage presence. She spends half of the time shrieking into the mic and the other half kind of spacing out. They rocked so hard that I was inspired to go out and buy an electric bass the next day.