Photos are up of Death of a Party & Bellmer Dolls at last night's Swindle. Both bands were really good! They both put on super-energetic shows.

I can't figure out why Swindle is so under-attended, since it's exactly the same party as Pop Roxx, and Pop Roxx has been doing OK. So, you know, if you like Pop Roxx, you should go to Swindle too.

We're still broke. We just can't fill the room any more. It sucks. Don't expect to see freshly-painted floors or working sinks any time soon. I'm told most clubs have been under-attended lately. I guess it's nice to know that it's not just us, but that doesn't help us pay the bills. Pukey Asian Night is our only event that has been doing well in the last six months or so. Remedy used to pack this place with bridge-and-tunnel yuppies: the music was terrible, but they spent money and didn't start fights. Where did they go? Are they all just staying home now?

The Pig show is off. They cancelled their whole tour due to low ticket sales. I'm bummed, I was looking forward to that one. (If you bought tickets from us, we'll be refunding your credit cards soon.)

In neighborhood news:

Apparently Studio Z is no more. I've heard a few different stories about what exactly happened, none of which are particularly pretty. Supposedly that space will remain a nightclub, but with different owners. Let's hope.

Remember that tire shop across the street from us, the one with the 25' tall tire painted on the front? They painted the whole building blue. Even the little curvy bit at the top of the building that was the top of the tire. Apparently what's going on is that the smog-check shop down the street (the one supposedly destined to be razed and loftified) has moved in to the tire building, and I guess they... don't sell tires. But still. That giant tire was a fucking landmark!

Bunch of savages in this town.

So I stumbled across this hateful little set of articles on "Americas Hottest Bartenders", and like a car crash, I had to look. Dissed again! None of our clever and attractive staff made the cut! San Francisco: Men, Women.

We (well, Bootie) did get a brief mention in Spin last month, though: page 98, page 100. Are we validated now?