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From The Vault – SRL Edition

Posted in Art, Grand Opening/Closing, History, San Francisco, Special Guests, Who Is SF? with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by Jenner Davis

On April 4th, 1992,  ground was broken for the construction of  the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with a performance by the one and only Survival Research Labs. My mom was on hand to capture it all on camera, as she was for many events like this around the city. Remember when there were artists here? I miss that…

More from The Vault will be posted as it’s unearthed, but until then, observe the mighty V-1, shown here in the midst of total burnination!


Dear god, what I would give to get five minutes alone that thing…

More pictures, (taken by different people), can be seen here, on SRL’s official website.


Posted in Art, San Francisco with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by Jenner Davis

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Because if they haven’t already been co-opted by yuppies, or run into the ground by hipsters, they will apparently end up being senselessly defaced into extinction by a bunch of disrespectful shitheads.

Take Clarion Alley for example:

Who the hell are you people, and what the fuck is your damn problem?

Normally, I’m not bothered at all by graffiti. In fact, I feel it’s a vital part of a city’s soul, and I celebrate it in all its forms, as I do with much of what is considered blight in this town.

But this is not OK.

Photo by Wally Gobetz

Who the hell do you think you people are, that you feel it’s within your right to throw your toy-ass shit up on these murals? (Including my friend’s Matty’s memorial!) They’ve were here long before you. They were painted by local artists who had to fight for the right to do so, and organized as CAMP to ensure that Clarion Alley remains a beautiful and evolving art space for the public to enjoy for years to come.

Learn some fucking respect.

(And then go tag the shit out of Medjool!  Those yuppie invaders got it comin’.)

Three From the Vault

Posted in gone forever, History, Kindred souls, San Francisco, Special Guests, Special Places with tags , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Jenner Davis

The following pictures are just three out of the thousands of photos of San Francisco taken by my mother, Anita Davis, during the mid 80′s and early 1990′s.

She taught me everything I know about photography, and I’m thankful for the chance to share her work with the world.

From her office window, she had a great view of the demolition of the Embarcadero Freeway.


Here’s a blurry shot of some fellow marchers in the 1992 St. Stupid’s Day parade. In case you can’t make it out, the man on the left is sporting an awesome  “Free Pee-Wee” t-shirt!

This sweet ride was photographed near the long-gone graffiti mecca once known as Psycho City! Remember when there was graffiti in San Francisco? I miss that shit. I miss the wild places with broken windows, the feral weeded lots and crumbling brick…I miss the shopping carts and the overpass…

I miss the city, and this city’s missing soul.

Fallen Jukebox Hero

Posted in gone forever, History, Kindred souls, San Francisco, Who Is SF? with tags , , , , on February 17, 2011 by Jenner Davis

In a previous post, “The Forgotten Fringe“, I mentioned Grimes Poznikov, otherwise known as The Human Jukebox. He was a San Francisco legend in his time, and a friend of mine after his downfall. I was sad to only recently learn of his lonely death, 6 years after the fact, and his story stands as reminder of how unkind the world can be.

Read more about him here here, and here.

Goodbye, Grimes, and thanks for the music.


I Feel Ya..

Posted in Kindred souls, San Francisco with tags , , , on February 10, 2011 by Jenner Davis

Or, to put it in plainer terms…

Playland at the Dump!

Posted in Art, History, nightlife, San Francisco, Sounds of San Francisco with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2011 by Jenner Davis

I would like to share with you today a great fucking song about my beloved city by the infamous Black Randy, off the album “Pass the Dust, I Think I’m Bowie.” The vocals are a little hard to understand at times, (like good punk should be,) so I have posted the lyrics below. Enjoy!



Golden Gate and I’m ready to jump
San Francisco, you’re playland at the dump

Cable cars gone to rust
Skinny faggots smoking dust
Many boys on Castro Street
Lumberjacks are fun to meet
Late at night they like the Stud
Buffet suppers, foodstamp crud

10 to 12, at the disco
12 to 2, fetch the Crisco
Some of them are masters
Some of them are slaves
Some wanna do it in freshly opened graves

All the drugs I bought did not get me high
Til I met a guy at the Mabuhay
He was very kind, he gave me some green pills
We saw the Avengers and part of the Dils

Ran into a guy with lipstick and a beard
When he took me home it was everything I feared
He lived in a house, it was runs by ferns
We sprayed their leaves and we polished their urns
The ferns were anarchists quoting Chairman Mao
Now I want to leave but I don’t know how.

.   .   .

-Me neither, Randy… me neither.



Bay to Heartbreakers

Posted in San Francisco with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2011 by Jenner Davis

It appears that the party’s over for Bay to Breakers this year, what with alcohol, floats, nakedness, and party crashers all being banned. I wonder if the new regulations will have any effect. I wonder how much longer my city will have to suffer, as her soul slowly withers away. I wonder how many years it will be until there’s no one left here who remembers what San Francisco once was. I wonder what I will do then.

I know I’m living in the past, but at least in the past, we lived!

Ghostbusters 2009


Kegstand 2009


Stripper Pole Float 2008


17 Reasons Why I Loved the Mission

Posted in Bars, gone forever, History, nightlife, San Francisco, Special Places with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by Jenner Davis

Photo by Dave Van Hulsteyn

#1 – The Sign

#2 – Leather Tongue Video

Photo by Slowburn

#3 – The Epicenter Zone

#4 – The Chameleon (Formerly The Chatterbox)

#5 – Mission Records

#6 - Hunt’s Donuts

#7 – Live at Leeds!

Photo courtesy of MissionMission

#8 – The Vats

#9 – The Tip Top Inn

#10- Matty Luv and The Naked Cult of Hickey

#11- The  Architecture

Photo by Anomalous_A

#12 – The Farm

#13 - The Yuppie Eradication Project

#14 – The Quonset Hut

#15- Omer a.k.a Bum Jovi

#16 – Komotion

#17 – Iggy Scam

Photo by CleveburghUberAlles

The Forgotten Fringe

Posted in History, Kindred souls, San Francisco with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Jenner Davis

Historically, San Francisco has always been enriched by the stories of the colorful characters who lived here, from the long ago legend of Emperor Norton, to the more contemporary eccentric, Frank Chu.  I have known a few personally. They were weird. They were good people. Here are a couple links to their stories.

Grimes Poznikov, the Human Jukebox,

and The Emperor Arcadia of China Basin.

David Bradbury Hanning  was a man with a message, and though I never knew him personally, someone else did, and wrote a blog about him.

I share these stories with you hoping that when the bulldozers have had their way, and the whitewashing is complete, they will not be forgotten.

Secret San Francisco: Well, well, well.

Posted in History, San Francisco with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2010 by Jenner Davis

Alright, that’s enough lamenting for now. So put a pencil in your hand and start takin’ notes, class,  cause it’s time to get your learn on!

Question #1 – Just what the hell is the deal with those large brick circles you see laid in the street all over the place? What do they mean, and why the fuck are they so randomly placed and centered? I’M BAFFLED!

Photo: Chris Carlsson

Good fucking question! I had always thought they were put there as some sort of memorial or as markings of a historically significant location, and once heard, somewhere, that they stood to honor the firemen who perished fighting the 1906 inferno. To me, they were always a source of great mystery. But for the answer t0 be so shrouded in obscurity that even I, a native, was completely at a loss as to what they could possibly mean, well, that hinted at conspiracy!

So I went in search of the truth and I found it, and well, I’ll tell ya, it’s not what you’d expect.

They’re cisterns.

That’s right: cisterns!  Each of those circles marks the location of one of the 150 giant-ass, fucking 75,000 gallon cisterns full of emergency water for fighting disasters like earthquake and fires. They were constructed and installed underground in 1850 during rebuilding efforts following the 3rd great fire, during which a lack of pressure rendered many hydrants useless, and The Flames made us their bitch. To this day, these cisterns are considered by even the most reckless San Franciscans to be a Damn Fine Idea, and an irrigating ace in the hole that’ll hopefully have us covered next time, should we need it, God forbid.

Tune in next time, class, when we’ll be dissecting the Wave Organ!


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