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The Fiber-Optic Umbilical: Pay-TV Companies Want You to Forget About All That Internet Media Nonsense

You want to cut the cable cord, but aren't clear on how to do it. You aren't much of a gadget geek, you don't regularly follow tech news, and while you may have a Netflix account, you may not know…
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Personal Needs: Tech Dude Seeks Young, Materialistic Women

With so many tech-industry fellows gadding about, it's little surprise San Francisco was recently named the American city with the greatest number of men eager to be "sugar daddies" to younger women. Perhaps that explains this personal ad we recently…
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Music, In Defense of the CD: Why We Should Keep Them Around

In Defense of the CD: Why We Should Keep Them Around

No one loves CDs. The cool kids today want to either dig through crates of dusty old vinyl or pay four times too much for the new stuff. The even cooler kids spend actual money on godawful cassette tapes. And…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Working the Sex Industry Twisting data changes the results: It is a shame that well respected news outlets across the country are running this story ["Lost Boys: New Research Demolishes the Stereotype of the Underage Sex Worker," Kristen Hinman, feature,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Buffalo Springfield kicked off its first tour in more than 40 years at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Old songs were recast with new arrangements, Neil Young joked about forgetting the jokes he was supposed to tell, and…
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News, Sucka Free City Deciphering Those Judgment Day Billboards

Deciphering Those Judgment Day Billboards

And lo, there shall be a sign that the end times are upon us. Almost five thousand of them, in fact, declaring this May 21 "Judgment Day," apparently the biggest news in area billboards since the Beatles hit iTunes. Bought…
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Music, The business of selling used MP3s

The business of selling used MP3s

Carting a crate of used CDs to your local record store so you can make rent is a rite of passage as ancient as it can be tearful. But what about those MP3s and iTunes songs you're ready to unload?…
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Music, CD ripping services put record collections in the 21st century

CD ripping services put record collections in the 21st century

It seems the only numbers rising at independent record stores these days are in the amounts of CDs being sold back to retailers who deal in used merchandise. Buy counters across the country are inundated with customers trying to unload…
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Music, Cell phones: the future of music broadcasting

Cell phones: the future of music broadcasting

There's no shortage of challengers to iTunes' hegemony. In September, MySpace opened its new music storefront, and Best Buy purchased Napster to dip into online music retailing. In August, Rhapsody formed a partnership with MTV/Viacom to help market its subscription…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cumbia Cumbia!

Cumbia Cumbia!

Consider the cumbia, that most humble yet versatile musical genre. Born, as the story goes, from the rhythmic shuffling of shackled legs belonging to African and Indio-mestizo laborers quietly subverting their slavemasters' prohibitions against song, dance, and drums, cumbia's popularity…
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Music, The Grouch Personifies the Hip-Hop Hustle

The Grouch Personifies the Hip-Hop Hustle

There are no free rides for hip-hop heroes who achieve worldwide acclaim. The Grouch, founding member of the internationally known Living Legends crew, can attest that even when you sell records, pack your shows, and maintain control of your music,…
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Music, Brooklyn Noise Addicts Black Dice Blow Your Mortal Coil

Brooklyn Noise Addicts Black Dice Blow Your Mortal Coil

The popularity of individual-track downloads on iTunes has demonstrated the renewed strength of the "single" with music fans in recent years. The digital market boom provides easy access to that realm of song consumption, but the electro-experimenters in Brooklyn's Black…
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Music, Make Some Noise

Make Some Noise

If you walked into the music editor's office at the SF Weekly, you'd think a No-Doz-popping teenager was in charge of the decor. Stacks of CDs covered in Post-Its threaten to topple over from every available surface. Overlapping band posters…
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Music, Giving the Indies a Spin

Giving the Indies a Spin

If you haven't noticed, all hell is breaking loose in online digital music sales. On the main stage: Last month Amazon.com announced its intention to enter the fray at the end of the year, challenging iTunes' hegemony in the market.…
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Music, New Wave Thuggin'

New Wave Thuggin'

The skits on most hip-hop records are lame — the kind of things you listen to once and then delete from iTunes forever. Even someone as imaginative as Kanye West or Prince Paul couldn't come up with one worth a…
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Music, BeatBox '70s by the poolside

'70s by the poolside

Simply Jeff is one of the country’s leading breakbeat DJs in the clubs as well as on XM Satellite Radio and iTunes Radio. Owner of DJ Culture, a record shop in Huntington Beach, Jeff has his pick of the latest…
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Music, The Price Is Variable

The Price Is Variable

Maybe you've heard of Marissa Marchant, maybe not. A couple of years ago, she was just another unsigned singer/songwriter toiling in New York City, as common as a pigeon or a hot dog vendor. But she had bigger plans. When…
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