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Music, All Shook Down East Bay Express: Pandora's Just Another Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

East Bay Express: Pandora's Just Another Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

While we're debating the merits of Steve Albini's thoughts on the music industry vs. Garth Brooks's thoughts on the music industry and taking sides on Team Taylor Swift vs. Team Billy Bragg (though truth be told it feels weird to…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Tim Cohen Lives Here Again, and the New Cobain Statue Is Hideous

Music Links: Tim Cohen Lives Here Again, and the New Cobain Statue Is Hideous

To the asshole at the Thermals show last night (who said S.F.…
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Music, Hear This Camper Van Beethoven: Show Preview

Camper Van Beethoven: Show Preview

Long before David Lowery made himself famous for that searing takedown of a certain NPR intern (who'd blithely asserted that she had never paid for any music ever), he fronted a celebrated indie rock band called Camper Van Beethoven. The…
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Music, All Shook Down Camper Van Beethoven Would Like All the "Northern California Girls" to Come Home

Camper Van Beethoven Would Like All the "Northern California Girls" to Come Home

Camper Van Beethoven has a message for all you wayward Northern Californians: Come the hell home! The band's upcoming album, La Costa Perdida (out Jan. 22), is named after the wild stretch of coast along Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Having…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Snapshots in time from the Nodzzz' phono album

Snapshots in time from the Nodzzz' phono album

Nodzzz' excellent self-titled 2008 debut is on the turntable, and the tunes by this basement pop trio are impatient. They expire at a minute and change. Blink to their beat, and the San Franciscans will rapidly convey you back in…
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Calendar, Night&Day In the Beginning

In the Beginning

Sluggo’s was a workers’ collective. This tiny restaurant, situated on the late-’80s-early-’90s UC Santa Cruz campus, pops up in the collective memory every once in a while as the first place Gillian Welch played folk music. Camper van Beethoven played…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Camper Van Beethoven at 25: from warm beer to funny ideas

Camper Van Beethoven at 25: from warm beer to funny ideas

A lot has changed since Camper Van Beethoven first launched in Santa Cruz during the fall of 1983. Selling homemade EPs on the road barely pays for a tank of gas in a tour van. Attention-crazed fans have swapped stage…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

More often than not, 21st birthdays are graceless disasters. Nine out of 10 of us suffer the final passage into adulthood with ghastly alcoholic binging, just to wake the next morning with a cotton-mouth hangover and the hazy recollection of…
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Culture, Stuff Stalker Fiction

Stalker Fiction

For a moment or two, David Lowery -- front man for the band Cracker, and before that, beloved college-radio revolutionary sweethearts Camper Van Beethoven -- found himself enjoying the book. He laughed in the right places, winced in the appropriate…
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Take This Tradition and Shove It

Eugene Chadbourne plays the guitar. More precisely, he plays with the guitar. The 44-year-old musician and composer treats the instrument like his own personal romper room: His fingers scamper madly along the fretboard, teasing out atonal breaks in the middle…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Science News reports that contracting certain childhood diseases may ultimately be good for you. For instance, early respiratory infections might stimulate a kid's production of natural antibodies, preventing her from developing allergies and asthma later. With…
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