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Music, All Shook Down Cibo Matto Perform at SF Film Festival

Cibo Matto Perform at SF Film Festival

The Japanese duo Cibo Matto did much to define and shape the music of the second half of the 1990s: their songs were a patchwork of rap, jazz horns, heavy funk bass lines, bubblegum pop, rock, and punk. The group…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: tUnE-yArDs Lead a Tripped-Out Drum Circle Through the Storm

Live Review: tUnE-yArDs Lead a Tripped-Out Drum Circle Through the Storm

tUnE-yArDs Cibo Matto Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 Better than: Living in fear of the Pineapple Express. An over-hyped bit of rain led to school closures and power outages across the Bay Area yesterday, but fortunately it didn't stop a…
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Music, All Shook Down Celebrating 10 Years of the Independent, S.F.'s Greatest Blank Box

Celebrating 10 Years of the Independent, S.F.'s Greatest Blank Box

Tales of a Blank Box: The Independent is a room on Divisadero Street with a bar on one side, a stage on the other, and a fair bit of empty space in between. The walls are mostly black, with a…
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Music, Brand-New Mess: Alt-Hop Weirdos Cibo Matto Return, as Uninhibited as Ever

Brand-New Mess: Alt-Hop Weirdos Cibo Matto Return, as Uninhibited as Ever

About 20 years ago, Cibo Matto came up with an approach to music that was not complicated but tapped a nerve that was begging to be tapped: The two mixed funky hip-hop beats with synths and lyrics about food. They…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/21/12: Wilco Honors Its Past and Explores Its Future at the Greek Theatre

Live Review, 9/21/12: Wilco Honors Its Past and Explores Its Future at the Greek Theatre

Wilco Cibo Matto Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than: Having kids. See our full slideshow of photos from Friday's Wilco concert. Hey, Wilco! How the hell are ya? Long time no talk! How's the family? Golly, it…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: My Morning Jacket's Return to Form, and More

In Print: My Morning Jacket's Return to Form, and More

My Morning Jacket: Has My Morning Jacket come full circle? The title of its latest album would suggest as much. The band has certainly come quite a long way in just over a decade, but it's not as if Circuital…
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Music, Hear This Cibo Matto: Show Preview

Cibo Matto: Show Preview

If you were only a casual listener, you may remember Cibo Matto — which means "crazy food" in Italian — from the freaky-cheery 1996 video for the Japan-born, New York City-based duo's minor hit, "Know Your Chicken," a late-night MTV…
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Music, All Shook Down Cibo Matto on Returning to Music, Its Unorthodox Sound, and the Joys of Food

Cibo Matto on Returning to Music, Its Unorthodox Sound, and the Joys of Food

After a decade apart, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, founders of art-pop outfit Cibo Matto, are reuniting for a minitour that includes at stop at Bimbo's this Saturday. The Japanese expats began playing concerts together again under less than ideal…
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Music, Reviewed Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon

No rock-star kid ever made a more endearing record than Into the Sun, Sean Lennon's 1998 debut, a Double Fantasy for hipsters produced by his Japanese girlfriend, Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda. Taking cues from Tropicalia, cocktail jazz, and '90s art-pop,…
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Music, Reviewed Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne is a very pretty concept -- and 15 years of a pretty concept makes for a lovely best-of album. Travel Edition is a smorgasbord of the group's vintage-y, glistening vocals, dewy, muted synths, and vanilla dance beats, with…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

America must be a humbling place for Puffy AmiYumi. First, Sean "Puffy" Combs makes Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura alter their band name from Puffy to Puffy AmiYumi for stateside releases, and then Combs changes his moniker to P. Diddy.…
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Music, Reviewed Yuka Honda

Yuka Honda

Cibo Matto's 1996 debut, Viva La Woman, was a refreshing blast of ass-shaking grooves and nonsensical lyrics, made distinctive by its evocative samples and spare instrumentation. The duo's 1999 follow-up, Stereo Type A, expanded upon Viva La Woman's methods, using…
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Recordings

Hampton Grease Band Music to Eat (Shotput/Columbia/Legacy) Obscurity is the true lucre of the rock collector. Grubby paper denominations are mere asswipe in comparison. As long as pasty, malodorous pop Gnostics quest for rare titles to brag of owning, certain…
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Tabla Manners

Anyone who's ever scoffed at the term "one-world music" should listen to the Cornershop song "Jullandar Shere," whose two versions "6 a.m." and "7:20 a.m." both open and close 1995's Woman's Gotta Have It. After a Punjabi-language introduction, which translates…
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Double Fantasy

There aren't many 62-year-old female voices in rock; for that reason alone, Yoko Ono is unique. Male rockers rarely age gracefully, perhaps because many of them refuse to mature. The Rolling Stones strut like studs, even as their skin sags…
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Samples

Fire Alarms As Night Crawler reported last November, Survival Research Labs staged "Crime Wave" at an empty lot on Beale Street. Although no public property was damaged and no spectators were injured, Mark Pauline and Mike Dingle were slapped with…
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Food Sexy

First, some facts. Cibo Matto (it means "crazy food" in Italian) is two Japanese girls who live in New York: Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori. Cibo Matto has released one single: "Birthday Cake," the A-side, is whiny and bratty, like…
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