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Music, All Shook Down Comets On Fire's Ethan Miller on Reuniting, Speaking In Tongues, and Finding Out If the Spark Is Still There

Comets On Fire's Ethan Miller on Reuniting, Speaking In Tongues, and Finding Out If the Spark Is Still There

For the better part of the aughts, local psych-punk outfit Comets on Fire stood at the forefront of San Francisco's modern revival of unhinged, mind-altering musical mayhem. Founded by childhood friends Ethan Miller (guitar and vocals) and Ben Flashman…
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Music, All Shook Down Physicist Carl Haber Brings Sounds From the Past Back to Life

Physicist Carl Haber Brings Sounds From the Past Back to Life

From the latest SF Weekly: Carl Haber: Carl Haber was recently awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant for a breakthrough technology known as the IRENE Project, which non-invasively "reads" fragile old audio recordings and converts them into crystal-clear digital…
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Music, Hear This Comets on Fire: Show Preview

Comets on Fire: Show Preview

One of the most celebrated bands to emerge from the Bay Area underground since the turn of the millennium, beloved S.F. psych-noise crew Comets on Fire delivered a lo-fi blast of distortion heard around the world with its scorching self-titled…
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Music, All Shook Down S.F. Psych-Mavens Comets On Fire To Reunite for First Show in Six Years

S.F. Psych-Mavens Comets On Fire To Reunite for First Show in Six Years

Big news for anyone still quietly mourning the fizzling out of Comets on Fire, those indomitable leaders of Santa Cruz-via-S.F. psych/noise/blues/badassery back in the early-to-mid 2000s: After nearly six years on hiatus, with a few occasional near-unions, the band is…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/22/12: Six Organs of Admittance Pummels and Soothes at Bottom of the Hill

Live Review, 9/22/12: Six Organs of Admittance Pummels and Soothes at Bottom of the Hill

Six Organs of Admittance Young Moon Donovan Quinn Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Mushrooms -- either kind.  Ben Chasny used to be the Bay Area's premier cinematic psych-rock wunderkind. Though he's based out of Portland…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished <i>The Russian Wilds</i>

Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished The Russian Wilds

By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO When Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller answers the door of the Brooklyn flat he's borrowing from a friend, the disheveled hair and wildly scraggly beard he's sporting gives him the look of a modern-day Rip…
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Music, Hear This Howlin Rain: Show Preview

Howlin Rain: Show Preview

In the four years since its last full-length, 2008's Magnificent Fiend, Bay Area blooze-psych quintet Howlin Rain hooked up with famous admirer Rick Rubin, who helped midwife new album The Russian Wilds. While guitar-playing frontman Ethan Miller has the band's…
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A 2010 Playlist for Outer Space (Update on Carl Sagan's '77 List)

New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock Mountain High

Rock Mountain High

In the fuzz-infested waters of garage rock, none rules supreme-er than Sic Alps. The local trio is just back from a tour with Sonic Youth, for example. Musically, the Alps come throbbing and clanging through town like surf guitar took…
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Music, Hear This Crystallized Psych

Crystallized Psych

Just when you sorted out all the different "wolf" and "diamond" bands, along comes the attack of the "crystal" acts to stir up even more confusion. Here's how to tell Crystal Antlers — the Long Beach quintet signed to venerable…
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Calendar, Night&Day Australian for Rock

Australian for Rock

Recordings of the Grey Daturas show off the majestic noise-metal drone the Melbourne band is famous for. But the trio is an improvisational instrumental group, meaning that from a purist's perspective, recordings are a moot point and a pale snapshot…
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Music, Folk of the Apocalypse: Six Organs of Admittance

Folk of the Apocalypse: Six Organs of Admittance

Local songwriter Ben Chasny admits that he often creates from the headspace of "Everything is kinda fucked; let's write a song about it." Despite working on fingerpicked themes in the tradition of steel-string players like John Fahey and Robbie Basho,…
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Independent film with local music = go see it

Wild Tigers I Have Known is at the Roxie May 25-30. It was made by a Santa Cruz guy, Cam Archer, and Gus Van Sant executive produced, woah. We didn't get the chance to put it in Night & Day,…
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Music, Choogle Your Own Adventure

Choogle Your Own Adventure

Consider for a moment the concept of "chooglin'." It's a nonsense rock verb, most likely coined by Creedence Clearwater Revival for use in its inspirational 1969 tune "Keep on Chooglin'" (chorus: "Keep on chooglin'/ Keep on chooglin'/ Keep on chooglin'/…
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News, Sidebar Noel's Noise

Noel's Noise

By day, Noel von Harmonson mans the Echoplex for Comets on Fire, torquing the band's heavy psych slabs through the prism of his proto-electro tacklebox. Actually, no — by day he works at Streetlight Records. But when the sun sets…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day by Day Picks

This Week's Day by Day Picks

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Modern-day Nellie Bly Barbara Ehrenreich got down on her hands and knees and cleaned toilets as research for her best-selling exposé of the world of the working poor, Nickel and Dimed. She reports that she enjoyed…
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Calendar, Performance The <i>People</i>'s Theater

The People's Theater

ONGOING 11/17-12/12 In a world ruled by dollars -- and how many you have in your bankroll -- you'd think that rich folks would have the pick of the litter when it comes to the choice of where to live.…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer

One big misconception of comets, the solar variety, is that they are made of fiery gas. Actually, comets are composed mainly of ice. Another misconception is that comets appear suddenly and leave just as suddenly. Actually, they have been orbiting…
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Music, Reviewed Comets on Fire

Comets on Fire

Labeling Bay Area band Comets on Fire psychedelic is a facile understatement. There is something extra-psychedelic about this group, to the second degree. Blue Cathedral's 7-1/2-minute opener, "The Bee and the Cracking Egg" -- with its swirling guitar, bluesy bass,…
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Music, Ferociously Stoned

Ferociously Stoned

Blame the weed, the water, or the freewheeling liberal attitudes found in the Bay Area: Our little corner of the globe has fostered more than its fair share of left-field musical movements in the last 40-odd years. But of all…
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