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Music, All Shook Down Don't Forget Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, or MC Hammer When You're Honoring Veterans Today

Don't Forget Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, or MC Hammer When You're Honoring Veterans Today

If "God Bless the U.S.A." and its ilk aren't quite doing it for you this Veteran's Day, have no fear: You can pay homage to those who've served without feeling like you're in a Chevy commercial. Here are a…
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Music, Hear This The Love Dimension: Show Preview

The Love Dimension: Show Preview

There's a tradition of performers utilizing male and female voices in a distinctive manner: Johnny Cash and June Carter, Jefferson Airplane, X, and the Mamas and the Papas, among others, are remembered for their surging, arresting vocal blend. Add to…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Dogs Made Famous By Musicians (Hang in There, Fiona Apple)

Five Dogs Made Famous By Musicians (Hang in There, Fiona Apple)

Yesterday, Fiona Apple reduced us -- and about a million other people -- to the kinds of tears that usually only come after watching one of those Sarah McLachlan dog shelter commercials while hungover and pre-menstrual. The cause was a…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Cover Songs That Are Better Than the Originals

Five Cover Songs That Are Better Than the Originals

As musical pairings go, they don't come much more oddball than Mastodon with Feist. But -- we can't quite believe it either -- on Record Store Day (April 21st), the unlikely collaborators are releasing Feistodon: a split single that will…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Children of Music Legends Whose Own Music Doesn't Suck

Six Children of Music Legends Whose Own Music Doesn't Suck

You may have heard this week that Paul McCartney's son, James, wants to get together with the children of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr and be a Beatles: Next Generation band. Truthfully, that might be one of the…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer on Missing Jesse Morris, SF's Punk Rock Johnny Cash

Bouncer on Missing Jesse Morris, SF's Punk Rock Johnny Cash

At times I find myself preoccupied with thoughts of suicide — not my own, but other people's. I visit suicide memorial websites and read each blurb. I always look at the recent suicide postings on Wikipedia. It was there that…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Jesse Morris: San Francisco's Punk Rock Johnny Cash

R.I.P. Jesse Morris: San Francisco's Punk Rock Johnny Cash

Jesse Morris, a local musician and BART busking staple with an uncanny take on Johnny Cash, died Sunday, Nov. 6, in his home, according to friends and colleagues. Morris had survived a suicide attempt by hanging in September, but did…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Man in Blatz

The Man in Blatz

Jesse Morris and the Man Cougars is a country punk band; hardcore variety of the former and good-natured, foulmouthed brand of the latter. Joe Dean's guitar is awesomebilly, Barry Sinner's bass does country chug with equal affection as pop-punk bounce,…
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The Top Six Weirdest Musical Appearances on Sesame Street

Last week, Katy Perry's cleavage got her appearance on Sesame Street canceled, due to a barrage of complaints from parents who saw the leaked clip on YouTube before it had a chance to air. We personally can't see what all…
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Music, All Shook Down A Waking Life Take on "Ain't No Grave"

A Waking Life Take on "Ain't No Grave"

I love the rotoscope. When I first saw Ralph Bakshi's Wizards, the fluid movements of the animated characters were simultaneously disquieting yet thrilling. I was even a sucker for a-ha's "Take On Me" video, and I will watch anything Richard…
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Eight Christmas Songs Worth Saving From the Fire (by The White Stripes, The Fall, Kurtis Blow, & more)

Like clockwork, the waning of each year brings another slew of Christmas songs. Even Dylan has gotten in on the act. The vast majority of the seasonal crop is either nostalgic rehashings or sentimental cash-ins, but there are always a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Richie Rich

Richie Rich

Rock critic Richie Unterberger (Mojo, www.rollingstone.com, Record Collector, www.allmusic.com, etc.) basically owns a film archive, and shares it often. His screenings have a cult following, because his footage of famous musical acts of the 1960s and '70s is the kind…
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News, Matt Smith Bobby Badfingers' snappy jailhouse comeback

Bobby Badfingers' snappy jailhouse comeback

On Jan. 13, 1968, a black-clothed man stepped in front of a crowd of inmates, sang "I took a shot of cocaine and shot my woman down," and launched his career skyward with the album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.…
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News, The Snitch Illustrious S.F. Rock Photographer Profoundly -- and Profanely -- Glad to Settle Lawsuit Over Million-Dollar Archive

Illustrious S.F. Rock Photographer Profoundly -- and Profanely -- Glad to Settle Lawsuit Over Million-Dollar Archive

Late last month, we wrote about how San Francisco photographer Jim Marshall -- whose cry of "Hey, Johnny, how 'bout one for the warden?" resulted in the above iconic shot of the Man in Black -- filed suit in S.F.…
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Music, All Shook Down Countdown to Noise Pop: 22 Days

Countdown to Noise Pop: 22 Days

Courtesy of Noise Pop The Closer: Les Savy Fav Get ready, San Francisco. That annual extravaganza of musical zanyness, alt./indie hiptitude, and overall sub-mainstream coolness known as Noise Pop is only three short weeks away! As always, attending…
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Music, BeatBox The Boozoo Boogie

The Boozoo Boogie

A decade of singles, albums, and remixes from German duo Boozoo Bajou bears out an educated and passionate intake of dub, soul, hip-hop, downtempo, and various other forms of boogie. This diversity really goes on display when Boozoo Bajou DJ…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Should Explore Your Own

You Should Explore Your Own

Something in us rebels; we love to see mistreated people get up and tell power where to shove it. This is why we like to see Johnny Cash angry, this is the cause of our undying admiration for the Black…
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Film, Hock the Line

Hock the Line

As an actor, John C. Reilly is the opposite of Mr. Cellophane. He doesn't disappear into a role, roles disappear onto him — the unlikely porn sidekick of Boogie Nights, the inadequately adequate family man of The Hours, the cutup…
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Borrowing Some Cash

Johnny Cash is gone, but he left Jesse Morris and the Tenderloin Two to do his work down here. Hardcore Cash fans might scowl at Morris' Mohawk hairdo and filthy language, but they'll get marrow-deep chills to hear him sing,…
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Music, The Man in Black on the Boob Tube: <i>The Johnny Cash TV Show</i> by Mark Keresman

The Man in Black on the Boob Tube: The Johnny Cash TV Show by Mark Keresman

Country singer Johnny Cash was a performer whose appeal transcended social barriers. His history of defying categorization is apparent in the newly released The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1971, a two-DVD compilation pulled from the prime-time variety…
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