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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Watch The Music Video For In Letter Form's Bauhaus-esque Track, "Edison's Medicine"

Premiere: Watch The Music Video For In Letter Form's Bauhaus-esque Track, "Edison's Medicine"

San Francisco band In Letter Form's latest album, Fracture. Repair. Repeat., is centered around the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), and it's as moody and mercurial as you'd expect it to be. In "Edison's…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Xander on His Darkwave Party Dancing Ghosts and Why He Takes Requests

DJ Xander on His Darkwave Party Dancing Ghosts and Why He Takes Requests

Every third Friday of the month, fans and lovers of darkwave music convene on the shadowy dancefloors of SoMa’s Cat Club for a party aptly named Dancing Ghosts. Started by DJ Xander in 2007, the event showcases artists such…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Songs About Marriage That'll Make You Stay Single Forever

5 Songs About Marriage That'll Make You Stay Single Forever

At this time in our history, straight folk could really learn a thing or two about marriage enthusiasm from the LGBT community. Every time we see a high-profile marriage between a couple of lady celebrities (have you seen Linda Perry…
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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 • The 49ers lost, sigh. But Beyoncé put on one of the best Super Bowl half-time shows of all time, complete with a video-screen stage and surprise appearances by the ladies of Destiny's Child. At one point there were…
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Music, All Shook Down Peter Hook on Joy Division, New Order, and His New Book, <i>Unknown Pleasures</i>

Peter Hook on Joy Division, New Order, and His New Book, Unknown Pleasures

There are few bands that have generated as much mythology about their origins and eventual destruction as Joy Division. But most of the discussion around this pioneering Manchester punk outfit has come from the perspective of an outsider looking in.…
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Music, All Shook Down New Order Brings the Factory to the Fox Oakland, 10/5/12

New Order Brings the Factory to the Fox Oakland, 10/5/12

New Order Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: Watching 24 Hour Party People, in case you were worried. British post-punk royalty New Order played its first U.S. show in seven years at the Fox Theater on Friday…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Peter Hook and the Light Tackle Joy Division's <i>Closer</i>

Saturday: Peter Hook and the Light Tackle Joy Division's Closer

Peter Hook and The Light performing Closer September 17, 2011 Mezzanine Better than: Sitting at home listening to old records by yourself "That was fucking intense" Peter Hook said, right at the beginning of the encore. He wasn't kidding.…
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Music, All Shook Down While New Order Members Bicker, Peter Hook Comes to Play Joy Division at Mezzanine

While New Order Members Bicker, Peter Hook Comes to Play Joy Division at Mezzanine

Looks like Joy Division and New Order fans now have something of a dilemma on their hands. The story goes all the way back to the beginning, really -- band members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner have always had…
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Music, All Shook Down Joy Division's Peter Hook Forces S.F.'s Hacienda Club Night to Change Name

Joy Division's Peter Hook Forces S.F.'s Hacienda Club Night to Change Name

Sorry in advance to all of you who thought a former member of Joy Division and New Order would be, like, cool. But forcing a relatively small club night in San Francisco to change its name because it happens to…
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Music, All Shook Down How Do You Explain the Suicide of Joy Division's Ian Curtis to a Kid?

How Do You Explain the Suicide of Joy Division's Ian Curtis to a Kid?

Dad Rock is a new column in which Ryan Foley will attempt to look at pop music and pop culture from the precipice of middle age. If he ultimately leaps, it's because tiny hands ruined his Galaxie 500 vinyl. Accusations…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Joy Division's Peter Hook Performs <i>Unknown Pleasures</i> at Mezzanine

Friday Night: Joy Division's Peter Hook Performs Unknown Pleasures at Mezzanine

Peter Hook and The Light perform Unknown Pleasures December 10, 2010 @ Mezzanine Better than: You'd expect a nostalgia-themed show to be. There aren't many live performers that can make even the most cynical, jaded reporter a bit misty eyed.…
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Video: Thom Yorke Covering Joy Division in Oakland Last Night with Atoms For Peace

The sound quality on this clip is that of a cassette tape left to melt in your car, but this is still a pretty great video, posted on Pitchfork this morning, from last night's Atoms For Peace show at…
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Free Tickets to Bad Lieutenant (ex-New Order)

From Joy Division came New Order, and from New Order's ashes we have Bad Lieutenant, the latest music project from Bernard Sumner, who started the act back in 2007. Here he teams up again with former New Order bandmates,…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Cold Cave

What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Cold Cave

Cold Cave @ Bottom of the Hill Ever since Ian Curtis shuffled off this mortal coil (4AD pun intended), gobs of acts have attempted to recreate his chilly post-punk aesthetic. The latest contenders, Cold Cave, go Curtis one further, aping…
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Music, A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

Professor, DJ, and journalist Michael Stock takes music-nerd obsessiveness to new levels. In 1999, when researching a film about Joy Division leader Ian Curtis, he not only interviewed members of such late-'70s bands as New Order, Crispy Ambulance, and A…
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Music, Hear This Cold Cave

Cold Cave

Nailing hardcore with Give Up the Ghost and then post-hardcore with Some Girls, the itinerant Wesley Eisold wound up in Philadelphia, where he has built his scrappy project, Cold Cave, into a proper band. Musically, he's now onto a claustrophobic…
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Music, Hear This Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode's dusky electro-pop triggers the question, "Is this what Joy Division would have sounded like had Ian Curtis not ended up swinging from something?" Oh sure, Martin Gore's Romantic-influenced poetry was often strained, the domestic darkness the band spun…
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Calendar, Night&Day Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

It opened in the days after 9/11 and features a plane crashing, a demonic bunny, a Joy Division song, a legitimate star, and the world ending (or not, or something). Eight years on -- and after a director's cut release…
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Feeling a little bit country at Pissed Off Pete's

My friend who works at Rhapsody.com was compiling a list of the most depressing albums of all time and asked for my input. On its face, this seems fairly easy. But once I started actually thinking about it, I realized…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Joy Division -- Expanded Reissues

CD Review: Joy Division -- Expanded Reissues

Joy Division Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Still, Control Original Motion Picture Sound Track Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis has waited almost 30 years to become a star of stage and screen, so he's not going to let a little thing…
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