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Music, Mark Kozelek Misses Nothing: On Sun Kil Moon's <i>Benji</i>

Mark Kozelek Misses Nothing: On Sun Kil Moon's Benji

Mark Kozelek has a bad back, owns a $350 pair of lampshades, gets frustrated trying to park near Berkeley's Greek Theatre, loves Led Zeppelin's acoustic "Bron-Yr-Aur," and let out a laugh when he heard his grandmother had died. It's important…
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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 • English pop star Patrick Wolf spent much of January hanging out in San Francisco — and we caught up with him at the Hayes Valley Victorian where he lived. Turns out that an adoring crowd at the Great…
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Music, Hear This Mark Eitzel: Show Preview

Mark Eitzel: Show Preview

"I Love You But You're Dead" is the first single from Don't Be a Stranger, the new album from American Music Club singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel, and a harrowing demonstration of his talents. Over a soft curtain of guitars, Eitzel describes…
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Music, All Shook Down Mark Eitzel Asks S.F.'s DJ Foodcourt For Song Advice, Doesn't Get What He Was Hoping For

Mark Eitzel Asks S.F.'s DJ Foodcourt For Song Advice, Doesn't Get What He Was Hoping For

Poor Mark Eitzel. The San Francisco songwriter, who's known for the gorgeous, gloomy music he's put out both solo and with American Music Club, has been soliciting advice from a whole host of people ahead of the release of his…
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Music, Fall Album Frenzy: New Local Albums You Need to Know

Fall Album Frenzy: New Local Albums You Need to Know

To call it "crowded" would be putting the onslaught of this fall's album release schedule way too mildly. Everyone and their ex-drummer is putting out a new record this season, and that includes some of the Bay Area's funniest, smartest,…
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Music, Hear This Parker Gibbs' Annual Holiday Craptacular: Show Preview

Parker Gibbs' Annual Holiday Craptacular: Show Preview

Every year, late December brings cold weather, rampant consumerism, recreational gluttony, and — thankfully — Parker Gibbs' Annual Holiday Craptacular. It's an SF Food Bank benefit that draws the city's drinking classes out of their wintry caves for a night…
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Music, S.F. at SXSW: Six Bay Area Artists to See in Austin

S.F. at SXSW: Six Bay Area Artists to See in Austin

John Vanderslice It's 2004, and S.F. indie-folk figurehead John Vanderslice is midway through a set at the Parish in downtown Austin, trying to make sense of the mayhemic music carnival that is South by Southwest. "It's pretty overwhelming," he said,…
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Music, All Shook Down Marc & the Casuals and Persephone's Bees Jam for the SF Food Bank at Hemlock Tavern

Marc & the Casuals and Persephone's Bees Jam for the SF Food Bank at Hemlock Tavern

Marc & the CasualsPersephone's BeesDecember 29, 2010@ Hemlock TavernMore fun than: Same time next week, likely as not. Last Wednesday's fundraiser for the S.F. Food Bank at Thee Makeout Room being memorably cheery and psychedelically Dickensian, I put my hand up…
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Music, All Shook Down A Merry Crew of Jonathan Richman, Mark Eitzel, and Carletta Sue Kay sing for the Boozy at the Make-Out Room's Christmas Craptacular

A Merry Crew of Jonathan Richman, Mark Eitzel, and Carletta Sue Kay sing for the Boozy at the Make-Out Room's Christmas Craptacular

Parker Gibbs' Christmas Craptacular w/ Jonathan Richman, Mark Eitzel, Marc and the Casuals, Carletta Sue Kay, Los Cenzontles, and othersDecember 22, 2010@ The Make-Out RoomBetter than: Face down in Burl Ives' swimming pool. This benefit for the San Francisco Food…
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Music, All Shook Down There Are Only Three SF Bands on the 2011 SXSW List So Far -- And You've Probably Heard All of Them

There Are Only Three SF Bands on the 2011 SXSW List So Far -- And You've Probably Heard All of Them

​Put this in your still-illicit pipe and smoke it: The early list of bands invited to perform at SXSW 2011 came out this week, and San Francisco's music scene isn't well represented.There are only three S.F. artists invited so far…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night:  The Magnetic Fields, Mark Eitzel at the Fox (Noise Pop)

Last Night: The Magnetic Fields, Mark Eitzel at the Fox (Noise Pop)

​The Magnetic Fields, Mark Eitzel (Noise Pop) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 The Fox Theater Better than: What delicate, acoustic pop would sound like without a band as relentlessly clever as The Magnetic Fields playing it. Tunesmith Stephin Merritt and his…
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Music, American Music Club's San Francisco Fixation

American Music Club's San Francisco Fixation

It's a natural assumption: Mark Eitzel, frontman for perennial underdogs American Music Club, sings a lot about San Francisco. Therefore, he must love San Francisco. The dour, slow-churning indie-rock band named an entire album after the city, and two song…
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Music, Hear This Legendary Oddballs Ween Paint the Town Brown

Legendary Oddballs Ween Paint the Town Brown

A case could be made for San Francisco's American Music Club being a truly American counterpart to Britain's Joy Division. Although they're sonically different, the two groups share common ground in journeying through various ventricles of the Heart of Darkness,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doing It Her Way

Doing It Her Way

A few years ago, we saw Kiki and Herb at Herbst Theater on New Year's Eve in the company of about 900 gay men and a few scattered women (I won't be so crude as to call them fag hags).…
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Music, Hear This Merge Records' package tour, New Buffalo's Olivia Newton-John sweetness, and  the return (yet again) of American Music Club

Merge Records' package tour, New Buffalo's Olivia Newton-John sweetness, and the return (yet again) of American Music Club

In the 1950s, bands went on "package tours," where each of many performers took the stage for 15-20 minutes apiece. It's unknown if the Merge Records honchos had this concept in mind, but I'd like to think so; it's a…
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Calendar, Performance Bebe, Baby!

Bebe, Baby!

ONGOING 5/5-25 Feel-good musicals featuring the liberal use of pastoral settings and fluffy crinolines -- like, say, the cloying Oklahoma! or The Music Man -- make me want to hurl. Last year's late-night off-Broadway triumph Here Lies Jenny, however, is…
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Music, Reviewed American Music Club

American Music Club

American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel is not a happy fellow these days, not that anyone's ever thought of his work as "party music." The S.F. band's first album since 1994's San Francisco finds AMC forgoing its melodic, plaintively brooding,…
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Scrambled Eggers

Death. Taxes. Dave Eggers. He's unavoidable: His fiction's in this week's New Yorker, he has a new novel coming out next month, and last Wednesday he hosted a benefit bash for his latest literary pet project (note gushing profile in…
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Music, Down  So Long

Down So Long

Mark Eitzel sits at a long table in a conference room, his trademark short-brimmed hat in front of him. He's sharing a panel on new technology issues at the CMJ Change Music Festival with a number of other artists, including…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

Hello, Pork Pie Hat You don't need a good excuse to go to the Hotel Utah; the Utah's old-timey saloon atmosphere has always been enough. Still, you'd be forgiven if you felt a bit more pressured than usual these days,…
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