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Culture, Books "New California Writing 2011": Interesting Times for the Golden State Make Good Reads

"New California Writing 2011": Interesting Times for the Golden State Make Good Reads

Like any anthology, New California Writing 2011, from Berkeley's Heyday Books, enjoys the privilege of a self-selecting readership. It should delight anyone who feels inclined to pick it up. Maybe even haters, of which apparently there are some. "Schadenfreude has…
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Alien Trespass mocks the '50s invasion flicks

What's most admirable about onetime X-Files producer R.W. Goodwin's Alien Trespass, a simulacra of the '50s flying-saucer flick, is its bypassing of the wink-wink condescension that usually defines screen flashbacks to the Eisenhower era. Its problem is the absence of…
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Music, Hear This Mojave 3|Lambchop and Alejandro Escovedo|Supersystem

Mojave 3|Lambchop and Alejandro Escovedo|Supersystem

Fans of Mojave 3 who've bemoaned bassist-vocalist Rachel Goswell's gradually diminishing role (particularly when it comes to her angelic singing) will be gutted to learn that she's not even in the band for its current U.S. trek. Her future with…
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Music, Reviewed Mojave 3

Mojave 3

Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell have been down the reinvention road before. Back when they were the core of British shoegazers Slowdive, the pair concluded that the noisy, swirling sound they'd helped advance was a creative dead-end and they'd better…
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Music, Reviewed Thee More Shallows

Thee More Shallows

Recorded in a Tenderloin rehearsal studio between midnight and 9 a.m., Thee More Shallows' A History of Sport Fishing dutifully captures the mood of a city stumbling into morning. Whether you're coming down from all-night revelry or a caffeine-stoked cram,…
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Music, Mojave 3

Mojave 3

In the early '90s, the British group Slowdive used an endless collection of swirling guitar effects to create loud-yet-atmospheric albums for the Creation label. After being dumped by Creation in 1995, Slowdive pawned its distortion pedals, changed its name to…
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