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Music, All Shook Down Weird Al Gets "Tacky," Eddie Vedder Gets Angry, and Conor Oberst Gets Vindicated

Weird Al Gets "Tacky," Eddie Vedder Gets Angry, and Conor Oberst Gets Vindicated

"43 Bumper Stickers and a "YOLO" license plate, Bring along my coupon book whenever I'm on a date."Lyrics from "Tacky", Weird Al Yankovic's parody of Pharrell's "Happy". The video features Margaret Cho in yellow lederhosen -- yay! "At some point…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

The phrase "20,000 Days on Earth" evokes a Biblical scale. For that reason, it's a fitting title for a film about Nick Cave, a faux documentary chronicling the 20,000th day in the life of the revered Australian bandleader, composer, screenwriter,…
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Music, Points of Anguish: Heartbreak Sharpens Sharon Van Etten's Songwriting

Points of Anguish: Heartbreak Sharpens Sharon Van Etten's Songwriting

In late 2012, nearly a year after the release of Tramp, her acclaimed third album, Sharon Van Etten was summoned to Avatar Studios in Manhattan to record a remake of the 1923 Irving Berlin ballad "What'll I Do." The song…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Nick Cave Premieres Exclusive New Tracks, Talks Summer Tour, Eats a Croissant

Listen: Nick Cave Premieres Exclusive New Tracks, Talks Summer Tour, Eats a Croissant

Ed. note: Musician/composer/enigma Nick Cave evidently doesn't believe in taking time off. Less than a year after a sold-out tour with the Bad Seeds in early 2013, he announced Live From KCRW, the band's fourth live album, due out…
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Film, "Lawless":  Prohibition Drama Pits Hillbillies vs. Peacocks

"Lawless": Prohibition Drama Pits Hillbillies vs. Peacocks

Screening the history of bootlegging in urban America led to the invention of a genre — the gangster film — but moviegoers have seen little of the hills and hollers whence the syndicates' potent spirits were shipped. Offhand, I can…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fay Th

Fay Th

Popularity contest winner and Fresh & Onlys frontman Tim Cohen has a newish band celebrating a record release tonight. Magic Trick also includes the truly talented Noelle Cahill, on a number of instruments: sad banjo, angel vox, etc. The whole…
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Music, All Shook Down In Which Nick Cave Humors One Terrified and Overcaffeinated Writer, Discusses Grinderman and Deep Fried Apple Pie

In Which Nick Cave Humors One Terrified and Overcaffeinated Writer, Discusses Grinderman and Deep Fried Apple Pie

Deirdre O'CallaghanThat's Nick on the left, with fangs put away for the moment.​Confession: We, like many others, are terrified of Nick Cave. As excited as one would be to interview the demon prince of Australian rock ahead of tonight's Grinderman…
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Music, All Shook Down Photo: Jello Biafra, Please Learn to Use the Internet

Photo: Jello Biafra, Please Learn to Use the Internet

And you think it took a while to get Kanye West on Twitter? From what our sources at Alternative Tentacles (the record label started by ex-Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra) tell us, their tech-phobic boss isn't even hip to e-mail…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Madness of Nick Cave

The Madness of Nick Cave

Artist Nick Cave didn’t decide to call his art “Soundsuits” until he climbed into one and started moving around. He liked what he heard; a swishy, ritualistic twiggy noise. It sounded like that because he made this particular piece out…
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Culture, Art Hit and Myths

Hit and Myths

The art world's preoccupation with authenticity seems to ebb and flow with the tides of the economy. In an uptick, artists can be cynical about whether their work connects; come the recession, soul-searching slides back into fashion. In 2007, when…
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Music, Hear This Bad Seeds bloom

Bad Seeds bloom

With the Birthday Party, Nick Cave emerged as goth's most literary frontman. Since that Aussie cult band's split in 1984, Cave has cornered the market in eerie intensity with his surreal preacher persona — half Tom Waits, half David Byrne,…
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Music, Reviewed Clockcleaner

Clockcleaner

Clockcleaner's second full-length album came out in the late fall, just in time to purge the last of 2007's positivity. The Philly trio spews bilious cynicism and doomy bass lines from the start: "New in Town" is a threat that…
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Music, All Shook Down

Nick Cave’s Grinderman Live Tonight in SF (7/27)

But if you miss 'No Pussy Blues' because the show is sold out, pleasure yourself with this video of the song performed live with local Jolie Holland, god bless her. Read on for an SF Weekly interview with Cave:…
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Grinderman, Daft Punk, Sila & the Afrofunk Experience -- ASD’s Live Music Picks for Friday, July 27

Grinderman, 9 at Slim’s. $26. “The debut LP from these four Bad Seeds erases all fears about the dreaded “side project”. A raw and blasted, punkily brief and thrillingly abrasive beast, it reveals a very different side to Nick Cave,…
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Music, Blue-Ballin' Blues

Blue-Ballin' Blues

Over his 30-year career, first as a member of the Birthday Party and then as a solo artist abetted by the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave has donned many musical styles. He's been a snarling gothic-punker, a noirish murder-balladeer, a cultivated…
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Music, Reviewed Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

The problem with the fourth record from Jesse Sykes isn't her ample talents for penning a maudlin phrase or vocalizing thoughts in a breathy, dramatic manner. In fact, her wavering sandpaper alto has finally ripened to sound natural singing about…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Poetry and Puncture Wounds

Poetry and Puncture Wounds

The Proposition (First Look) There's an old saying about Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did -- but backwards and in heels. This Australian western seems to be saying something similar about gritty American westerns: You think that's…
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Film, The Bad Seeds

The Bad Seeds

Trotted out like ol' Trigger whenever there's a movie with saddles and six-shooters, the term "revisionist Western" would surely be a cliché if there were enough Westerns to warrant its use more than every few years. Fact is, any movie…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tom's Cat

Tom's Cat

Normally I might not care for a show called Lovesick: The Cat Allergy Musical, for reasons that are clear from the title, which is in no way ironic or even slightly deceptive. A musical about a cat? I'm amazed I…
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Music, Reviewed Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull's majestically unnerving croak is the sound of funerals on drizzly days; of midnight ashtrays overflowing with stubbed regrets. Yep, it's often a downer, but absolutely magnetically so, which is one reason the 58-year-old "unsinkable Molly Brown" of the…
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