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Music, All Shook Down How Wallpaper. Got a Record Deal, Local Artists Tackle Nick Drake's <i>Pink Moon</i>, and More

How Wallpaper. Got a Record Deal, Local Artists Tackle Nick Drake's Pink Moon, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Wallpaper. Gets a Record Deal: It was around 10 o'clock on a Friday night in December when Ricky Reed walked into a meeting at the Sony Music building in Beverly Hills with no…
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Music, Light from the Pink Moon: S.F. Artists to Reinterpret Nick Drake's Classic Onstage

Light from the Pink Moon: S.F. Artists to Reinterpret Nick Drake's Classic Onstage

During his lifetime, Nick Drake only sold a few thousand albums. Since his accidental overdose on antidepressants in 1974, his influence as a musician and songwriter has been incalculable. His stripped-down, emotionally raw music still sounds fresh and new today.…
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Music, All Shook Down Do You Love Nick Drake? Then Thank His Parents

Do You Love Nick Drake? Then Thank His Parents

Over a six-year stretch beginning in 1994, Jason Creed published 19 issues of Pink Moon, a fanzine dedicated to the life and music of deceased English folk singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Pink Moon featured interviews with primary characters in the…
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Music, All Shook Down An Intro to Elliott Smith: Why We're Not Comfortable with a Greatest Hits Collection

An Intro to Elliott Smith: Why We're Not Comfortable with a Greatest Hits Collection

On Wednesday Kill Rock Stars and Domino announced the early November release of An Introduction to... Elliott Smith. It's been almost seven years since Smith stabbed himself in the chest, since which time his grave has hardly been quiet,…
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Music, All Shook Down Nick Drake's Sister and Jolie Holland 'Talking Music' Today at Herbst

Nick Drake's Sister and Jolie Holland 'Talking Music' Today at Herbst

The people that brought us the Microachella -- The Treasure Island Music Festival -- now bring us the lovely, talented local Jolie Holland talking shop about famed, dead singer-songwriter Nick Drake. From the PR: EVENT REMINDER: TALKING MUSIC SERIES…
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Music, Bryter Layter

Bryter Layter

Before every one of his live shows, Devendra Banhart allegedly writes the name "Vashti Bunyan" on his arm. He's not referring to some bizarre form of tantric yoga or an obscure C.S. Lewis character; rather, he's paying homage to a…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Orton

Beth Orton

For her fourth solo album, British singer Beth Orton — whose early career was all about merging techno and trip hop with Nick Drake-inspired folk — teamed up with producer/musician Jim O'Rourke, best known for weirding up albums by Wilco,…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 So they get naked. Big deal. The three highly talented eccentrics who make up the Demolition Doll Rods may look as though all they have on their minds is wriggling out of their leather bikinis, but…
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Music, Reviewed M&auml;rz


März, the German duo of Ekkehard Ehlers and Albrecht Kunze, opened its first album with a short loop of Nick Drake's "From the Morning," nailing down its aesthetic -- yearning, melancholic, Romantic with a capital "R" -- in a single…
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Music, Reviewed The Skygreen Leopards|The Blithe Sons

The Skygreen Leopards|The Blithe Sons

San Francisco's Jewelled Antler collective is a loose assortment of prolific groups that set down their recorders whenever and wherever they damn well please (park, apartment, abandoned war bunker, beach, etc.), crafting mysteriously psychedelic free-folk that roams through the pines…
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Music, Reviewed The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence

The whole of Love and Distance, the third full-length album from Portland-based two-man outfit the Helio Sequence, smacks of church. The opening track, "Harmonica Song," with its electronic bass line spinning along in time with a lonely train whistle of…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Post-Punk Folkie

Post-punk and folk music don't often go together. Post-punk is all black clothing and abrasive guitars, punk's energy and noise sculpted into something artier. In contrast, folk is flannel shirts, wide-brim hats, and quiet, mournful yarns. Somehow, though, Kelley Stoltz…
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Music, OK Then Iron and Wine and Diapers

Iron and Wine and Diapers

There are two reasons why a telephone conversation with Sam Beam, the singer/songwriter responsible for the beautiful folk songs of Iron & Wine, is difficult. One: He is such a humble, modest guy that you really can't get him to…
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Calendar, Performance It's a Goode Thing

It's a Goode Thing

THURS 6/19 The rugged man who once strode through Yerba Buena Theater revving a chain saw (in 29 Effeminate Gestures) and exclaiming, "He's a good guy! He's a good, good guy!" is at it again. With the world premiere of…
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Music, Reviewed Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine

Fans of the dark and brooding song-poem hailed Iron & Wine's The Creek Drank the Cradle as one of the finest recordings of last year. And for once, the shoegazer crowd got it right. Sam Beam, the six-string slinger and…
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Music, Pop Philosophy Oh, Inverted World

Oh, Inverted World

As 2002 comes to a close, the tortoises cross the finish line A few years ago during a best-man speech at a wedding, I made the suggestion that, like records, there are two kinds of people: immediately likable ones who…
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Music, Reviewed Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche

Call him precocious or wise beyond his years, but Sondre Lerche is hardly your typical 19-year-old songwriter. While most barely legal bards are likely to bang out three-chord tunes about girls, drugs, and the burden of being perennially misunderstood, Lerche…
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Music, Pop Philosophy Gone to See the River Man

Gone to See the River Man

Time has told me English folk icon Nick Drake didn't always enjoy the level of popularity he does now. Back in 1981, the Village Voice's Robert Christgau wouldn't even review Drake's records in his compendium Rock Albums of the '70s.…
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Music, Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator

For the French, it's not enough to love music; one must embrace it with the codependent disgust of a couple verging on a murder/suicide. The French avant-rock group Ulan Bator clearly loves the pop tradition in this way. Listening to…
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Music, Behind  the Music

Behind the Music

First things first: Damien Jurado is a big guy. He's wide and he's tall, and if he hadn't spent his teenage years listening to punk rock, he probably would have made someone a damn fine linebacker. Secondly, Damien Jurado talks…
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