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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: The Many Versions of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You"

Earworm Weekly: The Many Versions of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You"

I'm out of town on vacation this week, and my “beach reading” is Mark Binelli's new novel Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All Time Greatest Hits, a fictional retelling of Hawkins' life story. The title is a sly little joke, because Hawkins,…
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News, The Snitch Nina Simone's Daughter Sues Her Own Father Over Jazz Singer's Estate

Nina Simone's Daughter Sues Her Own Father Over Jazz Singer's Estate

If you think you've got family problems, read this.The daughter of jazz artist Nina Simone is in the process of suing her father for $155 million, and she asked the Federal Court to intervene.Lisa Simone Kelly claims that Andrew Stroud,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Song Worth Singing Again

Song Worth Singing Again

Produced by his youngest daughter, Gina, this profile of Harry Belafonte, foregrounding the 84-year-old actor and singer's political activism, is a moving if occasionally wearying hagiography. Not that the subject is unworthy of anything but veneration: Unbowed by the racism…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's All Around

It's All Around

Some of us still love listening to records, relishing the soft crackle behind Nina Simone’s fierce voice, or a reliable skip on a copy of Steve Martin’s The Jerk. In another vein entirely, a cadre of North Beach artists have…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gold Sounds

Gold Sounds

It's a testament to the mysterious, haunting Nina Simone that the only one who dares approach her is the similarly haunting Antony (of the Johnsons). Plus, he's a man. For the first week we listened to Simone — enthralled, while…
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Music, Meklit Hadero takes on the world

Meklit Hadero takes on the world

After spending a few years behind the scenes, curating performances at the Red Poppy Art House and the Mission Arts and Performance Project, Meklit Hadero is taking center stage. The San Francisco–based singer recently released her debut album, On a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Christ! <i>Mas</i>!

Christ! Mas!

Christmas music sucks. Most of it is saccharine, faux-pious, emotionally manipulative crap, recorded embalmingly. To the rescue is local blues and jazz singer Kim Nalley, who's famous for three things: a great voice, a pretty face, and a dirty mind.…
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Music, George Michael refuses to play the polite pop star

George Michael refuses to play the polite pop star

The passing years can be unkind to rebels. You survive booze, bad marriages, and car crashes, only to have the march of time leave its muddy boot print on your shining legacy. One day, you're Marlon Brando in The Wild…
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Calendar, Night&Day O Happy Day

O Happy Day

Rarely does the bad news suddenly turn to good, and then get even better. So let's savor it: Kim Nalley's sweet jazz boite went belly up, we were told, but then made a miraculous recovery. Even better, we missed what…
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Music, Mixtape  Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

Making mixtapes is a daunting, competitive field that requires real creativity to stand out from the pack. It's not always enough to have prereleased tracks or a big-name artist hosting the session. Those who turn left as others go right…
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Music, Keeping Up With the Johnsons

Keeping Up With the Johnsons

One thing Nina Simone didn't like (except for having no sugar in her bowl, natch) was being called a jazz singer. (Famously, Sonny Rollins once said that if Simone was a jazz singer, then he didn't understand jazz.) If she…
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Music, OK Then

Group Hug 2004

"Just tell me that everything's going to be all right." So said a co-worker of mine last week, bursting into my office, exasperated as usual, seemingly in need of a hug. A hug was issued. It's been that kind of…
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Calendar, Performance Playing Horsie

Playing Horsie

ONGOING 8/5-15 There's a reason terms like "horsing around" and "horseplay" are common in English. Horses are some of the most naturally playful animals known to humans, but like people, they're not quite as playful when they're saddled and harnessed.…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, February 11, 2004 The great thing about talking to Elgy Gillespie, author of The Rough Guide to San Francisco Restaurants: 2004, isn't that she gives outstanding recommendations for places to eat, although her suggestions are wonderful -- hey, we…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

It's been a while since the Day Glo Abortions have set foot on American soil. Purveyors of punk since the 1970s, the group has lost such members as Neve the Impaler, Wayne Gretzky, and Mike Cretin over time; luckily, Gymbo,…
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