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Music, All Shook Down 'In a Cloud' Captures SF's Best Folk Pop Freaks. We Q&A its Mastermind.

'In a Cloud' Captures SF's Best Folk Pop Freaks. We Q&A its Mastermind.

Man, San Francisco is so strong on the indie music front these days. And that's not just empty cheerleading. Our pop bands (Girls, The Dodos) are getting prime festival slots and lots of press love, while experimental psych-garage act Sic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Where Our Head Is At

Where Our Head Is At

Music compilation projects don't usually blow our skirts up. While the local-scene types are always kind of fun, they also tend to suck. Production value is not the point, and bands don't want to give up the good songs they…
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Calendar, Night&Day Set Frazer to Stun

Set Frazer to Stun

People (okay, Pitchfork) say the same dumb shit about Paula Frazer as they say about Penelope Houston — essentially, "she used to be punk and now her music is easy-listening since it's not punk anymore." People, duh. Frazer is a…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer and Tarnation

Paula Frazer and Tarnation

After some fine discs on her own, S.F. songstress Paula Frazer revives the name/concept Tarnation — alt-country locals who released two fine albums in the '90s, Gentle Creatures and Mirador, with Frazer as the sole constant and principal songwriter. While…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer

Paula Frazer

Melancholia comes easier to some than others -- but like most any state of mind, it's what one does with it that counts. S.F.'s Paula Frazer (who fronted altcountry locals Tarnation in the '90s) channels lingering, heart-rending images and stories…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer

Paula Frazer

Along with the Naked Barbies' Patty Spiglanin, Paula Frazer has one of the most distinctive sets of pipes in the Bay Area (and in the greater realm of pop music, for that matter). Her singular voice has what a lot…
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Music, Looming Large

Looming Large

Many things feel right about Paula Frazer's house. Like the long, Victorian table in the kitchen, with its matching stiff-backed chairs. Or the antique bottles lining her shelves, their rims cloudy with memories of elixirs past. Frazer, better known under…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

In 1998, Cory McAbee presented a script -- or, rather, an elaborate sachet of paintings, sketches, and outlandish dialogue -- to the Sundance Screenwriters' Lab. Of thousands of submissions, American Astronaut was among a dozen selected for the five-day workshop,…
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Recordings

Tarnation Mirador (Reprise) Local western crooner (and archaeologist) Paula Frazer has taken her pet "project" Tarnation to some interesting places. A couple of years back we visited an Arkansas trailer park in I'll Give You Something to Cry About, one…
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The House of Tudor

For me, the ethereal panhandle-wail of Paula Frazer conjures surreal childhood memories of one feverish night spent watching Shirley Temple movies on a scratchy black-and-white 10-inch screen. For countless hours my world had been reduced to a muggy fog of…
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Albums

1. P J Harvey, To Bring You My Love (Island) (See essay.) 2. Tricky, Maxinquaye (Island) (See essay.) 3. The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??! (DGC): Aceyalone had the flows, but the Roots had the music -- and all the…
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Graveyard Shift

You don't have to be a scholar to appreciate the colorful history of San Francisco. From resident eccentrics like Emperor Norton through the wild and woolly Barbary Coast era to the rat's maze of opium dens that once covered Chinatown,…
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