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Music, Steely Dan

Steely Dan

They say he's 9 feet tall, that he's got 17 fingers (eight on one hand, nine on the other), that his beard's as long as the summer solstice, that the noise he makes with his knobs and switches, his doodads…
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Music, Reviewed The Time Flys

The Time Flys

I saw these New York Dolls wannabes at 12 Galaxies over a year ago, and after the set I mentioned to the singer, "You know, you guys spell your name wrong," 'cause, like, they do: It should be "the Time…
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Music, Reviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Why isn't anyone bringing up the Violent Femmes? It's because the Violent Femmes aren't cool. The Talking Heads are cool, which is why anyone who wants to knight a new band Artful and Cool reaches for the Talking Heads mantle.…
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Music, Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz

1) Match the erstwhile retiree, i.e. Jigga and Stallone, to his middle name: A. Corey B. Gardenzio 2) To which upcoming project did Coldplay's Chris Martin make the biggest contribution? A. Jay-Z's Kingdom Come (out Nov. 21), for which he…
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Music, Reviewed Subtle


If there's justice in the world, Subtle frontman Doseone will someday win a MacArthur Genius Grant. John Zorn won one this year; so did some guy who studies combinatorics, whatever those are. They seem to award the things to folks…
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Music, Brave New World

Brave New World

Hippies, though admirable and well intentioned, often compensate for their excellent politics with profoundly lousy art. Which is a real bummer, as our current political situation is profoundly lousy — as you might have heard, we're living through one epic…
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Music, Reviewed Nina Nastasia

Nina Nastasia

You don't have to have lived in New York City to appreciate Nina Nastasia's fourth album, but it helps. It helps to imagine autumn arriving in Manhattan, that first crisp day when you feel the chill's bite, and those subsequent…
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Music, Diva Dumbdown

Diva Dumbdown

Xtina, Paris, Jessica, and Beyonce have all just released records. Are you up to speed on your pop pabulum? 1) A "Freakum Dress" is: a) A song on Beyonce's new album b) Something Bill Clinton would just rather forget about…
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Music, Reviewed Ratatat


One of these dudes is the touring guitarist for Dashboard Confessional. How kooky is that? Not as kooky as the jams you're gonna find on this record! The two boys in Ratatat go their own way, and that way involves…
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Music, Net Gains

Net Gains

Fact: It's now uncool to spazz about a band just because it got big overnight thanks to the Power of the Internet (MP3 blogs, MySpace, etc.). Also fact: It's even uncool to point out that it's uncool. Late-breaking fact: As…
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Music, Reviewed The Chop Shop

The Chop Shop

Remember ye olde days of turntablism? When all the DJs (diggers, we called them) were high on their horses delivering lessons — literally, as our man Cut Chemist had his "Lesson Six," following in the footsteps of Godhead DJs Double…
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Music, Reviewed Midlake


Texas' Midlake recently guest-DJ'd a set on Gorilla vs. Bear blogger Chris Cantalini's satellite radio show for Sirius. That set included, among others, America, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, the Band, ELO, Bread, and David Bowie. Gives you a pretty good…
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Music, Reviewed Grandaddy


For a band that obsesses so much about the inexorable march of technology, Modesto's Grandaddy sure has managed to arrest any evolution of its aesthetic since perfecting the formula on 2000's The Sophtware Slump. That album offered gently fuzzy guitars,…
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Music, Player's Club

Player's Club

For years now, we, the faithful, have rooted for our wily, under-estimated Oakland A's to win a World Series. And for years now, another bunch of ragtag misfits — the Oakland A'z — have been rooting around the local hip-hop…
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Music, Reviewed The Velvet Teen

The Velvet Teen

Cum Laude finds Petaluma trio the Velvet Teen attempting the same stylistic 180 it pulled by following up serrated pop stunner Out of the Fierce Parade (2002) with the completely guitarless, piano-driven concept record Elysium (2004). The Iron Chef surprise…
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Music, Indie Dim Sum

Indie Dim Sum

A decade after its founding, the annual Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival is back to blow your senses, featuring a mix of mediums that includes literature, film, and, of course, a ton of great music. The festivities sprawl throughout…
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News, Sucka Free City I Interviewed Al Gore and Shit

I Interviewed Al Gore and Shit

Al Gore is impossibly tall. He's a linebacker, broad-shouldered. He looks like one of those Stonehenge rocks stuffed into an expensive blue suit. If a car were to crash into Al Gore, it would, like that one car in that…
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Music, Reviewed Sunset Rubdown

Sunset Rubdown

In a perfect world, side projects would be judged independent of project-projects. But this ain't a perfect world, so Spencer Krug's Sunset Rubdown is just going to have to deal with living in the shadow of his main gig, Wolf…
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News, Sucka Free City

The Collectible Journey

It's no exaggeration to call Herbie Herbert one of the Bay Area's most important people. As the manager of Journey from 1973 to 1993, Herbert delivered unto the region one of its most commercially successful bands; Journey's greatest hits collection…
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News, Sucka Free City Fire Fighting

Fire Fighting

On May 1, 2006, policy will be put into effect banning our most beloved beach fires on Ocean Beach. Unless it isn't. "There is nothing specific that's driving that May 1 deadline," says Rudy Evenson, the Ocean Beach Project…
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