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The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice Just as jumbled, challenging, and frustrating as Lipstick Traces -- and nearly as brilliant September 27, 2006

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New McSweeney's Joke Book Not So Funny

By the editors of McSweeney's Vintage (April), $12.95 Our friends on Valencia Street deliver us an enthusiastically nerdy collection of literary humor, a work by and for those of us who, as the introduction has it, are "largely preoccupied by…
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Music, Baby Dee: A Little Buzz in a Big Bee Costume

Baby Dee: A Little Buzz in a Big Bee Costume

Let's start with Baby Dee's fun facts. She's a batty middle-aged lady from Cleveland who left a life as a avant-garde musician in New York for a career as a professional roofer, then went on to pal around with Will…
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News, Sucka Free City The House of Punk-Cakes

The House of Punk-Cakes

Faced with the aging rock 'n' roller's choice between death or glory, burning out or fading away, a small cadre of San Francisco rockers has chosen an innovative third path: selling pancakes in a spray can. The Batter Blaster is…
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Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield

By David Nadelberg Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $14.95 Schadenfreude, as the past year of closely monitored starlet meltdowns has proven, is rising faster than Guitar Hero as a lazy national pastime. David Nadelberg's traveling event, Mortified, has catered to this same…
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Music, Hear This Mightier than the Sword: Black Cobra slays

Mightier than the Sword: Black Cobra slays

It's tough to think of an indie icon more accomplished than Stephen Malkmus. Although he's best known for being frontman of the infamous slacker-rock band Pavement throughout the '90s, he has made a name for himself this millennium with his…
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Magical Moments of Change: How Psychotherapy Turns Kids Around

By Lenore Terr, M.D. W.W. Norton, $27.95 Magical Moments of Change is possibly the cheesiest title ever applied to a deeply fascinating book on the human psyche and the possibilities of healing. Lenore Terr, a professor of psychiatry at the…
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Shortcomings

First, full disclosure on possible circle-jerky conflict-of-interest: This book talks some brief shit about S.F. Weekly. In return, S.F. Weekly will talk some brief shit back, while also acknowledging that Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings is awfully wonderful. This graphic novel, his…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

On its 2005 debut for Jagjaguwar, Canadian collective Black Mountain brewed up an intoxicating batch of homegrown rock. Stephen McBean's soulful voice and hypnotic song-visions create a contemporary version of classic rock, rich in texture and never ironic. The band…
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Desert Gothic

Nothing is Gothic about this debut short-story collection, filled with lives as arid and lonely as the sun-baked Nowherevilles of Nevada and Arizona where they play out. Waters, raised in Reno and now living in Berkeley, specializes in self-aware losers,…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

The iconically maudlin tune "Get Together" provides both the title of this comp and its bookending tracks. The first instance of the song is Dino Valenti's sweetly naive 1963 original, and the Youngbloods' well-known cover closes the four-disc set. Take…
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Music, Reviewed Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors

Imagine Henry Rollins conducting your high school orchestra and you're getting close to the confounding beauty of Dirty Projectors' Rise Above. The story is this: while cleaning out his childhood bedroom, chief (and often sole) Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth found…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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