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Music, All Shook Down Welcome Blue Ivy Carter! The Top Six Weird Baby Names We Love

Welcome Blue Ivy Carter! The Top Six Weird Baby Names We Love

This week, the world oohed and aahed as news of the birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z's baby girl emerged (we bet Ms. Knowles managed to look radiant even during that heinous labor process). Then stories started emerging that the couple…
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Music, All Shook Down Eight Rock 'n' Roll Poop Bombs: Exploring Pop Music and Shit

Eight Rock 'n' Roll Poop Bombs: Exploring Pop Music and Shit

Three of my sons have reached the age where they've begun exhibiting the symptoms of chronic privy mouth. Shakespeare relished a good poop quip every now and then (see Henry V). Ditto for Marquis de Sade and Geoffrey Chaucer. Graffiti…
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Music, Bouncer The Googly-Eyed Beholder

The Googly-Eyed Beholder

Here's a question college professors love to throw out: What is art? I take refuge in Frank Zappa's general attitude about the stuff: I know it when I see it. Last week I decided to visit SFMOMA, where you can't…
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News, Sucka Free City Have you seen C.W. Nevius? Tenderloin kooks have

Have you seen C.W. Nevius? Tenderloin kooks have

Although he resides in Walnut Creek, San Francisco Chronicle news columnist C.W. "Chuck" Nevius is undoubtedly a man about town in the 415. Nevius, a former sports columnist who now writes about city politics, is a frequent fixture in print…
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Calendar, Night&Day Richie Rich

Richie Rich

Rock critic Richie Unterberger (Mojo,, Record Collector,, etc.) basically owns a film archive, and shares it often. His screenings have a cult following, because his footage of famous musical acts of the 1960s and '70s is the kind…
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Music, Reviewed Top'R


San Francisco rapper Top'R has spent the last 15 years rocking walls with the Lords graffiti crew and stages with the Earthlings and Gurp City collectives. Along the way, he's released a half-dozen albums and toured incessantly, amassing a loyal…
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Calendar, Night&Day

The Wilder One

It's tough to forget goonish, heavy-lidded character actor Timothy Carey once you've seen him. He tosses beer in Marlon Brando's face in The Wild One. He shoots a racehorse in Kubrick's The Killing. His character in Cassavetes' The Killing of…
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Music, The Real Cult of California: Father Yod and the Source Family

The Real Cult of California: Father Yod and the Source Family

In 1969, a man named Jim Baker opened a vegetarian restaurant, The Source, on Sunset Boulevard. It was hugely successful, with celebs like John Lennon and Frank Zappa dropping in to dine on Rainbow Salad. But The Source was far…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Hairy Man Group

The Hairy Man Group

Last time Man Man was in town, we thought they looked like the indie-rock farm team for the Blue Man Group. But the quintet sounded like Beirut on a sugar high with Frank Zappa in the lead, or a mutated…
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Music, Hear This Fathers of invention, from Zappa to Radiohead

Fathers of invention, from Zappa to Radiohead

In the nearly 10 years (gasp!) since they had their watershed release OK Computer and officially became The Most Important Band in the World, Radiohead has created the requisite "reactionary weird album" (2000's Kid A), the "we're still weird, better…
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Music, Reviewed Judy Henske & Jerry Yester

Judy Henske & Jerry Yester

In the late '60s, Warner Bros. formed this subsidiary, Straight Records, in order to release albums by that maestro of scatological art-rock Frank Zappa, as well as an assortment of visionaries and eccentrics Zappa was then digging: Tim Buckley, Captain…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In an effort to acknowledge the wide-ranging music culture of Brazil and its contribution to the evolution of American jazz -- most notably via the bossa nova craze of the early '60s -- the concert promoters at SFJAZZ have put…
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Music, Reviewed Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

If there was ever a musician to whom the old saying "They made him, and then broke the mold" applied, Rahsaan Roland Kirk was it. Blind from age 2, Kirk (1936-1977) came to prominence in the tumultuous 1960s, playing more…
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Music, Pop Philosophy Zappa and Spooky and Grainger -- oh my!

Zappa and Spooky and Grainger -- oh my!

Open your mind and your art will follow During the 1986 BBC documentary West Coast Story: Frontiers of New Music, when a journalist asks John Cage why he never stays with one style of work, the esteemed composer answers, "Thoreau…
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News, Feature Mind Over Clatter

Mind Over Clatter

Eighty-eight-year-old composer Henry Brant lives in a modest bungalow that sits opposite some actual shacks on the outskirts of paradisiacal Santa Barbara. As he leans through a crack in the screen door to say hello, his most immediately apparent feature…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

While Frank Zappa was often accused of being a dictatorial bandleader, no musician who came under his influence could disparage the voluminous body of minisymphonies that trickled out of his witty, irreverent mind. Thirty-plus years after creating seminal works like…
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House of Tudor

Although they have been compared to Pere Ubu, Fred Frith, Frank Zappa, John Zorn, and the Residents, I must submit that Uz Jsme Doma is Prague's answer to Idiot Flesh. Odd men in doctors' scrubs create deranged attic polkas with…
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Frank Zappa Have I Offended Someone? (Rykodisc) Have I Offended Someone? probably won't offend anyone. In fact, it is hard to imagine this album offending anyone even back in 1973 when the first of its 15 tracks was originally released.…
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Slap Shots

Mothers of Attribution Frank Zappa Utility Muffin Research Kitchen The Afterlife Dear Mr. Zappa, On Aug. 21 my SF Weekly "Slap Shots" column attributed a restroom wall quote -- "Every town must have a place where phony hippies meet" --…
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