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Music, All Shook Down Listen: An Unreleased Velvet Underground Song For the 45th Anniversary of <i>White Light/White Heat</i>

Listen: An Unreleased Velvet Underground Song For the 45th Anniversary of White Light/White Heat

To properly celebrate the landmark record's 45th year in existence, Universal Music is putting out a three-disc reissue of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat on Dec. 3. The 30-track album, culled together by John Cale and the late…
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Music, Hear This John Cale: Show Preview

John Cale: Show Preview

You don't really think of John Cale as just one of the other guys in the Velvet Underground, do you? Because it turns out that while, yes, Cale did co-found the Velvets with Lou Reed, he's also made some incredible…
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Music, All Shook Down Four Men With Beards: Rescuing Classic Out-of-Print Releases From the Archives

Four Men With Beards: Rescuing Classic Out-of-Print Releases From the Archives

Many local labels are offering obscure reissues and innovative new releases on all conceivable formats. Label Sampler will profile a different Bay Area record company every other week. Name: 4 Men With Beards Owner: Filippo Salvadori Founded: 2001 Headquarters: San…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen to This While High: John Cale's New <i>Extra Playful</i> EP

Listen to This While High: John Cale's New Extra Playful EP

Behind the buzz: Seeing John Cale's first new release in over a half decade casually racked at Amoeba Music last weekend was a pleasant shock, and the title itself imparts a…
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Music, Leonard Cohen dwells where the scars run deep

Leonard Cohen dwells where the scars run deep

Among the singer-songwriter breed, few are genuine trailblazers. Leonard Cohen is a poet pioneer rooted in that Dylan pantheon in terms of artistic influence and resilience. But while Cohen's '60s songwriting brethren aimed for catharsis, his songs have always been…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tony! Tony! Tony!

Tony! Tony! Tony!

Brilliant and uncompromising, violinist Tony Conrad cut a swath through the pop-rock ’60s with his loud, droning, “minimal” music. Applying his ideas about intensity and duration to experimental film, he made the perfectly titled The Flicker in 1966, opening the…
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Music, Reviewed Kronos Quartet and Wu Man

Kronos Quartet and Wu Man

San Francisco's Kronos Quartet is globally renowned for championing the works of contemporary classical composers. Though Terry Riley's profile isn't as high as that of colleagues Philip Glass and Steve Reich, he is one of the key 1960s innovators of…
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Music, Reviewed Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo hasn't had it easy — his first wife committed suicide; his excellent, critically praised discs haven't set any charts afire; and he battled a recent bout of hepatitis without the support of health insurance (the latter is unfortunately…
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Music, Reviewed John Cale

John Cale

After 40 years of dedicating himself to crafting smart, challenging music (even if it wasn't always listenable), John Cale now wants to be a big pop star. Exhibit A: his new disc, blackAcetate:, a bland collection of radio-friendly pop-rock influenced…
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Music, Reviewed Destroyer


On this six-track EP, a handful of tunes from Destroyer's totally awesome 2004 art-synth overload Your Blues are given a rock/folk/freak facelift courtesy of last year's tourmates, Frog Eyes. Anyone who saw the Destroyer/ Frog Eyes circus is probably still…
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Music, Love Plus One

Love Plus One

The supergroup is one of rock 'n' roll's best innovations. Taking established talents and combining them with other, acknowledged talents is a no-brainer. Such a practice should be money in the bank, the kind of sure thing that keeps careers…
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Music, Reviewed Don Lennon

Don Lennon

The only thing more frightening than an indie-rock comedy album is an indie-rock concept record. Amazingly enough, Boston singer/songwriter Don Lennon pulls off both on his third disc, Downtown. What's even more incredible is that Lennon is three for three…
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Hear This

The Creatures Siouxsie & the Banshees died a horrible death. Some might argue that the famous goth band is not really dead, but merely existing in a state of suspended animation resulting from the growing pains that produced the dismal…
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Genuine Artlessness

Rock 'n' roll's eternal adolescent, Jonathan Richman, is just a few birthdays shy of 50. The skinny teen who invented "geek rock" during the height of hippie chic, the excitable man-child who refused to let his youth go to waste…
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News, Letters


Clear as a Bellwether The "YOU Decide" issue (Oct. 30) was the most complete, yet concise, overview of our complicated ballot published in San Francisco. All the other daily and weekly publications pushed their personal agendas -- you laid out…
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Drowning in Pop

John Cale, Red House Painters At the Fillmore, Tuesday, Oct. 15. Before show's start at the Fillmore, rows of chandeliers hung purpled by house lights -- tacky upon gaudy -- giving the impression that the concert hall and all of…
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R.I.P. Last week, former Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison died of cancer in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 53. Along with Lou Reed, John Cale, and Mo Tucker, he was a founding member of the seminal, subversive rock band, and briefly…
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Femme Fatale

For proof positive that looks can kill, search no further than Susanne Ofteringer's Nico-Icon. Chronicling the downward spiral of the German fashion model-cum-Velvet Underground chanteuse and Warholian "superstar," the documentary is a disturbing discourse on the transformative nature of beauty,…
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