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Music, Let's Get Killed New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

Few music books have had the impact of Please Kill Me. Reading the classic 1996 "uncensored oral history of punk" was like breaking into your idols' diaries. It revealed outrageous stories about the genre's earliest progenitors, most of whom either…
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Rockers, Rollers, Readers,

I know you're all excited to dive right into this 15th annual SF Weekly Music Awards program guide, but indulge me for one second (I know what you're thinking: "Wouldn't be the first time." Yeah, well, shut up). Back in…
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The New In and Out Retrieve mind from gutter; we're talking art here: Adrienne Gagnon's piece was thought-provoking. Gagnon brings up the question of how America's fringe culture eventually merges with the general population. It…
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News, Mecklin <i>Au Revoir</i>, Silke Tudor

Au Revoir, Silke Tudor

If I had never known Silke Tudor, I would never have had a member of the Porn Clown Posse sit on my lap. I wouldn't know the details of falcon hunting. I wouldn't have gotten to write headlines like "Girls…
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House of Tudor

In a letter to the editor titled "Sick of Silke" (April 14), longtime reader Vincent Calluci wrote: "Why, oh why, do you persist in allowing Silke Tudor to write for your paper? Essentially she has been writing the same column/articles…
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Novel Misinterpretation OK, but do we really have to imagine Shakespeare, exhumed?: I should have guessed that things would get shaky in Anneli Rufus' review of my novel 1906 when she declared the "two…
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Calendar, Night&Day Port in a Storm

Port in a Storm

One thing's for sure: Our national obsession with pirates is here to stay. In the late 1990s, students, artists, and other fringe-y types zoomed in on eye patches and the all-purpose exclamation "Arrr!" Then the 826 Valencia writing center opened,…
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Shorty the Dog vs. Silke the Great (Arf!) Hint: Don't bet on Shorty: Thanks to Silke Tudor for drawing attention to International Quirkyalone Day . We are glad that our lust for a life that…
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Letters to the Editor

We Ignored the Drummer? Well Damn Us All to Hell.I was very disappointed to read Silke Tudor's review of Persephone's Bees (The House of Tudor, April 26), which negligently and rudely excludes any mention (even the standard noncommittal "backbone" comment)…
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Look Out Below

Last year, Lookout Records -- that little East Bay label with the big green (day) thumb -- celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a giddy, weekend-long, multivenue party featuring bands from its definitively plucky roster. A good many Lookout bands play…
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Night Crawler

Da Da Da San Francisco is dappled by the shadows of dada: Coffee tables crawl out of abandoned windows at Defenestration, fun-fur-festooned chickens and pogoing turnips follow their faith to the St. Stupid's Parade, and the Mud People squirm their…
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Night Crawler

Forevertron, and a Day Highway 12 lazes through Sauk County, Wisc., cushioned on either side by emerald green farmland and brightly painted grain silos. During the summer, warm rainstorms soak the asphalt within a breath's span and lightning bolts skitter…
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It's a Ring Thing

Last year's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth wasn't. Sure, the tall man was very tall and the small man was very small, but watching a circus from bleachers in a coliseum annihilates the intimate sense…
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Night Crawler

A Basic Framework Until recently, people in this part of the world defined themselves more by their fetishes than their jobs. In conversation, office politics yielded to window-ledge altars fashioned from votive candles, vintage lunch boxes, old hubcaps, croquet mallets,…
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Night Crawler

Training When just a wee, bitty miscreant, I began craving a more southerly climate, one where women wrapped their limbs in little more than sun-bleached down, and men sported threadbare tank tops and racketeer shades from dawn until dusk, and…
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Night Crawler

Sure Better There's something about horseplayers that sets them apart from other vassals of Lady Luck. They study equine bloodlines and muscle conformation; they take notes on positioning bias and reproductive status; they follow the careers of trainers, jockeys, and…
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Night Crawler

Tea and Strumpets It's a lazy Sunday-like Saturday afternoon, one of those early springtime days of warmth that make Northern Californians feel wealthy. Weekend chores have been abandoned for sun-drenched patches of grass and hazy backyard barbecues; the few folks…
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Night Crawler

Wheels of Fortune Two scabrous-looking riders roll through the night, down Third Street, ignoring traffic laws and dull backward glances from motorists. Their bicycles, driven forth by enormous leather boots and well-inked calves, satisfy traditional expectations -- a metal frame…
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Night Crawler

Tales for Sale "Welcome to the 'Sidewalk Shopping Network,' " says Domino, a squat gent with thick black hair and a double-five domino in his pocket. "We can offer the fine items on this street block for a limited time…
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The House of Tudor

It was apparent, almost from the very beginning, that Cake was too nice to rock. As early as 1994, the band's shows had become overrun by the type of collegiate cattle whom "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle" -- Cake's surreptitious hit…
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