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Music, All Shook Down Oakland's Date Palms Meld Universes at Hemlock Tavern, 3/31/13

Oakland's Date Palms Meld Universes at Hemlock Tavern, 3/31/13

Date Palms Danny Paul Grody
 Chuck Johnson
 Sunday, March 31, 2013 
Hemlock Tavern

 Better than: Any number of resurrections

. This Easter Sunday, the real blessing comes in the form of an early 
show featuring a handful of local cinematic instrumentalists…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Best Concerts in San Francisco This Week

The Five Best Concerts in San Francisco This Week

Sunn O))) @ Mezzanine, Tuesday, Dec. 18 Over the 14 years that Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have run Sunn O))), the pair have eagerly tested threshold after threshold. The Seattle-born drone metal project's songs are long -- the shortest…
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Music, Thrill Jockey Records Celebrates 20 Uncertain Years of Wild Music

Thrill Jockey Records Celebrates 20 Uncertain Years of Wild Music

On paper, at the beginning, it would not have seemed the most probable of music-industry success stories: one former major label exec named Bettina Richards, $35,000 in mostly borrowed start-up capital, and a burning urge to put out new, boundary-pushing…
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Music, Hear This Golden Void: Show Preview

Golden Void: Show Preview

Behold San Francisco, where the threads of psych-rock never wear out. The latest arrival on the local scene is Golden Void, a supergroup of sorts featuring members of Earthless, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, and Eyes. Regular fans of mind-expanding…
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Music, Hear This Wooden Shjips: Show Preview

Wooden Shjips: Show Preview

Wooden Shjips have been kicking around the S.F. rock scene since about 2007, but it may be only now that this drone-heavy band is about to get its proper due. West, its first record for respected Chicago indie Thrill Jockey,…
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Calendar, Night&Day But Is It Art?

But Is It Art?

Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford are big on recycling. As Javelin, the Rhode Island cousins make jumpy electronic pop that mines old sounds for new ones. Limited to 500 copies, their debut 12-inch on Thrill Jockey features unique art…
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Music, Reviewed Chicago Underground Duo

Chicago Underground Duo

Nearly a decade ago, trumpeter Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground project sought to bring avant-garde jazz to the mainstream via the Windy City's Thrill Jockey Records, then one of the country's most adventurous indie labels. Even without widespread public accolades, the…
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Music, Reviewed Lithops|So


Computers are typically used for organizing content and creating order (no surprise that in Spanish they're called ordenadores). But two new albums of German electronica, released domestically on Chicago indie label Thrill Jockey, use computers to make more chaos, not…
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Mouse on Mars

Mouse on Mars Niun Niggung (Thrill Jockey) When German duo Mouse on Mars released its "Frosch" single in 1994, it was the first salvo in a growing global attempt to turn ambient techno inside out. Jan Werner and Andi Toma…
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Bobby Conn Llovessonngs (Thrill Jockey) It seems at times that Bobby Conn takes the "savant" out of "idiot savant"; for all his knowledge of rock 'n' roll history, he lives to undermine it by, frankly, thinking with his dick. Though…
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Diamanda Galas Malediction and Prayer (Mute) Sue Garner To Run More Smoothly (Thrill Jockey) Here is the Diamanda Galas story: She is a supernatural diva triumphant. She fears nothing. At 20 she played piano with Ornette Coleman; at 25 she…
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Whipping Post

Tortoise TNT (Thrill Jockey) Trans Am The Surveillance (Thrill Jockey) Gastr del Sol Camoufleur (Drag City) Sonic Youth/Jim O'Rourke Invito Al Cielo EP (SYR) Pere Ubu Pennsylvania (Tim/Kerr) Shortly after the release of Tortoise's self-titled debut, bassist/guitarist Bundy K. Brown…
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Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (Island) Everything you need to know about Pre-Millennium Tension, proper album No. 2 from urban import Tricky, is on the album cover. It features an androgynous (but definitely feminine) nude torso bathed in soft darkness. Between open…
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