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This Column Is Brought to You by the Letter M, the Letter P, the Number 3, and the Concept "Death of the Artist" It's been the better part of a month since John Vanderslice took on the somewhat bold experiment…
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Everything Quieter Than Everything Else Like a lot of so-called "new music" records in the marketplace these days, the packaging of the Threnody Ensemble's first album, Timbre Hollow, is a subdued and tasteful affair. The front cover is the color…
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A Punk's Progress Pop music and God have never gotten along very well -- think of all the religious leaders who've pilloried Elvis, the Beatles, and Madonna over the years, not to mention all the critics who crucified Bob Dylan…
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Goodbye to All That Here's a challenge: Try to find a travel article on San Francisco that somehow avoids invoking the word "heaven" every third or fourth paragraph. As summer kicks in, ink-stained interlopers from New Orleans to Miami to…
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Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition Noe Venable talks like a rocker, sings like a jazz crooner, and tells stories like an old folkie -- which gets you into a hell of a mess trying to nail down exactly where her…
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Not That Tired Old Business About Dot-Coms and Culture Again These days, you can feel the backlash against the backlash kicking in -- a sense that anybody who cares about San Francisco music is sick and tired of being told…
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All reports to the contrary, the recent Dead Kennedys vs. Dead Kennedys lawsuit wasn't about royalties, or even preserving some amorphous concept of punk "integrity." Keeping in mind that the battle between Jello Biafra and his former bandmates wasn't just…
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It's a Big World After All The first annual San Francisco World Music Festival inspires a lot of questions. First on the list: Why? Traditionally, music festivals are attempts to create a local infrastructure where one didn't previously exist, producing…
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The Wedding Present Weddings are generally boring. Or, rather, they're boring to write about -- how the New York Times consistently stomachs scribbling about the pâté available at the nuptials of some Park Avenue daughter-of-doctors working in "marketing" and a…
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Free Lars Ulrich! Metallica has done some exceedingly silly things in its time -- we're still trying to figure out that whole San Francisco Symphony thing the band perpetrated last year. In fact, it's pretty easy to write off most…
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What trial-size shampoo bottles are to the weary business traveler, compilation albums are to the music fan -- efficient samplers, used on the fly and practically disposable. At least, that's how they're treated. Classic compilation albums rarely get their due…
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Sexy, sordid myths of starlets past have a habit of landing on bookstore shelves regularly, with the sort of resounding thud that only the detailed ransacking of history can provide. The last six months have seen the release of two…
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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About the Music Business I Learned From Eddie Money So the California Music Awards -- better known as the Bammies -- pretty much came and went without making much of an impact, though the…
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The Music Scene's Dead? Again? There's a rumor going around these days. Have you heard? The Bay Area music scene is dead. Somebody killed it. It's in a gutter somewhere -- 11th and Folsom, probably -- bleeding profusely. Go ahead,…
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Uh, Actually, It's More Like an Art Collapse Ah, spring in San Francisco, and our thoughts turn to all of those typical San Francisco-type things that come with the bluster of a new season: sunshine, evenings without wind chill factors,…
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In the Ballpark Of all the pleasant surprises that attended Yo La Tengo's recent four-show stint at the Great American Music Hall, one of the most pleasant was seeing songstress Barbara Manning, clad in a Barry Bonds jersey, leaping onstage…
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The Land Deeds They Are A-Changin' On March 27, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will make a public announcement that will likely lay out its plans to purchase the spacious International Center at 50 Oak St. Michael Ward, one…
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Street Hassles Most musicians -- or even music fans -- don't read the Wall Street Journal regularly, but perhaps they should. The March 2 edition of the paper featured a front-page story on the San Francisco music scene that concluded,…
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Back in Bleak Mark Kozelek's in a good mood these days -- surprising news for a fellow whose perkiest song is titled "Lord, Kill the Pain." Around this time last year, the Red House Painters frontman's career was in chaos:…
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Hello, Pork Pie Hat You don't need a good excuse to go to the Hotel Utah; the Utah's old-timey saloon atmosphere has always been enough. Still, you'd be forgiven if you felt a bit more pressured than usual these days,…
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