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    Tender Is the 'Loin I read with interest any articles about my rightfully maligned and sometimes misunderstood neighborhood, the Tenderloin (Night Crawler, June 4). Without going into specifics, no one unfamiliar with the area should be walking around certain parts…
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    Boris Bows Out I was outraged to see the statement attributed to me in the May 21 Grid ("Treasure Island Giveaway"), by George Cothran and Chuck Finnie. The statement that the mayor appointed me an official liaison with Li Kai…
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    Tasty Malt Loved the Slap Shots on the Century of Malts ("Anatomy of a PR Greasing," April 30). Well-written and funny. But I don't think Jack Boulware'll be invited to any Zima anniversary parties any time soon. (I'm a writing…
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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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    Lutefisk Burn in Hell Fuckers! (Bong Load Custom) Imagine yourself in a homemade rocket. Reaching down to the spacestereo there and plunking in Lutefisk's latest, Burn in Hell Fuckers! "Tin Man's Cue" comes on with a quiet country-chord intro and…
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    Tiny Tuners At the risk of dignifying Michael Batty's Feb. 19 item in "Riff Raff" ("Gimme Indie Cred") with undeserved attention, and on behalf of everyone at Live 105, I'd like to say that I am astounded at the lack…
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    How Sweet It Is

    America's sudden demand for premium imported cigars has unfortunately neglected to include the wide spectrum of less expensive, machine-made varieties that constitute the pillars of the cigar industry. Selling into the billions each year, these unashamedly populist draft horses beckon…
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    New Year's at Home With all due respect to my fellow critics (in this proud publication and elsewhere), the pickings for New Year's concerts this year are looking not only slim, but skeletal. Besides, recommending any activity for New Year's…
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    Metallica's Christmas Party Not that you could get in, or, if you're anything other than a PR pucker-up or a die-hard hair farmer, that you'd want to. But allegedly, sometime this week, somewhere on Mission Street in the 'Loin/SOMA DMZ,…
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    Wesley's World and Welcome to It In reading Michael Batty's criticism of the "Wesley Willis Art Joyride" ("Mediocre Sickness," Music, Dec. 4), I find it curious that Batty did not speak with Willis or his many fans in attendance. Perhaps…
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    Stinky Puffs Songs and Advice for Kids Who Have Been Left Behind (Elemental) Making fun of a preteen's artistic efforts (or even his grief) certainly isn't going to win a music critic a humanitarian award -- or even a statuette…
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    Groovie Ghoulies Well, obviously. (Not that there's some sort of hipster oblique going on here -- one of those situations where you're deemed an utter 'tard for not being "with it" enough to commence percolating at the mere mention of…
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    Rig Rock Deluxe: A Musical Salute to the American Truck Driver (Upstart/Diesel Only) One has to wonder who the intended audience is for a trucker song: us general Joes with soft spots for the picaresque, or real truckers? I mean,…
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    The Lemonheads Sometimes rock star drug addictions can seem so ... convenient. Bubble-gum provocateur Evan Dando's career (and those of his fellow Lemonheads) seemed in the dumps two years ago, fluffy covers of Simon & Garfunkel songs notwithstanding. What's a…
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    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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    Weight Here High point and low point of "Ground Zero" issue (Oct. 16): High point: Paul Reidinger's piece on Rocco's Cafe ("Are You Being Served?" Eat). I appreciate the information on the service (or lack thereof) at Rocco's. If there…
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    Tool You'll notice among many metal acts a bent for the scatological. Though more pronounced in the lyrics of eternal sophomores like Abscess, who sing of cannibal autopsies and pornographic freak shows, this tendency is also readily observed in the…
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    Glug, Glug, Glug Yes, a corporation that regularly unleashes foaming tsunami waves of cheap, skunky, alcohol-poor, gut-mutating domestic beer upon the tasteless legions of Middle America seems a natural patron for all those waifish, unheard-of bands who champion mediocrity in…
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    The Gun & Doll Show Consider that most baneful (yet dishwater-common) of the curses invoked by feisty pop critics to gulag objects of their disaffection: "pretentious." God forbid an artist, or for that matter some retarded-ass rock band, should make…
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    Giant Sand Settling to the bottom of a slow-tempo bill like a desert toad in a fish tank full of molasses, Giant Sand's unassuming, off-the-cuff music may have found its perfect niche. Howe Gelb and his inconstant lineup of backing…
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    Fashionably Lame Was Michael Batty even present at the Bottom of the Hill's SFO3 set on Sunday, July 28 ("SFO3 Diary," Music, July 31)? He wrote a review of the event. He even described the place as having "cheap chow."…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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