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Calendar, Night&Day McGuire's Magic

McGuire's Magic

Anne McGuire became a bit infamous for stalking Joe DiMaggio. It was happenstance; the aging baseball legend wandered into McGuire's frame so she followed him, and began improvising songs about his greatness, and her devotion to his greatness. It…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/9/12: Negativwobblyland Makes the Anarchic Beautiful at SF Electronic Music Festival

Live Review, 9/9/12: Negativwobblyland Makes the Anarchic Beautiful at SF Electronic Music Festival

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 Brava Theater Better than: Front 242. The last night of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival featured two openers sourced from the Mills College electronic music department, Chuck Johnson and James…
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Calendar, Night&Day Video Helps the Radio Star

Video Helps the Radio Star

MTV made the music video popular, but artists have long been melding visuals to sound — and they're still finding new ways to do it. Consider Lori Varga. The contemporary Dadaist collages bits and pieces of analog film and digital…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Sonic Outlaws

Unless you're a musician or a lawyer, the ongoing donnybrook between proponents of fair use and copyright infringement may not have you riveted. It's worth keeping an eye on, though, for it often comes down to a high-stakes battle between…
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Music, Accentuate the Negativ

Accentuate the Negativ

In its 25-year history, Bay Area- based musical collective Negativland has never shied from controversy. The band once perpetrated a successful media hoax when it sent out a bogus press release alleging that the track "Christianity Is Stupid" from its…
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Music, Reviewed Wobbly


Wobbly is the recording and performing moniker of Jon Leidecker, a San Francisco sound-collage artist who has lurked within the Bay Area experimental scene since the '80s. He's performed solo and in myriad collaborations, most notably with Negativland's Don Joyce…
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Music, Reviewed People Like Us

People Like Us

Released in November 2000, A Fistful of Knuckles is the ninth solo effort by People Like Us, the musical moniker of English collage artist Vicki Bennett. This prolific sound wrangler has also appeared on dozens of compilations and collaborated with…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Chop therapy

Most music fanatics know how it feels to spend $200 in one visit to a record store. You walk out the door, your legs wobbling and your head spinning, feeling spent, woozy, and slightly guilty. Of course, not everyone shops…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Touched by Sarah Your recent review of Sarah by J.T. LeRoy gave me a huge lift to see that a kid that I (and others) left for dead was able to create such a beautiful and moving novel ("The Voice…
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Music, Dead Set on Deconstruction

Dead Set on Deconstruction

It's been seven years since Negativland ventured out to the heartland to relate its strange tales and stranger execution on the stages of America. Don Joyce, one of the band's human interfaces, can barely believe the lapse in time himself.…
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Music, Thievery Corporation

Thievery Corporation

On Nov. 12 at Art Rattan, an Oakland performance space, a one-man band called Wobbly fidgeted behind a multitrack digital workstation, churning out a sonic stew comprised predominantly of samples culled from local hip-hop station Wild 94.9. He generated a…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The problem with being a karaoke groupie is that between the tunes that make you swoon, like "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," are a whole slew of crappy, happy sing-alongs like "Summer Lovin'." For the tear-in-your-beer lover, there is no…
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Info:Correction date: Correction:April 24, 1996 Night Crawler By Silke Tudor The interior of the Trocadero felt like a sweltering greenhouse last Thursday night as blasthaus, San Francisco's premier techno art gallery, presented "Premeditated Breakdown" as part of the "SoundCulture 96"…
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Negativland Sex Dirt (Seeland) The East Bay audio collagists of Negativland rev up their DAT machines and samplers once again, this time to, er, penetrate America's twin obsessions with sex and cleanliness. Product ads, old hygiene and sex-ed films, and…
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News, Feature

Mondo 1995 (Part II)

The Mondo folks had no reason to flinch: A week later they were featured on the cover of Time magazine's "Cyberpunk" story in what could have passed for a paid advertisement. The cover was designed by Bart Nagel, and the…
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