Christian Fennesz returns to shore

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By Erik Morse

After a long musical sojourn with former Yellow Magic Orchestra electronics magus Ryuichi Sakamoto on 2007’s Cendre (Touch), an extensive live collaboration with Mike Patton and a nomination for Best World Album by the Ethic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMA), Christian Fennesz returns to the sonorous shores of his past with a new 7-inch entitled "On a Desolate Shore a Shadow Passes By."

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A deal on UC Extension?

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Well, it looks as if Sup. Ross Mirkarimi and state Sen. Carole Migden have managed to squeeze some real concessions out of the developers of the old UC Extension site. This is still preliminary, and the details are not confirmed, but I'm told that the percentage of affordable housing could be increased from 16 percent to more than 35 percent, a total of 80 more affordable units.

There are still issues here and the players haven't all agreed, but this is progress.

Today's Ammianoliner

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Obama surfs the Maverick. Clinton says "gnarly, dude, but I ain't Gidget." B3

A perfect marriage ...

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By Andrea Nemerson

...of presenter and material, anyway. I can’t promise you the other kind, although I’m working on it.

Since I had my kids, I’m forever wishing I could write more about kid-having issues in Alt Sex Column, but of course, ASC readers want to hear about fisting and polyamory, -- not so much with the kiddie stuff. Read more »

Vote Willow/Xander in 2012!

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In college, my Buffy-watching buddies and I used to play the cast-our-friends-as-Buffy-characters game. I'd usually end up as either Faith, the slayer who went to the dark side, or Glory, the evil goddess from Hell. I'm convinced this was partly due to physical resemblance (both are brunettes, and Glory has curls), and partly due to the fact that two of the guys playing the game were former lovers with itty bitty bitter streaks. Read more »

SPORTS: Are the A's history?

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If MLB is serious about contraction, Oakland could lose its team

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The man who fell to Saul Williams

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By Benedict Sinclair

As far as Saul Williams albums go, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust (available for download here) is a success. As far as Trent Reznor(-produced) albums go, it’s also a success.

This all-around decent pop album includes an endearing U2 cover and on a number of songs linking up with the sounds of TV on the Radio. Read more »

Iran and Vietnam

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Why does this remind me, eerily, of the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

Finding inspiration at Creativity Explored's "Finders Keepers"

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Making it: Car Factory by Walter Kresnik

By Amy Glasenapp

What first struck me at the opening reception of "Finders Keepers" at Creativity Explored on Jan. 10 was the sheer volume of the crowd. By 7:30 p.m., an hour after the reception began, the show looked like a success. Read more »

The press: Humbled in New Hampshire

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B3 comment:

As I said in my post-election blog, I liked the fact that it was the voters, not the pundits nor the pollsters, who decided the New Hampshire primary and surprised everyone.

I also liked this commentary below by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, a national media watchdog group, who asked the Washington Post's David Broder and NBC's Tim Russert to explain their embarrassingly wrong predictions, rebuked NBC's Chris Matthews for horserace coverage, and quoted NBC's Tom Brokaw offering some good reporting advice, and then giving its own good advice.

FAIR to the campaign reporters Read more »