Manic 'bout the Chromatics

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By Todd Lavoie

Disco is back! Quite the polarizing announcement, I know, so perhaps I should qualify: this isn't some Yvonne Elliman/Studio 54 revival here. Sorry, but no "If I Can't Have You", no anatomy-defying Brothers Gibb falsettos, and definitely no dancefloor-anemia takes on Beethoven's Fifth, mercifully enough. Read more »

That's the way the ice cream melts...

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Who knew watching cold treats dissolve would be so entertaining? Is The Life & Death of Ice Cream about the temporal nature of existence...or is it simply an ode to lost Creamsicles? Next up from the geniuses at MindPie: this is the way the grass grows?

Sonic Reducer Overage

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Jessie Evans

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Traditional Fools
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Punk as folk: Jeffrey Lewis

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Jeffrey, left, with his brother Jack.

By Alex Felsinger

Crass saved punk music. They redefined the genre before it was even fully created by shunning the Malcom McLaren-influenced and Vivien Westwood-designed pseudo-movement - and instead, they stood for something. They never fit the part, never ripped off the Rolling Stones, and never tried to become famous. Read more »

Boxcar Saints

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By FS Slim

Songs of intrepidity and irresponsibility sound the same no matter the form. This is, in fact, the risk you take when you decide it’s time to pin your stories to the backs of artfully irresponsible, intrepid-type characters. Read more »

The last B3 blog of 2007

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Leaving the Guardian building about 4 p.m. and heading out for an early dinner at Pompei's Grotto in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.

This is the comfortable place where Jean and I have started out our New Year's Eves for more than 20 years. A gem with San Francisco soul. Red checkered table cloths. Candles on each table. Splendid martinis. Oysters and crab served with a flourish. A warm glow all round. The kind of restaurant you can tell has been in the family for a long long time.

This year's New Year's resolution: no resolutions. See you next year. B3

Iowa: young and old are caucusing with the stars

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B3: Here is the Christmas Eve report from Carolyn Schmidt, our citizen journalist in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She will be reporting regularly up through and after the Thursday election. The key question remains: Will Iowans pick the president this time around?

By Carolyn Schmidt

Cedar Rapids, Iowa--The papers are so full of good stuff, I'll give you some choices. It's way more than you probably want to know.

Candidates are bringing in special guests to campaign with them these last few days. Read more »

Ammiano sums up San Francisco, 2007

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San Francisco 2007:

Ed Jew. The zoo. The mayor.

Liars and tigers and affairs. Oh, my.

Liars and tigers and affairs. Oh, my

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Dec. 3l, 2007).

Personal note to Tom: Keep up the Ammianoliners. And go back and collect them and think about publishing them in 2008. B3

Iowa: who is "reasonable" back there?

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B3 note: I asked Carolyn Schmidt, our ace citizen journalist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to check out the column of Peggy Noonan, the former Republican speech writer, in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal.
I enjoy Noonan, a rock-ribbed Republican, but an intelligent and witty one, who is covering the race from afar.
She is looking for a "reasonable" candidate, finds Joe Biden and Tom Dodd "reasonable," finds John Edwards"unreasonable," finds Obama is not "on fire," and doesn't like Hillary Clinton much at all on much of anything. Here is Carolyn's response, filed Sunday, Dec. Read more »

Iowa: snow storm tests candidates and voters

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B3: Here's a dispatch filed Satuday afternoon by Carolyn Schmidt, our citizen journalist, operating out of Cedar Rapids, Falls, Iowa, an election hot spot

As always, Iowans take the snow, Pakistan assassination, and all in stride

By Carolyn Schmidt

Cedar Rapids, Iowa--We had a 4-5 inch snow fall Friday on top of what's already on the ground (19 inches for the month of December). Richardson cancelled his appearances, but the others soldiered on--evidently not expecting much of a turnout for their rallies. Read more »