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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
Oh, have more Cake, please! On the occasion of the Sacto-Bay Area band's New Year's Eve show Monday at the Warfield, I spoke to frontman John McCrea from his Oakland home - an intriguing and educational experience, natch. McCrea wandered down some unique avenues regarding his neighborhood, the music industry, farming, gorging, general loudness and so much more.
SFBG: I always associate Cake with Sacramento. Read more »
Oh, Mary! The girls spend Christmas in a homeless shelter.
REVIEW There's something about performing old television shows (i.e. "The Twilight Zone") on a bare-bones stage two feet from the front row that accentuates what was good about them in the first place--the snappy dialogues, the solid story construction, the tinge of the absurd. Read more »