Ammiano updates the zoo story

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Laid off sugar plum fairies seeking work. Rule out the zoo.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Dec. 27, 2007).

Impertinent question: Tom, is the issue that the troubles at the zoo are yet another example of what happens when the city allows a public resource to go private? B3

Does Flight of the Conchords soar or suck?

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By Mike McGuirk

First exposure to Flight of the Conchords - a YouTube clip of “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” - kind of bugged me. I was not in the mood for another comedy rock group, especially one that sings in fake black voices. Plus as far as I knew, it was tied to some super-hip new TV show. Finally I hated the name of the group. Read more »

Oh no, you're not: Reimagining the "I'm Not There" soundtrack

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By Marcus Crowder

Ever since listening to that multi-song pileup of a soundtrack for I’m Not There, I’ve been plotting my own alternate album: a compilation, to paraphrase Barry (Jack Black) in **High Fidelity** that does not “suck ass.” To begin with, the pathetic hipster pandering is gone. No Stephen Malkmus, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, or Mason Jennings. Jack Johnson? Are you fucking kidding me? Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Have a very Gnostic Christmas and a Blackalicious dish

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Joseph Childress, child.

More trouble to get into - the best kind - when you're not hunting and gathering last-minute offerings to your own personal Jesus.

GNOSTIC CHRIST-MASS REVUE
Join the soft psych-sters, delicate songwriters, acoustic hymn singers, and Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell cover mavens for a very Gnostic holiday hoot. Read more »

City College chancellor steps down; Christmas ruined for thousands

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How can the people of San Francisco make it through the holiday season without crying uncontrollably over the just-announced departure of San Francisco City College Chancellor Phil Day? Read more »

Tsk, Tsk...babies on the rise

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The Washington Post reports today that the US fertility rate is back up to replacement level. Read more »

Player's club: Todd Lavoie's best of 2007 playlist

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Bat for Lashes are in your corner.

By Todd Lavoie

Well, it wasn't easy, but after endless hours of fretting and ruminating and studied, stressed-out headphonery, I have at last been able to compile a play list of the tracks that got me most excited this year. What can I say? This year was a stunner - look no further than these twenty lil' ditties, kiddies.

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I can has bocaburgerz!!!

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Guess who got an Icanhascheezburger T-shirt for the holidays? You motherfuckers are jealous.

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We got some serious cat lovers over here, but we still haven't managed to convince our copy editors to make "kittehs" instead of "kitties" a part of our official in-house style. Maybe if enough readers leave comments supporting the change, our rigid copy desk will lighten up a little.

"Insurance is not care."

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If you want a little perspective on the Governor's health plan, take a minute and read this amazing story (thanks, Calitics) about a massive protest organized to get a desperately ill 17-year-old girl a liver transplant. The liver was available; the doctors were ready. Read more »

Ammiano on the bad news

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The bad news?

Grandma got run over by a reindeer.

The good news?

She got $500,000 severance pay. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

(From the inspired voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007.) B3