Record labels, quit playin’ games with my heart - hurry up and release these CDs over here already

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Sweet on unreleased-in-the-US Candie Payne.

By Todd Lavoie

Look, I know America is supposed to be the land of infinite choice and all - y’know, 287 types of toothpaste to choose from in the supermarket aisle, right next to the avalanche of deodorants eagerly waiting to cripple you with consumer-paralysis - but sometimes we really seem to let a lot of the good stuff slip clean out of our nets, don’t we? Take chocolate. Read more »

Illegal bike behavior

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In my opposition to this blog's recent attack on bicyclists, I should probably muscle up and address the most sensitive point of attack: illegal behavior by cyclists.
I am guilty of such behavior. I blow through stop signs, run red lights, and gleefully take part in Critical Mass as often as possible (and, like many of us, I'm particularly excited about the 15th anniversary ride coming up on Sept. 28). Read more »

Farewell, fingerpainter

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Intern Amber Peckham remembers outsider artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

As a sixth grader on a field trip to Washington DC, I was fortunate enough to see one of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s works, Fantastic Building, on display at the Smithsonian Institute. It was the only painting that lingered in my mind on the long drive home, simultaneously conjuring up fond memories of sand castles and horrific daydreams of prisons and boarding schools. Read more »

Bikes are traffic too

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OK, so I'll admit that my main reason for this blog post is to shove a certain irrational, poorly written, anti-bike intern's post off our front page, where it will hopefully become just a bad distant memory (BTW, said intern, who goes by the pseudonym Lotto Chancellor, also goes by Chris Demento and can be contacted at cdemento@gmail.com). Read more »

Throw back the throwback "Brave One"...puleeze!

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Ms. 45 2007? Jodie Foster and her point-n-shoot.

You kind of want to like this film, because you appreciate Foster's mini-genre of woman-alone-against-a-threatening-world;Terrence Howard's twinkly, tear-eyed, shiny-jelly-bean cuteness; and the general '70s-era throwback Ms. 45 tone of the entire outing. Read more »

Ed Jew For Wine and Food

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By Sarah Phelan

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OK, so "Ed Jew Legal Defense Fund For Wine and Food" probably isn't what Jew meant when his team sent out this pulp fictionesque style invite (pictured above,) but the wording sure makes it look that way.

As the info on the inside of the "Support Jew's speedy trial" envelope notes, City Law does not allow Supervisors to set up "legal defense funds" per se. Read more »

Ethan Miller's mixology: Comets on Fire/Howlin Rain vocalist passes round online mixtape, heads out with Queens of the Stone Age

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Howl on, Howlin Rain.

Mixtapes/CDs - the DIY-DJ, hardcopy joy of giving that has been overlooked in the digital scramble to trade music online. Wha' happened?

Well, Oakland howler, guitarist, and all-around noise-maker Ethan Miller of Comets on Fire and Howlin Rain found a way. He clued me to Spot DJ where folks can make comps of their very own. Read more »

Freddy Krueger: song-and-dance man

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Jason had a bigger knife, and Michael Myers got the trendy Rob Zombie treatment. But ol' razor-hand had the best musical moments by far. The highlights:

Dokken, "Dream Warriors" - Is Patricia Arquette scared of Mr. Read more »

Walk, don't ride

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Intrepid intern Lotto Chancellor rants about city bicyclists who should ride better -- or get off the road.

To the Idiot (not meaning every, just the Idiot) Bicyclist:

Congratulations. Read more »

Newsom's gleeful purge

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When Ken Garcia and Robert Haaland agree that Mayor Gavin Newsom screwed up, it must really be true. Read more »