Can we stop media monopoly?

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(chart from dailykos.com)

By Tim Redmond

With Clint Reilly's case against the Bay Area's newspaper barons heading for a trial that will start April 30, it's interesting to note that there's actually a bill in Congress to limit media ownership.

I suspect this isn't going anywhere soon -- the Read more »

Peeling out with Trans Am's Phil Manley

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Trans Am, dude. Powerful, proggy, electro, rockin' - what don't these guys do? Once based in DC, now living all over the place, all over your face, Trans Am rev up their tour tonight, April 21, at Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF; (415) 621-4455. Zombi and Black Taj open the all-ages Green Apple Music Festival-sponsored show; the music starts at 10:00 p.m. Lay $14 down. Read more »

Her lip gloss be poppin'

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Lil Mama -- I love you and your gloss. Baby Pride!

If I can score an interview with her, I'll totally freak out. I'll get lip gloss all on the receiver. L'Oreal! MAC! Watermelon Crush!

Oui, senor

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By Molly Freedenberg

mezzanine - 17.jpgI've just discovered my new favorite SF band, French Miami. Yes, the lead singer/guitarist/keyboard-player is a friend of friends, but that's not why I'm so enthusiastic. It's because the band, who played at Fat City last night, plays kickass rock-n-roll with a punkrock edge that kept me dancing (and jumping up and down) the whole set. Read more »

I Dig Digg

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By Molly Freedenberg

mezzanine - 01.jpg A party just isn’t a party without a soldering gun. That’s what I always say. Read more »

Buddyhead's famed gossip section makes trimphant return

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By G.W. Schulz

Fuck, people. Buddyhead still destroys, as much as I wanted to be over it. For the uninitiated, Buddyhead's gossip section was a force to be reckoned with for its savage assaults on the worst of the popular music industry delivered in a relentless barrage long before blogs seriously took hold. (They go back at least six years.)

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Ben Bagdikian comments on the monopolization capers of Hearst and Gannett in l937 and Hearst, Singleton, and Gannett in 2007

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A note from B3: Ben Bagdikian knows more and has written more about the monopolization of the press than
just about anybody. He is the author of six editions of the media classic, "The Media Monopoly," and dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California- Berkeley.

In Bagdikian's first media monopoly book in l983, he wrote that 50 or so conglomerates controlled most of the U.S. media. With each edition the numbers shrank and for years, whenever I would speak on journalism, I would call Bagdikian and ask him what the current magic monopoly was. Read more »

SPEAKING OF THE MAYOR....

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Check out these threads...

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Andrew Hill, R.I.P.

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Sadly jazz legend Andrew Hill has passed - after playing a stellar show for SFJAZZ last year and being serenaded by present and past Bay Area players like Nels Cline and Guardian contributor Devin Hoff. Here's the statement from Hill's label, Blue Note.

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The Blue Note Records Family is very saddened to announce the passing of the great pianist and composer Andrew Hill. Read more »

MORE RENEWABLE THAN YOU

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by Amanda Witherell

Oakland is destroying us at the green game. All told, California is doing pretty well though, thanks to AB 32, but keep an eye on Oregon. Portland's shooting for 100 percent renewable by 2010. How's our evergreen Gavin going to compete with that? Read more »