"Suturb, ut te"

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By Sarah Phelan

"Eturb, ut te" is "Et tu, Brutus" spelled backwards.

As such it seems a fittingly ass-backwards phrase to sum up the dynamics of the Newsom affair, which is so Shakespearian in terms of the lust, the lies and the betrayals, which ultimately led to yesterday's potentially career-shattering revelations, yet seems so ass-backwards in so many ways. Very very suturbing.

NOISE: Wet Confetti, city

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Gang of Four twiddler, meet a gang of three: Wet Confetti. Dave Allen, the G4 bassist, played on and produced the Portland, Ore., combo's new album, Laughing, Gasping. Read more »

Newsom's other Peter problem

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By Steven T. Jones
At the end of yesterday's sex scandal whirlwind, I finally got a chance to talk with Newsom press secretary Peter Ragone about the scandal that got pushed aside by the larger scandal: Ragone being caught using pseudonyms in online posts and then lying to cover it up. Read more »

NOISE: Avett Bros., bro

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We've told you before - and we'll tell you again: these Avett Bros. are strong. Strong, strong songwriters.

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Country & Yaaarrrr. Courtesy of www.theavettbrothers.com.

The combo will be playing alongside Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Arcade Fire at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 29. But if you're not going down then, see 'em tonight, Feb. Read more »

Newsom's apology

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By Steven T. Jones
There were lots of different ways that Gavin Newsom could have reacted to news that he was having sex with an at-will employee who was also married to his close friend and top adviser, but almost all of them involved an apology. Here’s what he chose to say this morning, in its entirety, followed by why I think he has fallen short and sown the seeds for dragging out this scandal longer than necessary:

“Thank you for coming here on such short notice. Read more »

It’s Getting Hot in Here

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It’s Getting Hot in Here
Sarah Phelan
Hours before all hell broke loose over at City hall over news that he'd been having an affair, Mayor Gavin Newsom showed up at the SFPUC's Climate Change summit to endorse long overdue efforts to combat global warming.

“God’s delays are God’s denials,” began Newsom, blissfully unaware that his former appointments secretary Roby Rippey-Tourk was about to confess to her husband Alex Tourk about the affair, and that Tourk would immediately confront the mayor--and resign from his post as Newsom's campaign manager. Read more »

Unsolicited advice to the mainstream press covering alternative press stories

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Never try to sabotage a story when the facts can come back to haunt you. Read more »

Bavarian cream: Herzog blogged

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I'm sure you Herzophiles have been languishing for days now, waiting for the rest of this interview (the best niblets made it into the paper here). Here are the ready-for-blogging-goggles portions. A veritable, unsugary feast of Bavarian whimsy.

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SFBG: There are some awe-inspiring landscape images in The Wild Blue Yonder. Read more »

NOISE: Thee More Shallows sell out to Anticon

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Our longtime faves, the underappreciated Thee More Shallows, are making a break for a whole 'nother kinda big time. The top-notch indie rockers have signed to Bay Area out-hip-hop imprint Anticon.

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Could such a deal have come to pass because a certain TMS band member is the landlord of another certain Anticon reg? Read more »

An actual issue

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By Tim Redmond

I don't care about the mayor's sex life. Frankly, I'd rather not think about it. If he had an affair with a good friend's wife, that's between them. Makes him look like a jerk, but whatever.

There is, however, a more serious issue here, which is that Ruby Tourk was Newsom's employee. An at-will employee who could be fired at any time, at the mayor's call. That's why the city may well get sued here, and why this is really kind of a problem.

It really was, to quote the mayor, a lapse in judgment for the chief executive of a major city. Big time.