Landon Moblad

The in sounds of 'The Way Out'

Strange tapes go into the unique sound of the Books

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MUSIC Accurately summing up the music The Books create is a tall order. Folktronica, indie pop, cut and paste, experimental — all these tags can loosely be assigned to it, but none fully express the group's acoustic virtuosity and electronic archival flair. After meeting in New York City in 1999, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong soon began to craft their unique mix of found sounds, cello, guitars, vocals, and studio experimentation. Read more »

Live Review: Deerhunter turns up the volume at Great American

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Before our car ride home discussion of some of our favorite parts of the show, my friend and I had already agreed on something; holy shit that was loud. Playing to a sold-out crowd in its first of two back-to-back San Francisco shows (10/29), Deerhunter put on a raw, visceral, sometimes loose but often amazing set that pierced through the relatively small confines of the Great American Music Hall. Read more »

An Iggy Pop Woody Allen

Marc Maron takes comedy from podcast to the stage, and faces the music

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COMEDY Marc Maron is old school. He's the kind of comic who will talk your ear off about the pitfalls of modern technology and the lost art of conversation while actually making a point. He doesn't do characters or hide behind awkward self-consciousness. He criticizes YouTube and the oversaturation of stand-up comedy, hankering for a return to the "emotional thought" of comics he grew up admiring. And in what seems to be a symbolic "fuck you" to the modern world, the guy is still rocking his America Online e-mail account. Read more »

Alex Cox goes "Straight to Hell" (and to the Roxie)

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If you’re looking for a Halloween film fix outside of the usual slasher movies and traditional fright night fare, the Roxie’s got you covered.

Starting Fri/29 and running all weekend, the theater has a series of cult picks lined up. Friday night brings old-school sci-fi flicksThe Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) and The Man From Planet X (1951) to the screen in 35mm archival prints. Sat/30, check out the UK gore-fest Corruption (1968) or The Brood (1979), one of David Cronenberg’s first films. And on Sun/31, there will be a double Halloween dose of director Alex Cox, with Straight to Hell Returns (2010) and Searchers 2.0 (2007), complete with an appearance from Cox himself. Read more »

Dream, dream, dream

Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest floats like the everlys-on-dope

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MUSIC Deerhunter's new album is the most cohesive in the group's young career. Compared to the booming opening seconds of 2008's Microcastle, the lead-in to Halcyon Digest (4AD) is downright mousy. A simple drum machine sputters in and out like a robot clinging to life before a dreamy guitar line sets the scene for five minutes of textured feedback and a distorted vocal melody from lead singer Bradford Cox. It's a pretty start to what is often a stunningly beautiful album.Read more »

Summer in the fall

Allo Darlin' are psyched to see SF, and you should be psyched to see them

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MUSIC As I sit sipping some morning coffee, Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin' is wrapping up an unseasonably sunny London afternoon. "I don't know what's happening, but it's really warm weather," she says over the phone. "The last week was really cold and miserable, and then the last two days have been absolutely beautiful."Read more »

Live Review: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion detonates at Bimbo's, 9/29/10

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Walking up to Bimbo’s and seeing “Jon Spencer Blues Explosion” sprawled across the marquee in big, bold font, I kept thinking how crazy it was that the group hadn’t performed in SF in over eight years. Though just coming off a five-year hiatus, JSBX has been spewing their sweaty mix of punk, blues, and good old-fashioned rock and roll for nearly two decades. With all three members of the New York trio well on their way into middle age, last Wednesday (9/29/10) was a reminder that these guys were doing their thing long before groups like the White Stripes or the Black Keys were even blips on the radar. And beyond that, it proved they haven’t lost a single step. Read more »

Do it Clean

Barbara Manning holds forth on Kiwi rock's jangle power

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MUSIC For over 30 years now, the Clean have been at the forefront of the New Zealand rock scene. Despite some early lineup changes and temporary breakups, the core of the band — Robert Scott and brothers Hamish and David Kilgour — continue to tour together, work on solo or side projects, and occasionally release a new album. For special insight into Kiwi rock and all things Clean, I decided to get in touch with San Francisco expat Barbara Manning, who will be opening for the group at the Independent with her new band, the Rocket 69.Read more »