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Let the niners go?

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Glenn Dickey has an interesting hit on the 49ers stadium problem: The hell with it, he says; let 'em go.

I still like the idea of a San Francisco football team, but then, I also like Candlestick Park, and I always have. I even liked it when the Giants played there. But I have to say, Dickey's got the economics right. He's horribly harsh about the neighborhood ("There's nothing at Candlestick Park; Hunters Point ... Read more »

SF Port to Vote (and maybe cash in) on the Trans Bay Cable

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By JB Powell

Tomorrow could be ‘show me the money’ day for the SF Port Commission. Commissioners there will vote on the Trans Bay Cable, a privately financed, $300 million power cord that would run underwater from Pittsburg. For weeks, staff members from the port as well as various other city agencies have been hammering out the details of a community benefits package with the cable’s developer, Australian financial firm, Babcock and Brown. Read more »

SF Port to Vote (and maybe cash in) on the Trans Bay Cable

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By JB Powell

Tomorrow could be ‘show me the money’ day for the SF Port Commission. Commissioners there will vote on the Trans Bay Cable, a privately financed, $300 million power cord that would run underwater from Pittsburg. For weeks, staff members from the port as well as various other city agencies have been hammering out the details of a community benefits package with the cable’s developer, Australian financial firm, Babcock and Brown. Read more »

Donna data

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IMG_0439.JPGIMG_0403.JPGAnd while I'm on this posting old Noise Pop photos kick... Read more »

Cake to audience: Eat me (then buy my record)

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I had honestly forgotten how much I like Cake. Years of too much radio play hardened me to those catchy tunes like Never There and The Distance, making me forget all about the beats so steeped in funk you can't help but move your hips, the spot-on transitions that would make any music major proud, the deep melodic sarcasm of John McCrea's voice, and the plain old virtuosity of these people as musicians. What I hadn't forgotten was McCrea's attitude: bitter, jaded, and a bit antagonistic to his audience. Read more »

More Noise Popping

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By Deborah Giattina

I wouldn't have traded seeing my fellow Bay Area Ladyfest 2002 organizer play her first Noise Pop show last Wednesday for anything--not even a Ponys/Gris Gris ticket. I'm referring to Macromantics (aka Romy Hoffman), who recently was signed to Kill Rock Stars. Read more »

The road looked like a ski slope...

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By Kimberly Chun

Thought me and my pal were going to recreate the Donner Party's flesh-chomping shenanigans this past weekend: we were caught in the snow storm over Highway 80 on Feb. 25, heading from Reno and the Who's Feb. 23 US tour kickoff concert back to frisky ole Frisco. Scary, snow-slick road conditions and worse, frightening near-standstill traffic. We left Reno at 1 p.m. and at around 6 or 7 p.m. finally, carefully pulled into a slippery, icy, snowed-in Truckee - about five or six hours after we spotted a "Truckee: 12 miles" sign. Read more »

Smells like art

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I knew I was in the right place. I could smell it before I even got in the building. The brazenly pungent aroma emanated out the glass doors, down the yellow walls of the entrance corridor, and out into the San Francisco Art Institute’s scenic courtyard.

It was a smell both foreign and familiar. Read more »

Girls Rule

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IMG_0375.JPGOooh, how I love me some rockin' women. And last night seemed to be chock full of 'em. (The men weren't half bad either...)IMG_0364.JPG

First was Noise Pop Happy Hour at the Parkside (are we seeing a theme here?) featuring the mesmerizing Loquat. Read more »

An evening of esoteric indie rock

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So there’s this guy named Tommy Lee. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Played drums in a little-known rock band? Married some blonde in a red bathing suit? Starred in a salacious home video? Well, apparently this obscure musician is still making his art in the small, private, cult-following-type venues he’s become accustomed to (like Oakland’s Oracle Arena, on two different reality shows, and in a book he’s co-writing, among about a dozen other gigs). Read more »