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Year in Music: The Soft Moon's Top 10 Albums of 2010 (Reissue-Style)

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Omar Khorshid, Guitar El Chark
Niagara, Niagara
Congregacion, Viene
Neu! vinyl box set
Franco Battiato, Fetus
Iron Curtain, "Terror Story"/"Anorexia" 7-inch
Can, Future Days
Brain Ticket, Cottonwoodhill
Chrome, Alien Soundtracks
Fabulous Diamonds, Fabulous Diamonds II

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Year in Music: Delorean's Top 10 Albums of 2010

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Beach House, Teen Dream
El Guincho, Pop Negro
Girl Unit, I.R.L.
Teengirl Fantasy, 7AM
k**O, Espanish Boogie, Vol. 2
The Ruby Suns, Fighting Softly
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Ariel Pink, Before Today
Tensnake, Coma Cat
Glasser, Ring

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Mirkarimi and mayoral hopefuls launch D5 Dem Club

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Democratic Party clubs are one of the most basic political building blocks in this basically one-party town, so it's odd that politically active District 5 (the Haight and Western Addition) didn't have one. But that changed last night with the launch of the District 5 Democratic Club, with fuel provided by current D5 Sup. Ross Mirkarimi and mayoral contenders Leland Yee and Dennis Herrera and with several potential Mirkarimi successors on-board.Read more »

Year in Music: Weekend's Top 10 Songs of 2010

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Check out our Year in Music Bay rock roundup featuring Weekend, then dive into their faves ...

Big Troubles, "Freudian Slips"
Terry Malts, "I'm Neurotic"
Grave Babies, "Gouge Your Eyes Out"
Speculator, "Fuck This World"
Minks, "Funeral Song"
Procedure Club, "Feel Sorry for Me"
Tamaryn, "Love Fade"
Little Girls, "Delaware"
Young Prisms, "Sugar"
Fluffy Lumbers, "Harry Dolland's"

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More innocents in prison

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It sounds like the Tennison and Goff story all over again: An innocent man has been locked up for 18 years on the basis of highly flawed testimony from a police informant. I know, I know, Caramad Conley hasn't been proven innocent -- but a Superior Court judge thinks he hasn't been proven guilty, either. And it all traces back to retired homicide inspector and later police chief Earl Sanders.Read more »

Q&A: The unexpurgated Books

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Accurately summing up the music The Books create is a tall order. Folktronica, indie-pop, cut & paste, experimental -- all these tags can loosely be assigned to it, but none can fully capture the group's mix of acoustic virtuosity and trippy electronics. First meeting in New York City in 1999, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong soon began crafting their unique combination of found sounds, cello, guitars, vocals and studio experimentation. Their work has led to four albums, a remix collaboration with Prefuse 73, and a commission to create elevator music for the Ministry of Culture in Paris. Zammuto took some time to chat about the group’s use of samples and its newest release, The Way Out (Temporary Residence Limited). Below is a longer version of a Q&A that recently ran in the Guardian. Read more »

Live review: Dr. Dog hit the retro road

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Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog is the kind of band that can’t seem to get enough of life on the road. Earlier this fall, during the first of two nights at the Fillmore on what is the band’s second full tour in support of April’s Shame, Shame (Anti), fans were treated to a lengthy, lively set of retro-minded indie-rock. Read more »

Live Shots: Badly Drawn Boy, Swedish American Hall, 12/14/10

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“How long do you plan on sitting down there?” said Damon Gough of Badly Drawn Boy as I stared up at him through my fifty millimeter lens perched on the steps of the stage. “Three songs,” I replied, holding up the appropriate number of digits. Our conversation ended there. It was the first time a musician had interacted with me at a concert, and to be honest, it was slightly awkward.

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SFBG Radio: Can Callifornia wake up?

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In today's episode, we talk about Jerry Brown's challenge: Can the new old governor wake the state out of a California dream that has become utterly unconnected to reality? Check it out after the jump. Read more »

PG&E may receive millions for unverified energy savings

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is poised to receive millions in shareholder bonuses for successfully administering a statewide energy-efficiency program designed to curb customers’ energy consumption. But consumer advocates have sounded the alarm that the utility doesn't deserve it.
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Chiu wins holiday bake-off "most artistic" category

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The 4th annual Board of Supervisors holiday treat throw down at City Hall today featured elegant trophies, celebrity judges and fierce competition. The desserts were judged in three categories: Most Tasty, Most Festive and Most Artistic. And the judges seemed to be enjoying themselves as they sampled the goodies and decided on the awards, as the rest of us waited hungrily, dessert forks in hand Read more »

Hot sexy events December 15-21

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Sigh. I guess I'm supposed to be Christmas shopping right now. But all I can focus is on is another week of sweet and wild sex events – what's a girl to do? In the spirit of at least trying to pretend I give a damn, however, here are five fantastic places to buy sexy somethings for the naughties on your list. And the weekly sex events, of course. 

1. Quality SM – run by womens since 1988, this locally based online catalog specializes in British BDSM titles. www.qualitysm.com

2. Dark Garden – the hottest corsets money can buy for the love in your life that needs cinching. 321 Linden, SF. (415) 431-7684, www.darkgarden.com

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80 billionaires -- and California's broke?

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Jerry Brown's message to educators was framed as bleak -- but as I pointed out, there were some bright spots. At least the new gov mentioned that this is a rich state that ought to be able to afford education. Robert Cruickshank at Calitics has a nice post on the point:Read more »

A funny thing happened on the way to the airport

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After Steve Kawa, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff, started making noises about local hire’s impact on folks who work at San Francisco Airport, since technically it’s in Millbrae, I asked Sup. John Avalos, the legislation’s chief sponsor, to clarify this point.

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The Mystery of the Missing Mayor

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Again, the Board of Supervisors scheduled a vote to select a new mayor to succeed Gavin Newsom. Again, members of the public lined up for almost an hour to urge the board to do so and to suggest names and qualities they'd like to see in Room 200. And again, the board delayed the decision with no reason offered for why.Read more »