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Year in Music: K. Flay's Top 10 of 2010

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– These New Puritans, "We Want War" video. Slow motion videos can either be awesome or insanely awesome. "We Want War" is the latter.
Girl Talk, All Day. We played this a bunch on tour and it made me feel like I didn't have a job but also would never need one. Which is probably one of the top ten life scenarios of 2010.
– Liz Phair at The Independent, October 10, 2010. Liz Phair > egg sandwiches. No, really.
– Kid CuDi, "Don't Play This Song." I first heard this track while driving through crazy fog on Interstate 8 in the Arizona foothills at 2 a.m., which was probably the best possible context I could have imagined. CuDi perfectly captures a sense of calculated self-destruction. Read more »

Year in Music: Lyrics Born's Top 10 Albums of 2010

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Lyrics Born, As U Were
Joyo Velarde, Love and Understanding
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Chromeo, Business Casual
Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles
Far East Movement, Free Wired
Trackademicks, The Remix Tape, Vol. 3
The Black Keys, Brothers
John Legend and The Roots, Wake Up
Zion I, Atomic Clock

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Year in Music: E Da Boss's Top 10 of 2010

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Myron & E live with Kings Go Forth and The Selector Kirk at Elbo Room, SF
The Pendletons, "Comin Down"/"Waiting On You" 7-inch
Roy Ayers, live at Yoshi's, SF
Sweater Funk, every Sunday night at Li Po Lounge, SF
– Track the Movement, with Jerry Nice and B. Cause, first Saturdays at Showdown Bar, SF
– 45 Sessions One Year Anniversary, with DJ's Platurn, Pump and Headspin, Enki, and E da Boss at Layover Bar, Oakland
Change the Beat, with DJ Centipede and Mophono, every Tuesday at SOM SF.
– GrownKidsRadio Episode No. 18: "Natural Self Feature"
– El Guincho, "Bombay" video
– Groove Merchant 20 Year Anniversary LP

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Year in Music: Amp Live's Top 10 Songs of 2010 (Guilty Pleasure List)

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Bassnectar, "The 808 Track"
The Black Keys, "Tighten Up"
Drake, "Fancy"
Jay Electronica, "Exhibit C"
Flying Lotus, "Do the Astral Plane"
E-40 "B*tch"
Wiz Khalifa, "Black and Yellow"
Fat Joe, "Ha Ha"
Civil Twilight, "Letters from the Sky"
Rihanna, "Only Girl (In the World)"

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Newsom tries to defy City Charter

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Gavin Newsom knew that if he got elected lieutenant governor, the supervisors would be able to choose his replacement. That was part of the deal. Now he wants to game the system, and delay his swearing in until the new board takes over. The claim: "The board should pick a caretaker, not a politician."

A politician? In the mayor's office? Um, dude: What are you?Read more »

SFBG Radio: Why the rich won't flee

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Every time I talk about taxing the rich, some cretin comments and tells me that if you raise their taxes, they'll all leave California. I've heard the same thin about businesses -- and there is no factual evidence to support that. Johnny and I talk about this lunacy after the break. Read more »

San Francisco activists denounce WikiLeaks crackdown

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A small group of protesters gathered outside the British Consulate in San Francisco’s financial district Dec. 16 to speak out against the recent crackdown on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is out on bail after being imprisoned for nine days by British authorities. Read more »

The politics of the last great depression

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The American economy's worse now than at any time since the Great Depression -- and whatever the Republicans say in Congress (and the president signs on to) the private sector alone can't possible pull us out. The only reason we're not at 1930s levels of unemployment is that we've had some modest federal stimulus money over the past two years.Read more »

Republicans are hypocrites, Democrats are spineless

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Adding $800 billion to the federal deficit and exacerbating the inequitable, unprecedented, and unsustainable concentration of wealth in the richest 1 percent of Americans, Congress overwhelmingly approved a package of reckless tax cuts that President Barack Obama asked for and is expected to sign today.Read more »

PG&E granted cash reward, green light on power plant

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While news surrounding Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has been dominated by a faulty weld and early warnings on the the San Bruno gas pipeline, which ruptured in a fatal explosion Sept. 9, the giant utility company received some good news at the Dec. 16 California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meeting. Read more »

The Performant: Child’s play

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The Mission gets a lot of ink these days for being a nexus of youthful, responsibility-free hipsterdom -- but despite the skinny jeans and thick mustaches, the neighborhood still retains a surprisingly family-friendly vibe. For one, it's still rife with community arts spaces, so it's a good place for kids to get involved creatively: from Loco Bloco percussion classes, to brass band and capoeira courses at the Mission Cultural Center and Precita Eyes' lessons in mural installation.

Thanks in large part to the winter holidays, December is a great time to explore the youth arts scene as next wave performers strengthen their stage chops and strut their stuff and this last weekend played host to some of the best and brightest of these stage openings. Read more »

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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