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LEFT OF THE DIAL Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner on the band's new sound, and the doubts she overcame to create her favorite record yet. Plus: BARF #2, and Viracocha is back!

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Candidates for judge: Harry Dorfman

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We've been interviewing candidates for the two contested judicial races in San Francisco, and posting the sound files. The most recent candidate is Harry Dorfman; you can listen to his comments here

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SF smokers kicked to curb, by the cars

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By Adam Lesser

San Francisco smokers will be hit with the latest in a long lines of restrictions starting April 25, when they’ll be kicked to the curb, out by the cars whose tailpipes are at least as dangerous as secondhand smoke.

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The problem with Park Merced

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It's no secret that Park Merced, the sorta-suburban mega-housing complex in the southwest corner of the city, wants to expand. New mid-rise towers would house some 7,000 apartments, with space for maybe 12,000 new residents -- which is fine if you like the idea of more rental housing in the city (although much of it not affordable). But it also means a huge amount of new traffic in the area, particularly on 19th Avenue, which is pretty crowded as it is.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Annie, Van Ness and Jackson

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Holy smokes, could it be... the biggest SF mural ever?

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The answer is yes, yes it will be. And how did the madness begin? “I was in the neighborhood and I saw this wall. And me being me, I got really excited and wanted to paint it.” And so it started, Brian Barneclo’s latest SOMA mural project, whose launch will be celebrated alongside "Systematics," his solo (indoor art) show at fabric8 on Sat/10. Read more »

No time for a trade war

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By Joseph E. Stiglitz

Here is our monthly installment of Joseph E. Stiglitz's Unconventional Economic Wisdom column from the Project Syndicate news series. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics and has a recently published book, Freefall .

NEW YORK – The battle with the United States over China’s exchange rate continues. When the Great Recession began, many worried that protectionism would rear its ugly head. True, G-20 leaders promised that they had learned the lessons of the Great Depression. But 17 of the G-20’s members introduced protectionist measures just months after the first summit in November 2008. The “Buy America” provision in the United States’ stimulus bill got the most attention. Still, protectionism was contained, partly due to the World Trade Organization.

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The Daily Blurgh: Stick a Bjork in it

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

So what if the Fader posted this last week? Vallejo royalty E-40's new Bjork-sampling track, the Droop-E produced, "Spend the Night" is too fabulous not to share (and it looks like the NY Times likes it too). The icing on the cake is that Bjork cleared the samples, taken from "Oceanea" off of her, IMHO severely underrated, acapella album Medulla. And as Fader commenter bollocks noted, this isn't the first time Queen B has appeared on a local hip-hop track. The timpani-heavy riff from "Human Behavior" was used back in 2003, "by Bay Area legends Hieroglyphics, for 'Let It Roll,' off their classic album Full Circle." Thanks for the knowledge.

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Uproot: Notes from the underground food scene

Does anyone in the movement have an overarching theory about the recent surge of popular interest?

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Recently Kitchen Table Talks, a monthly series of discussions on the US food system, invited a panel of SF entrepreneurs from the emerging underground food scene for a QA, hoping to answer big questions like what’s driving the trend and whether or not it has a future. Read more »

Avoiding sharks and difficult questions with Toro y Moi

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When you come out of the womb and your mama names you Chaz, life is going to be pretty cool. Mr. Chazwick Bundick is a child of the south, who from the sound of his uber laid-back synth melodies, must have grown up poolside, full pitcher of sweet tea attached at the hip.  The electro-musician goes by the moniker Toro y Moi-- playing Mon/12 at Bottom of the Hill-- and fully embodies the chillwave scene at its core, with layer upon layer of ambient wonder. And of course, Chaz is way chill. Read more »

Kick the pixels outta 'em

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Director Patrick Jean's pixellated destruction of NYC may be a bit "too soon" for some folks -- but for us primitive video game addicts it takes us back to quarter-dropping bliss on a Transformers scale. (The more San Franciscan version of this, of course, has been done before)  

Recology can't have it both ways

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Critics of San Francisco's plan to award Recology the city's trash disposal contract just alerted me to the curious fact that if you watch this video link (scroll down through the video clips to "Garbage 2"), you'll hear Recology COO George McGrath say that rail haul in California isn't economically viable. Read more »

SFPD's Capt. McDonough defends rogue cops

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The San Francisco Police Department has steadfastly tried to ignore back-to-back cover stories in the Bay Guardian and SF Weekly that detailed the campaign of harassment and brutality against nightclubs and parties in SoMa by a pair of undercover cops.

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The Daily Blurgh: The true price of free food tattoos

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

A. E. Housman (who once deliciously referred to poetry as a "morbid secretion") said, "Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. " And as John McWhorter so ably demonstrates, Sarah Palin's words -- or at least the art of parsing them -- can be extremely pleasurable:
 
"This reminds me of toddlers who speak from inside their own experience in a related way: they will come up to you and comment about something said by a neighbor you’ve never met, or recount to you the plot of an episode of a TV show they have no way of knowing you’ve ever heard of. Palin strings her words together as if she were doing it for herself — meanings float by, and she translates them into syntax in whatever way works, regardless of how other people making public statements do it."

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Tricia Taborn, a great San Francisco spirit, died today

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I was saddened to hear that my former associate of many years, Tricia Taborn, died today (April 7) of cancer at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland.

She was four days shy of her 62nd birthday.

She entered the hospital on Saturday (April 3).  Her mother Neomi flew out from Dallas,  Texas,  to be with her the last few days. Her sister Ginny, her  two brothers Kenneth and Michael  and her husband Gerald Baron  were with her when she died. Read more »

Appetite: 3 delectable pastrami sandwiches

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Who says you can't get a proper pastrami sandwich in the Bay Area? Granted, that's one of the things I miss most from days growing up in Jersey when my Dad would take us to the city for pastrami at Carnegie Deli. You have to hunt here but there are a few gems, besides classic Miller's East Coast Deli. P.S. I'm wishing Orson would bring back its unparalleled pastrami and kraut pizza.

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