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Bark if you're psychic

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My furry fourlegged friend is a 17-year-old former dog clothing model and lives in a loft in NYC (the bitch made it as a model in Manhattan and left me behind! America's Top Meanie!) Back when she was young, we'd huddle together, homeless, in shells of buildings in Detroit and Pontiac, MI. She never got the royal treatment until she was discovered by a talent scout who took one look at me and sniffed -- and I'm not sure how she'd respond to this:

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Oh yes, it's real. Read more »

Love me some Dolly...and pass the birthday pie at El Rio

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By Todd Lavoie

All right, I’m giving some heads up time here so you can plan your weekend accordingly: Dolly Parton turns 62 this Saturday, Jan. 19. Oh, the possibilities for celebration are endless, aren’t they? Maybe a spin of her 1971 classic Coat of Many Colors (RCA), or how about slappin’ 9 to 5 (oh, my sweet baby Jesus, so that flick is really from 1980?! Read more »

Get Health! The LA noise combo gives up their secrets

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Everybody's talkin' 'bout Health - as well as Dan Deacon, who the LA noise combo plays with tonight, Jan. 17, at Great American Music Hall. It'll be an awesome show. I traded e-mails with the outfit this week, and here's what they graciously coughed up.

SFBG: How did your name come about?

John: We wanted a name like Television, an everyday word. Went down a list with the interweb. Health was left. Read more »

Is that your sleeve face - or are you just happy to see me?

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By Joshua Rotter

Few of the MP3 generation can recall a time when music-lovers excitedly listened to entire records. But putting needle to groove was only half of a process that included poring over the often arty jacket itself and the internal sleeve to uncover the album's many intricacies: the song lyrics and the names of the band members, studio musicians, and producers. To many aficionados the packaging was as prized as its contents. Read more »

Taste the dub: Surya Dub steps to

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In this week's Super Ego I dump out all the 2007 trash and ring in the new with tribute to one of my fave clubz, Surya Dub. Surya hits its first anniversary on Saturday, Jan 26 at Club Six -- be there y'all! Read more »

Guess who I talked to today -- Nancy Wilson

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Don't miss Nancy Wilson -- see "An Evening with Miss Nancy Wilson" at the Herbst Theatre. It showcases a singer with one of the biggest songbooks in the world, and a way with a word like no other. Miss Wilson can make a phrase slice through the air in at least 1,000 different directions, depending on her wise whims. For proof, go to EMI's new box set of her Capitol recordings and the re-release of the stellar Nancy Wilson Show (on CFP). Read more »

Christian Fennesz returns to shore

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By Erik Morse

After a long musical sojourn with former Yellow Magic Orchestra electronics magus Ryuichi Sakamoto on 2007’s Cendre (Touch), an extensive live collaboration with Mike Patton and a nomination for Best World Album by the Ethic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMA), Christian Fennesz returns to the sonorous shores of his past with a new 7-inch entitled "On a Desolate Shore a Shadow Passes By."

Released as a part of Touch’s vinyl-only Seve Read more »

The man who fell to Saul Williams

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By Benedict Sinclair

As far as Saul Williams albums go, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust (available for download here) is a success. As far as Trent Reznor(-produced) albums go, it’s also a success.

This all-around decent pop album includes an endearing U2 cover and on a number of songs linking up with the sounds of TV on the Radio. Read more »

Go darker: Darker My Love sets us swirling

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By Todd Lavoie

Fuzz fuzz fuzz! Douse yourselves in some sweet-lovin' reverb this Saturday, Jan, 12 - that's when LA's narco-garage thumpers Darker My Love bring the noise to the 12 Galaxies stage, promising an evening of spark-shooting feedback and deep-echoed harmonies. Read more »

"Hermaphrodite"'s Eric Copeland gets it both ways

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By Irwin Swirnoff

When the lines of past and future become blurry there's the opportunity for a new world to emerge. The space Eric Copeland has created with his most recent album, Hermaphrodite (Paw Tracks), is one where animal meets machine, melody moves around dissonance, and the constant collision of the past and the future remind you that it’s never just one or the other. Read more »