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You ought-sa know

DECADE IN MUSIC: A tawdry, tuneful timeline of the last decade
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FEBRUARY 2000

Christina Aguilera defeats Britney Spears in the Battle of the Midriff-Baring Blondes (i.e., wins the Best New Artist Grammy). The first words of her acceptance speech are "Oh my god, you guys!"

APRIL 2000

Pop goes the world: 'N SYNC sells 2.4 million copies of No Strings Attached (Jive) in its first week of release, a sales record which still stands. Read more »

Aughties Bay Area

DECADE IN MUSIC: Meet me at MySpace with your iPod and we'll dance
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Illustration of Kyp Malone, Joanna Newsom, and Devendra Banhart by Matt Furie and Aiyana Udesen

Picture '06, the aughties about half over. Alissa Anderson, cellist of the sweet and elegant Bay Area country-folk ensemble Vetiver, was positively boiling.

"I think if you ask anyone who gets labeled as freak folk, they'll basically tell you they think of it as f-cking garbage and insulting. Read more »

The decade in music

From hyphy hijinks and electro bangers to Miley's backside and Britney's skull, our critics take on the musical mashup that was the '00s
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IN THIS ISSUE:

>>The breakdown: A hyped-up digital decade stung by its own long tail
By Mosi Reeves
>>You ought-sa know: A tawdry, tuneful timeline of the last decade
By Cheryl Eddy
>>Aughties Bay Area: Meet me at MySpace with your iPod and we'll indie dance Read more »

1, 2, 3 — do you copy?

Rank/Xerox makes nervy sounds for anxious times
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a&eletters@sfbg.com

MUSIC "Is it nature or nurture?" asks David West, pondering whether garage rock is the most natural sound of San Francisco. Read more »

Nice apse

Going to church with Reverend Bertie Pearson and EpiscoDisco

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Monster mash note

Lady Gaga: She's not just "another pop chick with blonde hair"
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a&eletters@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER "I'm from the underground. And I'm making pop music and I'm not a bit ashamed about it."

So sayeth Lady Gaga on the cellie last year on the way to a radio show at a Raging Waters in San Demos where she was dying to get wet. Alas, she forgot her Jellies at home and didn't want to get her towering D Square pumps splashed ("I'll find a private part of the park and just go in my birthday suit"). Read more »

Solar flair

The sun rises on songsmith Sonny Smith and Sonny and the Sunsets
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Sonny Smith knows how to write a song. He better, because he's writing a lot of them. The Oakland resident is currently shoulders-deep in a mammoth project titled "100 Records" that combines music he's composed and recorded with cover visuals by a not-small army of Bay Area artists. Anyone who has heard Smith's 2006 album Fruitvale (Belle Sound) or read his column for the Examiner is aware that he has a direct, colorful way with words. Read more »

Answer me!

Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective, and Jimmy Reed answer the eternal questions
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SONIC REDUCER As changeable, transformative chameleon year ’09 draws to a close, El Niño flurries sweep out the past, and all present plunge into the hassle and hustle of the holidays, I'm looking for answers — signposts if not certainties. Read more »

Spacemen two

Killing time -- and orbiting Suicide -- with Moon Duo's lunar tunes
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"I think our interest in the spheres is less scientific, less intellectual, and more primal," Ripley Johnson of Moon Duo says, when asked if he and bandmate Sanae Yamada have a particular fascination with deep space. "I see it as a sort of existential mirror, or perhaps a visceral catalyst for existential experience."
The eye-catching quartet of NASA-ESA Hubble Space Telescope images on the cover of Moon Duo's four-song EP Killing Time (Sacred Bones) evoke untouched realms and a sense of unknowing, even foreboding. Read more »

Love sex fear death

Cold Cave generates a new wave of gothic eroticism
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Philadelphia freedom can become Philadelphia gothdom. Cinematically, I'm thinking of David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977), the very definition of black-and-white bleakness, and a Philly-filmed movie set within a nightmare. More recently (and obscurely), I'm thinking of Andrew Repasky McElhinney's far-from-literal 2004 film adaptation of George Bataille's Story of the Eye, seemingly based in blasted-out sections of the City of Brotherly Love.
Bataille's obsessive focus on eros' fusion of love and death is in keeping with Cold Cave, the latest musical project of Wesley Eisold. Read more »