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2006 Stories by Frances Reade

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  • The Past Imperfect

    published December 13, 2006

    There's a part in the recent Haruki Murakami novel Kafka on the Shore where two characters discuss a sonnet. It's a long and difficult... More >>

  • Dropping the F-Bomb

    published December 6, 2006

    I don't like nasty language any more than the next nice Midwestern girl, but there's a dirty swear word that just can't be avoided in this... More >>

  • Urban Girlhood on the Rebound

    published November 15, 2006

    For all its trumpeted let's-all-get-together-and-fuck-shit-up egalitarian spirit, a lot of early London punk spewed out in a geyser of misdirected... More >>

  • Postmodern Henley

    published November 1, 2006

    It's not so hard to love a good mind-fuck band, but it can be downright disorienting when your favorite stoner chamber-orchestra genius follows... More >>

  • Bearly Legal

    published October 25, 2006

    Last week, wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game arrested four people who allegedly sold vials of bear bile to undercover... More >>

  • Misc. Reviews

    published October 18, 2006

    There can't be a more unpretentious spot to check out opera than the Oakland Metro. This janky little theater is tucked in tacky Jack London... More >>

  • Confectionary Danish pop vs. making a Mark Bolan entrance

    published October 11, 2006

    I first heard Danish band Mew at the Spot Festival in Ã…rhus, Denmark, when it headlined over a sea of Scandinavian talent... More >>

  • Just Duet

    published October 4, 2006

    If you thought Natalie Cole's 1991 Unforgettable duet with her dead father was bizarre, check out Joshua Klipp's self-released EP... More >>

  • Miss Violetta Beauregarde

    published October 4, 2006

    Imagine the ranting crack whore on your corner had an art degree and moonlighted as frontwoman for the Locust. That's Miss Violetta Beauregarde, a... More >>

  • Showtime!

    published September 27, 2006

    There are two types of people in this world, and the line separating them is 10 words long: "It must be weird not having anybody come on you."... More >>

  • The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice

    published September 27, 2006

    By Greil Marcus Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September), $25 Anyone (me, for instance) who read and grokked Lipstick... More >>

  • Hot Shots

    published September 20, 2006

    "It's like living in a war zone," Scott Rick said on the phone. "It's like I live in Baghdad!" The war zone in question was Park Merced,... More >>

  • Drawing Restraint

    published September 13, 2006

    "I wish we'd smoked pot," one art student whispered to his companion as the class of San Francisco Art Institute grad students filed into the back... More >>

  • Radio Birdman

    published August 30, 2006

    Unfairly consigned to a footnote in punk history, Radio Birdman spent the '70s toiling away in Australian proto-punk obscurity, whipping out... More >>

  • Dear Blog

    published August 23, 2006

    I was waiting for the janitor to unlock the band room so I could polish my trombone before jazz-band tryouts when the coolest blog editors in... More >>

  • 16 Brash Bitches

    published August 9, 2006

    The Curtains were Chris Cohen's band back when he was just a fan of Deerhoof. Now that he's done his civic duty as guitarist for the... More >>

  • Erase Errata

    published July 26, 2006

    Dance-punk may be passť, but it sounds like the ladies of Bay Area terror-pop trio Erase Errata never got the memo. And that's a good thing because t... More >>

  • Causing tension with the Buzzcocks; The Cops bring on the fuzz

    published July 26, 2006

    Fresh off a youngster-schooling stint on the Warped Tour, reanimated punk gods the Buzzcocks crash into Mezzanine this week, lead by... More >>

  • Snakes and Earrings

    published July 26, 2006

    By Hitomi Kanehara Penguin/Plume (May), $10 In the nighttime Tokyo underworld of Snakes and Earrings, fashion is... More >>

  • Welcome to the Neighborhood

    published July 12, 2006

    The nightclub Mighty is billing itself as "a hidden gem in the emerging So-MissPo district" — "SoMiss-Po" being a contraction of SOMA,... More >>

  • Misc. Reviews

    published July 12, 2006

    Rock Medicine has been tending to rock 'n' roll's side effects for 31 years. The all-volunteer outfit, an arm of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic,... More >>

  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost

    published June 28, 2006

    By Rebecca Solnit Penguin (June) $15 San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit has written a perfect treatise for a city of... More >>

  • School's Out for Summer

    published June 28, 2006

    Remember summer vacation? Take a minute to recall the formless freedom, the sense of possibility, the Slip 'n' Slide. That was nice, huh? Now... More >>

  • Noel's Noise

    published May 31, 2006

    By day, Noel von Harmonson mans the Echoplex for Comets on Fire, torquing the band's heavy psych slabs through the prism of his proto-electro... More >>

  • The Weegs

    published May 31, 2006

    The Weegs' second full-length sounds like the celebratory funk party the zombies might throw in your basement after they've eaten your family and... More >>

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