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1999 Stories by Mark Athitakis

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  • Riff Raff

    published December 29, 1999

    Might We Suggest Hype! II: Electric Boogaloo? It doesn't have a title yet, but the people who created the 1996 Seattle grunge... More >>

  • Awkward Christian Soldiers

    published December 22, 1999

    Father David Lowell has a thing about television. He hates it. It's a point he makes a number of times as he walks through the corridors of... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 22, 1999

    From the "Can We Please Get the Millennium Over With Now?" Desk From a press release that recently found its way to Riff... More >>

  • Whatever Doesn't Fit

    published December 15, 1999

    On the corner of Church and 20th streets, complaining about San Francisco seems inappropriate, if not downright rude. It's a sunny afternoon at... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 15, 1999

    O, Pioneers! A sale of the Hotel Utah, one of SOMA's most venerable clubs and residence hotels, is currently pending. "There's something in... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 8, 1999

    Requiem for a Cover Band In San Francisco, there are music clubs -- some which aren't even closing -- that foster a richness of... More >>

  • A Minor Forest

    published December 8, 1999

    A Minor Forest So, Were They in Some Sort of Fight? (My Pal God) Comprised of two discs of compilation tracks,... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 1, 1999

    Jukebox Hero Louis T. Glass was what these days you'd call an early adopter. In 1879, he had apparently gotten sick of working with old... More >>

  • Why We Fight

    published November 24, 1999

    This band will surprise you. --From press materials for Third Eye Blind's Blue On Thursday, Nov. 25 -- ... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 24, 1999

    Pop (Do We Not Like That?) You're forgiven if you thought that Berkeley's Slumberland Records went out of business a few years ago.... More >>

  • Review

    published November 24, 1999

    Various Artists Return of the DJ Vol. III (Bomb Hip Hop) The first two volumes of Bomb's Return of the DJ series... More >>

  • Solitary Man

    published November 17, 1999

    Not long after he moved to San Francisco in 1994, Tom Armstrong had something of an epiphany. He was walking home late one night from a concert... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 17, 1999

    Silly Rabbit Meet Jeff Byrd. Half man, half bunny, no shame. Last Thursday Byrd, clad in a borrowed bunny suit and toting a megaphone, made... More >>

  • Review

    published November 17, 1999

    Various Artists Totally Hits (Arista) For all the loose talk within the music industry that electronic music -- the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 10, 1999

    Audra, Oprah -- Oprah, Audra About three weeks ago, by the grace of Oprah Winfrey, film crews descended on the Covered Wagon Saloon. It's... More >>

  • Review

    published November 10, 1999

    Bobby Conn Llovessonngs (Thrill Jockey) It seems at times that Bobby Conn takes the "savant" out of "idiot savant"; for... More >>

  • Taken Seriously

    published November 3, 1999

    In 1994, after they had finished a tour of South America, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys came upon a relatively novel idea:... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 3, 1999

    Casting a Wide Net On the corner of 29th and Mission streets, where Bernal Heights and the Mission run into each other, say howdy, and then... More >>

  • Meet Virginia

    published October 27, 1999

    These days, it's no different for 34-year-old Virginia Rodrigues than for any other international celebrity. The fame, the concerts, the glowing... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 27, 1999

    Ghost Story Supposedly, the Great American Music Hall is haunted. Paul Cacciotti, the venue's accountant, recalls an experience he... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 20, 1999

    2020 Vision Every night is different at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, which for over 30 years has been hosting a variety of... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 13, 1999

    Morrissey Gets Colored Black on the Outside, Because Black Is How He Feels on the Inside On Friday, June 4, Brian Brooks woke up and... More >>

  • Review

    published October 13, 1999

    Garth Brooks In the Life of Chris Gaines (Capitol) Garth Brooks has funny ideas of what rockers are supposed to be... More >>

  • Little Voice

    published October 6, 1999

    Last month, Tiny Telephone studio celebrated its second anniversary. Actually, there wasn't much of a celebration -- the day pretty much came... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 6, 1999

    (Star) Bucking the Trend It is probably the worst-kept secret in the entire San Francisco restaurant scene: Potrero Hill's Circadia Coffee... More >>

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