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Mercury Records Inc.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Michelle Shocked's Short Rise and Long, Confounding Fall

    "She's all heart and no brains." By LORI SELKE In the wake of folk singer Michelle Shocked's anti-gay tirade at Yoshi's on Sunday, many of her old fans were stunned and dismayed, in large part because many were convinced she was a lesbian. And not without reason, although Michelle Shocked had be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Zombie Disco Squad on Starting a Cantonese Rap Band and His Love for Prince

    Full of house, tech-house, and elements of nu-disco, the first full-length release from Nat "Zombie Disco Squad" Self, Brains, is probably not the soundtrack you'd imagine accompanying a zombie invasion. It sounds like it would better suit a night out with your friends in a seedy European club. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Fifteen Years Later, Hanson's "MMMBop" Is Still the Greatest Single Ever

    Music critics are misleading you. Their lists are cataloged lies. The greatest single of all time is not "Fight the Power," or "Love Will Tear Us Apart," or "Johnny B. Goode," or "Anarchy in the U.K.," or "Billie Jean." The deception is strategic; uncovering the truth would only upset their caref ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    The Top 8 Songs To Listen To While Punching Yourself in the Face

    ​Dear everyone, it looks like we owe you all a huge apology. There we were last week, thinking that having a sense of humor about the fact that we live on a gigantic fault line was infinitely better than stressing ourselves out to the point of constant anxiety about the next Big One. But then our ... More >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    In Print: The xx on a Victory Lap, Behind the Bruise Cruise, and a Not-So-Fragile Perfume Genius

    The xx​The xx: ""Standing on that stage was incredibly surreal," The xx's Jamie Smith tells SF Weekly's Rae Alexandra in our print edition this week about winning the prestigious Mercury Prize two weeks ago. Now the xx is on its last U.S. tour for a while -- what Smith calls "a proper party," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Ambient Online Music Boxes for the Stoned At Work

    WhiteVinylSolarBeat​ I don't smoke weed, but I still like the sound of ambient music boxes that make my brain buzz. Especially if I can play them at work, and they're created using the "orbital frequencies of our solar system." The designer behind WhiteVinyl crafted this truly cosmic little player ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Top 10 Country Records of 2008

    By Michael McCall Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Year in Music: 2008's Top Ten Pop Songs

    By Annie ZaleskiPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The follo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2007

    Welcome to MySpace, Whoever You Are

    This year, it's all about You, so put Yourself out there

  • Music

    January 10, 2007

    Joyful Reunion

    Sacto heavyweights Kai Kln rise from the ashes

  • News

    November 30, 2005

    Craig$list.com

    The much-loved Web site is taking millions from Bay Area newspapers and causing layoffs that adversely affect coverage. And its founder's well-intentioned support of citizen journalism has a slim chance of fixing the problem.

  • News

    July 20, 2005

    Aliens Beware!

    Infiltrator takes in NASA Space Camp for kids. As an adult. To save the planet.

  • Music

    June 1, 2005

    Hear This

    A fervent melodic-emo torch goes out, Of Montreal reveals its happy/malevolent juxtaposition, and Michelle Shocked does it her way

  • Music

    June 9, 2004

    Get a Pop Life

    The Grey Album made everyone forget about Danger Mouse and Jemini's Ghetto Pop Life. It's time to remember.

  • Film

    March 24, 2004
  • Culture

    May 28, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture

  • Music

    April 30, 2003

    Throwing Muses|Kristin Hersh

    Throwing Muses|The Grotto

  • Film

    February 26, 2003
  • Music

    February 14, 2001

    Growing Up Is Hard to Do

    With its second album, Oranger leaves its playful past behind

  • News

    November 1, 2000

    Dog Bites

    Renfrew report; Mercury News; Dot-com junkies; Propositions K and L

  • Music

    June 21, 2000

    Riff Raff

    Left Of(f) the Dial; Following up

  • Music

    November 10, 1999

    Riff Raff

    Audra, Oprah -- Oprah, Audra, Strange Bedfellows, Free Ink

  • Music

    August 18, 1999

    New School Session

    After big labels beat on its door for years, Lootpack found a home on a small San Francisco imprint and an original approach to modern hip hop

  • Music

    May 26, 1999

    Old, Old, Old Ramon

    Temporarily in Los Angeles working on a movie, Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek still doesn't know when his next record's coming out

  • Music

    March 31, 1999

    Hip Pocket

    In Austin, Texas, it's a neck-and-neck race between art and commerce at South by Southwest

  • Music

    March 17, 1999

    Bound to Glory

    On the road to possible stardom, Train tries to preserve its sanity and keep the bean counters happy

  • Music

    September 30, 1998

    Whiskey-Bent and Hell-Bound

    Hank Williams gets out of this world alive

  • Calendar

    August 12, 1998
  • Music

    June 17, 1998

    Sound Ideas

    Mitchell Froom provided the sonic boom behind some of the '90s' best records

  • Music

    May 13, 1998
  • Music

    April 22, 1998
  • Calendar

    January 14, 1998
  • Music

    September 24, 1997
  • Calendar

    September 3, 1997
  • Music

    August 6, 1997
  • Music

    July 9, 1997
  • Calendar

    January 1, 1997
  • Music

    December 11, 1996
  • Music

    September 4, 1996
  • Music

    July 24, 1996
  • Music

    July 10, 1996
  • Music

    March 27, 1996
  • News

    January 17, 1996

    Barron Storey's Life is an Open Comic Book

    The demons -- personal andfantastical and pop cultural -- that have shaped the art of a San Francisco illustrator

  • Music

    December 13, 1995
  • Music

    July 5, 1995
  • News

    June 28, 1995

    Conscientious Injectors (Part II)

    The enforcement of drug laws should be less hurtful than the dangers inherent in drug use itself, say the "harm reductionists" at Prevention Point, who practice what they preach by distributing 1.5 million needles to the city's drug users.

  • News

    May 24, 1995

    Mal on the Street

    Verbal Prankster Mal Sharpe and his partner, Jim Coyle, bushwacked San Francisco in the early '60s, posing absurd man-in-the street questions to the unsuspecting. Taping the encounters, the dup invented a shtick that was part comedy, part performance art

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