When we last checked in nearly three weeks ago, supporters and opponents of Proposition 29, which would increase a cigarette tax by $1 per pack, were probably tempted to chain smoke away the nerves from too-close-to-call election results.
Now you can dump those ash trays, because the ballot initia ... More >>
So here's a little energetic vibration to rev up your afternoon: Mike Patton, guesting with Secret Chiefs 3 -- the project of Trey Spruance, Patton's Mr. Bungle collaborator -- covering (the hell out of) Scott Walker's "Jacky." (Which is itself an English-language take on the late, great Jacques Bre ... More >>
One of the most tiring elements of living in the Internet age is the increasing use of superlatives -- i.e. "Worst. Meal. EVAR." So, it is with due consideration that we posit Prop. C backers' new ad claiming "THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!" between union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and public defe ... More >>
We pop music critics are wired in such a way that articulating a love for Aja and Scott Walker is significantly less difficult than articulating the love for the person we share a toothbrush with. We're a revolting phylum, I know. However, one notable exception is Rolling Stone editor Rob Sh ... More >>
Wisconsin: Fertile ground for pension reform?Public Defender Jeff Adachi is firing back against local labor leaders and legislators trying to draw a link between his pension-reform efforts in San Francisco and the battle over the future of organized labor that is playing out in Wisconsin.Adachi, ... More >>
Listen to this while high: The Bridges EP by I Am the Dot.
Behind the buzz: I found this cassette release wedged in my mailbox some months after toking up to the artist's "We Have Not Arrived" MP3. Denver experimental soulster Zach Tipton's music has pleasantly brain mutative propensities alread ... More >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerIt was only a matter of time before San Francisco politicians and activists began weighing in on the pitched battle over union power in Wisconsin. Even more so here than in most states and cities, labor is an essential factor in all political equations. So is it that un ... More >>
Hear this while high: "Clear Spot," by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.
Behind the buzz: Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the rock blogosphere's reaction to last week's passing of the great Don Van Vliet is all that genuine grief is on behalf of an artist who hasn't made an album in ... More >>
SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats.
Exciting news, there's a new Loving Hut coming to the Inner Sunset! Loving Hut is a Supreme Master Ching Hai joint, meaning it may or may not be run by a cult. I mainly don't care as I have a steady resolve when ... More >>
Bay Area natives B and Not B have been playing together for a little over a year, pairing witty lyrics with 60's-inspired pop hooks to keep your head bopping from beginning to end. Wrapping up a five city tour of the Northwest, the band recently recorded a full-length, self-titled LP slated for a ... More >>