Duncan Scott Davidson

Jam econo

The black-and-white DIY of the Farfisa-laced Love Me Nots
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Look, I can't tell you, OK? It's not that I don't want to, but when I tell someone it's "off the record," it's off the record. It's not like divulging the day job of Nicole Laurenne, super-saucy singer and Farfisa player for the Love Me Nots, would be some kind of huge, Valerie Plame–style leak, but I refuse to be the Scooter Libby here. Let's just say she wants to keep her professional and garage-rock lives separate. Brain surgeon? Test pilot? Miniskirted, go-go-booted commando, doing the swim behind enemy lines? "Just tell them I'm a spy. Read more »

Pride 2008 events

The Queer Issue: A Planet Unicorn full of performances, events, clubs, and parties
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ONGOING

Frameline Film Festival Various locations; see Web site for dates and times, www.frameline.org. The humongous citywide queer flick fest is still in full eye-popping effect.

Golden Girls Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission, SF; (415) 690-9410, www.voicefactorysf.org. 7 and 9pm, $20. Through Sat/28. Read more »

Rise above

Skateboarders were once outlaws. Now they're the establishment -- and they're trying to drive BMX bikers out of public parks. Can't we all just get along?
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Also in this issue:
>>An interview with outlaw biker Ian Schwartz
>>An interview with SJBMX.com's Chris McMahon
>>Sit the fuck down: The Sean Parker story

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I push off and head down a makeshift plywood runway, compressing as I roll over the edge and into the Read more »

Les Savy life lessons

Tim Harrington defies the predictable
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When I call Tim Harrington, he's in a meeting. It's 6 p.m. in New York, and for some reason, I guess because he's Les Savy Fav's vocalist, I assume this is some kind of band meeting or rehearsal. When I call back in an hour, he's still in the meeting.

"Do you want me to call back tomorrow?" I ask.

"That's OK," he says. "I have just declared my professional day over." His professional day, it turns out, ends in a meeting room at VH1 headquarters in Manhattan, not in a practice space in LSF's native Williamsburg. Read more »

The Sword

Epic fantasy metal without meaning
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PREVIEW For Austin, Texas, rockers the Sword, the cumbersome descriptor "epic fantasy metal" ain't no joke; it really is the story of their lives. Check out the lyrics to "How Heavy This Axe," from their second full-length, Gods of the Earth (Kemado): "So many men have fallen / So many more must die ... Read more »

Metal Mania: Just keep Walken

Multiple maniacs won't deter these vets
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How would you feel? Your band has been together since 1999, struggling through lineup changes, two US tours, hundreds of shows, an album and two EPs, without so much as a write-up in the local weekly. Read more »

Flesh peddlers

"As someone who eats meat, do you feel there are moral ramifications and karmic and moral weight to eating meat?"
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In the category of coolest stuff in the world, Sasha Wizansky recently sent a copy of Meatpaper (subtitled Your Journal of Meat Culture), a magazine she coedits with Amy Standen, to the Guardian offices. The magazine is a veritable cornucopia, nay, a butcher shop of fascinating articles, from an interview with meat inspectors to found meat photography and a beef heart recipe. I immediately contacted Ms. Wizansky and proposed marriage. Read more »

Dub trio

The trio's sheer steeze to take the chains off the dub aesthetic makes them fascinating,
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PREVIEW Let's say you're a fan of dub — the remixed reggae subgenre pioneered by the studio experimentalism of King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry — and I say to you, "Hey, come over. You have to hear this new dub CD I've got." Excited, but in a laid-back, dubby way, you roll a semistereotypical joint and skate down to my place on a longboard with big, soft wheels, smoking all the way. I throw on Another Sound Is Dying (Ipecac), the new Dub Trio CD. Read more »

Top o' the world, ma

With a new LP in hand, TopR keeps "puttin' squares in their place like Tetris"
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My ex-girlfriend hipped me to TopR, short for Top Ramen, around 2003. We were driving in her car, and she cracked open the newly released Burning the Candle at Both Ends (Earthlings/DWA) and slid it into the dash. I'd like to say it changed my life, but to be honest, I can't remember it. I do remember that she described TopR as this homeless, couch-surfing rapper who'd slept on her previous boyfriend's couch. Read more »

Year in Music: Nonplussed and pissed

High-impact concertgoing in 2007
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Usually around Halloween, I start a top 10 list in my head of the best musical moments of the past year, both live and recorded. Maybe it's my fucked-up state of late — I'm not feeling too thrilled about anything — but the idea of making such a list didn't cross my mind until a week ago. I had no obsessions, no CD that wouldn't leave the deck. But I could remember a few dismal concertgoing experiences:

Jan. 26: The Heartless Bastards play 12 Galaxies on a Friday at the end of a crappy workweek, wherein I was nearly moved to violence against one of my coworkers. Read more »