Johnny Ray Huston

50 years in exile

Jaime Cortez envisions the "Universal Remote" known as Michael Jackson

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VISUAL ART In 1988, Jeff Koons unveiled Michael Jackson and Bubbles, three ceramic sculptures of the pop icon and his pet chimpanzee. Koons' sculptures, syncing his kitsch with Jackson's gaudy tastes, were the conclusion of a series titled "Banality."Read more »

The music library

While you do the research, Dade Elderon — a.k.a. Adeptus — is making tracks

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MUSIC "They wanna give you it all at the library."

Dade Elderon's come up with a perfect promotional catchphrase for the SF Public Library's Main Branch. We're IMing about the library, where he sets up his gear and writes and records songs on a 9-to-5 schedule. "One part of the library is a very high-tech, clean learning environment. It's a temple. Then you go down to the [first-floor] bathroom and it's like a dirty, filthy circus. There is a lot going on in that bathroom. Every stall is a different challenge."Read more »

Weird emergence

Look to the skies — Pictureplane's other car is a broom

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Which witch house is which? For an answer to this head-spinning question, it helps to go to the source, Travis Egedy of Pictureplane (coming to town Sat/8), who half-jokingly helped coin the phrase when a website asked him to predict what 2010 would bring in terms of music. Turns out Egedy was more correct than even he expected, as blogs, music journalists, and Last.fm grabbed hold of the idea of witch house and made it into a quasi-genre, to the degree that other acts, such as Salem, are more synonymous with the term. Read more »

Don't forget the Motor City

Rick Prelinger uncovers an American story in Lost Landscapes of Detroit
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Light fantastic

Let your mind's eye travel through the "Zone Modules" of Suzy Poling

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Video babies of 2010: A wee look back

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Smoking Baby, Preacher Baby, Iron Baby, Samba Baby, Mini Daddy -- Is it too premature to nominate 2010 for "Year of the Video Baby"? Copious amounts of Gaga-goo aside, this year had plenty to offer li'l sprout gawkers -- the baby meme has definitely replaced the baby mama as our go-to young 'un pop cultural signifier of choice. Here are some of our favorite kid video (kideo?) shout-outs from the past year ...

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We do it best

YEAR IN MUSIC: Bay Area rock staked its claim while critical darlings turned bogus in 2010

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America's next top band

Wouldn't you like to share a puce moment with Puce Moment?

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MUSIC Gary Gregerson of Puce Moment has made an important discovery about bears of the human variety — many of them used to be new romantics. "Back in the day, they were wearing broaches, long shirts, and stirrup pants," he says, discussing friends' teenage photos in the kitchen of bandmate Jon Rueter.Read more »

Get her if you can

A journey into costume karaoke, with the incomparable Carletta Sue Kay

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MUSIC "Where's the costumes, bitch?"

The voice behind the inimitable Carletta Sue Kay, Randy Walker, has joined me at Deco Lounge in the Tenderloin for costume karaoke. The atmosphere is conjuring memories. "I worked at a self-storage place two blocks from here called Fort Knox," Walker says. "I worked with every fucking junkie in San Francisco — recovering, mind you.Read more »

Playlist

What we're listening to

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JANE BIRKIN

Di Doo Dah

(Light in the Attic) Read more »