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Online Exclusive: Method Man at the crossroads

Sitting down with the Wu-Tang Clan man
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When a bumped phone interview with hip-hop legend and putf8um artist Method Man mushroomed into a proposed
backstage post-show encounter, I naturally jumped at the chance.

Being a devotee of the ultimately more funk-based grooves of Bay Area hip-hop, I tend not to pay
attention to the doings of NYC, and I can’t claim to have ever followed the Wu-Tang Clan in general or Meth
in particular, though I have always admired both from afar. Read more »

Surfing new turf

Christopher Willits swings between ambient bliss and grating discord
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Listening to the warm analogs, e-bowed guitar, and post-jazz swing that manifest on "Medium Blue" off Surf Boundaries (Ghostly International) — one of two new albums by Christopher Willits — you might assume that the instrumentation was performed by an ensemble of helping hands rather than simply the Bay Area electronic musician. And you'd be half right. Read more »

Hailing a Japanoise guitar maestro

Decades of Masayuki Takayanagi
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FULL CIRCLE For more than three decades Masayuki Takayanagi (1932–1991) has served as a cult figure to a small but rabid coterie of listeners searching for the roots of extremity in improvised music and free jazz. The Japanese guitarist has received kudos from renowned experimentalists like John Zorn and Otomo Yoshihide yet has remained obscure because his recorded output has been generally unavailable. Read more »

Straight outta Mill Valley

The Abi Yoyos grow legs and skirt scenes
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Some time has passed since people routinely looked in 924 Gilman Street's direction to familiarize themselves with what's new and interesting in Bay Area rock. However, this doesn't mean that nothing worthwhile passes through its doors. Read more »

In bed with the Long Winters

Masterfully eloquent longing -- of the drunken rapist kind.
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It's become popular to characterize the Long Winters' John Roderick as an intellectual ronin of sorts: a librarian without master who travels the countryside lending his songs and wisdom to brainy 826 benefits. Read more »

Sweet dreams

Tom Carter, Charalambides, and Playmobil tableaux conjure another world
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"It definitely contributes to this kind of cavelike, sort of womblike environment up here."
Tom Carter is surveying his kingdom, a.k.a. the Oakland apartment he shares with his partner, Natacha Robinson, and we both try to make the connection between Charalambides, his 15-year-old duo with ex Christina Carter, and the hundreds of Playmobil figurines that populate damn near every surface around him. The only Playmobil-free space seems to be Carter's cranny-cum-closet-cum-studio housing a computer equipped with Pro Tools and sundry plug-ins that simulate analog effects. Read more »

Smile when you say "mockney"

UK ska-pop princess Lily Allen rules the Euro-singles school
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For those of you living in a cool-free cave out by the FM tower, Lily Allen is hot property. Read more »

Writing wrongs

Billy Bragg keeps the progressive home fires burning and cynicism at bay.
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If there's one person you would expect to condemn the present state of America's political affairs, it would be Billy Bragg, right? Surely Britain's punk poet laureate should be grabbing every microphone within reaching distance to decry the evils of our current administration. But surprisingly, his reaction is quite the opposite. Read more »

Restoration Hardcore

KDVS's Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom IV fest
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Davis might not have those frog signs along the westbound side of Highway 80 anymore — "Live in Davis because it's green, safe, and nuclear free.... Read more »

Rock till you drop

Hyphy or just plain hyped? The Mall aren't buying the retail pop narcotic.
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"They're the ones that pushed E-40 into hyphy," says Hamburger Eyes photographer Dave Potes, in reference to his friends the Mall, a San Francisco art punk trio, and the hype that surrounds them.
"Yeah, we're part of the hyphy movement," adds Mall guitarist-keyboardist Daniel Tierney, 27, and his bandmates erupt into cacophonous chuckling.
I've heard the "h" word dropped incessantly for weeks now and have pretended to be hip to the Bay Area hip-hop phenomenon. Read more »