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Re: “Michael "Mike-o the Psycho" Montano of Filth Died Last Monday

I miss you so much hun! RIP

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Posted by Debbie Beech on 06/07/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Take heart, Powell's will be a good custodian of the Shakespeare and Co. heritage. They are the largest and finest used bookstore in the country and we, in Oregon, are proud that they're here and soon to be there in my much- loved Berkeley.

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Posted by Betsy Fielding on 06/05/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Sunset Magazine Finds New Horizons in Jack London Square

Walter Street? Really? Come on, you guys. You're local press. Get it right. And if that's not possible at least fix it faster than this.

Posted by Don Howe on 06/04/2015 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

It is at moments like this that I feel relieved I am away from my beloved Berkeley and spared the agony of bearing witness to Berkeley's most prized cultural artefacts being dismantled. I could have wept the day Cody's on Telegraph closed years ago. Then Black Oak moved to San Pablo. Make no mistake, I am as much culpable as all of you bibliophiles are. We all succumbed to the siren call of Amazon, when we could all have pitched in and helped to preserve these stores. They were a vital gateway to culture and what was happening in the wider world. I spent so much time in these bookstores, invariably overspending way beyond my means, and I don't regret it one bit. Every time an independent bookstore closes, the community loses a bit of its soul, its heart.

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Posted by Ashfaque Swapan on 06/04/2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Michael "Mike-o the Psycho" Montano of Filth Died Last Monday

Rest in peace brother

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Posted by Rocky Holmen on 06/04/2015 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Now there is no reason for me to go to Berkeley. I walked over there yesterday only to find it closed. I live in Oakland 13 1/2 mile walk round trip I'm really bummed. I've been going there for 30+ years.

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Posted by Larry Guevara on 06/04/2015 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Sounds more like he sold the stock on hand to set up for the renovation process.

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Posted by Christian Keller on 06/03/2015 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Exit, pursued by a bear.

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Posted by Rod Bauer on 06/03/2015 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

What a good end for a wonderful store./business. Sorry to see it go, hope long time employees are considered but how wise Jon Wobber is to step aside in a timely way. Smart man.

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Posted by Julia Crookston on 06/03/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

WhenI was there in 65-66 I discovered Doc Savage in that book store. My favorite store was the comic book store on the corner Grove and Shattuck - Castro's

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Posted by Robert Sezak on 06/03/2015 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Did Punk Break? Green Day Played Gilman Last Night (Photos)

In this case Gilman should of went 18 plus. Since all the American Idiot kids parents bought them tickets so the real GD fans that actually followed their career could of went. These American idiot kids suck. They don't even know who Operation Ivy is or even Rancid for that matter. They know Blink 182, Good Charlotte and Simple Plan and they think that's "Punk Rock"
I on the other hand liked Green Day when my sister had a Kerplunk Cassette and I was 12 years old. I remember being excited when I seen Longview on MTV. I did not have any feelings like "they sold out" I was happy GD was making new music and I could actually go to the store and get it and my friends now knew who they were. The difference between myself a once 12 year old GD fan is I was also into Bands Like Screeching Weasel, Fifteen, The Queers and Ramones. I followed Green Day through the real popular years like Dookie and was with them when people forgot about them like when Nimrod first came out...Then Time of your life came out but for REAL Green Day fans that was not a new song...No, that was a B Side off of Brain Stew single which was on Insomniac. So when all of sudden hat song was everyones Prom song it made me sick but I would still wave the Green Day flag. Then WARNING comes out and everyone forgets about Green Day BUT NOT ME. No, WARNING to me was one of my favorite GD records but it looked dark for the bands future. When I would bring the WARNING CD to my friends house they would say "Green Day is still around?" But I loved that album... Then years went by and all of sudden these "punk" bands were flowing on MTV and the REAL Green Day did not fit in, They did not have eyeliner, they did not wear skinny jeans, Nope Billie Joe just wore his high waters. And suddenly GD was "old" BUT THEN here comes American Idiot. Green day suddenly did not look like the band I had been following for over a decade. They had a complete make over, they looked like all those "punk" bands on MTV. They suddenly hitched onto the popular thing to do at the time that caused controversy and attack The President George Bush. Suddenly now Hot Topic was carrying Green day American Idiot underwear. American Idiot was the most over the top commercial. Green Day now was not my band that I have been supporting. It was taken over by these 12-16 year old kids who would write "Punk Rock" on their arms with a sharpie. It was like the band I loved was gone and replaced by people that kind of looked like them but they had makeup on. No longer the Green Day sound. I was all for Green Day trying different things like they did on WARNING but to completely sell out for the HOT TOPIC crowd broke my heart. Green Day suddenly were cool again, I could no longer see them at a place that held 1000 people, now I had to see them at these huge arenas. One thing I also lost was the Live Green Day shows. Back before American Idiot Green Day would have really cool opening bands like The Riverdales, bands that REAL GREEN DAY FANS loved! That all ended with American Idiot know we were force fed some band that was a major label was just trying to push like My Chemical Romance...I even enjoyed when Green Day went on Tour with The Living End but no more of those kind of bands. Now it was all about the eyeliner bands..I'm 33 years old now, I watched Green day grow up and I grew up with them. I watched them become fathers as I became a father myself. Make no mistake about it Green Day was basically my entire teenage life and adult life.. Those American Idiot "punk" Yuck, kids stole a piece of myself and stole my band.. I'm hoping Green Day one day goes back to being themselves again. Because these American Idiot kids are now dwindling down. There are still a huge group still around but as time passes the numbers are falling and as time passes I'm still here with MY band Green Day..I supported them in any way possible through out the dark days but I would not give 1 dollar during the American Idiot days. Here's to hoping Green Day made enough money and they can be real again. UNO, DOS,TRE I believe had some great songs on there and showed a glimmer of hope..
One thing is certain. I'm never leaving, that would be like abandoning my life. Oh on a side note for real GREEN DAY FANS. Mr T Experience, The Queers and Screeching Weasel are touring this summer!

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Posted by Jonas SteVens on 05/31/2015 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Rapper Lil B Curses James Harden to Help the Warriors go to the NBA Finals

And the East Bay Express has officially stooped to the level of Star Magazine & Daily Mail. Can't for the expose on Kool John pouring syrup out over the Coliseum and now the A's stay in Oakland.

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Posted by jared donas on 05/29/2015 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Kendrick Lamar Shot a Music Video on Treasure Island Today

kdot my boo

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Posted by Tiffany Watson on 05/23/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Sound by Its Cover: John Ashfield's Love Is Blue

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Posted by Editor on 05/20/2015 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Michael "Mike-o the Psycho" Montano of Filth Died Last Monday

cancer sucks! I just lost a friend to cancer about a month ago. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mike but I offer my condolences to his friends and family.

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Posted by Al Quint on 05/20/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Did Punk Break? Green Day Played Gilman Last Night (Photos)

crowd surfer who "looked about 13" is 13 year old gretchen fitzgibbon

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Posted by Gretchen Fitzgibbon on 05/18/2015 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Watch a Video Time-Lapse of the Bay Bridge's Demolition

It's pretty cool to watch them pull apart this bridge while all of the cars are still going. I can only imagine how difficult it had to of been to get it taken apart safely and efficiently. Why was this bridge demolished though?

Posted by Rose Henderson on 05/18/2015 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Now every 2nd Friday at The Make-Out Room! The best, first, only retro-2000's dance party in town. The world even?!

Posted by Jamie Jams on 05/12/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Live Review: Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson Thrash and Charm at the Warfield

Get off Earl's dick, man. With all due respect to Earl Sweatshirt and the whole OF crew, Action brought it way harder and with more enthusiasm and street-sensed credibility than his counterpart. Maybe It's just me, who at 22 years old is a bit too old for an Earl Sweatshirt teenie-bopper crowd who's vocabulary almost exclusively consists of words like swag and turnt-up , but any real hip-hop fan would've appreciated the majesty occurring at that evening at Warfield

First and foremost let me just preface this by saying that Earl in all respects had a good performance, but 'good' is where I draw the line. It could have been the psilocybin I had ingested that afternoon or just Odd Future's style in general, but I felt as though Earl was a bit too confrontational and had to rely on agitating the crowd in order to get decent response. Case-in-point when he had to stop the show to teach us the hook of a song, then talk shit when nobody followed suit. Look buddy, if nobody knows your shit, there's a reason for that.. just sing your songs and get off the fucking stage. Leave it to a guy named George to stroke off a dude named Earl...

As for the second half of the show, Action Bronson featuring the Alchemist (which anybody with their high school diploma or GED equivalent was probably there to see anyway). It was all-time. For those of us old enough to remember real 90's hip-hop, The Alchemist holds more clout than any performer that took the stage that unforgivable Tuesday night. Having produced for artists by the likes of Dilated Peoples and Gangstarr to name just two, his status is no short of Legendary. His 15-20 minute DJ set was a welcomed time capsule to a simpler time, when mainstreet rap was still tolerable, SNL was still funny, the Braves were still winning pennants, and Bill Clinton was still getting lunch break blowjobs. The only thing that would have made his set better was a little bit of Bay Area flavor... Although maybe it was a good it didn't. If Mac Dre's 'She Neva Seen' had been bumping out the speakers, the Warfield could've gone up in smoke and been sayonara like many other TL buildings before it (talking section 8 especially).

Earl Sweatshirt, if you want people to remember your performances you should take notes from Action Bronson. Did Earl even have a walk out song.. I can't remember? I know Action Bronson did because he entered from the 'pen to non other than the Eagles Witchy Woman and unless your name is Jeffery Lebowski or your French (but I don't know Lloyd the French are assholes) then your probably a fan of the Eagles. Witchy Woman is just icing on the Cake. AB had some of the best stage prescence than any other performer I have ever seen. I'd put him up there with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Dave Matthews to be honest (I'm white).

The show itself was nothing short of spectacular. Having played all of his big hits on MR Wonderful (would have liked to heard 'Only in America') and closing on Amadu Diablo, the show was absolute meyhem...... lauren?

Earl.. you want people to sing along with you... sing two verses of Tracy Chapman before you start your verse.. proven to work even without a fast car.

Action.. next tour get a live band behind you, no disrespect to Alan the Chemist, but a real guitar would kill those riffs a whole lot better than a sound mixer could.

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Posted by DICK TRICKLE on 04/15/2015 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Wear Your Hatred for Monsanto on Your Sleeve

Thank you guys for making a public stand/event against Monsanto. I know there is a great amount of people, as well as myself, who would correlate a movement April 30 for this cause. I live in St. Petersburg Fl. and there is a huge amount of our population here that supports all natural living. Something needs to be done NOW before it gets worse than it already is.

Thank you,
Sara N.

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Posted by Sara Marie Nicholas on 04/13/2015 at 10:49 AM

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