Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Oakland Raiders are "Evil," According to Donald Rumsfeld

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM

In an interview with the Financial Times to promote yet another book, Known and Unknown, former defense secretary and Iraq War architect Donald Rumsfeld had remarkably little to say about his own role in the bombing and pillaging of Baghdad. And yet, he did have a finger to point, this time at Oakland's favorite outlaw team, The Raiders. According to a new blog post by SF Weekly, Rumsfeld decided to end the interview — which happened on Super Bowl Sunday — by pontificating on football. He said he was rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, because of their "epic" wins against the Oakland Raiders, back in the 1970s. Rumsfeld continued: "Nobody could support the Raiders. They're evil."

To which we respond: What? Us?

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Gertrude Stein!

by Alexa Vaughn
Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Even though you're long dead and really only left Oakland this haunting quote:

"The trouble with Oakland is that when you get there, there isn't any there there."
Stein said this after returning to her hometown of Oakland after 30 years to find her childhood house, school, park and synagogue were no longer "there there." Over the years, the quote has morphed into a disparaging sentiment widely interpreted to mean that the city's problems were incorrigable. The city rebelled against the misconstrued meaning of the quote by installing Roslyn Mazzilli's sculpture "There" at Oakland City Center in 1988. (And it looks very 1988.) But at least, 23 years later, it is still "there there."

Do you think the city's completely overcome the quote, or do you think the sentiment projected onto the quote still applies?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

KUSF Debate Rages On

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM

One might think that after a relatively civil discussion on KQED's Forum, the storm would have abated somewhat. KUSF music director Irwin Swirnoff got to air his grievances about "homogenization" to Classical Public Radio Network managing director Brenda Barnes, who expressed sympathy, but maintained that classical radio has a diverse listenership, too. It seemed like KUSF staffers and volunteers would grudgingly accept, and eventually acquiesce to the new online format.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Neil Young's Stuff Burns

by Kathleen Richards
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM

A warehouse in San Carlos containing memorabilia belonging to Neil Young was partially destroyed in a three-alarm fire early this morning, reports the Chronicle. About 30 percent of the items — including Young's guitars, paintings, vintage cars, and other miscellany — were destroyed, totaling about $1 million in damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Young's latest album is Le Noise.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

Bay Area Finalists in MTV's "Twitter Jockey" Search

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Take a look at MTV's programming these days and you'll see that the "music" component of the MTV acronym has become less and less relevant. Shows like Jersey Shore and The Hills have taken over the spots where music videos and TRL once dwelt. Likewise, MTV's infamous "VJs," or "Video Jockeys," have now been usurped by "TJs," or "Twitter Jockeys." The Viacom-owned station is currently conducting a nationwide search for the most social-network-savvy individual to win $100,000 and a position as the channel's official Tweeter. Of eighteen contestants, two are from the Bay Area (two more are yet to be selected). Pegah Rashti and Ryan Carlos are both from the South Bay, are 21, and Tweet as if their lives depended on it. Our interviews with Pegah and Ryan after the jump.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ticketmaster Fees to Fall: SF MusicTech Summit Recap

by David Downs
Tue, May 18, 2010 at 4:27 PM

A LiveNation manager said Monday that using Ticketmaster is about as fun as online banking, while Ticketmaster's “service fees” — which can be as high as $27 per ticket — are driving customers insane and must come down.

Such candid remarks from’s Noah Maffitt at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit made the essential gathering a huge hit on the web and in-person. Held at the Hotel Kabuki, the thrice-a-year industry summit attracted hundreds of technologists, artists, and middlemen for eight hours of moderated talks. Among the meatiest panelist cuts: Musician Ben Folds, Tim Westergren of Oakland company Pandora, UC Berkeley's Dave Wessel, Rhapsody's Tim Quirk, and's forthright Maffitt.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Dio's Dead ... Long Live Dio

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Singer Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell) died yesterday at age 67. RIP.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hearing Scheduled to Decide Fate of Kimball's Carnival

August 15 shooting prompts OPD to request a "60-day cooling-off period" and cabaret license suspension.

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

On August 15 three men were ambushed and shot on the in the 400-500 blocks of Broadway, shortly after leaving Kimball's Carnival, one of the only remaining hip-hop and R&B clubs in downtown Oakland. As a result, Oakland Police requested a hearing to determine whether Kimball's cabaret license should be temporarily suspended. "From my prior experience, once violence occurs at or near a club, the reputation and propensity for additional violence increases," wrote OPD Sergeant Kyle Thomas, in a letter to the city's administrative hearing officer Barbara Killey. Thomas' prior experience includes patrolling outside Mingles Martini & Champagne Lounge, a now-defunct nightclub associated with shootings in the Jack London Square Area. He said that in this case, Kimball's was the "nexus" of the shooting, even though it actually occurred several blocks away. In his letter, Thomas asked for "a 60-day cooling-off period."

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Carlos, Carlos

by Lauren Gard
Thu, Feb 15, 2007 at 3:27 PM

Carlos Santana is quite the entrepreneur these days. In 2000, the rocker launched a line of women's' shoes, Carlos by Carlos Santana, which features footwear that, according to its Web site, "reflect the same passion and energy that is generated by Carlos Santana's music." Then the longtime Marin County resident released fragrances for men and women ("evoking the vibrant passion and dynamic rhythms of Carlos' masterful guitar and rich musical tapestry with every hint of scent") and worked with vintners to create Santana DVX sparkling wine ("Santana likened the process of arriving at the final marriage of grapes and dosage to the masculine/feminine counterpoint of rhythm and melody in music.") Sore feet? Doused yourself too heavily in perfume? Drunk as a skunk? You can rest, shower and get sober in the Carlos Santana suite at the Hotel Triton in San Francisco, which features a "Technicolor tapestry of Santana's most heartfelt and intense imagery" and "inspires a peaceful, yet invigorating energy, much like the man himself." And then there are his namesake bongo drums and guitars. Now, Santana has announced ...

... that he and wife Deborah are entering the food biz. He's paired up with Walnut Creek-based Dudum Sports & Entertainment Corp to introduce a chain of Mexican eateries called "Maria Maria" - named, of course, after the infectious song you couldn't get out of your head back in 1999. His first one, in Walnut Creek, will open in April. The atmosphere will be "inspired by his music." And there will no doubt be a tapestry in there somewhere.

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