This Week in Sound: D.J. overload and seas of cheese

While D.J.s and a Primus album don’t usually go together, the Bay Area’s music scene will feature both this week. As Halloween quickly approaches, the electronica concerts start popping up like like the walking dead. On Friday and Saturday, SF will play host to Skrillex (Friday, Warfield), and Deadmau5 (Saturday,
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Sample Sundays: Jimmy Smith

Mmmmm…Drop! It’s Sunday Sample time for all you sample junkies out there. This week I’m bringing you a sample from one of the jazz musicians who helped popularize and perfect the use of the Hammond B-3 electric organ — Jimmy Smith. The sample comes from Smith’s live album Root Down,
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Why I’d rather be at the movies this weekend

This upcoming movie-packed weekend at Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (2575 Bancroft Way) should be enough to drive cinephiles wild. Beginning at 7pm tonight, Friday/21, PFA continues its series of great epics by the German new wave pioneer Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Last weekend, PFA had a great turnout for its
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This Week in Sound: Bridge benefits and bridge burning

Now that you all have recovered from the Treasure Island Music Festival, it’s time to gear up for yet another October festival — that is, if your wallets can handle it. The Bridge School Benefit Concert will take place this weekend at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. For those
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No frills, just thrills: the top Halloween movies

The days are shorter, the air is crisper and my left knee is acting up; Halloween is obviously around the corner. Many of us are finding ourselves increasingly attracted to the spine tingly spooks that come with the holiday. Next to trick-or-treating or one-upping your friends with an overtly ridiculous
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Sample Sundays: Zapp, Seals and Crofts

What’s up y’all? It’s that time again – Sample Sunday time to be exact. This week’s sample comes to you from what has to be one of the top ten funkiest groups of all time – Zapp. Led by Roger Troutman – the king of the talk box – Zapp
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TV Land: The Cold Open

In the column this week, I attempted to distinguish “Breaking Bad” not only for its morbid violence, which is always delightful, but for its innovative and diverse visuals. They love to take risks over at that show even if it means putting actor Bryan Cranston in his underwear for an
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Lana Del Rey’s EP “Video Games” released

Before iTunes released her EP this week, Lana Del Rey had already been making the rounds in the music blogosphere, albeit with mixed reactions. Her title track, “Video Games,” was selected “Best New Track” by Pitchfork in late September, and ever since then, it’s been a battle between critics and
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Last days of Central Market Arts in the City this week

This is the second year for the 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival in San Francisco. The three week festival showcases the talents of local visual and performance artists who have studios in and around Central Market. Once a vibrant theater district in the early 20th century, Central Market
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Sample Sundays: James Brown, Eric B. & Rakim

What’s good, people? It’s Sunday, so you know it’s time for me to break y’all off with another sample, a funky treasure from the past that has given us some of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time.  As I did with the sample from last week (if you haven’t
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