Thom Yorke Tuesday: “My Iron Lung” (Live at Saitama Super Arena—Tokyo, Japan, 2008)

Radiohead at their absolute best was 2008. That is our opinion of course, but each phase of their career was just so perfectly done in a live setting, and one of the best recorded shows was this epic set at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan during the Fall of 2008, and “My Iron Lung” sounds better here than it does on 1995′s The Bends. Enjoy.

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Weakness Wednesday: R.E.M. “Drive”

There was R.E.M. pre-”Losing My Religion, R.E.M. post-”Losing My Religon.” And this was the beginning of the new beginning, when one of the biggest and most influential indie-bands ever began their career as one of the biggest bands in the world. And this was the opening statement. It was 1992, and Automatic For the People was perhaps their darkest, and ultimate artistic statement.

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Houdini: Art and Magic at Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF

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Ooohh, this one looks really good. The Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF has really had some interesting shows over the past few years but we are really excited about checking out the Houdini: Art and Magic show up through January 16, 2012.

Handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets, milk cans, packing trunks – nothing could hold Harry Houdini (1874-1926), the renowned magician and escape artist who became one of the 20th century’s most legendary performers. With a talent for self-promotion and provocation, this immigrant son of a poor Hungarian rabbi rocketed to international fame and grabbed front page headlines with his gripping theatrical presentations and heart-stopping outdoor spectacles – often dangling high above huge crowds or being lowered dramatically into an icy river locked inside a crate.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents the first major exhibition to examine Houdini’s life, legend, and enduring cultural influence. Houdini: Art and Magic includes more than 160 objects including magic apparatus, a recreation of the famous Water Torture Cell, historic photographs, dramatic art nouveau-era posters, theater ephemera, and archival and silent films that allow visitors to fully explore the career and legacy of the celebrated entertainer. The exhibition also features 26 contemporary works of art by Jane Hammond, Vik Muniz, Raymond Pettibon and more that bring to light Houdini’s lasting impact on contemporary art and culture.

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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami comes out at midnight, and it has a trailer

We will be up at midnight to buy it, and shit, we may even start to read by the time we get home. It is rare that an author of such praise and popularity, 30 years into his career, starts getting the Nobel chatter going. Or perhaps it is normal? We don’t know, all we know is that Murakami is one of the few authors that can stir a crowd and actually be considered Nobel quality. We can’t wait. And the book is called 1Q84, how literary is that?

We love what he told the NY Times recently…

“I live in Tokyo, a kind of civilized world — like New York or Los Angeles or London or Paris. If you want to find a magical situation, magical things, you have to go deep inside yourself. So that is what I do. People say it’s magic realism — but in the depths of my soul, it’s just realism. Not magical. While I’m writing, it’s very natural, very logical, very realistic and reasonable.”

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Bon Jovi and Radiohead; Together in Mind At Last

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It has taken years of unpredictable music decisions (Radiohead moving seamlessly from rock to electronica to rock to collage electro, Bon Jovi going on “Sex And the City”), but finally, they agree on one thing; pay what you want. After Radiohead made their career-defining 2007 album, In Rainbows available on their website with a pay-what-you-want model, Jon Bon Jovi has opened a restaurant in New Jersey with the same exact motto: Pay What You Want.

NME reports on the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen in Sayreville, “The eatery only serves organic food and operates a policy where diners pay either a suggested donation or pay for their food by putting in volunteers hours in the restaurant. Jon Bon Jovi has said that the eatery is attempting to rid the world of its traditional view of a soup kitchen for homeless people and improve things.”

JBJ told NY Mag, “You imagine a tray service type of soup kitchen and it’s the opposite. Picture the coolest brasserie in your hometown, that’s what this is. It’s the hottest-looking restaurant in this town. We have to get rid of a few stigmas attached to the word volunteering and making a difference.”

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RIP, Al Davis

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We lost a good one today in Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis. Massachusetts-born, Oakland reigned, Davis is a landmark figure in professional sports, and a Bay Area icon. Although he had his issues later in his career with the Raiders, you can’t deny the winning years… the Commitment to Excellence was always there.

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First and Final Fridays: Van Morrison “Tupelo Honey”

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A lot of people have their love of Van Morrison and some of the key major tracks that define his career, but give us Tupelo Honey, “Wild Night” and we can absolutely just have it. Perfect opener, perfect song, and with “Moonshine Whiskey,” the perfect closer.

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David Choe and Harry Kim Signing at FIFTY24SF Gallery

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This past Sunday at FIFTY24SF Gallery/Upper Playground in San Francisco, we celebrated the release of Dirty Hands, the documentary following the career of David Choe. Director Harry Kim, artist and the film’s star, David Choe, and a crew of friends, family, and fans showed up. What happened; street races, thumb wars, photos, signings, bloody marys, smiles, and happy moments.

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Weakness Wednesday: Spoon “Me and the Bean”

Even though Britt Daniel and Spoon did not originally pen this track off their career kickstarting Girls Can Tell LP, it remains one of their best performed tracks in their canon. A simple guitar, piano, bass, and drum track with Daniel’s signature rock n’ roll vocals. A perfect indie-rock song.

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Reasons you should root for Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup final tomorrow

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We’re well aware that most of the people who visit our site are in America, and 90% of Americans could care about anything more than cricket. But one of our staffers is Sri Lankan, so we think you should root for them in the World Cup final against India tomorrow. It’s a big deal around the world.  So here’s some reasons why we think you should root for our team:

* Sri Lanka is a country the size of West Virginia, India is the 2nd biggest country in the world. Root for the underdog, it’s fun.

* Muttiah Muralitharan – Born with a crooked elbow and now at 39 years old, one of the greatest cricketers of all time playing his final match of his career in tomorrows match. Battling hamstring injuries, leg injuries, and age and going out there one last time to try and take it all home. You can’t write this stuff. (Unless you wrote Rocky IV, in which case, yes, you did already basically write that story)

* India and Indian culture is all the rage right now (see ‘Outsourced’, yoga being the new jazzercise, and ‘Indian girls’ being the new ‘Japanese Girls’ for white dudes). And that’s cool, but do you know what’s really cool? Being into stuff that other people AREN’T into and talking s*it about people that are. You want to be cool, don’t you?

* Two words: Anthony. Bourdain. Homeboy loves Sri Lanka too.

* Two more words: Victoria’s. Secret. Ladies, check the label on your form fitting, bust-enhancing, sexifying unmentionables – and tip your hat to the workers and country that makes a bulk of it.

* You ever been to India? There’s poop on the street. Not animal poop. Human poop.

* Seriously, it’s a tiny war-torn country, this is the best thing going for it by a long shot. India’s got Bollywood, Tikka Masala, and the Taj Mahal. Can we try and balance out the power just a little bit? India winning would be like finding out that Martin Scorcese is also the chief song-writer behind The Walkmen, I mean, c’mon, how many more pillars of awesome does that guy need?

* Contrary to what MIA may have tried to sensationalize, there wasn’t actually a genocide in Sri Lanka recently. Just an unfortunate end to an even more unfortunate 30 year civil war. This team is made of Tamil and Sinhalese people, though, and in the aftermath of that civil war this sport has the ability to unite the country more than the corrupted government ever has tried to or is even capable of doing, even if it’s just for a day.

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