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Melissa's Playlist 05.02.07


courtesy of Cold War Kids


Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Air Supply

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, better known as the French pop duo Air, seduced the crowd last week at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium with their brand of sexy pop-infused lounge music. The duo played songs "Napalm Love" and the Kraftwerk-inspired "Mer Du Japon" from their highly anticipated new album Pocket Symphony as well as older favorites like "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Sexy Boy."  Norwegian singer-songwriter Kate Havernik opened the show.

Cortez Returns



Cortez reopened on Tuesday after closing the dining room for repairs, and it's no coincidence that there's a renewed sense of innovation in the updated dining menu and excellent cocktail list. If you can't get into Bourbon and Branch for a drink, swing around the corner to Cortez because B&B's bar manager, Todd Smith, used to be the man at Cortez, and a lot of the drinks continue to reflect his creativity and good taste.

When in Sausalito

I finally managed to get over to Poggio last week, where I'd been hearing good things about the cocktails, wine list, after-dinner drinks, and, yes, even the food. I wasn't disappointed. No driving is necessary--take a shuttle boat from the Ferry Building and it's only a few paces over to Poggio's front door.


Coming Up Posen

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a trunk show with fashion designer Zac Posen, a fave of celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Claire Danes, to benefit Children of Shelters.

Sips in SoMa

District is proof that there's still room in San Francisco for another wine bar (and believe me, I've had my doubts). Last week I went there for a wine-and-food-pairing event showcasing the undeniable talents of wine director Caterina Mirabelli and executive chef Jen Solomon. If you want to learn more about them and District, read The South Beach Diet in this month's Best Bite.


photography by Rick Camargo

Beer of the Week



In Robert Hass's poem Meditation at Lagunitas, he writes, "I felt a violent wonder at her presence/ like a thirst for salt, for my childhood river/ with its island willows."

Electric Fun

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

"Born in the dust-laden family garage with archaic samplers, Radio Shack mics and broken record players, Mute Math have been noisily calculating their notes for the past few years. This electro-alt rock collaboration ... has crept up on the music scene with the onslaught of a worldwide fan-base driven to their website from countless video blogs and non-stop touring." So say the quartet comprising Mute Math, who hit Slim's last week along with The Cinematics and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Good Drinking in Mendocino



I spent a couple of days over the weekend perusing the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino coast. Naturally enjoying all that pristine beauty on a sunny day with a cleansing breeze and pounding surf, one gets thirsty. So I searched up and down the coastline up there for the perfect spot to have a beer.
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