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Airman with county ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Lizette D. Mattis graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Mattis is the daughter of Gina and William Mattis of Benicia. She is a 2013 graduate of Benicia High School. Air Force Airman Amhad T. Taylor graduated from basic military training at Joint Base […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Military

Local graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Tynisha A. Spencer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Spencer is the daughter of Marvin Spencer of Fairfield and granddaughter of Juanita Spencer of Vacaville. She is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School. Army Pvt. Daniel C. Younger has graduated from the basic infantry […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Hoffman, Bangs share similarity beyond screen

There’s cruel perfection that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died at age 46 Sunday in New York, once played Lester Bangs, a rock music critic who died in April 1982, on the big screen. There’s a sliver of pain that comes with the appropriateness of their similarities – both men who enjoyed Van Morrison and […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Fairfield, Vacaville graduates finish military training

Air Force Reserve Airman Lorenzo C. Aromin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Aromin is the son of Joven and Ma Elena Aromin of Fairfield. He is a 2013 graduate of Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. Army National Guard Pvt. Sean T. Bonifacio graduated from basic military training […]

February 09, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Green Day ages, but 20-year-old ‘Dookie’ stays timeless

Looks like a lot of people had time to listen to Billie Joe Armstrong whine. Saturday marks 20 years since the release of Green Day’s “Dookie,” not just a seminal release in pop punk history, but one of its definitive efforts. It has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. While the fact Green Day […]

January 31, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Cory S. Martinez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Martinez is the son of Albert and Yolanda Martinez of Vacaville. He is a 2012 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Dana N. Meyer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base […]

February 02, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Lamar, hip-hop deserve Grammy’s top prize

The Grammy Awards have long overlooked hip-hop when it comes to its most coveted prize, album of the year. That could and should change at Sunday’s 56th Grammy Awards when two rap albums, Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist,” are among the five nominees for top record. Between […]

January 24, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airman from county finish basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Matthew D. Gregory graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Gregory is the son of Michael Gregory of Vallejo. He is a 2000 graduate of Hogan High School in Vallejo. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Lisa L. Maxwell graduated from basic military training at […]

January 26, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Complex male character part of intrigue of ‘Girls’

HBO’s “Girls,” the much-talked-about dramedy from Lena Dunham, returned Sunday night to start its 12-episode third season. The show focuses on the lives of four 20-something women in Brooklyn and their struggles to find themselves, their careers and their futures. Since its quartet of leading ladies is the chief focus, it’s easy to overlook one […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jose M. Abarca Araujo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is a 2002 graduate of Rio Vista High School. Air Force Airman Razal J. Barton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Barton is the […]

January 19, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Airmen with Solano ties finish basic training

Air Force Airman Stephanie M. Bonilla graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Bonilla is the daughter of Debra Smith and stepdaughter of Shannon Smith, both of Fairfield. She is a 2012 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Jeryl T. Dispo graduated from basic military […]

January 12, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Finding ‘happy’ way to celebrate 32

Today, I turn 32. I’m not really sure how to celebrate in pop culture fashion because as a number and an age, 32 is dull. It’s an inconsequential age. It doesn’t have its number in the rafters with the famous birthdays, such as 18, 21 or 40. It’s one more than the amount of flavors […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Solano County graduates finish basic training

Air Force Airman Artemus D. Macayan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Macayan is the son of Artemio and Marilou Macayan of Fairfield. He is a 2004 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Darin J. Rey graduated from basic military training […]

January 05, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 365: Pantera, ‘Vulgar Display of Power’

Artist: Pantera Title: “Vulgar Display of Power” Year: 1992 Format: Digital (Spotify) Grade: B+ Our Music Year began with Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell,” so I thought it fitting to end with its successor, 1992’s “Vulgar Display of Power.” As the yelling at the end of “F—— Hostile” demonstrates, Texas’ Pantera kicks things up a notch […]

December 30, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 364: Ornette Coleman, ‘Tomorrow is the Question!’

Artist: Ornette Coleman Title: “Tomorrow is the Question!” Year: 1959 Format: Spotify Grade: B+ I remembered remarkably late into the process of Our Music Year that Harvey Pekar, the man whose work inspired the project’s title, wasn’t just a scribe of comic books, but that he also was a prolific jazz critic. So for the […]

December 30, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 363: My Bloody Valentine, ‘Isn’t Anything’

Artist: My Bloody Valentine Title: “Isn’t Anything” Year: 1988 Format: Spotify Grade: B My Bloody Valentine’s “MBV” was one of 2013’s best albums and the group’s first in 22 years, so going back to revisit this pre-“Loveless” effort seemed like a good call. While “Loveless” is considered a must-own title for shoegaze enthusiasts, “Isn’t Anything” […]

December 29, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 362: Astro, ‘Astro’

Artist: Astro Title: “Astro” Year: 2011 Format: Spotify Grade: C+ Astro’s self-titled album dropped in 2011 in its native Chile, but didn’t make it stateside until nearly one year later. Comparisons to MGMT and M83 abound, a funky pastiche of pop and electronic that is as fun as it is groovy. “Colombo” is infectious, a […]

December 28, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

My Bloody Valentine triumphs in year of reunions, comebacks

All the cool kids in music were doing reunions and comebacks in 2013. It was the Lazarus moment for a cast as diverse as metal legends Black Sabbath to the Bay Area hip-hop hijinks of Deltron 3030. Others joining the crowd either on the road or in the studio: The Replacements, Neutral Milk Hotel, Black […]

December 27, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 361: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, ‘Damn the Torpedoes’

Artist: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Title: “Damn the Torpedoes” Year: 1979 Format: Vinyl (Spotify) Grade: A- There are hits to burn on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1979 slab, “Damn the Torpedoes,” with “Refugee,” “Here Comes My Girl,” “Even the Losers” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.” Those tracks alone stand for nearly half […]

December 27, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 360: Yes, ‘Close to the Edge’

Artist: Yes Title: “Close to the Edge” Year: 1972 Format: Spotify Grade: B+ Only three tracks comprise “Close to the Edge,” Yes’ 1972 album and fifth overall studio effort. The title track is half of the running time, a four-part progressive rock suite that winds from Bill Bruford’s chaotic percussion in the first movement to […]

December 26, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Fairfield, Vacaville graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Brandyn F. Elahi graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Elahi is the son of Julia and Wali Elahi of Vacaville. He is a 2004 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley Olmstead graduated from basic military training at Joint […]

December 29, 2013 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 359: Sufjan Stevens, ‘Songs for Christmas’

Artist: Sufjan Stevens Title: “Songs for Christmas” Year: 2006 Format: Spotify Grade: C+ In 2006, Sufjan Stevens culled five extended plays from the previous six years for a new release. What began as a holiday tradition for family and friends turned into the “Songs for Christmas” box set. Like with so many other Stevens projects, […]

December 25, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 358: Miles Davis, ‘Sketches of Spain’

Artist: Miles Davis Title: “Sketches of Spain” Year: 1960 Format: Digital (Spotify) Grade: A Coming less than one year after the legendary “Kind of Blue,” Miles Davis’ “Sketches of Spain” feels like a tonal descendent of “Blue,” incorporating many of the themes of modal and cool jazz into the mix. But, as the title suggests, […]

December 23, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 357: Flying Lotus, ‘Until the Quiet Comes’

Artist: Flying Lotus Title: “Until the Quiet Comes” Year: 2012 Format: Digital Grade: C+ The fourth LP from Steven “Flying Lotus” Ellison, “Until the Quiet Comes,” is a fractured form of intelligent dance music that leans toward nu-jazz and trip hop. The first 13 minutes feel like a warmup for everything else, priming the listener […]

December 23, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 356: Eels, ‘Electro-Shock Blues’

Artist: Eels Title: “Electro-Shock Blues” Year: 1998 Format: Digital (Spotify) Grade: A- “Electro-Shock Blues” is the second album from California rock group Eels, which is primarily a vehicle for Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E. For as optimistic as the music of “Electro-Shock” can be, the subject matter is sobering. In the years preceding […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 355: Faith No More, ‘The Real Thing’

Artist: Faith No More Title: “The Real Thing” Year: 1989 Format: Spotify Grade: B San Francisco’s Faith No More is perhaps best known for “Epic,” the second track on 1989’s “The Real Thing,” a quirky metal album that tries to be the evolutionary step between the synth trends of the ’80s and the funk metal […]

December 21, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Show creator’s return reason to have ‘Community’ spirit

NBC’s excellent but embattled comedy “Community” creeps toward a new season Jan. 2 with many noteworthy changes in personnel. Among the departing are Donald Glover, who plays Troy, and Chevy Chase’s character, Pierce. Although Chase left the show in November 2012, shooting was almost complete on the 13-episode 2013 installment, so the new season marks […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 354: Built to Spill, ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Love’

Artist: Built to Spill Title: “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love” Year: 1994 Format: Spotify Grade: B A number of 1990s indie rock albums sound like they were recorded with hand-me-down equipment in the same living room, from Pavement to Dinosaur Jr. to Built to Spill’s second album, “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love.” The influence of […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Our Music Year No. 353: Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Kiss’

Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen Title: “Kiss” Year: 2012 Format: Spotify Grade: D “Call Me Maybe” was one of those ubiquitous summertime hits a year ago, with Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen being as inescapable as death and taxes. Her awkward plea for something more than love at first sight was string-propelled bubblegum pop that […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Fairfield, Vacaville service members finish training

Air Force Airman Dominic G.P. Carey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Carey is the son of Robert and Sara Diaz of Travis Air Force Base. He is a 2012 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman David Reynolds graduated from basic military training […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,
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