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Photo by Jeanne Rice> "Have you ever heard a song you can't get enough of, so you play it over and over again? That happened to me with 'Mamacita' by Blonde Redhead, off their self-titled album. I got sucked in. I love when that happens."
> "There are two San Diego bands that will always inspire me, even though they're no longer together: Tanner and Drive Like Jehu. They've influenced so many bands that are going strong today. If you come across any of their music, do yourself a favor and get it. R.I.P."
> "P.J. Harvey's latest album, Is This Desire? Simply amazing."
> "Matador Records put out its 10th anniversary anthology, Everything Nice. If you're looking for some new music, this compilation (three CDs) will do the job."
> "I saw Fugazi play a few months ago. No light show, no fog machines or props. The stage was lit up, as if the show were over and they were ready to tear down. Their music definitely spoke for itself. Also, I saw Bluebird live and bought their new CD. I enjoyed everything about them—straight-up, solid-rockin' music."