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    Oh, What a Station! - Remembering Oldies AM with the Dells and Dramatics

    For about a year, Oldies AM (540/1260) pleased thousands with a revolutionary all-oldies format. It was Indie 103.1 for the hot-rod set--those of us who stubbornly cling to an era when songs about love weren't a joke, but best expressed by Smokey Ro...

    on July 21, 2005
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    BECK - Guero (Interscope)

    Courtesy Nasty Little ManWHATTHEYSAY:"Beck quit being weird and just remade Odelay, except not quite as well. That's . . . cool." WHATWESAY:There issomething incestuous there if you shuffle tracks from Odelayand Guerotogether--it's sort of a frate...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 14, 2005
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    Black Hole Records

    Top 10 records from July 1 to July 7 at Black Hole Records, 108 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 449-1788. Black Hole Records specializes in British pop, rockabilly, psychobilly and punk rock. 1The Tears, HereCometheTears(Independiente) 2The Wh...

    by REX REASON on July 14, 2005
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    Born in Chicago, Buried Alive in OC - 60s blues pioneers are due to get their due

    Photo by Brad FurmanThe last time I saw guitarist Harvey "The Snake" Mandel at UC Irvine, it was some 32 years ago, deep in the hippie days, when his band Pure Food and Drug Act played a free show on the steps outside the Science Lecture Hall. Mande...

    by JIM WASHBURN on July 14, 2005
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    Fresh Prince of Darkness - The hidden meaning of Will Smiths Switch

    Illustration by Matt BorsOnce upon a time, Will Smith was the teenaged Fresh Prince who charmed America with his comic raps about how Parents Just Don't Understand. Then he went off and became a huge movie star, with a mansion, a movie-star wife and...

    by GREG STACY on July 14, 2005
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    Top ten records from June 24 to June 30 at RhinoRecords,235 Yale Ave., Claremont, (909) 626-7774. Rhino Records carries new and used CDs and LPs--rock, jazz, punk, soul, world and more--as well as DVDs, toys, T-shirts, accessories and magazines. ...

    by REX REASON on July 7, 2005
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    OBSOLETE HEART TAXIDERMY HEIRLOOM RECORDS Somebody mails you a CD wrapped in toilet paper, and you figure they're just begging for a critical bashing. In our less mature years, we would've responded with an appropriate (and completely obvious...

    by Rich Kane on July 7, 2005
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    WEIRD LIGHT, WEIRD HEAT - Out On The Streets, Its A Weird War

    Illuminated By the Lightis the fourth-ish release by singer Ian Svenonius and his backup combo Weird War (Michelle Mae, Alex Minoff, ex-Trans Am drummer Sebastian Thomson), the latest in a long career that a new generation of college-graduated rock ...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 7, 2005
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    Guy And Dolls - In So Alone, Kris Swansons a supreme drag

    Photo by Tenaya HillsJohnny Thunders died at 38, but even that was 15 years beyond what the actuarial tables would have predicted--given the trash aesthetic that shaped not just his wardrobe but his diet of smack, smack and more smack. SoAloneis the...

    by Rich Kane on July 7, 2005
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    Photo by James BunoanDeke Dickerson, stage right: opening the Hotter-Than- Hell-enanny with some fancy finger pickin' on his even fancier fiddle. That's a Gretsch white penguin to be exact, and Deke proudly pointed out that porno trash Jenna Jameso...

    by JAMES BUNOAN on July 7, 2005
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    The White Stripes

    THEWHITESTRIPES GetBehindMeSatan V2Records WHAT THEY SAY: Well, this is a very . . . different record, and it's weird, and it takes a long time to get into, if you can even get into it at all, and it doesn't sound anything like the usual White S...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 30, 2005
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    National Compact Disc

    Top 10 selling records from June 11 to June 23 at National Compact Disc, 2441 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra, (562) 694-4104. Serving North Orange County for 18 years, National Compact Disc has "an excellent selection of new and used CDs. We're known f...

    by REX REASON on June 30, 2005
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    Give a Hoot - Dont miss these artists at Hootenanny

    Photo by Christine MarieSOCIALDISTORTION If OC music had an iconic, tattooed, greased-up figurehead, it could only be Social Distortion's Mike Ness. From the first wave of punk bands, Social D were initially among the more ambitious, recording seve...

    on June 30, 2005
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    Sunny Link Wray - Still alive and deadly

    The last time I saw Link Wray in concert was the last time I should have seen the man alive. It was 1998. He was 68 years old and in theoretically frail health. He'd been functioning on one lung for nearly half a century; he lost the other to tube...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 30, 2005
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    Photo by Mike FrostTHURSDAY Congratulations to the RollingBlackoutsand the Willowzfor overcoming a) not technically being from Los Angeles and b) being written about in the OCWeeklythree years ago (which dooms a band, if someone happens to read it)...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 23, 2005
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    Top 10 records from June 10 to June 16 at Fingerprints, 4612 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 433-4996. Fingerprints carries a full range of new and used CDs, DVDs and LPs and specializes in indie rock. Fingerprints also hosts frequent in-store appe...

    by REX REASON on June 23, 2005
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    Photo courtesy Plug ResearchNOBODY ANDEVERYTHINGELSE PLUGRESEARCH Elvin Estela has no use for dark, angry tunes. "That's an easy emotion," the Long Beach-based DJ told us a couple of years ago. "But when you make music that's pretty and happy, I...

    by ANDREW ASCH on June 23, 2005
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    We Have the Van - Wives live sweat, dream light years

    Courtesy Cold Sweat RecordsThe best a band can really hope for, if they don't just want to get famous, is simply to reproduce themselves over and over: to be so great that people copy them. That's why we have a billion little Ramones clones still sc...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 23, 2005
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    A Secret History of Surf - Will Glover helped shape the surf sound. Now he's taking on country

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThere are a number of singular highlights in Will Glover's musical career. His early '60s surf band the Pyramids had perhaps the most salaciously titled hit record ever with their No. 18-charting 1964 surf instrumental "Penetrati...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 23, 2005
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    Top 5 commercial releases and Top 5 independent releases from June 3 to June 9 at Beats,Vinyl&Life,517 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, (714) 774-7780; WWW.BVANDL.COM. Beats, Vinyl & Life is a hip-hop specialty store carrying vinyl, CDs and clothing. T...

    by REX REASON on June 16, 2005
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