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  • The Sounds When They Move - Welcome to the world of Slings

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    The Sounds When They Move - Welcome to the world of Slings

    Somewhere out there--tucked inside the daydreams of a whimsical and weird 14-year-old, maybe--exists the world of Slings: a world where puppy-eyed bull skulls skip down a floating xylophone and a giant red octopus slow dances with tree stumps (one f...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on September 14, 2006
  • Don't U Hear Me Tho? - 
Rodney O & Joe Cooley Everlasting

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    Don't U Hear Me Tho? - Rodney O & Joe Cooley Everlasting

    Egyptian Lover asked and Rodney O and Joe Cooley answered: Rodney was the MC who could rap and Joe the DJ who could scratch, so deftly that he came within a few ticks of beating DJ Cash Money at the NYC New Musical Seminar turntablism championships ...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 14, 2006
  • Reality of the Marketplace - Etta James

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    Reality of the Marketplace - Etta James

    There are worse things to have than a voice synonymous with romance. Etta James, whose omnipresent wedding classic "At Last" has kicked off an infinite number of marriages with bluesy orchestral chords and perfect, pure vocals--why Christina Aguiler...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on September 14, 2006
  • Wayward Sons - Kansas

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    Wayward Sons - Kansas

    If 1977 had a Cup Final for American lite prog-rockers, the semi-finalists would have been Styx, Journey, Boston and Kansas. Styx sucked Illinois horse cock, Journey was for mullet and TransAm-owning candy-asses, and Boston only had one decent album...

    by GEORGE FRYER on September 7, 2006
  • Bargain Music - 
Adam Spriggs, talent buyer, Coach House Entertainment

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    Bargain Music - Adam Spriggs, talent buyer, Coach House Entertainment

    If you discovered your new favorite band at the Galaxy Concert Theatre or the Coach House, there's a good chance Adam Spriggs booked them. What's your title? Talent buyer. What does a talent buyer do? I'm in charge of all the local bands at ...

    by REX REASON on September 7, 2006
  • A Touch of Jazz - 
Bobbi Humphrey struck by lightning

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    A Touch of Jazz - Bobbi Humphrey struck by lightning

    Bobbi Humphrey was born in Texas and learned to play the flute in Texas and learned everything else in Texas too because she stayed until she'd gone through two different colleges all the way to Southern Methodist University--motto Veritas Liberabit...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 7, 2006
  • Album Review - Early Day Miners, Offshore (Secretly Canadian)

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    Album Review - Early Day Miners, Offshore (Secretly Canadian)

    Daniel Burton has been making music for the past 10 years under various headings, but his newest release and fifth overall is as the Early Day Miners. Offshorewas originally composed in 2001 for the Let Us Garlands Bring album and then re-recorded l...

    by JED MAHEU on September 7, 2006
  • Article

    Hits! - Fingerprints

    Top 10 records sold from Aug. 25 to Aug. 31 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. The shop also has frequent in-store appe...

    by REX REASON on September 7, 2006
  • Earth Angel - 
Dick Huggy Boy Hugg, 1928-2006

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    Earth Angel - Dick Huggy Boy Hugg, 1928-2006

    It's clichd to say eras end with the passing of an icon, but the death of longtime Los Angeles radio personality Huggy Boy last week at age 78 is the real deal. Along with friendly rival Art Laboe, the man born Dick Hugg kept the flame of Southern ...

    on September 7, 2006
  • Locals Only - 
Venus Infers, Share Venus Infers, self-released 4-track ep

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    Locals Only - Venus Infers, Share Venus Infers, self-released 4-track ep

    The other day, a friend pointed out that the late '90s are the new early '80s, that for every Modest Mouse and French Kicks there's a dozen bands who sound just like them--and that's just in Southern California. And he's right. But before you leap t...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on September 7, 2006
  • To Be Young - Ryan Adams writes himself out of his twenties

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    To Be Young - Ryan Adams writes himself out of his twenties

    Over the course of the past year or so, Ryan Adams released three albums. Three! Most folks fight like hell to get even one album out of the chute, and Adams put out three. Is it any surprise, then, that they all got mixed reviews? The first two (Co...

    by WANDA ESPY on September 7, 2006
  • Sprayed-On Jeans - Dwight Yoakam

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    Sprayed-On Jeans - Dwight Yoakam

    Dwight Yoakam fans are crazy. If you don't believe me, get in the way of some five-foot-five, 120-pound women who have their hearts set on being dead front- and center-stage for the tight-jeans-sporting, hip-shaking, leg-dancing hootchie-cootchie ho...

    by WANDA ESPY on September 7, 2006
  • Ruining Dad's Vinyl - DJ Z-Trip

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    Ruining Dad's Vinyl - DJ Z-Trip

    DJ Z-Trip is the founding father of the mashup movement, but don't hold that against him. Producers and DJs have been mixing things together forever--pretty much any song by Puff Diddy Daddy Sean Combs P-Whatshisface has someone else's hook transpos...

    by BILL CHILD on September 7, 2006
  • Grease Bandits - 
How I learned to stop worrying and love the grease

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    Grease Bandits - How I learned to stop worrying and love the grease

    My name is J.P. Caballero, and I'm in the band known currently as dios (malos), and I am guilty of making several consecutive cross-country trips fueled by a combination of double cheeseburgers, whiskey and gallons upon gallons of sweet sweet crude....

    by J.P. CABALLERO on August 31, 2006
  • Article

    Hits! - Electric Chair

    Top 10 records sold from Aug. 18 to Aug. 24 at Electric Chair, 410 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 536-0784; www.electricchair.com. Electric Chair opened more than 20 years ago and continues to offer a wide range of clothing, shoes, jewelry, music...

    by REX REASON on August 31, 2006
  • Live Review - Of Course, Dad: 
The Shark That Ate My Friend at Plush Cafe, Fullerton, Thurs., Aug. 24

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    Live Review - Of Course, Dad: The Shark That Ate My Friend at Plush Cafe, Fullerton, Thurs., Aug. 24

    "Paris Hilton couldn't make it, sorry," says the bartender--not the heiress, but Paris Hilton the band. Or Paris Hilton, Motherfuckers!, to be exact, one in a group of at least four bands (at last count) with similarly ridiculous names who all sound...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on August 31, 2006
  • Microphone Fiend - 
Rakims lyrics of fury

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    Microphone Fiend - Rakims lyrics of fury

    He was the first million-dollar MC in hip-hop and he didn't waste a dime of it, and though his partner Eric B. got rap's early presidential endorsement, Rakim would go on to win the popular vote and then some. He's perched on the tip of about every ...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 31, 2006
  • Vinyl Countdown - 
Indie record stores retrench

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    Vinyl Countdown - Indie record stores retrench

    "I might go really big, with mountains of vinyl, or concentrate on smaller quantities and less categories," said Dave James, talking about his nebulous plans for a new Costa Mesa record store. "I am still messing with a few ideas." It's a strange ...

    by STEPHEN I. RUSSO on August 31, 2006
  • Western Shirts - The Joint Is Jumping Tour

    Article

    Western Shirts - The Joint Is Jumping Tour

    The current Joint Is Jumping tour confirms Frank Sinatra wasn't the only one who wanted to do it his way. Dan Hicks, Michelle Shocked and Mary Lee's Corvette--the program's three principals, all of whom play their own unique brands of authentic Amer...

    by JOHN ROOS on August 31, 2006
  • Keepin' Tings Irie - Reggae Sunsplash 2006

    Article

    Keepin' Tings Irie - Reggae Sunsplash 2006

    From the '70s until 1999, Reggae Sunsplash was the premier Jamaican reggae festival. Hotels filled up quick on the northern part of the island, camping out on beaches became the norm, and everyone got in touch with their inner Rasta. Yet for the pas...

    by ALEX BRANT-ZAWADZKI on August 31, 2006
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