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    Stick It to the Man - Bo Diddleys more rock & roll than Madonna

    Photo by F. Scott SchaferIt was a filthy job, but someone had to do it. Yes, dear readers, 'twas I, your humble servant, who first informed the mighty Bo Diddley--full grown lover's man, M-A-N!--that his name was omitted from Life magazine's recentl...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on April 11, 2002
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    Screamadelic and Copasetic

    Local H/Chevelle/The Burning Brides/The Reputation Chain Reaction Sunday, March 17 Much has changed at Chain Reaction since our last eons-ago visit. In place of those old, saggy couches now sit sets of high-class padded benches that look like th...

    by Rich Kane on April 4, 2002
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    New Music

    Dan the Automator Wanna Buy a Monkey? Sequence Records Dan the Automator is the most open-minded producer in the closed-minded style (these days, anyway) of hip-hop. Born Dan Nakamura and a.k.a. Nathaniel Merriweather, he practically invented the...

    on April 4, 2002
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    Budget Rock!

    The Thingz (self-titled EP) The packaging tells you all you need to know: with a Dangerhouse-style fold-and-go cover born from one lonely little piece of paper, Long Beach's Thingz are flying that beloved budget-rock flag high. Culled from their e...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 4, 2002
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    No Death Metal Here - OC Music Awards Nominees

    BEST ROCK Project 86 Field of Vision Full Frequency Barnacle Muzzle Loader BEST POP/ROCK GoForth Scarlet Crush Starflyer59 Nice OC Supertones BEST INDIE ROCK Jay Buchanan Band Tijuana Dogs Trespassers William Melee Wonderlove BE...

    on April 4, 2002
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    Not Unlistenable - The 2002 Orange County Music Awards

    Photo by Jack GouldThis is it! Those final few hours of nervousness! The gallons of sweat gushing from the neck and brow! That queasy, about-to-pee-your-pants sensation! The feeling of overwhelming dread as the inaugural Orange County Music Awards d...

    by Rich Kane on April 4, 2002
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    VH1 Says Were Hip! - Which means Orange County must be finished

    Photo by Jack GouldOur verdict on Orange County: American Hip Factory, the VH1 special that aired March 25? Not half bad, really, as much as we hate to admit liking anything that's broadcast on a sister network of MTV. The 45-minute documentary (6...

    by Rich Kane on April 4, 2002
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    Dickless Farmers? - Buddy vs. Buddy on the Beat Farmers Reunion

    There has been some controversy over the recent rash of Beat Farmers concerts in OC and San Diego. Among the most fondly remembered SoCal roots-rock bands of the '80s and early '90s, the Beat Farmers--minus the late Country Dick Montana--have played...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on April 4, 2002
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    Old Man, Take a Look at Yourself - CSN&Y: The new radicalsonly old!

    So there are countless reasons to skip Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Arrowhead Pond on Saturday. Steep ticket prices ($56 to $100? Jeez, are we still paying for David Crosby's new liver?). Crosby and Stephen Stills' lardasses. Graham Nash miss...

    by Matt Coker on April 4, 2002
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    Sigh & a Smile

    WELLSVILLE (SEVEN-SONG SELF-TITLED CD) So what can we deconstruct about Wellsville? For one, they scribbled us a friendly letter on lined notebook paper, apologizing for not being appropriately teched-up ("I am terribly sorry that this letter is h...

    by Rich Kane on March 28, 2002
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    Any Lengths - All about the booing at Segerstrom Hall

    Anton Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, played by the Vienna Philharmonic at Orange County Performing Arts Center's Segerstrom Hall last week, oozed along its murky path for almost exactly 90 minutes. Any one of Arnold Schoenberg's piano pieces, at the Do...

    by ALAN RICH on March 28, 2002
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    Falling Up - Ubiquity Recordings at 100

    Photo by Jeanne RiceConventional wisdom says there's only one probable outcome when someone with little experience starts a company with the haziest of business plans: failure. But Michael and Jody McFadin disposed of conventional wisdom when they...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 28, 2002
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    Make the Music Go Bang - The Alleged Gunmen give respect to the vinyl slingers

    There are only three reasons music would not be roaring out of the little Long Beach house shared by the three members of the Alleged Gunmen: 1) they're gone, 2) they're asleep, or 3) they're dead--because the only way you'd get the Gunmen to quiet ...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 28, 2002
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    Sucking Strap-ons - SXSW 2002

    South by Southwest--the annual music festival in Austin, Texas--is about three things: watching bands, getting drunk and making out with strangers. Everyone knows this, but dynamic duo Alison M. Rosen and Chris Ziegler know it a little more. And so,...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on March 28, 2002
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    Blurb-o-rific!

    OC Music Awards "Best Live Band" showdown Galaxy Concert Theatre Wednesday, March 6 Though we weren't judges for this 10-band extravaganza to pick five nominees for the Best Live Band category at the Orange County Music Awards on March 30, we en...

    on March 21, 2002
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    Freaked-Out Guitar Abuse

    THE FLYING SAUCERS LEARNING TO FLY AND READY TO DIE(16-TRACK FULL-LENGTH) Thank God they still make kids like this. Just when we think years of suburban eugenics have bred teenage mutants into obsolescence or Prozac complacency, something like the...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 21, 2002
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    Ambient Sidewinding - Revving up with Sidecar

    Sidecar sound like the Smiths dispatched through an isolation tank, or Julee Cruise trapped in a misty David Lynch dream, or an orchestra of toy instruments searching for a deep bass rhythm. Do you understand now? Or does that sound like an uniden...

    by ANDREW ASCH on March 21, 2002
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    Sounds Worth Swiping - Greater Californias golden state

    You can't always tell how good your band is by how many people turn out for your shows. Or the number of them who buy your CDs. Or the length of your mailing list. Or how handjobby your write-up in the Weekly was. Sometimes you know how good you a...

    by Rich Kane on March 21, 2002
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    A Real Garage Band - Barnacles Appalachian punk echoes in these hollers

    John Kraus is sitting in the same place he was 10 years ago--the garage of a tree-lined street in suburban Fullerton--which is not to say he hasn't gotten anywhere. "Yeah, I'd say I've played bigger, better rooms," Kraus says dryly, surrounded by re...

    by Joel Beers on March 21, 2002
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    Richard Thompson - Gee whiz, but hes good

    If your radio were working, you'd hear Richard Thompson on it. What's broken isn't an easily remedied matter of capacitors and speaker coils, though, but a moribund corporate monopoly that only plays "product" dull and calculated enough to be songs ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on March 21, 2002
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