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  • Smell the Pot Through the Monitor - 
John Machado, Orange County Drum & Percussion

    Article

    Smell the Pot Through the Monitor - John Machado, Orange County Drum & Percussion

    Spikes and studs? Leopard print? See-through clear? Maybe some kind of unholy combination of all of them? Whatever oddball drum fantasy you can conjure, Orange County Drum & Percussion can build it. In the world of custom instruments, it doesn't...

    by REX REASON on January 5, 2006
  • 'Spongebob Is Pretty Sick' - 
Where Awol One gets his ideas

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    'Spongebob Is Pretty Sick' - Where Awol One gets his ideas

    If big-budget hip-hop could translate into Hollywood car chases and heart-attack photomontage, Awol One's economical, matter-of-fact stories of self-assessment would best suit Errol Morris' straight-to-the-camera documentary confessionals (thoug...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 5, 2006
  • Get Out! - 
Book a Jacuzzi
Jan. 5          - Jan. 12

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    Get Out! - Book a Jacuzzi Jan. 5 - Jan. 12

    The Ramones/the Pack/the Trend/the chords fall into rows of capital letters, and the guitar leads knock in right on top for the Marked Men, for whom "buzzsaw" is a word left meaningless unless it's right in front of "guitar," and for whom two minu...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 5, 2006
  • Article

    Hits! - National Compact Discs

    Top 10 records sold from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15 at National Compact Discs, 2441 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra, (562) 694-4104. Serving North Orange County for 18 years, National Compact Discs has "an excellent selection of new and used CDs. We're known for...

    by REX REASON on January 5, 2006
  • Live Review - Los Lobos and the Hacienda Brothers

    Article

    Live Review - Los Lobos and the Hacienda Brothers

    HOUSE OF BLUES, ANAHEIM THURSDAY, DEC. 29 You know it's a special night when the joint is already packed for the openers: in this case the honky-tonkin' Hacienda Brothers, who are fronted by Dave Gonzales (the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist for...

    by Matt Coker on January 5, 2006
  • The People Have to Go - 
The treasure of Stan Ridgway

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    The People Have to Go - The treasure of Stan Ridgway

    The sense of the American Southwest as a place that beckons the most absolutely venal and hungriest human scum on God's earth is nearly lost, though you might catch a glimpse of it projected into the mythic past in Westerns or film noirs--The Trea...

    by OLIVER HALL on January 5, 2006
  • This Week in Devil Music - Dick Dale

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    This Week in Devil Music - Dick Dale

    Chances are you know legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Maybe you even heard the same track (it's called "Miserlou") sampled on the Black Eyed Peas' album Monkey Business, or spotted Dale on Jesse James' Monster Gar...

    by JAMI MAKAN on December 29, 2005
  • This Week in Erratic Entities - The Stitches

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    This Week in Erratic Entities - The Stitches

    Part of being punk rock is doing it hard. I guess this might explain why so many punk bands are subject to a weird binary of being loved or hated. While it makes sense that ambivalence is boring and for straights, the black and whiteness of it all l...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on December 29, 2005
  • This Shit Is Still Bananas - 
Ten years with Gwen

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    This Shit Is Still Bananas - Ten years with Gwen

    This May I wrote a column titled "This Shit Is Bananas," in which I made fun of the baffling lyrics of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl." It was a silly column about a silly song, but both the column and song proved to have surprising longevity. "...

    by GREG STACY on December 29, 2005
  • The Year in Music - 
Is Detroit the new Detroit?

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    The Year in Music - Is Detroit the new Detroit?

    It's a simple decision, but one that doesn't happen enough--watch for some new rock city action happening in Costa Mesa this next year.

    by Chris Ziegler on December 29, 2005
  • This Week in Naughty Women in Black Sweaters - The Adolescents

    Article

    This Week in Naughty Women in Black Sweaters - The Adolescents

    It's really excellent when you're home for the holidays and get to snuggle with your family for a little while and share stories and gifts and hugs. But eventually the heady eggnog fumes wear off and you're left with a handful of asshole idiot fatti...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on December 22, 2005
  • Blowing Up - Bob Kurthy, Blow Up Blow

    Article

    Blowing Up - Bob Kurthy, Blow Up Blow

    Drummer Bob Kurthy of Blow Up Blow--alias Dr. Drummond of the Bolides--is happy to discuss his artwork, his music and his participant's perspective on the past 15 years of local music. However, it's as one of the area's pre-eminent progressive roc...

    by REX REASON on December 22, 2005
  • Don't Need a Cassette -  Breakestras live mix tape

    Article

    Don't Need a Cassette - Breakestras live mix tape

    Here's the etymology of Breakestra, according to Stones Throw Records' Egon: "Break as in 'breakbeat': that 10-second slice of percussive magic in the middle of a funk song that--when looped together by progressive South Bronx DJs in the 1970s...

    by MIKE SONKSEN on December 22, 2005
  • Dear Band - Derek Thomas

    Article

    Dear Band - Derek Thomas

    Dear Derek Thomas, I LOVE THE WAY YOU . . . have an impressive grasp of your acoustic guitar; you've created melodies that are solid if a little lackluster, and your voice has enough of the Elliott Smith-brood-whisper to make someone stop (...

    by ERIN SMITH on December 22, 2005
  • Get Out! - The Most Wonderful

    Article

    Get Out! - The Most Wonderful

    THURSDAY, DEC. 22 And begins the weakest week in show biz: the ice forms on all the venue doors now till New Year's, confining seasonal affective drunk and disorderlies to quarters and getting them good and desperate for that first vicious ...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 22, 2005
  • Article

    Hits! - Compact Disc Warehouse

    Top 10 records sold from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8 at Compact Disc Warehouse, 125 N. Tustin St., Ste. D, Orange, (714) 771-6646. CD Warehouse specializes in new and used music, DVD sales, hard-to-find items, and special orders. 1 Korn, See You on the Other...

    by REX REASON on December 22, 2005
  • Enjambre, Los Abandoned - Live review

    Article

    Enjambre, Los Abandoned - Live review

    ENJAMBRE, LOS ABANDONED JC FANDANGO, ANAHEIM WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 Holiday-mas is here, so I'm happy to report two of my favorite local Latin alternative music groups arrive bearing gifts: Anaheim rockeros Enjambre nabbed three nominations f...

    on December 22, 2005
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    Oxxnard - Live review

    OXXNARD ALEX'S BAR, LONG BEACH FRIDAY, DEC. 16 The annual Oxxnard Christmas show materialized before the townspeople gathered at Alex's to drink away the stress of the season, and, lo, we got wasted. So let it be written: Oxxnard do metal tunes...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on December 22, 2005
  • This Week in Scandalous Hoes - Mike Jones

    Article

    This Week in Scandalous Hoes - Mike Jones

    Who can't root for Mike Jones? The gentle giant of Houston's blazing hip-hop scene captured national attention mid-year with the smash "Still Tippin'," opening the door for that song's other MCs, Slim Thug and Paul Wall. His second single, "Back The...

    by DOUG WALLEN on December 22, 2005
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    "I Really Do Like Everything" - Robert Bringas, the Music Baron

    The Music Baron sort of fell into Robert Bringas' lap: in 1996, while working at colossal used bookstore the Book Baron in Anaheim, Bringas began managing the records the store was acquiring. Six years later, the Music Baron took up residence a few ...

    by REX REASON on December 15, 2005
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