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    Richard B. Very, Very Bad - And Prines more useful than Zimmerman

    LITTLE RICHARD Penniman is the yardstick by which all great rock & roll should be measured. He manages to be shrieking, outrageous, flamboyant and offensive while also being an inspired and singular master of his art. Little Richard's dizzy persona ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on November 8, 2001
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    God Bless Ass Wiggling

    THE HELMUT STEIN EXPERIENCE (3-SONG EP) There we were a few weeks ago, hanging out on the balcony of our spiffy apartment, trying to make sense of the vengeful, bloodthirsty world after another pointless go-round of CNN abuse, when we figured it...

    by Rich Kane on November 1, 2001
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    New Music

    Ming & FS The Human Condition Om Records On their 1999 debut, Hell's Kitchen, Ming & FS pasted together industrial-strength beats that sounded as if they'd been found rusting in some NYC alley. It was a raw record, mixing a tough hip-hop bounce ...

    by MICHAEL COYLE on November 1, 2001
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    Stereolab Detroit Friday, Oct. 19 Chris Ziegler and Alison M. Rosen--OC Weekly's two most attractive, intelligent, quick-witted and able-to-hold-their-liquor (except for Alison) writers--attended the Costa Mesa opening of Detroit, a new club in ...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 1, 2001
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    Rich Buttholes - Once dangerous, Butthole Surfers are radio-friendlier

    How does a posse of deranged acidheads famous for (a) the penis-reconstruction films they project onstage; (b) their vile, putrid, eardrum-mutilating music; and (c) their name, one most daily newspapers refuse to print in full--I say, how does such ...

    by ADAM BREGMAN on November 1, 2001
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    Horrific Secret Revealed! - Nightmare Syndicate are really damn nice!!!

    Photo by Chris ZieglerFor a bunch of kids who faked a suicide just for laughs, have been locked inside mausoleums while shooting video for their band, and penned a ton of songs positively drowning in dark-and-stormy-night ambiance, the Nightmare Syn...

    by Chris Ziegler on November 1, 2001
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    Unremarkably Exotic - Post-feminist folk-blues about lowdown-dirty-dog penis-bearers

    SAFFIRE THE UPPITY BLUES WOMEN, who play the Blue Cafe Friday night, occupy a unique niche in the contemporary-blues scene. They come from a nearly moribund folk blues tradition whose standard-bearers included Leadbelly, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on November 1, 2001
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    New Music

    Lambchop Tools in the Dryer Merge This 16-song collage is about as cohesive as a drunken diary entry by Syd Barrett, but as a collection of "A-sides, B-sides, live tracks and remixes," that's exactly as it should be. Lambchop may be Nashville's ...

    on October 18, 2001
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    Black-Label Blues

    BLUE MAMA PACIFIC STREET(full-length CD) Plastic Meltdown Records Roots music that goes down as easy as a shot of Black Label, Pacific Street is Blue Mama's newest melding of rock, folk, R&B, country, and roadhouse blues (released on the band's own...

    by JOHN ROOS on October 18, 2001
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    Eight-Armed Twirling Yuppie Machine

    El Mysterioso (which is not now their name but was their name, or something like that) Bamboo Terrace Saturday, Oct. 6 Now that I've reached the advanced age of [advanced age here], I find it a drag to go to shows filled with kids. Kids are just...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on October 18, 2001
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    Two Worlds - Glass Candys John David V of the produce department

    John David V is a night person. Maybe that's why it seems so strange that he has a day job. As bassist and now guitarist of Glass Candy and the Shattered Theatre --probably one of the most enigmatic, dramatic bands to creep out of the West Coast sin...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 18, 2001
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    Choir Masters - Kitka is so foreign, so exotic, so . . . San Francisco

    The blending of Eastern and Western cultures often produces unfortunate curiosities like McDonald's in Moscow or Iranian punk bands, but every so often, something remarkable, something like Kitka emerges. An Eastern European-style vocal group of eig...

    by KRISTIN FIORE on October 18, 2001
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    Nut Cutters! Aaaaaaaiiiie! - 20 things I love about Etta James

    1) Tattooed, gangbanging love child Etta James left home at age 16 in 1954--against her mother's wishes--to tour with the libidinous R&B revue known as the Johnny Otis Show. Provocatively billed as "Miss Peaches," little Etta sang and recorded sexua...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on October 18, 2001
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    New Music

    Mercury Rev All Is Dream Bmg/v2 Never keen on restraint, Mercury Rev turn out another dramatic opus that begs phrases normally reserved for Spielberg films--"a sweeping epic!" "a heart-wrenching tale!" After the album's opening crash of cymbals ...

    on October 11, 2001
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    The Damned/Swingin' Utters Galaxy Concert Theatre Friday, Sept. 28 You might think, upon seeing the Galaxy's thimble-sized mixed drinks, that you could safely toss back a series of them without even beginning to feel drunk. I mean, that's what m...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on October 11, 2001
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    We Promise We Wont Kick You in the Balls - The Haggard are about dialogue, not diatribe

    The important thing about the Haggard is that they are not afraid to kick you in the balls if you're fucking with them. They're as polite as can be over the phone, they tell funny tour stories, and they even have a Cyndi Lauper cover band on the sid...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 11, 2001
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    Crawling From the Wreckage - Hummable, headbanging, spiritual Sense Field!

    Last week, longtime-South-Bay-but-wildly-popular-in-OC Sense Field finally released their new album, Tonight and Forever. And it's a gem, full of great post-emo, post-post-hardcore, post-post-post-melody and any number of other post- tags you could ...

    by Rich Kane on October 11, 2001
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    Unmasked! - The genius of Los Straitjackets is genius

    I've always harbored a distrust of novelty bands, bands that employ a cheesy gimmick of some kind to get themselves over the top. Stupid costumes, ridiculous "themes," bands who proffer "controversial sexuality" (gasp!)--it always seems like a cheap...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on October 11, 2001
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    OLD Is NEW Again - Jonah Matranga leaves Far, finds anagrams close

    New End Original's introspective front man Jonah Matranga claims ignorance regarding the pun. He claims that when he named his post-emo rock foursome he was unaware of the fact that it seems like an obvious play on New And Original. "I'd only seen i...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on October 11, 2001
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    Long Beach Calling

    The Alleged Gunmen Some Record Store Sunday, Sept. 23 Life has taught us few, if any, lessons, largely because we happen to be stupid and stubborn, but this we pass on to you: most bands that cop off the Clash should be put up against the wall w...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 4, 2001
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