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    Melody?! - The Voodoo Glow Skulls are all about the horns!

    The Voodoo Glow Skulls are a Third Wave ska band from back in the day when ska was loud and frenetic and choppy and jerky and didn't mess around with that pussy-ass crap you kids call melody. Fuck melody! The Voodoo Glow Skulls don't need melody! Th...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on August 16, 2001
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    Great Dorks Afire! - Hammond plus Waits equals not bad. Plus, the Proclaimers!

    Since the long-ago passing of such great country-blues pioneers as Son House, Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt, JOHN HAMMOND has been the music's most consistently brilliant guitarist --no small trick for a white guy from a wealthy New York fami...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on August 16, 2001
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    Have I Poisoned My Fahrvegnugen? - Seasons Recordings and the art of seamlessness

    Photo by Jeanne Rice"DJs are the new rock stars," says Seasons Recordings' Randy Mello, from the back seat of a BMW driven by DJ/label guy Jamie Thinnes. It's a point that's been made before--in fact it's been made to me countless times this week--a...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on August 16, 2001
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    Blitzkreig Pop!

    The International Pop Overthrow Galaxy Concert Theatre Sunday, July 29 Goddamn it, we love the International Pop Overthrow (IPO). What other music fest prints up 48-page programs (on snazzy, high-quality heavy stock, no less) and gives them away...

    by Rich Kane on August 9, 2001
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    The Circle Jerking Goes On - Seminal punks continue in the great circle of birth, death and self-abuse

    Los Angeles. Late 1970s. Jimmy Carter's presidency is in smoke and flames. Youth violence in America is at its all-time high. The most obvious failures of free love are right around the corner. Art is looking for traction in the debris of California...

    by ALEX ROMAN on August 9, 2001
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    Gathering of the Tribe$ - Mobys Area: One fest is an orgy of musicand advertising

    First, let us accentuate the positive. There will undoubtedly be good music--if not great music--at Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion on Sunday, the final stop on Moby's inaugural Area: One tour, a massive grouping of diverse sounds not heard on the s...

    by Rich Kane on August 9, 2001
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    Planet RTH - The greatest blues show in the universe. Plus, Ode to Nugent

    KID RAMOS, of the famous bulging biceps and imperial pompadour, played in an early version of the JAMES HARMAN Band. GENE TAYLOR, of the famous roly-poly barrelhouse belly, was with the Blasters before hooking up with the Harman crew of Those Danger...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on August 9, 2001
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    Freebird! - Superdrag travel back

    By 1996, Superdrag had everything a young band is supposed to want: a hit single on radio ("Sucked Out"), heavy rotation on MTV, and the chance to play to crowds. All was well with major label Elektra Records. It seemed the group's brand of power po...

    by JEREMY SCHERER on August 9, 2001
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    The Return of Q - The techno artist has a new label, a new album and the same old subatomic attention to detail in every measure

    Photo by Jeanne RiceWe bitch too often about "the music industry" and not enough about hometown fans, whose mercurial affections, jealousy and ignorance can be the real art killers. Consider Q, the Fullerton-based studio wizard behind techno project...

    by ANDREW ASCH on August 9, 2001
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    Im Dating Club Mesa

    Friends of Desire (formerly Paul and Lara) Club Mesa July 21 You know how sometimes you break up with someone, but you still hang out with them and even have sex, and before long, it's as if you never broke up because, really, you never did? You ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on August 2, 2001
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    New Music

    BRIAN ENO & J. PETER SCHWALM DRAWN FROM LIFE ASTRALWERKS Brian Eno's production successes--among them, masterpieces for David Bowie and U2--have made him wealthy enough to spend his downtime composing austere, radio-unfriendly ambient music to...

    on August 2, 2001
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    Night Music, Daytime - At home with the Speaker Junkies

    There's something weird about watching a local electronica band rehearse. Electronica's dark and cold and dystopic. It's about nighttime and technology and the future. Rehearsal's hot and sweaty and loud. It's about daytime and someone's mom's livin...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on August 2, 2001
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    Hibbert Invented Reggae - Another boffo tale of neglected, embittered musicians!

    Budding crank journalists take note: the secret to my success is simple. Interview a musician over the age of 40, profess your undying love of his/her work, remark that he/she never got his/her due, and sit back as the over-40 musician in question p...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on August 2, 2001
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    Sugar High - Power pop rules at the IPO

    Photo by Jack GouldSomewhere in the grand, global soundscape, amid KROQ's 24-hour white noise of brooding, spell-your-name-wrong-and-sell-a-zillion-units dood-rawk bands, among the Empty-Vee blur of self-obsessed hip-hoppers (please come back, Chuck...

    by Rich Kane on August 2, 2001
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    New Music

    STARFLYER 59 LEAVE HERE A STRANGER TOOTH & NAIL OC's Starflyer 59 are back with a new album--one that has them sounding increasingly British. Still, Leave Here a Stranger remains full of Jason Martin's melancholic pop singing and bendy guitar go...

    on July 26, 2001
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    Paper Chase

    Drunk Horse Koo's Art Cafe monday, July 9 Something horrible happened to me in the bathroom at Koo's last Monday. Up to this point I've chosen to remain quiet about it, but that's 10 days of quiet--which is a lot of quiet--and I'm a loud person....

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on July 26, 2001
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    Zapped - by Edison!

    Photo by Jack GouldInsatiably high gas prices, silly-ass rent increases, concerts that cost several days' wages to attend--the world's going to hell! Or at least paying through the hole for the privilege. Yup, we hard-working members of the Konsumer...

    by Rich Kane on July 26, 2001
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    Rockeros, Pochos, but no Chuntaros - Middle-class Latinos love Reventon Super Estrella

    Radio-station concerts always reflect their listening audience. KIIS-FM's Wango Tango features young, beautiful people whose idea of political activism is sharing a salsa session with our appointed president. KRTH-101's Legends of Rock & Roll is a h...

    on July 26, 2001
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    Hey, Mr. DJ - Essential tracks of the moment from DJ Daniel

    Photo by Mike McGillDJ Daniel is the cuddliest DJ we know. Just look at him! Look at that cute, little, cuddly-wuddly DJ face! Don't you just want to scoop him and his turntables onto your lap and make him tell you about DJ things? He can, you know!...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on July 26, 2001
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    Bring Yer Own Blues - Big Time fest goes small time

    The Big Time Blues Festival seems to get a little more small-time every year, and that's jake by me. What festival organizer BERNIE PEARL lacks in high Q-factor names for his lineup is more than made up for in lesser-known but perfectly goddamned wo...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on July 26, 2001
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