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    Pepperland Music - Top 10 selling records from Oct. 18 to Oct. 24

    Pepperland Music, 850 N. Tustin St., Orange, (714) 639-0909; www.pepperlandmusic.com. Pepperland carries CDs, DVDs, and LPs, as well as a complete line of musical instruments and accessories, including Pepperland-brand guitars. They also have freq...

    by REX REASON on October 28, 2004
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    Who Put the Bomp - Greg Shaw: 1949-2004

    Greg Shaw was a writer, first and foremost. This will no doubt surprise many people who knew him as the founder of the still-going-strong Bomp record label. Indeed, you could make the case that since he had been principally involved in putting out r...

    by JOE NOLTE on October 28, 2004
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    Armitage Shanks

    Photo by James BunoanArmitage Shanks 51 Buckingham, Pomona Friday, Oct. 22 There may only have been five sheepish kids present at the Armitage Shanks' first ever show in America, but if they all went home to start bands as single-mindedly dedica...

    by TOM PILLA on October 28, 2004
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    Heart In Darkness - Ted Leo: Get up and be it

    Photo courtesy Lookout! RecordsRight in the middle of the August before last, a sparksnapped in the dark deep inside Con Edison's hulking mainframe, and New York City--along with the better part of the American Northeast--was instantly powerless. Ti...

    by JOHN FANNING on October 28, 2004
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    The Principals of It - The Roots at the tipping point

    Photo courtesy Universal Music Group The Roots are to hip-hop what the Clash was topunk rock--meaning like the Clash, the Roots took a rebel form of music and stretched it around influences that weren't supposed to fit, stretched it even to a point ...

    by ALEX ROMAN on October 28, 2004
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    Cue Up That iPod - El Guapo and the worlds loneliest accordion

    Photo by Pat GrahmCollecting dust in the corner of Washington, D.C., quartet El Guapo's practice space is the world's loneliest accordion. The poor thing: for a short time, it lived the high life--shining under the bright lights, commanding respect ...

    by MATTHEW BORLIK on October 28, 2004
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    Mouse on Mars

    Mouse On Mars Radical Connector Thrill Jockey Mouse On Mars have always been unique among their peers: heavily conceptual, ornately arranged, and totally unpredictable, and seventh album Radical Connector--a more danceable and altogether lighter...

    by GREGORY BOWLER on October 14, 2004
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    Guitar Wolf

    FILE UNDER: ROCK 'N' ROLL, SMASH HITS Guitar Wolf Loverock Narnack Records The fact that they're Japanese shouldn't matter. But--let's be honest--it does. It adds an interesting twist to their punk rock 'n' roll band, and they can't deny that ...

    by JENNY TATONE on October 14, 2004
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    John Cale

    FILE UNDER: POP, PROFESSORIAL PARANOIA John Cale HoboSapiens Or Music Please, will someone give John Cale a break? Yeah, the words "Velvet Underground" seem to always follow his name in any given discussion, but fer chrissakes--the old guy has...

    by MARK SANDERS on October 14, 2004
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    Live Previews

    ACEYALONE FROM NOTEWORTHY TO LEGENDARY Contemporary rap dates about as well as grandma's shag carpet. Even if you don't know the beat you're hearing, it's easy enough to distinguish, say, a circa-'98 West Coast groove from one that came out just ...

    on October 14, 2004
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    Glare! - Uneasy silence at Silky Sullivans

    Photo by Matt Otto "Ginger, dear," the old lady was calling, tugging at the waitress' shirt like an impatient four-year-old. "Somebody changed the channel. Can you please ask them to switch it back to the game?" Priceless: it was halftime, and Not...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on October 14, 2004
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    CD Warehouse

    Top 10 selling records from Oct. 4 to 10 at CD Warehouse, 125 North Tustin St., Suite D, Orange, (714) 771-6646. CD Warehouse carries new and used music and specializes in hard-to-find items and special orders. 1) Green Day, American Idiot (Repr...

    by REX REASON on October 14, 2004
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    The Dwarves

    Photo by James BunoanTHE DWARVES Fitzgerald's, HB Friday, Oct. 8 Tried to get there early to hang with the Dwarves to drink--yeah, to drink!--in the whole brutal Dwarves experience, but as singer Blag (Blag Dahlia, Blag the Ripper, Blag History ...

    by REX REASON on October 14, 2004
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    Cleveland Rocked - Vote for Change and Vote Often

    1. Cleveland "Jefferson, I think we're lost." --REM, "Little America" When you look at the Cleveland skyline--say, in the middle of the night from the bed where you can't sleep in a corner room studded with tall windows on the 12th floor of the...

    by CORNEL BONCA on October 14, 2004
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    Bob Dylan Comes to Town - Hell help you party it down

    Photo by Don Hunstein/Columbia RecordsBob Dylan: Cosmic Smurf or electric magpie? The voice of a generation or the lone practitioner of his own private language? What the fuck is Bob saying? Have you seen him in recent years? He's singing in goat-sp...

    by JIM WASHBURN on October 14, 2004
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    Stop Acting Scary - Visionaries are not just a living, breathing Benetton ad

    Photo by Up Above Records "Some writer said we were a bad Benetton ad," says Key-Kool, a former English major at UCLA and co-founder of Long Beach based hip-hop group the Visionaries, reminiscing about one of the Visionaries' first reviews. "Growing...

    by MIKE SONKSEN on October 14, 2004
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    The End of the World as . . . Well, You Know - REM: Vote change, not continuance

    Photo courtesy Warner Bros. RecordsThe members of REM--the influential band from Athens, Georgia, that helped usher in '80s-era alternative rock with its jangly guitar hooks; mumbled, abstract lyrics; and a fiercely independent spirit--refuse to gla...

    by JOHN ROOS on October 14, 2004
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    Live Reviews

    Photo by Matt OttoDRAG THE RIVER, THE WILLOWZ, HELMUT STEIN EXPERIENCE Gypsy Lounge, Lake Forest Saturday, Oct. 2 "Buy a fucking CD, motherfucker!": that's the Willowz's noisy closing to their set, petulant and fussy, like good teenage rock & r...

    by REX REASON on October 7, 2004
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    Prince among Men - Will Oldham sees darkness in our celebrity-mad world

    Will Oldham writes gorgeous songs. His tempered, fragile music sounds like a man trying to pull his broken life back together. But the music markets don't want to leave it at that. They want the source. They want him confessing to the tape recorder ...

    by MAXWELL YIM on October 7, 2004
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    Epic Soundtracks - Loma Lynda: music to watch movies to make music for by

    Loma Lynda makes music to watch movies by--and they make the movies, too. The LA-based band's songs are more than cinematic, packed so tightly with drama, tension, ecstasy and emotion they're exuberantly exhausting, with each strum across the guitar...

    by GREGORY BOWLER on October 7, 2004
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