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    Greene Records

    Top 10 selling records from Feb. 11 to Feb.17 at Greene Records, 12932 Newport Ave., Ste. 4, Tustin, (714) 505-6626; www.greenerecords.com. Greene Records specializes in punk, hardcore, indie, alternative and metal CDs and vinyl. Greene also carries...

    by REX REASON on February 24, 2005
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    Sin, Soul & Salvation - The Helmut Stein Experience

    The Helmut Stein Experience Uptown Game 12-track full-length CD You know how bad we've had it lately? Bushels-of-toxic-aural-swill bad, as our mail bin keeps feeding us slabs of unlistenable dreck. Like the atrocious metal band that has a sound...

    by Rich Kane on February 24, 2005
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    Photo by James BunoanSMOOSH KOO'S, LONG BEACH SUNDAY, FEB. 20 Who would be so savage and cold-hearted as to criticize the alleged artistry of a musical duet comprised of a pair of sweet, cute, prepubescent girls? Wewould. But we'll try to be ...

    by Rich Kane on February 24, 2005
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    Not Just Soccer Moms' Fun - 7 Seconds take the bronze

    Courtesy Side One Dummy RecordsGraphic designers of the far future will look favorably on the golden age of punk-band logos. The best of these designs still grace the underpasses and leather jackets of the industrialized world. How many Fortune 500 ...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on February 24, 2005
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    'We Saw the Truth That Day' - Johnny Cash was kindness from a dirt-floor perspective

    JohnnyCashstartedplayingtheprison circuit in the late 1950s, living up to his own promises in songs (to "the prisoner who has long paid for his crime/but is there because he's a victim of the times") to play for men who "had their hearts torn out, a...

    by RYAN LEACH on February 24, 2005
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    Savage Transcendentalism - Saint-Saens never ceases to amaze

    There's still hope for those of you who've always wanted to try writing classical music--provided you're younger than, say, 35. After all, French great Camille Saint-Saens didn't pick up a pen until his mid-30s. Oh, but wait: he was a child prodigy,...

    by ELIZABETH KHURI on February 24, 2005
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    Spin Off - Vinyl junkies go from buying to selling

    Photo by James BunoanBrian Flores looks about a minute away--give or take a 10-second hesitation or two--from dropping $100 on a vinyl record that maybe 15 other people in Orange County have heard of when his cell phone rings. Standing on the tips o...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 24, 2005
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    Presto Django! - Gypsy jazz fest in Laguna

    There'snotmuchyoucandowith two fingers. You can poke Curly in the eyes, or you can play the most thrilling jazz guitar in the world. French Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt did the latter, becoming an inspiration not just to generations of jazz play...

    by JIM WASHBURN on February 24, 2005
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    Not a Product of His Environment - J. Rocc buys everything that says jazz on it

    Photo by James BunoanJ.RoccslowlywigglesthecapoffaHeineken,then bends down and switches records on his silver Vestax turntable. He's cueing up the next song as naturally as putting one foot in front of the other, and he never breaks stride in the co...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on February 24, 2005
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    Here Comes a Regular - Has Paul Westerberg suffered long enough?

    Photo by Len IrishHe was raised in Minnesota's Twin Cities and is known for his romantic style; he tasted early acclaim, peaking with his third major work, and then that early acclaim cast a shadow over the rest of his life. While it's a description...

    by REX REASON on February 24, 2005
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    Live Previews

    JAY-Z A BIZARRE BLUEPRINT Jay-Z walks the line: the Brooklyn rapper has been the wealthy king of pop-rap since before MTV switched to reality shows, and yet the man who calls himself the black Warren Buffet still has more street cred than a bus f...

    on February 17, 2005
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    Live Reviews

    RED HOT NIGHTMARE, GINGER SLING DETROIT BAR, COSTA MESA MONDAY, FEB. 14 Valentine's at Detroit Bar: Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet on the TV sets and Depeche Mode and Joy Division on the stereo--love will tear us apart, indeed, especially with ...

    on February 17, 2005
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    Stacks the Vinyl Authority

    Top 10 selling records from Feb. 4 to 10 at Stacks the Vinyl Authority, 18300 Gridley Rd., Ste. B, Cerritos, (562) 809-8560; stacksvinyl.com. Stacks prides themselves on being the premier source for vinyl and acts as a hip-hop community center in So...

    by REX REASON on February 17, 2005
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    Hell in a Shoebox - Tentation's haughty, wealthy asshats and Anna Nicole look-alikes

    Photo by Matt Otto"We tried to go to Rouge," my new brunette friend was explaining, shivering a bit from the rainy cold but nonetheless leisurely smoking her cigarette, "but they'd stopped serving food." "Actually," interjected her chiseled, fak...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on February 17, 2005
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    Jimmy Smith - 1928-2005

    At the moment of this writing, it's the night before Valentine's Day, so it's as good a time as any to talk about something I love: the music of Jimmy Smith, the master of the Hammond B3 electronic organ. The Hammond organ predated Jimmy Smith's e...

    by DENNIS OWENS on February 17, 2005
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    Cat Power - Barbarian princess from the South

    In only a few years, Chan Marshall has recorded several albums, collected an impressive retinue of admirers ranging from Nylon to the New Yorker, and become a magnet for both critical adoration and the uncritical wet dreams of indie boys and girls. ...

    by KATE CARRAWAY on February 17, 2005
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    Come To Smile - Ben Lee does it best

    Photo by Taylor Crothers Ben Lee has long known what he does best: "I write songs that teenage girls like," he says over the phone in his twangy Australian accent. But let's be honest: What isn't he good at? Not only has he written songs since a...

    by SARAH TOMLINSON on February 17, 2005
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    The Ghost of Jello - The Dead Kennedys come alive

    The year 2003 brought twin milestones for the Dead Kennedys: the band's silver anniversary and a $200,000 legal defeat for former front man Jello Biafra. The following year, the California Court of Appeals removed custody of the Dead Kennedys' catal...

    by SAM MCPHEETERS on February 17, 2005
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    Off the Pigs! - Steve Earle / Alison Moorer

    Photo by Amy TheligHouse of Blues Saturday, Feb. 12 Music in the caf?s at night, and revolution in the air! Well, songs of revolution, anyway, from the pre-show spin of Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" into Earle's own "Th...

    by Rich Kane on February 17, 2005
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    Awe Yeah! - Homework before rock with Smoosh

    Dad tells us that things around the House of Smoosh have been hectic recently, with (in no particular order) "sick kids, State Cup soccer games (go Aysa!), cleaning for the Today Show film crew, huge homework assignments [and] our normal jobs." With...

    by KAT JETSON on February 17, 2005
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