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    Photo by Phil PoynterFILE UNDER: POP, WEIRD AND FAMOUS Bj?rk Medulla Elektra Bj?rk's music, whether her sunny work with the Sugarcubes, her dancehall debut, or the mournful Vespertine, has always been driven by her fascination with the human v...

    by DANIEL ROSS on September 23, 2004
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    Tegan and Sara

    FILE UNDER: POP, CUTE BUT NOT CUTESY Tegan and Sara So Jealous Vapor Records So when you first hear about a pair of punk rock twins from Calgary with ?berhip hairdos and baby-girl voices, you're thinking something like Avril Lavigne or Lillix,...

    by KARA ZUARO on September 23, 2004
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    Live Previews

    Photo courtesy brycebridges.comTHE GOOD LIFE: GOING FOR BOOB Think of Tim Kasher's side project the Good Life as a civilized, restrained superego to Cursive's frantic and aggressive id. As Cursive's front man, Kasher spends quite a bit of time las...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Richard Thompson Sips From the Bathwater of Time - 1,000 years of popular music comes to the Barclay

    There may be no one quite so singularly unqualified to present a show assaying 1,000 Years of Popular Music as Richard Thompson. Sure, he's got the musical scholarship, chops, savvy, emotional depth and wit to cut a swath from 13th century rounds th...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 23, 2004
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    Really? The Best Song Ever? - Yes, and its by Echo & the Bunnymen

    Ian McCulloch's manager, Peasy (as in easy-peasy), sounds worried about me. "Are you okay, mate?" he asks when he calls to tell me that Mac will be ready for our phone interview after he makes tea for his daughter and before he goes to watch his t...

    by SARAH TOMLINSON on September 23, 2004
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    Another Man Done Gone - Guitar string pioneer Ernie Ball, RIP

    Photo courtesy ernieball.comOn Sept. 9, Ernie Ball, one of the last remaining pioneers of the electric guitar's development, passed away in San Luis Obispo at age 74. A guitar string might seem a trifling thing compared to a Fender Stratocaster, but...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 23, 2004
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    Not a Piece of My Heart - Layton: cute Paul discovers mousse

    Photo by Larry McAdamsHot-shit indie duo the Postal Service taught Paul Layton how to spoon. When filming the video for their single "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," they enlisted Layton, who's not an actor but a musician, for the role of a holo...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 23, 2004
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    The Roll Part - Make sense of the Hentchmen

    Photo Courtesy Times Beach RecordsGiven that rock has been a rotting, bloated corpse for at least 25 years, perhaps it's wise for us now to consider that what was truly enjoyable about rock & roll was indeed the roll part. Detroit's Hentchmen roll l...

    by TOM PILLA on September 23, 2004
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    Masta Ace

    FILE UNDER: HIP-HOP, DIRTY WATER Masta Ace A Long Hot Summer M3 After the successful release of Disposable Arts, released in 2001 after a four-year vacation, Masta Ace has returned with his newest LP (and the first release on his new label M3)...

    by CHARLIE ROSE on September 16, 2004
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    FILE UNDER: POWER POP, UNBEARABLY CHEERFUL Palomar Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar Self-Starter Foundation If the lyrics on Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar are any indication, lead singer Rachel's boyfriend is, well . . . a real fucking jerk. ...

    by MATTHEW BORLIK on September 16, 2004
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    FILE UNDER: ELECTRONICA, TUBEWAY ARMY CHRISTMAS CAROLS Solvent Apples & Synthesizers Ghostly International At its most evil, analog-synth fetishist Jason Amm's Solvent sounds about as hellish as a merry-go-round. But that's in no way critici...

    by MAXWELL YIM on September 16, 2004
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    Live Previews

    WIRES ON FIRE THREE DOG NIGHT? With bands on its roster like the Icarus Line, Your Enemies Friends, Radio Vago (see page 23) and 400 Blows, famously bitchy website/record label Buddyhead has been making a name for itself as more than just a shit...

    on September 16, 2004
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    Soul Survivors - Good Foot at year six

    Photo by James BunoanEverybody dances, even just in place, even with one elbow on the bar and one tipsy full drink in hand, and you have to dance, too--it's okay to dance badly because a good amount of the guys dance badly, though most of the girls ...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 16, 2004
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    Woo Hoo! - 15 minutes of fame with the

    A band that's been making music for nearly two decades shouldn't be considered an overnight success, but in some strange way, the's have become just that. Ask the stuffed-shirt lawyer in your office, the checker at your supermarket, even you...

    by KAT JETSON on September 16, 2004
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    Crazy Periods - Stuck on Radio Vago

    Photo by James BunoanFor Radio Vago's new front woman Mire Molnar, it wasn't the standard sex ed. image of a condom unrolled onto a cucumber or blown up and stretched over a high school teacher's fat head that stuck with her as she transitioned into...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 16, 2004
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    Chuck Berry and Ike Turner Made Your World - Rocks progenitors come to Doheny

    Photo by Jenny LensTake the white man's table scraps, transform them into something new, and spice it up so good that the white man wants it back. That's much of the story of black American culture in the past century. At the Doheny Blues Festival t...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 16, 2004
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    Live Reviews

    Photo by Matt OttoThe Neptunes International Surf Museum, Huntington Beach Sunday, Sept. 12 They were big barrel-chested guys who looked like they could drink some beer, but you know, they weren't gonna get to: in downtown Huntington, you can t...

    by Chris Ziegler on September 16, 2004
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    Ill Communicators - Politics and the Beastie Boys dont mix

    In looking back over a long list of embarrassing phases I passed through on my way to adulthood, the one in which I thought it was inexplicably kEwL to communicate via freestyle rap feels particularly cringe-worthy. Not that these e-mail raps--yes, ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 9, 2004
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    Always Touched by Your Presence, Dear - Seven for Blondie heaven

    O lonely rock creep, you used to have the escort girls come over to dance at your government-assisted apartment, and over their shoulder on the wall was that printed-out Internet picture of Debbie Harry where her eyes are waxy off some kind of pill ...

    by LOUIE Q. NUDNIK on September 9, 2004
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    Love Without Ego - GB gives the loverman a melvin

    Photo by James BunoanI'm jealous of GB. I'm a guy who was hardly able to mouth "I love you" to the women I've pined for during the past two decades, and sitting before me at In-N-Out Burger in Irvine is a 20-year-old kid who must have written the bo...

    by ANDREW ASCH on September 9, 2004
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