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    Fun With Stupid Press Releases

    To hype the May 29 Sun Theatre appearance of grizzled ex-Bad Company lead singer Paul Rodgers (they were a really big, bloated rock band back in the '70s, kids--the 1870s!), his publicity firm sent the LowBallAssChatter desk a hefty seven-page fax w...

    on June 15, 2000
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    What's Humming through the skulls of Orange County?

    JOHN REESE, LAGUNA BEACH-BASED MANAGER OF BANDS AND PRODUCERS > At the Drive-In. "Simply amazing. Their live show is beyond belief. They opened for Rage Against the Machine on a tour and were stellar. I've heard an advance of their new CD, and it's ...

    on June 15, 2000
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    Methamphetamines and Killing

    Jay Buchanan/Mention The Hub Tuesday, May 23 What? Jay Buchanan? A mere 10 nights after we devoured his Lava Lounge gig? Because he's really that friggin' good, that's why! We needed the full-on Jay Experience again, though, for the guy is bec...

    by Rich Kane on June 15, 2000
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    Dont Belive the Hype - Blurbing the Makers

    The Makers are a much-respected, fuzzed-out, '60s-retro-psychedelic garage group who have been around forever, put on great live shows, released a ton of albums and recently put out a concept album called Rock Star God. Unlike their previous lo-fi t...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on June 15, 2000
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    Drowning, Not Waving - Jack Ingram needs your attention

    Sigh . . . Does anyone begin a story about a pure, untainted country musician without whining about the death of pure, untainted country music? Can't someone get to the enduring, traditional artistry before bemoaning the genre's current obsession wi...

    by Rich Kane on June 15, 2000
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    The Other Sir Duke - And blame Canada for Ray Condo and Pete Turland

    The plight of guitarist DUKE ROBILLARD is sadly typical of the many spurned specters haunting the American pop-culture landscape. Here you have a wholly masterful musician whose work anticipated a major musical trend and who strutted his stuff bet...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 15, 2000
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    What Don't you Understand? - Jeffries Fan Club/Limbeck/One Hit Wonder/Ozma/Melee/Chain Reaction Friday, May 26

    Why do the kids in Mle insist on using such obtuse punctuation in their name, giving our much-cherished copy editors plenty of grief? Damn punctuation showoffs! This nagging factoid would've dragged us down if the band weren't fun, but they are, a...

    by Rich Kane on June 8, 2000
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    What's Humming Through the Skulls of Orange County?

    Photo by Jeanne Rice DAVID CONNER, CO-FOUNDER OF RECONSTRUXION RADIO [WWW.RECONSTRUXION.COM], MANAGER OF SPLIT DECISION, BLUE-COLLAR SLAVE, PROUD FATHER > Search and Destroy (www.trashsurfin.de). "Operating my own online station on the Web, I feel...

    on June 8, 2000
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    Peter CaseFlying Saucer BluesVanguard Records

    Veteran folk-rocker Peter Case has spent more than a decade churning out highly acclaimed, expressive solo discs, but he's still best remembered as the guy who sang "A Million Miles Away." Yet that early '80s Plimsouls flashback doesn't even graze C...

    by GEORGE A. PAUL on June 8, 2000
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    More Power Pop than You! - Defining the Bangs

    The term Snotty Punk suggests some guy with safety pins in his face and drool hanging off his lip, snarling about suburbia in a fake British accent. The term Bratty Punk suggests that same guy, but instead of snarling in a fake British accent, he's ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on June 8, 2000
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    Stop or You'll go Blind! - Just ask Ray Charles!

    In his autobiography, RAY CHARLES wrote that the worst thing about being blind was that he couldn't tell if anyone was watching him when he jacked off. Since reading that, I have been haunted by visions and nightmares, as if his irrational phobia ha...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 8, 2000
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    Peepshot Cocktail

    Peepshot The Blue Cafe Monday, May 15 Though we hadn't planned on writing about Peepshot again--can't we just go someplace and enjoy ourselves without having to whip out our notebook?--it seems that this could-they-possibly-get-any-greater, alte...

    by Rich Kane on June 1, 2000
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    We're a Nostalgia Act. We Do Oldies - X guitarist Billy Zoom on the past, present and future of punk rock

    It was February of '98 when last we visited with Billy Zoom--Nice Guy, Punk Legend. At the time, OC's resident Guitar God, multi-instrumentalist, rockabilly reunion pioneer, and rock & roll skeptic confirmed rumors that he'd soon be reuniting with X...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 1, 2000
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    Theyre From the Salton Sea! - Wherever theyre from, Throw Rag are finally ready to go places

    For a while now, Throw Rag singer Sean Wheeler--once known for vomiting, getting naked, and doing all manner of unspeakable things onstage, though he apparently doesn't do that anymore--has been telling people that his six-piece rock & roll/cowpunk/...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on June 1, 2000
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    Maher-Velous! - And some 1970s rock

    If I had to pick one can't-miss concert this week, it'd be comedian/talk-show host BILL MAHER on Friday night at the Sun Theatre. To those familiar with Maher only from ABC's Politically Incorrect, you know him as a smug little gnome whose head is t...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on June 1, 2000
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    Rage Against the Classical Machine - Christopher Russell leads the OCHSA orchestra into new terrain

    From San Francisco's proto-punk Kronos Quartet to Manhattan's axe-grinding American Composer's Orchestra, almost any group specializing in contemporary classical music can claim some kind of cult status. But OC has its own new-music factory that wor...

    by DAVID BÃ?NDLER on June 1, 2000
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    The Kids Are All Right

    The Kids of Widney High Chain Reaction Friday, May 12 We have to say straight-up that the Kids of Widney High are critic-proof. They're students enrolled in a songwriting class at Widney, a special-ed school for developmentally disabled kids i...

    by Rich Kane on May 25, 2000
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    Buddy Blue Dipsomania!Clarence Records

    This is one appropriately named recording. Guitarist/ vocalist/songwriter Buddy Blue's latest CD is a dipsomaniac's delight, a happy-hour smorgasbord of roadhouse blues, jump and jazz of the kind that goes down well with belts of Old Crow and an equ...

    by BILL KOHLHAASE on May 25, 2000
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    What's Humming Through the Skulls of Orange County?

    Photo by Jeanne RiceTERI LYNN, BARTENDER, SINGER/BASSIST FOR SUK (FORMERLY OUISUK) > My roadkill bass. "I began collecting bones left over from the hot wings that people ate at my work. I boiled all the meat off and laid them out to dry. My boyfri...

    on May 25, 2000
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    Time Has Come Today - Motorhead and Alison M. Rosen: Separated at birth?

    Both Motrhead, the loudest band in the world, andOC Weekly associate music editor Alison M. Rosen turn 25 this year. To celebrate this most pivotal of milestones, Motrhead have written a mind-numbing timeline filled with the most mundane of detail...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on May 25, 2000
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