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2005 Stories by Justin F. Farrar

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  • Hear This

    published June 8, 2005

    Menomena 's debut disc, I Am the Fun Blame Monster, comes packaged with a 70-plus-page flip-book of the band members playing their... More >>

  • The Roots of Madness

    published June 1, 2005

    The Roots of Madness were a group of teenage 'heads from the early '70s who attended Leigh High School in San Jose. Their LP of full-blown... More >>

  • Hrvatski

    published May 25, 2005

    According to the Entschuldigen Web site, one-man band Hrvatski's new release is a "40-minute 39-second 2-color audio compact disc with black... More >>

  • Appreciation

    published May 25, 2005

    What does it mean that the local neo-krautrock quartet Appreciation is "healing the fatherwound"? Well, according to the mystical cabala, Chokmah... More >>

  • The Battle of the Bullshit

    published May 18, 2005

    For the past hour or so, drummer John Stanier has been feeding me with info on his new group, Battles. But at this stage in the phone call my... More >>

  • Icky Boyfriends

    published May 18, 2005

    The battered boombox-quality recordings of the Icky Boyfriends' harshly atonal, sorta-punk poetry have always engendered the following debate: Is... More >>

  • Hive Mind

    published May 4, 2005

    Hive Mind is this guy from Detroit who, over the past year or so, has released about a dozen cassettes and CD-Rs documenting his experiments in... More >>

  • Temple of Bon Matin

    published May 4, 2005

    "New Age energy rock" was the clever tag employed by a rock critic over at San Francisco's other urban weekly to describe the shattered,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published April 27, 2005

    And you thought life in the Mission was rough. After Marie Daulne's father was killed during a revolution in her native Congo, her family sought... More >>

  • Hear This

    published March 30, 2005

    "You're no poem once you open your mouth," Inara George sings on her recently released debut. George herself, however, is all poetry on... More >>

  • Hear This

    published March 23, 2005

    Back in my collegiate years, I saw Ida perform at this dingy-ass rock club in Kalamazoo, Mich. The band was crafting a delicate Nick... More >>

  • Freak Folk Shmreak Shmolk

    published March 16, 2005

    Saturday morning: A light but persistent rain falls. I am settled into a classic art deco club chair tucked into the corner of a spacious living... More >>

  • Real Musicians, Real Jobs

    published March 16, 2005

    Fuck our society's love for the starving artist and the smacked-out musician. Who ever said an artist had to live the life of a dirty dog in order... More >>

  • Real Musicians, Real Jobs

    published March 16, 2005

    What would be the most exhausting, the most life-force-sucking job a musician could have? Well, Ray Morgan, guitarist for local hard-rock band... More >>

  • Real Musicians, Real Jobs

    published March 16, 2005

    Do you ever ask yourself, "Who is that dude behind the bar? What the hell does he do when he's not pouring me a pint?" You should ask him... More >>

  • Real Musicians, Real Jobs

    published March 16, 2005

    The Skaters are new in town, having recently relocated here from San Diego. But they won't be awarded a gold record for their ecstatically... More >>

  • Hear This

    published March 16, 2005

    The Oneida American Indians were one of the original five tribes of the Iroquois Nation, and named in their honor are all kinds of municipalities,... More >>

  • The Coachwhips

    published March 2, 2005

    Garage rock is revered as trashed-out, rowdy, pop Americana. It's vitally raw three-chord buzz, howl, and stomp optimally consumed via the... More >>

  • Avarus

    published March 2, 2005

    There is a new global psychedelic underground, and one of its cultural centers is Finland. Now according to the CIA's World Factbook 2004,... More >>

  • Armageddon It

    published January 26, 2005

    "Let me see if I understand this. According to the ancient calendar of the Mayans, some massive event, irrevocably altering humanity, is scheduled... More >>

  • Konono N°1

    published January 26, 2005

    Industrial tribal electric junk funk -- it's a mouthful of marbles. But these are the only words extant that encapsulate the crude, raw, and... More >>

  • Klondike & York

    published January 19, 2005

    The needle drops and burrows into the grooves. A set of sturdy and robust lungs starts ripping greasy lines of biting sax-squeal in a total... More >>

  • Air Conditioning

    published January 12, 2005

    Air Conditioning Purchase two midrange cooling units. Don't break the bank, but make sure they are constructed of real American steel.... More >>

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