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    Max Roach/Leon Parker Max Roach knows that the beat is the backbone of jazz. For half a century, along with fellow bop godfathers Art Blakey and Roy Haynes, his rhythmic energy has propelled some of the genre's greatest names: Charlie Parker, Diz...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 30, 1996
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    Chico O'Farrill Though rooted in the secular music of the Congolese, mambo was distinguished by modern Latin big bands (like that of Perez Prado) as a form where brass and sax riffs played against each other. Arrangers like Arturo "Chico" O'Farri...

    by Jesse "Chuy" Varela on October 30, 1996
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    The House of Tudor

    The latest prefab musical thorn in our collective side comes in the form of a willowy, black-clad 18-year-old with lips that smack of collagen and a penchant for Maya Angelou. According to Fiona Apple, if "lyrics are conceived out of honesty" they ar...

    by Silke Tudor on October 30, 1996
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    Ed's Redeeming Qualities Beyond the goofy stuff -- the irrepressible clarinet and ukulele, the resolutely off-key voice of Dan Leone -- an assertive plainness and a repressed musicality inform Ed's Redeeming Qualities' new album, At the Fish & Ga...

    by Bill Wyman on October 30, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    Her name alone would suffice for the purposes of imposed romance. Garrison Starr. Garrison: such a patriarchal fortress of a title to signify a 20-year-old female. And Starr: connoting not only the apogee of fame, but weirder relations such as drumme...

    by Sarah Vowell on October 30, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    South of Market, outside the Plunder Industries warehouse, a disheveled crowd gathers in the biting cold. A woman dressed in Mission-style earth tones and a khaki Army jacket zipped to her chin bounces from foot to foot, trying to generate heat. She ...

    by Silke Tudor on October 30, 1996
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    Drowning in Pop

    John Cale, Red House Painters At the Fillmore, Tuesday, Oct. 15. Before show's start at the Fillmore, rows of chandeliers hung purpled by house lights -- tacky upon gaudy -- giving the impression that the concert hall and all of its patrons wer...

    by Michael Batty on October 23, 1996
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    Tim Berne Saxophonist Tim Berne's first exposure to jazz came in the early '70s with Julius Hemphill's classic Dogon A.D. The "wildness" of the music impelled him to drop out of school and venture to New York City, where he wound up studying with...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 23, 1996
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    Recordings

    Donovan Sutras (American) Couldn't we develop some sort of mandatory euthanasia program for aging rock stars? OK, maybe we wouldn't kill them. But how 'bout a device to discourage continued recording? The same folks who pass out gold reco...

    by Ira Steingroot on October 23, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    Listening to history can be as cheap and easy as handing over 50 cents on a Saturday afternoon. One of the scratchy old records I bought on the street is called "I Can Hear It Now ..." -- "The history of an era spoken by the men who made it and narra...

    by Sarah Vowell on October 23, 1996
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    The House of Tudor

    For those who deserted the rolling tie-dyed hills of Berkeley for the funkier shores of San Francisco, or those who have never been East Bay way but want a taste of Visa-carrying idealism, or those acid casualties with a weekend pass from the ward, i...

    by Silke Tudor on October 23, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    A snow-white marquee beckons from several blocks away. "Gospel Night," it reads -- a strangely pleasant contrast to the topless bars on the fringes of the Tenderloin. Underneath the glowing sign, a young, stylish couple stand wrapped in a loose embra...

    by Silke Tudor on October 23, 1996
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    The House of Tudor

    J.G. Thirlwell is timeless. Or at least no one seems to know how old he actually is. One of his agents -- and there have been many -- took a halfhearted stab at it: "Oh, I'd guess somewhere in his mid- to late 30s. Maybe." A gent at one of his record...

    by Silke Tudor on October 16, 1996
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    Tool You'll notice among many metal acts a bent for the scatological. Though more pronounced in the lyrics of eternal sophomores like Abscess, who sing of cannibal autopsies and pornographic freak shows, this tendency is also readily observed in ...

    by Michael Batty on October 16, 1996
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    Recordings

    ZZ Top Rhythmeen (RCA) Nasty is the word on the streets. Old-style is the buzz. Gone back to the Rio Grande mud, they say. Down and dirty delta blues. It's finally happened. People clad in buckskin rags and bunged-up boots scamper up...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 16, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    Sometimes I think that my ongoing obsession with pop songs has less to do with a feel for sound and more to do with the way that I cannot sustain happiness for longer than three minutes at a time. Which is why sitting Indian style before a turntable ...

    by Sarah Vowell on October 16, 1996
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    Inane Asylum - The fans hit the shit at Tim McQuaid's Fan Asylum

    The year was 1984. Bay Area rockers Journey were riding out the success of the multiplatinum Frontiers. Adoring fans pelted the band with 500 letters per day -- a deluge of mail so great that no one at Nightmare Inc., Journey's management company, kn...

    by Jeff Stark on October 16, 1996
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    Samples

    Glug, Glug, Glug Yes, a corporation that regularly unleashes foaming tsunami waves of cheap, skunky, alcohol-poor, gut-mutating domestic beer upon the tasteless legions of Middle America seems a natural patron for all those waifish, unheard-of ba...

    by Silke Tudor on October 16, 1996
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    Flat Duo Jets Whether he's outdiddling Bo Diddley on "Pretty Thing" or manhandling a dainty little chestnut like the Duprees' "You Belong to Me" ("See the pyramids along the Nile ..."), the Flat Duo Jets' Dexter Romweber knows how to make an anci...

    by James Sullivan on October 16, 1996
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    Recordings

    Galaxie 500 (Rykodisc) Between 1988 and 1990, Galaxie 500 made three beautiful albums awash in spacey, psychedelic pop. Then, for five years, after singer/guitarist Dean Wareham ditched the rhythm section (for Luna) and Galaxie's label, Rough...

    by Bill Wyman on October 9, 1996
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