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    Samples

    In Memoriam The East Bay music community was shocked and appalled last month when David Nadel, owner and founder of Ashkenaz, the community-conscious nightclub, was shot and killed by a patron who had been kicked out earlier in the evening. "It w...

    by Bill Wyman on January 15, 1997
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    Sit-Down Sampler

    Verve Jazz Fest The Fillmore Wednesday, Jan. 8 Like its cousins, classical, blues, folk, and country, jazz is a dues-paying art form, where the success and worth of a musician are measured not by his ability to make platinum hits, but by hi...

    by Victor Haseman on January 15, 1997
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    Recordings

    Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (Island) Everything you need to know about Pre-Millennium Tension, proper album No. 2 from urban import Tricky, is on the album cover. It features an androgynous (but definitely feminine) nude torso bathed in...

    by Jeff Stark on January 15, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A group of sharply dressed clubsters gathers in the alleyway behind Cat's Grill & Alley Club. Looking alternately casual and eager, they wait to have their IDs checked. There is a disappointing lack of scooters, considering that Thursday nights offer...

    by Silke Tudor on January 15, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    "Inability is often the mother of restriction ... and restriction is the great mother of inventive performance." So says German-born Holger Czukay. It was not Czukay's musical inability, but his dedication to musical exploration that found the would-...

    by Silke Tudor on January 15, 1997
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    Hear This

    John Zorn, Mike Patton, Ikue Mori Saxophonist John Zorn first catapulted to improv infamy in the '70s by introducing birdcalls -- crow, goose, duck -- into his experimental arsenal of raw but deliberate sound-making techniques. A renegade artist ...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 15, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    New Year's Eve day finds the sweeping concrete stairs of Grace Cathedral scattered with an odd assortment of people: gray-haired couples bundled against the chill, small children playing with a neon-yellow rubber ball, and a 23-year-old woman eating ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 8, 1997
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    Bang a Gong - Gamelan lives (slight return)

    March of 1996 -- a time of innocence and civil idealism, luxuries that too often seem unaffordable today. An era so carefree, so different from our contemporary wont, that we might be considering another world, or a tomorrow that will never come to p...

    by Michael Batty on January 8, 1997
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    Drop the Ball, Already

    SFNYE The Embarcadero Tuesday, Dec. 31 It was the anniversary of our engagement. I'd popped the question to my then-girlfriend last New Year's Eve, just a few short seconds after midnight. At home, in pajamas. With the object of my affectio...

    by James Sullivan on January 8, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Los Straitjackets are proud to know them, Dan Aykroyd once hired them, and the Reverend Horton Heat thinks they are amazing. Who are they? you ask. They are brothers -- The Sprague Brothers to be exact -- who still live at home with their mom in Nort...

    by Silke Tudor on January 8, 1997
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    Recordings

    Mobb Deep Hell on Earth (Loud/RCA) Among the really nice features of New York hip hop are its sophistication and integrity. For instance, in New York, you don't call gangsta rap "gangsta rap," you call it "hardcore." Bitches (women) are "...

    by Martin Johnson on January 8, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Shane Trundle, a sharply dressed 42-year-old investment broker, makes his way to a long table at the back of the Center for the Arts' Yerba Buena Gardens Theater. With a discerning eye he examines the sparkling array of fairy wands being offered and ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 1, 1997
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    Hear This

    Steve Adams and Dan Plonsey The art of solo improvisation can be the most liberating and the most challenging of tasks for the creative horn blower. When you're all alone on the bandstand, you can be as free as you dare to be. But without support...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 1, 1997
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    Dolor by Numbers

    Mazzy Star, Sunshine Club Slim's Saturday, Dec. 21 Cosmic, sulky, deliberate of tempo: Mazzy Star has its act down cold ... leaving no room, unfortunately, for warmth. Detachment is what makes Mazzy Star both alluring and annoying. To ...

    by James Sullivan on January 1, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    In 1961 The Marvelettes recorded Motown's first No. 1 hit single, "Please Mr. Postman." Despite this fact -- and a number of fluffier ones -- the Marvelettes just didn't have the oomph of, say, the Supremes. Unlike most of Motown's other major acts, ...

    by Silke Tudor on December 25, 1996
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    Roots System

    The Roots, Alphabet Soup, 75 Degrees Maritime Hall Saturday, Dec. 14 The Roots are one of those few rap groups who sound on record like they'd be good in concert. Their mainstream debut, Do You Want More, was an incredible synthesis of in-t...

    by Victor Haseman on December 25, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    The 1996 Musical Top 10 and Then Some -- because lists are fun. Top 10: 1) Sleater-Kinney, Call the Doctor (Chainsaw) Was there a gale-force wind, a nuclear reaction, a burning building, or a 12-car pileup all year long that matched the force...

    by Sarah Vowell on December 25, 1996
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    Kiddie Primer

    Live 105 Green X-mas Concert Fiona Apple, Failure, The Lemonheads, Mazzy Star, Allen Ginsberg, Orbital, The Eels, Republica, Cake, Beck, The Chemical Brothers Cow Palace Sunday, Dec. 15 Fourteen-year-olds crawled the floor of the Cow P...

    by Jeff Stark on December 25, 1996
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    Recordings

    Come Near Life Experience (Matador) You are perhaps aware that this record has been available for conspicuous consumption for months. If so, I hope you strapped on the feed bag, since it was without question one of the best records releas...

    by Sam Prestianni on December 25, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    "We all know that Xmas is about ... sex," deadpans John Waters as the sold-out Castro Theater crowd recovers from a raucous standing ovation and nestles back into the plush seats. Waters smiles and looks out over the house with his great beagle eyes....

    by Silke Tudor on December 25, 1996
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