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    Samples

    Two Tickets to Paradise Punkers standing outside the Goops show at Slim's last Wednesday were greeted by comedian Cheech Marin as he wandered away from the Paradise Lounge. Adorned with a little neon and a lot of cashews, the Paradise was primped...

    by Jeff Stark on April 10, 1996
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    The Time Bandits - Oasis reminds us that our past is present

    On "Wibbling Rivalry," a taped interview released as a bootleg 7-inch, the brothers Gallagher of Oasis argue interminably over younger brother Liam's indiscretions on a cross-channel ferry. Noel teases Liam by suggesting that he should act like Keith...

    by Andrew Goodwin on April 10, 1996
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    Recordings

    Mark Eitzel 60 Watt Silver Lining (Warner Bros.) San Francisco's most despondent entertainer kicks off his solo career with a controlled version of a telltale cover: Dusty Springfield's "No Easy Way Down," from the cult classic Dusty in M...

    by Eric K. Arnold on April 10, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Yasmina stands six inches away from a mammoth speaker that looms menacingly over her. Her face hidden by a visor, movement begins in her hands and slowly spreads through her arms and legs, eventually erupting into a spasm of freaky footwork. Several ...

    by Silke Tudor on April 10, 1996
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    The Telltale Heart - The soulful gumbo of African diva Angelique Kidjo

    "My parents teach me one thing," explains Angelique Kidjo, her voice purring over trans-Atlantic lines in a graceful French accent. "When you are a musician, you have to listen to your deep truths. When you are singing the word, and you don't feel it...

    by Colin Berry on April 3, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    "Media tables are in the first tier," directs an usher at Bimbo's 365 Club last Wednesday, with a flick of his pink scarf. I sit down between an elderly woman with powdered hair and a latex-clad dreadlocked punk waiting patiently for the Goethe-Insti...

    by Silke Tudor on April 3, 1996
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    Recordings

    The Afghan Whigs Black Love (Elektra) As far as contrived personas go, Greg Dulli's reputation as an erstwhile soul man isn't particularly newsworthy, or offensive, or even all that surprising. His cultural inputs -- the records he owns, ...

    by Zev Borow on April 3, 1996
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    Under the Covers - Emmylou Harris unearths the language between the lines

    At 47 years of age, master interpreter Emmylou Harris remains a barefoot kind of singer. And with her shoes off, Harris' second toes reveal themselves to be exceptionally long: They're slender and flexible, considerably longer than her big toes, and ...

    by James Sullivan on April 3, 1996
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    Samples

    Building a Better Mouse Trap Plunder Industries, a renegade artist collective of, er, two, treated some 500 people to a bizarre nostalgia trip last Friday night in the SOMA district: a life-size version of the game called Mouse Trap. Taking up ov...

    by Silke Tudor on April 3, 1996
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    Redemption Song - The Fugees mark a return to righteousness in hip hop

    Signs from god are where you find them: Lightning flickered throughout the Fugees' short outdoor set at South by Southwest in Austin last week, and after nearly every bright flash, guitarist/rapper (and son of a preacherman) Wyclef Jean gazed questio...

    by Sia Michel on March 27, 1996
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    Samples

    Hacks and Flacks The deepest insight to be gleaned from Thomas Pynchon's latest piece of writing turns out to be his observation that Boris Pickett's "Monster Mash" was "not necessarily the Birth of Rap." Finally, that's been cleared up. Allegedl...

    by Silke Tudor on March 27, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Aaah! Caviar dreams and champagne nights. It's Oscar time, and even in San Francisco the stretch limos abound. A luminous white ball floats above the entrance to "Outerworld," the Academy of Friends board of directors' 16th annual Oscar night gala. A...

    by Silke Tudor on March 27, 1996
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    Recordings

    Bad Religion The Gray Race (Atlantic) In light of two decades of pithy punk sloganeering, in which the naked expression of rage is usually regarded as a viable substitute for well-reasoned logic, the eloquence of Greg Graffin has often be...

    by Jamie Kemsey on March 27, 1996
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    Love Sick - Sleater-Kinney's Call the Doctor painfully dissects physical and emotional boundaries

    Today, straight-white-male punk "counterculture" is sold over the counter; phony rebel angst dominates glossy magazines and MTV. But packaging pseudo-feminist and apolitical-homo rock is a troublesome new development. When female writers rush to whin...

    by Johnny Ray Huston on March 20, 1996
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    Samples

    Southern Exposure Usually, a 10th anniversary is cause for a re-evaluation of purpose, but at last week's South by Southwest music and media conference, the general attitude was if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Of course, the Austin festival has ...

    by Sia Michel on March 20, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Most every country has a patron saint: England has her St. George, Scotland has St. Andrew, Mexico has the Virgin of Guadelupe. Uniquely, Ireland's St. Patrick, who is attributed (some would say branded) with driving the snakes and druids out of Eire...

    by Silke Tudor on March 20, 1996
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    Recordings

    Various Artists Offbeat (Red Hot) What if Beat Generation artists had access to the sampling and collage technologies today's hip- and trip-hop jazzbos enjoy? Imagine On the Road as an interactive CD-ROM, "Howl" as a video clip, Charlie P...

    by Jeff Stark on March 20, 1996
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    Samples

    Texas or Bust Von Lmo isn't the only musician recording soundtracks to "invisible movies" these days. The power-popsters of MK Ultra recently released the self-produced Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the score for Unless They Love You, an in...

    by Sia Michel on March 13, 1996
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    Recordings

    2Pac All Eyez on Me (Death Row) 0f course it's too long -- but then, overkill is partly the point here. All Eyez on Me may not be the best rap album ever, but at 27 songs and more than 2 hours, it certainly weighs in as the most rap...

    by Sally Jacob on March 13, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    "Will you unzip your jacket, please?" requests one of the three looming security guards posted outside Deco, a Tenderloin nightspot celebrating its 2-year anniversary. "I'm just going to pat down your pockets if that's OK," explains the doorman while...

    by Silke Tudor on March 13, 1996
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