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    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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    Double Fantasy - Yoko Ono and son Sean collaborate on Rising

    There aren't many 62-year-old female voices in rock; for that reason alone, Yoko Ono is unique. Male rockers rarely age gracefully, perhaps because many of them refuse to mature. The Rolling Stones strut like studs, even as their skin sags to the flo...

    by Johnny Ray Huston on March 13, 1996
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    Revival Meeting - HighTone Records' Roadhouse Revival Tour

    Back in the old days, when a rock 'n' roll or country tour came to town, it was an event. For one thing, live music shows were relatively scarce 30 or so years ago, compared to the constant barrage of recording acts that hit any fair-size city today;...

    by Rob Patterson on March 6, 1996
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    Gael Force - Irish accordionist Charlie Piggott and the Celtic Music & Arts Festival

    During summertime in the sea-swept portion of Ireland known as the West, musical sessions at public houses like Linnane's in County Clare don't start earlier than 10 at night. But you never notice the clock: There's still blue-gray daylight from over...

    by Jeff Kaliss on March 6, 1996
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    Stage Fright When the Fillmore first opened in the '60s, San Francisco bands like Santana and the Dead were a crucial part of the booking, which helped put the city on the musical map. But since the venue reopened about two years ago, as a premie...

    by Silke Tudor on March 6, 1996
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    Recordings

    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook Night Song (Real World/Caroline) Various Artists Dead Man Walking Soundtrack (Columbia) Though the movie Dead Man Walking is as much about the American Judeo-Christian tradition as it is the...

    by Tim Kenneally on March 6, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    "Ooh, I don't really feel like drinking tequila just now," says Morrie, a member of the Young Adults Division of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. "It's good for you," purrs Karen Seidman, a stunning Latina with flowing, dark, wavy locks...

    by Silke Tudor on February 28, 1996
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    Fly in the Ointment - Improv meets vaudeville with Spanish Fly

    The popular image of a tubist is of a red-faced fat boy, clad in an ill-fitting band uniform and relegated to the rear of the parade with his unwieldy charge in tow, or the odd man out in the orchestra, blowing big-bottomed sounds that make the kids ...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 28, 1996
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    Lust for Life - Iggy Pop wants to be your Naughty Little Doggie

    Protopunk Iggy Pop is sitting in a cushiony chair at the posh Chateau Marmont in L.A., discussing the last time he came to San Francisco for a 1994 Warfield gig in support of American Caesar. Shirtless, drenched in sweat, and whipping his long brown ...

    by Tom Lanham on February 28, 1996
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    Samples

    Space Oddity: Von Lmo's Fire Just in time for the full moon, space alien-cum-industrial noise progenitor Von Lmo is returning to his one-time stomping grounds to blast "bubble-gum metal with neutron rock." The Von Lmo legend is a complex one, ran...

    by Sia Michel on February 28, 1996
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    Recordings

    Pulp Different Class (Island Records) In the U.S., the problem isn't the system, it's how well you fit into the system. Such troubled individuality is fostered by American alternative rock, a genre characterized as encouraging listeners t...

    by Greg Milner on February 28, 1996
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    Prophet of Doom - Free-jazz icon Charles Gayle

    In recent years, my conversations with other youthful, stymied professionals have turned increasingly apocalyptic. A decade ago, for instance, declarations about the need for a revolutionary cabal of young and highly sexualized political assassins wo...

    by D. Strauss on February 21, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    "Man, I'm the best there ever was," boasts Dean with a flash of his Crest-fortified chompers. "Just look at me." The 34-, er, 24-year-old Sunset resident has never been to the Last Day Saloon before, but he and his formidable blond pompadour are in f...

    by Silke Tudor on February 21, 1996
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    Blue Notes - San Francisco's Timco releases Gentleman Jim

    Two-thirds of Timco are gathered in Demon Garage, the cavernous South of Market space where frontman/guitarist Kevin Thomson earns his daily bread. Inside, bassist John Wischmann and two friends perch on stools next to the cluttered desk that acts as...

    by Silke Tudor on February 21, 1996
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    Recordings

    Maya Angelou Miss Calypso (Scamp) Robert Mitchum Calypso Is -- Like So ... (Scamp) Proud race man that he was, Harry Belafonte certainly intended nothing of the kind, but it's hard not to think of the late-1950s calypso craze as...

    by Silke Tudor on February 21, 1996
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    Samples

    Popping Off Originally conceived as a one-night showcase for local bands, the fourth annual "Noise Pop Festival" has grown to a four-day affair featuring multivenues and 27 bands who, by hook or by crook, have come from as far away as Boise and C...

    by Sia Michel on February 21, 1996
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    Recordings

    Silkworm Firewater (Matador) Silkworm is supposed to be the Next Pavement, according to Steve Malkmus, since Guided by Voices were last year's Next Pavement but fizzled out. Thing is, on Firewater, their fourth album, these Missoula-by-wa...

    by Tim Kenneally on February 14, 1996
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