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    Spider Men KUSF radio is interrupting its normally scheduled programming to bring you ... Spiders' games? Some KUSF volunteers are in an uproar after General Manager Steve Runyon, one of the few paid employees and USF's director of media studies,...

    by Silke Tudor on January 17, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Behind Cat's Grill & Alley Club Saturday afternoon, close to a hundred custom scooters line narrow Clementina Street and a crowd of similarly dressed men and women in dark sunglasses sip beer and peruse. Suddenly a Ford Taurus comes barreling halfway...

    by Silke Tudor on January 10, 1996
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    Parallel Worlds As most vinyl junkies will attest, digging through dusty crates of records at thrift shops and garage sales is half the fun of collecting, but there are some rare works that you know you'll probably never find without a little hel...

    by MonGo Nikol on January 10, 1996
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    This Is for La Raza - The brown and proud "Latinfest '96" descends on Oakland

    "Vatos, cholos, call us what you will/ You say we are assassins, truly trained to kill/ It's in my blood to be an Aztec warrior/ To go to any extreme and hold no borders/ Chicano! And I'm brown and I'm proud," Kid Frost rapped in the 1990 hit "La Raz...

    by Jesse "Chuy" Varela on January 10, 1996
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    Recordings

    The Folk Implosion The Folk Implosion (Communion) Let's forget, for a moment, the widely subscribed to image of Dinosaur sidekick/Sebadoh honcho Lou Barlow as some sort of pioneer in the art of crude, experimental recording techniques. Th...

    by Chris Rubin on January 10, 1996
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    The Book of Lists - SF Weekly contributors salute the best (and worst) music of 1995

    James Sullivan's Best Music, 1995 1. Insurgent Country/Twangcore/Cowpunk: Two of my favorite records of the year -- the Geraldine Fibbers' Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home and Tarnation's Gentle Creatures -- took white trashdom to new...

    by Greg Milner on January 3, 1996
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    The Sound vs. Fury - The secret success of 1995's rhythm nation

    Was 1995 terrible for music? In their annual roundups, a slew of critics have slammed the year as the pale successor to the glory days of 1994 (which, incidentally, met the same censure last year), when Courtney Love ruled with an iron fist, the punk...

    by Sia Michel on January 3, 1996
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    Albums

    1. P J Harvey, To Bring You My Love (Island) (See essay.) 2. Tricky, Maxinquaye (Island) (See essay.) 3. The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??! (DGC): Aceyalone had the flows, but the Roots had the music -- and all the way live. Seamlessly blendi...

    by Sia Michel on January 3, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Gilbert, a 32-year-old security guard originally from Lebanon, stands outside Big Heart City. Hands tucked in the pockets of his tailored slacks, he's listening intently to his headset as a stogie-smoking man with purple-tinted glasses approaches the...

    by Silke Tudor on December 27, 1995
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    Major Disappointments Last month, a member of the B.U.M.S. was spotted waiting dejectedly in the rain for an AC Transit bus, a poster for his rap group's Priority debut behind him. The story of an alternarock band signing the dotted line only to ...

    by Billy Jam on December 27, 1995
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    Heat Stroke - Pulpit-pounding with the Reverend Horton Heat

    The Reverend Horton Heat is rifling through his suitcase, looking for a little list he's stashed inside. Minutes pass by, the silence on the phone broken only by the sound of rustling papers, then -- hot diggity! -- pay dirt. "Listen to this, here go...

    by Tom Lanham on December 27, 1995
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    Recordings

    Yoko Ono/IMA Rising (Capitol) At this point, news of Yoko Ono recording an opera creates just the sort of buzz as Paul Getty announcing the same: Both do it because they can, recalling that joke about the 500-pound gorilla. Ono's New York...

    by James Sullivan on December 27, 1995
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    Samples

    On Broadway Despite the dangers of entering an oversaturated jazz club market, Max Young, owner of the Desert Moon and Blue's, and his brother Sam have shown much savvy with the opening of Max & Sam's Hi-Ball Lounge. "The room is unique because o...

    by Sia Michel on December 20, 1995
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    Night Crawler

    "How do you miss a gang of a hundred marauding Santas?" my photographer asks incredulously as we circle Union Square on his motorcycle. We've received an anonymous tip about the second annual Santa Claus rampage -- the deranged vision of a fringe-ana...

    by Silke Tudor on December 20, 1995
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    Recordings

    Various Artists American Rumble Volume One (Schizmatic) Cashing in on the second coming of rockabilly, American Rumble is a neobilly primer, a must-have for any real gone guy or dynamite doll who wants to be in the know. Featuring over tw...

    by J. Poet on December 20, 1995
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    Dub Warriors - Macro Dub Infection relays a genre where nothing is true, and everything is permitted

    At the millennium, if musical scholars convene to discuss the past hundred years, they'll be faced with the most turbulent and ebullient period in history. From Stravinsky's rhythmical advances in "The Rites of Spring" to jazz drummer Art Blakey's po...

    by Christopher Porter on December 20, 1995
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    Samples

    Name-Dropping Getting dumped always hurts, but it can't come at a worse time than the holidays. Bakamono knew trouble was brewing right around Thanksgiving, when its label, Basura!, expressed misgivings about its just-finished second album. "They...

    by Sia Michel on December 13, 1995
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    The Stick-Up Artist - Man's Ruin: The Posters and Art of Frank Kozik

    Plowing through the slice of chocolate cake that is serving as his lunch, poster artist Frank Kozik stares me down through big safety-style glasses. We're sitting in the Potrero Hill warehouse that holds his printing business and blossoming record la...

    by Colin Berry on December 13, 1995
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    Night Crawler

    "I'm stuck in the '80s," laughs Krista, a 26-year-old sporting a shaved head and combat boots. It's Saturday night at the Cat's Grill & Alley Club and New Wave City is in full gear. Krista's mohawked partner, Amy, attests that they haven't missed a s...

    by Silke Tudor on December 13, 1995
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    Books

    Edited by Eric Weisbard with Craig Marks SPIN Alternative Record Guide (Vintage) Like any art form, rock music has carved for itself a canon of influential reference points. A "canon," fittingly, is a code often set by religious authoriti...

    by Johnny Ray Huston on December 13, 1995
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