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    For the Love of Cheese

    First, there was silence. There were no chilling, icy-perfect opening chords of electric guitar, no explosions of rock-your-fillings, churn-your-stomach drumbeats, no sudden earthquakes of deeeep, throobbbbing bass in your face. In the beginning...

    by the Editors of Might Magazine on July 17, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    The large door swings open as if anticipating a new arrival. The doorman, a sleek black man in a cream-colored suit, smiles and with a gesture of welcome bids us enter the inner sanctum of Bruno's, the Mission's hottest supper club. The dining room i...

    by Silke Tudor on July 17, 1996
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    Recordings

    Neil Young with Crazy Horse Broken Arrow (Reprise) A Pink Pages writer recently extolled the latest release by Neil Young and Crazy Horse as "playing with the boundaries of noise and music," and mused over the need for warning labels. Thi...

    by Sam Prestianni on July 17, 1996
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    Bad Girl - Jo Carol Pierce on the gospel, Texas, and 157 boyfriends

    "They've outlawed Halloween and they've outlawed music in Buddy Holly Park," complains Jo Carol Pierce of her hometown Lubbock, Texas. "It was like a totalitarian state in Lubbock as far as religion was concerned. It's called 'The City of Churches.' ...

    by Sarah Vowell on July 10, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    "I was born with a peanut for a brain/ 'Cause I'm a dumb head/ I'm a stupid little girl." So sang Ginny Arnell, badly, in 1963. A few songs later, on the second disc of Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology, things get worse. Insipid drip Les...

    by Sarah Vowell on July 10, 1996
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    Recordings

    When Lou Reed's friends started dying, of course we heard about it. If he grew up in public, he may as well grow old there, too. He called his pretentious, jerky lamentation Magic and Loss. At some point, after wading through phrases like "I was visi...

    by Cath Carroll on July 10, 1996
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    SF Weekly Picks

    Wednesday, July 10 Jack Duval Combo Hey kitten, lookin' for something that's finger-snappin' cool? Every Wednesday night, this suave combo serves up seductive platefuls of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington, all so...

    by Silke Tudor on July 10, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Van Ness teems with humanity as folks in all their various guises make their way toward the waterfront. Buses packed to the gills careen down the avenue past motorcycle cops who diligently try to make order of the hundreds of motorists who have mista...

    by Silke Tudor on July 10, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    Is that a needle in your pocket or are you just glad to see me? Welcome to the bad old days. Richard Hell, still New York punk's reigning nihilist, begins his new novel, Go Now, this way: "1980" -- a good sign right off that those in need of sunshine...

    by Sarah Vowell on July 3, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    As many as a half a million people line Market Street for the annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade, sharing railing space as processions of line-dancing lads in chaps and silver-skinned go-go dancers fill the air with...

    by Silke Tudor on July 3, 1996
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    Recordings

    Beck Odelay (Geffen) Head and Leg In Your Dreams (Seeland) Collage, that most 20th-century of art forms, gets talked about as a consensus -- a meeting of disparate objects or voices that congeal into some utopian whole. But coll...

    by Andrew Goodwin on July 3, 1996
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    Tusk - The lo-fi psychedelia of Elephant 6

    "Must be something in the water": That old adage is one of the foundational theories of the record industry. From one hit-making locale to the next -- from San Francisco to Chicago, Seattle to Dayton -- artist-and-repertoire scouts are forever pannin...

    by James Sullivan on July 3, 1996
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    SF Weekly Picks

    Wednesday, July 3 Red Jazz & Blue II Last year at about this time BlueVision presented its first Independence Day Jazz Explosion. The vibe was so cool and the music so hot that the word got out, and Red Jazz & Blue graduated to annual-event statu...

    by Silke Tudor on July 3, 1996
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    The Essence of Jazz - Henry Threadgill's anti-purity

    "The DNA of jazz," declares Henry Threadgill, "is a conglomerate of everything." The internationally recognized composer/bandleader/multi-instrumentalist explains, "I knew when I first listened to Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, I could tell they wer...

    by Sam Prestianni on June 19, 1996
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    SF Weekly Picks

    Wednesday, June 19 Hayden A couple of years back, this Canadian performer began plucking at his guitar for the rock crowds around Toronto. As was to be expected, the earplug-dependent were resistant, but Hayden just turned up the volume until the...

    by Silke Tudor on June 19, 1996
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    Recordings

    The Jackson 5 Pre-History: The Lost Steeltown Recordings (Inverted/Brunswick) Alex Chilton 1970 (Ardent) "I wish I wish I was a fish/ I would jump about just like trout." That's a poem I wrote when I was 5 years old that I sudde...

    by Sam Prestianni on June 19, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    "Where's the blessing?" asks a slightly inebriated man with a fluffy white rabbit perched on the top of his looming knapsack. A fortuneteller, who has set up an extravagant tent for the North Beach Fair, slips out from under a pink canopy and points ...

    by Silke Tudor on June 19, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    "Wanna" is the most rock 'n' roll word in the world. Wanna is what America is supposed to be, present tense (but lacking pretense), immediate and vernacular. While it's more urgent than the conditional "would like to," it's perhaps less demanding tha...

    by Sarah Vowell on June 19, 1996
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    It Came From Lubbock - Terry Allen on remains, human and otherwise

    Columbus was wrong. When you come from the Texas Panhandle, the world is flat, flat, flat -- a blank expanse of nothing but dust and the wind that carries it. Terry Allen, a heavy hitter in both high art and country music circles, has been mapping hi...

    by Sarah Vowell on June 19, 1996
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    Harmonic Convergences - The melodic dissections and rhythmic ricochets of Peter Apfelbaum

    "If I hear a jazz group," confesses Peter Apfelbaum, "I get the impulse to run up to the stage and say, 'Listen, you don't have to do that anymore. There's been all these other discoveries. Haven't you heard?' " The vehement 35-year-old composer...

    by Sam Prestianni on June 12, 1996
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