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    The Bloody Pulpit - Al Jourgensen on Filth Pig, Buck Owens, and cabin fever, Texas-style

    Al Jourgensen, it seems, really wants to be Buck Satan. The Ministry founder has left a lot of alter egos behind -- he's no longer Alien or Alain Jourgensen, although as his band's co-producer he's still Hypo Luxa -- but it's clear that his part-time...

    by Mark Jenkins on May 22, 1996
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    Recordings

    Ass Ponys The Known Universe (A&M) On 1994's Electric Rock Music, Ass Ponys vocalist/lyricist Chuck Cleaver sang of spontaneous combustion, microcephalics, and protagonists born -- literally -- spineless on the same day as a UFO sighting....

    by Aidin Vaziri on May 15, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    It's Saturday afternoon and North Beach locals sit drinking vino inside Caffe Trieste. GianFranco Giotta, a Sinatra-like singer with brown-tinted sunglasses and a side-part, belts out a selection of heartfelt love songs, while younger patrons smoke c...

    by Silke Tudor on May 15, 1996
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    Plane Talk - The spiritual trips of saxophonist Pharoah Sanders

    Although he has never stepped foot on Indian soil, Pharoah Sanders says that he's always felt the country in his blood. "I have these dreams of me playing in some kind of musical event in India where people play spiritual music," the 56-year-old saxo...

    by Sam Prestianni on May 15, 1996
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    Tabla Manners - Cornershop at the intersection of indie and Indian

    Anyone who's ever scoffed at the term "one-world music" should listen to the Cornershop song "Jullandar Shere," whose two versions "6 a.m." and "7:20 a.m." both open and close 1995's Woman's Gotta Have It. After a Punjabi-language introduction, whi...

    by Sia Michel on May 15, 1996
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    Satan Takes a Holiday Knowing they were about to embark on a 10-week European tour with Unsane, someone should have given the members of Neurosis a copy of "Satan's Cheerleaders," SPIN's recent article on the metal scene in Norway. I mean, how we...

    by Silke Tudor on May 15, 1996
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    Utter Madness - Slamming 'em back with the Swingin' Utters

    Even after nearly a year of touring, the Swingin' Utters apparently still need to blow off some steam. Plunging head-on into the anthemic "Teenage Genocide" at last week's packed show at the Trocadero, newlywed vocalist Johnny Peebucks rallies the Ut...

    by Silke Tudor on May 8, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    A light wind flicks playfully at the giant brown feathers adorning a sweaty troupe of Aztec dancers as they pound the pavement of Mission Street. Like the beat of a heart, their rhythmic steps keep time with the baritone rumblings of three large drum...

    by Silke Tudor on May 8, 1996
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    Recordings

    Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire (Epic) Rage Against the Machine cares a lot. During their recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, their caps said "Commie" and they wrote "Arm the Homeless" on their instruments in masking tape. Whic...

    by James Sullivan on May 8, 1996
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    The Books of Rhyme Pages - From Michael Eric Dyson to Darius James, black writers struggle to define hip-hop culture

    Ever since Chuck D bellowed that he wanted to reach the bourgeois and rock the boulevard, the bourgeoisie has bellowed back. Though that can mean nothing more than wistful glances out the lecture room window at the street below, at best such writing ...

    by Jesse Berrett on May 8, 1996
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    The League of Justice You loved it as the Kennel Club, you ignored it as the short-lived Crash Palace, and now you'll get to reassess your opinion about the cavernous space at 628 Divisadero when it reopens as the Justice League this summer. With...

    by Sia Michel on May 8, 1996
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    The Flying Nun - Former punker Alejandro Escovedo returns to the roots of rock

    While making a dirt-cheap movie about a hapless rock band, the young Alejandro Escovedo and his friend Jeff Olener decided to bring their fictional creation to life. Not long thereafter, their San Francisco punk group the Nuns found itself filling an...

    by James Sullivan on May 1, 1996
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    Off the Record Always a touch-and-go industry, the local indie record trade is currently in a state of particular flux. Berkeley's cavernous Amoeba Records will expand into the Upper Haight space currently occupied by Park Bowl. The store won't o...

    by Silke Tudor on May 1, 1996
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    Angel Heart - The leftist-acid-Latin-funk of Los Angelitos

    It's Saturday night at the Paradise Lounge, and Los Angelitos are gearing up for a set of "leftist-acid-Latin-funk." Members mill around the stage as lead vocalist Piero Ornelas walks in with a milk crate full of cassettes he says he found in an al...

    by Jesse "Chuy" Varela on May 1, 1996
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    Recordings

    Girls Against Boys House of GVSB (Touch & Go) Someone slipped a little Spanish fly into the rock critic water cooler, if the press clips for Girls Against Boys are any indication. You'd be hard-pressed to find a write-up that doesn't make...

    by James Sullivan on May 1, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    From a distance, the motley crowd covering People's Park and neighboring Haste Street last Sunday appears engaged in the kind of Dionysian revelry that knows no bounds of age or hairstyle, but 18-year-old Nathan sets me straight. "The basketball cour...

    by Silke Tudor on May 1, 1996
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    Moog Swings - Stereolab takes a thrift-store approach to Muzak

    Stereolab is a London-based sextet that seeks to answer the musical question, nay, to solve the historical and aesthetic dilemma, "How come Steve Reich, Martin Denny, and garage punk all happened at the same time?" Retrieving the sophisticated minima...

    by Sally Jacob on April 24, 1996
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    Taking a Break Where have we heard this before? Last week, the doors of the Nightbreak were closed to the public. That's right -- no more Sushi Sunday and this time they mean it ... we think. According to Mark Olier, who booked the Haight Street ...

    by Billy Jam on April 24, 1996
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    Teen-Age Kicks - Imperial Teen releases Seasick, its major label debut

    It takes a little while to pick Imperial Teen out of the crowd in the Mission District cafe where we're scheduled to meet. Not that vocalist/guitarist Will Schwartz helps matters any: Assuming a surreptitious slouch as he enters the coffee shop, the ...

    by Tim Kenneally on April 24, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    The giant paid to guard the entrance of the Endup blockades the entire door with only a slight pivot of his tremendous form. An unexpectedly warm smile and a beckoning paw later, a second hulking form steps out of the shadows and parts the black curt...

    by Silke Tudor on April 24, 1996
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