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    Jazzmatazz - Cecil Taylor and the 13th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

    What do Splatter Trio, Sheila E., and J.S. Bach have in common? How about the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Gospel Hummingbirds, and New Dealers? Still don't know? Add John Santos & the Machete Ensemble, Jimmy Smith, and the Cecil Taylor Orchestra for a s...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 11, 1995
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    Night Crawler

    "What is 10,000 accordions at the bottom of the ocean?" asks a beaming accordion sage. The riddle's obvious conclusion: A good start. The 50-odd people gathered at the foot of the Great American Music Hall stage have undoubtedly heard the jo...

    by Silke Tudor on October 11, 1995
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    Recordings

    Ruins Hyderomastgroningem (Tzadik) As enigmatic as its tongue-twisting title, the latest from Tokyo's Ruins is another chapter in the continuing saga of drummer/composer/stone idolater Yoshida Tatsuya and five-string bassist Masuda Ryuich...

    by James Sullivan on October 11, 1995
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    Tangled Web The South Bay's progressive and experimental music mainstay, KFJC in Los Altos, debuts its World Wide Web page this week -- excellent news for Bay Area eclecticists unable to tune in the station's 100-watt signal. KFJC's home page wil...

    by Seana Baruth on October 4, 1995
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    Night Crawler

    Friday morning, Sept. 29. Seated in a corner of the posh Benson Hotel lobby in Portland, Ore., two gentlemen in tailored suits leisurely read the Oregonian and sip their morning coffee from tiny white china cups. On a nearby couch, a long-hair in...

    by Silke Tudor on October 4, 1995
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    Recordings

    Sonic Youth Washing Machine (DGC) We probably owe Sonic Youth a lot more than we realize. At the very least, the band reaffirmed the crucial relationship between music and the cultural context in which it's created, pointing out a fact so...

    by J. Poet on October 4, 1995
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    Food Sexy - Cibo Matto eats to the beat

    First, some facts. Cibo Matto (it means "crazy food" in Italian) is two Japanese girls who live in New York: Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori. Cibo Matto has released one single: "Birthday Cake," the A-side, is whiny and bratty, like the Beastie Boys if th...

    by Johnny Ray Huston on October 4, 1995
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    The Barefoot Contessa - The melancholy mornas of Cape Verde's Cesaria Evora

    Cape Verde is composed of 10 small islands, nestled in the Atlantic 350 miles off the coast of Senegal. When Cesaria Evora was a girl, her isle, S?o Vicente, was green and lush, like a perfect tropical paradise. Today, after decades of drought, it's ...

    by J. Poet on October 4, 1995
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    Raspberry Beret Readers of the Chronicle and the Sunday pink pages may have noticed the absence of a certain byline recently, that of pop music critic Michael Snyder, who has been writing there in some capacity since 1980. Rumors were flying that...

    by Sia Michel on September 27, 1995
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    Night Crawler

    It's Saturday night in the SOMA district, and there's an unmistakable energy in the air: People are counting down the hours until morning, when the Folsom Street Fair begins. Over at the jampacked Eagle, a pungent odor of leather and sweat wafts from...

    by Silke Tudor on September 27, 1995
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    Recordings

    Peter Grudzien The Unicorn (Parallel World) Originally released in 1974, The Unicorn is one of those obscure enigmas fringe collectors scour the globe for. The only actual LP by Peter Grudzien, a "psychedelic country artist with a gay sen...

    by James Sullivan on September 27, 1995
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    Crash Worship - The good-time ska of Berkeley's Dance Hall Crashers

    "I've been imitated so well, I've heard people copy my mistakes," Jimi Hendrix once said. It's impossible to pick up a music rag these days without being assailed by tracts on the perils of the "revival." Despite the critical hoopla over "posts" (see...

    by Shoshana Berger on September 27, 1995
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    Recordings

    The Presidents of the United States of America The Presidents of the United States of America (Columbia) Talk about your party platforms: Judging from the self-titled first effort of Seattle's Presidents of the United States of America (a...

    by Aidin Vaziri on September 20, 1995
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    Blues Explosion - The rough-and-tumble blues of R.L. Burnside

    Sixty-eight-year-old R.L. Burnside, father of 12, one-time farmhand and commercial fisherman, just got over a bout with the flu. He'd gone home to upstate Mississippi for some bed rest, but now he's back out on the road, playing music. Punk music. ...

    by James Sullivan on September 20, 1995
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    Jazzoetry - The return of the legendary Last Poets

    The Last Poets have come full circle. Like any group with more than three decades in the music business under its belt (and there aren't many), these spoken-word masters have had their share of ups and downs. Born out of the turbulent black-conscious...

    by Eric K. Arnold on September 20, 1995
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    Rocket From the Crypt The recent union of the West Coast's two hoary music sheets -- BAM and the Seattle Rocket -- made barely a peep in the clamor of August's "merger mania." Still, the move has shaken up the insular world of rock ink. With a co...

    by Sia Michel on September 20, 1995
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    Night Crawler

    It's 10 o'clock on a Sunday morning. The fog has already burned away, and the morning air is surprisingly warm, a token Indian summer before the chill of fall takes permanent hold. The sun slides over a freshly painted building on the corner of Sixth...

    by Silke Tudor on September 20, 1995
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    Moon Rocks - The otherworldly sounds of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake

    If it's true, as scientists and sages say, that sound waves never really die, then what happens after they break free of the conduits and enter the night air? Imagine the sounds continuing their journey outward, collapsing into smaller units, and bec...

    by Greg Milner on September 13, 1995
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    Night Crawler

    Seven cop cars sit in front of the Cow Palace on Sunday afternoon. Taunting them directly across the street is a group of 40 or so red-clad gangbangers who had been kicked out of the 1995 Lowrider Classic Tour for doing the "walk" (a prison term used...

    by Silke Tudor on September 13, 1995
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    Recordings

    Merzbow Hole (Heel Stone) The next time you curse that horrible racket your roommate considers music, thank your lucky stars you don't have the bedroom next to mine. One night I "inadvertently" roused a slumbering flatmate with the sound ...

    by C. Kenyon Silvey on September 13, 1995
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