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    Recordings

    Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute(Warner Bros.) The serrano boys have peeled the tube socks off their dicks and pulled on their thinking caps for this fire dance of an album--easily the band's best since it put funk/punk on the map in 1985 wit...

    by Leigh Silverman on October 19, 1995
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    Model Trane

    When John Coltrane regularly gigged at the New York City jazz mecca Birdland in the early '60s, a young comedian who hung out at the club learned to mimic the sax player--his stage mannerisms, his facial tics, even the sound of his horn. One night,...

    by Janice Jarrett on October 19, 1995
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    Cowboys From Hell

    Eddie Spaghetti is homesick. At the mere mention of Arizona, his voice goes limp as his mind hearkens to happy childhood memories. Like the other members of the Seattle-based hillbilly hard-core band Supersuckers, Spaghetti was born and raised in ...

    by Ted Simons on October 19, 1995
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    Phish Tale

    Phish Heads, Phish Heads, stoned and tripping Phish Heads. Phish Heads, Phish Heads, having their fun. My brain's still shrouded in a pleasant purple haze from the Phish show at Compton Terrace on October 11, but I'm happy to report that the Dead...

    by David Holthouse on October 19, 1995
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    Rumble at the Nile

    I didn't know whom to believe. Last week, I heard two such disparate stories about a booking gone awry at Nile Theater that I felt like Judge Wapner presiding over a surreal episode of The People's Court. The plaintiff--Geoff Sanoff of the W...

    by David Holthouse on October 12, 1995
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    Pure Texas

    Jesse Dayton figures it's about time to get another tattoo. "I'm walkin' lopsided with only one," he says. The Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter scored his skin art 12 years ago, when he was a 17-year-old, greasy-haired rockabilly guitarist ...

    by David Holthouse on October 12, 1995
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    Scooby Doo, Y'all - A Q&A with Shaggy, pop reggae's self-appointed spearhead

    When Shaggy's first recordings hit the streets in 1991, the struggling dance-hall artist was preoccupied with dodging Scuds and piloting a Humvee as a Marine in Operation Desert Storm. It wasn't the first time the armed service had interfered with hi...

    by Danielle Hollomon on October 12, 1995
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    Recordings

    Morrissey Southpaw Grammar (Reprise) You crazy kids raised on teeny-weeny cassette inserts and itsy-bitsy CD booklets continue to miss the big picture when it comes to album art. It's something to behold, worship, spit at and draw insane conclusi...

    by Roni Sarig on October 12, 1995
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    POLARPALOOZAIN WHICH AN ANCHORAGE LAW CLERK GATECRASHES A ROCK FESTIVAL AT THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

    The mantra for the ad blitz that preceded the Molson Ice Beach Party--a corporate-sponsored rock festival held in the tiny Eskimo village of Tuktoyuktuk--was "Get Up There." Easier said than done. Tucked away on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in Ca...

    by Chad Wilton on October 5, 1995
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    HARD-KNOCK MANLOCAL LEGEND HANS OLSON IS A MASTER OF THE BLUES--BUT WILL HE EVER GET CONTROL OF HIS DESTINY?

    Dressed completely in black and sporting tinted shades that never come off, Hans Olson looks like the understudy for Death in a Bergman flick. His ominous appearance and growling baritone are tempered by a nostalgic smile as he ticks off the legend...

    by Matt Golosinski on October 5, 1995
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    VENUE VENOM

    Happy birthday, dear Ballroom. Happy birthday to you. Now that that's out of the way, I have a question: What the hell do so many people have against Electric Ballroom? In the ten weeks I've had to acclimate to the Valley music scene, I've heard no ...

    by David Holthouse on October 5, 1995
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    SLACKER'S COUGHSOUL COUGHING GETS ILL WITH HIP-HOP FOR HEPCATS

    When most slackers get sick, they lie in bed hoping for codeine. Soul Coughing spits up a song. "Super Bon Bon," for example, was spawned by an allergic reaction. "I threw this sneeze across the room," says keyboardist/sample maestro M'ark De Gili An...

    by Matt Golosinski on September 28, 1995
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    HARD-CORE ADDICTSPOISED ON THE BRINK OF BIG TIME, THE PHUNK JUNKEEZ STILL LIKE IT LOUD AND STUPID

    Beer, weed, girlies and greed. That's what little Phunk Junkeez are made of. In five years, the locally grown punk-hop act has graduated from a series of infamous break-and-enter warehouse concerts to touring the nation on corporate money. "Trauma/I...

    by David Holthouse on September 28, 1995
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    GUMBO CHEFUSING JAZZ AS A BASE, GEORGE DUKE DISHES UP A SPICY, AUTHENTIC BLEND

    From Adderly to Zappa, George Duke's biography reads like road notes from a cross-country tour of American popular music. His trek began as a child in northern California, where he studied classical and jazz and became proficient on piano, trombone a...

    by Janice Jarrett on September 28, 1995
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    RADIO DAZE

    Memo to: Terry Hardin, KZON-FM general manager Re: The Zone's crossover to a Rock Alternative format, our conversations on the same, KEDJ's response, and other assorted strangeness cc: Coda readers Terry-- I've got a question for you: Ever hear...

    by David Holthouse on September 28, 1995
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    SCANDINAVIAN BANDSTANDWHICH NORTHERN EUROPEAN COUNTRY HAS EXPORTED THE RUNNIEST TOP 40 CHEESE?

    If it ain't sung in English, a quick score as a novelty hit is the best a pop ditty can hope for in the U.S. Don't believe us? Just try naming more than one song by Domenico Modugno ("Volare") or Kyu Sakamoto ("Sukiyaki"). Betcha can't! Yet since 1...

    by Serene Dominic on September 21, 1995
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    SEVEN EVIL CLOWNSTHE BLUE MEANIES' G-FORCE CARNIVAL IS A WILD RIDE THAT'S NOT FOR SKA PURISTS

    The Blue Meanies make it a practice to sleep with their fans. "We can't afford hotels, so usually someone puts us up, people in the crowd we happen to meet," says Bill Spunke, the Meanies' 27-year-old lead singer. "Sometimes you luck out and stay wi...

    by Leigh Silverman on September 21, 1995
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    DESERT DISCS(OH, ALL RIGHT, FOUR DESERT DISCS AND ONE MESA TAPE)

    Generiks Cactus Jelly-Jive? (World Records) I'm thinking Blue Cheer. I'm thinking Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo. I'm thinking Feargal Sharkey. I'm thinking Nervous Norvus. I'm thinking everybody who's ever sounded worried delivering a lyric. Whethe...

    by Leigh Silverman on September 21, 1995
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    NO NET JAMDIRTY THREE TAKES INSTRUMENTAL ROCK INTO THE DANGER ZONE

    Nicolo Paganini was the principal violin virtuoso of the 19th century. He was also a madman. Wild-eyed in appearance and sinister in demeanor, Paganini made little effort to dispel rumors that he had killed one of his wives and strung his instrume...

    by David Holthouse on September 14, 1995
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    TV RATION

    There is a huge difference between merely "watching" TV and learning to respond aggressively to it. The difference, for most people, is the difference between the living and dying of their own brains. --Hunter S. Thompson, 1994 I don't own a tele...

    by David Holthouse on September 14, 1995
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