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Music, Our picks from Noise Pop’s local launch pad

Our picks from Noise Pop’s local launch pad

In times of great financial crisis, it's best to do like the Monty Python folks and "always look on the bright side of life." So, while it's true that some cool touring bands are staying home and counting their pennies…
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Music, Contents Under Pressure

Contents Under Pressure

From Arthur Lee to Daniel Johnston and Kurt Cobain, there's plenty of evidence that emotional instability and batshit craziness can contribute to innovative songwriting. Given that correlation, it's no shocker that D.C. hardcore outfit Bad Brains has had a huge…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Caps Off to Kaplan The other side of the story, as promised: Congratulations to Lee Kaplan for his work on behalf of Israel, the Middle East's only democracy, and his opposition to genocide-advocating Palestinian supporters .…
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Music, Love Was Here and Now You're Gone

Love Was Here and Now You're Gone

Synchronicity? Early July saw the passing of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. On August 4, Arthur Lee, perhaps Barrett's closest American counterpart, leader of the iconic 1960s band Love, departed this mortal coil. Both define the concept of "cult figure."…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

This is the fourth anthology of '60s obscurities released by a couple of California residents under the rubric "Soft Sounds for Gentle People." As the title implies, this one highlights male musicians. The 23 tracks spanning the years 1965 to…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

As America's answer to Syd Barrett, Arthur Lee commands the attention of generations of rock music geeks. Though maintaining a sporadic solo career, he's (in)famous as the singer/songwriter/prime mover of 1960s L.A. legends Love, name-checked by the Ramones (who covered…
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Calendar, Night&Day Once More Again

Once More Again

Forever Changes, the seminal 1967 album by the tragically underappreciated band Love, is one of those "Why the hell didn't this make them famous?" records. It is one of those discs you want to listen to all the way through…
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Calendar, Performance Who Loves Ya Baby?

Who Loves Ya Baby?

SAT 5/31 When Arthur Lee visited Bimbo's last year for his first local performance following his release from prison in late 2001, there was speculation about the mental and physical condition of the '60s icon. Ever since leading seminal L.A.…
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Music,

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 of…
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