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Music, Reviewed Tipsy

Tipsy

For Tipsy's third album — the first in seven years — the San Franciscans offer another spiffy exercise in retro-avant instrumental music, an inspired film score in search of a movie. Buzzz proudly displays Tipsy's roots for all to hear,…
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Music, Reviewed Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Onstage and in interviews, Lee "Scratch" Perry's persona is a mix of giddy surrealism, folk wisdom, apocalyptic theology, and simple crudity (fart jokes, raw sex talk). And while there's fun to be had listening to him ramble, when you unpack…
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Music, Dub Wise

Dub Wise

There are several figures in music who, despite their significant impact establishing genres, styles, and mythologies, still aren't household names. Lee "Scratch" Perry is one of those important instigators lacking mainstream kudos. He's a Jamaican producer, songwriter, mixologist, and performer…
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Music, Hear This Jazz legends Alice and Ravi Coltrane hit SF Jazz Fest

Jazz legends Alice and Ravi Coltrane hit SF Jazz Fest

Some bands are good for a brief fling then forgotten; others you pathologically revisit because they've got their teeth buried in your buttons. Sweden's Love Is All is in the latter category; it skronks with such overdriven insistence the music…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

In 1982, Afrika Bambaataa uncannily summarized the next two decades of DJ/producer struggle with his track "Looking for the Perfect Beat." Whenever it seems we've finally arrived at that ultimate groove, the cultural paradigm shifts. Drum 'n' bass is a…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

If the names King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry are synonymous with the emergence of dub in Jamaica, it's only natural that Scratch protégé Mad Professor (born Neil Fraser) has been a guiding light in the dub coming out of…
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Learning From Scratch

It's 3:30 a.m. in Paris, and Lee "Scratch" Perry is living up to his reputation as one of reggae's most colorful, and least stable, characters. "My real name is Death Before Dishonor," he announces over the phone in a gruff,…
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The House of Tudor

For me, the ethereal panhandle-wail of Paula Frazer conjures surreal childhood memories of one feverish night spent watching Shirley Temple movies on a scratchy black-and-white 10-inch screen. For countless hours my world had been reduced to a muggy fog of…
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The House of Tudor

Not long ago, or so I am told, it was common for folks to plop themselves down in a circle and commence to singing through the tail end of the day. It was the perfect way to let a good…
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Recordings

Various Artists American Rumble Volume One (Schizmatic) Cashing in on the second coming of rockabilly, American Rumble is a neobilly primer, a must-have for any real gone guy or dynamite doll who wants to be in the know. Featuring over…
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