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Riff Raff

Left Of(f) the Dial Until recently, Dore Stein was host of a twice-weekly radio show called "Tangents," broadcast on KALW (91.7-FM), the San Francisco Unified School District's radio station. It's a program that is very bright, very much loved by…
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Whiskey-Bent and Hell-Bound

The Complete Hank Williams (Mercury) Hank Williams was a drunk, a mean drunk who died at 29 in the back seat of a Cadillac. He was a semiliterate plagiarist, a whoremonger, a brawler, and an egomaniac. He was a stingy…
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Hear This

Beth Lisick Ordeal Mouth Almighty wanted her. But like most major labels, the fledgling spoken-word offshoot of Mercury Records was clueless. They said, "You're rock 'n' roll, you're Patti Smith." They were wrong. Beth Lisick is a cynical bitch. (She…
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Suspicious Minds

"I was born with a peanut for a brain/ 'Cause I'm a dumb head/ I'm a stupid little girl." So sang Ginny Arnell, badly, in 1963. A few songs later, on the second disc of Growin' Up Too Fast: The…
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Recordings

Dinah Washington Blue Gardenia: Songs of Love (EmArcy/Verve) "Just bring me the bitch who can do what I can do -- and do it all well," Dinah Washington once said. That's a typical quip from the legendary jazz vocalist --…
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