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Music, Hear This Hostile Crawlcore

Hostile Crawlcore

Bay Area punk legends Flipper go through bassists like Spinal Tap did drummers; most recently, Nirvana veteran Krist Novoselic left and was replaced by Rachel Thoele, the band's first female member. After years of inaction punctuated by intermittent live gigs,…
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Film, <i>About a Son</i> Lets Kurt Cobain Talk for Himself

About a Son Lets Kurt Cobain Talk for Himself

Pity the fool hired to scribble the DVD-jacket copy for Kurt Cobain: About a Son — the film sounds horrific on paper. It's a 92-minute experimental documentary about the endlessly lionized "alternative" icon that doesn't include a guitar lick of…
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Music, King Misfit

King Misfit

Is My Chemical Romance this generation's Nirvana? Don't laugh, but that issue once warranted hot debate on the music-insider message board I Love Music, where one jokester summed up both bands' mottos as "I think, therefore I angst." Now, with…
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Music, Regional Rhyme Scheme

Regional Rhyme Scheme

Seattle is known for a lot of things, but hip hop ain't one of them. There's no dearth of inventive beats and rhymes in the Emerald City, but most folks associate the Pacific Northwest with some variant of rock music,…
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Music, Captured on Cassette

Captured on Cassette

Renee Crist, age 31, died suddenly, in the arms of husband Rob Sheffield, of an unforeseen pulmonary embolism in 1997. The '90s passed away much more slowly, as decades will do, cause of death unknown (though Fred Durst was almost…
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Music, More Than Words

More Than Words

What do you call a drummer who lost his girlfriend? Homeless. Everybody's got a drummer joke. And all the punch lines are based on the same stereotype: Drummers in rock bands are synaptically challenged freeloaders who lack the talent to…
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Music, Reviewed Jack Endino

Jack Endino

Though millions of people heard his sonic influence on classic efforts by Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and others, recorded during his stint as de facto in-house producer for Sub Pop Records, relatively few music fans are aware of Jack Endino's considerable…
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Music, A Fanclub's Notes

A Fanclub's Notes

Norman Blake has been called the nicest guy in rock. As the Teenage Fanclub guitarist chats with me via phone from Paris, it's easy to see why. He uses words like "integrity" and "honesty" as if he truly means them,…
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Music, Bouncer

Radio Radio

In what is becoming de rigueur in Bay Area radio, 95.7 the Bear is no longer bad country, or, as they called it, "young" country. It has switched its programming overnight and is now called the Max. And the Bone…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Music, Reviewed Pony Up: Sonic Youth

Pony Up: Sonic Youth

Ponytails. They're the only way to know if men over 45 are "with it." Ponytails are the nonverbal signal for cool, a fashion-smart way of saying, "I'm lookin' clean and tidy, but check me on the flip side and I'll…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 The newest music sensation that's sweeping the nation must have the record industry wishing like hell for the days of mere online file pirating. The art form known as the "mash-up" delights wild-eyed club kids, but…
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Music, OK Then Iron and Wine and Diapers

Iron and Wine and Diapers

There are two reasons why a telephone conversation with Sam Beam, the singer/songwriter responsible for the beautiful folk songs of Iron & Wine, is difficult. One: He is such a humble, modest guy that you really can't get him to…
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Music, Reviewed Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

I mean, shit, the guy's prolific, you've got to give him that: He released almost 30 new songs in 2003. Reportedly, what happened is that Adams made a record titled Love Is Hell but scrapped it after he and his…
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Music, Reviewed Erlend &Oslash;ye

Erlend Øye

The last 15 years saw the rise of the "Unplugged" phenomenon, in which rockers like Nirvana and Oasis got all sensitive with their acoustic instruments. Now, Norway's Erlend Øye is moving in the opposite direction. As half of Kings of…
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Music, Pop Philosophy True is stranger than fiction

True is stranger than fiction

A legend in his own mind History, they say, is written by the winners. With his new book, Live Through This: American Rock Music in the Nineties, Everett True tries to invert that truism. Some may find his claim of…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Place to Meet Limber Chicks and Get a Good Stretch

Everybody knows chicks love yoga. And any dating expert will tell you that in order to score, you need to put yourself in the mix. In other words, go where the ladies go. Which is why any single, heterosexual man…
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Music, Young Fresh Fellows vs. The Minus 5; Soft Boys

Young Fresh Fellows vs. The Minus 5; Soft Boys

Seattle's Young Fresh Fellows formed in the early '80s, between the '60s garage glory of the Sonics and Nirvana's grungy '90s, when not a lot was going on up north. Although the group started out as a fanzine in-joke --…
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Music, Smells Like Leif Garrett

Smells Like Leif Garrett

The Melvins, legendary innovators of brutal intelli-sludge heavy rock, like to challenge their audience as much as their drum heads and amplifier outputs. As vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne says, the band's modus operandi is to "screw with people. That's…
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