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Music, Various Artists

Various Artists

The granddaddy of all rock reissues, the Nuggets series dates back to 1972, when Patti Smith's future guitarist Lenny Kaye assembled a two-LP collection of his favorite American garage rock songs. The collection housed a wicked bunch of snotty, snarly…
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Music, Return to Hicksville

Return to Hicksville

"How can I miss you when you won't go away?" asks the catchy chorus to one of acoustic prankster Dan Hicks' most sardonic love songs, recorded way back in the early '70s. For folks here in the Bay Area it…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

The Wedding Present Weddings are generally boring. Or, rather, they're boring to write about -- how the New York Times consistently stomachs scribbling about the pâté available at the nuptials of some Park Avenue daughter-of-doctors working in "marketing" and a…
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One-Hit Wanderer

As life-changing events go, what happened to Alec Palao when he was 15 was relatively mundane: A classmate at his British boarding school in 1977 loaned him a record. The album was Nuggets, the 1972 double-LP compilation of American one-hit-wonder…
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