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Riff Raff

Punk Politesse With any luck, old punks will never end up like the rather depressing ex-hippies -- San Francisco can't afford the detritus of two dead subcultures reminiscing about bygone eras. Stop me if you've heard this one before: A…
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Riff Raff

Selvin Watch: By the Numbers In newspaper writing, the saddest mistakes are the ones that are hard to make. That's why watching Joel Selvin's journalism career chokes us up so much. The Chronicle chief pop music critic, who wrote a…
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The Impotence of Being Earnest

Phil Ochs Farewells & Fantasies (Elektra Traditions/Rhino) Despite himself, Phil Ochs just didn't like the cut of his gold lame suit. The liner notes to the excellent new Ochs retrospective, Farewells & Fantasies, tell us that the folk musician --…
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Soul Searching

Various Artists Beg Scream & Shout! The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul (Rhino) If popular culture is to be believed -- and, granted, as cultures go, it's a pathological liar -- the most important thing about soul music appears…
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Riff Raff

As Phony as a $3 Bill Like folks at Dead shows of the past, where cries of "I need a miracle" wove between drum rumbles and bong gurgles, many of today's aspiring concert attendees can find themselves hoping for tickets,…
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Reviews

Omar Sosa Free Roots Release Party Saturday, Aug. 23 Great American Music Hall Some danced during Omar Sosa's show two weeks ago Saturday. Grouped in packs of twos, threes, and fours, women and men hovering close to the walls and…
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Riff Raff

Chapter 37 in an Ongoing Saga After the San Francisco Chronicle's two-year search -- two years! -- to add a second pop music critic to the masthead, we're suddenly looking at a horse race between two journalistic stallions. In case…
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Take a Really Deep Breath Just as housewives of yore used to "extend" their supply of meat by adding increasing quantities of bread, grain, or sawdust to the ground chuck, it seems that your average daily paper can maintain the…
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Grope for Merit

Before that pasty altrock stew bubbled over into their arena, it seemed the Melvins could do no wrong. Not because their odd, abbreviated albums were ever perfect, but because they showed perfection (of a style, or at least a shtick)…
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Riff Raff

The Drummer Vanishes In a moot juxtaposition of publicity spin and state propaganda, Riff Raff offers the two pictures seen here. One we received in the mail, in announcement of an impending Kinetics show. The other we retrieved from our…
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Riff Raff

Some Friendly Advice to All Baby Boomers From the Music Editor Concerning the 20th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's Demise Upon That Fabled Toilet, and the Inexorable Passing of Their Youth Let it go. (M.B.) Lilyvolt Wilts Recently, singer/songwriter Kate Donnellon…
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The Specials, Undercover S.K.A. Fillmore Thursday, July 31 Have you ever dreamed about going back in time to one of the creatively crucial moments in modern music history? Maybe to the groundbreaking recording session that produced Miles Davis' Kind of…
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Riff Raff

Publicity TKO In keeping with the current spirit of publicity in San Francisco, Riff Raff offers no comment on the reported scuffle between OMC frontman Pauly Fuemana and his local record label representative. Word got around that Fuemana, a Maori…
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Radiohead Warfield Sunday, July 27 If a band wants to have an audience in the years ABB (After Buzz Bin), it is important for them to remember upon whose paycheck they dance. And that includes Radiohead. Let's not even talk…
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Riff Raff

Ingenuine Draft For the record, that was Dave Grohl -- the guy who played drums in Nirvana -- onstage at the Fillmore doing a Miller commercial during the MGD Blind Date concert on July 18. After the third song, Grohl…
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Odd, Even

Geraldine Fibbers, Claw Hammer, Patsy Great American Music Hall Tuesday, July 15 To say you have something against the sort of music played by the Los Angeles noise trio Patsy -- who opened for fellow Angelenos Claw Hammer and the…
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Riff Raff

Another Reason Why S.T. Should Henceforth Be Known as Riff Raff's "Goth Correspondent" Those of you who were watching Hard Copy on June 26 -- and don't even bother trying to deny that you watch the tabloid show -- might…
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Riff Raff

A Clarification, Courtesy of the Music Editor, Regarding the Credo at the Very Bottom of This Column That's "flack," not "flak." We like flak. "Flack," on the other hand -- we "flak" that. (M.B.) We Care a Lot On Friday,…
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Recordings

Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst Instrumentalyst (Dreamworks) Dr. Octagon, aka Kool Keith, is one of the great paradoxes in hip hop. Whether for his work on Dr. Octagonecologyst, the Mo' Wax import recently released in these parts by Dreamworks, or for…
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Riff Raff

Lawyer Rock Colossal Pictures -- the San Francisco multimedia company that brought you MTV's Liquid Television, among other things -- has filed suit in U.S. Bankruptcy Court against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In legalese, the allegations made…
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