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    Jeff Stark's Top 10 Records Released in 1997 1) (tie) Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space The Perfect Prescription, Spacemen 3's finest record, actualized the peaks and comedowns of an LSD trip; in his spin-out band Spiritualized,…
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    Welcome to the Majors On Saturday, Dec. 6, Creeper Lagoon drummer Patrick Mangan took a day off from recording songs for a new album at Sony Studios in Santa Monica to headline a show at the Bottom of the Hill…
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    A Musician's Life Thursday evening, Dec. 4, jazzman Calder Spanier played a show at 330 Ritch with the swing band Jellyroll. He was returning home to Berkeley when his Ford Falcon ran out of gas on the Bay Bridge. According…
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    Portishead The beautiful rolling textures of trip hop owe everything to the dub and hip hop captured within a few elegant blue lines. Blue Lines, the 1991 debut record from Bristol's Massive Attack, was the aural equivalent of a layered…
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    INXS Frontman Michael Hutchence Did Not Die of Autoerotic Asphyxiation But police sources insisted that the singer with the Australian band INXS had killed himself and was not the victim of an auto-erotic sex game that went wrong. His naked…
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    Back to Mono! A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, San Francisco Neil Diamond cover group Super Diamond played their third sold-out House of Blues show this year. Reason for frontman Randy Cordeiro's tight black satin pants to fill…
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    Various Artists Audio Alchemy 2 (Ubiquity) DJ compilations promising new experiments in beats and sampling are about as rare as furniture and equally exciting. In the past two years, two excellent compilations -- the turntablist-heavy Return of the DJ Vol.…
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    Are You Sure, Keith? Our quote of the week comes from a communique released by the self-hyping Marginal Prophets, the local hip-hop outfit that tries to turn every show into a news item. The Prophets contacted us at least a…
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    DJs Z-Trip and Radar Pollution, endless freeway construction, and suburban sprawl make Phoenix, Ariz., look like a budding Los Angeles; on a cultural level, though, the city's reputation is still about as exciting as a TV dinner. But DJs Z-Trip,…
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    Old Grandad With groups like Whitesnake struggling to land gigs at places like Uncle Fucker's Chuckle Hut, you might actually believe all the crap about metal being dead. Truth told, metal didn't die -- it just cleaned house. Gone are…
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    Two Words for All Gen-Xers Attending This Weekend's Jane's Addiction Concert Who Might Think This Reunion Is Somehow Less Embarrassing Than Boomer Revival Pap Like the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac It's not. (J.S.) Roast Beast The sixth annual Thunder Road…
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    The Filth F.C. The Filth F.C. recall the glory days of British oi!, when two fingers in the air didn't mean peace and braces weren't for your teeth. In the Thatcherite '80s, working-class bands playing hard, fast punk and espousing…
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    Rock 'n' Requiem The Day of the Dead was the appropriate setting for the death of live music at one of the Mission District's most sprightly venues, a place where many of the patron saints of underground rock, pop, and…
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    Radio Free Richmond For the last three years, Richard Edmondson has played a cat-and-mouse game with the Federal Communications Commission. Edmondson operates San Francisco Liberation Radio, a tiny 40-watt station that broadcasts on S.F.'s west side. The station airs leftist…
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    The X-ecutioners New York DJ collective the X-ecutioners are reversing underground hip hop's traditional roles of ruling MC and shadowed DJ. Ever since rappers eclipsed DJs in the mid-1980s, ego-driven MCs and their withered beats have ballooned the pockets of…
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    Ethical Laundry Riff Raff isn't always snotty; sometimes we just sit around and ponder big ethical questions. Here's what we've been chewing on recently. Last week the San Francisco Bay Guardian published a live review of a local band called…
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    Critic's Corner: The End of a Long, Long Story The Chronicle promised us a horse race but didn't even provide a winner's circle after the handsome steed, bloodied but unbowed, finally made it across the finish line. When the paper…
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    DJ Quest Turntablists are to DJs what physicists are to scientists -- chock-full of brilliant ideas understood and fully appreciated mainly by their colleagues. Manipulating wax on souped-up record players, turntablists have a style and method of musical expression that…
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    Things We Did on Grass Now we know why Chet Helms and company waited until October to throw a 30-year anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love: harvest. There was so much weed at the Sunday shindig in Golden Gate…
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    Bring the Noise Live music venues are rare enough in San Francisco, but hip-hop clubs are scarcer than rubies on Twin Peaks. For years now, occasional gigs at indie rock or dance clubs have been the only sustenance for a…
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    Future Primitive Soundsessions A Future Primitive Soundsession is the hip-hop equivalent of Mandelbrot fractals: The sporadic parties always produce collages of sound that swim in beats of infinite depth and ever-changing complexity. Future Primitive organizer Mark Herlihy achieves this effect…
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    Saturday Afternoon in the Park Static Faction drummer J. Shagawat says she's frustrated in the same way other rock musicians in San Francisco are: She's offended by crass commercialism and irritated by a shortage of viable venues. But while others…
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    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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    Moonshine Over America With electronica tours multiplying faster than Perry Farrell's bank account balance, to recommend one would be to aid and abet the bastardization of a burgeoning scene that's struggled for respect. Cyberfest '97 deviates little from the usual…
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    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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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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