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Music, All Shook Down SmartGuy Records: Garage and Punk Vinyl Releases From an Apartment in the Mission

SmartGuy Records: Garage and Punk Vinyl Releases From an Apartment in the Mission

Name: SmartGuy Records Owner: Jerry Connolly Founded: 1997 Headquarters: Jerry's apartment, Mission District, San Francisco. Label one-sheet: SmartGuy is an independent record label founded in 1997 with the sole intention of releasing one Billy Childish single. Since its chance beginnings,…
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Calendar, Night&Day

The Bows of Holly

After breaking away from the Headcoatees, the Billy Childish-conceived garage girl-group for which she sang in 1995, it didn't take Holly Golightly long to find a signature sound. Though she's gone down a few different stylistic paths over the course…
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Culture, Art Fleecing Ourselves

Fleecing Ourselves

Billy Childish is a born rabble-rouser. The 47-year-old British musician (Pop Rivets, Thee Headcoats), artist, and novelist (My Fault) sports a Wyatt Earp-ian mustache, and, like that legendary officer of the law, he loves a good fight. He issues lists…
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Calendar, Night&Day Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps

Billy Childish, the musician/artist/poet/novelist whose immense body of work darkens the sky over our 10-song bands of the day, has been busy. No surprise there. The Englishman's legendary output includes more than 30 collections of poetry, 1,000 paintings, and 100…
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Music, Bouncer

DNA Loungin'

Let's discuss attractiveness. Biologically speaking, good looks don't have much of a function beyond getting the looker laid, which, for the purposes of our discussion, will be referred to as "sexual reproduction." Sexual reproduction is the only reason biological beings…
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Music, Breakfast  at Bluesville

Breakfast at Bluesville

When British Prime Minister Tony Blair swept back into office a couple of weeks ago, English garage rock goddess Holly Golightly was not among the voters at the polls. Instead, she was here in the Bay Area, working on her…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Cavalcade, the second offering from Chicago's Lonesome Organist, is indeed a procession. But rather than evoking stately progress and self-possessed commemoration, the album proffers a 34-minute caravan of disjointed delusions and lurid marvels as otherworldly as a medicine show run…
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Music, Holly Golightly; Ludella Black

Holly Golightly; Ludella Black

Since its debut in the early 1990s, British garage rock goddess Holly Golightly's grrl group, Thee Headcoatees, has carried the banner of stylish, finely crafted electric blues as ably as any band imaginable. Still, many people have justifiably seen Thee…
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The House of Tudor

Thee Headcoatees are to Thee Headcoats as the Milkboilers are to the Milkshakes and the Delmonas are to Thee Mighty Caesars -- a female-driven conveyance (comprised primarily of the Headcoats' sweethearts) for Billy Childish's hyperkinetic songwriting bumper crop. Since 1997's…
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House of Tudor

Here comes another dose of that crazy Up Up Sound, that freaked-out psycho-surf groove perfected by those headhunting, hot rod-pushing traders of trash -- the five-and-only Bomboras. Their latest sonic adventure, Head Shrinkin' Fun, is an interplanetary leap from one…
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The House of Tudor

Whew! Already four years have passed since Bondage A Go-Go first opened its leather-clad doors. Purists said that it would never last -- that the bridge-and-tunnel crowd would overwhelm all the true fetish fans, leaving an acid-washed regurgitation of tequila-shot-chugging…
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Billy Childish Grows Up

Billy Childish has gone off the dole. One of the most prolific -- and overlooked -- of the original British punks, Childish has spent nearly 20 years recording scores of no-budget albums for tiny, penniless record labels the world over.…
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