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COYLE AND SHARPE Audio Visionaries CD

At about the same time Allen Funt was serving up clandestine pranks on his program Candid Camera, Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe were thrusting microphones into the faces of unsuspecting San Franciscans and gathering material for their program on KGO radio. The result is a body of practical jokes and put-ons numbering in the hundreds, […]

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SEX, STUPIDITY AND GREED: INSIDE THE AMERICAN MOVIE INDUSTRY By Ian Grey; Juno Books, 1997

Former Hollywood insider Ian Grey turns a critical eye on his former stomping grounds in search of crass over-commercialism, clichés, unscrupulous practices, insipid scripts, an overall standard of homogenous, formulaic, unimaginative product and—Shazam!—he finds it! Along the way, Ian offers up some revealing, often hilarious tales of self-obsession in the movie industry. The conclusions he […]

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THE BUFF MEDWAYS This Is This CD

Renaissance man Billy Childish has successfully managed to stay one step ahead of notoriety by putting out blistering garage rock under a host of names. The garage rock stalwart, sometimes blues man, painter, author, and poet has fronted such acts as Thee Headcoats, Thee Mighty Caesars, and Thee Milkshakes (to name a few) for a […]

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THE ELECTRIC EELS The Eyeball of Hell CD/LP

Before punk was offered, digested, and popularized in the second half of the 1970s, there was the Electric Eels. This Cleveland proto-punk terror cell operated from 1972 to 1975 and, although they only actually performed live five times, provided a vital link between the MC5s and Stooges that came before all the raucous energy that […]

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Kurt Cobain reviewed by Bo Pogue

Book Reviews Kurt Cobain reviewed by Bo Pogue Mar 2, 2009, 12:06 KURT COBAIN by Christopher Sandford; Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1995 I remember the moment I first found out Kurt had passed. Driving along a rural stretch of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, my reaction upon hearing the somber cut-in on Seattle's KNDD radio was, “Wow! […]

The D4 CD review [Infectious/Flying Nun/V2]

Music ReviewsThe D4 CD review [Infectious/Flying Nun/V2] By Mar 25, 2003, 01:48 THE D4 6Twenty CD New Zealand's entry into the Rock and Roll Revival Sweepstakes. Shoulda been born in Sweden, fellas. Yes, they're bound to get lumped in with The Hives, The Vines, and all the rest of the bands that have recently popularized […]

Crooked Fingers CD review [Merge]

Music ReviewsCrooked Fingers CD review [Merge] By Jan 21, 2003, 22:34 CROOKED FINGERS Red Devil Dawn CD Crooked Fingers is Eric Bachmann, who left a life of guitar-driven rock as front man for Archers of Loaf in North Carolina in favor of one of folky bardism in Seattle. The move was a net gain for […]

The Thermals CD review [Sub Pop]

Music ReviewsThe Thermals CD review [Sub Pop] By Mar 4, 2003, 23:31 THE THERMALS More Parts Per Million CD This is one of those sort of bands that holds court at overloaded basement parties in college towns. They play crappy instruments, show glimpses of surprising talent, wear a beer buzz well, and crank out short, […]

Slapshot CD review [Bridge Nine]

Music ReviewsSlapshot CD review [Bridge Nine] By Nov 26, 2002, 23:28 SLAPSHOT Greatest Hits, Slashes and Crosschecks CD Sweet Jesus, it's Slapshot, the Boston proto-hardcore outfit from deep inside the bowels of the 80s that excited so many sweatshirted, backpacking, cherry-red Doc Marten-wearing stormtroopers at VFW gigs with their archetypal paddle beats, 3-chord chugga chuggas, […]

Gee Strings CD review [Dead Beat]

Music ReviewsGee Strings CD review [Dead Beat] By Jul 1, 2002, 04:42 THE GEE STRINGS Arrest Me Baby CD Four Germans who have pretensions of cranking out “angst fuelled, self-destructo blitz punk,” but actually manage to deliver more of the same throwback punk with chipper, spritely, bop-along-to-the-classics under-girdings. The guitars sound exceptionally sturdy as they […]