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Brendan Mullen

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This Band Could Be His Life

While Superbowl Sunday is ragin’ full-on for the rest of America, Ian MacKaye is busy meetin’ an’ greetin’ fans and old friends while simultaneously loading out gear after the Evens’ all-ages sold-out-at-five-bucks throw-down in the backroom at McCabe’s in Santa Monica. “Who cares about a ball game if Ian’s in......
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We Are the Fall

He’s lost count. There’ve been around 30 different lineups of his band, the Fall. His discography includes some 30 studio albums, 50 singles, 50 live and compilation albums. (He once accidentally made it onto the British pop charts.) He can’t remember the number of times he’s played L.A. over the......
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Wise Guys, E, and Stomach-Pump Chic

When author Frank Owen, a wide-eyed Mancunian immigrant to New York, asserts that the “first full-fledged rave scene in America” originated in Mafia-controlled hoods like Bensonhurst and Staten Island, he is apparently unaware that acid-house music and Ecstasy-driven rave culture were already in high swing in Los Angeles and elsewhere......
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Cease to Exist

Photo by Michael Fox Hot on the spiked heels of the notorious 1976 "Prostitution" showstopper at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Genesis P-Orridge and his chief partner-collaborator at the time, a stunning exotic dancer turned performance artist named Cosey Fanni Tutti, turned up in L.A. to perform at......
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Killaz and Victims

Photo by Ted Soqui THE HIP AND THE INFORMED HAVE COME TO regard gangsta rap as an irradicable virus created by fabulously wealthy producers and entrepreneurs, long gone from the ghetto (if they were ever there in the first place), now living in gated communities in Calabasas, pandering to dopey......

A Mythic Thing

I'M SITTING IN A CONFERENCE ROOM AT Le Meridian Hotel, waiting for Tony Wilson to show up for the press cattle call promoting 24 Hour Party People. I've just finished reading the e-text of the "novelized" version his L.A. publicist sent me, and I'm psyched to meet the main man......
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Marc Moreland 1958-2002

Marc Moreland, guitarist, songwriter and co-founder with Stan Ridgway of the electro-pop band Wall of Voodoo, died in a Paris hospital on March 13. He was 44. He had been in failing health in recent years and underwent a liver transplant two months ago. The operation was apparently successful, but......

Darwin, Dogma and Loud Guitars

The signs on the house speakers facing the dance floor at the Roxy say no stage diving: “If you dive, you go home.” This rule generally applies to everyone, but club management wouldn’t dare enforce it at a Bad Religion show. Stage diving and crowd surfing have long been SoCal......
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Cubop Kick

Enlarge image Jack Costanzo is an overlooked hipster saint who thrived everywhere he went throughout an amazing and still-going-strong 55-plus-year career, and herewith follows the case for his canonization in the Big Book of Jazz Hipsterology. Sometime around 1947, renowned big-band leader Stan Kenton was inspired by Cuban legend Machito......

Annihilation Man

Photo by Frank Gargani I'm not going to save up for my old age because I'm not going to have an old age. If we run out of money, I can always kill myself. —Darby Crash, No Magazine interview, 1979 IT WAS AROUND 10:30 P.M. ON DECEMBER 7, 1980. Darby......