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Greg Burk

L.A. Weekly: The paper That Wouldn’t Die

Half the story is in the eyes. Art director Ewa Wojciak’s eyes, bulging and glowing as her hands vibrated gently, three hours after the Wednesday print deadline and three to go. Line-shot operator Ted Schatz’s eyes, crackling behind thick lenses as he ignited a 20-foot trail of wax solvent into......
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New Standards

Photo by Daniel Borris/EdgeI've woken Marcus Roberts up. Booked for an Orange County concert, he's crashed in a Costa Mesa hotel this afternoon. It's dark in here, drapes drawn. He sits in shirtsleeves on the edge of a rumpled bed; I'm in a chair, just able to make out his......
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DJ Spooky's dream state

Listen to DJ Spooky: Real Audio Format Theme of the Drunken Sailor Polyphony of One Peace in Zaire Download the RealPlayer FREE! A theory: DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid dreams when he's awake, and the dreams become his creations. That would explain why he requires only four hours of sleep,......
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Don't Wake Me

Live jazz had a week to remember last month. One artist took a big career risk. Another made a long-awaited return. Another held a triumphal homecoming. And I didn't have to go to New York or San Francisco or Dubuque to see any of it. I knew Leon Parker was......
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Jesus in Furs

It makes you want to take the phone off the hook in the morning and drink all day and pass out with your headphones on and almost a smile on your face. It turns your solitude and misery into a giant bag of candy. It validates your emptiness. Marilyn Manson's......

Solitary Refinement

Jesus didn’t want to go into the wilderness all by himself any more than you do. He got baptized, and the Spirit drove him there (Mark 1:12). Anyway, wild beasts were out there with him, and angels, and there was even temptation. So he wasn’t really alone. You never are......
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Let's Get Dead

The zombie is an attractive role model. Every quality a modern urbanite covets, the zombie's got. Think of the title companion in Jacques Tourneur's 1943 film I Walked With a Zombie. Stark. Still. Cool. No emotional upset or physical pain gets up his nose. Go ahead, stick a pin in......
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Jazz Changes

However carefully the course is plotted, a balloon can end up in Oz or the Indian Ocean - artists need to be wind-sensitive. Seeing that jazz performers improvise for a living, it's odd how narrowly many of them define their directions. Some, though, turn themselves around and manage to scrape......
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Dances With Ants

Listen to White Noise Vol. 2: Real Audio Format Uberzone Lunatic Calm Tipper Download the RealPlayer FREE! This must be some new variety of techbeat compilation, I thought. Normally I load 'em up and brace for the artistic death rattles, which tend to arrive with ambulance alacrity. I waited a......

Summer is Dangerous

Summer is dangerous. Elsewhere in this issue, various possibly well-meaning writers will try to persuade you that there are "things to do" in this sunny season. Ignore them. They may have forgotten that summer is a time of riots, fires, earthquakes, drive-bys, baseball games and many other hazards, but I......
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