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NOISE: 10 to the 75

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75 Degrees' Rick Bond was late with his holiday year-end Top 10 in terms of the print edition of the Guardian, but it's never too late for our always-interested, always-ravenous-for-news blogestablishmentarianistic virtual side. Fill our Top 10 void, Rick. Here 'tis, at last:

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75 Degrees of inseparableness. Courtesy of www.rasputinmusic.com

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NOISE: Malkmus mender

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OK, I have to say one of my fondest straight-outta-Stockton moments had to be the time when, on stage at the Fillmore, Stephen Malkmus gave a shout out to his family in the audience - and the restaurant they just patronized: Benihana. Did I hallucinate that or what?

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Married, not harried. Read more »

NOISE: Trainwreck Riders lick those "Christmas Time Blues"?

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Trainwreck Riders are stoked now - they have a new video for their song, "Christmas Time Blues," and now we're telling all y'all about it.

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The official story is the SF band and Goldies winners hit the streets of the city last month with a Super-8 camera and a bag full of costumes that they dug up from their basements. Read more »

NOISE: James Brown is dead - long live James Brown

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Whoa, I go crazy - James Brown in his casket. Who would have thought it could happen? To the hardest working of us all?

Newsday reports that a gold casket carrying the Godfather of Soul's body, drawn by two white horses, arrived at the Apollo Theater today as thousands of fans lining the street erupted in chants.

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Died on Christmas day. Courtesy of AFP

NOISE: Joanna Newsom overwhelms in SF

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Guardian contributor Max Goldberg caught Joanna Newsom's recent performance at Great American Music Hall. Here's his review:

Sans bangs and decked in red, Joanna Newsom played the last of a sold-out three-night stand at the Great American Music Hall Wednesday, Dec. 20. It was a performance concentrated and sustained enough to feel like a dream: no small thing given the general crush of people. Read more »

NOISE: Coup keeps on keepin' on...

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FOR THE COUP

THE SHOW GOES ON

New Orleans Musicians Fund to Assist band recover from devastating bus crash

The Coup will play Claypool's Mad Hatter's Ball New Year's Eve

Grace Pavilion, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa -- December 120, 2006 -- The Harmony Festival has received many queries about whether or not The Coup, having recently survived a devastating tour bus accident in which they lost all of their belongings and were forced to cancel their tour, would be Read more »

Hawk eyed

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Urban wildlife sightings are always joyous things - but not if you're a rat. We spied this gorg bird from our offices on Potrero Hill and watched it tear the entrails from a humongoid rodent. Missed our deadlines, but it was much better than the Discovery Channel. Read more »

NOISE: As the Toph turns ??

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Hey everyone loves Red Wine, eh? Well, show the love when Toph One celebrates his birthday with a little veeno and a heaping side of beats. This very special Red Wine Social happens tonight, Dec. 20, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Dalva, 3121 16th at Valencia, SF. Other wheels of steelers include Doc Fu and Pause. And it's all free. So feel free.

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Courtesy of True Skool's Web site.

NOISE: Chime power

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Drifting aimlessly amid the holiday chaos? Tell me all about it. There's nothing like seasonal activity disarray (SAD) when it comes feeling sorry for yourself, grumpy, and liable to purchase the first bright shiny object to obliterate the pain. Read more »

NOISE: Crash! The Coup's bus flips

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Our best wishes go out to the Coup and Mr. Lif, who were in a frightening bus crash on Dec. 2. The Bay Area hip-hop band's vehicle flipped and caught fire in Imperial, Calif., at 3:50 a.m. after a Friday night performance at the House of Blues. Now the Coup may have to cancel the rest of its tour with Lif.

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Boots in better times. Read more »