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NOISE: Sonny Smith surfaces

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That playwriting sonuvagun Sonny Smith is back in town. You can find him at 12 Galaxies Tuesday, Dec. 5, opening for Bob Frank and John Murray.

Smith describes Frank as "a gifted Memphis singer-songwriter who landed a one-album deal with Vanguard Records" back in the '70s. Frank's subsequent eponymous album "earned critical comparisons to Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson"; the songwriter is apparently back after hooking up with his old Memphis pal Jim Dickinson. Read more »

NOISE: Saturday, it's a free-for-all of other worlds, Crumar, and Pens...

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Free stuff on a Saturday -- we are so there, after blowing our wads of nonexistent cash on holiday gifties.

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Don't stare - it's Phil Crumar. Courtesy of asphodel.com.

First off: Phil Crumar, SF beat maker and Asphodel artist, will be ho-ho-ho-ing for the man, the Virgin man, that is -- when he performs Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., at the Megastore at Stockton and Market. Word has it Organer and the Court and Spark's Mike Taylor will be playing earlier at 2 p.m. Read more »

NOISE: Burn, babies, burn

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It's a whole lotta noise in a teeny tiny package: Deluxe Incinerator, C.I.P.'s three 3-inch CD collection of disc by Bay noise nabobs SIXES and Xome and Texas playmate Goat.

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Xome in action. Courtesy of Lars Knudson.

I just opened this small package of bristling static, fuzz, and feedback, and I gotta say it's just the thing to stuff in your favorite noise fan's stocking. Read more »

NOISE: Hark, Maceo Parker

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Guardian intern Aaron Sankin caught Maceo Parker at the Fillmore on Nov. 22. Here’s what he thought:

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Maceo Parker blows up. Courtesy of www.maceo.com

If you’re real funky you can pretty much do anything you want on stage. What are the odds that George Clinton could have gotten away with landing a pretend spaceship and pretending he was from another planet (Planet Funk in Groove Galaxy) if he played an acoustic guitar and sang songs about his feelings? Read more »

NOISE: Oh joy, the turkeys are safe...

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...But us turkeys are out and in the clubs once again! With much delay -- and lots of delay pedals -- we quickly wrap up our wearabouts. We being the royal we -- or the twice-as-tubby-we now that we have mowed through all that dark turkey meat, three different kinds of stuffing, several pies, and a few small children.

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Aye, it's Daevid Allen. Read more »

NOISE: Lady Sov sobs, Budget Rock roars

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Y'know we all think Lady Sovereign seems like a tough little cookie but geez, she was all tears at the Mezzanine Tuesday night, Nov. 14. Griping that she couldn't hear herself in the monitors (her bus was also an hour late due to a breakdown), she sat down a song or two in and held her hands and apologized for being "diva-ish." Poor kid. And too bad for the tough dance girls all around me who seemed superpsyched to get some Sovereign ack-shun. Read more »

NOISE: I was almost the Riottt

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What about that Be the Riottt press-list line?! Guardian intern Aaron Sankin got to sample it firsthand when he attended the music fest at Bill Graham Civic on Nov. 11. Here's what he thought:

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Girl Talk explodes the Riottt; the one-man party-starter Read more »

NOISE: Hill 'n' Twin

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Andrew Hill's quintet was amazing the other night - too bad you weren't there on that sleepy Sunday night to catch 'em. Of note in particular were trumpet player Charles Tolliver and drummer Eric McPherson. Hill himself was frail, reedy voiced, but relentlessly inventive.

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On a completely different note, check out Madeline on Orange Twin Records at the Stork Club Nov 7. A Cat Power-esque folkie to watch for.

NOISE: Meditating on Incubus...and on coveting your neighbor's cellie

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Guardian intern Aaron Sankin checked out the Incubus show put on Verizon Wireless on Oct. 20; here's what he thought:

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Incubus + Verizon Wireless = Synergy!

The LG VX8500 Chocolate phone is available from Verizon Wireless for $149.99. It has an iPod-style touch wheel, Bluetooth compatibility, a digital music player, and a 1.3 megapixel digital camera that can take both pictures and movies. Read more »

Zozobra's ashes

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By G.W. Schulz

Old Man Gloom first formed as a side project for members of the Boston bands Converge, Isis and Cave In. In some senses, OMG was bigger and more destructive than anything its members had done with their primary outfits. Read more »