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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 »

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 »

NOISE: I'll be your mirror... for a major outlay of cash

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supposedely some guy bought it for like 75 cents and Saturn records is assisting in the selling of the record.

http://cgi.ebay.com/VELVET-UNDERGROUND-NICO-1966-Acetate-LP-ANDY-WARHOL_...

NOISE: Grammy noms...or nattering nabobs of nonsense?

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The 49th Grammy nominations have been announced, and can we get a witness -- despite the feisty, principled stance by the Dixie Chicks and the continuing wonder of Mary J. Blige, are the Grammys still too hidebound and geriatric to really... matter?

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Gnarlsome twosome. Read more »

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 »