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Beat Street
By Todd S. Inoue

Buena Suerte:
'City Revolt' finds new owners

ON THE ZINE front, City Revolt has a pair of new owners. Co-publishers Larry Trujillo and Kevin Marberg have seized the presses from outgoing publisher/editor Kal Gettle. Trujillo will take over editing; Marberg, a hotshot designer with Sonic skateboards, will do the layout. Trujillo, who also manages Diatribe, promises a more consistent look. His first priority will be "getting it out on time"; he also plans to reset the focus on San Jose bands. "We're going to get back to covering the local scene in depth," Trujillo says. "We encourage all bands to send their stuff in." The new-look City Revolt will debut Dec. 1. Bands can address packages to CR, 190 Martha St., top floor, San Jose, 95112.

Tape Heads

Sheer F. Genius studios in San Jose has sold its equipment but is looking for potential owners for its rare eight- and two-track master tapes of old San Jose bands. Michael Smith recorded lots of bands from the late '80s and early '90s (Soul Senders, Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Shockwaves, Crimson Ivy, Shadows as Tall as Trees, Kooch Bahar, Kingpins, Whistlin Bullets and more), and he wants to give away a "2-foot-tall stack" of masters. The memories go up for grabs Saturday (Nov. 8) at noon at the Guitar Showcase swap shop, 3090 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose.

Backbeat

Back when I was a go-fer for an advertising agency, one of our clients was Bullwinkle's, a version of Chuck E. Cheese with a daffy moose instead of a talking rat as its spokesmammal. I used to drop off ad proofs, then play video games before returning to the office. Today, the former Bullwinkle's at Lawrence Expressway and Homestead Avenue in Santa Clara has become the new Backbeat nightclub, a dance spot geared toward the 25-and-up crowd.

How is it? Well, I got as far as the lobby, where I was denied entrance for wearing standard indie-rock garb--sneakers, jeans and a collared but untucked shirt. The dress code is very strict. I think Backbeat should offer a warning for the first-time offenders, at least for the first month. I wonder how the dress code will fly with casual Silicon Valley folks or if it will go the way of Bullwinkle's "dancing waters," now the site of a margarita chair.

Tour Notes

Dub Narcotic impressed a sizable contingent of Stanford students last week. Co-organizer Chi Hui said the noontime shows would return next quarter, with maybe a large-scale show or two if time allows. Stanford brought many indie groups to the Farm that would normally only play San Francisco.

For disappointed Dambuilders fans wondering why their Bottom of the Hill show was canceled last Monday: word is that the group broke up following a disastrous Chicago gig that ended in an onstage water fight. Beat Street spies say members weren't getting along and that quitting now was the only way to ensure that the members would remain friends. Damn!

Wow!

Courageous dance-music pioneer Moby will do an 18-and-over club show at the Edge on Nov. 18. The Dance Hall Crashers will play Nov. 24 at Santa Clara University's Benson Center. ... Juliana Hatfield and Mecca Normal attend to the Agenda Lounge for a divine show on Dec. 2. ... Fans of Henry Rollins should drive themselves up to the San Francisco Bay Area Book Fair (Sat.-Sun., Nov. 8-9), where he will no doubt be pimping his line of books. Other hot shots include Ernest Gaines, Walter Mosley and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

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From the Nov. 6-12, 1997 issue of Metro.

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