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The Search for Animal Chin Clutchy Hopkins and Clutch of the Tiger

Everyone loves a good mystery, so I'm heading down to SoCal next Wednesday through Saturday to a secretive meet-up with people connected to Clutchy Hopkins about Clutch of the Tiger in the wild deserts outside of L.A. Many think Clutchy is really the Beastie Boys or DJ Shadow, but it's better than that ....
Flying down Wednesday. Spending the night in Irvine with the 'rents. Then obtaining a vehicle and deserting it up Thursday and spending the night out there. Friday it's LA for a Clutchy radio thing and maybe a party. I need a place to crash in L.A. Friday night, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. Hoping to kick it with Cole Haddon, Mark Mauer, Darrick R. and many other LA/SoCal hotshots and find a publisher for this music journalism saga. Clutchy, take it away.
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