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'Chel Shocked in LA

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We just read in the July 4-11, 2005 issue of "New York" magazine that singer-iconoclast Michelle Shocked has resettled in LA. Don't know who Michelle Shocked is? Well, she's just your garden variety "orginal punk-bluegrass artist with a big mouth," as "New York" put it. The magazine says her abode is "a Craftsman bungalow, decorated in a style she calls "hillbilly minimalism" which means austere design but sparkly colors."

Shocked lives in Koreatown and has put out some new albums. One is "Got No Strings," a collection of Disney songs done in the Western-swing mode, while the other called "Mexican Standoff" featuring half-blues, half-Latin music sung in Spanish by a hardly fluent Shocked.