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Annual Pre-Pazz & Jop Handicappers' CG: Whose faves are whose? Tune in next week . . .


Z MAN
Dope or Dogfood
(Refill/Hiero Imperium)

"Born free, hungry, ugly with no money," Z Man lives the hip hop fantasy. His life is one long after-party—every night he gets wasted and has sex with someone he doesn't know. His favorite high is Cisco, the orange-colored fortified wine a/k/a "liquid crack," and his honeys could populate a Benetton ad if you airbrushed their zits. His tone of voice is slapstick, his homemade beats all freaky jocularity. But is he ever not having fun. His bacchanals invariably deteriorate into gruesome details, and after the after-party comes the aftermath: cockroaches in his glass and crabs in his pubes, arms broken in drunken car crashes, insomnia that won't quit, and then there's the STDs. This is a rapper who hocks loogies when he spits and believes in God like he believes in Santa Claus. And now—unless you have something better for his ass, which you don't—pass the Cisco. A MINUS


Dud of the Month

THE NOTWIST
Neon Golden
(City Slang/Virgin)

Not a fraud. That much I'll grant this evolving German unit's career album. There are tunes, and they're nicely melded to a wide assortment of putatively nonmusical sounds. Not pretentious either, though to say anything kinder about Markus Archer's command of English is to make hope a vice. Also, not cold—lukewarm at least. But then what? Not dynamic? Not exciting? Not much fun? Young people who think Kraftwerk were more important than the Ramones are free to satisfy their craving for the neu with this retreat into simplicity. But even Radiohead and Mouse on Mars contain more chaos. And the chaos is still out there. B MINUS


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Honorable Mention

BASEMENT JAXX
Kish Kash
(Astralwerks)

Is that blood the big-time vocalists smear on the tracks, or ichor? ("Lucky Star," "Cish Cash," "Right Here's the Spot")

A3
Power in the Blood
(One Little Indian)

Roots-rocking U.K. socialists access techno and Hubert Selby Jr. ("Woody Guthrie," "Strobe Life," "U Don't Dans 2 Tekno Anymore")

FLOXY BEE
Ajulo
(Tman)

"African gospel" indigenous-charismatic style, which sounds nothing like Western hymnody and everything like Nigeria ("Iba Re Eledumare," "Jesus, I Love You")

R. KELLY & JAY-Z
The Best of Both Worlds
(Jive/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

Jay all unrepentant swagger, R. his wheedling yes-man ("The Best of Both Worlds," "P***y")

ABYSSINIA INFINITE
Zion Roots
(Network import)

Bill Laswell designs a neo-traditionalist vehicle for his wife Gigi ("Gela," "Aba Alam Lemena")

AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
Shrunken Head
(On-U Sound import)

Two decades of mind expansion compressed onto one dub-up ("Run Come See," "No, Don't Follow Fashion")

HOT WOMEN
(Kein & Aber import)

R. Crumb collects 24 international 78s, 24 big butts, and 24 smiles (Hamsa Khalafe and Ali Atia, "Ballali Madja"; Aïcha Relizania, "Khraïfi")

THE FIERY FURNACES
Gallowsbird's Bark
(Rough Trade)

Most Intriguing Use of Roots Riffs in an Eclectic Context Nobody Comprehends (Including Them) ("Worry Worry," "Up in the North")

THE VITAMEN
Mujer
(Vitamen)

"Stupid fucking job," the lyric goes ("SFJ," "Black Babies")

TOKYO SEX DESTRUCTION
Le Red Soul Program (10 Points Program)
(Dim Mak)

Only in a city as white as Barcelona could a John Sinclair tribute band sound so garage ("Capitalism Plus Dope Equals Genocide," "You Gotta Do It")

THE EXPLODING HEARTS
Guitar Romantics
(Dirtnap)

Should have stayed, but they had to go ("Sleeping Aides and Razorblades," "Rumours in Town")

ANDRE AFRAM ASMAR
Race to the Bottom
(Mush)

Ambient Arabized dub ethnotechno, for chilling out without altogether forgetting you have a body ("Scientism," "Rajamatshitan")

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
Want One
(Dreamworks)

Repays hard listening at modest interest ("Oh What a World," "Natasha")


Choice Cuts

W.C HANDY
"Beale Street Blues,"
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire
(Columbia/Legacy)

R. KELLY
"Ignition—Remix,"
Chocolate Factory
(Jive)

J.C. CHASEZ
"Shake It," "Come to Me,"
Schizophrenic
(Jive)

MILDRED JONES
"Mr. Thrill,"
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire
(Columbia/Legacy)


Duds

TERRY HALL & MUSHTAQ
The Hour of Two Lights
(Astralwerks)

KINGS OF LEON
Youth & Young Manhood
(RCA)

LITTLE BROTHER
The Listening
(ABB)

THE LOCUST
Plague Soundscapes
(Anti-)

MASSIVE ATTACK
100th Window
(Virgin)

JOHN MELLENCAMP
Trouble No More
(Columbia)

MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
Comfort Woman
(Maverick)

THE NOTWIST
Different Cars and Trains
(Domino)

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE
The Beginning Stages of . . .
(Hollywood/Good)

Honorable Mention and Choice Cuts in order of preference.


ADDRESSES:

Archeophone, 2244 Jeffery Drive, St. Joseph, IL 61873, archeophone.com; Dim Mak, PO Box 14041, Santa Barbara, CA 93107, dimmak.com; Dirtnap, Box 21249, Seattle, WA 98111, dirtnaprecs.com; Domino, PO Box 1207, NYC 10276, dominorecords.com; Fast Horse, 228A Old Alton Road, Argyle, TX 96226, fasthorserecordings.com; Mush Music, dirtyloop.com; Network, c/o Harmonia Mundi, 2037 Granville Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025, harmoniamundi.com; Old Hat, PO Box 10309, Raleigh, NC 27605, oldhatrecords.com, vintage78.com; One Little Indian, c/o Navarre, 7400 49th Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428, indian.co.uk; On-U Sound, onusound.co.uk; Refill/Hiero Imperium, 2505 Magnolia Street Suite H, Oakland, CA 94607, hieroglyphics.com; Rough Trade, Chelsea Hotel, Room 103, 222 West 23 Street, NYC 10011, roughtrade.com; Smith Music, 1611 16th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212, smithmusic.com; Tman, 917-701-8344, concertafrica.com; Vitamen, c/o Blockton, 126 St. Marks Place, NYC 10009, thevitamen.com; World Music Network, 6 Abbeville Mews, 88 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BX, England, post@worldmusic.net; XL, 580 Broadway, Suite 1004, NYC 10012, beggars@beggars.com

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