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1999 Stories by Don Allred

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  • Trans-Eara Express

    published December 7, 1999

    Movies have been made of my memories. Not mine alone, but sometimes they feel that heavy, that concrete. Which is why I get gut satisfaction... More >>

  • The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Stank of the Crowd

    published November 30, 1999

    Primus's guest-star-studded new Antipop blows like a prehistoric can of rotted whalemeat on Y2K Night—and we can only hope the... More >>

  • Hartbreaker (With Her Forty-Four)

    published November 16, 1999

    Turns out Beth Hart's "L.A. Song" is not merely one more antishowbiz rant from a tender-tough broadski. (Janis left 'em here to sing this song,... More >>

  • Booger High

    published October 19, 1999

    The Sheila Divine's "Hum" wins for Best Song With Worst Title. Starts out like some humbly hummable descendant of Nilsson, or some forgotten... More >>

  • Not Selling Any Alibis

    published September 21, 1999

    "Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child starts out with a credibly troubling description of this man who's begun to take advantage of the... More >>

  • Little Punk Houses For You and Me

    published August 31, 1999

    Thee former Mr. Cougrat's latest offering, Rough Harvest, is a compatible collection of big hits and personal chestnuts, re-recorded with... More >>

  • Fumin' Emotions

    published August 3, 1999

    Some people seem most at home in crowds. Not necessarily happiest, but that's not necessarily what home is for. It's about having your own... More >>

  • Lester Bowie

    published June 1, 1999

    The most radical conflagration that Free Jazz Pioneer Lester Bowie has ever perpetrated: his Brass Fantasy of the Spice Girls' "Two Become One."... More >>

  • The GrooveGrass Boyz

    published May 25, 1999

    A natural blend, really: Blue grass and other high-travelin' styli get their obsessive beats tunefully trounced and bounced on a new-cut road,... More >>

  • Uncle Dan’s Bands

    published April 13, 1999

    Sometimes the only way to get what you want is to buy something else. That's what Uncle Dan taught me. He's quite a guy, if not quite a... More >>

  • WWF— The Music, Volume 3

    published March 23, 1999

    Somebody kept slipping this thing into the carousel at work before I found out what it was. I'd assumed wrasslin' music was sweathogs on... More >>

  • 20 Centuries of Hits

    published March 16, 1999

    The "Ancient" Greeks whose barely-B.C. bonus track kicks off 20 Centuries of Hits sound like they might know their number's almost up. But... More >>

  • Uprostred

    published February 23, 1999

    Even though (or because) it's their (and also Czech rock's) main selling point over here, I wonder if the Plastic People of the Universe don't get... More >>

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