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    Disguised Rappers Fight Crimes of Hip-Hop Normality

    Madvillainy is an outlandishly imaginative collaboration that, on the surface, sounds like the goofy machinations of two weirdo comic-book characters undergoing an identity crisis. Daniel Dumile's costume takes the metaphor to new heights, though: Th...

    by Sherman Johnson on March 23, 2004
  • Weirdo Beardcore - All Music Guide genre entry, just in case they ever need one

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    Weirdo Beardcore - All Music Guide genre entry, just in case they ever need one

    Related Styles: Antifolk, Psychedelphia, Outsider Art, Spazzcore, Beard Rock, Neo-Hippie, Jamband Decade: 2000s Roots and Influences: Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Fugs, Holy Modal Rounders, Godz Weirdo Beardcore (also known as "Beardo Weirdcor...

    by Amy Phillips on March 23, 2004
  • Polyglotta Brand New Bag, and Not Just Full of Salsamuffins

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    Polyglotta Brand New Bag, and Not Just Full of Salsamuffins

    Everything's falling apart, and Zorro can't be found anywhere anymore. Luckily, we have his sidekick, Sergent Garcia, a Spaniard from Paris who makes Cuban-Jamaican joints and jams, to voice proletarian paeans for us in Spanish and French and English...

    by Matt Cibula on March 23, 2004
  • The Talking Cure - Collaborating with real live mountain goats, John Darnielle puts escape behind him

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    The Talking Cure - Collaborating with real live mountain goats, John Darnielle puts escape behind him

    In 1992, a nurse named John Darnielle dubbed himself the Mountain Goats and began releasing brainstem-to-boombox cassettes of literate bleatings. A Californian long resident in Iowa and now relocated to North Carolina, Darnielle became an icon of DIY...

    by Laura Sinagra on March 23, 2004
  • Ignored At Home, Nerds Get Ripe on Mirrored Pair of Albums

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    Ignored At Home, Nerds Get Ripe on Mirrored Pair of Albums

    In a town unfamed for indie outfits, Nashville's Lambchop have always been a lulu. Leader Kurt Wagner's ensemble, only sporadically compelled by noise and/or bad playing, are revered overseas yet doubted when they aren't ignored at home. "Band nerds,...

    by James Hunter on March 23, 2004
  • Music

    Article

    Music

    Will Oldham is: Palace, Palace Music, Palace Songs, Palace Brothers, Will Oldham, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Bonnie "Prince" Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music is: Will Oldham singing his own songs, but with several coats of shellac and considerably l...

    by Amanda Petrusich on March 23, 2004
  • Music

    Article

    Music

    A Fart Supreme Amid a weekend of droning machines, bodies are the stars Bearded crusties, leather-clad Brits, middling indie dorks, backpack-toting Europeans, and a reprimanded stage-diver convened at Northsix last weekend for No Fun, a three-day...

    on March 23, 2004
  • Article

    King of Queens of the Stone Age goes up the country

    P>Eagles of Death Metal's Peace Love Death Metal is a series of jokes, some without punchlines, the best being the title and band name. One pictures with pleasure the displeasure on the faces of urban-slum desert-metal fans, at first sucked in by a w...

    by George Smith on March 23, 2004
  • Fast and Folliclous - One of the rapidest guest-rappers around thinks as slow as he helps everybody else jam

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    Fast and Folliclous - One of the rapidest guest-rappers around thinks as slow as he helps everybody else jam

    With the improbable, unstoppable, almost preposterous success of "Slow Jamz"that spilling-over slice of luscious meta-hip-hop-soul that recently took over Hot 97 and TRL simultaneouslyit'd be easy to think of young-buck prep-hop producer Kanye West...

    by Jon Caramanica on March 16, 2004
  • 'Ho-Obsessed Staten Island Potty Mouth Not Always a Hoot

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    'Ho-Obsessed Staten Island Potty Mouth Not Always a Hoot

    The Darkness sound like Tiny Tim covering Heart, and their image is playful enough that I doubt they'd get angry if I assumed they were being satirical. Kanye West uses a maudlin munchkin sample while describing a facial injury, and judging by his od...

    by Anthony Miccio on March 16, 2004
  • Article

    California Emo Kids Burrow Their Drama Deep

    The Jealous Sound ache with lush pain, driving deep into an emo-pop chamber of fleeting beat imagery and Central Valley barrenness. Love festers; bodies blister; a tear-drenched Kleenex sticks to a night table. "Did you find something deeper?/somethi...

    by Jaime Lowe on March 16, 2004
  • Music

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    Music

    Unlike relatively low-profile neo-soul jobbers Jay Dee or James Poyser, former Tony! Toni! Ton! mastermind Raphael Saadiqwho since 2000 has produced cuts for Bilal, Joi, and Angie Stone, as well as several nondairy creamers on Kelis's Tastymakes n...

    by Mikael Wood on March 16, 2004
  • Sludge in the '70s - Rotted remains of obscure Middle American metal also-rans dug up, and oh the stench

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    Sludge in the '70s - Rotted remains of obscure Middle American metal also-rans dug up, and oh the stench

    Down with garage rock; I've decided that my Pebbles is The Seventies Sampler, a disc accompanying Canadian critic Martin Popoff's latest book, The Collector's Guide to Heavy MetalVol. I: The Seventies. Until now, if you wanted to pinpoint the style'...

    by George Smith on March 16, 2004
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    Music

    Hicks from '70s sticks dig their way out of muck Truth and Janey Erupts! Monster In April 1976, an unpretentious numskull trio from some Iowa cowtown recorded this ballroom concert (longest endurance tests 9:05, 8:12, 7:21, 6:51), not issue...

    by Chuck Eddy on March 16, 2004
  • Jerusalem-Born Death Metal Gang Screech Like an Egyptian Monster Mob

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    Jerusalem-Born Death Metal Gang Screech Like an Egyptian Monster Mob

    Metal's had a subterranean current of Egyptology for decades: Iron Maiden's Powerslave, Dio's "Egypt (The Chains Are On)," Vinnie Vincent's makeup in Kiss. The band most identified with things pharaonic has long been South Carolina's Nile, who've dev...

    by Phil Freeman on March 16, 2004
  • Let X Not Equal X - Amy X. Neuburg: Vocals from Renaissance to noise band

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    Let X Not Equal X - Amy X. Neuburg: Vocals from Renaissance to noise band

    Like Loudon Wainwright III, Amy X. Neuburg is tired of having her name misspelled. "I've been thinking," she mused at her March 7 CD release party, "of dropping the last name altogether and just going by Amy X. But then, even more people would ask me...

    by Kyle Gann on March 16, 2004
  • Scripted Summation - Bassist gets everything perfect: Freshness, vitality, jazz

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    Scripted Summation - Bassist gets everything perfect: Freshness, vitality, jazz

    The names on the coverMiroslav Vitous, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnettesmell like supergroup, but the record doesn't sound like the ego jam supergroups descend into. Rather, it sounds like one ego in complete control: the...

    by Tom Hull on March 16, 2004
  • Faeries From Yon Philly Wood Revive Ye Olde Jousting Folke

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    Faeries From Yon Philly Wood Revive Ye Olde Jousting Folke

    Take a rich compost of everything from Brit-folk reissues to free-jazz improv to outsider heroes like Harry Smith, John Fahey, and Henry Darger to psychedelic freakers like Acid Mothers Temple. Sprinkle with wartime fantasy escapismhello, LOTR!then...

    by D. Shawn Bosler on March 16, 2004
  • Uncertain Strength - Manly men's inner complexity uncovered by restless mates

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    Uncertain Strength - Manly men's inner complexity uncovered by restless mates

    Rodney Atkins does Nashville's pop-rock country thing, and does it well. He sticks mainly to the love-romance cycle (before, during, aftersometimes happily ever, often not); he declares himself an enemy of complexity but actually presents himself to...

    by Frank Kogan on March 16, 2004
  • Music

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    Music

    A Dizzy Canvas Cologne microhousers triumph over London mishmashers Volume, a converted Williamsburg warehouse, extends a much needed lifeline to the city's starved dance music scene. In contrast to many slick Manhattan clubs, Brooklyn's best new...

    on March 16, 2004
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