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    NIGHTFIST The Epic (The Temporary Residence Limited) For a CD recorded for $600 and containing barely 26 minutes of music, this one sure seems long, though the title suggests that's exactly how these five recent high school graduates from Menl...

    by Chuck Eddy on December 16, 2003
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    Kinky Kronikles - Monterreys vanguard boyband from another dimension

    Even die-hard fans will have to admit that it's a mixed blessing to have the long vacant vanguard of Latin rock occupied by a band with a name as stupid as Kinky. After all, there are plenty of seemingly more dignified standard-bearers. There's M...

    by Jem Aswad on December 16, 2003
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    Flee as a Bird - Envoi; Aloha, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen; Adis Amigos; I'm Checkin' Out, Goombye

    As Groucho Marx used to sing, "Hello, I must be going." It's time to move on when you begin to calculate a job's duration the way children identify their ages. Whereas I used to think in round numbers, lately I found myself muttering, "29 and a half...

    by Gary Giddins on December 16, 2003
  • So Goodbye Already, but Why d'You Call it Weatherbird Anyway?

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    So Goodbye Already, but Why d'You Call it Weatherbird Anyway?

    At first I thought the column would co-exist, unnamed, with other writings in Music. But, of course, it had to have its own heading; I objected to Jazz because I was sensitive to the implicationrampant at the timethat jazz and music were mutually e...

    by Gary Giddins on December 16, 2003
  • Roll Credits - And a thank-you to my wife, my daughter, and my mom

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    Roll Credits - And a thank-you to my wife, my daughter, and my mom

    If newspaper essays came with movie-style credits, this one might read: Village Voice Media Presents a Gary Giddins Column; Written and Directed by Gary Giddins; Based on an Original Idea by Louis Armstrong and Samuel Johnson; Edited by Robert Christ...

    by Gary Giddins on December 16, 2003
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    Playing The Audience - The Rev. revs up, quiets down, chats up, preaches, sings

    Beaming roots-jazzer Cassandra Wilson looked like she meant it when she swore it was "great to be at the Beacon Theater" opening for Al Green December 6. And why not? Her whole career has been constructed to avoid the small career that haunts heryou...

    by Tom Smucker on December 16, 2003
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    Once Upon a Time - New World's five-disc set brings back memories of a music simmering with rebellion

    I had an interesting experience with New World's historic five-disc set of recordings from the ONCE festival. I was alternating the set with another disc, Mode's new DVD of Elliott Carter. I kept forgetting that I was listening to the ONCE festival, ...

    by Kyle Gann on December 16, 2003
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    At Annual Prog-Metal Special-Effextravaganza, 'tis the Season To Be Heavy Yes, Spaut;nal Tap beat Trans-Siberian Orchestra to the metal Christmas-music punch in 1984; "Christmas With the Devil" was a joke that was as funny then as now. Trans-Siber...

    on December 16, 2003
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    Music

    Kevin Saunderson has a guaranteed place in techno history as one of the Belleville Three, but these days he doesn't just stick to hard-as-nails technochoosing sometimes to play some vocal house. His label, KMS Records, seems to follow the same motif...

    by Tricia Romano on December 16, 2003
  • Düül in the Sun - Chemically altered woodland creatures defy Brooklyn hip

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    Dl in the Sun - Chemically altered woodland creatures defy Brooklyn hip

    In an ber-cool Brooklyn stuck in the last gasps of a post-punk hangover, small tribes of music-mad woodland creatures, including one Animal Collective, lurk in the forests ready to pounce. Instead of surgically sharpening asymmetrical '80s haircuts,...

    by Geeta Dayal on December 9, 2003
  • City and Country - Guanaco-like nature boys forgo corn for Parks and Hills

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    City and Country - Guanaco-like nature boys forgo corn for Parks and Hills

    Is any songwriter more finely attuned to the shimmering membrane separating city and country than Sean O'Hagan? The rural title of the High Llamas' lush and lovely Beet, Maize & Corn stands in contrast to a cover reproducing abstracty cityscapes by p...

    by Richard Gehr on December 9, 2003
  • Party Like It's 1899 - Drive, determination, and derogatory language from the old Topworld and Underworld

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    Party Like It's 1899 - Drive, determination, and derogatory language from the old Topworld and Underworld

    Before the Original Dixieland Jass Band ever sat down to play, before the Devil got Skip James's woman, before Buddy Bolden and Robert Johnson were even born, American music was getting hot. So argues David Wondrich in Stomp and Swerve, his saucy new...

    by Josh Goldfein on December 9, 2003
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    Music

    BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND Greatest Hits 2 (Capitol) Seeing how a comp of Seger's 1965-74 Motor City punk period has been the planet's most overdue reissue since before CDs existed, this stupid 1975-95 hodgepodge is a rip-off by definiti...

    by Chuck Eddy on December 9, 2003
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    God Is My Co-Pilot - Unvarnished and unhinged gospel music, from 1902 to 1960

    Gospel turns a lot of people off, especially those who hate having Jesus crammed down their throats. Or being told they're riding the "black diamond express to hell," the way the Rev. A.W. Nix does, groaning like a Depression-era DMX, on Goodbye, Bab...

    by Bill Friskics-Warren on December 9, 2003
  • Modems for Moderns - Still-human ex-switchboards from Ohio emerge homespun

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    Modems for Moderns - Still-human ex-switchboards from Ohio emerge homespun

    There were no hang-up calls when Human Switchboard connected person-to-person in area codes from Ohio to New York City at the cusp of the 1980s, as they were resolutely living out the era's creed that Doing It Yourself would restore passion to pop mu...

    by Richard Riegel on December 9, 2003
  • An Alternative Universe - Why should indie-rock bands go pop when webzines everywhere think they’re so cool?

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    An Alternative Universe - Why should indie-rock bands go pop when webzines everywhere think theyre so cool?

    This ought to be indie-rock's moment. Downloading hurts indies as much as majorsgiven Web demographics, maybe more. But the decisive drags on CD profitsbootlegging, overhead, and debt servicetouch the indies hardly at all, and the club circuit rem...

    by Robert Christgau on December 9, 2003
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    The acres of Columbia's Essential series I've plowed through dishonor a great packaging concept: two-CD best-of in single-size jewel box. Every title that isn't a priori redundant is either too long or, yes, too short (the Johnny Cash and Janis Jopli...

    by Robert Christgau on December 9, 2003
  • Moon comes up; garage gals turn teenage googoomucks

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    Moon comes up; garage gals turn teenage googoomucks

    Lots of current neo-garage settles for a trashy intimation of fear: the broken-bottle preening of the Murder City Devils, Jack White's creepy new mustache, the goddamn Groovie Ghoulies. California's Husbands aren't above this empty kitsch; the cover ...

    by Mikael Wood on December 9, 2003
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    Music

    Not 53rd & 3rd Joey Ramone gets his Place (in the 9-to-5 world, and beyond) By 1 p.m., two generations of punk loyalists had swarmed the corner of East 2nd Street and the Bowery for the city's formal dedication of Joey Ramone Place, immortalizing ...

    on December 9, 2003
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    Music

    To get into the holiday spirit, go now to the second annual CHAOS & CANDYhosted by glam guy Adam Dugas. Mr. Dugas and his merry band of pranksters will sing bawdy versions of your favorite holiday tunes. If that isn't enough, you can get your rocks ...

    by Tricia Romano on December 9, 2003
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