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  • Björk, Protect Ya Neck - Mexican lab researchers create the perfect teenpop star

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    Bjrk, Protect Ya Neck - Mexican lab researchers create the perfect teenpop star

    The scientists from the Instituto Nacional Para la Msica deserve many felicitations and kudos for succeeding! They have created the perfect Mexican teenage pop star! Natalia Lafourcade is quirky and cute, but not intimidating about it (which is to s...

    by Matt Cibula on January 20, 2004
  • La Villa Strangiato - Ayn Rand's favorite Canuck power-prog trio colonizes Brazil

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    La Villa Strangiato - Ayn Rand's favorite Canuck power-prog trio colonizes Brazil

    Brazil is Michael Houellebecq's "soccer and Formula One-obsessed shitheap." So what better place for the dexterous digitators in Rush to reconstruct the historic Senna-Villeneuve "lap of death" and return to form yet again, like the Fall. Return to r...

    by Dave Queen on January 20, 2004
  • How Bad a Year? - Music biz recovery means suing and firing more people

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    How Bad a Year? - Music biz recovery means suing and firing more people

    Exactly how bad a year did the music industry have in 2003? It depends who's asking. According to Nielsen Soundscan, American labels sold 687 million units (including 19.2 million paid downloads) last yeara drop of less than 1 percent from 2002. A w...

    by Douglas Wolk on January 20, 2004
  • Music

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    Music

    Brooklyn is back. After a lull (Luxx parties and electroclash are over), the big borough is on the rebound. You can spend the entire weekend there if you wantriding the G train between Williamsburg and DUMBO. The folks behind Joe's Pub celebrate the...

    by Tricia Romano on January 20, 2004
  • Future Shock - In his bedroom, punching riddims into cheap software, a 19-year-old does what he gotta

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    Future Shock - In his bedroom, punching riddims into cheap software, a 19-year-old does what he gotta

    Was only yesterday when London's Black dance music scene seemed to cast off history's weight and speed toward the millennium. To Black British music critic Kodwo Eshun, sociology, biography, and a fixation on "the real" had shackled Black music. Whil...

    by Jeff Chang on January 13, 2004
  • Two Veteran Multiculti British Pioneers Do As The Romas Do

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    Two Veteran Multiculti British Pioneers Do As The Romas Do

    In Iran, kids aren't supposed to play outside during twilight. It's "the hour of two lights": the end of day and beginning of night, when things aren't quite settled. Likewise, on The Hour of Two Lights, you can't tell if the music's coming or going....

    by Michelle Mercer on January 13, 2004
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    Music

    DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES The Whitey on the Moon UK LP (Isota) This sample-happy U.K. duo (calling themselves Iron Chrysalis and Butterfly Emerging, with a bio even sillier) sound barely "electronic" at all if played unknowingly in the background; on ...

    by Chuck Eddy on January 13, 2004
  • Subtlety Und Drang - Notorious Teutonic pneumatic drillers show their soft side

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    Subtlety Und Drang - Notorious Teutonic pneumatic drillers show their soft side

    Even the most notorious noiseniks show their softer sides up close. Take Lou Reed's infamous opus Metal Machine Music, for instance. Go ahead, play it at your next dinner party (all four sides if possible); it's as effervescent and refreshing as good...

    by Geeta Dayal on January 13, 2004
  • Public Enemies - Dancehall sushi-haters give up on a military discharge

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    Public Enemies - Dancehall sushi-haters give up on a military discharge

    The goofball dancehall aggregate Ward 21's first album, Mentally Disturbed, came out a couple of years after its breakthrough singles, and will forever be tainted by association with its imitatorsI suppose you could call this the Led Zeppelin syndro...

    by D. Strauss on January 13, 2004
  • The warm smell of colitas can go fuck itself

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    The warm smell of colitas can go fuck itself

    Los Angeles. Frank Black waited there in the pouring sun. Xzibit saw the city burn. Exene Cervenka found it hard to say goodbye. Now a bunch of kids from the O.C. want to terminate Governatorville and rebuild it into a New Punk Nation, the kind of pl...

    by Melissa Maerz on January 13, 2004
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    A thunderous retrospective for a reggae storyteller

    Prince Far I was a reggae DJ with a chanting style marked by a menacingly deep bass voice and an equally deep sense of giddy, yet morally focused, wordplaya vocalist with the personality of an Old Testament prophet. Through poetically inventive stor...

    by Norman Weinstein on January 13, 2004
  • Good Morning Little School Girl - Taking a manifestly skillful, manifestly simplistic oeuvre seriously now that it's news

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    Good Morning Little School Girl - Taking a manifestly skillful, manifestly simplistic oeuvre seriously now that it's news

    My mind's telling me no But my body, my body's telling me yes Baby, I don't want to hurt nobody But there is something that I must confess R. Kelly, "Bump n' Grind" The sudden respectability of R. Kelly the artist is a confounding develop...

    by Robert Christgau on January 13, 2004
  • Chicago duo fills gray space between heartstrings and glitch

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    Chicago duo fills gray space between heartstrings and glitch

    Is there such a thing as too much attention to detail? Painstaking bedroom producers Telefon Tel Aviv bypass details altogether on Map of What Is Effortless, instead honing in on fragments of details. Yet while so much IDM tends to perplex skeptics o...

    by Michael Haggerty on January 13, 2004
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    Music

    Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues (Bluebird/BMG Heritage) His Victor recordings, made between 1927 and 1932, are complete here for the first time." Including "Stole Rider Blues," "Dark Night Blues," and "Loving Talking Blues," presumably omit...

    by Robert Christgau on January 13, 2004
  • Music

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    Music

    UN-IMAGINARY One-horny Montreal indie kids sink drinks and think pink At their mostly empty Mercury show in December, boyish Montrealers the Unicorns reprimanded Max Grody, their inebriated roadie-cum-dancer, for fucking up the band's flow. Strip...

    on January 13, 2004
  • Music

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    Music

    Of all the new super-clubs, Avalon seems to be booking the best DJs. Crobar's already a giant disappointment musically, and Spirit is on a spiritual retreat for Januaryand even then, it's only open once a week. Which leaves us with Josh Wink and Doc...

    by Tricia Romano on January 13, 2004
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    Licks

    SOILED DOVES Soiled Life (Gold Standard Laboratories) Mic'd-through-the-bathroom-door-while-slurped-through-a-vacuum-cleaner-that-just-swallowed-Vaseline blabbermouth yawp from moonlighting Blood Brother (and likely Darby Crash fan) Johnny Whi...

    by Chuck Eddy on January 6, 2004
  • Yeah, the Bum Was Dead - Stoner-rockers go the reaper one better; instro-stoners separate sonics from scriptures

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    Yeah, the Bum Was Dead - Stoner-rockers go the reaper one better; instro-stoners separate sonics from scriptures

    Nebula's Atomic Ritual is the best album yet from the second-greatest-ever band from Pasadena, and its best song, "So It Goes," is better than "Don't Fear the Reaper" times Devo's "Beautiful World." The opening sort of updates that old Jim Carroll so...

    by Dave Queen on January 6, 2004
  • Arena Rockers of Substance at the Church of Swinging Meat

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    Arena Rockers of Substance at the Church of Swinging Meat

    In the most heretical rock show I've attended, Fireball Ministry opened for Flickerstick at West Hollywood's Viper Room two years back. The reality-MTV game show rockers went up against the Hollywood metal churchgoers, who naturally had already wiped...

    by George Smith on January 6, 2004
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    Faux-French TicklersTonite They Were Gonna Shag You Tonite

    A single you never heard, "Do It the French Way," kicks off the best "box set" I heard in 2003Marseille's Rock You Tonight. Allegedly written for a porn film, its glam-pop metal makes you want to see the movie, just like Starz' "Piss Party," when th...

    by George Smith on January 6, 2004
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