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  • The Highest, Most Exalted One - Aaliyah, 1979–2001

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    The Highest, Most Exalted One - Aaliyah, 19792001

    Three weeks back, I lay in a sea-salted bathtub with candles, bubbles, and headphones, listening to Aaliyah. Lamenting the state of my love life during a midnight soak, I used the multisensory experience to remind myself of the type of woman I wanted...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on August 28, 2001
  • The Human Gaza Strip

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    The Human Gaza Strip

    Natacha Atlas is a divavolatile, demanding, deliriousworthy of reclaiming that sullied appellation from VH1 and scrawny, everduring it-girls. The mostly male voices that form the undercurrent of songs like "Shubra," on her latest release, Ayeshteni...

    by Irin Carmon on August 21, 2001
  • Crack, Commerce, and Conscience

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    Crack, Commerce, and Conscience

    Tupac Amaru Shakur was murdered way back in 1996. Yet to hip-hop culture, its troubled hero is not really dead. Nor is his influence. The proof? The West Coast battler's latest posthumous release, Until the End of Time, has sold a robust 1.7 million...

    by Christopher O'Connor on August 21, 2001
  • Heard It on the X - There Is No Such Thing as Nü Metal, and It Has an X-Tremely Funny Face

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    Heard It on the X - There Is No Such Thing as N Metal, and It Has an X-Tremely Funny Face

    In light of its 20th anniversary, it would be sheer overkill for me to criticize MTV for all the same reasons that everyone else does. You know the drill: that most of their programming is slapdash, hectic, edited by monkeys, and seemingly held toget...

    by Scott Seward on August 21, 2001
  • Metal Gets Sentimental - The Belated Return of Loud Mushy Rock

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    Metal Gets Sentimental - The Belated Return of Loud Mushy Rock

    This summer, Break the Cycle (Flip/Elektra) made Staind the first metal band in a decade to score a chart-topping disc purely on the coattails of melancholic anthems. Yet the real cycle-breaker, in terms of restoring the displaced legacy of sentiment...

    by Marc Weisblott on August 21, 2001
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    Continental Drift The signs all said "Celebrate Brooklyn!" because that's what they call the summer festival in the Prospect Park Bandshell. But with so many Africans, Afrocentricans, Afrophiles, and just plain Afros keeping it real in traditional ...

    on August 21, 2001
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    Old Time Punk & Roll

    Back before 1981, when Minor Threat decided to employ a modified 2/4 oompah as its backbeat and kick in an entire movement of hyper-polka through Marshall stacks and call it "hardcore," punk rock was basically a sped-up smorgasbord of pub, pop, Slade...

    by Johnny Angel on August 21, 2001
  • Return to Whenever - Retro Girls Go Gore Crazy

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    Return to Whenever - Retro Girls Go Gore Crazy

    Fabulous Disaster must be the real Josie and the Pussycats, given that Jane Dark, in reviewing the Pussycats flick, describes the P-cats' music as "excellently irrelevant." Fabulous Disaster's music is even more excellent and irrelevant, in that it r...

    by Frank Kogan on August 14, 2001
  • Rawk Bottom

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    Rawk Bottom

    Sometimes it's a civic duty to administer a sound thrashing to the deserving. In this case, we're speaking of the Los Angeles punk-metal band Betty Blowtorch, who ask, "Are you man enough?" Certainly, girls, even at the price of being judged mean and...

    by George Smith on August 14, 2001
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    Twats Going On

    Good comp makin' is a sous-chef's craft. A little new stuff from elder stateswomen, a little good stuff from newbies. Mr. Lady, home to Le Tigre and the Butchies, mastered this recipe years ago. The label's second compilation, Calling All Kings and Q...

    by Anthony Mariani on August 14, 2001
  • The Other White Meat

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    The Other White Meat

    I liked "Summer Girls" fine, because the onetime Lyte Funky Ones were pop-40 Beantown hoodies who creamed over the Beastie Boys and Larry Bird, and hey, me too. I stumbled over this worship of white men who excelled in black men's gamesa classic Bos...

    by Jane Dark on August 14, 2001
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    Music

    The Sweet Science I remember when rock was young; Barbara Manning had so much fun. Melting the coolest hearts in indie rock with fuzzy strumming, fractured fables, and simple tales of lost love, she was the zaftig Zelig of indie pop: killer single...

    on August 14, 2001
  • Getting Their Hands Dirty - Michael Azerrad Chronicles Indie Rock His Way

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    Getting Their Hands Dirty - Michael Azerrad Chronicles Indie Rock His Way

    Before I'm overcome by the niggles, let me give Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life its well-earned thumbs-up. Here's my rave: While reading this 500-page history of '80s indie rock, I only resorted to something lighter to avoid putting my ...

    by Robert Christgau on August 7, 2001
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    Never Mind the Catfish

    All I know, it was around '90, '91. Somewhere in there. Me and future wife were stepping out down-home style at the VFW in St. Pete, Florida. The band had just finished its set, and on came Z.Z. Hill's "Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It." That ...

    by Tony Green on August 7, 2001
  • Good Fly, No?

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    Good Fly, No?

    Darwa is a charming Slovene duo whose particular charm is new to its genre. Its genre itself may be new. There's a style of female singing that I'll call post-Lena Horne vocal mastery: a strong, cool, dignified sound that uses jazz timing to drift...

    by Frank Kogan on August 7, 2001
  • Vagina Monologues

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    Vagina Monologues

    Bilal Oliver is the wunderkind of neo-soul's deferred second coming. Not only is his debut, 1st Born Second, a stunning ode to stark honesty and the absolute power of pussy, it's also the kind of opiate we waited several release dates for both D'Ange...

    by Raquel Cepeda on August 7, 2001
  • The Nerd Behind the Mask

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    The Nerd Behind the Mask

    Ever wonder why rappers change their names so much? They're growing up. Cocky bastards that they are, the Jiggas and P-Diddys update their handles every so often to let the world in on even the minutest personal development. Fine, if it helps them co...

    by Neil Drumming on August 7, 2001
  • Departing From Recipe - Philip Glass Writes the Best of Music and the Worst of Music

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    Departing From Recipe - Philip Glass Writes the Best of Music and the Worst of Music

    It is an article of faith among us new-music types that music should appeal to large audiences, and not only to experts and cognoscenti. We get a little offended, though, when composers take that too literally. We've never quite forgiven Cornelius Ca...

    by Kyle Gann on August 7, 2001
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    What Fresh Sell

    "You dialed Doc/Not Dial-a-Joke," insists Redman, the self-anointed Funk Doctor, on his new long-long-player, Malpractice. His protests aside, the man known to his mom as Reggie Noble is in a select class of punch-line rappers, rivaled only by Rawkus...

    by Chris Ryan on August 7, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Still-Warm Leatherette The original members of dance music's most devoted fraternity were out in force on July 28 at Vinyl to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Paradise Garage, a dead disco (closed in 1987) now more mythic than even Studio 5...

    on August 7, 2001
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