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  • Erasing The Lines - John Luther Adams Explores a New Landscape of Pure Harmony

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    Erasing The Lines - John Luther Adams Explores a New Landscape of Pure Harmony

    John Luther Adams has erased the lines in his music. In retrospect it seems an inevitable move. I'm speaking of the Alaska John Adams (not the Nixon in China one), who's suddenly got two and a half new CDs out. Two are on the Cold Blue label: an all-...

    by Kyle Gann on June 17, 2003
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    Music

    Ain't No Shame Evan Dando's show last week was all about smiles. When the crowd loudly professed its love and proclaimed his undying genius, a little grin snuck onto his face and then off again. When Juliana HatfieldJuliana Hatfieldon bass, chi...

    on June 17, 2003
  • The Permanent Record - Three DJs Give You Something You Can Really Pop Your Collar To

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    The Permanent Record - Three DJs Give You Something You Can Really Pop Your Collar To

    Hip-hop was originally the creation of DJs, but people can make too much of this, and what they make of it is usually wrong. Two guys in the last month have told me in tones of great significance that hip-hop is built on sampling, implying that anyon...

    by Frank Kogan on June 10, 2003
  • Who's That Man, Momma? - Tragicomic Masterpieces Go Unheard

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    Who's That Man, Momma? - Tragicomic Masterpieces Go Unheard

    Devin the Dude's got problems. His Cadillac DeVille '79 isn't worth stealing, the cops stop him so often they know where he keeps his weed (under the dashboard), and his "electrical rear view mirror don't move like it supposed to/Even the objects in ...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on June 10, 2003
  • Deep Easy Listening - Jim Hall and Cyrus Chestnut—Duo in the Making

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    Deep Easy Listening - Jim Hall and Cyrus ChestnutDuo in the Making

    Call it a taste for opposites, but in taking note of the nearly simultaneous appearances by Jim Hall at the Village Vanguard and Cyrus Chestnut at Jazz Standard, it occurred to me that they might sound wonderful togetherthe former's tight asymmetric...

    by Gary Giddins on June 10, 2003
  • Brown Sound - Local Post-Dub Label Agitronicizes the Oil Barons

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    Brown Sound - Local Post-Dub Label Agitronicizes the Oil Barons

    Back in late 2001, when the good people over at North Williamsburg's Broklyn Beats sent the fifth installment of their (sic) series of seven-inch singles to the pressing plant, they got back not a record, but a requirement. The image displayed on the...

    by Jon Caramanica on June 10, 2003
  • Rap Food Nation - Nice and Tender, Mixed in a Blender

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    Rap Food Nation - Nice and Tender, Mixed in a Blender

    When Ugly Duckling came through Iowa City last year promoting their second album, Journey to Anywhere, they left a bit to be desired, especially when overcompensating by telling us how "real" they were. Whatever. Frankly, I was more interested in Psy...

    by Kembrew McLeod on June 10, 2003
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    Music

    This Is Really Happening . . . The condensed Field Day that sloshed through a half-empty Giants Stadium Saturday was, unmistakably, a rescue operationaudience and performers alike trying to salvage good times, in the pissing chilly rain, from...

    on June 10, 2003
  • Pure Tones Deep Meanings - Kendra Shank Deserves Some Prime Time

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    Pure Tones Deep Meanings - Kendra Shank Deserves Some Prime Time

    The world of jazz singing involves a lot of trends. At the start of the '90s, the main idea was to show as much emotion (real or otherwise) and make as much noise as possible, and the woman the mainstream press hailed as the latest thing was screechy...

    by Will Friedwald on June 3, 2003
  • The Avrilette Awards - Tweeenage Pop-Rock Nukes Annoying Hockey Girl's and Holden Caulfield's Paths

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    The Avrilette Awards - Tweeenage Pop-Rock Nukes Annoying Hockey Girl's and Holden Caulfield's Paths

    Anywaypeople cryin' and babies dyin', bombs falling from the sky, it ain't mine to reason whyit was 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, when I hit my first temporary saturation point of personal non-stop Iraq-War-as-reality-show-TV-watching (being a '50s chi...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on June 3, 2003
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    Pop Farts - Fine-Cut Cheese, Nine Bucks a Chunk

    My best woman pal has a theory that worldwide pollution, coupled with the jamming of hormones and antibiotics into beef cattle, has impacted men adversely. It's hit some square in the nuts, she says, bringing on a feminization of sex-linked character...

    by George Smith on June 3, 2003
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    God Goes Goth - 50,000 Tears Under the Sea

    Forget angels. How many tears fit on a pinhead? Ninety-six, according to the inquisitive ? and the Mysterians, and those who subsequently covered them: Aretha Franklin, Garland Jeffreys, Suicide, the Stranglers, innumerable bar bands. Other cry babes...

    by Nick Catucci on June 3, 2003
  • Electric Lights Orchestra - The World Is That Which Is the Case

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    Electric Lights Orchestra - The World Is That Which Is the Case

    New Pornographers are as analog-happy as Jack Whitethe future is dead, the present blind. Yesterday? Wide open. But brain trust Carl Newman's retrofittted hot spots aren't London '63 or Detroit '69. More like San Francisco World's Fair 1915. Newman'...

    by Laura Sinagra on June 3, 2003
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    Eating Again

    April's Bunny Stomp was purgative, but it put me off my feed. In the report below I regain my appetite by digesting many of the young rock bands who are making news if not history. Next time I'll throw on some hot sauce. GILAD ATZMON Exile (En...

    by Robert Christgau on June 3, 2003
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    Music

    Smalls: 1994-2003 The scent of bebop has been wafting through the Village for longer than Smalls has been around, but the club's been bustling since 1994. This late-night breeding ground for unsigned talent and basement-born romance stunned jaz...

    on June 3, 2003
  • Better Off Dread - Dubble Indemnity for a Pair of Artfucks Unlocking Dancehall's Door

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    Better Off Dread - Dubble Indemnity for a Pair of Artfucks Unlocking Dancehall's Door

    British indie kids, white and black and Punjabi alike, really do love their reggae, God bless 'em. For 25 years now, U.K. art- & slop-rockers have been recording bedroom hymns to the power of blown speaker bins and that dippity-dippity-doo dub bass. ...

    by Jess Harvell on May 27, 2003
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    Variety Counts - Here Come the Warm Beats

    By its very ability to contain multitudes, hip-hop's collage expression promised the universe; outside of music, pretty much every artistic step forward of the past two decades has drawn upon that promise. But what beat-based music itself does is spo...

    by Piotr Orlov on May 27, 2003
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    Train Rolls Again - Happenings 40 Years' Time Later

    Few twentysomethings playing six-string this year sound as fine as journeymen Gypie Mayo, Chris Dreja, John Idan, and the half-dozen rock senior-citizen stars of axdom summoned for the Yardbirds' Birdland. Think of it as a handy antidote for those ti...

    by George Smith on May 27, 2003
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    Prom Balloons - Derivative Boy Next Door Does Good!

    Nineteen-year-old Manhattanite Peter Cincotti just doubled Diana Krall's record sales, becoming Billboard's top trad-jazz seller of the moment. He burst into national consciousness recently with performances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, CNN Head...

    by Daniel King on May 27, 2003
  • The South Does It Again, Sort Of - Rap Trounces Rock Below the Mason-Dixon

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    The South Does It Again, Sort Of - Rap Trounces Rock Below the Mason-Dixon

    Ironic, this same place I'm making figures at/That there's the same land they used to hang niggers at. The Clipse, "Virginia" The South done rised again. Over the past decade, Southern-born-and-bred hip-hop has laid siege to the charts, and ...

    by Yancey Strickler on May 27, 2003
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