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  • Family Men

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    Family Men

    There's a story floating around about how Noreaga got his namethe type of tale that doesn't require reality to bolster it, because it's the myth that matters. At Collins Correctional Facility, where Queens-born Victor Santiago met collaborator Capon...

    by Irin Carmon on August 13, 2002
  • Article

    Their Time - Imperial Teen Motorvate the Bowery

    Forget talent, which is cheap no matter how many bands don't have it. Imperial Teen always projected like a party because they were excited. Gay guys weren't supposed to master Velvets strum-drone-noize, and back when they started, just as the alt bu...

    by Robert Christgau on August 13, 2002
  • Alt Is Long

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    Alt Is Long

    Alanis Morissette had a bunch of hits, Jgermeister shots made me sick, and the fly summer girls in Sea Bright, NJ, macarena'd in lime green dresses and sparkly silver shoes and tiny backpacks all 1996 long, or at least well past Labor Day. Slinking...

    by Keith Harris on August 13, 2002
  • Foyer Mansion

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    Foyer Mansion

    The minor miracle of the last Queens of the Stone Age record was the way it opened up dramatic new possibilities for metal and so-called "stoner-rock" without exactly belonging to either genre: It was too sonically varied to qualify as a zone-out rec...

    by Christian Hoard on August 6, 2002
  • Article

    Slim Swanee

    Anti-downloading advocacy be damned: Put an a cappella mix of your single out there and the digital wolves are bound to descend. Want proof? Go to www.base58.com/booms/, and you'll discover dozens of available bootleg remixes of Eminem's "Without Me....

    by Michaelangelo Matos on August 6, 2002
  • Article

    Almost Peas in a Pod - Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett Fight for the Right

    Tony Bennett is a pop singer who records extensively with jazz musicians but always comes off as a pop singer with a keen appreciation of jazz. Sarah Vaughan was a jazz singer who made dozens of pop records but always came off as a jazz singer who co...

    by Gary Giddins on August 6, 2002
  • Kaleidoscope Kingdom

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    Kaleidoscope Kingdom

    Robert Plant's got the believe-I'm-fixin'-to-die, one-more-cup-of-"Hey-Joe," waiting-on-the-last-train-to-Elysium blues. He taps his foot on the station platform, the past spread across his face like a smile. In his mind, everything swirls together, ...

    by Howard Hampton on August 6, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Tough Cookie Me'shell Ndegeocello's head is a barometer. She plays music in time signatures even Stephen Hawking couldn't count, and when her unstable soul-jazz fusion fizzes and frays, she sets her brow into a pair of parentheses, as though conc...

    on August 6, 2002
  • Let's Retroactive!

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    Let's Retroactive!

    When a record's irony has more layers than an onion, it almost makes you want to cry. There is a lot to peel away before reaching the essence of the shagadelic soundtrack to the recent film CQ, though its core will more likely elicit a smile (or a sh...

    by Eric Demby on August 6, 2002
  • Lift Every Voice

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    Lift Every Voice

    September 11 affected us all in different ways, and the way it affected Bruce Springsteen was thisas the second tower toppled from the sky, he was plunged into a world of eternal vagueness. You can wander through The Rising for countless stanzas wit...

    by Keith Harris on August 6, 2002
  • Article

    Can We Sell It? Er, I Think So

    An occupational hazard of reviewing records is the deadline need to squeeze perceptions out of three or four listens. Not so this time. Bob the Builder and I know each other very well. After a visit to England in the summer of 2001, my family came ho...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on August 6, 2002
  • God Only Knows My Butt

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    God Only Knows My Butt

    Well, this is the moment dreaded by every serious "rock writer" . . . Yep, the kind of situation that prevented Greil Marcus from ever hanging out much around the Band's or Bobby-D's road crews . . . altho Keith Richards and Nick Kent might have had ...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on July 30, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Battleship PowerBook Brian Eno once made a case for turning the word pretentious into a compliment, arguing that artists need experimental leaps of faith into the highfalutin to achieve something new. Like many current Icelandic musicians, the t...

    on July 30, 2002
  • Article

    Earle Brown, 19262002 - Composing in the Air

    The last generation of famous modernists was born in the 1920s, and they seem to be passing away before our eyes. Earle Brown, one of the last figures who created the American musical revolution of the 1960s, died on July 2. (In a curious coincidence...

    on July 30, 2002
  • Disco Still Not Disco - New York Rockers Remember How to Dance

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    Disco Still Not Disco - New York Rockers Remember How to Dance

    "When I was little, I always wished that I'd grow up to be surrounded by gorgeous men," self-described fag hag Margaret Cho cracks in her movie I'm the One That I Want. "And now I am, and I should have been more specific." I know what she means. When...

    by Douglas Wolk on July 30, 2002
  • No Jagged Edges - Neo-Soul Men Take the Emery Board to Their Heroes

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    No Jagged Edges - Neo-Soul Men Take the Emery Board to Their Heroes

    Here's one for the ages: Post-millennial female soul singers are (a) bold, assertive, and bodacious sistaaaaahs with chops and attitude to spare, or simply (b) self-confident, talented women who compare favorably to a crop of male singers who often s...

    by Tony Green on July 30, 2002
  • Article

    Agitated Again

    Now that recent reissues have adequately cemented the semi-legends of Cleveland proto-punk groups like Rocket From the Tombs and the Electric Eels, the logical next step is to bring the story up-to-date. Amoeba (Raft Boy) was the most recent (1996) m...

    by Daniel Dimaggio on July 30, 2002
  • Happy Loving Couples

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    Happy Loving Couples

    For those emotionally invested in American underground punkyou know, the noisy, cult-specific upchuck rock of severely lowered popular expectationsthe summer's most exciting, revelatory, and potentially epoch-defining package outing is something ca...

    by Joe Gross on July 23, 2002
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    Screaming Is Free

    The Blood Brothers are guaranteed to clear a dancefloor. And they should be guaranteed to clear your skin via Dr. Z's acid-blister method, too, but that process is trademarked (or should be anyhow; have you seen the results this guy gets? Probably, i...

    by Nick Catucci on July 23, 2002
  • Home of the Brave - Westernizing Anglophone West Africa

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    Home of the Brave - Westernizing Anglophone West Africa

    Insofar as it uses electric instruments or horns, all African popular music is, to use the strange Orientalist term, Westernized. Afrobeat, however, took Westernization to new spiritual heights. The style invented and still dominated by the late Fela...

    by Robert Christgau on July 23, 2002
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