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  • Slay Miserables - Notes From Underground

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    Slay Miserables - Notes From Underground

    The high point in "Once More, With Feeling"last year's Buffy the Vampire Slayer mini-musical episodewas "Under Your Spell," Tara's beautiful love song to her partner Willow, devotional and thanksgiving and erotic, a Wiccan hymn from one witch to th...

    by Mark Sinker on March 25, 2003
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    La Musique Nostalgique - Happy Gilmore

    In the words of TV teen music obsessive Lane Kim, "Stars Hollow, are you ready to rock?" With Our Little Corner of the World, writer-producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino cull songs from Gilmore Girls, their witty single mother-daughte...

    by Mary Jacobi on March 25, 2003
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    As Long as I Still Can

    It is a great privilege to review records for a living. It is a great pleasure to review records for a living. I am lucky to live in the same world as the artists recommended below. So are you. So are we all. AALIYAH I Care 4 You (Blackgr...

    by Robert Christgau on March 25, 2003
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    Out at Home - Life in the Burning-Bush Leagues

    Some band names fit like a fielder's glove: Joy Division (left-handed), the Replacements, the Mendoza Line. The latter is baseball slang for the lowest acceptable major-league batting average; if you're straddling it, you've got one foot back in the ...

    by Howard Hampton on March 25, 2003
  • The Buzz Bin - Pugilists at Rest

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    The Buzz Bin - Pugilists at Rest

    There's a new fad in British electronica, where instead of programming sampled sounds or synths, artists go digging for an obsolete piece of musical technologylike this German invention, basically a brass tube twisted around a couple of times and at...

    by James Hannaham on March 25, 2003
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    Muscle Car 4 Sale - High Mileage but Runs Good

    In the mid '70s, I worked as assistant manager for a swimming pool where the boss would lend me his Dodge Superbee. The groundskeeper and I would take it on morning runs to the supply warehouse for cardboard barrels of chlorinating compound that we'd...

    by George Smith on March 25, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    Peaceful Assembly Those passing through Union Square of late know it's the de facto campus for anti-war demonstrators, but last Monday night, mere blocks from the rabble-rousers, their less vigilant comrades were revisiting the Summer of Love. ...

    on March 25, 2003
  • Mais Oui, Louis - Yes, French Music—or Should We Make That Freedom Music?

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    Mais Oui, Louis - Yes, French Musicor Should We Make That Freedom Music?

    A certain kind of melody is embedded deep in the DNA of silent movies. It's a melancholy diatonic waltz, the love child of "After the Ball" and Charlie Chaplin, whose genius extended to sentimental themes that prod us to smile through our tears. The ...

    by Gary Giddins on March 18, 2003
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    The Bronzeville Hop - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    Leave aside whether R. Kelly is a bad, bad man and ask what his recent treatment at the hands of the courts would do to any man. The case made against him is the result of over three years of surveillance, investigation, and prying. Ken Starr had les...

    by Sterling Clover on March 18, 2003
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    Natassia, It Was Really Nothing - Show Me Round Your Snow-Peaked Mountains Way Down South

    Pop knows well the love that dare not speak its name. But with the global ascendancy of the two Russian 18-year-olds who make up the sapphic pheromonomenon t.A.T.u., the secret language is officially a dead tongue. Speaking of tongues: t.A.T.u.'s bra...

    by Dennis Lim on March 18, 2003
  • Micro-Monuments - The Flux Quartet Explores the Cracks Between the Piano Keys

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    Micro-Monuments - The Flux Quartet Explores the Cracks Between the Piano Keys

    You've got to hand it to Johnny Reinhard. His American Festival of Microtonal Music keeps the varied sound of alternative tunings coursing through Manhattan in a flow remarkable for its quantity, if not always quality. And every now and then, amid th...

    by Kyle Gann on March 18, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    Food, Clothing, and . . . Twelve years is an eternity in New York clubland. So it's somewhat miraculous that the deep-house haven Shelter is still thriving a dozen years on. Then again, maybe that's not so surprising. Timmy Regisford's longtime ...

    on March 18, 2003
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    Music

    Posture of the Lioness Seven white spotlights converge on the woman straddling a grand piano bench. In her flashing silver gown, black boots, and jeans she fulfills all three of her storied personae: diva, witch, and hippie chick. She's mic'd so ...

    on March 11, 2003
  • What's Not to Like? - A Success Story Where the Good Guys Win?

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    What's Not to Like? - A Success Story Where the Good Guys Win?

    There are many things we don't know about Norah Jones. There are many things we will never know about Norah Jones. But one thing we do knowshe's not a "hype." In the wake of her Grammy sweep, some who find her hopelessly anodyne may try to make her ...

    by Robert Christgau on March 11, 2003
  • Get Yourself Free - Fool for the Kitty

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    Get Yourself Free - Fool for the Kitty

    The last time I saw you/you were on stage/ Your hair was wild/and you were in a rage/You were swinging your guitar around/Cause they wanted to hear that sound/but you didn't want to play. from "I Don't Blame You," the first track on You Are Free ...

    by Emma Pearse on March 11, 2003
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    Mr. Showstopper - You'll Literally Die Laughing, OK Maybe Not

    Not that many people over 30 would give a shit, but the indie-comedy worldwhich basically runs parallel to the indie-rock world and encompasses The Onion and lots of smart young people who perform improv or write for Conan O'Brien and SNLhasn't pro...

    by Christian Hoard on March 11, 2003
  • After Saddam, The Music - Iraq's Divided Pop World Awaits Life in the War's Wake

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    After Saddam, The Music - Iraq's Divided Pop World Awaits Life in the War's Wake

    The end is coming for Saddam. Right now. He knows it, his torturers know it. In the words of a new songto be released in Aprilby Iraq's most famous singer, Kazim Al Sahir (his name has many spellings; he's also called Kadim Al Saher), "The War Is O...

    by Michael Freedberg on March 11, 2003
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    Bombs Away - Heavy Artillery From an Idiot Underground

    Wartime should be a golden opportunity for heavy metal reinvigoration. Bad smallpox shots, Don Rumsfeld's patented press-briefing sneer, Spectre gunship cannon fire cutting down wedding partiesgreat inspirational backdrop for grinding guitar and moa...

    by George Smith on March 11, 2003
  • Mome Raths Outgrabe - Outsider Rockers Come Inside With Vorpal Swords in Hand and God in Their Din

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    Mome Raths Outgrabe - Outsider Rockers Come Inside With Vorpal Swords in Hand and God in Their Din

    Buzzing with the jabberwocky babble of Rhode Island's freakazoid id, Lightning Bolt's 2001 breakthrough, Ride the Skies, was a heroic yawp unto itself. Somewhere beyond the toxic-minivan skronk of Friends Forever and the Speedo-busting stomp of Orthr...

    by Melissa Maerz on March 4, 2003
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    Man Out of Time - Hippie-Hating Misanthrope Rests in Peace With His Past

    John Fahey's life on earth ended in 2001, but the iconic guitarist was always a man out of time. Fahey the musician was an obstinate blues scholar who advanced a decidedly non-folkie version of instrumental Americana and who formed his own record com...

    by Mitch Myers on March 4, 2003
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