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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
  • 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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    Savooooy Be Gooood - The Lighter Side of Bebop

    Bill Milkowski's entertaining encyclopedia of jive, Swing It!, attempts various explanations of the word, but when push comes to shove settles for a definition that seems inclusive enough to silence debate: "Coded speech of the jitterbug scene." Yet ...

    by Gary Giddins on May 27, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    The Suite Drug With or without his band, the Negro Problem, Mark "Stew" Stewart totes his convoluted context around like an attach. He's a burly black man repping Bohemia, where race is supposed to be no big deal (but come the fuck on), and his ...

    on May 27, 2003
  • Glitchy Glitchy Ya-Ya - Crackles and Whirrrs and Glubs-Oh Mi(crohouse)!

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    Glitchy Glitchy Ya-Ya - Crackles and Whirrrs and Glubs-Oh Mi(crohouse)!

    In dance music's boom times, miniaturization equaled keepin' it real, a way to hold outsiders back from the gates. But like the economy that fed its mid-'90s commercial peak, clubland's soundtrack has been scaled back out of necessity as much as will...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on May 20, 2003
  • Loser on a Roll - Jon Langford Makes Friends and Influences People

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    Loser on a Roll - Jon Langford Makes Friends and Influences People

    For those keeping count, Jon Langford revealed May 8 at Galapagos that he hadn't actually released four albums in 2002 and early 2003, as I had previously reported. The correct figure is five. This is also the number of bands he fronted in New York o...

    by Robert Christgau on May 20, 2003
  • Many Manly Returns - Marketing Department Shootz Blooz in the Foot

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    Many Manly Returns - Marketing Department Shootz Blooz in the Foot

    From the Cart Before the Horse file: Here comes the Black Keys' Thickfreakness, arriving in multiple copies in SoCal BestBuys three weeks ago, well before stocking in the mom-and-poppers that sold their The Big Come Up last year. My hunch is it's a s...

    by George Smith on May 20, 2003
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    Putting the Fun in Fungus - Bearded Pushermen of the World, Unite!

    Two of music's more enduring archetypes coalesce with unexpected success on Mushroom's extremely groovy new Mad Dogs & San Franciscans. Although Mushroom has more or less hoed the all-instrumental road until now, Mad Dogs features singer Gary Floyd, ...

    by Richard Gehr on May 20, 2003
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    Another Turn - Lounge-Cabaret Hugs for a Sad War

    Gretchen Phillips, late of Two Nice Girls, is for sure too nice on the new record of mostly covers she's recorded with Dave Driver. But not in a happy way; more in an angelic, can-no-longer-muster-the- energy-to-be-angry waywhat the DSM-IV ca...

    by Josh Goldfein on May 20, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    Don't Be H8tn To all the haters: Chill out. Whatcha yellin' for? Lay back. It's all been done before. Prior to decrying the punk authenticity (which is a crapshoot subject in and of itself) of Avril Lavigne, realize that when you grow up in Napan...

    on May 20, 2003
  • New Thugs on the Block - Next-Big-Thing Rappers Arrive With Wheeze, Breeze, and Cheese

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    New Thugs on the Block - Next-Big-Thing Rappers Arrive With Wheeze, Breeze, and Cheese

    Even though 8 Mile turned it into a heroic, Rocky-style archetype of urban odds-beating, battle rhyming (and the raw talent it assumes) is an oft overvalued part of rap-game success, especially among heads. Despite the attractiveness of summing up sk...

    by Christian Hoard on May 13, 2003
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    Home Improv-Ment - Freestyling About Freestyling, for a World That Couldn't Care Less

    Pity Supernatural. There is never a good time to market a freestyle rap album, if only because the market for it doesn't exist. Even in the arty world of Mr. Lif and Jean Grae, freestyling is seen as just another line on the rsum. But freestyling i...

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates on May 13, 2003
  • Fly Like an Ego - But Maybe Not the American Kind

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    Fly Like an Ego - But Maybe Not the American Kind

    When London's Robbie Williams released his 1999 U.S. debut, he warned Americans. The Ego Has Landed, he called the thing, a shrewd compilation of even shrewder songs culled from Williams's initial U.K. solo releasestwo albums (1997's Life Thru a Len...

    by James Hunter on May 13, 2003
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