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    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
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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
  • 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
  • Mr. Ellington, Meet Mr. Matisse - Alfred Appel Connects the Moderns

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    Mr. Ellington, Meet Mr. Matisse - Alfred Appel Connects the Moderns

    The logroll is a two-step worth avoiding. It's OK to lead, but to follow is to invite public ridicule. As it is thus highly moral not to return the favor of a kind review, I have happily waved morality's flag to dodge the works of betters, rivals, an...

    by Gary Giddins on May 13, 2003
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    Panda Not Dubya - Indie Kids With New Chords Need Love Too

    When I'm not dreaming of a Canadian-led invasion of the U.S. and a subsequent regime change that results in free nationwide health care and a Tim Hortons on every block, I ponder the enthusiasm I have for Killer Mike videos and whether or not it's ap...

    by Scott Seward on May 13, 2003
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    Bhangra Over Bombs Over Baghdad - Rhythmic Dialogue Where Duplicity Exists

    Back before Stankonia came out, OutKastthose ambassadors from the Dirty Dirtyplayed opening act for one of DJ Rekha's late-night, monthly jammies at SOB's. The closing fury of "Bombs Over Baghdad" sent the crowd into a Technicolor, Bollywood-like f...

    by Joseph Patel on May 13, 2003
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    Music

    Don't Wanna Be Sedated Rooney's cover of "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" is my favorite song on We're a Happy Family, the Ramones tribute album. Da bruddahs have always mentored young bandsMarky's Bullys, Joey's Independents, CJ's Blackfire. Likew...

    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
  • Jump on the Grenade - Boy, Those Hard Rock Kiddies Can't Play Guitar

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    Jump on the Grenade - Boy, Those Hard Rock Kiddies Can't Play Guitar

    What happened to guitar heroes? They're all on remastering schedules. Angus Young, Mick Ronson, Leslie Westget 'em now in the digipacks. Ziggy Stardustthe movie DVDand Townshend at the Young Vic in the Who's Next "Deluxe Edition" have more six-s...

    by George Smith on May 6, 2003
  • Prog Wakes Up - Paradiddles by the Dashboard Light

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    Prog Wakes Up - Paradiddles by the Dashboard Light

    Only the ass of Event's Scratching at the Surface jewel box overtly indicates that prog-rock's afoot: that Inside/Out stamp (yes, the very label that's home to Jersey's Symphony X, whose most recent platter was a reading of Homer's Odyssey starring G...

    by Anthony Mariani on May 6, 2003
  • Werewolves of Norway - Los Lobos Tienen Mucho Frio

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    Werewolves of Norway - Los Lobos Tienen Mucho Frio

    Ulver are not your grandfather's lycanthropic rock band. They are something much more complex and . . . well, let them explain it, as they do so eloquently in the notes to their Metamorphosis EP from 1999: "Ulver is obviously not a black metal band a...

    by Scott Seward on May 6, 2003
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    Hellspawn Freeze Over - Swedes Stay Put for Satan

    Obstinacy is one of death metal's crowning virtues. The music refuses to cave in to fashion or irony, or feel compelled to mean anythingeven post-9-11. It understands that the riff is its own reward. Grave's Back From the Grave is their first studio...

    by Phil Freeman on May 6, 2003
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    Music

    Zombie Jamboree Now almost a half-moon ago, they were four Halloweenies jerking and stomping under the cover of black light: singer-trumpeter Jenny Hoyston, interrogating the Knitting Factory, her orange scarf aglow, markered-on handlebar musta...

    on May 6, 2003
  • So Many Lives - The Bourgeoisie and the Rebel

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    So Many Lives - The Bourgeoisie and the Rebel

    Madge forgets a lot recently. On the opening title track of her new record, she forgets just why she worked so hard to get to where she is today. On song two she sings, "I lost my memory in Hollywood" (insert cheap joke about the movie career here). ...

    by Jessica Winter on May 6, 2003
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