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  • Beneath the Arch, Thurr's  No Business Like Ho Business

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    Beneath the Arch, Thurr's No Business Like Ho Business

    In his liner notes, the Missouri rapper whose name imitates the ring of a slot machine thanks those responsible for his rapid reversal of fortunemainly his executive producers, Ludacris and Chaka Zulu, as well as his production team, the considerabl...

    by Sherman Johnson on August 12, 2003
  • Why Birds Suddenly Appear Every Time the American Idol Is Near

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    Why Birds Suddenly Appear Every Time the American Idol Is Near

    As gifted, chimerical rock creeps go, Leon Russell is bested only by Edgar Winter, who of course looks like a recently deposed Lord of the Rings wizard, and Roy Orbison, who my dad says already resembled a dispirited, porcelain-skinned ghost when he ...

    by Mikael Wood on August 12, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    You're Looking At It, Babe Can Boy-Crazy Liz Bring Girls Home and Make Us Like It? Liz Phair always wanted to be Liz Phair. Even in 1993, when Exile in Guyville gave voice to girls alienated from both Main Street and Pussy Galore boy-rock entitlem...

    on August 12, 2003
  • Hot Enough in Herre, Thanks - Rock en Español's Art-Gangstas Remain Hopeful—and Silly (Except When They're Not)

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    Hot Enough in Herre, Thanks - Rock en Espaol's Art-Gangstas Remain Hopefuland Silly (Except When They're Not)

    Not race men enough for rock en espaol hardliners, too obstructive for Starbucks comps, and too smiley for the alt crowd, Caf Tacuba would have to make big changes to become the Next Cosa Grande. While watching them headline the Watcha Festival in ...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on August 12, 2003
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    Music

    El Gran Silencio Super Riddim Internacional! Vol. 1 (EMI Latin) "Cumbiamuffin," these five Monterrey fiesta-throwers call one dub-selector track, and "muffin" doesn't just mean "raga." But their chili-peppered fratboy mojo is balanced by high ...

    by Chuck Eddy on August 12, 2003
  • Minneapolites Visit New Belsen; See History but No Future

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    Minneapolites Visit New Belsen; See History but No Future

    As if we needed more evidence, New York's post-punk revival is further proof every "no" is eventually a "yes."(Amazon's mail-bot recently tried to sell me a local comp: "As someone who has purchased albums by Le Tigre, you may be interested in Yes Ne...

    by Greg Milner on August 12, 2003
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    Black Elvis - Sam Cooke Aims His Simplicity High

    I note with interest that Peter Guralnick has taken over rock history's Sam Cooke concession. It's Guralnick who annotated the specially remastered 30-track centerpiece of Abkco's new Cooke campaign, the miraculously career-spanning Portrait of a Leg...

    by Robert Christgau on August 5, 2003
  • The Long Road Home - The World’s Biggest Country Duo Risk Backlash With a Great Rock Album

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    The Long Road Home - The Worlds Biggest Country Duo Risk Backlash With a Great Rock Album

    In the rural east Texas graveyard where my father and his parents are buried, just a stone's throw from a black church built on land donated by my father's father, I embrace my country-and-western roots. On yearly visits to the ancestral homestead, I...

    by Carol Cooper on August 5, 2003
  • Post-Columbian Exchange - She Doesn't Have to Wear Those Dreads Tonight

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    Post-Columbian Exchange - She Doesn't Have to Wear Those Dreads Tonight

    The fabled '80s had already passed their big-haired zenith, but I was ready to hail Columbia for sending me albums from two artists. Both had been signed to the label through the agency of men in black: Rosanne Cash via the career path of her old man...

    by Richard Riegel on August 5, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    Odd Couples On their new "Rhythm Bandits," Danish garage-glam doofuses Junior Senior cast themselves as Robin Hoods who'll give you the b-b-beat back. On their new "The Rhythm Thief," Weimar-via-Mars pre-punk terrorists and proto-electro duo Sp...

    on August 5, 2003
  • Getcha Anger Here - Hulking Ideas About the Place Your Mama Ran From

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    Getcha Anger Here - Hulking Ideas About the Place Your Mama Ran From

    In a recent book review in Harper's, Cristina Nehring lamented the death of the Big Idea. Essayists, argued Nehring, are avoiding Baldwinesque pronouncements, instead opting for quaint, vapid reflection. In this age of Patriot Acts and Operation TIPS...

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates on August 5, 2003
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    The Heart Will Go On - A Powerpop Miracle Rests in Peace

    The heart's a resilient little creature. No matter how many times it's stomped, stretched, squashed, and splintered, the sucker regenerates. It's practically built with an Acme warranty. But can it really break? The great poets, pop songwriters, and ...

    by Kate Silver on August 5, 2003
  • A Bum Trip Reborn - Blissed Psychedelic Freaks Bequeath Skykissing Guitars to Industrial Autopsy Aesthetes

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    A Bum Trip Reborn - Blissed Psychedelic Freaks Bequeath Skykissing Guitars to Industrial Autopsy Aesthetes

    Thesis: Industrial music, in its original late-'70s incarnation, was the second flowering of an authentic psychedelia. ("Authentic" meaning non-revivalist, untainted by nostalgia). There was the same impulse to blow minds through multimedia sensory o...

    by Simon Reynolds on July 29, 2003
  • Eyebrow Metal at the Disco Round - Have Your Gramm and Glam It Too

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    Eyebrow Metal at the Disco Round - Have Your Gramm and Glam It Too

    Glam in the '70s may have been the least sonically defined of all musics. A glam band was glam if it was rock and it had people who dressed funny in a glam way (as opposed to funny in a disco way) (or funny in a metal way, though metal rarely admitte...

    by Frank Kogan on July 29, 2003
  • No More Fiction - Sense and Instability

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    No More Fiction - Sense and Instability

    I first encountered British postpunks Essential Logic when I was a pre-adolescent, graduating to new wave from Dr. Dementothe only place to hear "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" and Bix Beiderbecke in early '80s SoCal. Beat Rhythm News, the band's 1979 LP, sta...

    by Franklin Bruno on July 29, 2003
  • Article

    Alone Again (Unnaturally) - Fraulein Makes Glitch Bittersweet

    On any given Saturday night, as New York kids belly-up for deep wallpaper house at CentroFly and fashionable electro-nostalgia at Luxx, stateside techno music slips deeper into a holding pattern of sophistication and mediocrity. But way over the pond...

    by Pat Blashill on July 29, 2003
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    Shadows in the Cave

    In commercial hip hop's worst moment in years, I went spelunking, and found more good stuff than expected, with more pending and plenty of well-meaning pretension behind me. AKROBATIK Balance (Coup d'tat) His name guest is Mr. Lif, and i...

    by Robert Christgau on July 29, 2003
  • Music

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    Music

    Celia Cruz, 1925-2003 "There's no need to cry, 'cause life is a carnival, and it's more beautiful to live singing." That's how Celia Cruz, the Guarachera de Cuba, livedwith her wide smile brimming and her sugar-tinged voice afloat. And that's h...

    on July 29, 2003
  • Fuck Emo Let's Fight - Sensitive Young Boys Learn How to Scream and Slam

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    Fuck Emo Let's Fight - Sensitive Young Boys Learn How to Scream and Slam

    Ladies and gentlemen, let's get ready to rumble. It's time for the battle for the future of American punk. In this corner: heartbroken emo kids and twee indie fans hugging each other on the dancefloor. In that corner: the Blood Brothers, Ex Models, t...

    by Amy Phillips on July 22, 2003
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    Micro-Micro-Microbiology - Outsider's English for the Radiation Facility and Noise Pit

    Hardcore is unforgiving: It demands unremitting effort from performers, it saps their identity with formal constraints, and it's nearly impossible to sustain for an entire good album, let alone a career. So what Melt-Banana have done on Cell-Scape, t...

    by Douglas Wolk on July 22, 2003
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