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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    If you took your way-back machine anywhere into the prehistory of dancing, you'd probably find the music wavering between two poles: musical forms with beginnings and endssuch as songson the one hand, and nonstop grooves on the other, a key differe...

    by Frank Kogan on March 12, 2002
  • Thesaurus in My Pocket

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    Thesaurus in My Pocket

    Exhibit A: "I'm the kind of person that will say 'a person that I've been spending time with in a romantic way' rather than saying 'my boyfriend.' " Exhibit B: "I'm a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk." Exhibit C: "That particular ...

    by Phil Dellio on March 12, 2002
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    Our Chopin - A Gift From Cecil Taylor

    Some people decry Cecil Taylor as a composer because he rarely revisits pieces and doesn't provide song-form themes for others to play, just as some people decry Thelonious Monk as a composer because he was constantly revisiting pieces and worked alm...

    by Gary Giddins on March 12, 2002
  • Moon Rising Fast - The Beata Moon Ensemble Makes Its Maiden Voyage

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    Moon Rising Fast - The Beata Moon Ensemble Makes Its Maiden Voyage

    Beata Moon is self-taught as a composer. Not as a musician; in fact, she graduated from Juilliard as a pianist, and is that rare performer, one who turns to composing a little later than composers normally start. (Flutist-composer Elizabeth Brown, al...

    by Kyle Gann on March 12, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Knocked Out Loaded "Brooklyn! Let's fuck together!" Mario Escovedo yelled mid-set, as a prologue to a so-called "ballad." The Ramones-style rip had as its chorus "I wanna wanna wanna wanna fuck everyone!" At the Dragons' Friday show at Luxx, the J...

    on March 12, 2002
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    Swapping Spit

    Rancid bassist Matt Freeman may well be the nimblest musician in punk history, but he's got a voice like a pair of semis crashing into each other. It starts out a flat, gravelly roar and quickly picks up volume but not speed; he sings as far behind t...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on March 12, 2002
  • Electric Shavers

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    Electric Shavers

    The Prima Donnas' Drugs Sex & Discotheques opens with the magenta whirl of something that gets broadly referred to, in pop terms, as the '80s. Songs like "Nance Music Manifesto" and "Reagan's Dead" copy records from those jumpy years after the offici...

    by James Hunter on March 5, 2002
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    Turning (Japanese) Point

    Starting innocently with a piano lullaby, Ayumi Hamasaki's "evolution"one of the most deliciously extreme chart-toppers ever, anywhere in the worldsoon piles a truckload of insane Metallica-meets-Van Halen guitars atop a live drummer smashing out s...

    by Barry Walters on March 5, 2002
  • Born to Be Alive

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    Born to Be Alive

    By now, you've seen this image everywhere: a greasy-haired, fucked-up, metalhead-looking kid with blood pouring out of his nose and running over his mouth and chin, and a worn, yet somehow gloriously undefeated look in his eyes. Maybe you were jarred...

    by Ken Switzer on March 5, 2002
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    Atomic Prog

    Like At the Drive-In, . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are a band of ass-whuppin' Texans with a stupidly great name, turning indie rock on its ear by reaching back to the land that punk forgot. Just as ATDI copped the MC5's 'fros-of-fu...

    by Hobey Echlin on March 5, 2002
  • Here, My Dear

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    Here, My Dear

    It's a tale as old as the hills: Boy meets girl, boy and girl date for a long time, girl dumps boy, boy is devastated, boy writes songs. Hell, people (and certainly not just boys) have based their entire careers on it, and some would argue that the g...

    by Amy Phillips on March 5, 2002
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    2001 Gets Better

    Ryan Adams got 80 Pazz & Jop mentions, Amy Allison one. So I investigated in that order. If I hadn't, the Dean's List would have been one album longer. AESOP ROCK Daylight EP (Def Jux) Less experimental beatwise than his boys, less literat...

    by Robert Christgau on March 5, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Dirty Hairy Not unlike the pubescents who throng Times Square every afternoon, the horde at Hammerstein Ballroom last Thursday assembled to watch MTV in person. A huge screen above the stage flashed hyperactive cityscapes, psychedelic abstraction...

    on March 5, 2002
  • Phone Home, Michael Zilkha - Im Throwing You a Party, Please Come

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    Phone Home, Michael Zilkha - Im Throwing You a Party, Please Come

    Quite a time, those early '80s in this here New York. The subways were dangerous, the clubs weren't, and you could still shoplift refillable markers from Pearl Paint. Artsy-fartsy types danced to live bands, and sometimes there were people of color o...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on February 26, 2002
  • Singing Cool and Hot - Cassandra Wilson and Dee Dee Bridgewater Enter the Pantheon

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    Singing Cool and Hot - Cassandra Wilson and Dee Dee Bridgewater Enter the Pantheon

    Can it be that little more than a decade ago, jazz singing was widely written off as a dead art? No one had come along to take the stages abandoned by Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, though Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln had survive...

    by Gary Giddins on February 26, 2002
  • Your Disco Needs Her

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    Your Disco Needs Her

    Kylie's at No. 1. She's fun, she's feminine, she's everything the Taliban hate most. All the more reason to love her. The Daily Mail (London), September 27, 2001 We obviously have some catching up to do. In this country, until a few weeks ago, ...

    by Dennis Lim on February 26, 2002
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    Cry, Boy, Cry

    Music's sounding pretty That '80s Show these days, and who can blame it? In a culture better at amassing information than knowing how it feels about it, Radiohead's overwhelmed ambivalence is about the only new emotion music can come up with, and tha...

    by Hobey Echlin on February 26, 2002
  • Fuzzing the Familiar - Phil Kline Buries Old Tunes Beneath a Wash of Color

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    Fuzzing the Familiar - Phil Kline Buries Old Tunes Beneath a Wash of Color

    It's remarkable how enjoyable it is to see some familiar object through an obscuring mist. Like, take a simple drawing you've seen a million times and wet it to see the ink run: Suddenly it looks mystical, poignant, a romantic ruin. And given how sim...

    by Kyle Gann on February 26, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    The Dune Chronicles Like many of the country's frayed roots troubadours, Howe Gelb is a walking reconciliation project between the loner tendencies at the heart of his music and the community spirit it seemingly inspires. He's like the weird uncle ...

    on February 26, 2002
  • Microtones and Bebop - Joe Maneri Turns 75; Nick Brignola 19362002

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    Microtones and Bebop - Joe Maneri Turns 75; Nick Brignola 19362002

    One of the infrequent pleasures of ethnic weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs in the era before DJs began contributing to musical unemployment (may God forgive me) was the chance encounter with jazz players hiding out in those bands. I can recall coming...

    by Gary Giddins on February 19, 2002
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