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  • Save Zee Robots

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    Save Zee Robots

    The French have a well-documented poor track record with rock and roll, and only recently have they made noteworthy progress in dance music. But what progress! Air, ignored by their countrymen, went Top 5 in England with Moon Safari, which prompted S...

    by James Hannaham on June 19, 2001
  • Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

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    Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

    It's only fitting that a band as anachronistic as the Clientele should be so haunted by the passage of time. Enveloped in gossamer reverb and a spectral aura of half-light and dust motes, the London trio's gorgeous echo-chamber pop is premised on the...

    by Dennis Lim on June 19, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Saving All My Rage for You The last time I saw Bill Callahan, a/k/a Smog, was many years ago, when he opened for Will Oldham, a/k/a Palace (yes, that many years ago). The after-show debate had been: Would you rather be stuck in a room alone with C...

    on June 19, 2001
  • Mad for Sadness

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    Mad for Sadness

    "Try living life instead of hiding in the bedroom," a frustrated girlfriend snaps on the early Red House Painters song "Medicine Bottle," but the two are one and the same for House husband Mark Kozelek, and never more so than they are on Old Ramon. S...

    by Jessica Winter on June 19, 2001
  • Article

    Disneys Dream Debased

    The Ex are a band with which lots of boys I went to college withthe chowderhead kind with proud encyclopedic minds and (on good days) socialist agendas, the ones who got the girlsare obsessed, mostly, I think, because this Dutch five-piece has unas...

    by Hillary Chute on June 19, 2001
  • Parlor of Vices

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    Parlor of Vices

    Back in the days of Stephen Foster, the piano was the centerpiece of the parlor. That was the room that women ran, the room where music, like femininity, was supposed to civilize baser impulses. From the piano flowed the family values of 19th-century...

    by R.J. Smith on June 19, 2001
  • Metaphysical Refinitions Overstood at Last!

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    Metaphysical Refinitions Overstood at Last!

    Senility isn't a pretty thing, particularly if it affects your grandmama or uncle Charles. And once it hits your rap heroes, it's even worse. For the most part, we folks in our late twenties and early thirties have succumbed to the preternatural forc...

    by Joseph Patel on June 12, 2001
  • Nashville - An Eternal Sideman Claims the World

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    Nashville - An Eternal Sideman Claims the World

    Eclecticism has been so much the norm in jazz during the past 30 years that you expect just about every player who comes along to have one foot in jazz proper and the other tapping elsewhere: Cuba or the Balkans or Argentina, or if not a geographical...

    by Gary Giddins on June 12, 2001
  • See the World

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    See the World

    Trick Daddy's new album Thugs Are Us is the usual state-of-the-art hip-hop Southern style, the beats running off the beaten track without losing their groove, sounds lifted from anywhere (giant dramatic bass booms, '60s soul horns, dripping noises, g...

    by Frank Kogan on June 12, 2001
  • Article

    Music

    Radio Can't Even Play My Jam Eminem is a man of many guises, but is he ready to be the new Mapplethorpe? On June 1, the FCC fined Colorado radio station KKMG $7000 for playing the "clean" version of Em's "The Real Slim Shady," the same one played t...

    on June 12, 2001
  • To E or Not to E

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    To E or Not to E

    Love my people. Love them madly, okay? Because only a negro like Missy Elliott could make an album praising Jesus and Ecstasy without a buttcheek of irony, a shumai-twist of sarcasm, or a scintilla of shame. This is not to say Missy is not conflicted...

    by Greg Tate on June 12, 2001
  • Encore From a Utopia - Lucinda Williamsís Essence Comes Quick and Goes Slow

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    Encore From a Utopia - Lucinda Williamss Essence Comes Quick and Goes Slow

    A year ago, Lucinda Williams was the subject of a grueling, penetrating, National Magazine Award-nominated New Yorker profile by Louisiana-born Granta founder Bill Buford. This isn't merely the best thing ever written about an artist journalists have...

    by Robert Christgau on June 5, 2001
  • Article

    Satchmo and the Critics

    Now that Louis Armstrong has achieved the iconic stature he deserves, it seems passing strange to recall the days when Satchmo was not just fair game for the critics, but when his relationship with them resembled the fox and the hounds. The attitud...

    by Dan Morgenstern on June 5, 2001
  • Article

    The Old Songster

    Sammy Cahn liked to tell a story about a night in the late 1930s when he and Louis Armstrong went club-hopping up and down 52nd Street. In every joint the entertainment was exactly the same: one exuberant trumpet star after another, each mopping his ...

    by Will Friedwald on June 5, 2001
  • Article

    The Once and Future King

    Amid the crush of CD releases timed to accompany Louis Armstrong's centennial celebration, a two-year event that acknowledges his avowed birthdate in 1900 as well as his true one in 1901, a remarkable oddity has glided in under the radar of many fans...

    by Gary Giddins on June 5, 2001
  • Three-Legged Dogs

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    Three-Legged Dogs

    Michael Stipe might actually have written "Wolves, Lower" about hiring entertainment lawyers. But in 1982, when that song appeared, R.E.M. fans would never have guessed that Stipe's concerns could be so practical. Voracious for meaning, future semiot...

    by James Hannaham on June 5, 2001
  • Article

    Found and Lost - Terence Blanchard Revisits Jimmy McHugh

    Terence Blanchard's reach and tone have broadened just about equally in the 15 years since he graduated from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He has tested his skills as trumpeter, composer, and bandleader in a variety of overlapping projects: the quint...

    by Gary Giddins on June 5, 2001
  • Article

    A Development in Depth

    When Ken Burns's "Jazz" was aired a few months ago, there were complaints that the documentary spent too much time on Louis Armstrong's later years. The gripes revealed a bias toward one kind of musical development at the expense of another. The thri...

    by David Yaffe on June 5, 2001
  • Article

    Armstrong Akwaba (Welcome)!

    Growing up in the '70s, I hated what seemed to me Louis Armstrong's antebellum Uncle Tom antics. My opinion of Armstrong changed when I saw the brilliant 1956 documentary Satchmo the Great, featuring Edward R. Murrow, at Howard University in the earl...

    by Eugene Holley, Jr. on June 5, 2001
  • Article

    Louis Armstrong 19011971

    Louis Armstrong was born 100 years ago, on August 4, 1901, in a squat, wooden, ramshackle building in a destitute and violent area of New Orleans known as "the Battlefield." His influence on the music of his century proved to be so sweeping that we a...

    by Gary Giddins on June 5, 2001
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