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    Single Grilling Steady

    "Feelings that I can't describe/And never will be reconciled/Oh, something inside has died," sighs Ash's Tim Wheeler at the conclusion of "Burn Baby Burn." He's summing up every lousy emotion as an affair recklessly reaches a mutually ruinous conclus...

    by Barry Walters on September 17, 2002
  • Attack of the Chickenshits - Steve Earle Practices Rock and Roll Leftism for Its Own Sweet Sake

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    Attack of the Chickenshits - Steve Earle Practices Rock and Roll Leftism for Its Own Sweet Sake

    Extry, extry: "Nashville Ex-Junkie Makes Nice to Traitor, Is Picked On by Nashville Talk Show Host!" That's what I call dog bites man. And also what I call great hype. I don't think Steve Earle wrote "John Walker's Blues" as a publicity stunt. I thin...

    by Robert Christgau on September 17, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Alone Together Imagine a nightclub not clouded by cigarette smoke, a club with room to dance, where the music is never loud or painful. New media group Eyebeam created this idyllic environment last Saturday at 540 West 21st Street as part of the...

    on September 17, 2002
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    Music

    Ten Years Gone When Bettina Richards started Thrill Jockey Records in 1992, after a&r stints with Atlantic (where she signed the Lemonheads) and London (where she guided the Meat Puppets toward post-SST riches), she already had a clear picture of...

    on September 10, 2002
  • All Chao's Children - The Mediterranean Rim Shot (Not Heard Round the World)

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    All Chao's Children - The Mediterranean Rim Shot (Not Heard Round the World)

    Manu Chao may be an anomalous ripple breaking the surface of the Anglo music world, but the Energizer Bunny skankster is riding the crest of a wave that's been developing for more than a decade in southern Europenot that anyone outside the Mediterra...

    by Don Snowden on September 10, 2002
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    What Gaul?

    Hyped as the herald of a post-punk "neo-realist" movement to revive the pre-WW II chanson, Luaka Bop's latest compilation instead offers a fascinating glimpse at an unplugged alternative scene that barely nods to the soap-operatic "realist" tradition...

    by Larry Birnbaum on September 10, 2002
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    Cold Turkeys

    Being too low for high praise, too brown for fair praise, and too little for great praise, Adam Bomb Brenner and New York Times nevertheless deserve something to mark their arrivalperhaps a pack of onion gum or a hotfoot followed by a night of unlim...

    by George Smith on September 10, 2002
  • Race Against Time

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    Race Against Time

    Noir writing gets an unexpected literal twist in Charles Willeford's brilliant and cynical 1955 novel Pick-Up. A relationship involving a couple characters out of an Edward Hopper painting flames up and sputters out with a friction whose cause is onl...

    by Richard Gehr on September 10, 2002
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    Keeping Up With the Jones

    Remember the early verdict on scratching'n'rappingnot real musicians, can't play instruments, blah blah blah? Amazingly, this actually shamed some folks, and hip-hop got a series of abominations like Cool J Unplugged, session bassists, and acid jazz...

    by Jane Dark on September 10, 2002
  • On the Prowl

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    On the Prowl

    Oh, Grandma, what big make-believe teeth you have: the better to corrupt Little Red Riding Hood with, give her furry lessons in going down on tadpoles, then devour Mum and Daddy for brunch. "In proper homes throughout the land/Fathers try to understa...

    by Howard Hampton on September 10, 2002
  • Ghetto Fabulous

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    Ghetto Fabulous

    In the made-for-TV movie version of the life of Brazilian mad-genius avant-pop weirdo Tom Z (starring John Leguizamo as Tom Z and slated to begin production soon after hell freezes over or Wal-Mart starts stocking excellent 2000 import Jogos de Arm...

    by Julian Dibbell on September 3, 2002
  • Pinned Down by the Piano - La Monte Young's 'The Well-Tuned Piano' Hits DVD

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    Pinned Down by the Piano - La Monte Young's 'The Well-Tuned Piano' Hits DVD

    La Monte Young's The Well-Tuned Piano is available again, and about damn time. Not on compact disc, thoughthe Gramavision recording of a 1981 performance that was released in 1987 has been out of print for years. But Young, or rather the MELA Founda...

    on September 3, 2002
  • A Bit of a Dag

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    A Bit of a Dag

    Beth Orton will make a good mother. In her own stomping ground, England, she's known as the Comedown Queen. She wears floppy hats in the sun and has freckles on her nose. From the first day, her music has said just about enough. She's the lightly per...

    by Emma Pearse on September 3, 2002
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    No Slack, Motherfucker

    The indie near-lifers of Spoon have come to reside on the disillusioned cloud of oncoming middle age. Kill The Moonlight, their fourth full-length, contemplates its darkest lining. Spoon didn't inherit this surly stance from former Matador label-mate...

    by Piotr Orlov on September 3, 2002
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    Music

    Kiddie in the Middle Last Wednesday's triple bill at Jones Beach was rife with potential significance: With Aerosmith and Kid Rock co-headlining and Run-D.M.C. giving support (which may have meant carrying guitar cases, given what little they act...

    on September 3, 2002
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    A Very Good Year

    Want to know why I do this, over and above it's a living? Because as of August 14 or so I thought it was a lousy yearuntil the grading discipline made me come to terms with just how good the new Sleater-Kinney, Mekons, and Spoon albums are. THE ...

    by Robert Christgau on September 3, 2002
  • Black Arthur's Return - Arthur Blythe's Western Wind, Part II

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    Black Arthur's Return - Arthur Blythe's Western Wind, Part II

    Arthur Blythe's story may not make a movie, but it certainly works as jazz allegory. He came to New York from San Diego in the magical mid '70s, and on his second night out sat in with Elvin Jones. Although he was critically neglected at home, at 34 ...

    by Gary Giddins on August 27, 2002
  • Steadfast in Style

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    Steadfast in Style

    "Nobody cares like I do/What can I do?" Bryan Ferry warbles on "Goddess of Love," from the British singer's new album, Frantic. A bewitched plaint about Marilyn Monroe, the song first depicts her in familiar terms as glamorous but lonely, then addres...

    by Rob Tannenbaum on August 27, 2002
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    On-Ramp to Style

    At first glance, the cover of the Gentlemen of Leisure CD seemed like a boring attempt at "style," but now it strikes me as a charmingly austere attempt to pretend to evoke opulencethe two gentlemen, each wearing an expensive dress-up suit, are stan...

    by Frank Kogan on August 27, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Amen to the E-man Jimmy Castor is no has-been. Harlem's own Everything Man, who birthed subwoofing novelties like "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" and "Bertha Butt Boogie," has been sampled over 3000 times, lending raw funk boom to cuts by bands from the ...

    on August 27, 2002
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