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  • Cocaine Yes, Cobain No

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    Cocaine Yes, Cobain No

    Before he killed himself, Kurt Cobain killed the rock star. With "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Cobain ushered in a wave of frontmen who wore sweaters, were friends with gay men, and did honorable things like play the Tibetan Freedom Concert. Out with th...

    by Tricia Romano on May 29, 2001
  • Fear of Music

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    Fear of Music

    Evol was four punks' instruments screaming bloody redrum. Goodbye 20th Century was said punks, 13 years older, covering John Cage and other wind chime mimes. Did the fountain of Sonic Youth abandon noise tantrums or fully embrace them? (Does Trick Da...

    by Nick Catucci on May 29, 2001
  • Article

    Best of the Rest

    Many of these subpantheon best-ofs have awaited judgment for years. My guarantee: All make sense as individual records. Where some artists (Joe Cocker, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick) fall off so sharply that an even chronological spread does them dirt, t...

    by Robert Christgau on May 29, 2001
  • Boners Stay Home

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    Boners Stay Home

    The Butchies on the Butchies: "They enjoy wearing outfits and being OUT lezzies." The Butchies on their Are We Not Femme? (1998): "Hailed as 'the most important album of the millennium' by some friends of theirs." The Butchies on their aesthetic (whi...

    by Hillary â??Looseâ?? Chute on May 22, 2001
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    Skimmed Cream

    Since almost two years have elapsed since my last guide, there's no way to encompass the stacks of new discs rising like diminutive office buildings around my desk. I can offer some of the cream I skimmed, and note that, more and more, the most inter...

    by Kyle Gann on May 22, 2001
  • Kitties Rule, Boys Drool

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    Kitties Rule, Boys Drool

    "Here and Now" in 1994 was Letters to Cleo's only MTV and radio hit, with lead yelper Kay Hanley's rapid-fire trademark chorus "Thecomfortofaknowledgeofariseabovethesky/ couldneverparallelthechallengeofanacquisitioninthe . . . here and now" creating ...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on May 22, 2001
  • Article

    Meow Mix

    During a recent quadrennial record inventory of the house library, I came across a copy of The Great Kat's Beethoven on Speed from 1990. It sparked memory of when I'd been slugged a copy in hope that some opinion would be concocted addressing one of ...

    by George Smith on May 22, 2001
  • Girls Dont Sigh

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    Girls Dont Sigh

    "You make me mad when I'm driving my car." That's a brilliant line, especially given that it's from an L.A. punk band. It could stand alone, as graffiti or epigram. "You make me mad when I'm driving my car," a motto for contemporary America. Album ...

    by Frank Kogan on May 22, 2001
  • Body Rock

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    Body Rock

    The Gossip and the BellRays play body music. Fat bodies, skinny bodies, short bodies, tall bodies, black bodies, white bodies, yellow bodies, purple bodies, gay bodies, straight bodiesif you can't get down to this, then you ain't got a body. (Go thi...

    by Amy Phillips on May 22, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Dance (Do What You Wanna Do) Billed as "Soul Underground"on Times Square no lessthe bohemian set was in full effect at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill last Thursday. As I walked down the rows of headwraps, sis-ters, and afrosthe nicest smellin...

    on May 22, 2001
  • Only a Northern Song

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    Only a Northern Song

    When he wasn't writing about hobbits, J.R.R. Tolkien studied Northern European languages at Oxford, and the most important thing he did as a scholar was to transform our experience of the old Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. Before Tolkien, academics treate...

    by Erik Davis on May 15, 2001
  • Article

    Love Is Not a Dog

    As the film Amores Perros vigorously captures love's unforgiving moods of passion, betrayal, pain, and instinct in a hyperactive Mexican hue, likewise the soundtrack, produced by Argentine Gustavo Santaolalla, meticulously unleashes these fierce emot...

    by Jennifer Mañon on May 15, 2001
  • Article

    Lets Go Swimming

    A friend of mine likes to watch Free Willy after a long night of artificially induced sleeplessness. The water and waves and whale noises say in calming, deep ocean tones, "Everything is going to be all right." Julie McKnight (wife of soul balladeer ...

    by Carla Spartos on May 15, 2001
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    Billy Higgins, 19362001 - The Perfect Drummer, Exactly Right and Exactly Like Himself

    Is it spring or the waning days of autumn? The festivals are getting underway, so it must be spring. Yet it feels like a shivery October in the realm of jazz mortality, as every passing week brings news of another loss, beginning late last year with ...

    by Gary Giddins on May 15, 2001
  • Theres a Revival Goin On

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    Theres a Revival Goin On

    Shuggie Otis's Inspiration Information isn't the Dylan basement tapes or a recently unearthed Miles-and-Jimi jam session. The 1974 recording was only the third solo album by someone who was hardly a household name in the homes of the dilettantes who ...

    by Knox Robinson on May 15, 2001
  • Love Wars Resurrection

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    Love Wars Resurrection

    One of the impressive things about r&b is that for decades kids and their parents grooved on the same music. Soul Train dancers would pop, lock, and hustle to Stevie Wonder, Barry White, James Brown, and Gladys Knight, while Mom and Dad spun the same...

    by Barry Walters on May 15, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Groovy Hate Buck Indie culture is fuckin' pathetic. You have the Elephant 6 Collective, collectively sucking Brian Wilson's cock. The punk scene comprised of glam metal bands that decided to stop dressing like chicks and sound like the Stooges ins...

    on May 15, 2001
  • Grandpas Hands

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    Grandpas Hands

    Sheila E.'s uncle and Pete the Santana percussionist's half brother was born in San Antonio, and in Austin he might as well be pope. Locals receive his closing, after-the- industry-weasels-have-gone-home "orchestra" shows at the "South by Southwest" ...

    by Dan DeLuca on May 8, 2001
  • A Quartet of Five - Dave Brubeck Cultivates a Crowd, Calibrates Time, and Finds His Wings

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    A Quartet of Five - Dave Brubeck Cultivates a Crowd, Calibrates Time, and Finds His Wings

    No postwar jazz musician has cultivated his audience like Dave Brubeck. His success has Pavlovian dimensions. The simultaneous release of Double Live From the USA and UK (Telarc), a lively two-CD set drawn from 1995 and 1998 concerts, and the long-de...

    by Gary Giddins on May 8, 2001
  • Chasing Waterfalls

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    Chasing Waterfalls

    If your musical interests extend beyond the industrialized world, you're sure to run into field recordings sooner or later. But that doesn't mean you have to like them. Field recordings are for scholars, obsessives, eccentrics, obscurantists, and pse...

    by Robert Christgau on May 8, 2001
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