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    Music

    OK Computer For the creative person on your shopping list, Oval has the perfect gift. Skotodesk, "an interactive authoring environment for personal desktop audio," could be licensed to Mattel as My First Electronic Music System. Its "object-orient...

    on December 19, 2000
  • Higher Ground

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    Higher Ground

    When it comes to commercial black music, "high concept" makes the record industry very nervous. Motown initially told Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye that people wouldn't like their political songs. Stax told Isaac "Black Moses" Hayes that radio wouldn...

    by Carol Cooper on December 12, 2000
  • Will You Scrub Me Tomorrow

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    Will You Scrub Me Tomorrow

    Unless you're regularly tuned in to an urban radio station, it's possible you've never heard of Kandi, the r&b singer. But you're undoubtedly familiar with Kandi the r&b songwriterin particular her two most famous creations, TLC's "No Scrubs" and De...

    by Scott Woods on December 12, 2000
  • Tri-Century Man - Oldest Living Composer Makes a Late Case for Rediscovery

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    Tri-Century Man - Oldest Living Composer Makes a Late Case for Rediscovery

    How many composers can you name who lived in three centuries? Leo Ornstein, whose 90th birthday was celebrated here in 1982, has now entered his third. Born in 1892, he turned 108 this week, surpassing the conductor-musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky, wh...

    by Kyle Gann on December 12, 2000
  • Erykah in Stanklove

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    Erykah in Stanklove

    Like Erykah Badu, like Mary, like Faith, like Sade, like Kim, like Lauryn, like me twice (sigh), Alice had not a moment to think about stopping before finding herself falling down a very deep well. Yet the trip to Wonderland was so abysmal she had pl...

    by Raquel Cepeda on December 12, 2000
  • So This Guy Walks Into a Bar . . .

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    So This Guy Walks Into a Bar . . .

    Lifter Puller's Fiestas + Fiascos probably designates as "emo" for sounding simultaneously bulky and flouncy. ("Emo" is short for "emology": "The study of music that's simultaneously bulky and flouncy.") The vocals come across as spiels overheard in ...

    by Frank Kogan on December 12, 2000
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    Pumpin for Michelle

    The first thing you notice about the Spinatras' @midnight.com is how Ross the Boss has packed all his old Dictator gee-tar licks into the first two songs. That's OK, though, because hardly anyone outside o' zealots and eccentrics has heard them. And ...

    by George Smith on December 12, 2000
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    Heart-Shaped Box

    The combatants are practically identical. They are characterless products of focus groups; their fight is fiercely contested. Despite being in a supposed competition, they represent the interests of the same small group of big-money concerns. And the...

    by Jane Dark on December 5, 2000
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    Get With My Comrades

    Nineteen ninety-seven witnessed the peak of the Girl Power movement, which, building on the momentum of the pithy manifesto "Wannabe," briefly succeeded in seizing the mass media for dissemination of its postsocialist, postfeminist agenda. Controvers...

    by Jessica Winter on December 5, 2000
  • Paranoia Jumps Deep - It's My Party and I'll Catfight If I Want Candy

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    Paranoia Jumps Deep - It's My Party and I'll Catfight If I Want Candy

    Does the proliferation of great singles this year have anything to do with how Napster, like radio and jukeboxes and dancefloors before it, dishes out songs one at a time, so downloading 14-year-old boys across the nation can compete to see who gets ...

    by Chuck Eddy on December 5, 2000
  • Article

    If '60s Were '90s

    Lenny Kravitz was born in 1963, the first infant ever to leave a New York City hospital in dark shades and a leather diaper. Thirty-seven fizzy years later, the object of occasional press slams and frequent industry acclaim, a gossip column mainstay,...

    by James Hunter on December 5, 2000
  • Article

    Wynton in Wranglers

    At the beginning of every Alan Jackson concert, a video trots out a visual roll call of all the great country artists that Jackson wants everyone to know he reveres. Cash, Hank, Patsy, Waylona grand parade of rebel reprobates who constitute the bedr...

    by Marc Weingarten on December 5, 2000
  • The Long Haul

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    The Long Haul

    The word is traction. Silkworm and the Glands are indie rock to the gut: Both could have sprung out of the fertile crescent in Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted where Stephen Malkmus sings, "lies and betrayals, fruit-covered nails, electricity and lus...

    by Eric Weisbard on December 5, 2000
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    Music

    Send Me Three Lullabies Bowery Ballroom, November 25: When these old rock-and-roll friends are in town, you make time. Opening for Yo La Tengo and newly drummerless (the young man from Hamburg who gamely lurched through their thrilling CMJ set quit...

    on December 5, 2000
  • Article

    Third Annual Real-Life Consumer Guide

    Good news: CD prices this year are no higher, and maybe a little lower, than last year. We shopped for 15 likely stocking stuffers at three local stores and two Web sites, and found there is no one cheapest place to buy every item. Online, we tried P...

    by Josh Goldfein on December 5, 2000
  • El Fanático

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    El Fantico

    If as a child you are wrapped in a burlap sack and smoked over a fire, as Jesse Fuller is said to have been, or tied up in a little ball and kicked around the house, to cite a well-documented Puritan disciplinary techniqueor only beaten regularly wi...

    by Robert Cantwell on November 28, 2000
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    Getting Bizzy

    Finally, one of those fall bonanzas the biz is always promising. The two Pick Hits are among the year's very best, and several runners-up are truly choice. Beyond OutKast, that's not to predict that any of them will get as bizzy as the biz prefers, ...

    by Robert Christgau on November 28, 2000
  • Resignating With the Audience - Kathleen Supové and Lisa Cella Give Techno Composers Better Than They Deserve

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    Resignating With the Audience - Kathleen Supov and Lisa Cella Give Techno Composers Better Than They Deserve

    Sometimes you walk out of a new music concert just aggrieved for the wasted potential. Pianist Kathleen Supov and flutist Lisa Cella are energetic, committed performers who laugh at technical difficulties, but only in the final minutes of their Nove...

    by Kyle Gann on November 28, 2000
  • All the Things He Was - Jazz Makes Peace With Jerome Kern

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    All the Things He Was - Jazz Makes Peace With Jerome Kern

    While visiting Hollywood in 1946, a few months after Jerome Kern's passing, Dizzy Gillespie collaborated with arranger Johnny Richards on a Kern memorial album. They recorded four of his most famous songs"Who?," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Why Do I...

    by Gary Giddins on November 28, 2000
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    Large and in Charge

    Paul Simon has an image you wouldn't wish on a real estate developer. At the Radio City Gore-Lieberman benefit in September, he alone in a platinum-studded lineup used his own musicians instead of Paul Shaffer's crew. Arguably, the polyrhythms of "La...

    by Eric Weisbard on November 21, 2000
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