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  • Music

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    Music

    Cool Comforts Where did all the music geeks go? As I continue visiting half-filled venues playing host to what few imported musicians have the courage to come to our cultural behemoth of a town, I keep expecting to see the artsy crowds of the me...

    on October 23, 2001
  • Twerk to Do

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    Twerk to Do

    A lot of Southern hip-hop is all about paradigms and approaches; the laws of the rest of the world really do apply once you cross the Mason-Dixon line. Even the left-of-center entries, like Timbaland-produced newcomer Bubba Sparxxx (whose current vid...

    by Tony Green on October 16, 2001
  • Article

    The Last Mardi Gras - New Orleans Bounce Label Take Fo' Tells It Like It Is in Yo Booty Hole

    If you want people to cry bitter tears over your antagonistic soundscapes, you've got to be Radiohead; if you want men to drool over your highlighted weave and colossal snake, you've got to be Britney Spears. And if you want them to hump the air whil...

    by Liz Armstrong on October 16, 2001
  • Never Surrender

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    Never Surrender

    Lil' Troy might have been better off not surrendering himself to the fuzz in November 1999, since he wound up serving nine months in federal detention in beachfront Beaumont, Texas, for a 1998 crime. ("Using a communications device to commit a felony...

    by Anthony Mariani on October 16, 2001
  • Go See The Doctor

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    Go See The Doctor

    Cornel West's Sketches of My Culture is probably the first hip-hop record by a Harvard professor. I demand that academia reciprocate and immediately put Ol' Dirty Bastard on the tenure track. Until then, Dr. Dre doesn't need to worry about Dr. West....

    by R.J. Smith on October 16, 2001
  • Heir to a Secret History - Jason Moran Helps Blue Note Be Blue Note

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    Heir to a Secret History - Jason Moran Helps Blue Note Be Blue Note

    Blue Note Records is turning out to be, of all things, the Blue Note Records of our timein a way I never anticipated. Hard bop is not on the agenda. And the label has not yet found a guaranteed jukebox favorite like Jimmy Smith, Horace Silver, and, ...

    by Gary Giddins on October 16, 2001
  • Article

    Unpatriotic?! Moi?

    No way, Ari. But two theses. First, most current American pop and semipop was conceived for a normalcy currently beyond the reach of our imaginations. Second, if Americans don't have it in them to get more cross-cultural, they're fuckedby which I m...

    by Robert Christgau on October 9, 2001
  • Clarify Your Dissent

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    Clarify Your Dissent

    True story: In a hipster enclave of Carroll Gardens, two Ivy League-educated 23-year-old women, recently acquainted, are chatting amiably about nothing in particular. One of them happens to bring up an amusing workplace confrontation she'd had with a...

    by Jessica Winter on October 9, 2001
  • Timing Is Everything

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    Timing Is Everything

    A few weeks ago, System of a Down were just another band of Armenian Americans from L.A., vaguely mining the scorched-earth theme of that city's dystopia, with a three-year-old near platinum debut to their credit. Following the music industry convent...

    by Greg Milner on October 9, 2001
  • Because I Got High

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    Because I Got High

    It's always impossible to pin a date on these things, but somewhere in the time line of alternative rock, the scruffy set's preoccupation with guitar noise as an end itself (following the likes of Sonic Youth in the U.S. and Jesus and Mary Chain in t...

    by Scott Woods on October 9, 2001
  • The Uptowners Among Us - That Old-Time Complexity Is Good Enough

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    The Uptowners Among Us - That Old-Time Complexity Is Good Enough

    I haven't written much about composers of a generation younger than mine, and I feel bad about it. I've sometimes gone to their concerts without writing about them, because I've had trouble explaining them to myself in a Downtown context. I'm petrifi...

    by Kyle Gann on October 9, 2001
  • Music

    Article

    Music

    The Out-of-Towners If ever we needed the drummer from the world's greatest rock and roll band, this would be the moment. Janet Weiss, of Sleater-Kinney, and her side project, Quasi, were at the Knitting Factory Friday night, and we hoped to banish...

    on October 9, 2001
  • Planet of the Apes

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    Planet of the Apes

    "Who will save rock 'n' roll?" ask the Dictators, who've been trying hard for 25 years. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here's the answer: ZEN GUERRILLA. But don't take my word for it, cuz words are dry little lifeless approximations, refractions of the ...

    by Viva Las Vegas on October 2, 2001
  • Stand and Deliver

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    Stand and Deliver

    I love Dead Moon: the preeminent rock band in the Pacific Northwest, where rock bands are as common as moss. But let's be safe, and call them the preeminent garage band in that region, since DM share some superficial characteristics with the garage i...

    by Tim Midgett on October 2, 2001
  • Article

    Strictly Solalian - Martial Solal Plays Everything All at Once

    Probably the worst label one can stick on a jazz musician is Intellectual, a nebulous term that almost always serves as a warning: You may be expected to do some workif you consider close listening work. The second most insidious label is Virtuoso, ...

    by Gary Giddins on October 2, 2001
  • The Anti-Bling Kings

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    The Anti-Bling Kings

    Rap's a funny business, really. People will pay to experience as "entertainment" what in real life they'd run a mile from: bug-eyed sociopaths threatening cruel and unusual deaths, nouveau riche bores bragging about their income and expensive possess...

    by Simon Reynolds on October 2, 2001
  • Toriís Got a Gun

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    Toris Got a Gun

    The first girls who memorized every gasp and coo of Tori Amos must be getting on in age by now. Postadolescence isn't quite dotage, but in the nearly 10 years since Amos rose from the ashes of Kellogg's commercials and ill-fated quasi-hair-band escap...

    by Irin Carmon on October 2, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    'Til the Tears Run Dry "If you hear me crying by myself/sitting on the bed with the tears watering out/thinking about all the trouble I'm in. . . well I'm crying for the good times," belted out Craig Fox on Saturday at the Mercury Lounge, during t...

    on October 2, 2001
  • The Stockholm Syndrome

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    The Stockholm Syndrome

    "I have discovered a mind-blowing world of music that nobody seems to know about," a pop manager of my acquaintance announced over his cell phone several years ago, running through LAX, "and it is named Sweden!" The long Backstreet/Britney/'N Sync mo...

    by James Hunter on September 25, 2001
  • Not That Innocent

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    Not That Innocent

    Sometimes you just wanna have fun, and sometimes you fake it so real it is beyond fake. And sometimes they're the same thing. Stella Soleil and the Rondelles both sound like they're having lots of fun on their new records. Dirty Little Secret and Shi...

    by Amy Phillips on September 25, 2001
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