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  • Rip Her to Shreds


    Rip Her to Shreds

    Listen to Chicks on Speed for maybe 40 seconds and you'll know they met at art school. The Munich-based trio of Kiki (German), Alex (Australian), and Melissa (American) is as trendy as can be, two parts New Thing (the European electro types like Gerh...

    by Douglas Wolk on August 15, 2000
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    Getting Them Straight

    Alt-rock continues both strong and resistantexcept for the cheap and easy Chicks on Speed, all the entries in that vague category A-listed below took a lot of listening to get straight. Including Shelby Lynne. The Apples in Stereo The Discov...

    by Robert Christgau on August 15, 2000
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    But Is It Art? Tonic is home to art music, and Brooklyn's WordSound Records has consistentlyobstinatelydelivered material that fits the bill. Their lo-fi dubadelics thumb noses at the mainstream hip-hop oligarchyhell, even the independent taste...

    on August 15, 2000
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    The first thing I heard upon cracking open De La Soul's fifth studio release, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, was a perfectly bored- sounding individual stating that "THIS IS THE PROPERTY OF HARRY ALLEN, THE VOICE." The three-second voice st...

    by Harry Allen on August 8, 2000
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    Fools Paradise

    It makes me wanna holler every time I hear someone ludicrously tout Lil' Kim as a Generation Now feminist, thus veiling the incredibly low self-esteem neatly tucked away in purple pasties, blue contacts, and blond wigs. On the (very) late Notorious K...

    by Raquel Cepeda on August 8, 2000
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    Tusks Stuck in the Muck

    In the middle of L.A.'s concrete wasteland is the certifiably vile La Brea tar pit. Sold as a tourist attraction, it's really just an inky pool of congealed petroleum mixed with water smelling of rotten eggs. In eons past, the story goes, it looked m...

    by George Smith on August 8, 2000
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    Goblets of Milk

    Word has it that once, early in his Muggle-adopted life, Harry Potter received a tissue for Christmas. As if living in a cupboard under the stairs, sans birthday parties, wasn't enough pathos to reel us in and make us adore the kid. Such Roald Dahl-e...

    by Dana Turken on August 8, 2000
  • Runs in the Family


    Runs in the Family

    HERE WE GO AGAIN! Into the same ol' same ol'? Do I repeat the past or jettison it? (Learning from it doesn't seem to be an option.) We sit on the mattress in the corner, eating Chinese takeout, my new girlfriend and I. I tell her, "Don't worry about ...

    by Frank Kogan on August 8, 2000
  • DíDark Eyes - Three Divas From Belgrade Sweep Us Into the Darkness of War


    DDark Eyes - Three Divas From Belgrade Sweep Us Into the Darkness of War

    CORNWALL ON THE HUDSONInvited to participate in the Storm King Music Festival upstate, I discovered a New York trio I hadn't heard of before, named D'Divaz. The group's mere recipe was intriguing: three women, all originally from Belgrade, all train...

    by Kyle Gann on August 1, 2000
  • Carterology - Which Is More 21st Century, Django or Funk?


    Carterology - Which Is More 21st Century, Django or Funk?

    Atlantic's simultaneous release of James Carter's Chasin' the Gypsy, a tribute to Django Reinhardt, and Layin' in the Cut, an exercise in jazz funk, reminds me of a moment from my childhood when the same label released two LPs by Bobby Darin, At the ...

    by Gary Giddins on August 1, 2000
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    Benevolent Ruler All Beres Hammond ever thinks about is loveabout giving it out and getting it back. "This is truly a love affair," reggae's Ovid told the Central Park SummerStage audience last Sunday. Even the truth-and-rights anthem "Putting Up ...

    on August 1, 2000
  • The Ghost in the CD


    The Ghost in the CD

    In 1952, when it was first released, Folkways Records' Anthology of American Folk Music was newer than newso naked and unlocated as to have almost no identity apart from the one that inhered in Harry Smith's ordering of it. Only by fits and starts o...

    by Robert Cantwell on August 1, 2000
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    Rocky Mountain Warhol

    A few years back, King Kong's Ethan Buckler taught me the essentials of a good poem or lyric: "It must have three things: the visual, the sensual, and the emotional. Want to hear an example? 'Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. . . .' " Unlike h...

    by Eric Weisbard on August 1, 2000
  • Power Booster to the People


    Power Booster to the People

    In 1970, whilst in my first garage band, I bought a battery-loaded aluminum boxabout the size of a cigarette packcalled a Linear Power Booster. After you plugged it into your guitar amp, you turned its one black Bakelite knob all the way to the rig...

    by George Smith on July 25, 2000
  • Re-rewind the Clock - One EP Forward, Two-Stepís Back


    Re-rewind the Clock - One EP Forward, Two-Steps Back

    Eight of the 10 singles below prominently feature guitars: an all-time record! But not a "trend," OK? The Goo Goo Dolls "Broadway" (Warner Bros.) Either the best Bryan Adams hit (acne-scarred throat!) since "Summer of '69" or the best Bon J...

    by Chuck Eddy on July 25, 2000
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    Chain Store Hairdos

    There's something strange about the idea of Totally Hits 2, the compilation of recent pop smashes by various names, a follow-up to 1999's equally incongruous Totally Hits. Nowadays, anthologies like these barely make sense. After all, hit music occu...

    by James Hunter on July 25, 2000
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    Knight in White Spaghetti

    Reviewers love harping on about how "soulful" Richard Ashcroft is; the ex-Verve frontman has been compared to everyone from Al Green to D'Angelo to (brace yourself) Isaac Hayes. Ashcroft himself has played up this angle for a while now, constantly c...

    by Scott Woods on July 25, 2000
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    Five Years and Eight Hours - Elastica Out of Control

    Elastica's The Menace arrives with all the keenly calibrated market savvy of a search engine guaranteed to double the Net speed of every 286 computer processor you own. U.K.-released in April, it doesn't come out here until next month; alt-rock's DGC...

    by Robert Christgau on July 25, 2000
  • Music



    Whoomp! Theremin Is! Though it originated in Russia, the theremin, in a certain paradoxical sense, is a quintessentially American instrument. Invented in 1919, as the U.S. began its ascent to world power, by an emigrant physicist (Lev Sergeyvich T...

    on July 25, 2000
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    Bridge Across the Cliff

    I don't know much about free jazz, but as with the old-school funk that hip-hop samples, I don't have to know much: Nearly everything important comes through within a few breaths. Forget "thematic soloing"here the setup is the payoff. "Red Cross," ...

    by Eric Weisbard on July 18, 2000
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