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  • Kentucky Dirty


    Kentucky Dirty

    Absorbing wild hair, beans and pork chops, beat-up overalls, and enough weed to sink the Titanic, six-man Bowling Green, Kentucky, hip-hop hayseeds Nappy Roots hope listeners walk away from Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz with some prime conclusionsmain...

    by Christopher O'Connor on March 26, 2002
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    Sacrament of the Sick

    Adding the scum to Dominus vobi . . . , Pungent Stench's Masters of MoralServants of Sin comes at a good time for all lapsed Catholics smirking over the clergy's new old image as retirement community for child molesters. Not that band members planne...

    by George Smith on March 26, 2002
  • Shaken, Not Stirred - Jonathan Kramer Mixes Musical Styles That Don't Belong Together


    Shaken, Not Stirred - Jonathan Kramer Mixes Musical Styles That Don't Belong Together

    Aw, forget Philip Glass's 65th birthday; you can hear his music anytime. More significant is that one of our leading musical thinkers is turning 60 later this year before he's received much fanfare at all. Jonathan Kramer, the Columbia University mus...

    by Kyle Gann on March 26, 2002
  • Anxiety (Get Nervous)


    Anxiety (Get Nervous)

    Just what is it that Clinic are so afraid of? Handpicked opening act for Radiohead, darlings of the NME, these fortunate sons of Liverpool have gone and made a concept album about paralytic fear. Walking With Thee, their second LP, supplants love and...

    by Jessica Winter on March 26, 2002
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    The Gothfathers, Part II - From Bauhaus to Our House

    Calling Bauhaus "goth" is like calling Christ a Christian. I mean, shouldn't one define the creation by the creator and not vice versa? After all, the Big J wasn't likely to have included Jews for Jesus or Jim Bakker in his list of Last Supper predic...

    by Robin Rothman on March 26, 2002
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    Get on the Bus The electro-acoustic/sound-collage group e-Xplo has figured out how to make people pay attention to a nearly two-hour-long piece: Stick them on a speeding bus. As the venue for their "Picnolepsy" drove around downtown Manhattan last...

    on March 26, 2002
  • She Writes the Songs - Abbey Lincoln Shows Us What She's Got


    She Writes the Songs - Abbey Lincoln Shows Us What She's Got

    The result of Abbey Lincoln's decision to make her concert triptych at Alice Tully Hall March 7 through 9 a referendum on her songwriting can only be described as triumphant. If the performances were occasionally uneasy, her ipso facto argument left ...

    by Gary Giddins on March 26, 2002
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    Room for the Occasion - Working Professionals Defeat Doom on Two Benefit Comps

    Musically, benefit compilations are doomed at conception. Up against the same triple threat as every other collection of new material by multiple contributorsthe organizers have to sweet-talk the artists, pray they'll do their best, and make the ine...

    by Robert Christgau on March 19, 2002
  • The Last Poke Chop


    The Last Poke Chop

    Soy'all are the Ghost World crowd, right?come on into The Almeria Club's soul kitchen, and have some food and other wuv, with Hank Williams Jr., who might be from R. Crumb's sketchbook (Hank the Cat?) and might, some night, go picking with R.'s own...

    by Don Allred on March 19, 2002
  • Money Jungle Music


    Money Jungle Music

    Take the A train rumbling through Matthew Shipp's piano: repeated fistfuls of Johnny Staccato chords, gunmetal black-and-white flesh tones, Weegee-board edges jutting out at ramrod left angles, no 52nd Street exit in sight but out the window maybe a ...

    by Howard Hampton on March 19, 2002
  • Waiting for a Miracle


    Waiting for a Miracle

    No other semi-pop performer's repertoire prefigures our post-September 11 woes and worries as well as Bruce Cockburn's. The emotional and numerical center of his new career retrospective, Anything Anytime Anywhere, is held down by three mid-'80s take...

    by Tom Smucker on March 19, 2002
  • Hand Me the Jam


    Hand Me the Jam

    "I'm not [an actor]," wrote Phil Austin in The Firesign Theatre's Big Book of Plays, published six years after the group's creation in 1966. "I'm a musician. Interesting that it was the sounds of the words that got to me the most. . . . It was a pure...

    by Richard Gehr on March 19, 2002
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    If you took your way-back machine anywhere into the prehistory of dancing, you'd probably find the music wavering between two poles: musical forms with beginnings and endssuch as songson the one hand, and nonstop grooves on the other, a key differe...

    by Frank Kogan on March 12, 2002
  • Thesaurus in My Pocket


    Thesaurus in My Pocket

    Exhibit A: "I'm the kind of person that will say 'a person that I've been spending time with in a romantic way' rather than saying 'my boyfriend.' " Exhibit B: "I'm a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk." Exhibit C: "That particular ...

    by Phil Dellio on March 12, 2002
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    Our Chopin - A Gift From Cecil Taylor

    Some people decry Cecil Taylor as a composer because he rarely revisits pieces and doesn't provide song-form themes for others to play, just as some people decry Thelonious Monk as a composer because he was constantly revisiting pieces and worked alm...

    by Gary Giddins on March 12, 2002
  • Moon Rising Fast - The Beata Moon Ensemble Makes Its Maiden Voyage


    Moon Rising Fast - The Beata Moon Ensemble Makes Its Maiden Voyage

    Beata Moon is self-taught as a composer. Not as a musician; in fact, she graduated from Juilliard as a pianist, and is that rare performer, one who turns to composing a little later than composers normally start. (Flutist-composer Elizabeth Brown, al...

    by Kyle Gann on March 12, 2002
  • Music



    Knocked Out Loaded "Brooklyn! Let's fuck together!" Mario Escovedo yelled mid-set, as a prologue to a so-called "ballad." The Ramones-style rip had as its chorus "I wanna wanna wanna wanna fuck everyone!" At the Dragons' Friday show at Luxx, the J...

    on March 12, 2002
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    Swapping Spit

    Rancid bassist Matt Freeman may well be the nimblest musician in punk history, but he's got a voice like a pair of semis crashing into each other. It starts out a flat, gravelly roar and quickly picks up volume but not speed; he sings as far behind t...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on March 12, 2002
  • Electric Shavers


    Electric Shavers

    The Prima Donnas' Drugs Sex & Discotheques opens with the magenta whirl of something that gets broadly referred to, in pop terms, as the '80s. Songs like "Nance Music Manifesto" and "Reagan's Dead" copy records from those jumpy years after the offici...

    by James Hunter on March 5, 2002
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    Turning (Japanese) Point

    Starting innocently with a piano lullaby, Ayumi Hamasaki's "evolution"one of the most deliciously extreme chart-toppers ever, anywhere in the worldsoon piles a truckload of insane Metallica-meets-Van Halen guitars atop a live drummer smashing out s...

    by Barry Walters on March 5, 2002
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