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    Pet Sounds Boy

    Linus of Hollywood's Let Yourself Be Happy is not a "new" album, inasmuch as it came out over a year ago. However, Let Yourself Be Happy wasn't even new the day it was released, inasmuch as it's designed to sound like something that's inherently 30 y...

    by Chuck Klosterman on June 18, 2002
  • Boogying to the Max - Naphtali, Gremo, and Tammen Send Noises Scurrying Through Space

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    Boogying to the Max - Naphtali, Gremo, and Tammen Send Noises Scurrying Through Space

    Max/MSP is a world of its own. It's a software program, or set of programs, that hundreds of composers are using, to the extent that you can say many of them are Max composers, the way Chopin was a piano composer or Nancarrow a player-piano composer....

    on June 18, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    Buzz Bin The Hives swarmed into New York last Wednesday accompanied by the buzz of a music industry and public magically aligned. The five post-pubescent Swedes shivered and shook onstage at Bowery Ballroom like they were either bees or afflicted ...

    on June 18, 2002
  • Very Much Like a Death

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    Very Much Like a Death

    On Monday, September 3, 2001, shortly after John Fort completed his second album, i, John, he and some friends from New York were in a swanky Houston hotel called the Lancaster having a party. They stayed up late eating french fries, drinking White ...

    by Touré on June 11, 2002
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    Fearless Game

    I disagree with those who feel that hip-hop is in stasis. (I should be in such stasis.) Maybe there's no particular direction for the music, but that's just because it has so much matter-of-fact variation and innovation that it's always moving in a l...

    by Frank Kogan on June 11, 2002
  • Article

    Dee Dee Ramone, 1952-2002

    The last time I spoke to Dee Dee Ramonein March, just before the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famehe reminded me of one of the first conversations we ever had. "We were talking about metaphors," he said with a laugh, recalli...

    by Billy Altman on June 11, 2002
  • Article

    Down and Alt

    Duty impels me to note that one of the alt-rock albums selected below retains a major-label connectionas does the alt-rock album toward the bottom of Honorable Mention now renowned for having lost one. Justice impels me to point out that the others ...

    by Robert Christgau on June 11, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    20/20 Visionaries After being housed in a church basement, a rehab center, and the Knitting Factory, the Vision Festivalnow in its seventh year and ranging over 16 nights and 60 performancesfound an appropriate home in a Lower East Side communit...

    on June 11, 2002
  • To the Batcave

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    To the Batcave

    Out-of-Body Experience, heaven version: "I saw my life before my eyes, and that is no shit. . . . I saw myself walking in and out of countless record stores, forking over vast fortunes in an endless chain of cash-register clicks and dings. . . . I sa...

    by R.J. Smith on June 4, 2002
  • Article

    Made for Walkin' - New Boots and Panties

    Earlier in the millennium, I reported on "byterock": the desktop dovetailing of a couple songs in a fun game of (not so) strange bedfellows. Let's make Eminem talk to Britney. Let's make her and Justin do it, digitally. Many combinations were inspire...

    by Jane Dark on June 4, 2002
  • Article

    The Beast of Both Worlds - Rappers and R&B Singers Unite for Commerces Common Cause

    Suddenly, our pop world is a place where rap thugs and r&b crooners live, breed, and spread together en masse. The Billboard charts are patchworkFat Joe and Ashanti, Ja Rule and Ashanti, P. Diddy and Usher, Jennifer Lopez and Nas, Mary J. Blige and ...

    by Christopher O'Connor on June 4, 2002
  • Article

    Like a Virgin

    Who will reconcile Ashanti's divided soul? Not her. Certainly not her. In song and in conversation, she barely admits to the contradictions she straddles: r&b sweetness and hip-hop sex talk; Ivy League aspirations and street hustle; girls and boys. A...

    by Joe Levy on June 4, 2002
  • White American - Eminem Makes His Rock Move

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    White American - Eminem Makes His Rock Move

    The Eminem song of the year is now and will forever remain the Pet Shop Boys' "The Night I Fell in Love," where a certainly fictional, probably underage male spends a night with a performer who tells Stan and Dre jokes and shrugs off those homophobia...

    by Robert Christgau on June 4, 2002
  • Music

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    Music

    But the L!ttle G!rls Understand More often than not, Pink upends her i to turn P!nk; given how m!ssundaztood she is at 22, future developments may warp that stalk and bring her into Mysterian territory. She was an exuberant puzzle at the Beacon on...

    on June 4, 2002
  • Orajel of the Species

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    Orajel of the Species

    Mook rock, punk jocks, even if it's rap schlock, it's still rock and roll to me. A nice sentiment, and one I firmly believe, but that doesn't make rock, circa: now, particularly good or anything. We've reached a lull, the kind which prompts critical ...

    by Brian O'Neill on May 28, 2002
  • The Truth Is Out There

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    The Truth Is Out There

    If Rasputina have cabin feveras we can safely assume they do, since that's the name of their new CD, and please note the exclamation pointthen their new-wave-girl peers the Space Ballerinas and Zia have earth fever: an obsession with escaping our a...

    by Nick Catucci on May 28, 2002
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    Scene Not Heard

    We've heard the death knell of prefab pop, haven't we? Or so we think. The new good bandsbetter only because they have better influenceshave won their scrappy place in the national press. And New York being the center of that fickle world, well, Ne...

    by Christina Rees on May 28, 2002
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    Friendly Ghost of a Mullet

    Funk upon a time, when the hairy Feminazi darkness spread across the land, it became necessary for a clown prince to assume the position, a wise fool who could justify or sugarpie the base ballin' ways of batman to wombman. Thus, from Jughead's Archi...

    by Don Allred on May 28, 2002
  • Cool as Kim Deal

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    Cool as Kim Deal

    The Breeders are the only rock band I've liked ever since the dark ages. The dark ages were my early teenage years, a hazy period from around 1994 to 1996 when I enjoyed the brief fame of Ace of Base and the reign of sassy black teenagers like Brandy...

    by Jessica Grose on May 28, 2002
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    Mook Back in Anger

    Stuck Mojo's Violate This delivers a postmortem on a rap-metal act angry as hell it missed out on the coin and plaudits of the FDA (Freddy Durst Army). If I read the excuses of their manager's liner notes rightly, their problem is that they were unco...

    by George Smith on May 28, 2002
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