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    Billy Higgins, 19362001 - The Perfect Drummer, Exactly Right and Exactly Like Himself

    Is it spring or the waning days of autumn? The festivals are getting underway, so it must be spring. Yet it feels like a shivery October in the realm of jazz mortality, as every passing week brings news of another loss, beginning late last year with ...

    by Gary Giddins on May 15, 2001
  • There’s a Revival Goin’ On


    Theres a Revival Goin On

    Shuggie Otis's Inspiration Information isn't the Dylan basement tapes or a recently unearthed Miles-and-Jimi jam session. The 1974 recording was only the third solo album by someone who was hardly a household name in the homes of the dilettantes who ...

    by Knox Robinson on May 15, 2001
  • Love Wars Resurrection


    Love Wars Resurrection

    One of the impressive things about r&b is that for decades kids and their parents grooved on the same music. Soul Train dancers would pop, lock, and hustle to Stevie Wonder, Barry White, James Brown, and Gladys Knight, while Mom and Dad spun the same...

    by Barry Walters on May 15, 2001
  • Music



    Groovy Hate Buck Indie culture is fuckin' pathetic. You have the Elephant 6 Collective, collectively sucking Brian Wilson's cock. The punk scene comprised of glam metal bands that decided to stop dressing like chicks and sound like the Stooges ins...

    on May 15, 2001
  • Grandpa’s Hands


    Grandpas Hands

    Sheila E.'s uncle and Pete the Santana percussionist's half brother was born in San Antonio, and in Austin he might as well be pope. Locals receive his closing, after-the- industry-weasels-have-gone-home "orchestra" shows at the "South by Southwest" ...

    by Dan DeLuca on May 8, 2001
  • A Quartet of Five - Dave Brubeck Cultivates a Crowd, Calibrates Time, and Finds His Wings


    A Quartet of Five - Dave Brubeck Cultivates a Crowd, Calibrates Time, and Finds His Wings

    No postwar jazz musician has cultivated his audience like Dave Brubeck. His success has Pavlovian dimensions. The simultaneous release of Double Live From the USA and UK (Telarc), a lively two-CD set drawn from 1995 and 1998 concerts, and the long-de...

    by Gary Giddins on May 8, 2001
  • Chasing Waterfalls


    Chasing Waterfalls

    If your musical interests extend beyond the industrialized world, you're sure to run into field recordings sooner or later. But that doesn't mean you have to like them. Field recordings are for scholars, obsessives, eccentrics, obscurantists, and pse...

    by Robert Christgau on May 8, 2001
  • Music



    Heal Thyself During an exhilarating performance by Colombia's Aterciopelados ("The Velvety Ones") at Bowery Ballroom on May 1, folksy-voiced frontwoman Andrea Echeverri dedicated "Chamnico" to the shamans of the Putumayo region in her country. A ...

    on May 8, 2001
  • The Rubber Meets the Wind


    The Rubber Meets the Wind

    Belgian techno, a style that sprang up in an area called Flanders that's hardly bigger than Connecticut, still survivesflourishes, even 15 years after it began. Case in point: Lords of Acid's Farstucker, a CD dark and woozy, hard and scrawny, a bit...

    by Michael Freedberg on May 1, 2001
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    Beyonc Good and Evil

    As the name suggests, there's only one infant messiah in Destiny's Child, and Survivor (note singular) is for all purposes the inevitable first solo record from the young lady with the omnipotent dad and the Astrodome-sized persecution complex. Beyon...

    by Jessica Winter on May 1, 2001
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    Infiltrate It

    "Pop Muzik" by Marcus and "I'm Afraid of Britney Spears" by LiveonRelease are unsubtle attempts at, respectively, collegiate parody and high school alienation. As responses to teenpop from the outsideaway from the focus groups and factoriesthese re...

    by Scott Woods on May 1, 2001
  • Alias in Wonderland - Buffalo Gals and Mustang Sallys


    Alias in Wonderland - Buffalo Gals and Mustang Sallys

    In 1972, a singer named Mary McCaslin flushed Hollywood and headed into a West she'd seen only from airplanes. A damn folkie in the Age of Dick (Nixon) and Quaaludes, she carried a notebook, a guitar, hard-won studio expertise, and a hard-fed appetit...

    by Don Allred on May 1, 2001
  • Music



    Enlightenment 101: The Critique of Pure Reason Cex, a/k/a 19-year-old Baltimore-based Rjyan Kidwell, is an infamous figure in the world of IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). A recent IDM digest contained an open e-mail to Kidwell and mentor kid606: "...

    on May 1, 2001
  • More, More, More - Sex Workers and Alcoholics Dominate Popular Music Once Again


    More, More, More - Sex Workers and Alcoholics Dominate Popular Music Once Again

    I have nothing especially insightful to say about Aerosmith's "Jaded," Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal," the Beatnuts' "No Escapin' This," Crazy Town's "Butterfly" and "Revolving Door," Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On," Sara Evans's "Born to Fly,"...

    by Chuck Eddy on April 24, 2001
  • Questioningly



    The other day, I was leafing through the latest Righteous Babe catalog, unable to settle on either the white ribbed tank (also known as a wife beater, but this is Ani DiFranco we're talking about here) labeled "righteous," or on the black spaghetti-s...

    by Irin Carmon on April 24, 2001
  • Rock Boxed


    Rock Boxed

    If the music industry had a sense of humor, next year's Grammy for Most Ironic Cover Version would go to Run DMC's "Let's Stay Together." With r&b crooners Jagged Edge doing their best to ape Al Green, Run dedicates the opening rap to D: "You, Jay, a...

    by Bill Werde on April 24, 2001
  • Article

    Haikus and Atmospheres

    For the record, I am not a true believer in "underground" hip hop. If anything (see Black Eyed Peas), I'm a bit of a skeptic. But nowhere near as much a skeptic as hip hoppers of every sect and affiliation. Boy does good stuff surface once you start ...

    by Robert Christgau on April 24, 2001
  • Music



    It Came From Jersey When a show is billed as "all ages," and you've just squeezed through the Roseland lobby past a gaggle of chaperoned 10-year-olds, that sort of tempers the appeal of seeing a woman getting fucked onstage with a power drill. At ...

    on April 24, 2001
  • Father Figures


    Father Figures

    Carson Daly could stroll unnoticed down any sidewalk in MTV-free Canada, so it figures a band that seems created in his image assembled itself in Vancouver, lacking all afflictions of prefab sprout. SoulDecision have already outpaced other would-be n...

    by Marc Weisblott on April 17, 2001
  • Sex Tips for Teens


    Sex Tips for Teens

    Sarah Nixey is known to have performed mime as a drama student. The three most treasured albums in her collection are Lou Reed's Berlin, Nico's The Marble Index, and Madonna's Like a Virgin. The one no one else has is Vintage Children's Nursery Rhyme...

    by Robert Christgau on April 17, 2001
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