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    Twats Going On

    Good comp makin' is a sous-chef's craft. A little new stuff from elder stateswomen, a little good stuff from newbies. Mr. Lady, home to Le Tigre and the Butchies, mastered this recipe years ago. The label's second compilation, Calling All Kings and Q...

    by Anthony Mariani on August 14, 2001
  • The Other White Meat

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    The Other White Meat

    I liked "Summer Girls" fine, because the onetime Lyte Funky Ones were pop-40 Beantown hoodies who creamed over the Beastie Boys and Larry Bird, and hey, me too. I stumbled over this worship of white men who excelled in black men's gamesa classic Bos...

    by Jane Dark on August 14, 2001
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    Music

    The Sweet Science I remember when rock was young; Barbara Manning had so much fun. Melting the coolest hearts in indie rock with fuzzy strumming, fractured fables, and simple tales of lost love, she was the zaftig Zelig of indie pop: killer single...

    on August 14, 2001
  • Getting Their Hands Dirty - Michael Azerrad Chronicles Indie Rock His Way

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    Getting Their Hands Dirty - Michael Azerrad Chronicles Indie Rock His Way

    Before I'm overcome by the niggles, let me give Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life its well-earned thumbs-up. Here's my rave: While reading this 500-page history of '80s indie rock, I only resorted to something lighter to avoid putting my ...

    by Robert Christgau on August 7, 2001
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    Never Mind the Catfish

    All I know, it was around '90, '91. Somewhere in there. Me and future wife were stepping out down-home style at the VFW in St. Pete, Florida. The band had just finished its set, and on came Z.Z. Hill's "Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It." That ...

    by Tony Green on August 7, 2001
  • Good Fly, No?

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    Good Fly, No?

    Darwa is a charming Slovene duo whose particular charm is new to its genre. Its genre itself may be new. There's a style of female singing that I'll call post-Lena Horne vocal mastery: a strong, cool, dignified sound that uses jazz timing to drift...

    by Frank Kogan on August 7, 2001
  • Vagina Monologues

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    Vagina Monologues

    Bilal Oliver is the wunderkind of neo-soul's deferred second coming. Not only is his debut, 1st Born Second, a stunning ode to stark honesty and the absolute power of pussy, it's also the kind of opiate we waited several release dates for both D'Ange...

    by Raquel Cepeda on August 7, 2001
  • The Nerd Behind the Mask

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    The Nerd Behind the Mask

    Ever wonder why rappers change their names so much? They're growing up. Cocky bastards that they are, the Jiggas and P-Diddys update their handles every so often to let the world in on even the minutest personal development. Fine, if it helps them co...

    by Neil Drumming on August 7, 2001
  • Departing From Recipe - Philip Glass Writes the Best of Music and the Worst of Music

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    Departing From Recipe - Philip Glass Writes the Best of Music and the Worst of Music

    It is an article of faith among us new-music types that music should appeal to large audiences, and not only to experts and cognoscenti. We get a little offended, though, when composers take that too literally. We've never quite forgiven Cornelius Ca...

    by Kyle Gann on August 7, 2001
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    What Fresh Sell

    "You dialed Doc/Not Dial-a-Joke," insists Redman, the self-anointed Funk Doctor, on his new long-long-player, Malpractice. His protests aside, the man known to his mom as Reggie Noble is in a select class of punch-line rappers, rivaled only by Rawkus...

    by Chris Ryan on August 7, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Still-Warm Leatherette The original members of dance music's most devoted fraternity were out in force on July 28 at Vinyl to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Paradise Garage, a dead disco (closed in 1987) now more mythic than even Studio 5...

    on August 7, 2001
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    Rock 'n' Rai

    The best new "rock" record of the year so far is by a punk band turned pop band (if they were ever anything else, the cads). Runner-up belongs to a rai singer. The prognosis for the big beatas opposed to all Jay E's little beats, sayremains guarded...

    by Robert Christgau on July 31, 2001
  • Primary Colors

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    Primary Colors

    My best friend, Lindsey, was obsessed with "Jolene" as a child and used to sneak drawing pictures of Jolene in class with a fellow nine-year-old. They were fascinated by what Jolene could possibly have looked like if she could take the indubitably fo...

    by Hillary Chute on July 31, 2001
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    Detroit What?

    Growing up outside of Detroit in the '80s, we suburban post-punk rap-o-philes wondered how a city that was 80 percent black and hella-urban with its crack epidemic and larger-than-life dealers (the Chambers Brothers, White Boy Rick) and gangs (Errol ...

    by Hobey Echlin on July 31, 2001
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain - David Ware’s Quartet Demands Overstatement

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    Go Tell It on the Mountain - David Wares Quartet Demands Overstatement

    Let's be bold: The David S. Ware Quartet is the best small band in jazz today. I realize that I will almost certainly hear another quartet, or trio or quintet or octet, this week or next, that will make me want to backpedal. But every time I see Ware...

    by Gary Giddins on July 31, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Another Fine Edition of You Beaming down at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last week, next door to the venue they first played opening for Jethro Tull in 1972, the reunited Roxy Music began with the cardiac resuscitation of "Re-make/Re-mode...

    on July 31, 2001
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    Senior Superheroes

    Throughout the 1980s, African pop stylessome generations old, some invented last seasoncame in a stampede. Everything from mbaqanga to mbalax, juju to zoukous to bikouts, rushed through Western ears. Supposedly, this was the international payoff fo...

    by Milo Miles on July 24, 2001
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    No Gimcracks - Tounkara Takes It to the Stage

    The Super Rail Band's bassist broke a string one song in, and everything stopped. After a minute he strolled offstage with the two vocalists, the rhythm guitarist, and the djembe drummer, leaving Djelimady Tounkara up there with the trap and conga pl...

    by Robert Christgau on July 24, 2001
  • Perpetual Brownout

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    Perpetual Brownout

    Imagine for a moment that you're Neil Young. Now get a haircut and change your shirt. Oh, sorrywhat I meant to say was, wouldn't it drive you mad to contemplate fading into grunge godfather status after cooking up that rust-or-burn clich yourself? ...

    by Nick Catucci on July 24, 2001
  • Music Afraid to Be Heard - Lincoln Center Offers an Elegant Enigma

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    Music Afraid to Be Heard - Lincoln Center Offers an Elegant Enigma

    Of all the composers in Europe, few would have been more interesting for the Lincoln Center Festival to bring in than Salvatore Sciarrino. He was certainly a relief from the aging Boulez-Stockhausen-Kagel crowd, who even today still dominate that con...

    by Kyle Gann on July 24, 2001
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