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  • Hit Me Big Beat One More Time

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    Hit Me Big Beat One More Time

    Since 1996, when he horrified the international dance music elite with his frisky Better Living Through Chemistry debut, billed with scant regard to technological elegance as Fatboy Slim, 37-year-old English DJ Norman Cook has become nationally popul...

    by James Hunter on May 9, 2000
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    Turning Japanese

    Jim Jarmusch's movie Ghost Dog ought to have felt like a preposterous mixture: goofy mafiosi and fish-out-of-water gags, existential loneliness and fatalistic attachment. In fact, though, it hits a mood and is mostly able to hold it. A lot of this ha...

    by Frank Kogan on May 9, 2000
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    Stumbling Toward Failure

    While the stoner-metal movement has certainly driven the meat wagon over the cliff in its swarming Cheech & Chong-ism and Sabbath clichs ankylosed as orthodoxy, as a genre it's still easy to enjoy solely on the basis of clumsy sincerity and a cheerf...

    by George Smith on May 9, 2000
  • Bob Dorough Endures - Pluck Your Magic Twanger, Froggy

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    Bob Dorough Endures - Pluck Your Magic Twanger, Froggy

    I was having a high old time listening to Bob Dorough's new record, Too Much Coffee Man (Blue Note), which may be his best, when my assistant Elora walked in and exclaimed with a slight interrogatory, "Schoolhouse Rock!?" She had never heard of Dorou...

    by Gary Giddins on May 9, 2000
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    The Olympics of Cheese - A Continent's Best Bad Music Battles It Out at Eurovision

    On May 13, 24 countries will send dignitaries to Stockholm, as the Globe Arena hosts a landmark in European history. Tickets sold out in mere hours, and the organizers have threatened to hold a "sparkling and colourful event." With emissaries named B...

    by Elisabeth Vincentelli on May 9, 2000
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    Spin Age Blasters

    We've heard all about DJs being the new pop stars, but aside from Fatboy Slim and the occasional housed-up ballad, DJ-created grooves have for years been kept far away from American pop radio, relegated to the late-night mix-show ghetto. So it's a bi...

    by Barry Walters on May 9, 2000
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    21st Century History - John Hammonds Best and Brightest

    Some 20 years ago, Columbia Records, then operating under the benevolent jazzcentric hand of Bruce Lundvall, threw a party at Broadway and 52nd Street, the site of the original Birdland. Many great musicians from the bop era performed in a jam sessio...

    by Gary Giddins on May 2, 2000
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    Sticky Little Fingers

    It's tough bearing the burden of other people's dreams: Sometimes the three women of Sleater-Kinney must feel that all the expectations and desires the group has to shoulder have taken on a life of their own, independent of the music itself. When the...

    by Howard Hampton on May 2, 2000
  • Age of Discovery - Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Mammals on TV Do It

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    Age of Discovery - Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Mammals on TV Do It

    The presence below of a few as yet commercially unsuccessful records should not be construed as fashionable dissatisfaction with what's now on the radio (much of whichBackstreet Boys' "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Ear...

    by Chuck Eddy on May 2, 2000
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    Beat It

    The first time I ever heard the phrase "rub one out," my older brother had just returned from a Marine exercise down South. A fellow soldier, my sibling related, had announced in the barracks that he was about to go into the shower and, well, rub one...

    by Nick Catucci on May 2, 2000
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    Music

    Fool and the Gang Whether or not Bloodhound Gang guitarist Lps Thnder noticed or cared when his ax tone repeatedly careened from overdriven trebly snow to crackly background sludge at Roseland (mixing-board screwup? bad cord?) doesn't matter; he...

    on May 2, 2000
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    Alt Lives!!

    Alt-rock dead? Only if your ears are. Most of the indie and postindie artists who get the big reviews below are veterans coming into their own. But in Honorable Mention you'll find younger bands I bet have better in them. Ass Ponys Some Stupid Wit...

    by Robert Christgau on April 25, 2000
  • Uriah Careys On

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    Uriah Careys On

    "Only the young stay young," bleat Uriah Heep on Sonic Origami, the first American-released "new" CD (technically it's a year and a half old, at least in Japan) by the Mortimer Snerds of heavy metal in, oh, about five years. Although the candle burns...

    by George Smith on April 25, 2000
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    Calling All Trolls

    With an appearance on South Park under his belt, Dave Grohl wearing his T-shirt onstage, and "Holy Diver" the only experiment that didn't suck Satan's penis on Pat Boone's 1997 lounge-metal CD, Ronnie James Dio could almost be mistaken for hip. So if...

    by Andrew Palmer on April 25, 2000
  • Hardcore Jollies

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    Hardcore Jollies

    Last year's renaissance of interest in house was based largely on a craving for pleasantness in dance music. With techno and drum'n'bass both locked in grinding hair-shirt minimalism, house's sensuousness beckoned hipsters like a quenching oasis. But...

    by Simon Reynolds on April 25, 2000
  • The Key to Letting Go - Morton Feldman’s Last Work Achieved Mysticism Through Simplicity

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    The Key to Letting Go - Morton Feldmans Last Work Achieved Mysticism Through Simplicity

    "In the right key, one can say anything, in the wrong key, nothing," wrote Bernard Shaw. "The only delicate part of the job is the establishment of the key." It was the signal achievement of Morton Feldman's life that he established an astonishingly ...

    by Kyle Gann on April 25, 2000
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    Music

    Mark Ashwill, 1954-2000 Mark Ashwill, subculture dynamo and singer for the Spitters, died of cancer on Tuesday, April 11. I first met Mark in the early '90s. He'd been a founding member of Missing Foundation, a cacophonous bunch who instigated th...

    on April 25, 2000
  • Rock and Roll Part 2 1/2

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    Rock and Roll Part 2 1/2

    Three things strike me most about the house records I've enjoyed cleaning the dishes to these last few years: A surprising number of them have come from France (Daft Punk, Cassius, Bob Sinclar), most of them have been relatively vocal-free (or at mos...

    by Scott Woods on April 18, 2000
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    GooGoo Ga Joob

    Read any good kids' books lately? I recommend William Joyce's Rolie Polie Olie, which recounts a day in the life of a spacey young orb and his spherical family, whose "Rolie Polie Rumba Dance was always done in underpants." Lullaby Baxter, the cerebr...

    by Richard Gehr on April 18, 2000
  • They're with Stupid

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    They're with Stupid

    To answer your question, no, they haven't tried to make "Tubthumping II." Chumbawamba are perfectly aware that most of their listeners think their 10th or so album is their second, and they're beating everyone else to the backlash. The only song on W...

    by Douglas Wolk on April 18, 2000
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