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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


    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 Feldmanís Last Work Achieved Mysticism Through Simplicity


    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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    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


    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


    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
  • Happily Ever After


    Happily Ever After

    John Waters once wrote that "more than anything in the world, I hate people who confide, 'I had the weirdest dream last night.' " I enthusiastically agree. But that said, here is my confession of obsession with Elliott Smith, as written in my noteboo...

    by Hillary 'Daydream Believer' Chute on April 18, 2000
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    True to Their Schools?

    Dear Talib, Okay, so maybe you're rightjuxtaposing two seemingly random albums like Beanie Sigel's The Truth and Dead Prez's Let's Get Free isn't quite an impossible feat. And I second your emotion, it would be presumptuous to expect all rappers to...

    by Raquel Cepeda on April 18, 2000
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    Alan Betrock, 1950-2000 In the spring of 1975, more than a year before the release of the Ramones' debut album, Alan Betrock founded the magazine New York Rocker. In doing so, he changed American popular culture forever. The Queens native was alr...

    by Voice Writers on April 18, 2000
  • Rising to the Top - Laps and Marco Polo in the Hip Hop Pool


    Rising to the Top - Laps and Marco Polo in the Hip Hop Pool

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn and Teron Delvon Jones are seasoned recording artists in their late twenties, but don't worry if you can't place them. They aren't even especially well-known by their hip hop names: Common (formerly Common Sense) and Del the Funky ...

    by Robert Christgau on April 11, 2000
  • Streamlining Chaos


    Streamlining Chaos

    What the hell is William Duckworth doing? For 20 years he was a pioneer of the widespread (and woefully unacknowledged) postminimalist movement, weaving elegantly precise scores like The Time Curve Preludes and Southern Harmony from folk-music patter...

    by Kyle Gann on April 11, 2000
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    Up Jumps Da Meme

    Timbaland sure is on the radio a lot, even when he's not. Turn on Hot 97 right now, wait 15 minutes, and you'll hear either Aaliyah's "Try Again," Nas and Ginuwine's "You Owe Me," or the Lox's "Ryde or Dye Chick/Bitch," all of which he officially pro...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on April 11, 2000
  • Uh-Huh OK Whassup Shut Up


    Uh-Huh OK Whassup Shut Up

    My favorite TV show is BET's Comicview, the stand-up showcase that airs every night at nine. Punch lines are few and far between, and they're usually drowned out by a noisy audience that stays one step ahead of the comedians. So I tune in for the set...

    by Kelefa Sanneh on April 11, 2000
  • Genius Rap - Out in the Burbs and Boonies, Hip-Hop Connects With Its Inner Weirdo


    Genius Rap - Out in the Burbs and Boonies, Hip-Hop Connects With Its Inner Weirdo

    There's always a joker in the pack/There's always a lonely clown. crooned in the introduction to MC Paul Barman's It's Very Stimulating (Wordsound) If you believe what Hot 97's chirping in your ear, rap's a bulky monolith. Dammit, it's just so har...

    by Jon Caramanica on April 11, 2000
  • Velvet Gloves and Spit


    Velvet Gloves and Spit

    When I first heard Papas Fritas' self-titled debut, I imagined the trio were playing their cute little pop songs on tiny toy instruments. The album had an appealing, sugarcoated residue of unsullied innocence, with lyrics that either rang out like pe...

    by Marc Weingarten on April 4, 2000
  • Abstract Expressivism


    Abstract Expressivism

    Here's what intrigues me about Shelby Lynne, the country singer whose new album has been enjoying the sort of blanket media salivation only Dave Eggers can truly appreciate. The Lynne of all the feature stories is basically Jerry Lee Lewis. She grew ...

    by Eric Weisbard on April 4, 2000
  • Thong Throng


    Thong Throng

    Blocking traffic on Washington Avenue in South Beach, Miami, a throng of men surround a red convertible like a pack of wolveshooting, hollering, cheering. In the back of the car sits a brunette perched like a prom queen. Arms outstretched in a victo...

    by Tricia Romano on April 4, 2000
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    Labor Pains "It's just work!" That's the lesson Warhol taught Lou Reed. It guided him through decades of rockstardom and the weekend's shows at the Knitting Factory, warming up to tour for Ecstasy, Reed's first studio record since 1996. Art is work...

    on April 4, 2000
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    The kind of emotional and formal fire Third Eye Blind build on "Never Let You Go," their current hit, has rocked producers, radio programmers, and pop fans for almost four decades. And from the Beatles to the Cars to Nirvana, these blazing structures...

    by James Hunter on April 4, 2000
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