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  • All's Well That Ends Well - Much Ado About Nothing Records


    All's Well That Ends Well - Much Ado About Nothing Records

    If the decade in Modern Rock were a Shakespearean comedy (and what else could it be? Between hanging with Romeo + Juliet and Abercrombie & Fitch, and lending a name to superproducer Shek'spere and a script to 10 Things I Hate About You, he had a huge...

    by Jane Dark on December 28, 1999
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    Freeze-Frame - A Year (HeckA Decade, Even) of Pop Music at the Movies

    Gavin Smith: Pop music is used in films, at least at one level, to cue the audience to what era it is. Martin Scorsese: Oh, no, no, forget that, no. Film Comment interview, 1990 In any given year, 80 percent of my musical epiphanies take pl...

    by Phil Dellio on December 28, 1999
  • More, More, More


    More, More, More

    Kathleen Hanna just gets better and better. And no, not because she's gettin' "older" or newly, appropriately, "mature," having worked through the catharsis of Bikini Kill and her subsequent first solo project. To describe her as a diamond in the dia...

    by Hillary 'very' Chute on December 21, 1999
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    Sweet Home Buttholesvill

    We drove to Pittsburgh the weekend before Halloween, to watch the leaves change and attend a three-day fest called the Haunted Hillbilly Hoedown. "No pretensions, no nice nice mellow deeply self-reflective stuff," organizer Stephanie Vargo promised i...

    by Eric Weisbard on December 21, 1999
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    You Go, Grrrl!

    "I hate you so much right now! I hate you so much right now! UNGGGGHH!" No way can you deny "Caught Out There," the new debut single by Kelis (pronounced Ka-LEES), who was last heard sing-songing on "Got Your Money" by Ol' Dirty Bastard (pronounced K...

    by Scott Seward on December 21, 1999
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    The 12 Lays Of Christmas

    If St. Nick cums down your chimney with an entourage of horny little helpers clutching chocolate dildos Friday night, you'd better believe he's Blowfly, the bigger and blacker Santa. All boys'-bathroom bawdiness ("Jingle Bell Cock," "Dick the Hoes," ...

    by Nwaanda Full Force on December 21, 1999
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    Roots in Outer Space

    The conceptualist avant-garde from the 1960s was the outer space of music, a music as far removed from inhabited regions of sonic thought as its creators could manage. It's hard to imagine that music as anybody's "roots," as though John Cage and his ...

    by Kyle Gann on December 21, 1999
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    Cheap Gifts!

    Notice that the annual box roundup in the Times was almost all mixed-to-pan? That's why I seek out archival music that won't wear out your ears or your wallet. There are two three-CD sets below, one a concession to the box urge, but the rest are sing...

    by Robert Christgau on December 21, 1999
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    Baubling Over Christmas fell early at Irving Plaza, with the fa-la-las and ba-da-bas (and do-we-dos) echoing 'round the hall. Cuddly Jim O'Rourke would make a fair Santa if he spoke up a bit: He's got a seemingly magical ability to be everywhere ...

    on December 21, 1999
  • The Masters Have It - Ten to Live With While Waiting for Godot


    The Masters Have It - Ten to Live With While Waiting for Godot

    The arbitrariness of annual top-10s always becomes clearer the week after, when you look at other lists and think, damn, how did I forget that album and why haven't I even heard this other one? Then again, maybe the most honest list you can come up w...

    by Gary Giddins on December 21, 1999
  • Jam Bands Discover Dance Music


    Jam Bands Discover Dance Music

    Wetlands's basement lounge is the seventh-and-a-half floor of local clublandand not just because of the minimal headroom and occasional sense of shuffling among the zombies. Like the Village Vanguard, or even Yankee Stadium, the lounge is less a ven...

    by Richard Gehr on December 14, 1999
  • Seattle Pilots Move to Milwaukee


    Seattle Pilots Move to Milwaukee

    It's tough being a Stone Temple Pilots fan. The constant drug arrests of singer Scott Weiland aren't the problem; every musician has drug problems. It just seems most people don't give STP their due. The band has zero rock-critic or postpunk/indie-r...

    by Chris Cook on December 14, 1999
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    Lying With Animals and Children

    Savage Garden hit in 1997, the same teen-idol year as Hanson. Hanson was the cute-and-bubbly Michael Jackson. Savage Garden was the icy, sharp, scared Michael Jackson. Hanson was the Jackson 5 Michael Jackson. Savage Garden was the solo Michael, the...

    by Frank Kogan on December 14, 1999
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    Seoritas' Choice

    Marc Anthony is cool, badthe kind of guy you hang out with. Enrique Iglesias comes off as intensethe type of guy you sleep with. And Ricky Martin, well, he's just too good to be true; there's no chance of getting with him. Those are the keen obser...

    by Grace Bastidas on December 14, 1999
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    New Abstract

    The greatest aesthetic lesson to learn from past masters like David Bowie and Madonna is the value of reinvention. I still recall my teenaged shock at the '86 Grammy Awards telecast, when award-presenting Prince emerged from the wings in a penguin t...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on December 14, 1999
  • Spitting in Fashion's Face


    Spitting in Fashion's Face

    Pitching heavy white-boy blues recordings must surely be the equivalent of choosing ditch-digging as a profession in 1999. It's horribly unfashionable to even feign an appreciation for a genre whose only audience is often thought to be little more th...

    by George Smith on December 14, 1999
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    Like It's '1999' There was purple. There was jamming. No one dared come on in a G-string, but there was stage-humping. The black-rockers, freaks, and stars who created "Party at the End of Time," a salute to Prince's 1999 album at the Brooklyn Acad...

    on December 14, 1999
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    Lester Bowie 19411999 - The Avant-Gardes Tireless Trumpeter Goes Out Swinging

    When an e-mail informed me of Lester Bowie's deathat 58, on November 8, of cancerI was reading Marshall Berman's All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, and suddenly everything he wrote about Goethe and Marx seemed to be about Lester. "Why should modern ...

    by Gary Giddins on December 7, 1999
  • Semi-Charmed Second Life


    Semi-Charmed Second Life

    For most of this decade, I put out a Top 40 fanzine called Radio On. (Yes, you're right: named in honor of Wall of Voodoo.) Each spring I'd compile a list of 50 or 60 current Billboard hits, and contributors would rate whatever they'd heard and write...

    by Phil Dellio on December 7, 1999
  • Moonwalk To Afrika


    Moonwalk To Afrika

    Leftfield. I'm a bit at a loss for words about these guys. The Afrika Bambaataa track, "Afrika Shox," a hit in England about which I've got plenty to say (see below), is something of an anomalythe rest of the new album is beats and textures, atmosph...

    by Frank Kogan on December 7, 1999
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