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  • Demolition Men


    Demolition Men

    On the Internet, no one knows you're a lanky, bespectacled laptop nerd with too much software and not enough time (or inclination) to leave the house. But they assume it anyway. Why else would you be sifting through hip-hop tumbleweed, grabbing snipp...

    by Jon Caramanica on April 16, 2002
  • Skipping on Air


    Skipping on Air

    When I lived in London in the post-swinging '60s, the Indian-run cornershop that would inspire an indie band's ironic name was far from a fixture. My own neighborhood didn't have one, for example. In those years, the stereotypical immigrant from the ...

    by Carola Dibbell on April 16, 2002
  • Article

    Fire Dance

    Fusing traditional Gnawa ritual and Yoruba linguistics with chaotic ivory and free verse on his eighth album in the past half-decade, Chilean-born pianist and vocalist Omar Sosa constructs bridges between Morocco, Cuba, and Americamercurial arpeggio...

    by Derek Beres on April 16, 2002
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    Several protopunks and many reggae collections are scattered below, the reggae representing a long investigation that left such eminences as U-Roy and Beenie Man in my Neither file. Wish there was a Pick Hit in the bunch. BANG ON A CAN Terry Rile...

    by Robert Christgau on April 16, 2002
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    Baby I'm a Star (Again) Prince operates on so many levels it's hard to keep up with him. "Last time I checked this is not 1984," he rapped shortly after taking the stage at Avery Fisher Hall on April 9. "If you came to get your Purple Rain on you m...

    on April 16, 2002
  • Time Will Reveal


    Time Will Reveal

    I had to listen to Cassandra Wilson's Belly of the Sun three times before I was convinced it was a jazz album. Recorded in her native Mississippi, at the storied rural crossroads between blues legend and plantation nightmare known as Clarksdale, Bell...

    by Carol Cooper on April 9, 2002
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    Less Is More

    The Tweet single "Oops (Oh My)" has just one drum, a simple Timbaland rhythm that hits the counter beats instead of the main ones. There's a hurdy-gurdy riff above it, which drops out for just some dub echo in the breakproving that the way to put va...

    by Frank Kogan on April 9, 2002
  • Jam On It - Hippies, Jazzbos, and Beat Junkies Build One Nation Under a Mutant Groove


    Jam On It - Hippies, Jazzbos, and Beat Junkies Build One Nation Under a Mutant Groove

    Let us now praise great Americans: Louis Armstrong, Jerry Garcia, and Grandmaster Flash made their history with equal parts pioneer cojones and improvisatory derring-do. They had a lot in common. Back in the day, each would move their crowd, playing ...

    by Will Hermes on April 9, 2002
  • Everyone Hates Miss Popular


    Everyone Hates Miss Popular

    In "Payphone," a mid-tempo matrix of fast harmonies and heartaches on The Big Room, the second album by the Norwegian duo M2M, a young girl walks around in ominous weather, although she never mentions rain or snow or anything like that outright. "Jus...

    by James Hunter on April 9, 2002
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    Girls With The Most Pie

    Inside her new CD cover, Lisa Loeb is stroking her tongue with a cream-smeared finger, and looking sideways. Raunchy? Potentially: The picture alongside is of an upright straw soaking in a pool of milk. Then she's contemplating her creamed finger, he...

    by Emma Pearse on April 9, 2002
  • Fire Down Below


    Fire Down Below

    Voltaire once observed, "Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung." And so what? Pop music is supposed to promote heavy breathing, not heavy thinking. But if a musician aims be the world's moral compassas does reggae's Capletonhe leaves him...

    by Elena Oumano on April 9, 2002
  • Music



    Plaid Tidings Bagpipes are so punk rock. They're ugly, they're clamorous, they're easy to learn, and their defiant DIY allure is sealed by a rebel pedigree: The Great Highland Bagpipe is the only musical instrument ever banned as a weapon of war....

    on April 9, 2002
  • Article

    Pop Goes the Composer - Eve Beglarian and Friends Explore an Audiovisual Vernacular

    It's a long way from the halls of the Princeton and Columbia music departments to the pop music stage, and Eve Beglarian has traveled most of that route. Her music has always been brassy, intelligent, and outside the box, but in her early days she wa...

    on April 9, 2002
  • Drink Six Shots


    Drink Six Shots

    On their first record, the Beatnuts said all they wanted to do was "fuck, drink beer, and smoke some shit." This was a decade ago, though all available evidence suggests they haven't strayed considerably from that m.o. in the years since: 2001's exce...

    by Christian Hoard on April 2, 2002
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Decade


    50 Ways to Leave Your Decade

    "I never went to the Roxy or Danceteria, but I went to the British equivalent of those clubs," producer Trevor Jackson has said, discussing his Playgroup project. Essentially, it's an English kid's grown-up homage to his teenage fantasy of early-'80s...

    by Simon Reynolds on April 2, 2002
  • Article

    Computer Blue

    Not only have I heard three different DJs (electro, house, and techno) drop "Controversy" in the past few months, recent albums by Basement Jaxx, Playgroup, Bilal, and Kelis all make clear that Prince's sonic DNA continues to breed like crazy. In thi...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on April 2, 2002
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    Ramone - Marking the Identity of an Original Rock and Roll Group of 1975

    I remember the early releases as hand-written, but on the one in my files only the gig dates are, in large, legible script: "Appearing at Performance Studios 23 East 20th Street, Friday April 11 9 P.M. Also C.B.G.B's 315 Bowery + Bleeker Monday + Tue...

    by Robert Christgau on April 2, 2002
  • Sophisticated Biscuit


    Sophisticated Biscuit

    The Welsh are 50 times more mysterious than even the Scottish in their use of ancient language and knowledge of elfin lore (just kiddingI actually don't know shit about the Welsh), and I can't step out my front door these days without being bombarde...

    by Scott Seward on April 2, 2002
  • Article

    Hurts So Good

    The Englishwoman crosses her shapely legs, the better to show off those bulbous black pumps she borrowed from Minnie Mouse, and wonders just when all this "Mistress Chloe" business got started. Back at the dawn of new wave, she was simply Claire Mans...

    by Richard Riegel on April 2, 2002
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    This week, go clubbing, get drunk, and get an education. By the end, you'll be a board-certified professor in electronic music. Kai Fikentscher is an actual professor. He wrote You Better Work!, so he is more than qualified to teach young clubbers ab...

    by Tricia Romano on April 2, 2002
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