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  • Keep Your Glass Topped Up - Australian Rockers and Poppers Donít Get Up Themselves

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    Keep Your Glass Topped Up - Australian Rockers and Poppers Dont Get Up Themselves

    "I come from a land down under," Men at Work sang at the top of the U.S. charts in the early '80s. "Where beer does flow and men chunder." They came from a land 10,000 miles away and one day ahead, and promoted a quirky little stereotype for the worl...

    by Emma Pearse on April 3, 2001
  • Shades of Pretty - Daniel Lentzís New Label Unleashes the Most Seductive Music Around

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    Shades of Pretty - Daniel Lentzs New Label Unleashes the Most Seductive Music Around

    One night many years ago, following a certain number of judgment-impairing libations, I and a friend of minewho will probably be relieved to remain nameless in this connectionnoted between ourselves that all the major minimalist composers were hete...

    by Kyle Gann on April 3, 2001
  • Dung Jumpers Down Under

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    Dung Jumpers Down Under

    What happens when you do heavy metal without the power of the video-camera-launched white-male schweinhund? It's a trick question, concocted while watching some PBS Frontline media theoretician attempting to piece together how corporate-entertainment...

    by George Smith on April 3, 2001
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    Used Cars

    Let me be the first to hail Bruce Springsteen's new album, Live in New York City, as a masterpiece. Granted, I haven't actually heard the thing, which is scheduled for release this week, or seen Springsteen's HBO special, which is scheduled to debut ...

    by Todd Kristel on April 3, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Last Good Sleep The Big Black/Company Flow parallels just pile up: well-publicized farewell shows; small but fat-free back catalogs full of advanced sonics (wait three years for Co Flow's Ministry to appear); outspoken leader dedicated to indie ec...

    on April 3, 2001
  • Article

    Reason to Believe

    Quietly, perhaps surprisingly, Bruce Springsteen has begun writing anthems again. A new song called "My City of Ruins" marks his best work since Born in the U.S.A., though it's not included on his new Live in New York City. For now, the track is avai...

    by Chris Nelson on April 3, 2001
  • Takin' it to the Sheets

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    Takin' it to the Sheets

    What were once vices are now habits. The Doobie Brothers said that. (Well, they named an album that.) (No, I don't own it, Skunk.) I bet the Scottish boys in Arab Strap have spent a few nights pissing in strange alleys at four in the morning, perhaps...

    by Chris Ryan on March 27, 2001
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    Must Be Some Way Out of Here

    R&B underachieverturnedjazz crooner Natalie Cole caused a stink a few years back when she resurrected her dead daddy's mellifluous voice for a "duet" that was part Hallmark card, part Rocky Horror. "Unforgettable," indeed. So when Danish DJ Funksta...

    by Anthony Mariani on March 27, 2001
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    Vibrators

    Guitar bands, mostlysome oldish and some quite new, but none completely new, if you know what I mean. Making the old new is what guitar bands do these days. Some of them really get the spiritor is it do the trick? THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH Painting...

    by Robert Christgau on March 27, 2001
  • A Time to Refrain From Embracing - Oozing Pus, Monster Trucks, Bleeding Brains, Broken Glass, and Beaver

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    A Time to Refrain From Embracing - Oozing Pus, Monster Trucks, Bleeding Brains, Broken Glass, and Beaver

    "My wish for 2001: The Voice goes easy on teenpop and bad metal coverage," Sasha Frere-Jones pleaded in his Pazz & Jop ballot. And ignore where the action is? Not a chance. Anyway, the previous Singles Again column concentrated on teenpop. So guess w...

    by Chuck Eddy on March 27, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Man! I Feel Like a Woman! "I'm the Kingbut with a pussy!" growled Texas Terri Laird into an undulating, malodorous sea of boas and black leather at the Continental on Saturday night. Wiry, heavily tattooed arms flung up in the air, neon-haired Te...

    on March 27, 2001
  • Article

    Oh Bondage Up Yours!

    "What you are is missing a beat," Dave Matthews declares midway through Everyday. Timing, he's reminding us, is everything. Agreed: The usual late-winter lack of new releases means the critics are beating a drum for DMB's delivery of their give-props...

    by Nick Catucci on March 20, 2001
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    More Fly With Honey

    Crazy Town look like someone's idea of a parody. What with their overabundance of tattoos and piercings, it's like MTV decided to do a show about a rap-metal band trying to make it big ('cept they would probably switch Crazy Town's black DJ for a bla...

    by Scott Seward on March 20, 2001
  • Lovers Not Fighters - You May Think Itís Stupid; Rhett Miller Thinks Itís Art

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    Lovers Not Fighters - You May Think Its Stupid; Rhett Miller Thinks Its Art

    In June of 1999, the Old 97's flogged the impossibly catchy Fight Songs by opening for Cake at a half-filled Roseland. Although I thought they needed a snazzier guitarist"a Junior Brown protg who knows something about Robert Quine," to be precise....

    by Robert Christgau on March 20, 2001
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    Fear the Cheaper

    At the end of the movie The Stoned Age, Eric Bloom and Don Roeser are standing outside a Southern California convenience store at midnight, lamely trying to peddle Blue yster Cult concert T's to two teenage fans (the boys even drive a battered VW wi...

    by George Smith on March 20, 2001
  • Over the Transom - Jazz Some Friends Asked Me to Tell You About

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    Over the Transom - Jazz Some Friends Asked Me to Tell You About

    The first time I met John Hammond he regaled me by playing reel-to-reel tapes of unissued Artie Shaw and Joe Turner. This was back in 1969, and much of his desk, the top of the radiator, and just about every other flat surface in his office were stac...

    by Gary Giddins on March 20, 2001
  • Quite by Chants - England's Choral Tradition Still Nurtures That Nation's Boldest Composers

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    Quite by Chants - England's Choral Tradition Still Nurtures That Nation's Boldest Composers

    LONDONMy long-held image of Europe is that of a continent endlessly spellbound by the Darmstadt composers who became famous during the 1960s. It may be that a longer sojourn here would have laid that impression to rest, but an early-season, three-we...

    by Kyle Gann on March 20, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Enfant Terrible You might have been forgiven for expecting nothing but well-behaved, cutesy pop from the March Records anniversary get-together last Friday. But what's a ninth-birthday party without the bad kid acting outin this case, Graham Smit...

    on March 20, 2001
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    Backstabs in the Material World - Its All in the Past Now; Money Changes Everything

    This time: Hits, many about the drama of romance and finance, including a couple you're probably already sick of. Next time: Not. DAFT PUNK "One More Time" (Virgin) The James Brown trick: Say "one more time" one hundred times; see what happ...

    by Chuck Eddy on March 13, 2001
  • Immigrant Songs

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    Immigrant Songs

    The Dropkick Murphys are wild colonial boys bred and buttered in Boston, a seven-man band who've fleshed out their trad-punk stomp with bagpipes and tin whistle and mandolin and a bogload of Oi!-rish shtick. They're protgs of Rancid's Lars Frederik...

    by Rob Sheffield on March 13, 2001
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