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    Armstrong Akwaba (Welcome)!

    Growing up in the '70s, I hated what seemed to me Louis Armstrong's antebellum Uncle Tom antics. My opinion of Armstrong changed when I saw the brilliant 1956 documentary Satchmo the Great, featuring Edward R. Murrow, at Howard University in the earl...

    by Eugene Holley, Jr. on June 5, 2001
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    Satchmo, The Philosopher

    In 1958, Miles Davis said of Louis Armstrong, "You can't play nothing on trumpet that doesn't come from him, not even modern shit." (Quincy Troupe has him saying it again in the 1989 autobiography.) What Miles said was not literally true. People rout...

    by Matt Glaser on June 5, 2001
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    Louis Armstrong 19011971

    Louis Armstrong was born 100 years ago, on August 4, 1901, in a squat, wooden, ramshackle building in a destitute and violent area of New Orleans known as "the Battlefield." His influence on the music of his century proved to be so sweeping that we a...

    by Gary Giddins on June 5, 2001
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    2001 JVC JAZZ FESTIVAL Sunday, June 17 Buster Williams Quartet, Something More with Steve Wilson, Eric Reed, and Lenny White. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 Downbeat magazine presents school bands from...

    on June 5, 2001
  • Music



    Eyeshadow and Concealer A talent as genteel as a gift for melody doesn't seem like something alt-punk songwriters ought to value. So you might not notice how Placebo's lead androgyne Brian Molko covers up his tin ear by blasting audiences with fee...

    on June 5, 2001
  • Satchmo at 100


    Satchmo at 100

    Louis Armstrong 19011971 by Gary Giddins The Once and Future King by Gary Giddins Satchmo and the Critics by Dan Morgenstern Armstrong Akwaba (Welcome)! by Eugene Holley, Jr. A Development in Depth by David Yaffe The Old Songster by...

    on June 5, 2001
  • Fear of Music


    Fear of Music

    Evol was four punks' instruments screaming bloody redrum. Goodbye 20th Century was said punks, 13 years older, covering John Cage and other wind chime mimes. Did the fountain of Sonic Youth abandon noise tantrums or fully embrace them? (Does Trick Da...

    by Nick Catucci on May 29, 2001
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    Best of the Rest

    Many of these subpantheon best-ofs have awaited judgment for years. My guarantee: All make sense as individual records. Where some artists (Joe Cocker, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick) fall off so sharply that an even chronological spread does them dirt, t...

    by Robert Christgau on May 29, 2001
  • Music



    Who's Your Daddy? "Pimp of the century," one admirer whistled as Ike Turner made a star's entrance at Village Underground on May 22. His eight-piece band was already playing a blues shuffle, splendidly attired: matching 10-button ivory tunics and ...

    on May 29, 2001
  • Cocaine Yes, Cobain No


    Cocaine Yes, Cobain No

    Before he killed himself, Kurt Cobain killed the rock star. With "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Cobain ushered in a wave of frontmen who wore sweaters, were friends with gay men, and did honorable things like play the Tibetan Freedom Concert. Out with th...

    by Tricia Romano on May 29, 2001
  • Boners Stay Home


    Boners Stay Home

    The Butchies on the Butchies: "They enjoy wearing outfits and being OUT lezzies." The Butchies on their Are We Not Femme? (1998): "Hailed as 'the most important album of the millennium' by some friends of theirs." The Butchies on their aesthetic (whi...

    by Hillary â??Looseâ?? Chute on May 22, 2001
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    Skimmed Cream

    Since almost two years have elapsed since my last guide, there's no way to encompass the stacks of new discs rising like diminutive office buildings around my desk. I can offer some of the cream I skimmed, and note that, more and more, the most inter...

    by Kyle Gann on May 22, 2001
  • Kitties Rule, Boys Drool


    Kitties Rule, Boys Drool

    "Here and Now" in 1994 was Letters to Cleo's only MTV and radio hit, with lead yelper Kay Hanley's rapid-fire trademark chorus "Thecomfortofaknowledgeofariseabovethesky/ couldneverparallelthechallengeofanacquisitioninthe . . . here and now" creating ...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on May 22, 2001
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    Meow Mix

    During a recent quadrennial record inventory of the house library, I came across a copy of The Great Kat's Beethoven on Speed from 1990. It sparked memory of when I'd been slugged a copy in hope that some opinion would be concocted addressing one of ...

    by George Smith on May 22, 2001
  • Girls Dont Sigh


    Girls Dont Sigh

    "You make me mad when I'm driving my car." That's a brilliant line, especially given that it's from an L.A. punk band. It could stand alone, as graffiti or epigram. "You make me mad when I'm driving my car," a motto for contemporary America. Album ...

    by Frank Kogan on May 22, 2001
  • Body Rock


    Body Rock

    The Gossip and the BellRays play body music. Fat bodies, skinny bodies, short bodies, tall bodies, black bodies, white bodies, yellow bodies, purple bodies, gay bodies, straight bodiesif you can't get down to this, then you ain't got a body. (Go thi...

    by Amy Phillips on May 22, 2001
  • Music



    Dance (Do What You Wanna Do) Billed as "Soul Underground"on Times Square no lessthe bohemian set was in full effect at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill last Thursday. As I walked down the rows of headwraps, sis-ters, and afrosthe nicest smellin...

    on May 22, 2001
  • Only a Northern Song


    Only a Northern Song

    When he wasn't writing about hobbits, J.R.R. Tolkien studied Northern European languages at Oxford, and the most important thing he did as a scholar was to transform our experience of the old Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. Before Tolkien, academics treate...

    by Erik Davis on May 15, 2001
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    Love Is Not a Dog

    As the film Amores Perros vigorously captures love's unforgiving moods of passion, betrayal, pain, and instinct in a hyperactive Mexican hue, likewise the soundtrack, produced by Argentine Gustavo Santaolalla, meticulously unleashes these fierce emot...

    by Jennifer Mañon on May 15, 2001
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    Lets Go Swimming

    A friend of mine likes to watch Free Willy after a long night of artificially induced sleeplessness. The water and waves and whale noises say in calming, deep ocean tones, "Everything is going to be all right." Julie McKnight (wife of soul balladeer ...

    by Carla Spartos on May 15, 2001
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