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    Minstrels All

    R&b, megapop, indie-rockI was busy with all three when along came a boomer birthday boy with the album of the year. My apologies for all the parallel entries I've missed. I'll get there, I promise. BABYFACE Face 2 Face (Arista) Five years ...

    by Robert Christgau on September 11, 2001
  • We Will, We Will Nonpop You - New Music Found Alive and Thriving at Kalvos and Damian’s Ought One Festival

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    We Will, We Will Nonpop You - New Music Found Alive and Thriving at Kalvos and Damians Ought One Festival

    MONTPELIERWell, I've finally been to Woodstock. It was the Ought One festival in Montpelier, Vermont, billed as "the Woodstock of Nonpop," which, as you can imagine, compared to the original pop-music Woodstock about the way the lightning bug compar...

    by Kyle Gann on September 11, 2001
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    Sound Checks - Your Choices Guide to Four Nights of CMJ Music

    THURSDAY 13 ADAM X+PHOENICIA+CRANES Limelight, at 9 Brooklyn's Adam X was the first human on earth to put out two excellent albums in 2001: April's mix CD On the One and Two united Wax Trax industrial, Inner City Detroit austerity, and Central ...

    on September 11, 2001
  • Cucumber-Scum Tapeloop

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    Cucumber-Scum Tapeloop

    My four favorite instruments featured on Back to the Mono Kero!, Japanese lady trio eX-Girl's fourth album: digital president, asshole box, slide geisha, and scum tape from garbage. OK, maybe that last one isn't actually an instrument. In fact, the w...

    by Nick Catucci on September 4, 2001
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    Whippet Good

    For a music that started out sounding like George Clinton and Kraftwerk trapped in an elevator, as Derrick May famously described Juan Atkins's early efforts, Detroit techno has aged about as gracefully as Three's Company reruns. Wearing its "classic...

    by Hobey Echlin on September 4, 2001
  • Two Soul Singers

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    Two Soul Singers

    The soul singer, a 28-year-old New Yorker named Maxwell, is performing "This Woman's Work," a song by Kate Bush, the intensely chirpy English art-thrush from the '80s; it appears on Now, his third album. He begins in wordless falsetto, aaahhs and ooh...

    by James Hunter on September 4, 2001
  • Marked Woman

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    Marked Woman

    Mary J. Blige never would've earned or kept her crown as the queen of hip-hop soul without a trunk full o' drama. Mary J. Blige is drama, and that's why, unlike so many '90s-reared divas, she is so much more than her songs. Other ghetto-fabulous girl...

    by Barry Walters on September 4, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Her Satanic Majesty's Request Devil went down to Georgia, my ass. The devil was buying rounds at a bar on Avenue C on August 24, and he'll continue to haunt any venue that hosts the fury of a band called Brooklyn Browngrass. The crowd at the C-Not...

    on September 4, 2001
  • Catch a Fire

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    Catch a Fire

    On the streets of west Kingston, it's been a summer of roadblocks and rah-rah, police and soldiers, politicians and their area dons and their gunmen. During the July riots, Tivoli Gardens thugsfrontline soldiers for Jamaican Labour Party politician ...

    by Jeff Chang on August 28, 2001
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    Home Alone

    Having played a blind protagonist in one of the most controversial films of 2000, and having put the finishing touches on the body-hugging swan that was to be the year's most conspicuous Oscar costume, Bjrk Gudmundsdttir went home. She shut the fro...

    by Emma Pearse on August 28, 2001
  • Everybody Plays - A Modest Proposal From Downtown Musicians

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    Everybody Plays - A Modest Proposal From Downtown Musicians

    Janice Giteck wrote an orchestra piece recently and showed it to a friend who's an Uptown, academic-type composer. The friend said, "It looks like you're trying to prove you can write for all the orchestra all the time." When Giteck relayed the story...

    by Kyle Gann on August 28, 2001
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    How To Be Smug - Nick (Out) of Time

    I remember watching a thousand girls sing along with "Wrecking Ball" and chant "Girl don't go away mad, girl just go away!" with gleeful gleams in their eyes as if the songs must be about the girl next to them, who was a bitch and deserved every bit ...

    by Jane Dark on August 28, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Fusion Regime "This one's for all the beautiful young ladies with big tits," declared the frontman of Panamanian ska-mongers Rabanes of a ditty titled "Seorita a M Me Gusta Su Style." The female revelers at Hammerstein Ballroom wailed in excit...

    on August 28, 2001
  • The Highest, Most Exalted One - Aaliyah, 1979–2001

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    The Highest, Most Exalted One - Aaliyah, 19792001

    Three weeks back, I lay in a sea-salted bathtub with candles, bubbles, and headphones, listening to Aaliyah. Lamenting the state of my love life during a midnight soak, I used the multisensory experience to remind myself of the type of woman I wanted...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on August 28, 2001
  • The Human Gaza Strip

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    The Human Gaza Strip

    Natacha Atlas is a divavolatile, demanding, deliriousworthy of reclaiming that sullied appellation from VH1 and scrawny, everduring it-girls. The mostly male voices that form the undercurrent of songs like "Shubra," on her latest release, Ayeshteni...

    by Irin Carmon on August 21, 2001
  • Crack, Commerce, and Conscience

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    Crack, Commerce, and Conscience

    Tupac Amaru Shakur was murdered way back in 1996. Yet to hip-hop culture, its troubled hero is not really dead. Nor is his influence. The proof? The West Coast battler's latest posthumous release, Until the End of Time, has sold a robust 1.7 million...

    by Christopher O'Connor on August 21, 2001
  • Heard It on the X - There Is No Such Thing as Nü Metal, and It Has an X-Tremely Funny Face

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    Heard It on the X - There Is No Such Thing as N Metal, and It Has an X-Tremely Funny Face

    In light of its 20th anniversary, it would be sheer overkill for me to criticize MTV for all the same reasons that everyone else does. You know the drill: that most of their programming is slapdash, hectic, edited by monkeys, and seemingly held toget...

    by Scott Seward on August 21, 2001
  • Metal Gets Sentimental - The Belated Return of Loud Mushy Rock

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    Metal Gets Sentimental - The Belated Return of Loud Mushy Rock

    This summer, Break the Cycle (Flip/Elektra) made Staind the first metal band in a decade to score a chart-topping disc purely on the coattails of melancholic anthems. Yet the real cycle-breaker, in terms of restoring the displaced legacy of sentiment...

    by Marc Weisblott on August 21, 2001
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    Music

    Continental Drift The signs all said "Celebrate Brooklyn!" because that's what they call the summer festival in the Prospect Park Bandshell. But with so many Africans, Afrocentricans, Afrophiles, and just plain Afros keeping it real in traditional ...

    on August 21, 2001
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    Old Time Punk & Roll

    Back before 1981, when Minor Threat decided to employ a modified 2/4 oompah as its backbeat and kick in an entire movement of hyper-polka through Marshall stacks and call it "hardcore," punk rock was basically a sped-up smorgasbord of pub, pop, Slade...

    by Johnny Angel on August 21, 2001
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