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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

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    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

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    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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    Trans-Eara Express

    Movies have been made of my memories. Not mine alone, but sometimes they feel that heavy, that concrete. Which is why I get gut satisfaction seeing them cut up, tastily reassembled. And why I'm enjoying the totally unexpected (and well-edited) return...

    by Don Allred on December 7, 1999
  • Gone Fishing - Remembrances of Lester Bowie

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    Gone Fishing - Remembrances of Lester Bowie

    Lester and I met in high school in St. Louis and from that point on we were always hangin' out. He was a leader thenon his soapbox preaching, calling the shots as he always did. If you were ever around Lester, you were definitely following. He wa...

    by Compiled by Greg Tate on December 7, 1999
  • Roots Music Ping Pong

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    Roots Music Ping Pong

    Alongside the expected Built To Spills, Stereolabs, and Sleater-Kinneys, there were two surprises atop the college radio charts this year: a Japanese lady singing about clouds and an Athens, Georgia, band transformed by Indonesia. Neither is exceptio...

    by Eric Weisbard on December 7, 1999
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    Jay-Zs Hard Knock Week

    If I shoot you, I'm brainless. But if you shoot me, you're famous. What's a nigga to do? When the streets is watching, blocks keep clocking. Waiting for you to break, make your first mistake . . . Jay-Z, "Streets Is Watching" Last Wednesday night,...

    by Jon Caramanica on December 7, 1999
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    Jonathan Davis, Public Freak on a Leash, Lashes Back

    "I remember vividly the sodomization and having to masturbate in the confessional and then being told my sins were forgiven." "One Brother would make me kneel in front of him and pray because it was my fault he committed these acts." "Within t...

    by Barry Walters on November 30, 1999
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    Im A Beatle, Baby, So Why Dont You Kill Me?

    Among the geezers and crones of my generation who have no connection with the popular music industry, Beck is the answer to the question. And the question is: "Name a recording artist born after 1970 whose works you've actually gone out and bought...

    by Luc Sante on November 30, 1999
  • Hey Andy, Did You Hear About This One?

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    Hey Andy, Did You Hear About This One?

    R.E.M. 'The Great Beyond' Warner Bros. Soundtrack commissions have a way of stiffening the resolve of otherwise hit-resistant rock stars. Perhaps because they're cognizant of the high visibility and even higher stakes associated with big-time Ho...

    by Marc Weingarten on November 30, 1999
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    The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Stank of the Crowd

    Primus's guest-star-studded new Antipop blows like a prehistoric can of rotted whalemeat on Y2K Nightand we can only hope the latter's as much of an anticlimax as the former. Hee. That's as much of a laugh as I can get from kicking something so sogg...

    by Don Allred on November 30, 1999
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    Gettin Disney Wit It

    At 30, Will Smith is his own stress-free theme park. And that's only the latest distinction on a rsum that runs from Smith's '80s Fresh Prince teen-rapper days, where he was billed behind DJ Jazzy Jeff, to a big TV splash in NBC's The Fresh Prince ...

    by James Hunter on November 30, 1999
  • The Wolf Within

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    The Wolf Within

    Among all animals, wolves hold a special place in the human psyche. "Man is an angry wolf," Custer is supposed to have said. No one makes films called Dances With Lemmings or writes books called Women Who Run With the Swineboth species, you'll admit...

    by Kyle Gann on November 30, 1999
  • The Russian Is Coming, Percussion Is Coming! - U.K. Rappers and Their Reds

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    The Russian Is Coming, Percussion Is Coming! - U.K. Rappers and Their Reds

    In England, a country fanatical about beats, homegrown hip-hoppers are criminally underrespected. While speed garage, drum'n'bass, and the much maligned trip-hopall children or grandchildren of hip-hophold sway over the British masses, those who ch...

    by Jon Caramanica on November 23, 1999
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    Turkey Shoot

    It's barf time once again at rock's big table, and I've got a question for the ipecac people. Do all the indie labels in the binge-and-purge below reflect alt's compromised preparation standards? Or has the biz gotten so disgusting there's no place e...

    by Robert Christgau on November 23, 1999
  • For the Love of Money

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    For the Love of Money

    Two words say almost everything you need to know about Cash Money, the New Orleans label that has pretty much ruled rap in 1999: Mannie Fresh. Not just because he's the producer who programs, engineers, and plays nearly every instrument on records by...

    by Simon Reynolds on November 23, 1999
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    Music

    Fancy a Shagg? Thirty years after their father inverted the generation gap and forced them to become a rock and roll bandof sortsthe Shaggs made their New York City debut at the Bowery Ballroom last weekend, joining the celebration of another 30...

    on November 23, 1999
  • Humans, Posthumans, and a Detergent Ad - How Doo Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker

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    Humans, Posthumans, and a Detergent Ad - How Doo Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker

    Forget that "opera-trained" hoodoo that sur rounded Mariah's early years. First of all that's a code to cajole the easily impressed and class-conscious into taking some low-falutin' pop singer seriously as an ARTIST (see also Pat Benatar '80). In Mar...

    by Jane Dark on November 16, 1999
  • Je T’Aime . . . Moi Non Plus

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    Je TAime . . . Moi Non Plus

    In an old Radio On fanzine my friend Scott Woods put this diptych in his Top 100 favorite songs of all time: 54. "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1982) Me too! 55. "I Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll," Schoolly D (1986) Me either! S...

    by Frank Kogan on November 16, 1999
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    Hartbreaker (With Her Forty-Four)

    Turns out Beth Hart's "L.A. Song" is not merely one more antishowbiz rant from a tender-tough broadski. (Janis left 'em here to sing this song, from Maggie Bell and Genya Ravan down thru Kim Carnes's Morning After tonsils on every Disease of the Week...

    by Don Allred on November 16, 1999
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