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    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
  • 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
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    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
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    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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    Ways of Seeing Were they doing anything or not? Like so many live electronic-music performers, Plaid's Ed Handley and Andy Turner left this question open to interpretation Thursday at Warsaw. Transfixed by their laptop screens, the presumably appl...

    on April 2, 2002
  • Kentucky Dirty


    Kentucky Dirty

    Absorbing wild hair, beans and pork chops, beat-up overalls, and enough weed to sink the Titanic, six-man Bowling Green, Kentucky, hip-hop hayseeds Nappy Roots hope listeners walk away from Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz with some prime conclusionsmain...

    by Christopher O'Connor on March 26, 2002
  • Article

    Sacrament of the Sick

    Adding the scum to Dominus vobi . . . , Pungent Stench's Masters of MoralServants of Sin comes at a good time for all lapsed Catholics smirking over the clergy's new old image as retirement community for child molesters. Not that band members planne...

    by George Smith on March 26, 2002
  • Shaken, Not Stirred - Jonathan Kramer Mixes Musical Styles That Don't Belong Together


    Shaken, Not Stirred - Jonathan Kramer Mixes Musical Styles That Don't Belong Together

    Aw, forget Philip Glass's 65th birthday; you can hear his music anytime. More significant is that one of our leading musical thinkers is turning 60 later this year before he's received much fanfare at all. Jonathan Kramer, the Columbia University mus...

    by Kyle Gann on March 26, 2002
  • She Writes the Songs - Abbey Lincoln Shows Us What She's Got


    She Writes the Songs - Abbey Lincoln Shows Us What She's Got

    The result of Abbey Lincoln's decision to make her concert triptych at Alice Tully Hall March 7 through 9 a referendum on her songwriting can only be described as triumphant. If the performances were occasionally uneasy, her ipso facto argument left ...

    by Gary Giddins on March 26, 2002
  • Anxiety (Get Nervous)


    Anxiety (Get Nervous)

    Just what is it that Clinic are so afraid of? Handpicked opening act for Radiohead, darlings of the NME, these fortunate sons of Liverpool have gone and made a concept album about paralytic fear. Walking With Thee, their second LP, supplants love and...

    by Jessica Winter on March 26, 2002
  • Article

    The Gothfathers, Part II - From Bauhaus to Our House

    Calling Bauhaus "goth" is like calling Christ a Christian. I mean, shouldn't one define the creation by the creator and not vice versa? After all, the Big J wasn't likely to have included Jews for Jesus or Jim Bakker in his list of Last Supper predic...

    by Robin Rothman on March 26, 2002
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    Get on the Bus The electro-acoustic/sound-collage group e-Xplo has figured out how to make people pay attention to a nearly two-hour-long piece: Stick them on a speeding bus. As the venue for their "Picnolepsy" drove around downtown Manhattan last...

    on March 26, 2002
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    Room for the Occasion - Working Professionals Defeat Doom on Two Benefit Comps

    Musically, benefit compilations are doomed at conception. Up against the same triple threat as every other collection of new material by multiple contributorsthe organizers have to sweet-talk the artists, pray they'll do their best, and make the ine...

    by Robert Christgau on March 19, 2002
  • The Last Poke Chop


    The Last Poke Chop

    Soy'all are the Ghost World crowd, right?come on into The Almeria Club's soul kitchen, and have some food and other wuv, with Hank Williams Jr., who might be from R. Crumb's sketchbook (Hank the Cat?) and might, some night, go picking with R.'s own...

    by Don Allred on March 19, 2002
  • Money Jungle Music


    Money Jungle Music

    Take the A train rumbling through Matthew Shipp's piano: repeated fistfuls of Johnny Staccato chords, gunmetal black-and-white flesh tones, Weegee-board edges jutting out at ramrod left angles, no 52nd Street exit in sight but out the window maybe a ...

    by Howard Hampton on March 19, 2002
  • Waiting for a Miracle


    Waiting for a Miracle

    No other semi-pop performer's repertoire prefigures our post-September 11 woes and worries as well as Bruce Cockburn's. The emotional and numerical center of his new career retrospective, Anything Anytime Anywhere, is held down by three mid-'80s take...

    by Tom Smucker on March 19, 2002
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