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  • The Long Haul

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    The Long Haul

    The word is traction. Silkworm and the Glands are indie rock to the gut: Both could have sprung out of the fertile crescent in Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted where Stephen Malkmus sings, "lies and betrayals, fruit-covered nails, electricity and lus...

    by Eric Weisbard on December 5, 2000
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    Music

    Send Me Three Lullabies Bowery Ballroom, November 25: When these old rock-and-roll friends are in town, you make time. Opening for Yo La Tengo and newly drummerless (the young man from Hamburg who gamely lurched through their thrilling CMJ set quit...

    on December 5, 2000
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    Third Annual Real-Life Consumer Guide

    Good news: CD prices this year are no higher, and maybe a little lower, than last year. We shopped for 15 likely stocking stuffers at three local stores and two Web sites, and found there is no one cheapest place to buy every item. Online, we tried P...

    by Josh Goldfein on December 5, 2000
  • El Fanático

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    El Fantico

    If as a child you are wrapped in a burlap sack and smoked over a fire, as Jesse Fuller is said to have been, or tied up in a little ball and kicked around the house, to cite a well-documented Puritan disciplinary techniqueor only beaten regularly wi...

    by Robert Cantwell on November 28, 2000
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    Getting Bizzy

    Finally, one of those fall bonanzas the biz is always promising. The two Pick Hits are among the year's very best, and several runners-up are truly choice. Beyond OutKast, that's not to predict that any of them will get as bizzy as the biz prefers, ...

    by Robert Christgau on November 28, 2000
  • Resignating With the Audience - Kathleen Supové and Lisa Cella Give Techno Composers Better Than They Deserve

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    Resignating With the Audience - Kathleen Supov and Lisa Cella Give Techno Composers Better Than They Deserve

    Sometimes you walk out of a new music concert just aggrieved for the wasted potential. Pianist Kathleen Supov and flutist Lisa Cella are energetic, committed performers who laugh at technical difficulties, but only in the final minutes of their Nove...

    by Kyle Gann on November 28, 2000
  • All the Things He Was - Jazz Makes Peace With Jerome Kern

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    All the Things He Was - Jazz Makes Peace With Jerome Kern

    While visiting Hollywood in 1946, a few months after Jerome Kern's passing, Dizzy Gillespie collaborated with arranger Johnny Richards on a Kern memorial album. They recorded four of his most famous songs"Who?," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Why Do I...

    by Gary Giddins on November 28, 2000
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    Large and in Charge

    Paul Simon has an image you wouldn't wish on a real estate developer. At the Radio City Gore-Lieberman benefit in September, he alone in a platinum-studded lineup used his own musicians instead of Paul Shaffer's crew. Arguably, the polyrhythms of "La...

    by Eric Weisbard on November 21, 2000
  • Hip-Hoperation: Mindcrime

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    Hip-Hoperation: Mindcrime

    A decade ago, when Del the Funky Homosapien was still spelling his name funee, his cousin Ice Cube drafted him as point man for a mid-gangsta-age P-Funk revival and piled more George Clinton-copyrighted hooks on Del's first album than a too-goofy-for...

    by Alex Pappademas on November 21, 2000
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    Pretty Snide (For Some Orange Guys)

    Orange County, California: 800 square miles of white people, wedged in between L.A. and San Diego. Hardly punk rock central, from the looks of it: The land behind the Orange Curtain is a strip of beach backed up by a freeway-ridden patchwork of offic...

    by David Wondrich on November 21, 2000
  • Article

    Where the Action Isnt

    Alt-rock may be alive and well, but not so's bashing it is much fun right now. Though many alt bands were considered for Turkey Shoot 2000, only one proved offensive enough to decapitate. Even artistically, the rock action is mostly on the pop charts...

    by Robert Christgau on November 21, 2000
  • Music

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    Music

    Ransom Notes It looked good on paper. Argentinean-born, Cologne-based composer Mauricio Kagel imagines a situation in which two-thirds of an orchestra and chorus are taken hostage in the very concert hall where they are about to perform. Yet the s...

    on November 21, 2000
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    Did You Hear Sonny Rollins? - The One Youve Been Waiting For

    Last August, at Lincoln Center Plaza, 70-year-old Sonny Rollins gave one of the most exhilarating, inspired, go-for-broke, don't-look-back performances I have ever seen. OK, I've probably written something like that before, but having missed maybe th...

    by Gary Giddins on November 14, 2000
  • Eggs and Elephants - Henry Gwiazda Paints a Surreal World of Sounds and Shapes

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    Eggs and Elephants - Henry Gwiazda Paints a Surreal World of Sounds and Shapes

    CINCINNATIChimes ring like a doorbell, but with the wrong interval. You hear crunching noises, and then seagulls, though you don't see any animal life at all. Instead, you see a gigantic egg arising from a calm sea. A moment of jazz drumming erupts,...

    by Kyle Gann on November 14, 2000
  • New Wave Dogs Movin' In - All My Ex's Don't Live in Paris, Texas

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    New Wave Dogs Movin' In - All My Ex's Don't Live in Paris, Texas

    So has it occurred to anybody that the guy who let the dogs out might be the same guy who stole the keeshka? (Who might be the same guy who's on first?) Just a thought. MYSTIKAL "Shake Ya Ass" (Jive) Most gluteusly maximal butt song since the a...

    by Chuck Eddy on November 14, 2000
  • Canaries Eating Kittens

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    Canaries Eating Kittens

    I haven't seen the movie Bring It On, though the cover of the CD probably gives a good idea of what the movie's about: a picture of some white cheerleader chicks shaking their butts and looking like the cat that ate the canary; next to it a picture o...

    by Frank Kogan on November 14, 2000
  • Music

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    Music

    The Grunk and the Rackle It's a strange notion, this idea of clubs going on tour. For what else defines a club if not the specificity of a space and the vibe generated there by resident DJs and a regular crowd? Limelight's bimonthly collaboration...

    on November 14, 2000
  • Raver on the Storm

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    Raver on the Storm

    Fatboy Slim's new single "Sunset (Bird of Prey)" isn't the first time Jim Morrison's ghost has haunted dancefloors. Back in 1992, Acen's "Close Your Eyes" plucked some ominous exhortations"Forget your name. . . . Go insane"from the Doors' gloriousl...

    by Simon Reynolds on November 14, 2000
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    Come Softly to Me

    It says here in the notes to David Roter Method's They Made Me that Mr. Roter is an educator; actually, you might think of him as someone who is to Blue yster Cult what Jack Tempchin is to the Eagles. Anyway, if the contents of They Made Me are any ...

    by George Smith on November 14, 2000
  • Dog Food for Justice - A Tribute to Art and a Tribute From the Heart

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    Dog Food for Justice - A Tribute to Art and a Tribute From the Heart

    Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska is pretty unimposing for a monument. People embarrassed by the overstatement that made Springsteen a hero, and also the heroism that made him a hero, now often cite it as his best, but as an early dissenter from his overs...

    by Robert Christgau on November 7, 2000
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