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  • Diddily-Dee

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    Diddily-Dee

    The "heavy" in Dwight "Heavy D" Myers's stage moniker has always stood for more than the rapper's size, so why shouldn't it be the title of his new CD? When Andre Harrell (himself an ex-rapper) first dared to step away from executive ranks at Def Jam...

    by Carol Cooper on July 6, 1999
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    Sound Bytes of Truth - New Music on the Web

    Jeffrey Harrington's Acid Bach plinks its way through microtonal melodies like banjo music somehow smeared by a wet hand. The way those melodies fit together is determined by computer, for Harrington has programmed his software to work out the contra...

    by Kyle Gann on July 6, 1999
  • Beat-itude

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    Beat-itude

    What does Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott got that you ain't got? I mean aside from a wardrobe made entirely of Hefty? bags,1 a cowriter-producer who's named for a hiking boot company and can't blink without syncopating,2 a musical promiscuity matched by...

    by James Hannaham on July 6, 1999
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    Altar Boys

    Arson (read: church burning), murder (read: hate crime), burglary, knife assault, desecration these are the cute convictions some past and present members of Norway's Emperor, who make their NYC debut Sunday at Tramps, have procured over the years. ...

    by Hillary Chute on July 6, 1999
  • Bummertime Blues

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    Bummertime Blues

    Dude, you know what I heard? Before Stevie Nicks started paying people to blow cocaine up her ass, Fleetwood Mac was led by some staunch Clapton-like blues-purist named Peter Green," Franklin said to Peterson, who was picking a zit on his chin in the...

    by Lorne Behrman on July 6, 1999
  • Two Scions Clash

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    Two Scions Clash

    Summer '97, Jamaica: On a starless country night so dark you can't see your hand in front of your face, IRIE-FM is taking a straight run through Sizzla's urgent faxes from the Black struggle's front lines. Parsed into intricate fugues, his husky, kee...

    by Elena Oumano on July 6, 1999
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    Scores To Settle

    Imagine you a beer-swilling moron whose only goal is to get laid are chatting someone up at the local dive, saying anything to get some: "That movie was a slap in the face to all the vertically challenged people; they totally violated that dwarf!" ...

    on July 6, 1999
  • Cheap Thrills - Freedom's Just Another Word for MP3

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    Cheap Thrills - Freedom's Just Another Word for MP3

    "MP3" is as scary a buzzword in the music business as "blank tape" was 20 years ago, meaning that while the big moneymakers are trying to figure out how to stuff the genie back in the bottle, there's already a culture thriving on it. The major labels...

    by Douglas Wolk on July 6, 1999
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    Enter Planet Love

    I hear a love story on the Chemical Brothers' Surrender. It's about two brothers from a different mothersad, ordinary kids who went to a rave and found themselves seduced by a big beat. Time stood still in a nonstop now-ness, the past only good for ...

    by Barry Walters on July 6, 1999
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    Spanish Class

    The very first time I heard the only certified history-changing organic rock masterpiece in this end-of-every thing decade, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," it barely made me blink. But the first time I heard the splashy throw away singles by Latino Ken do...

    by Franklin Ibanez Soults on June 29, 1999
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    Old People Got No Reason

    Shame" signifies Return To Forma silly love song and an endlessly sophisticated arrangement for a rich, saggin'-ass ol' diddler. It saunters dark and dubious, pitting the hapless Newman against the answering ma chine of a wayward hoochie half his ag...

    by Jon Dolan on June 29, 1999
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    Give It to You

    The creative story of 1999 is teen pop, that upstart genre where European producers free of Anglo-American rock worries or conceptual limitations rule. Guys like Max Martinthe scary Swede behind Backstreet Boys and Britney Spearssell songs that fun...

    by James Hunter on June 29, 1999
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    Under the Bridge

    In 1997, fashion designer Martin Margiela dipped 18 outfits in different mold, bacteria, and yeast cultures; they were recently displayed, beautifully rotting away, in one of the outer chambers of the Brooklyn Anchorage, as part of an "Exposing Meani...

    by Eric Weisbard on June 29, 1999
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    Prisoners of the Past

    Midway through the week, the JVC Jazz Festival kicked into life at a sedate homage to Charlie Parker's romance with strings, when the featured soloist, James Moody, bounded into an exultant "Cherokee," shaking off the ensemble like a great swan beati...

    by Gary Giddins on June 29, 1999
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    Tropical Truth

    Over 30 years have passed since Tropiclia rocked Brazil, and now, on the Beacon Theater stage, it was finally time for one of the movement's founders. "I'm selling records like I never did before," Caetano Veloso said with impish embarrassment betwe...

    on June 29, 1999
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    Livin for the City

    The least thing a critic can do is complain about how this summer's songs are just like last summer's, or some summer 35 years ago when the world sparkled and we all lived in a utopia of the new. It's not just that there are new songs (there are). Or...

    by Jane Dark on June 22, 1999
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    Its Their Party

    Of course being a teenager is depressing and horrible, but it's the idea of the teenager that's so wonderful. Miriam Linna (drummer for the Zantees), 1978 The Donnas, none of whom were born when Miriam made that statement, do "depressing and horr...

    by Frank Kogan on June 22, 1999
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    Lifting Up the Sun

    Yes, the Flaming Lips. When they appeared in the mid '80s, "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" got college radio time from fans of Butthole Surfers psychedelic stomps, though the Lips spun their own variant with tabs of fairy-tale-sweet surrealism. Years passed ...

    by Eric Weisbard on June 22, 1999
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    Short Music for Short People

    The most annoying thing about compilations is skipping past the sucky numbers to get to the numbers you really wanna hear. Not to imply that Short Music for Short People hasn't got a few bad onesshow me anyone who digs 101 songs in a row and I'll sh...

    by Robin Rothman on June 22, 1999
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    Call the Doctor

    In the beginning, what made Chrissie Hynde stand out was that she brought punk attitude to pop aesthetics. Here was a woman who'd seen the Dolls with Malcolm McLaren, yet her first hit and her first daughter were both sired by Ray Davies. But after 1...

    by Robert Christgau on June 22, 1999
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