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    Sophisticated Ink - Cabaret Keeps the Wit Fire Lit

    People who complain that "they don't write 'em like they used to" are not only wrong; they're missing the point. Writers laboring in what is thought of as the Great American Songbook tradition still abound. Beholden to Porter, the Gershwins, Berlin, ...

    by David Finkle on March 21, 2000
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    Afrobeat Generations

    Am I the only one who finds the more or less coincident release by MCA of a chunk of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's catalog and elder son Femi's first major-label album to be un peu gauche? An almost endearingly classic Oedipal anxiety surrounds the marketing...

    by Richard Gehr on March 21, 2000
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    Music

    Jesus Saves I was at Radio City for Q-Tip, who didn't show. R&B Jesus I was just checking out. D'Angelo isn't a songwriter, not really; the Marvin comparisons are the exaggerations of r&b faithful yearning to be led out of the wilderness, and the r...

    on March 21, 2000
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    Music

    The year's beginning strongthe five archival albums recommended below are the kind of stuff that always rises to the surface during the post-Christmas lull. And I can already slate three or four April releases for this slot next time. MC Paul Barm...

    by Robert Christgau on March 21, 2000
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    Harvester of Hands

    I once saw an episode of The Outer Limits called "The Borderland," about this mad scientist who was opening a doorway to an alternate dimension through the clever use of electricity and oblique equations called Hausdorf's Theorems. One experiment, na...

    by George Smith on March 14, 2000
  • All Ears - Disney Dreams Up the Best Radio Station in 30 Years

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    All Ears - Disney Dreams Up the Best Radio Station in 30 Years

    THE seminal moment of the teenpop era is of course in the Clueless movie, where Cher refers to college-rock R.E.M.-crap as "mope rock," or "dope rock," or "slope rock," whatever. When Hollywood says it in a script, it's alllllllll over. Anyone who ru...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on March 14, 2000
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    Clean Again

    Robert Smith is my hero because he didn't kill himself after he made Pornography. That 1982 album is the spike in the Cure's career, the high point and the easiest thing to get impaled on; it's the one that begins "It doesn't matter if we all die" an...

    by Douglas Wolk on March 14, 2000
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    Green Again

    Scritti Politti's Green Gartside is something of a pop Zelig. Emerging from the avant-garde postpunk U.K. scene of the late '70s, Gartside led an early lefty-intellectual version of Scritti, sharing a record label (Rough Trade) with the Raincoats and...

    by Hobey Echlin on March 14, 2000
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    Keeping Up With the Kids - Teenpop Encyclopedia 2000

    A*Teens: Bought "Mamma Mia" at a mall store for $3.99 before a Friday night basketball game. It wanted to shoot hoops at halftime like all the grade schoolers running all over the high school court, but I made it sit still and behave. One of the grea...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on March 14, 2000
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    Music

    All You Need Is L-O-V Five clever suburban panhandlers huddled around the letters "LOV" written out in nickels, dimes, and quarters on the sidewalk outside the Limelight's main entrance. "Help us make love on the sidewalk," they yelled, reaching ou...

    on March 14, 2000
  • Tangled Up in Blue - Blue Morning, Blue Day, Little Blue Corvettes

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    Tangled Up in Blue - Blue Morning, Blue Day, Little Blue Corvettes

    This column (or at least this installment of it) is a mixtape. The songs in it are all hits. Its title sort of comes from a great honky-tonk divorce ditty, by Gary Stewart. LFO: "Girl on TV" (Arista) Long ago, and oh so far away, they fell in lov...

    by Chuck Eddy on March 7, 2000
  • Is That a Synthesizer in Your Pants?

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    Is That a Synthesizer in Your Pants?

    It's hard to say who will squash this obnoxious fuck first. Atom Goren, lead singer, programmer, founder, sometime guitarist, and one-half of Atom and His Package (the other half, his package, is a synthesizer), offends everyone (his friends included...

    by Lorne Behrman on March 7, 2000
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    Ghost Town

    Red Red Meat's last sensible recording is their Sub Pop debut, Jimmywine Majestic, a pleasing but relatively too straightforward take on Stonesy grunge. Its release is being finalized in 1993 when providence enters, whereupon the Chicago band's lead ...

    by Camden Joy on March 7, 2000
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    Talk About the Passion

    There's a book by Wim Wenders, Emotion Pictures, articles about Kinks albums and genre flicks and other inspirations of his, written as he was turning from a critic into a director. What sticks with me is how he explained the power of great westerns:...

    by Eric Weisbard on March 7, 2000
  • Doing It Again

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    Doing It Again

    In 1980, topping off the active phase of their strange career as pop interlopers turned AOR powerhouses, Steely Dan scored their third and final Top 10 hit: "Hey Nineteen," in which a class-of-'67 "dandy of Gamma Chi" came on to a girl too young to r...

    by Robert Christgau on March 7, 2000
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    Music

    We're All Going to Go My friend Dan, discussing the news of Curtis Mayfield's death, told me that he had been humbled by an interview that appeared around New World Order, Mayfield's last record. Six years after the accident that paralyzed and ulti...

    on March 7, 2000
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    Cleanup Time

    As promised a month ago, find below not just the usual P&J cleanup but many records I didn't then know existed even if I recognized their names. Since this category is always especially hospitable to Honorable Mentions, there are more than usual in t...

    by Robert Christgau on February 29, 2000
  • Welcome to the Jingle

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    Welcome to the Jingle

    Giggly Japanese girls proclaim, "We love dancing," and then follow with some of the least persuasive "Yay"s in the history of applause, while fast drum'n'bass beats skitter around them. But the vocal and the guitar riff very much do not signify "jung...

    by Frank Kogan on February 29, 2000
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    Dreams of a Final Theory

    Physicist Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft's chief technology officer, once summarized his primary research focus as an inconceivably tiny sliver of time after the Big Bang, when the cosmos was but a mere trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a sec...

    by Harry Allen on February 29, 2000
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    Music

    Top Jungle Producer Attacked Philly drum'n'bass DJ Jordana LeSesne was assaulted early last Wednesday morning while leaving a small Kent, Ohio, club where she had just spun. According to eyewitnesses, a man police have identified as Matthew Gostlin...

    on February 29, 2000
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