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    Time Bandits

    ''Twentieth century's over. No more Mr. Nice Guy.'' Marc Ribot's getting tough, but with whom? Not the New Year's Eve crowd for the triple bill at Tonic. With Cubanos Postizos, he's pure crowd pleaser. Hardly 30 seconds of a tune go by before he rips...

    on January 4, 2000
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    Let's Get Busy in Hawaiian - 100 Years of Ragged Beats and Cheap Tunes

    The decade is a dandy organizing devicea convenient construct. Generalize a little? Why sure. The most important thing to happen to pop in the '90s was a tenfold increase in the amount of music recorded. That's the factoid bandied about, anywayI've...

    by Robert Christgau on January 4, 2000
  • How to Hear a Face


    How to Hear a Face

    That music is a language of logic is a fact too much emphasized by academics and too little recognized by the average music lover. No one but a pedant really cares whether a symphony drops to the subdominant key in the coda, but it does exert an infl...

    by Kyle Gann on January 4, 2000
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    Ay Caramba!

    More often than not, soundtracks are sonic non sequiturs; the music usually doesn't work out of context. Stripped of their Lower East Side seediness and teen melodrama, songs from Rent or Dawson's Creek border on empty histrionics. But The Simpsons' ...

    by Carrie Havranek on December 28, 1999
  • All's Well That Ends Well - Much Ado About Nothing Records


    All's Well That Ends Well - Much Ado About Nothing Records

    If the decade in Modern Rock were a Shakespearean comedy (and what else could it be? Between hanging with Romeo + Juliet and Abercrombie & Fitch, and lending a name to superproducer Shek'spere and a script to 10 Things I Hate About You, he had a huge...

    by Jane Dark on December 28, 1999
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    Freeze-Frame - A Year (HeckA Decade, Even) of Pop Music at the Movies

    Gavin Smith: Pop music is used in films, at least at one level, to cue the audience to what era it is. Martin Scorsese: Oh, no, no, forget that, no. Film Comment interview, 1990 In any given year, 80 percent of my musical epiphanies take pl...

    by Phil Dellio on December 28, 1999
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    Bitches Brew

    I'm trying to reconcile my position as a hip-hop womanist and mother (of a lyric-loving daughter, no less, who's been living up to her Malian name, Djali) with the unconditional love I've developed for that nigga Dr. Dre's (almost) perfectly sequence...

    by Raquel Cepeda on December 28, 1999
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    Welcome Home To The Jungle

    Confession: When I started buying jungle records three years ago, every other purchase was marked with a "jump up" record associated with Aphrodite. The first time I ever attempted to mix, my buddy Brian pulled two singles from Aphrodite's own Urban ...

    by Tricia Romano on December 28, 1999
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    Rock You Like a Piece of Meat

    From the Scorpions' early-'70s hippie-mush origins, through mid-'80s arena-metal stardom, to 1999's techno-rocking Eye II Eye, two things have remained constant. The hair may be gone now, but Rudi Schenker's guitar playing has never been less than so...

    by Andrew Palmer on December 28, 1999
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    Cheap Gifts!

    Notice that the annual box roundup in the Times was almost all mixed-to-pan? That's why I seek out archival music that won't wear out your ears or your wallet. There are two three-CD sets below, one a concession to the box urge, but the rest are sing...

    by Robert Christgau on December 21, 1999
  • The Masters Have It - Ten to Live With While Waiting for Godot


    The Masters Have It - Ten to Live With While Waiting for Godot

    The arbitrariness of annual top-10s always becomes clearer the week after, when you look at other lists and think, damn, how did I forget that album and why haven't I even heard this other one? Then again, maybe the most honest list you can come up w...

    by Gary Giddins on December 21, 1999
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    Baubling Over Christmas fell early at Irving Plaza, with the fa-la-las and ba-da-bas (and do-we-dos) echoing 'round the hall. Cuddly Jim O'Rourke would make a fair Santa if he spoke up a bit: He's got a seemingly magical ability to be everywhere ...

    on December 21, 1999
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    Roots in Outer Space

    The conceptualist avant-garde from the 1960s was the outer space of music, a music as far removed from inhabited regions of sonic thought as its creators could manage. It's hard to imagine that music as anybody's "roots," as though John Cage and his ...

    by Kyle Gann on December 21, 1999
  • More, More, More


    More, More, More

    Kathleen Hanna just gets better and better. And no, not because she's gettin' "older" or newly, appropriately, "mature," having worked through the catharsis of Bikini Kill and her subsequent first solo project. To describe her as a diamond in the dia...

    by Hillary 'very' Chute on December 21, 1999
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    Sweet Home Buttholesvill

    We drove to Pittsburgh the weekend before Halloween, to watch the leaves change and attend a three-day fest called the Haunted Hillbilly Hoedown. "No pretensions, no nice nice mellow deeply self-reflective stuff," organizer Stephanie Vargo promised i...

    by Eric Weisbard on December 21, 1999
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    You Go, Grrrl!

    "I hate you so much right now! I hate you so much right now! UNGGGGHH!" No way can you deny "Caught Out There," the new debut single by Kelis (pronounced Ka-LEES), who was last heard sing-songing on "Got Your Money" by Ol' Dirty Bastard (pronounced K...

    by Scott Seward on December 21, 1999
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    The 12 Lays Of Christmas

    If St. Nick cums down your chimney with an entourage of horny little helpers clutching chocolate dildos Friday night, you'd better believe he's Blowfly, the bigger and blacker Santa. All boys'-bathroom bawdiness ("Jingle Bell Cock," "Dick the Hoes," ...

    by Nwaanda Full Force on December 21, 1999
  • Seattle Pilots Move to Milwaukee


    Seattle Pilots Move to Milwaukee

    It's tough being a Stone Temple Pilots fan. The constant drug arrests of singer Scott Weiland aren't the problem; every musician has drug problems. It just seems most people don't give STP their due. The band has zero rock-critic or postpunk/indie-r...

    by Chris Cook on December 14, 1999
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    New Abstract

    The greatest aesthetic lesson to learn from past masters like David Bowie and Madonna is the value of reinvention. I still recall my teenaged shock at the '86 Grammy Awards telecast, when award-presenting Prince emerged from the wings in a penguin t...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on December 14, 1999
  • Spitting in Fashion's Face


    Spitting in Fashion's Face

    Pitching heavy white-boy blues recordings must surely be the equivalent of choosing ditch-digging as a profession in 1999. It's horribly unfashionable to even feign an appreciation for a genre whose only audience is often thought to be little more th...

    by George Smith on December 14, 1999
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