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    Dub for Dummies

    It started with Music Club's Augustus Pablo, and though I wasn't quite enlightened enough to go all the way with the King Tubby, Select Cuts From Blood & Fire clinched it. Twenty years after my first try, I just spent a few weeks actively enjoying du...

    by Robert Christgau on January 16, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Worker's Playtime Lavishing their chops and charm on the unpublished lyrics of Woody Guthrie in two volumes of Mermaid Avenue, collaborators Billy Bragg and Wilco make a piece of history our own. Whether playing an irate hotel janitor who quits in...

    on January 16, 2001
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    Celluloid Hero

    Raised on the Sex Pistols and gleaning from early-'90s acid house, Northern Ireland's David Holmes is a post-punk trapped in a DJ's bodyone who still drops My Bloody Valentine cuts into his sets, as he did at Centro-fly last October. Like Kid Rock a...

    by Hobey Echlin on January 16, 2001
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    Bedside Jazz - Sometimes You Want It AllBut Usually You Dont

    The joy of anthologies is giving yourself up to someone else's taste. It was precisely that joy that chaperoned many of us through the historic realm of jazz during the LP era. If you bought the Columbia Golden Era Series or RCA Vintage compilations ...

    by Gary Giddins on January 16, 2001
  • Serenading the Boys

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    Serenading the Boys

    R. Kelly don't see nothing wrongbut then again, it's pretty much all his fault in the first place. Him and those Jodeci boys, decked out in matching flame-retardant overalls. At the turn of the last decade, they were the ones thrusting hips into hip...

    by Jon Caramanica on January 9, 2001
  • Dog Lick 2000

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    Dog Lick 2000

    I haven't figured out yet whether 2000 was the Year of the Dog or the Year of the Pussy. The Lick Song of the Year is Trina's "I Need" ("I want a nigga who'll lick the clit"though she's clearly someone who will accept a variety of licks: "I'm a firs...

    by Frank Kogan on January 9, 2001
  • Music

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    Music

    Subway Series Three-year old Pocahontas Cagle knows she is a star. When asked to name her favorite part of her band's Christmas show, she replies, without hesitation, "My song!" and begins to belt it out in a voice at least four times her age: "If...

    on January 9, 2001
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    Death Wish - Creative Musics DemiseSuicide or Homicide? And Does It Matter?

    During the election campaign, George W. Bushdarling of the NRA and oil companiesreferred time and time again to Al Gore as "the special-interest candidate" (who? unions? women?). During the post-election party, as Bush was proclaiming himself presi...

    by Kyle Gann on January 9, 2001
  • Signposts of Posthistory - The Best New Jazz CDs of the Year of Louis and Miles

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    Signposts of Posthistory - The Best New Jazz CDs of the Year of Louis and Miles

    So the year 2000 in jazz, which was supposed to be the year of Louis Armstrong, turned out to be the year of Kind of Blue. True, Pops has a year to gohe gets a double centennial, one for his presumed birth in 1900 and one for the actual one in 1901....

    by Gary Giddins on January 2, 2001
  • And It's Twisty Too

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    And It's Twisty Too

    Andy Kaufman frequently bragged that he was a stand-up comedian who never told a joke. In his late career, Richard Pryor stopped telling jokes tooand now MS has limited his other activities as well. He liked to exaggerate, stretching the logic of hi...

    by James Hannaham on January 2, 2001
  • See Me, Feel Me

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    See Me, Feel Me

    Most soundtrack albums exist completely separate from the movies they're attached to because the songs selected already have a vital popular character that the movie has borrowed to enhance itself, and this rarely works the other way around. The exce...

    by Mary Gaitskill on December 26, 2000
  • The Energy Box

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    The Energy Box

    Lots of people think Ricky Martin is a phony. Last year the local Denver alternative-press sourpuss called Ricky's music "watered-down," not Latin enough. The guy had trouble with the fact that "Livin' La Vida Loca" was written and produced by glam-m...

    by Frank Kogan on December 26, 2000
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    Music

    The People's Choice The Situationist promptly situated us: "There's no product to sell, there's no point in being here." Typically sarcastic, Jon Langford disproved the second part of his opening line with a whiplash set at Mercury Lounge on Decem...

    on December 26, 2000
  • Déja Vu Again - The Bang on a Can Festival Charms but No Longer Thrills

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    Dja Vu Again - The Bang on a Can Festival Charms but No Longer Thrills

    The Bang on a Can Festival still puts on a good show, but the thrill of continuous discovery is gone. The causes appear to be less ideological than economic. Forming the Bang on a Can All-Stars years ago as a house ensemble was a great idea, but the ...

    by Kyle Gann on December 26, 2000
  • Urban Organics

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    Urban Organics

    "Irresistible: class with an edge," Matthew Cooke of Amazon.com writes in a Best of 2000 Editor's Pick for St. Germain's Tourist, and if that makes him a yuppie, at least he's honest. Class with an edge: alive and off-center but nary a foul breath. T...

    by Eric Weisbard on December 26, 2000
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    Snowplow You Bad Elephant!

    I quit smoking cigarettes recently and I've been making do with Gummi Bears, the patch, and tons of righteous weed. So between Kid A, Madonna, and that new Doves album, I've been enjoying a summer of love in my mind. The Doves' mantras of desolation ...

    by Scott Seward on December 26, 2000
  • Everything for Everyone

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    Everything for Everyone

    The packaging of Sing When You're Winning, the second North American release from British superhero Robbie Williams, presents a series of stills that look like scenes from a British football (er, soccer) fantasy, in which every character is Robbie: h...

    by Scott Woods on December 26, 2000
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    Da Da Da

    In the early 1970s, while the domestic rock landscape was a smoldering ruin, certain adventurous and/or elitist listeners turned to Germany. The music of Can, Amon Dl II, and Kraftwerk, among others, fascinated with its reliance on electronics and ...

    by Scott Isler on December 26, 2000
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    Mean Man's Dream

    The newest and greatest tradition in Pasadena arrives every January 1 at precisely 9 a.m. For the last two years, rivaling even the Rose Bowl as blood-pumping spectacle, a B-2 out of the heavy bomb wing at Whiteman (that's an air force base, folks, h...

    by George Smith on December 26, 2000
  • Sobs, Static, and Sweat

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    Sobs, Static, and Sweat

    Everyone knows how the Wu-Tang Clan fucked up. After the dense, heady rush of their brilliant 1993 debut, the group went their separate ways, releasing a series of mostly excellent solo projects. When it came time to regroup for their sophomore album...

    by Kelefa Sanneh on December 19, 2000
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