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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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    Pavement Comes Alive

    When their last album, Brighten the Corners, came out, I not only started to like Pavement, I came to love them. Live for them. Maybe it was the awful, eternal pull of the last song on the record, "Fin," which provided the perfect soundtrack for my d...

    by Bob Mack on June 22, 1999
  • Lost and Found

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    Lost and Found

    "Hello, I'm your new neighbor," Amy Boone sings with a sad drawl, "I was recently robbed this past hour." Stolen: one amplifier, named the Black Widow "even though it was blue." The song, in the tradition of the dB's' great "Amplifier," is a bravura ...

    on June 22, 1999
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    What Our Pulses Say

    He calls his songs "control songs," though they generally tell us how little control we have over our lives. His new CD is called Togetherness, though its lyrics suggest that he doesn't believe such a state exists. David Garland's persona is a core o...

    by Kyle Gann on June 15, 1999
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    Music

    I've always had my doubts about the notion of the hip hop "community" or "subculture" too easy to claim, too hard to verify empirically. But the eight multiartist comps below, only two of them Honorable Mentions, must prove something. BEATS & RHYME...

    by Robert Christgau on June 15, 1999
  • Between Intermissions

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    Between Intermissions

    Over the past two decades, Michael Dorf's Knitting Factory has justly emerged as one of New York's cultural landmarks. Its deceptively compact Leonard Street building accommodates the Main Space and three smaller stages, plus decently stocked bars at...

    by Gary Giddins on June 15, 1999
  • Jazz and Then Some

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    Jazz and Then Some

    If the David S. Ware Quartet cannot sell out the flagship club of a festival sponsored by the phone company, then new jazz has a major problem on its hands. Playing at the Knitting Factory Friday night, the group clashed like stallions, rancorous and...

    by Douglas Wolk on June 15, 1999
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    Milling at the Mall

    Until recently, the Knitting Factory's annual summer festival was called "What Is Jazz?" The question was whimsically rhetorical, and implied that Downtowners know what they like. But things have changed, and the Bell Atlanticsponsored festival now ...

    by John Szwed on June 15, 1999
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    Bill Frisell and the Willies

    Seems like ages since Bill Frisell was Downtown's hometown guitar god, the main man of Don Byron and John Zorn. Frissell has traveled so far from New York, musically and geographically, that old Knit groupies are rank strangers to him now. For 10-o...

    by David Krasnow on June 15, 1999
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    Just Between Friends

    At their second New York appearance together since the Go-Betweens' breakup, Grant McLennan and Robert Forster played to a packed Merc June 8 with no backup, little patter, and the bemused geniality of former allies in a lost cause. In the postpunk ...

    on June 15, 1999
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    Blues for Jesus

    The last time we heard from maverick musician Moby, the former rave DJ was trying to discover his inner head-banger on 1997's Animal Rights, a self- indulgent cacophony of introspective metal and angst-ridden punk that managed to turn away many of h...

    by Frank Owen on June 8, 1999
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    Invitations to Hell

    Before anybody jumps to the wrong conclusion about Mr. Dibbs, let's get one thing straight. Cincinnati's leading turntablistdevil child is not on some Eminem dynamite-your-dick-and-get-in-Rolling-Stone -for-the-fourth-time-since-February trip. Mr. D...

    by Josh Kun on June 8, 1999
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    Softcore Techno

    Sex in American music videos is limited to jokey or "social commentary" snippets. But some Brits at Palm Pictures have just put out a real porno, Suck It and See, complete with soundtrack CD on Pussyfoot Records. Oddly enough, there's not much suck...

    by Chris Cook on June 8, 1999
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    Music

    I've always had my doubts about the notion of the hip hop "community" or "subculture" too easy to claim, too hard to verify empirically. But the eight multiartist comps below, only two of them Honorable Mentions, must prove something. BEATS & RHYME...

    by Robert Christgau on June 8, 1999
  • Story of Junk

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    Story of Junk

    Taking a primitive tack that's more DIY than any punk band's, Skip La Plante's collective Music for Homemade Instruments recycles the city's garbage for its annual concert series, which has been held in La Plante's Bowery loft since 1976. An eight-pi...

    on June 8, 1999
  • Future Crusader

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    Future Crusader

    My favorite contemporary American singer-songwriter is Oliver Chesler, a/k/a The Horrorist. A thoroughly modern minstrel, Chesler pens tunes like "Mission Extacy," a hilarious tale of the amoral things Manhattan club kids will do to get drugs, and "W...

    by Simon Reynolds on June 8, 1999
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    Chirpy Cheap Cheese

    The hippest music around right now, as the success of Daft Punk and Cassius demonstrates, is a minimal house stripped of major-key piano breakdowns and wailing divas in favor of a streamlined flux that's one part sonic wallpaper, one part sonic Wallp...

    by Jeff Salamon on June 8, 1999
  • Doo-dah!

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    Doo-dah!

    "This is my country/These are my people," Randy Newman sings on his new album. Since this is Randy Newman, the people in question are all glued to their TVs, proud booboisie, but the catch of pride in his voice, the swell of the music, is completely ...

    by Eric Weisbard on June 1, 1999
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