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  • Hip-Hoperation: Mindcrime


    Hip-Hoperation: Mindcrime

    A decade ago, when Del the Funky Homosapien was still spelling his name funee, his cousin Ice Cube drafted him as point man for a mid-gangsta-age P-Funk revival and piled more George Clinton-copyrighted hooks on Del's first album than a too-goofy-for...

    by Alex Pappademas on November 21, 2000
  • Article

    Pretty Snide (For Some Orange Guys)

    Orange County, California: 800 square miles of white people, wedged in between L.A. and San Diego. Hardly punk rock central, from the looks of it: The land behind the Orange Curtain is a strip of beach backed up by a freeway-ridden patchwork of offic...

    by David Wondrich on November 21, 2000
  • Article

    Where the Action Isnt

    Alt-rock may be alive and well, but not so's bashing it is much fun right now. Though many alt bands were considered for Turkey Shoot 2000, only one proved offensive enough to decapitate. Even artistically, the rock action is mostly on the pop charts...

    by Robert Christgau on November 21, 2000
  • Music



    Ransom Notes It looked good on paper. Argentinean-born, Cologne-based composer Mauricio Kagel imagines a situation in which two-thirds of an orchestra and chorus are taken hostage in the very concert hall where they are about to perform. Yet the s...

    on November 21, 2000
  • Article

    Did You Hear Sonny Rollins? - The One Youve Been Waiting For

    Last August, at Lincoln Center Plaza, 70-year-old Sonny Rollins gave one of the most exhilarating, inspired, go-for-broke, don't-look-back performances I have ever seen. OK, I've probably written something like that before, but having missed maybe th...

    by Gary Giddins on November 14, 2000
  • Eggs and Elephants - Henry Gwiazda Paints a Surreal World of Sounds and Shapes


    Eggs and Elephants - Henry Gwiazda Paints a Surreal World of Sounds and Shapes

    CINCINNATIChimes ring like a doorbell, but with the wrong interval. You hear crunching noises, and then seagulls, though you don't see any animal life at all. Instead, you see a gigantic egg arising from a calm sea. A moment of jazz drumming erupts,...

    by Kyle Gann on November 14, 2000
  • New Wave Dogs Movin' In - All My Ex's Don't Live in Paris, Texas


    New Wave Dogs Movin' In - All My Ex's Don't Live in Paris, Texas

    So has it occurred to anybody that the guy who let the dogs out might be the same guy who stole the keeshka? (Who might be the same guy who's on first?) Just a thought. MYSTIKAL "Shake Ya Ass" (Jive) Most gluteusly maximal butt song since the a...

    by Chuck Eddy on November 14, 2000
  • Canaries Eating Kittens


    Canaries Eating Kittens

    I haven't seen the movie Bring It On, though the cover of the CD probably gives a good idea of what the movie's about: a picture of some white cheerleader chicks shaking their butts and looking like the cat that ate the canary; next to it a picture o...

    by Frank Kogan on November 14, 2000
  • Raver on the Storm


    Raver on the Storm

    Fatboy Slim's new single "Sunset (Bird of Prey)" isn't the first time Jim Morrison's ghost has haunted dancefloors. Back in 1992, Acen's "Close Your Eyes" plucked some ominous exhortations"Forget your name. . . . Go insane"from the Doors' gloriousl...

    by Simon Reynolds on November 14, 2000
  • Article

    Come Softly to Me

    It says here in the notes to David Roter Method's They Made Me that Mr. Roter is an educator; actually, you might think of him as someone who is to Blue yster Cult what Jack Tempchin is to the Eagles. Anyway, if the contents of They Made Me are any ...

    by George Smith on November 14, 2000
  • Music



    The Grunk and the Rackle It's a strange notion, this idea of clubs going on tour. For what else defines a club if not the specificity of a space and the vibe generated there by resident DJs and a regular crowd? Limelight's bimonthly collaboration...

    on November 14, 2000
  • Dog Food for Justice - A Tribute to Art and a Tribute From the Heart


    Dog Food for Justice - A Tribute to Art and a Tribute From the Heart

    Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska is pretty unimposing for a monument. People embarrassed by the overstatement that made Springsteen a hero, and also the heroism that made him a hero, now often cite it as his best, but as an early dissenter from his overs...

    by Robert Christgau on November 7, 2000
  • No Hype to Not Believe


    No Hype to Not Believe

    Just as the Internet has arrived to bring nations together in one big e-mailed chorus of "It's a Small World After All," the American record biz has entrenched itself in a phase of Brit-phobia more severe than in any other pop period since the one be...

    by Barry Walters on November 7, 2000
  • Struggling to the Surface


    Struggling to the Surface

    Her voice has the tensile strength of a tuning fork, she can sing louder and softer than many who have come before and after her, and she's the Queen of Remorse. She pushed herself away from duets with country greats and toward interpretations of Jim...

    by Georgia Christgau on November 7, 2000
  • Music



    China Dolls The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in the BAM Opera House and the films of Hou Hsiao-hsien in the Rose Cinemas were resonating right along with guitarist Gary Lucas's National steel guitar when he performed tunes associated with fa...

    on November 7, 2000
  • Sawing Through Italy - Giovanni Sollima’s Musical Tour of Italy Enchants at Least One Listener


    Sawing Through Italy - Giovanni Sollimas Musical Tour of Italy Enchants at Least One Listener

    Giovanni Sollima is being touted as "the Jimi Hendrix of the cello." No one ever stops to ask whether the cello needed a Jimi Hendrix. It's just taken for granted that if there's a slot open, someone will eventually fill it. Someday we'll have a Jimi...

    by Kyle Gann on October 31, 2000
  • Article


    Not for a long time has a long mane signified rebellion, but cascading tresses at the very least once helped to camouflage a certain navet among young men who made rock 'n' roll. In spite of its postcubist goatees and slew of cryptic tattoos, the m...

    by Marc Weisblott on October 31, 2000
  • Make My Crunk the P-Funk


    Make My Crunk the P-Funk

    Talking about a Southern hip-hop album used to be easy. All you had to do, basically, was discuss the difference between Sunbelt rappers and Northern rappers, add a few anecdotes about how them all do down home, a generic reference to fried catfish, ...

    by Tony Green on October 31, 2000
  • Article

    Fathership Connection - Common's and OutKast's New Vidclips Have Decent Stuff in Common

    Despite what some assiduous direct-mail marketers think, I am not female, black, or successful. But I am thinking about a black mother, specifically Erykah Badu, and her good taste in men. Her babydaddy, OutKast's Andre Benjamin a/k/a Andre 3000 a/k/...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on October 31, 2000
  • Article

    Dope Whites on Non-Punk

    While most turntablists are peach-fuzz-mustached little funk-Trekkies hanging out in their parents' basements trying to perfect scratches, Arizona's Z-Trip and Springfield, Missouri's DJ P are instigators. Or at least they have a sense of humor: Z-Tr...

    by Hobey Echlin on October 31, 2000
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