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  • Cybersex You Up


    Cybersex You Up

    In "Fan Mail," the title track of the most popular album in the country, funky torch trio TLC perform what might qualify as the first stalking song written by superstars for fans. "Welcome," says a Speak-and-Spelly robotic voice, "we've dedicated thi...

    by Kembrew McLeod on March 23, 1999
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    He's Got Your Disease

    I heard the hype and thought I'd hate him. So I put on Eminem just so I'd have an informed negative opinion and looked forward to the $5 I'd pocket at the local used CD store. Twenty tracks later, I couldn't wait to play him again. "God sent me to ...

    by Barry Walters on March 23, 1999
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    WWF The Music, Volume 3

    Somebody kept slipping this thing into the carousel at work before I found out what it was. I'd assumed wrasslin' music was sweathogs on skateboards, remedial at best. But each instrumental kept stepping right up to speak its piece and vamoose. Suc...

    by Don Allred on March 23, 1999
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    32 Questions

    What makes a great MC? Is it hypnotizing flow a delivery that gets inside the drum and bass patterns and creates its own rhythm line and a magnetic voice, and sharp details, and high-tech slang, and striking punch lines, and witty metaphors, and or...

    by Touré on March 23, 1999
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    Couth and Coolth - The Cream of Cabaret Month

    This year's Grammy Awards were dispensed just before March was proclaimed New York's cabaret month by Mayor Giuliani, in one of his more benign recent gestures. No Grammys were presented to cabaret performers, however. The music industry as it operat...

    by David Finkle on March 23, 1999
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    Getting Jiggy With It

    For years audiences on St. Patrick's Day have tolerated hokey bands dressed in Aran sweaters crooning "Danny Boy" while Americans of questionable Irish roots ("my great-great-grandmother is from County Dublin") invent their own version of the jig. Ne...

    on March 23, 1999
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    Push in the Bush - Sugar High

    This is a journey into sound. Or into a sound, a lone sample with a crowded story. It's currently squeebing out of radios under cover of "That's the Way," credited to DJ Clue?; it merely "features" Ma$e and Foxy Brown. Well, you know: Authorship is c...

    by Jane Dark on March 16, 1999
  • Roots of Everything - Yazoo's Time Capsule Project


    Roots of Everything - Yazoo's Time Capsule Project

    As you look around the average hangar, stadium, or bus terminal that calls itself a record store these days, it's easy to think that all the music ever made is currently available in the handy CD format, complete with copious notes and period photogr...

    by Luc Sante on March 16, 1999
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    20 Centuries of Hits

    The "Ancient" Greeks whose barely-B.C. bonus track kicks off 20 Centuries of Hits sound like they might know their number's almost up. But gamely they twang their groovy pre-Miles/surf/Byrds modals for Apollo in shades, while singing in somehow appr...

    by Don Allred on March 16, 1999
  • Perfect Beats


    Perfect Beats

    In his liner notes to The Mountain, Steve Earle explains his goal in making a bluegrass album: "I wanted to write just one song that would be performed by at least one band at every bluegrass festival in the world long after I have followed Mr. Bill ...

    by Rob Sheffield on March 16, 1999
  • Consumer Guide


    Consumer Guide

    I suppose it is inevitable that the onrush of good-to-great hip hop albums will soon lose some of its force. I only have a couple waiting in the wings. But when the Foxy Brown is pretty good, you know something is happening. And don't think alt-rock ...

    by Robert Christgau on March 16, 1999
  • In the Clear


    In the Clear

    If VH-1 ever make an episode of Behind the Music about Everclear, they'll have to combine it with Before They Were Rock Stars. Art Alexakis, the group's leader, did much of his heroin addiction and family tragedy before he left high school, lending h...

    on March 16, 1999
  • Eunuch Hauteur


    Eunuch Hauteur

    Leonard Cohen stepped into an avalanche; it covered up his soul. Now, when he is not this hunchback that you see, he sleeps beneath the golden hill. OK, not Lenny per se, just some character I'm paraphrasing from Songs of Love and Hate. Who cares, ...

    by Eric Weisbard on March 9, 1999
  • Jaki Byard, 1922­1999


    Jaki Byard, 19221999

    Lea was two months old the first time we took her to a concert Jaki Byard's 1989 recital at Weill Hall. He sat at the piano and played a 10-note discord. She whimpered, looked distressed. But he followed instantly with a lambent stride passage. She...

    by Gary Giddins on March 9, 1999
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    Hard-Knock He-Men

    The local heroes of Def Jam's Hard Knock Life tour (Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, and Redman, from Brooklyn, Yonkers, Staten Island, and Newark, respectively) currently have the Hot 97 chart locked up tighter than, well, Puffy. Wednesday night at the Meado...

    on March 9, 1999
  • Dusty in Heaven - Dusty Springfield, 1939­1999


    Dusty in Heaven - Dusty Springfield, 19391999

    Dusty Springfield was a pop singer. She liked rich orchestrations, grand melodies, lost-love lyrics. She did not aim to be radical, but her artistic sensitivities and temperament were undeniable. She insisted on picking her own songs and involving he...

    by Barry Walters on March 9, 1999
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    Ronnie Spector

    As glue-sniffin' surfin' birds from the nonaffluent boroughs, the Ramones should've been the bastard sons of the badboy hitters the Ronettes and Shangri-Las pined over. Maybe they were: She Talks to Rainbows (c/o 109X Regents Park Road, London, NW1 ...

    by Donna Gaines on March 9, 1999
  • Two Realists


    Two Realists

    My middle name must be Fuck You/'Cause every time I walk niggas be like, 'Fuck you,' " goes the chorus. "My first name must be He Ain't Shit/'Cause every time I'm in my car bitches be like, 'He ain't shit.' " The song is "I'll Bee Dat!" It's the lead...

    by Robert Christgau on March 2, 1999
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    Love Jones

    Used to be, a hiphop love song was something like Rakim's "Mahogany" or Shallah Raekwon's "Ice Cream" tunes celebrating shorties from around the way; hardrocks need love too. These days, hiphop love songs are more like Common's "I Used To Love H.E.R...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on March 2, 1999
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    Chick Dance

    I spent most of last Wednesday in court due to the restraining order Lil' Kim slapped on me, so I missed most of the Grammy pregame action. As for the show itself, I still can't decide whether my favorite moment was when O.D.B. rushed the stage and...

    by Scott Seward on March 2, 1999
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