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    Orpheus Meets Isolde, With Ducks

    For most of recorded history, China was several centuries ahead of Europe in music, as in so many other areas. The two cultures invented opera, however, in roughly the same era, and it is striking that The Peony Pavilion of 1598 the grand and gorgeo...

    by Kyle Gann on July 27, 1999
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    Electric Dinner Party

    Electronica used to shake people up in the early '90s, when every body called it techno. English publications covered electronic dance music as if it were an exciting new field, teeming with records as wonderful and relevant as punk. But Americans mo...

    by James Hunter on July 27, 1999
  • That Olde Collage Try

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    That Olde Collage Try

    The bursting of Britpop's bubble has left the UK's rock scene in the doldrums. A&R's and hacks alike twiddle thumbs, wondering why nothing's happening. For one thing, Britpop's make-it-big triumphalism has virtually obliterated the independent ideal....

    by Simon Reynolds on July 27, 1999
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    To Whom It May Concern

    A decade ago, the hip-hop sounds of Los Angeles were sirens and semiautomatics, the city's danger and spiritual desolation conveyed musically through the belligerence of artists like N.W.A. and Ice-T (who put it best: "We didn't go to parties. We ro...

    by Jon Caramonica on July 27, 1999
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    Sheena for Ex-President

    From the punk oral history Please Kill Me to Joey and Johnny Ramone on Howard Stern, the mythology around the Ramones lately seems to emphasize failurethe stadiums they didn't pack, their eventual hatred for one another, endless tours trapped inside...

    by Eric Weisbard on July 27, 1999
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    Medusa and Childe

    Thighs are apt to play a great role in the new postwar art, which will be so eager for life. Leon Trotsky, Madrid, 1916 The new Sophie B. Hawkins LP, Timbre, has been in the can for a couple years, and a lot of the delay was because her record com...

    by Frank Kogan on July 20, 1999
  • Hot and Heavy

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    Hot and Heavy

    The occasional brass band on the street is one of the perks of city life. But a band being carried down the street by hand in near-triple-degree weather well, you need to go to Brooklyn for that. Last Sunday marked the end of the 112th annual Feast ...

    on July 20, 1999
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    Back to the Funkture

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers have often inspired volatile reactions to change; it's as if the public who loves them seeks a reason to hate them. "Everything after Hillel Slovak [the original guitarist] died has been shit." "MTV's embrace of 'Knock Me Do...

    by Robin Rothman on July 20, 1999
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    All Dat

    Billboard trumpets MP3 and streaming audio feeds, but I'm high on DAT. Specifically, "Who Dat" by JT Money and "I'll Bee Dat!" by Redman. Perfecting the DAT technology pioneered by proto-rap superheroes the Pipkins in their 1970 smash "Gimme Dat Ding...

    by Scott Seward on July 20, 1999
  • Consumer Guide

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    Consumer Guide

    Let no one claim good old well-crafted rock and roll has disappeared from the culture. See the top three Honorable Mentions, each more substantial than the Donnas' regressive little winner, not one as consistently inspired. Then look at the pictures ...

    by Robert Christgau on July 20, 1999
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    Auf Wiedersehen

    Even three months after the fact, it still seems strange that KMFDM, of all possible darkside bands out there, was the only one quoted on the Web site of one of the Littleton boys: "What I don't say I don't do. What I don't do I don't like. What I do...

    by Michael Freedberg on July 20, 1999
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    Grand Old Youngster - Turning the Century at Lincoln Center

    In honoring Steve Reich as the featured composer for this year's festival, Lincoln Center performs a very different service than in past years. Morton Feldman, featured in 1996, was an underground figure whose reputation had swelled to the point that...

    by Kyle Gann on July 13, 1999
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    Hungry and Weird

    Since the 1969 release of Trout Mask Replica, the artist dubbed Captain Beefheart has incarnated the gold standard by which "weirdness" in rock has been calibrated. And with a suitcase like that to lug around, no wonder Don Van Vliet put out his 12th...

    by Richard Gehr on July 13, 1999
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    Nookie Monster

    When MTV and BET air the new Eminem video "Guilty Conscience," they run into the small problem of the song's conclusion, where bad-angel Slim Shady convinces good-angel Dr. Dre that of course you shoot your bitch when you catch her boning another man...

    by Eric Weisbard on July 13, 1999
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    Sporty Thievz

    Polyrhythmically speaking, TLC's "No Scrubs" is a frisky bundle of joy, but words-wise, it's cheerless as can be. Designating an entire class of low-or-no-income guys as deadbeat "scrubs," the song obsessively reinforces the bleak notion that designe...

    by Simon Reynolds on July 13, 1999
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    Sugar High - French. Revolution.

    Jennifer Lopez has her own back, movie star magnetism, B+ beats, una buena onda to surf, and a lousy voicewhich I find to be a stumbling block in bubblegum bounce. Compare to Ophlie Winter, who has tighter songs and a richer voice and is a supermod...

    by Jane Dark on July 13, 1999
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    Profits of Rage - Chuck D's Same Old Song?

    Despite all the hoopla over Public Enemy making There's a Poison Goin On . . . . their first proper album in five years available exclusively on the Internet, the marketing novelty of the new MP3 technology may end up being overshadowed by some Old...

    by Mike Rubin on July 13, 1999
  • All Souled Out

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    All Souled Out

    When The Harry Smith Connection, a "live tribute" to The Anthology of American Folk Music, came out last year, I missed Souled American. The Anthol-ogy is a document of 'the old weird America," Greil Marcus says, but a live tribute can't help un- wei...

    on July 13, 1999
  • Diddily-Dee

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    Diddily-Dee

    The "heavy" in Dwight "Heavy D" Myers's stage moniker has always stood for more than the rapper's size, so why shouldn't it be the title of his new CD? When Andre Harrell (himself an ex-rapper) first dared to step away from executive ranks at Def Jam...

    by Carol Cooper on July 6, 1999
  • Article

    Enter Planet Love

    I hear a love story on the Chemical Brothers' Surrender. It's about two brothers from a different mothersad, ordinary kids who went to a rave and found themselves seduced by a big beat. Time stood still in a nonstop now-ness, the past only good for ...

    by Barry Walters on July 6, 1999
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