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  • Sawing Through Italy - Giovanni Sollimaís 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Legend of the Glockeater


    Legend of the Glockeater

    Drunken Tiger is a rap duo, DJ Shine and Tiger JK, I think from L.A., where they recordbut they rap mostly in Korean and the album's out on a Korean label. People in the U.S. can order The Great Rebirth on the Web at www.turborecords.com, though I g...

    by Frank Kogan on October 31, 2000
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    Love Jones Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American lives. Regrettably, he did not live to witness neosoul singer and spoken-word artist Jill Scott follow hip-hop crew the Spooks on a bill that also featured cerebral MC Common. S...

    on October 31, 2000
  • Checkiní Out the Weather Chart


    Checkin Out the Weather Chart

    One of the most important folksingers (he's not really a folksinger) of the late-20th and earlyish-21st (and mayhap 22nd) centuroonie has never heard of For Carnation or Basement Jaxx. (Basement who? Yeah, same here. But let's try and keep up.) His ...

    by Scott Seward on October 24, 2000
  • Anal Nitrate


    Anal Nitrate

    I'm obsessed with shitting, so the wicked wake-up track on San Francisco garage outfit the Roofies' studio debut, Blame It on the Roofies, gets me off (the toilet). Title: "Assorcism." But what is it, exactly? I wanna put this song on repeat for hour...

    by Hillary "Scat" Chute on October 24, 2000
  • Article

    Snap! Crackle! Pop!

    Where would director Chuck Jones's scwewy wabbit and puddy-tat be without the merry melodies of Carl Stalling and, especially, the splats, screeches, and collisions of FX wizard and unsung hero Treg Brown? (Ta-da!) Brown punctuated and complemented t...

    by Jason Gross on October 24, 2000
  • Diphthong Songs


    Diphthong Songs

    Stephin Merritt's grand project involves nothing less than the mass production of pop. Those 69 love songs reveal new facets every time you hold them up to the light, but for their workhorse architect, the notion of sheer quantity provides its own ch...

    by Dennis Lim on October 24, 2000
  • The Unbands


    The Unbands

    Which world is scarier? The one so angsty and dysfunctional that its kids grow up to be Eminem and let us know what a nation of Jerry Springer guests is really thinking and its crystal-meth-addled metal youth put on masks and jumpsuits to channel the...

    by Hobey Echlin on October 24, 2000
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    Outsider Providence "This song is from a woman's point of view," MC Paul Barman nasally intoned Friday at the Westbeth (referencing so-serious hip-hoppers the Lox, he proclaimed himself the "bagel"). That lady had little more to say than "I can't ...

    on October 24, 2000
  • A-OK



    I've played the Radiohead album about a dozen times, pushed my way in to see them live, and yes, there is a certain pleasure to be had from Kid A. What seems at first like rote, enfeebled antirockism reveals a jittery, cohesive undercurrent. Unlike m...

    by Eric Weisbard on October 24, 2000
  • I Still Want a Hula Hoop


    I Still Want a Hula Hoop

    OK, here's the hamster scoop: Last fall a U.K. indie-artsy outfit named the Cuban Boys took note of the wacky hamster sample (manipulated from the old Roger Miller country-novelty track "Whistle Stop") on the popular (and now defunct) hamsterdance.co...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on October 17, 2000
  • Double Dutch Busk


    Double Dutch Busk

    Bettie Serveert's new Private Suit insinuated its way into the crevices of my background; it's moldy and crusty, and grows seemingly unnoticed. I didn't like it at first. It smelled moist, stale in its complacency. You see, Bettie Serveert used to pa...

    by Jaime Lowe on October 17, 2000
  • Iíll Take Paradise - Philip Glassís New Symphony Eases Us Into the Millennium


    Ill Take Paradise - Philip Glasss New Symphony Eases Us Into the Millennium

    The pressure to sanctify a monumental occasion rarely brings out the best in a composer, at least in recent centuries. Bach and Handel dealt with it well, but we moderns seem to approach the attempt with guilty consciences. It may be due to the lack ...

    by Kyle Gann on October 17, 2000
  • His Own Kind of Guilt


    His Own Kind of Guilt

    When Merle Haggard and the Strangers kicked into "Mama Tried" in the middle of their set last Sunday night at Irving Plaza, it took me back to the time and place I first heard that song so long ago. And when they followed it with "Time Changes Everyt...

    by Tom Smucker on October 17, 2000
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    Salmon, String Cheese, and Jam - Bluegrass Pizza: Like Those Hippies Out in Colorado Do

    No offense, but "jamband" isn't really a legitimate label. It's not even a stylemore like an adjective that indicates a group's propensity to stretch out and explore within the structure of a song. It won't describe what a band sounds like so much a...

    by Robin Rothman on October 17, 2000
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    Factory Wages Is New York's most vital music venue suddenly gasping for breath? For many employees at the Knitting Factory, payroll has been late in every pay period since the beginning of September, and the September 15 checks bounced; some emplo...

    on October 17, 2000
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