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  • Boners Stay Home


    Boners Stay Home

    The Butchies on the Butchies: "They enjoy wearing outfits and being OUT lezzies." The Butchies on their Are We Not Femme? (1998): "Hailed as 'the most important album of the millennium' by some friends of theirs." The Butchies on their aesthetic (whi...

    by Hillary â??Looseâ?? Chute on May 22, 2001
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    Skimmed Cream

    Since almost two years have elapsed since my last guide, there's no way to encompass the stacks of new discs rising like diminutive office buildings around my desk. I can offer some of the cream I skimmed, and note that, more and more, the most inter...

    by Kyle Gann on May 22, 2001
  • Kitties Rule, Boys Drool


    Kitties Rule, Boys Drool

    "Here and Now" in 1994 was Letters to Cleo's only MTV and radio hit, with lead yelper Kay Hanley's rapid-fire trademark chorus "Thecomfortofaknowledgeofariseabovethesky/ couldneverparallelthechallengeofanacquisitioninthe . . . here and now" creating ...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on May 22, 2001
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    Meow Mix

    During a recent quadrennial record inventory of the house library, I came across a copy of The Great Kat's Beethoven on Speed from 1990. It sparked memory of when I'd been slugged a copy in hope that some opinion would be concocted addressing one of ...

    by George Smith on May 22, 2001
  • Girls Dont Sigh


    Girls Dont Sigh

    "You make me mad when I'm driving my car." That's a brilliant line, especially given that it's from an L.A. punk band. It could stand alone, as graffiti or epigram. "You make me mad when I'm driving my car," a motto for contemporary America. Album ...

    by Frank Kogan on May 22, 2001
  • Body Rock


    Body Rock

    The Gossip and the BellRays play body music. Fat bodies, skinny bodies, short bodies, tall bodies, black bodies, white bodies, yellow bodies, purple bodies, gay bodies, straight bodiesif you can't get down to this, then you ain't got a body. (Go thi...

    by Amy Phillips on May 22, 2001
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    Dance (Do What You Wanna Do) Billed as "Soul Underground"on Times Square no lessthe bohemian set was in full effect at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill last Thursday. As I walked down the rows of headwraps, sis-ters, and afrosthe nicest smellin...

    on May 22, 2001
  • Only a Northern Song


    Only a Northern Song

    When he wasn't writing about hobbits, J.R.R. Tolkien studied Northern European languages at Oxford, and the most important thing he did as a scholar was to transform our experience of the old Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. Before Tolkien, academics treate...

    by Erik Davis on May 15, 2001
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    Love Is Not a Dog

    As the film Amores Perros vigorously captures love's unforgiving moods of passion, betrayal, pain, and instinct in a hyperactive Mexican hue, likewise the soundtrack, produced by Argentine Gustavo Santaolalla, meticulously unleashes these fierce emot...

    by Jennifer Mañon on May 15, 2001
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    Lets Go Swimming

    A friend of mine likes to watch Free Willy after a long night of artificially induced sleeplessness. The water and waves and whale noises say in calming, deep ocean tones, "Everything is going to be all right." Julie McKnight (wife of soul balladeer ...

    by Carla Spartos on May 15, 2001
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    Billy Higgins, 19362001 - The Perfect Drummer, Exactly Right and Exactly Like Himself

    Is it spring or the waning days of autumn? The festivals are getting underway, so it must be spring. Yet it feels like a shivery October in the realm of jazz mortality, as every passing week brings news of another loss, beginning late last year with ...

    by Gary Giddins on May 15, 2001
  • Theres a Revival Goin On


    Theres a Revival Goin On

    Shuggie Otis's Inspiration Information isn't the Dylan basement tapes or a recently unearthed Miles-and-Jimi jam session. The 1974 recording was only the third solo album by someone who was hardly a household name in the homes of the dilettantes who ...

    by Knox Robinson on May 15, 2001
  • Love Wars Resurrection


    Love Wars Resurrection

    One of the impressive things about r&b is that for decades kids and their parents grooved on the same music. Soul Train dancers would pop, lock, and hustle to Stevie Wonder, Barry White, James Brown, and Gladys Knight, while Mom and Dad spun the same...

    by Barry Walters on May 15, 2001
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    Groovy Hate Buck Indie culture is fuckin' pathetic. You have the Elephant 6 Collective, collectively sucking Brian Wilson's cock. The punk scene comprised of glam metal bands that decided to stop dressing like chicks and sound like the Stooges ins...

    on May 15, 2001
  • Grandpas Hands


    Grandpas Hands

    Sheila E.'s uncle and Pete the Santana percussionist's half brother was born in San Antonio, and in Austin he might as well be pope. Locals receive his closing, after-the- industry-weasels-have-gone-home "orchestra" shows at the "South by Southwest" ...

    by Dan DeLuca on May 8, 2001
  • A Quartet of Five - Dave Brubeck Cultivates a Crowd, Calibrates Time, and Finds His Wings


    A Quartet of Five - Dave Brubeck Cultivates a Crowd, Calibrates Time, and Finds His Wings

    No postwar jazz musician has cultivated his audience like Dave Brubeck. His success has Pavlovian dimensions. The simultaneous release of Double Live From the USA and UK (Telarc), a lively two-CD set drawn from 1995 and 1998 concerts, and the long-de...

    by Gary Giddins on May 8, 2001
  • Chasing Waterfalls


    Chasing Waterfalls

    If your musical interests extend beyond the industrialized world, you're sure to run into field recordings sooner or later. But that doesn't mean you have to like them. Field recordings are for scholars, obsessives, eccentrics, obscurantists, and pse...

    by Robert Christgau on May 8, 2001
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    Heal Thyself During an exhilarating performance by Colombia's Aterciopelados ("The Velvety Ones") at Bowery Ballroom on May 1, folksy-voiced frontwoman Andrea Echeverri dedicated "Chamnico" to the shamans of the Putumayo region in her country. A ...

    on May 8, 2001
  • The Rubber Meets the Wind


    The Rubber Meets the Wind

    Belgian techno, a style that sprang up in an area called Flanders that's hardly bigger than Connecticut, still survivesflourishes, even 15 years after it began. Case in point: Lords of Acid's Farstucker, a CD dark and woozy, hard and scrawny, a bit...

    by Michael Freedberg on May 1, 2001
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    Beyonc Good and Evil

    As the name suggests, there's only one infant messiah in Destiny's Child, and Survivor (note singular) is for all purposes the inevitable first solo record from the young lady with the omnipotent dad and the Astrodome-sized persecution complex. Beyon...

    by Jessica Winter on May 1, 2001
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