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  • Rock and Roll Part 2 1/2

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    Rock and Roll Part 2 1/2

    Three things strike me most about the house records I've enjoyed cleaning the dishes to these last few years: A surprising number of them have come from France (Daft Punk, Cassius, Bob Sinclar), most of them have been relatively vocal-free (or at mos...

    by Scott Woods on April 18, 2000
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    GooGoo Ga Joob

    Read any good kids' books lately? I recommend William Joyce's Rolie Polie Olie, which recounts a day in the life of a spacey young orb and his spherical family, whose "Rolie Polie Rumba Dance was always done in underpants." Lullaby Baxter, the cerebr...

    by Richard Gehr on April 18, 2000
  • They're with Stupid

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    They're with Stupid

    To answer your question, no, they haven't tried to make "Tubthumping II." Chumbawamba are perfectly aware that most of their listeners think their 10th or so album is their second, and they're beating everyone else to the backlash. The only song on W...

    by Douglas Wolk on April 18, 2000
  • Happily Ever After

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    Happily Ever After

    John Waters once wrote that "more than anything in the world, I hate people who confide, 'I had the weirdest dream last night.' " I enthusiastically agree. But that said, here is my confession of obsession with Elliott Smith, as written in my noteboo...

    by Hillary 'Daydream Believer' Chute on April 18, 2000
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    True to Their Schools?

    Dear Talib, Okay, so maybe you're rightjuxtaposing two seemingly random albums like Beanie Sigel's The Truth and Dead Prez's Let's Get Free isn't quite an impossible feat. And I second your emotion, it would be presumptuous to expect all rappers to...

    by Raquel Cepeda on April 18, 2000
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    Music

    Alan Betrock, 1950-2000 In the spring of 1975, more than a year before the release of the Ramones' debut album, Alan Betrock founded the magazine New York Rocker. In doing so, he changed American popular culture forever. The Queens native was alr...

    by Voice Writers on April 18, 2000
  • Rising to the Top - Laps and Marco Polo in the Hip Hop Pool

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    Rising to the Top - Laps and Marco Polo in the Hip Hop Pool

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn and Teron Delvon Jones are seasoned recording artists in their late twenties, but don't worry if you can't place them. They aren't even especially well-known by their hip hop names: Common (formerly Common Sense) and Del the Funky ...

    by Robert Christgau on April 11, 2000
  • Streamlining Chaos

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    Streamlining Chaos

    What the hell is William Duckworth doing? For 20 years he was a pioneer of the widespread (and woefully unacknowledged) postminimalist movement, weaving elegantly precise scores like The Time Curve Preludes and Southern Harmony from folk-music patter...

    by Kyle Gann on April 11, 2000
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    Up Jumps Da Meme

    Timbaland sure is on the radio a lot, even when he's not. Turn on Hot 97 right now, wait 15 minutes, and you'll hear either Aaliyah's "Try Again," Nas and Ginuwine's "You Owe Me," or the Lox's "Ryde or Dye Chick/Bitch," all of which he officially pro...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on April 11, 2000
  • Uh-Huh OK Whassup Shut Up

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    Uh-Huh OK Whassup Shut Up

    My favorite TV show is BET's Comicview, the stand-up showcase that airs every night at nine. Punch lines are few and far between, and they're usually drowned out by a noisy audience that stays one step ahead of the comedians. So I tune in for the set...

    by Kelefa Sanneh on April 11, 2000
  • Genius Rap - Out in the Burbs and Boonies, Hip-Hop Connects With Its Inner Weirdo

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    Genius Rap - Out in the Burbs and Boonies, Hip-Hop Connects With Its Inner Weirdo

    There's always a joker in the pack/There's always a lonely clown. crooned in the introduction to MC Paul Barman's It's Very Stimulating (Wordsound) If you believe what Hot 97's chirping in your ear, rap's a bulky monolith. Dammit, it's just so har...

    by Jon Caramanica on April 11, 2000
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    Sunburnt

    The kind of emotional and formal fire Third Eye Blind build on "Never Let You Go," their current hit, has rocked producers, radio programmers, and pop fans for almost four decades. And from the Beatles to the Cars to Nirvana, these blazing structures...

    by James Hunter on April 4, 2000
  • Bearfoot in the Head

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    Bearfoot in the Head

    So I'm checking out this band called moe., on Help Us Get High, a possibly unique, certainly handy compilation of live jam bands, distilled from ? hours of tape by truckin' experts, principally the Voice's own Richard Gehr (not the gerbil guy). It fa...

    by Don Allred on April 4, 2000
  • Atomic Punks - Indie Rock Gets Mechanized

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    Atomic Punks - Indie Rock Gets Mechanized

    The cyborg was never the best metaphor for '80s new wave synth music, because cyborgs always have a bit of human left in them. From Kraftwerk forward, many new wavers aspired to machine immersion, a state where you could hide behind blips and beeps a...

    by Joe Gross on April 4, 2000
  • Velvet Gloves and Spit

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    Velvet Gloves and Spit

    When I first heard Papas Fritas' self-titled debut, I imagined the trio were playing their cute little pop songs on tiny toy instruments. The album had an appealing, sugarcoated residue of unsullied innocence, with lyrics that either rang out like pe...

    by Marc Weingarten on April 4, 2000
  • Abstract Expressivism

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    Abstract Expressivism

    Here's what intrigues me about Shelby Lynne, the country singer whose new album has been enjoying the sort of blanket media salivation only Dave Eggers can truly appreciate. The Lynne of all the feature stories is basically Jerry Lee Lewis. She grew ...

    by Eric Weisbard on April 4, 2000
  • The Pompitouses of Love

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    The Pompitouses of Love

    And the winner, accumulating the most points on the fastest-selling album in history by a newly emancipated-but-not-emaciated boy band, is . . . JC Chasez. He's the member of 'N Sync who looks most like he was sent down by Central Casting, a Bicenten...

    by Marc Weisblott on April 4, 2000
  • Thong Throng

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    Thong Throng

    Blocking traffic on Washington Avenue in South Beach, Miami, a throng of men surround a red convertible like a pack of wolveshooting, hollering, cheering. In the back of the car sits a brunette perched like a prom queen. Arms outstretched in a victo...

    by Tricia Romano on April 4, 2000
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    Music

    Labor Pains "It's just work!" That's the lesson Warhol taught Lou Reed. It guided him through decades of rockstardom and the weekend's shows at the Knitting Factory, warming up to tour for Ecstasy, Reed's first studio record since 1996. Art is work...

    on April 4, 2000
  • The Way the Cracker Crumbles

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    The Way the Cracker Crumbles

    Back when the Megastore opened in Times Square, Cracker dutifully showed up to perform live. They all wore Kool Aid-colored sunglasses, like Osmonds or Partridges. The place stank of sinister synergisms: the Virgin Megastore, these live Virgin Record...

    by Camden Joy on March 28, 2000
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