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    Eat a Lot of Peaches

    There's a certain kind of audacious lyric that you have to earn to pull off: cringeworthy on its own, devastating in context. The Birthday Party's "I tied off/Fuckin' wings burst out my back" is one example, Prince's "Your face is jammin'/Your body's...

    by Douglas Wolk on March 6, 2001
  • Bella Donnas


    Bella Donnas

    The Donnas have grown up. The Donnas rock. The Donnas are God. Well, maybe not the latter (a strictly Beatles entitlement), but you get the idea. And they've already lasted longer than most of the hairspray bands they love so much did in the '80s. In...

    by Tina Benitez on March 6, 2001
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Didkovsky, Rolnick, and Rowe Explode Opera Into Multiple Locations


    A Tale of Two Cities - Didkovsky, Rolnick, and Rowe Explode Opera Into Multiple Locations

    Seattle composer Janice Giteck has written about ritual as the essence of a musical performance, ritual defined as "people coming together (gathering), the intended activity (performing), and the going away (leaving/dispersing)." She continues: "This...

    by Kyle Gann on March 6, 2001
  • Music



    How Ya Like Me Now There was a lot of talk about history at Irving Plaza Friday night. But "The Revolution Is Hip Hop" seemed far from nostalgic, the music no less shiny. Here was the New York hip-hop family, none too old and amply represented. Th...

    on March 6, 2001
  • The Soft Boys


    The Soft Boys

    Whether couched in aesthete foppery, geek DIY-ism, or mousse-and-eyeliner genderfuck, synth pop has never been a particularly masculine preserve. Tim Benton, lead singer of London trio Baxendale, understands and even cherishes the genre's inescapabl...

    by Dennis Lim on February 27, 2001
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    Fester and Carbuncle

    The beating down of insufficiently motivated rabble with standing waves of steely humming noise is one of the grand traditions of metal. As a long-term strategy, it's square with the benchmark formula of Manowar, i.e., create an ideology that infidel...

    by George Smith on February 27, 2001
  • Boots and Beats Beneath the Bed


    Boots and Beats Beneath the Bed

    When hip-hoppers go anywhere from Spandau Ballet to Annie to Diana Ross and David Bowie to Kenny Rogers for musicas Prince Be, Jay-Z, Puffy, and Wyclef Jean all have done to top-drawer effectare they being perverse? Campy? Craven? Lazy? For any of ...

    by James Hunter on February 27, 2001
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    Forever Old - NARAS Sifts Through an Arty Bunch in a Don't-Miss Year

    The National Academy of Recording Arts and SciencesNARAS for short, overseer of the Grammys, which one old joke calls the Grannies, while another wonders why NARAS didn't shorten "phonograph" instead of "gramophone"is a professional association. Al...

    by Robert Christgau on February 27, 2001
  • Music



    Chip Off the Old Bloque From the tiny stage at Filter 14, Ivan Benavides, leading rockspaol songwriter recently infatuated with electronica, was trying to translate the idea behind his song "No Way, Jos." "Life is a big chain of small mistakes wi...

    on February 27, 2001
  • Article

    Riffs Are Not Dead

    I've seen the turntables and the damage done. Most juveniles this past holiday season, once they got over Dad not cashing in his pension to buy a PlayStation2 on eBay, probably set their sights on some wheels of steel wrapped in ribbon. I wasn't born...

    by Chris Ryan on February 20, 2001
  • Article

    Where's Joe Buck?

    It's strange but not all that shocking to see the kingdoms of punk rock and kiddie television meet: Most of the greatest punks have been fueled by the adolescent instinct to be silly and annoying, so it's only natural that these two worlds should fin...

    by Hillary Chute and Walter Martin on February 20, 2001
  • Backfield in Motion


    Backfield in Motion

    It's not too far-fetched, in retrospect, to call Ludacris this year's unofficial Super Bowl rapper. Not just because sports and sex rank dead even on the former scholastic athlete's pleasure scale (why else would he want to get it on at the 50-yard ...

    by Tony Green on February 20, 2001
  • England's Oldest Hitmakers


    England's Oldest Hitmakers

    In the beginning the ideal pop tune was as simple and irreducible as an egg, and once it had entered your head you couldn't drive it out with any device short of frontal lobotomy. It had to be so in the early days of the entertainment industry (pop ...

    by Luc Sante on February 20, 2001
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    Back That Jass Up

    Two new records here by folks who could look through your entire collection and find absolutely nothing to listen to. Especially this Craig Ventresco fellow: Unless you happen to collect Edison cylinders or acoustically recorded 78s (you know, befor...

    by David Wondrich on February 20, 2001
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    Our Bodies, Our Salves

    Once upon a time, the sight of a punk girl moving in next door might have sparked a neighborhood watch for the barricades of cultural revolution. By today's grim revolt-into-product times, the lights are on next door, but the punk girl's not home; s...

    by Richard Riegel on February 20, 2001
  • Women on the Verge - Joshua Fried’s ‘Headphone Follies’ Simulate Simultaneous Psychoses


    Women on the Verge - Joshua Frieds Headphone Follies Simulate Simultaneous Psychoses

    So septuagenarian Lorin Maazel is chosen as the next conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Pierre Boulez, now 74, becomes Carnegie Hall's "new" composer in residence. Donald Rumsfeld, at 69, is brought back from the Vietnam era to be secretary of d...

    by Kyle Gann on February 20, 2001
  • Music



    Songs for Sassy Upon hearing Dianne Reeves's The Calling (subtitled "A Celebration of Sarah Vaughan"), I had to relisten to Vaughan's classic 1961 bass-and-guitar album, After Hours, to remind myself that the departed Divine One could indeed be a ...

    on February 20, 2001
  • Half a Life . . .


    Half a Life . . .

    . . . Or maybe it's "half alive," or "half a line," or "half a lie." It can be hard to tell what Stephen Malkmus is talking about. It's not just the low-fidelity mumbling. I've often found Pavement lyrics incommunicative, in a way that conveys nei...

    by Jane Dark on February 13, 2001
  • Like, Zoiks!


    Like, Zoiks!

    "What Would Shaggy Do?" bracelets have met with a surge in demand, forcing all production lines to add a third shift; emergency rooms are being flooded with a sudden outbreak of red-handedness; Home Depot is reporting a record number of calls for adv...

    by Marc Weisblott on February 13, 2001
  • Me and the Devil Blues


    Me and the Devil Blues

    Life's been a bumpy ride for Everlast. By the time his Celtic working-class rap outfit House of Pain's million-selling 1992 debut spawned the major radio hit "Jump Around," Erik Schrody had already bounced from Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate to solo flop t...

    by Robin Rothman on February 13, 2001
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