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    MEA CULPA! - Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998

    Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age Loosegroove They're out there skulking, even in the cheeriest, sunniest seasons, the most despised of the breeds: the artsy, grunge/metal/hard-rock mongrels. Queens of the Stone Age is the latest ru...

    by Milo Miles on January 5, 1999
  • Old Guys Yes, Retro Never

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    Old Guys Yes, Retro Never

    The retro vogue muddied the water a bit in 1998. Some jazz enthusiasts thought they had to proffer at least qualified support, as in: Isn't this what we fantasized a popular revival of swing, big bands, touch dancing, and, let's just say it flat out...

    by Gary Giddins on January 5, 1999
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    Video God Madness

    Some hunt for meat, some harvest souls, others get a god complex. In the cipher, of course, where any young blood, Sun, or God worth their rhyme-flow can become a self-made millionaire despite the clear obstacles to class progress suggested by monike...

    by Greg Tate on December 29, 1998
  • Flying Saucer Rock & Roll - Thomas Anderson's Desert Discs

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    Flying Saucer Rock & Roll - Thomas Anderson's Desert Discs

    With three fine albums and a recent seven-song EP, available respectively from Dutch East India, Bomp, and now Germany's Red River, Thomas Anderson is clearly the greatest unknown songwriter on the planet clearly I say, pounding my sneaker on Formic...

    by R.J. Smith on December 29, 1998
  • Consumer Guide

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    Consumer Guide

    By my stingy standards, in which it's bad form for a label to turn listeners into collectors, the reissue label of the year is MCA, source of six superb one-disc distillations recommended for your gift-exchanging pleasure below. Plus a terrific but s...

    by Robert Christgau on December 29, 1998
  • Baby's On Fire

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    Baby's On Fire

    "Brian Wilson wrote this song for me," Ronnie Spector said on Wednesday at her annual holiday party at Life, "but because of publishing and contracts and stuff, I couldn't record it then. But I can sing it now." And the woman who made mascara a rock'...

    on December 29, 1998
  • Starry Eye

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    Starry Eye

    Patience never used to be a Boredoms strong point. The Osaka scene's ringleaders were Ritalin candidates, half band and half tumbler troupe, leapfrogging and shrieking, undercutting anything foolish enough to stay the same for more than two seconds: ...

    by Douglas Wolk on December 22, 1998
  • Freebirds All - Southern Rock's Undying Appeal

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    Freebirds All - Southern Rock's Undying Appeal

    Southern rock's masterworks show this century a viable southern heroism: the quest to overcome the dread of Jim Crow and the pall of ruined empire. This bittersweet, miscegenated sound enabled the Allman Brothers to sell out almost the entirety of Ma...

    by Kandia Crazy Horse on December 22, 1998
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    10-G Spot

    I just want to give you an orgasm with the guitar," Gary Lucas says in the liner notes to his quite fulfilling 1997 album, Evangeline. His Friday night show at the Knitting Factory, commemorating a decade's worth of gigs there, showcased him as ...

    by Glenn Kenny on December 22, 1998
  • Fight for Your Right To Artie

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    Fight for Your Right To Artie

    It started as a rumor in the barber shops, and then the reality was shouted in the Daily News last week. WQEW, 1560 AM, "The Home of American Popular Standards," is being reformatted into a children's radio station run by Disney. The New York Times, ...

    on December 22, 1998
  • If You Succeed, Try Harder

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    If You Succeed, Try Harder

    There's a great thrill in the first few seconds of a hardcore punk show the drums and guitars click into lockstep and the crowd loses control of itself. When the Offspring ripped the opening notes of "All I Want" into a packed Irving Plaza last week...

    by Natasha Stovall on December 22, 1998
  • The Ghost of Bruce Springsteen

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    The Ghost of Bruce Springsteen

    The Boss has been downsized. You can't tell it by the four-CD box set Tracks and the coffee-table-size lyrics and photograph book Songs, but Bruce Springsteen has been rendered expendable. Given the ascendancy of digitized musictechno, hiphop, Natal...

    by Evelyn McDonnell on December 15, 1998
  • Consumer Guide - Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.

    Article

    Consumer Guide - Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.

    Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One. BANG ON A CAN: Music for Airports: Brian Eno (Point Music) The problem with the...

    by Robert Christgau on December 15, 1998
  • Timís Brio

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    Tims Brio

    Tim "Timbaland" Mosley has admit ted that using the Spiderman theme to frame his current single, "Here We Come," is a corny device. But he argues that the silly cartoon riff functions the same way the equally corny "Hard Knock Life" hook works for Ja...

    by Carol Cooper on December 15, 1998
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    Oh Gods

    Long before white boys began em bracing in football stadiums and throwing up Jesus for patriarchy, long before Chris Rock served a pathetic, conservative personal responsibility mantra as some new kind of revolutionary comedy, there were the gods. Oh...

    by Dream Hampton on December 15, 1998
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    Teletubbies: The Album

    I'd been hearing so much about the connection between Teletubbies and drugs that I had to find out for myself, despite being the biggest teetotaler you can imagine. So I take a swig of some legal GHB analogue a friend bought on the Internet, pop on T...

    by Barry Walters on December 15, 1998
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    Betwixt and Downtown

    Asked if he named Aerosmith after Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith, Steven Tyler shot back, "That was just a book they made you read in school." But if Pat Benatar, Iron Maiden, and Kate Bush could work variations on Pynchon, Coleridge, and Emily Bront, ...

    on December 15, 1998
  • Look Who's Ticking

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    Look Who's Ticking

    From the beginning, Whitney Houston has been the most resistable of pop divas. This has very little to do with what her longtime mentor and molder, Clive Davis, persists in calling "her instrument": a voice so rich, malleable, and highly polished it ...

    by Vince Aletti on December 8, 1998
  • Dancing Up the Charts

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    Dancing Up the Charts

    If you want to be an R&B or rap star, appear on someone else's hit record. Disco divas did it back in the day: Luther Vandross sang on a zillion dancefloor classics before he busted out with his own. But it's not so easy for today's aspiring dance mu...

    by Barry Walters on December 8, 1998
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    Rousing Rabble - At JATP swing, bebop, and R&B found common ground on the solid rock of 4/4, the aggression offering a raucous alternative to dance as a way of participating

    As Illinois Jacquet chomps down on his reed and squeals for the fifth or sixth time, you may feel a tad self-conscious about listening to The Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve 1944-1949 (Verve) at home alone. No, the way you want to experien...

    by Gary Giddins on December 8, 1998
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