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  • Streamlining Chaos


    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
  • Article

    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


    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


    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
  • Article


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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
  • Article


    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


    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
  • Article

    Don't Go Chasing Wonderwalls

    Because (What's the Story) Morning Glory is my favorite hard rock album of the '90s, and because Noel and Liam Gallagher look so damn cool in dark shades, I always find myself a little more absorbed than is probably healthy for a person my age in the...

    by Scott Woods on March 28, 2000
  • Still Not Just Art in a Cage


    Still Not Just Art in a Cage

    When rock stars sing love songs to their radio, you know something's fucked. Billy Corgan does it four cuts into Machina/The Machines of God, an album unapologetically positioned as the Smashing Pumpkins' commercial comeback, and it's oddly intimate,...

    by Barry Walters on March 28, 2000
  • Write a Book, Dude!


    Write a Book, Dude!

    Eels front man A Man Called E wrote both "Novocaine for the Soul" (a catchily morose request for a stronger-than-chicken-soup cure for pain, with guitars that flopped and quivered like upset stomachs) and Electro-Shock Blues (a little-heard, seemingl...

    by Alex Pappademas on March 28, 2000
  • Paradise Garbage


    Paradise Garbage

    It's tempting to imagine that Kenny Laguna invented the lifework he chronicles in the songs and liner notes of Laguna Tunes, that this parade of detritusTony Orlando before Dawn, Sissy Spacek singing the soundtrack to an Andy Warhol film, Bill Medle...

    by Eric Weisbard on March 28, 2000
  • Opera Rad - Robert Ashley Releases His Most Accessible Work


    Opera Rad - Robert Ashley Releases His Most Accessible Work

    I'll never forget, in 1973, coming home from the record store with the old Sonic Arts Union recording of Robert Ashley's Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon. My friend Marcus and I played it at my parents' house and listened with growing concern as the fe...

    by Kyle Gann on March 28, 2000
  • Opera by the Book - Today’s Composers Search for Inspiration in Novels, Plays, and Even Films


    Opera by the Book - Todays Composers Search for Inspiration in Novels, Plays, and Even Films

    Statistics show that old-fashioned opera is at an all-time peak of popularity in this country. But the figures also seem encouraging about the viability of new and future operasespecially when they're adapted from famous books, plays, or even movies...

    by Leighton Kerner on March 28, 2000
  • Article


    Three by Three Does Ani DiFranco ever believe in folk music. Anyone deliberately arriving late to her Avery Fisher Hall concert last Monday with Gillian Welch and Greg Brown missed most of the show. All three appeared in tandem, with Welch and Brow...

    on March 28, 2000
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