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  • Fox on the Run


    Fox on the Run

    Pride. It's a helluva lot better than low self-esteem, and maybe even more useful than anger. Pride may isolate you, but at least you can live with yourself. Except in hip-hop, where Biggie's and Tupac's deaths rewrote the stakes of stardom, boasting...

    by Evelyn McDonnell on February 2, 1999
  • No Sleep Till Retrial


    No Sleep Till Retrial

    In a sold-out Continental Airlines Arena last week in support of either a merciless cop killer or a criminally enslaved African American dissident (depends on who you ask), Rage Against the Machine's Jimmy Page powerchords and hectoring editorial rap...

    on February 2, 1999
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    Bhagavad Guitar - Tisziji Muoz's Spatial Projects

    Where does music come from? Musicians are like radio receivers, proposes one theory, transforming sounds already zipping through the ether into the sculpted air that eventually tickles our tympanic membranes. Turn 'em on, tune 'em in, and stand back....

    by Richard Gehr on January 26, 1999
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    Dakar in Gear

    The work of fiction Mark Hudson's The Music in My Head most recalls is Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, another tale of a record collector defeating his mania on the road to mature love, la dee dah. Only it's not much like High Fidelity, because plot isn...

    by Robert Christgau on January 26, 1999
  • Y2K Pete


    Y2K Pete

    Richard Schickel's His Picture in the Papers argues that it was Douglas Fairbanks" not his wife, not his friend Chaplin, not any of the others who cheerfully, perhaps unthinkingly, opened up his life, that rich good life, to the public, and invited...

    by Tom Smucker on January 26, 1999
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    Did red ink really grease the sackings of Spin editors Michael Hirschorn and Craig Marks last week? Magnates at Miller Publishing which bought the magazine from Bob Guccione Jr. for $43 million in 1997 have cited disappointing financial returns. Bu...

    by David Sprague on January 26, 1999
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    The Beats Go On

    Any music that can potentially get Cher back in her bejeweled Bob Mackie drag is a good thing. When America's 53-year-old eternal teenager has an excuse to parade a swanky outfit (the Studio 54/"Take Me Home" era, her early '70s dark lady period, and...

    by Barry Walters on January 26, 1999
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    Who's There?

    Bill Callahan's voice is changing. It's not just that he's stopped singing through a coffee can, or whatever he used in the prepubescent lo-fi days of his musical project, Smog. It's as if all those dives into his own bathysphere of miserablism have ...

    on January 26, 1999
  • Melancholy Machines


    Melancholy Machines

    Ever since Luigi Russolo bent his avant-garde ear to trains, bombs, and automobiles, declaring the arrival of a new "art of noises," the music of machines has been the site for future shock. As Kodwo Eshun argues in his book More Brilliant Than the S...

    by Erik Davis on January 19, 1999
  • Out To Lurch


    Out To Lurch

    Maybe the swellest thing about the first wave of electroboogie funk in the early '80s, "Planet Rock" and the Jonzun Crew, Space Invaders and all the rest, was how, without making a fuss about it, a whole different way of feeling about the city jumped...

    by R.J. Smith on January 19, 1999
  • Moment by Moment - How Jungle Is--and Isn't--the 'New Jazz'


    Moment by Moment - How Jungle Is--and Isn't--the 'New Jazz'

    "It's Jazzy." "Jazz 100." "Jaz Architecture." Jazz & Bass Session, Volume II. Jazz in a Box. Jaz-Klash. When jungle, the most messianic of electronica subcultures, isn't busy declaring itself the Next Big Thing, it's dubbing itself the New Jazz. Whic...

    by Jeff Salamon on January 19, 1999
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    Classical Trash - P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall

    Walking home from a downtown bakery with a marzipan bassoon he had special-ordered, Professor Peter Schickele, of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, slipped on a piece of paper on the sidewalk and fell, crushing the bassoon. Curiosity...

    by Kyle Gann on January 19, 1999
  • Doing It Live - Drum'n'BassóWith Drums and Basses


    Doing It Live - Drum'n'BassWith Drums and Basses

    The nouns in drum'n'bass have always had invisible quotation marks around them, denoting not instruments but vestigial timbres, primary colors in a certain school of sound design. No other popular music was ever so pointedly digital as early jungle: ...

    by Chris Norris on January 19, 1999
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    On the Honey

    It's hard to think about anything but honey in the presence of jazz legend Cassandra Wilson. The deep, rich tones of her voice evoke the gloss and viscosity of honey. Her band drips expansive and static arrangements of originals and reimagined standa...

    on January 19, 1999
  • Imajinary Stories - Ultimate Compilation Mania, 1999


    Imajinary Stories - Ultimate Compilation Mania, 1999

    If you do the math right, the most important new song of 1998 was Imajin's "Shorty (You Keep Playin' With My Mind)." A not-what-you'd-call-a-hit single by a factory-stamped quartet that's yet to release an album, it's nonetheless turned up on Club Mi...

    by Douglas Wolk on January 12, 1999
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    Sugar High '98 - Pop Still Matters? You Must Be Crazy!

    I blame Mark Morrison for everything. Morrison, you may remember, delivered one of the great and mysterious singles of 1997, "Return of the Mack." Return? None of us remembered him being here before. But more importantly, why was the guy claiming mac...

    by Jane Dark on January 12, 1999
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    One-Man Dialogues

    It's like, we all got two sides to us, and it depends on what side of the bed you wake up on. That will depend on who you gonna be for that day. Sometimes you wake up on some bullshit; you gon' be that nigga. Sometimes you wake up like, "Yo, it's lov...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on January 12, 1999
  • Cabaret Lawlessness


    Cabaret Lawlessness

    "We only need 999,995 more people to break the conga-line world record!" gushed an over-optimisic member of the Dance Liberation Front shortly before their Saturday night march up Avenue A, protesting the city's cabaret laws, which forbid dancing in ...

    on January 12, 1999
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    MEA CULPA! - Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998

    Jay-Z Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam Hip-hop loosened up in 1998; it had to. The year before, in his No Way Out masterpiece, Puffy delivered a white paper: the musicand this included even the East Coast, so historically suspiciou...

    by James Hunter on January 5, 1999
  • MEA CULPA! - Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998


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

    Mercury Rev Deserter's Songs V2 I was a little suspicious of the new, supposedly mind-expanding Mercury Rev album, and not just because the gushy adulation that greeted it (mostly in the British press) seemed like a portent of indulgent grandiosi...

    by Dennis Lim on January 5, 1999
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