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

    Will Smith Big Willie Style Columbia I cried the first time I heard "Just the Two of Us" on the radio. I've also spent more than half of my 31 years thinking of myself as, choose your phrase, a head, an adept, a hip-hop junkie, whatever. These tw...

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

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

    Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces Monument The Kinleys Just Between You and Me Epic How 'bout them Dixie Chicks: named in honor of country-honk artistes Little Feat, starring actual sisters who play actual instruments so good they used to win pri...

    by Jane Dark on January 5, 1999
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    MEA CULPA! - Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998

    LaShun Pace Just Because God Said It Savoy Gospel If, even after Kelly Price and Faith, you still want to deny the centrality of gospel to r&b radio, check out Bishop T.D. Jakes Sr.'s new hit bound "The Lady, Her Lover, and the Lord." Featuring v...

    by Craig Seymour on January 5, 1999
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    MEA CULPA! - Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998

    Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up the Girl Warner Bros. I think the best song is 'Iris' because it says a lot about stuff that I would like to hear from a guy!" notes a member of the Goo Goo Dolls' natural constituency on a Web discussion of Dizzy Up the Gi...

    by Douglas Wolk on January 5, 1999
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    MEA CULPA! - Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998

    The Perfect Beats: New York Electro Hip Hop and Underground Dance Classics 198085 Tommy Boy At the onset of the era chronicled by The Perfect Beats, the mothership from the planet Funk hit New York City with a giant laser beam. It zapped a cheap-...

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

    Shakira Donde estan los ladrones? Sony Discos At first glance, almost everything about Colombian pop sensation Shakira seems annoying. A child star who recorded her first album 10 years ago, she's enlisted Miami schlock machine backing from Emili...

    by Ed Morales on January 5, 1999
  • Article

    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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    Stardust Memories

    Despite the mirror-ball above the stage, the New Year's Eve double bill at Radio City Music HallCulture Club with Hedwig and the Angry Inchwasn't quite the Death of Glitter, but something like the death of Glitter II: the moment at which 1998 rock'...

    on January 5, 1999
  • Not Yet Uhuru - Mzwakhe Mbuli in Mandela's South Africa

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    Not Yet Uhuru - Mzwakhe Mbuli in Mandela's South Africa

    Once the South African poet and freedom fighter Mzwakhe Mbuli seemed poised on the brink of a "world music" career. After cutting his first album in a truck and composing his second in solitary confinement, he had recorded and released Resistance Is ...

    by Robert Christgau on January 5, 1999
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    Krautpop

    Perhaps the strangest of 1998's premillennial spectacles happened over the final weekend of the year at the Bowery Ballroom, where New York beheld Einstrzende Neubauten, pop band. Blixa Bargeld et al., formerly purveyors of an intensely physical pri...

    by Jon Fine on January 5, 1999
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    Apartheid Justice - A Prison Interview With Mzwakhe Mbuli

    VILLAGE VOICE (VV): What, in your opinion, is the reason you're behind bars? MZWAKHE MBULI (MZ): It is unfortunate that I do not possess the information to speculate deep into the conspiracy. I was framed by the police and this conspiracy involves ...

    by Ron Sakolsky and Sheila Nopper 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
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