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    Keeping It Unreal

    In the dawning of our Lord Jesus Cobain, a/k/a the fall of 1991, P.M. Dawn's debut hip-hop single, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," rode to the top of Billboard's pop singles chart, and it felt like an affront on every level to alt-rockers and gangsta r...

    by Scott Woods on September 5, 2000
  • Rattling the Stones - Glenn Branca and Friends Shake the Brooklyn Bridge


    Rattling the Stones - Glenn Branca and Friends Shake the Brooklyn Bridge

    If the Brooklyn Bridge seemed unusually wobbly as you drove over it July 20, especially at one end, I think I can explain. In the previous few days, the Lincoln Center Festival had completed a quirkily heterogeneous survey of digital and analog elect...

    by Kyle Gann on September 5, 2000
  • Mixed-and-Matched Emotions


    Mixed-and-Matched Emotions

    A friend of mine says this about Ida: "They're terrible. I love them as people, but their lyrics and style just make me cringe." The irony is that he finds Elizabeth Mitchell's voice transporting, grainy, and warm enough to resurrect an old Dolly Par...

    by Eric Weisbard on September 5, 2000
  • Grace Under Pressure


    Grace Under Pressure

    Looking past Eminem, Britney, and Creed to the unknowns, this summer's most persistent chart-huggers have been a St. Louis rapper whose signing represents a rock A&R man at Universal's first venture into hip-hop and a Vacaville, California, hard rock...

    by Eric Weisbard on August 29, 2000
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    D.I. Why Not?

    Most music histories pimp along the usual bullshit lies, elevating a handful of heroes to mythic status while leaving most of the little people who weren't "leaders" (bestsellers, critical darlings) in the Dumpster. The punk, indie, and alternative s...

    by Jason Gross on August 29, 2000
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    Gods of False Metal

    For over a decade now, there's been an almost entirely hypothetical civil war within metal fandom, a struggle of "true metal"generally whoever's making the case for the war's existenceagainst "false metal"you know, the poseurs, the metal wannabes ...

    by Douglas Wolk on August 29, 2000
  • Thinking About Musicking - Christopher Small Has Books in Him


    Thinking About Musicking - Christopher Small Has Books in Him

    In 1975, Christopher Small, a 48-year-old senior lecturer at a London college of higher education, approached independent publisher John Calder with a half-completed translation of Fragments Thoretiques sur la Musique Exprimental, by the Belgian se...

    by Robert Christgau on August 29, 2000
  • Article

    Times Lonesome Fugitives

    Come September, Rancid's skull-and-crossbones promo sticker's gonna be stuck to the cover of my Trapper Keeper, like it should've been in '93, when the band's first self-titled disc mocked my middle-school world. Their new record rules, but in the pa...

    by Nick Catucci on August 29, 2000
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    Wizards of Ozone

    Finding a decently burning rock and roll band in Southern California is much like searching for ozone-free sky in Pasadena, where every citizen's share of auto smog blocks the sun's UV as efficiently as a lead-lined bunker. Those who look tan for the...

    by George Smith on August 29, 2000
  • Music



    Senior Dance The world-music audience can be a little weirdfor all its presumed inclusionary values, you sometimes pick up a members-only vibe. So it was refreshing to catch Mali's hottest new singing star at her free, open-air Lincoln Center conc...

    on August 29, 2000
  • Missions and Concepts


    Missions and Concepts

    Eight of the nine songs on D.C. foursome Make-Up's Save Yourself petition a "baby." "Yeah child baby they never understand why I'm your main man" ("White Belts"). "I got my baby back from the shop little baby" ("Call Me Mommy"). "Baby if you've got a...

    by 'Hey Hillary' Chute on August 22, 2000
  • Intimate Pleasures


    Intimate Pleasures

    It's Sunday night at the Astrocade, a nightclub in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Actually, nightclub is not the right word; it's more like someone's apartment. You locate the correct inconspicuous building, walk up the stairs to the...

    by Todd Kristel on August 22, 2000
  • Byterock’s Greatest Hits - The Politics of Napping


    Byterocks Greatest Hits - The Politics of Napping

    Hey, Napster is the new punk rock. The other day I read it's Marxism and source-coder Shawn Fanning is "their Kurt Cobain""they" being new-gen digital Marxist music fans, apparently. Oh, please. First off, this revolutionspeak is going to look a ...

    by Jane Dark on August 22, 2000
  • Article

    Glitches With Attitude

    Not so much a genre as a mode of appreciation, IDM (short for "intelligent dance music") was infamously defined by ambient guru Mixmaster Morris as "the opposite of stupid hardcore." Pure prog mind/body split, this snobby distinction between food for...

    by Simon Reynolds on August 22, 2000
  • A Clockwork Piñata


    A Clockwork Piata

    Go right in, they've stopped charging cover: "Tha ball-oons, are all fall-ing a-wa-ay, you can see them slipping down in the corners like the day." That's Miz Nancy McCallion, commencing Only a Story, the new Mollys album. "They're pulling up the dan...

    by Don Allred on August 15, 2000
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    Goodbye Mr. Zeps

    Jimmy Page & the Black Crowes' Live at the Greek is everything you've been told was loathed (as in, "We mean it, m-a-a-an!") in mid-'70s metal: And make no mistake, buddy boy, this is a tight heavy metal recording. The "guitar until the world obeys!"...

    by George Smith on August 15, 2000
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    Marketing Over Make-It-Funky

    The primal, gurgling wellspring of all American music, the blues has become a theme-park ride, a cozy comfort zone for white rock fans to experience the weltschmerz of the black underclass from the safe remove of a red Naugahyde sports-bar booth. Isa...

    by Marc Weingarten on August 15, 2000
  • Rip Her to Shreds


    Rip Her to Shreds

    Listen to Chicks on Speed for maybe 40 seconds and you'll know they met at art school. The Munich-based trio of Kiki (German), Alex (Australian), and Melissa (American) is as trendy as can be, two parts New Thing (the European electro types like Gerh...

    by Douglas Wolk on August 15, 2000
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    Getting Them Straight

    Alt-rock continues both strong and resistantexcept for the cheap and easy Chicks on Speed, all the entries in that vague category A-listed below took a lot of listening to get straight. Including Shelby Lynne. The Apples in Stereo The Discov...

    by Robert Christgau on August 15, 2000
  • Music



    But Is It Art? Tonic is home to art music, and Brooklyn's WordSound Records has consistentlyobstinatelydelivered material that fits the bill. Their lo-fi dubadelics thumb noses at the mainstream hip-hop oligarchyhell, even the independent taste...

    on August 15, 2000
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