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    Keely Smith

    For a few months now, Keely Smith's new CD, Keely Sings Sinatra, has been showing up at collector shows such as the ones in Amityville and White Plains, and fans of classic pop vocals have been snapping it up. The hitch is that it hasn't been officia...

    by Will Friedwald on April 27, 1999
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    Respect Due

    "This is not another 'Fuck Tha Police' here," declared Rico Wade of Organized Noize at the outset of Friday's Hip Hop for Respect recording session. "I know how to make a pop single, and I want this song to move people." Brought together by Black Sta...

    on April 27, 1999
  • Punkest Band Around

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    Punkest Band Around

    Dear Suh: I really do not want this band on my tour no more. They cannot jam worth a damn on "Free Bird" at the end of the night, and the fiddle thing is scaring the hell out of my drunk bass player Yours, Ronnie All right! You can turn in my To...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on April 20, 1999
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    Prodigy Present the Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One

    I'd bet the keys to my Lincoln Navigator that if I gave any schmo off the street a crate of records, a mixer, and two turntables, he could come up with a funky feast for the senses. Which is what I love about mix tapes, hip-hop or otherwise, in the f...

    by Scott Seward on April 20, 1999
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    Half and Half

    Hip hop has busted pop music open so wide in the past year or two that for everyone but a diminishing minority of aging and/or oddball fans, finding extraordinary casual pleasure in it has become almost a routine. Maybe that's why it took me a few mo...

    by Franklin Soults on April 20, 1999
  • Gettin’ Slippy Wit It

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    Gettin Slippy Wit It

    Underworld's got a massive cult following in the rave world, but with everyone I know, I have to go through the whole "Well, you know that movie Trainspotting?" (Sometimes they do.) "You remember there's music playing when he takes the drug-deal mone...

    by John Wojtowicz on April 20, 1999
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    Woman's Work

    In 1998, The New York Times ran a series of articles about women in Muslim countries, including Islamic Africa, showing how devout Muslim women were struggling for social parity in traditionally restrictive cultures. Coincidentally, 1998 was also the...

    on April 20, 1999
  • Sounds of Known Origin

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    Sounds of Known Origin

    Long before the Latin Playboys were imaginable, Los Lobos rode into the rock mainstream on a myth. They were "just another band from East L.A.," the title of their self- released debut LP proclaimed in 1978, and five years later their coming-out EP o...

    by Robert Christgau on April 20, 1999
  • Out of the Vinyl Deeps

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    Out of the Vinyl Deeps

    All music lovers become record lovers and many record lovers become collectors. Records are like Malraux's muse um without walls, offering an inexpensive opportunity to pursue not only masterworks and favorites, but oddities that fill the side galler...

    by Gary Giddins on April 13, 1999
  • The Spaghetti Incident?

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    The Spaghetti Incident?

    After that motherfucker from an East Village bodega (which shall remain nameless for legal reasons) threw me out for reading an article on Bad Company's much-anticipated reunion, I stumbled down Third Avenue shaken. I'll admit the two hours and 33 mi...

    by Lorne Behrman on April 13, 1999
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    Wrongs of Spring - Five Radio Presets, Five Formats, Five Songs, Go

    MODERN ROCK: Rufus Wainwright is the apple of rock crits' eyes because he's a smart-but-sensitive prep-schooler turned scruffy guy-like Elliott Smith, he could pass for a rock critic. At least he's less a heartmiser than Elliott. Maybe his airs seem ...

    by Jane Dark on April 13, 1999
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    Uncle Dans Bands - Knockoff Singles: Chips off the Old Block?

    Sometimes the only way to get what you want is to buy something else. That's what Uncle Dan taught me. He's quite a guy, if not quite a guy. Actually, he's the spirit of giving (and taking), a sport and a pastime. "Uncle Dan" is the official trade ...

    by Don Allred on April 13, 1999
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    Abb Pater

    A major record label doesn't often sign a new artist who's 78 years old and nearly bald. But this performer is unusual. He's got a girl's first name, he draws crowds of adoring teens whenever he tours, he's a trained dramaturge, a poet, and a virgin....

    by Rob Tannenbaum on April 13, 1999
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    Just Walk Away

    Kelly Willis has the most uncomfortable-making way of saying "thank you." Live a few weekends ago I heard her say it at least a dozen times, tossed off after songs, every time rolling off as the most deferential, sweetest gull-darned sign of apprecia...

    by R.J. Smith on April 13, 1999
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    Windmills of Her Mind

    Beth Orton, meet Dusty Springfield. At first glance, it seems the underground rave-troubadour and the raccoon-eyed Queen of Blue-Eyed Soul would keep a distance between themselves at any party. But the cosmic resonance of Dusty's death a mere six day...

    by Natasha Stovall on April 6, 1999
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    Pyramid Scheme

    These songs, derived from an as-yet-unfinished musical that pops open the Verdi opera, are only putatively set in Egypt. Nor, despite being financed by Disney, whose president is directly compared in lyricist Tim Rice's liner notes to Verdi's 1871 pa...

    by Eric Weisbard on April 6, 1999
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    Out of the Vinyl Deeps

    All music lovers become record lovers and many record lovers become collectors. Records are like Malraux's museum without walls, offering an inexpensive opportunity to pursue not only masterworks and favorites, but oddities that fill the side galleri...

    by Gary Giddins on April 6, 1999
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    Trunk Show

    One detects the saplings of an Elephant 6 backlash these days, or as I overheard one fellow record store customer put it, "It sounds better than it sounds." And one might wonder what differentiates Olivia Tremor Control and Elf Power E6 wheelbarrow-...

    on April 6, 1999
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    Dancer in the Dark - JoJo Fingered?

    JoJo Dancer had a bone to pick, a big bone, hell, a mastodon's femur. He was settling old scores, kicking ass and naming names. But to the chagrin, fury, and general amusement of both those named and those left unscathed, JoJo Dancer, a/k/a The Gay R...

    by Jeff Howe on April 6, 1999
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    Wet Behind Ears

    Hi, I am drunk and my finger hurts. I will try my best. Rock criticism is hard work, even harder for those who do it for a living because they have to live in the space of people who tell them what they are supposed to feel, and then make you feel c...

    by Sara Sherr on April 6, 1999
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