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  • Hendrix From Heaven - Trimpin Whips Up a Tornado of Guitars


    Hendrix From Heaven - Trimpin Whips Up a Tornado of Guitars

    I had business in Seattle recently, so I visited Trimpin, the German American composer-engineer who last year won the most well-deserved MacArthur "genius" award I know of. His studio was stacked with electric guitars, about 50 of them. Among other t...

    by Kyle Gann on June 6, 2000
  • Comeback Number Six - Lonnie Johnson at Home


    Comeback Number Six - Lonnie Johnson at Home

    Lonnie Johnson is back, sort of. It's only fitting: He's been coming back every decade or so since the 1920s, casting big shadows and then receding into them, as though he were nothing more than a footnote to his own text. Had he died in 1930, he wou...

    by Gary Giddins on June 6, 2000
  • Article

    Dear Diary

    November 3, 1998, was the release date of the " . . . Baby One More Time" CD single and 12-inch (w/ "Autumn Goodbye" on the B side). For diary purposes, this pegs September 1998 as definitely my first encounter with Britney: I dug her pre-single prom...

    by Metal Mike Saunders on June 6, 2000
  • Article

    The St. Tom Passion - Turning a Martyrs Sermons Into a Truly New Song

    It disgusted Friedrich Nietzsche that Wagner would revert to Christian themes in his last opera. "An apostasy and reversion to sickly Christian and obscurantist ideals," he called Parsifal, and wrote, "I despise everyone who does not experience Parsi...

    by Kyle Gann on May 30, 2000
  • This Ain't No Disco - Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse


    This Ain't No Disco - Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse

    With last year's swan-song-cum-video "Windowlicker," Richard "Aphex Twin" James retired from music-making, which was just as well. As electronic music's resident funnyman, he hadbecome more its Rich Little than its Andy Kaufman, shtickishly pantomimi...

    by Hobey Echlin on May 30, 2000
  • Seeds and Stems Again


    Seeds and Stems Again

    If mainstream hip-hop bathes in the nectar of ghetto-fab, bubbling in the fruit extract of glitz, glam, and gore, it only makes sense that the actual morsel, pits, and fleshy ripeness would be waiting, ready for harvest, in a sun-soaked orchard in th...

    by Jaime Lowe on May 30, 2000
  • Music



    Pearl Jam The word supergroup usually inspires suspicionthe whole is seldom equivalent to the sum of its parts. And the term comes up a lot in descriptions of Lucy Pearl, which comprises Toni Tony Tone's Raphael Saadiq, En Vogue's Dawn Robinson, a...

    on May 30, 2000
  • Freed Jazz - The Philosopher King Brings Himself to It


    Freed Jazz - The Philosopher King Brings Himself to It

    On a recent Thursday morning, I visited the recording studio and rehearsal space Ornette Coleman has created in a building at 125th Street and Park. Fifteen mostly young musicians were coming to grips with Coleman's "La Statue," subtitled "The Countr...

    by Gary Giddins on May 30, 2000
  • Article

    Woody Guthrie's Second Life - Folksinger, Wordslinger, Start Me a Song

    It's a credit to the mythmakers of the Woody Guthrie revival that they've never claimed their hero was the proletarian everyman he sold himself as. Not that they had much choiceby the time Guthrie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ...

    by Robert Christgau on May 30, 2000
  • Savant-Garde Garbagetronica - Detroit and Chicago Reinvent Techno Out of Trash


    Savant-Garde Garbagetronica - Detroit and Chicago Reinvent Techno Out of Trash

    MAGAS, an arhythmic one-man MC-505 Roland ringleader from Chicago, barks out dance commands like a sergeant, accidentally conjuring brilliant beats. At live performances the crowd treats him like a holy curse; his dark, bass-infested groove is a guil...

    by Liz Armstrong on May 23, 2000
  • Article


    I'd worry that all the divas honored with A's below are over 50 while several of their little sisters show up in Duds. Only (a) I've been dissing two of the former for decades and (b) some other little sisters are doing just fine without reference to...

    by Robert Christgau on May 23, 2000
  • Article

    New Hope for the Stupid

    Two boys residing in New Hope, Pennsylvania, named Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo meet in an eighth grade typing class in 1984. They huff Scotchgard. They make lots (some say thousands) of four-track recordings. They worship the demon-god Boogni...

    by Carla Spartos on May 23, 2000
  • Rock Steady


    Rock Steady

    The badder the bassline, the funnier the face. This is the rule my friend Brian and I apply to drum'n'bass, punctuating our long, late-night listening sessions with screwed-up noses while doing the Fatboy Slim, point-to-the-record, isn't-this-the-shi...

    by Tricia Romano on May 23, 2000
  • Article


    Hit Parade Bassist and ecstatic-jazz community organizer William Parker told his Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra to wear red for the NewOrleans-style parade that inaugurated the 5th Annual Vision Festival, which runs through the 29th. Parker l...

    on May 23, 2000
  • Think About Pavement


    Think About Pavement

    I recently made a mix tape titled Corniness in Punk Rock, an effort not unlike setting a coin spinning on its edge so you can make heads and tails of it. On the dark side of the swoon, moans and minor keys lurked; whirling sunny side up, tart pop pas...

    by Nick Catucci on May 16, 2000
  • Punk Is Not Sexual


    Punk Is Not Sexual

    Mmmmm, you look smokin' laying there on top of your Scooby-Doo! comforter. I saunter up to your bed, reach down into my Bermuda shorts, and whip out Primal Scream's latest, Xtrmntr. "Sweet tits, let me tell you a lil' about this here thing," I say in...

    by Lorne Behrman on May 16, 2000
  • Crying Gamez


    Crying Gamez

    I like Demerol. It makes me depressed. Actually, I'm almost always depressed. I like Demerol, and Seconal and morphine, because for a few hours I know the source of the sadness; little special effect, comes and goes. It seems poignant and identifi...

    by Jane Dark on May 16, 2000
  • Mental Machine Music


    Mental Machine Music

    Whenever I listen to electronic classical music, or the avant of any garde for that matter, I always employ my own patented form of "deep listening," which combines the I Ching, game theory, 600 milligrams of yohimb extract, and 40 well-positioned w...

    by Scott Seward on May 16, 2000
  • Music



    Meat Beat Manifestos Experimental musicians tend to take themselves pretty seriouslywhich limited the pool of acts promoter Steven Cohen had to choose from in assembling Greenpoint's three-day Beer and Sausage Festival. But after whittling down a ...

    on May 16, 2000
  • The Right Two Notes


    The Right Two Notes

    For those who've followed it for years, Bernadette Speach's music sounds like it's in transition. She used to write thickly textured, jazz-tinged, postminimal works in which pitch and texture seemed equally important. Now it's almost as though she's ...

    by Kyle Gann on May 9, 2000
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