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Wednesday, October 28, 1998

Roots Tunes

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

It is one of the most amazingly beautiful voices to emerge from one of the ugliest corners of existence that you'll ever hear. But then, that's the way it often is with the blues. This is a form of music studded with odd diamonds squeezed from the hell of circumstance...

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Ruining Preconceptions

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The self-titled debut by Julie Ruin -- aka Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill -- tweaks the boundaries of the she-artist and her place in patriarchal society. But to pigeonhole Hanna as a feminist is to ignore that she is really an artist, who chooses to express her emotions, uncertainties and...

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Eastern Classical Exchange

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The ghazal is a lyric form of poetry. Widespread throughout Arabia, Persia and Turkey, particularly in the 13th and 14th centuries, it derives from an Arabic word for love-making, thus its meaning as "love song" or "love poem." That it's now the name of a musical collaboration between North Indian...

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Aquemini

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The East ignores them, and the West fronts on them, but one fact remains; Andre and Big Boi aka hip-hop duo Outkast have one million-plus believers hidden in the crevasses of the world, and with good reason. Consider that Outkast's debut and sophomore albums have achieved platinum-plus sales, and the...

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Dub Poet

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

So, what is a dub poet anyhow? In the last two decades, Linton Kwesi Johnson has written and performed some of the most politically charged songs to ever come out of Britain's black culture or even Jamaica itself, and that includes the revered works of Robert Nesta Marley, thank you...

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Agit-Pop Jungle Boogie

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

You don't have to understand the history of Asian politics here to know something big's going on in Rafi's Revenge. Like an east Asian, junglefied Rage Against the Machine, Asian Dub Foundation takes a hard sound and uses it as a soapbox for even harder themes, all of which, while...

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Solo Solace

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Isolation seems to be a calling for some -- a restless state in which the mind is free to idle. Buckner's plaintive country package, Since, is a strange black dot that has absorbed lots of that energy in the form of crooked song-poems and a general frustration with the reality...

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Orchestrating Success

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Mentoring and support from the likes of Tony Conrad -- who performed with John Cale and Faust, Perry Farrell, the Chemical Brothers and members from the Band -- bring us to Deserter's Songs, Mercury Rev's most accessible album to date. In the context of Rev's history of three ambitious, pseudo-psychedelic...

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Wednesday, October 21, 1998

The Acclaimed Haydn Recordings

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The keyboard music of Haydn not only doesn't get any respect, it's virtually ignored. Granted, it isn't on the same level as his symphonies, masses or even his chamber music, but there is great purity and uncluttered, classical structure in his sonatas that often go unacknowledged. This marvelous reissue by...

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Emo-To-The-Core

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Sunny Day Real Estate makes soaring melodic indie rock the way the Good Lord intended it -- literally. Singer Jeremy Enigk found God a few years back and broke up the first incarnation of this Seattle quartet soon-after, only to carry on his anthemic(!) songwriting with a chamber orchestra(!!) to...

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