Wednesday, October 21, 1998

Cuban Wonder

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

Fred McDowell, John Hurt and Bukka White all became better known later in life than they had been at any time previously. When they were rediscovered, after years of farming and/or working in rough-hewn, blue-collar surroundings, their art connected a more modern age with part of its past. The same...

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Beach Blanket Bolshy

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

I hate to admit it, but the original motion picture soundtrack to Six String Samurai is actually kind of cool. Interpolating an evocative score written by Brian Tyler, actual dialogue from the movie and music by some Russian-born group of musicians called the Red Elvises, Six String Samurai (the soundtrack)...

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Player Haters In Dis House

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

As one of the Detroit bass scene's heaviest hitters (DJ Assault is the other), DJ Godfather (Brian Jeffries) churns out the hookiest booty tracks you've heard on all the radio mix shows (without knowing who penned them). On this debut full-length, Jeffries lets us know, compiling his best singles, from...

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More Than Food

BOUNDARY BREAKERS

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

The corner of the world containing Albania, Armenia and other Balkan, Crimean and Eastern Mediterranean homelands has been a cultural melting pot for centuries. All of these places are on the way to somewhere else and, as a result, have repeatedly been stomped on and through by empires (Macedonian,...

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Wednesday, October 14, 1998

Cross-Country Connections

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Walter Salas-Humara is a laconic singer-songwriter with roots and relationships in every major city between New York and Los Angeles, while holding out an extra-special consideration for the fine folks of Austin, Texas. A founding member of the Vulgar Boatmen and the Setters (with Alejandro Escovedo) as well as the...

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File Under "L"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The American music industry (and consumers, too) seems to love putting music into nice little categories. At times, this isn't too difficult a task, but what do you do with an artist like Lhasa? Her music sounds a lot like her atypical upbringing. Lhasa's father is Mexican and her mother...

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Cult of virtuosity

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Why don't we just disregard John Lurie's immense cult of personality for the first part of this review and focus on the strange and beautiful music of The Lounge Lizards, okay? Since the Lounge Lizards have been around for almost 20 years, the group's music has improved steadily and also...

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Fishing With Johyn

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Fishing With John is music from Lurie's star-studded nature show parody and features many of the same musicians in a variety of instrumental combinations. Trios, duets and even string quartets make appearances as well as "The Fishing With John Singers" and vocal snippets courtesy of Lurie and Tom Waits. Often...

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R&B-Voiced Dub Reggae

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

On 129 Beat Street, Junior Buyles and Friends -- U Brown and Pablo Moses among them -- voice "conscious" lyrics over as-tight rhythm arrangements, reflecting both reggae's deep debt to American R&B -- lots of horns, colorful vocalists -- and the influence of Jamaica's religious-political climate. While the lineage of...

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Forward From Bass: Dub From Randy's 1972-75

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Steve Barrow's superb Blood and Fire label has been reissuing Jamaican artists from reggae's mid-'70s golden age for the last three years. Now that classics from King Tubby and Lee Perry's studios -- from the likes of Horace Andy, U-Roy and the Congos -- have been properly exhumed, Barrow turns...

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