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Wednesday, November 25, 1998

Brazil All Over - Again

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Brazil is a country of intoxicating music. You'll find it everywhere, from the Afro-Brazilian percussion of Bahia to the sexually tinged sambas of Rio. In the 1980s, these sounds played a large part in leading David Byrne away from the Talking Heads to launch both a solo career and a...

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History Repeating

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Following its debut album and a series of no-longer-available singles, the Delgados -- the Scottish masterminds behind chemikal underground records, home of Mogwai and Arab Strap -- quietly step into a sonic spotlight with Peloton. It's a thoughtful, lightly lush album that is touched by the formidable production hand of...

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Form and Function

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

UK drum 'n' bass pioneer Photek -- aka Rupert Holmes -- was one of the first producers to strip jungle of its ragga roughneckism and rethink its melodic possibilities using only icy percussion riffs and elegantly skeletal rhythms. No bowel-quaking sub-bass or noisy MCs here, just streamlined rhythm sections that...

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Get Down!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When it comes to pop-punk, particularly from the San Francisco Bay area, it's pretty tough to rock outside the template that stalwart bands on that scene, such as the Mr. T Experience, have expertly cut from the rock cloth. If your band happens to share a label with MTX, forget...

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Northern Extremes

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The Boxhead Ensemble is a bunch of Chicago- and Louisville-based musicians led by Michael Krassner. After recording a soundtrack to the movie documentary Dutch Harbor in 1997, Krassner and his associates from groups such as Pinetop Seven and Australia's Dirty Three actually went on the road to perform this evocative...

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Munchie Music

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

What with the descriptive title of this disc and most of the proceeds going to NORML, it's easy to see where this blunted benefit is headed. Assembling an impressive array of talented artists sympathetic to the pot cause, freetheweed floats easily from hard-rock to hip hop to reggae to country...

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Outside Lookin' In

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Fans of Jimmy Thackery, a local favorite, will probably enjoy the hell out of this album. Lovers of the blues harp and great slide guitar should also take time to give this one a worthwhile listen -- if they haven't already done so. The boy's got chops. Guitar chops. Harp...

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Ear Mind I

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Ear Mind I is the seventh release of diverse musical material for the Meridian Arts Ensemble. In the past, it has performed the music of composers as wide-ranging as Paul Hindemith, Witold Lutoslawski, Billy Strayhorn, Jimi Hendrix and, most notably, Frank Zappa. The six members of the group include John...

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Wednesday, November 18, 1998

Trio Fascination

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The sax-bass-drums trio is a rigorous format, placing a heavy burden on the horn player who not only has to fill up most of the solo space, but do it sans the chordal coloring of a prompting piano. It takes more than just chops to pull it off -- you...

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Brownsploitation

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Hooray for Bollywood! Trip back in time to mid-'70s Bombay, India, and enjoy the bizarre "brownsploitation" film sound tracks of a movie universe somewhat parallel to our own. While Indian film composers like the brothers Kalanji and Anandji never achieved any fame or fortune outside of their home country, these...

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