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Wednesday, November 18, 1998

Brahms: Piano Conerto No. 1

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

This live radio performance from April of 1962 stirred up a flurry of controversy. Before the concert, Bernstein felt the need to explain to the audience that his views of the Brahms Piano Concerto in D minor differed radically from the soloist's, the notoriously eccentric Glenn Gould. But Bernstein added...

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Brand Spankin' Nu

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

Brand Nubian and Gleem toothpaste -- Where's the analogy? One cleaned teeth better than any other toothpaste. The other cleaned hip-hop clocks better than most other groups. One was too strong for its competition and some of its consumers. The other was too strong and progressive for an industry still...

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Wednesday, November 11, 1998

25 Years

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

After Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein made it interesting and sexy, not (heaven forbid) intellectual, to look at painting again -- after Miles Davis rock 'n' rollified jazz with Bitches Brew and Live-Evil, making it possible to shake one's moneymaker to dense improvisation (again) -- after Robert Altman helped Hollywood...

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Trade-In Value

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Charming, feisty Cadallaca cruises onto the scene in a rumbling '66 Eldorado, and from the sounds of it, it's in need of a tune-up. The engine, aggressive female vocal pop, perhaps an ode to the girl bobby sox music of the '60s, although it's more reminiscent of the spirited rocking...

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Paid in Full: The Platinum Edition

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Only giving three and a half stars to anything associated with the seminal group Eric B. and Rakim could be considered downright hip-hop blasphemy -- especially when we're talking about the duo's groundbreaking debut, Paid in Full. But, as in life, nothing is perfect. This reissue includes the original 10-track...

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Next Moves

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When these two indie-vators were the new kids on the block, mall-ternative rock had a very different face. In the context of the straight-faced, Marshall-stacked deck that the prevailing grunge game dealt them, Beck was immediately regarded as a one-hit, alterna-novelty act with "Loser" and Spencer was merely titillating the...

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Mutations

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When these two indie-vators were the new kids on the block, mall-ternative rock had a very different face. In the context of the straight-faced, Marshall-stacked deck that the prevailing grunge game dealt them, Beck was immediately regarded as a one-hit, alterna-novelty act with "Loser" and Spencer was merely titillating the...

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One for the Money, Two for the Show, Marilyn Manson, Act III

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Nobody ever dreamed a young man with no musical talent whatsoever could go this far and become our Antichrist Superstar. Certainly not Rolling Stone magazine whose first printed comments on Marilyn Manson called his cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" unnecessary. But hey, even if rock journalism...

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Pure Song

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Not to make too much of a fuss about No One is Really Beautiful, but Jude Christodal is really special. The first thing to do is comment on his extraordinary voice which will surely be compared to the late Jeff Buckley's, since hardly anyone else sings with this broad a...

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Electro-purists

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Unlikely heroes of Detroit's booty deejays, local electro purists Aux 88 -- Tom Hamilton and DJ Dijital -- have caught on that their roots-of-techno electro sound is the "tech" to booty's "ghetto" in the current Detroit bass scene. To that end, Hamilton favors faster tracks, more complex rhythms, even more...

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