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Wednesday, January 27, 1999

Future Dub

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

For a quarter-century the dynamic duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare have cranked out hits as session musicians, writers, producers and artists in their own right. Their success is founded on their unique interpretation of Jamaican music. Rather than following traditional styles, they have used tradition as a more...

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Inna City Pressure

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Education is an enlightening thing. Hearing Dr. Israel’s new musical experiment for the first time is like Woody Harrelson trying to "hear" Jimmy. It’s a combination of dub, dance hall and jungle which my outer ear received as inspired, but my inner ear processed as unfocused. Ironically, enlightenment comes in...

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Super Supergroup

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Who are Los Super Seven? They can be described as "The Mexican-American All-Stars" or "The Tex-Mex Social Club." In the wake of the recent, award-winning Buena Vista Social Club CD – which was spearheaded by Ry Cooder and featured an incredible lineup of Cuban musical legends – it seems as...

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Orbitones, Spoon Harps & Bellowphones

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In this, Ellipsis Arts’ second book-plus-CD compendium of experimental musical instruments, editor Bart Hopkin demonstrates how one person’s percussive pile of rubble can be another person’s Zgamonium. With 16 entries, Hopkin presents a variety of examples from the ever-spouting fount of musical creativity. In each of these instruments one can...

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Serial Girlfriend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

From the quintessential, prolific indie artist, this, Holly Golightly’s most recent album, is stylistically adventurous with elements of blues, country, punk, pop and ’60s garage rock in the mix. The two most evident styles are a Courtney Love, girl-guitar, rhythm rock and an acoustic-vocal production simplicity, reminiscent of bands such...

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Nostalgic turns

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Among influential English guitarists such as Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, Martin Carthy is an icon who first injected traditional elements into the contemporary folk milieu 40 years ago. His version of "Scarborough Fair" predated Simon and Garfunkel’s interpretation by three years and there’s little doubt where Rhymin’...

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Not your parents' reggae

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If you’re not already aware of the Jamaican-American overlap in urban music or simply want to scratch beyond the usual pop offerings, Strictly the Best 21 is a must-buy. Featuring some of the best reggae hits of the past year, STB 21 brings together a nice crosssection of styles that...

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Chippendales of the heart

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The Prince Charming emotional striptease that is emo-core or post-hardcore draws carefully measured amounts of testosterone from its underlying male frustration. The delicate Pop Unknown – with one famously added former member of the now-defunct Mineral – has enough of this juice o’ toughness to balance out and not float...

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Wednesday, January 20, 1999

Ruth Slenczynska in Concert

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Slenczynska, a child prodigy born in 1925, was cruelly exploited by her father, who pocketed the money from her recitals, the sad story of which was told in her autobiography, Forbidden Childhood. After retiring in her teens, Slenczynska rebuilt her career in the 1950s. This 1984 live recital reveals a...

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Wednesday, January 13, 1999

Black Licorice

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Most fans of the Cardigans' hit "Lovefool" will be surprised that this is album No. 4 for the Swedish pop group fronted by the always sexy, syrupy vocals of Nina Persson. A modern electronica edge that has been the modern rock augmented sound of the last year -- see Depeche...

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