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Wednesday, March 31, 1999

Fuzzy, furious, furry pop

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Lovably demented psyche-rock geniuses, the Welsh band Super Furry Animals, grace the colonies with the long-awaited American release of the 1997 UK award-winning album Radiator, the follow-up to their debut album, Fuzzy Logic. Infused with infectious melodies and irreverent rock ’n’ roll attitude, Radiator welds together punk rock, power pop,...

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The all do it

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It may seem a bit early in the year to talk about the best recordings of 1999, but this wonderfully bracing complete opera of Mozart’s comedy will almost certainly appear on more than a few lists. The reason isn’t because of the star power of any single vocalist, but of...

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Roots Hoots

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Sibling harmonies may be naturally sweeter, thanks to nature and nurture. Just ask anyone ever taken by the charms of the Everlys, the Louvins or the Stanleys. Amy Boone and Deborah Kelly, taking cues from those artists and other exponents of folk, bluegrass and old-time country, lend credence to that...

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House Party Drum 'N' Bass

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

British-born drum ’n’ bass DJ DB has long championed the stateside jungle scene from his adopted home of New York. On his first mix CD for his and Astralwerks’ founder Andrew Goldstone’s label, f111, he brings drum ’n’ bass out of its dark ages of the last few years, a...

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Underground Blues

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Bare-bones blues from straight out the ground is what this is. Uncut. Rough. Just like homebrewed whiskey from back in the woods. Restless white lightnin’ captured in a thick blue bottle. Or put it this way: If you like cream in your coffee, you should probably leave these blues alone....

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Strange and Fragmented Music

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

This is soundtrack music – Manny & Lo was the feature debut by Lisa Krueger; African Swim is referred to as "a film that no longer exists" – so one expects a certain amount of fragmentation, underdeveloped mood cues, that sort of thing. But with most of the cuts clocking...

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Snap, Crackle and Dub

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Pole is this guy Stefan Betke who uses a defective audio gizmo – "pole" – to generate random squelches and pops that he then loops into these kind of skipping-record rhythm sections that he then dubs out with out-of-focus basslines and delay effects. Once you get past the sort of...

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Melaudiophiles

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

After months of recording in the wilderness of upstate New York with Dave Fridmann, producer of Mercury Rev’s recent iconoclastic album, Deserter’s Songs, Glasgow’s indie-acclaimed Mogwai cements its reputation for creating uniquely beautiful contemporary guitar music with Come On Die Young, the follow-up to its 1997 debut Mogwai Young Team....

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Post Global Music

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Here’s an atypical remix album by an atypical experimental artist. Dave Pajo, aka Aerial M, is a Louisville-born musician who has worked with intellectual underground post-rock bands such as Slint, Tortoise and Stereolab. Whatever. Allowing four particularly distinct music artists to take a crack at remixing his composition, "Wedding...

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Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Boo-Hoo!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Blur’s members are the decathletes of modern pop music: Master dabblers, they have never been the best or most representative band of any rock subgenre they have dipped in. Even "Britpop," a moniker virtually invented by Blur to suit its own eclecticism, was eventually co-opted by Oasis and a host...

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