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Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Rediscovered Randiness

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The mercurial Lee Hazlewood was born in Oklahoma in 1929 and has been in motion ever since. Hazlewood discovered Duane Eddy in the mid-’50s and became the creative force behind Eddy’s infamous guitar twang. Establishing himself as an innovative producer with a knack for success, Hazlewood is best known for...

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Agitated Guitar Music

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In many ways, the politics of being Fugazi overshadows the band Fugazi. Hailed and revered for its independence, ideals and integrity, Fugazi’s influence can be found throughout the DIY movement that the band helped build and continues to inspire. Forming at a time when Punk and Hardcore in America faced...

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Neo-Classical Results

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Life must be pretty surreal for singer-songwriter and former swimming pool-pump repairman Jack Logan. Plucked from Athens, Georgia, bar band obscurity by members of R.E.M., Logan’s critically hailed 1994 debut Bulk chronicled the best of some 600+ home recordings he’d leisurely assembled while still a nobody. Now — three albums...

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A LABEL'S STABLE

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 1999 at 12:00 AM

As Detroit continues to gain steam as hip hop’s next hot spot, its surrounding cities are ensuring that they catch some of the windfall as well. Ypsilanti’s ReAL Entertainment has as good a chance as anyone of gaining national recognition, with its recent signing of the Dirty Dozen and Five...

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DETROIT-CITY BLUES

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Perhaps one of the hardest things about being as good as Johnnie Bassett in Detroit is being in Detroit. This is a hard town in which to be acknowledged as a star in the same way that Buddy Guy is an acknowledged star in Chicago. Consequently, when Mr. Bassett comes...

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Wednesday, May 19, 1999

RAIN OF DIAMONDS

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Shifting creative gears is no problem for Frank Pahl. He moved like lightning from the wildly experimental country dirges of his full-length In Cahoots to this, a random storm of résumé items, which includes many of his own compositions for theater. Mention of ukuleles, whistles, bagpipes, animal sounds, glockenspiels, bike...

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Acoustic Swing

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Cross Django Reinhardt with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and you might come up with the oddly effective mix of jazz and vaudeville that the Asylum Street Spankers purvey. It is always difficult to consider musical clowning an art, but this is one of the few bands — Manhattan...

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Mixed Results

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In today’s remix culture, there is no better subject or subjector than Japan’s Cornelius. Last year’s American debut, Fantasma, somehow managed to rearrange seemingly every possible musical genre into a dizzying blur of pop wizardry. Cornelius turns the studio into an amusement park for one heck of a wild romp....

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Art Trippers

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Good omens haunt the record shops when not one but two records by Japan’s masterful and mystical musical travelers, Ghost, arrive simultaneously. Ghost’s mixture of cosmic Krautrock, medieval song forms, ethnic psychedelia and fragile balladry has placed the group at the forefront of underground sounds ever since its 1990 debut....

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Strengths In Numbers

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Interesting fact about Reykjavik: Even in the biting-cold dead of winter, you won’t find snow on the Reykjavik sidewalks. Heat from the lava boiling under the surface of Iceland — despite its name a volcanic island — is harnessed via steam, and piped underneath the city streets, keeping them perennially...

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