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Wednesday, June 30, 1999

Head Turnin' Floor Burnin'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Call ’em retro, call ’em rock-no, call ’em born-again ravers, call ’em whatever, because the sad but glorious truth is that the Chemical Brothers are all these (and all that) on this, their third full-length. Beginning with the electro short-circuiting-robot funk of "Music: Response" and moving right into the hard,...

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Breaking Eggs

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It is impossible to go anywhere today in Brazil without hearing the music of Carlinhos Brown. He describes himself as a workaholic – if you call singing, drumming, composing and dancing "work." He is so prolific that if you had to compare him to an American, only one "name" really...

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The Ruler's Back

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The impending release of Slick Rick’s first album in six years called for preparation. It meant diggin’ in the crates and reviewing dusty cassette copies of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Ruler’s Back and even Behind Bars. It was remedial Rick – "Slick 101," if you will. In...

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It's Just That Easy

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Here’s one for all those rebellious sorts who have a healthy appetite for avant-garde/conceptual protest. Negativland hails from San Francisco and is probably better known for getting sued by U2 than it is for its many editions of subversive sonic collages. On The ABC’s of Anarchism Negativland joins forces with...

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Wednesday, June 23, 1999

Pop!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 1999 at 12:00 AM

England’s St. Etienne has spent the last eight years carefully crafting pristine pop music without drawing much attention to itself outside of the U.K. Formed back in 1991, the band members set out to copy the American guitar pop sound they loved — without the guitars. It is a formula...

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Self-Explanitory

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Originally recorded be tween 1964 and 1968, Standup Comic captures the legendary filmmaker during his formative years as an entertainer. At the time of these performances, Allen’s eccentric ramblings were still fresh and particularly unique. Nowadays, the pervasive influence of his self-deprecating, Jewish-neurotic shtick can be felt when listening to...

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Optimistic Depression

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 1999 at 12:00 AM

After conversations with Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters about releasing some of the rare or demo versions of their songs, Badman Recording Co.’s Dylan Magierek came up with an even better idea. What about releasing 12 new, rare and favorite tracks from Red House Painters, Low, Hayden, Misc and...

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Towers of Power

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Frenchman Paul Paray’s reputation rests with his incisive interpretations of the French literature, notably Ravel, Ibert and Debussy. But Paray, who was the music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1952-63, could also invigorate the Germanic repertoire with his strong rhythmic pulse and his scrupulous attention to detail. For...

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Jazz in Film

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Terence Blanchard is not the kind of musician who cranks out a new record every six months. He is an expert craftsman who has paid close attention to details. In his playing, each note fits, and there’s always polished nuance flowing through his music. On his new record, Jazz in...

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Workin' On Some Psych Moves

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Here’s the latest offering from Norman, Oklahoma’s, favorite psychedelic sons. While Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins remain artfully steadfast in their noncommercial pose, the new Flaming Lips album is as lush and beautiful as any rock record released this year. Using an imposing amount of fancy-schmancy production techniques,...

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