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Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Pick Your Pattern

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Clearly, the Pastels and Derek Bailey have little to do with each other. The Pastels are a Glasgow-based indie-pop band who were known and loved for an engagingly gawky string of amazing 45s – and a few tuneful CDs – in the late ’80s. Derek Bailey, on the other hand,...

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Pick Your Pattern

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Clearly, the Pastels and Derek Bailey have little to do with each other. The Pastels are a Glasgow-based indie-pop band who were known and loved for an engagingly gawky string of amazing 45s – and a few tuneful CDs – in the late ’80s. Derek Bailey, on the other hand,...

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A Bomb Squad

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The Beat Junkies is a fitting name for two cats such as J-Rocc and Babu who are no doubt addicted to finding the perfect beat. Check out their new compilation-mix tape and not only will you finally remember to forget Funkmaster Flex and his commercial, corporate mixology, but you’ll hear...

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Brit-Hop

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

They survived the genre-formerly-known-as-trip hop, that rambling, ambling chapter of British hip hop where producers who knew British MCs couldn’t rap for beans instead made kickin’ tracks that, no matter how good, made you yearn for a little Rakim to go with their Eric Bs. Now the Herbaliser (Jake Wherry...

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Le Bien Et La Mal

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Here are 25 cuts, recorded live on two CDs, that present the case for hip hop’s overseas viability. Sadly, the jury has come back hung; and sadly there aren’t enough standout tracks on this record to make you part with 20 bones. On the flipside, when Solaar doesn’t come across...

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Wednesday, July 7, 1999

Do Look Back

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Retro is as retro does and the Brian Jonestown Massacre ain’t nothing if it’s not retro. On their ninth (count ’em) CD, the Jonestown boys conjure up visions of Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones and a few other artists from those outrageously swinging ’60s. Emphasizing acoustic slide guitars, blaring harmonica, group...

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Post Rock Jr.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Chicago’s Joan of Arc has come a long way from the emo-punk days of its members’ former band, Cap’n Jazz. While other past Cap’n Jazz-ers continue to mine teen emotions in the Promise Ring, Tim Kinsella and the rest of JOA seem bent on joining the inner circle of Chicago’s...

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Blowing Warm

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The liner notes to this disc refer to it as a "jam session," a phrase that brings to mind quickly cobbled head arrangements followed by marathon soloing, which is pretty much the opposite of what we have here. True, improvisation’s the thing on this set and the original compositions have...

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Electro-Degenerate

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

German-born, New York-based producer Can Oral has dabbled in as many electronic genres as he’s burned through monikers. Electro, ambient, acid, trip hop and more have all run through his varied discography – all neatly divided by different names on various label imprints and through his own Temple Records. But...

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ARRIVING FROM TAKE OFFS

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Is remixing a point of departure from a song’s original form or just a wardrobe change? For Morsel, it’s neither. Made up of some of the most adept local experimenters in sound and mood, the band – with a little help from its friends – turns these 10 tracks into...

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