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Wednesday, August 18, 1999

Film music

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The ’90s will be remembered not just for its indie and grunge guitar groups, but also for the contemplative sounds of such bands as Vermont’s Labradford. With E Luxo So, Labradford’s fifth album in seven years, the experimenting trio continues to refine its drone aesthetic. It’s not simply about droning...

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Stretching the Imagination

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It all began with a 16-year-old’s wish to escape the confines of reality, to free the Willys of this world, or in this case as Music Tapes frontman, Julian, states, "I thought we’d start the Music Tapes by freeing a goldfish." And thus it ends with their debut album The...

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Wednesday, August 11, 1999

Weird Science

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Who in hip hop has earned the right to be awkward more than Kool Keith? Who is freakier than Dr. Octagon? Who deserves more bragging rights than Poppa Large, Big Shot on the East Coast? Who can turn an obtuse track into something strangely creative better than Black Elvis? Ladies...

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Breathtaking

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The other Man in Black of the music world, Japan’s Keiji Haino, provides one of this era’s most intense creative identities. His music, whether solo with his "rock" trio Fushitsusha or with other great improvisers of the world, extends notions of rock and improvisation, pushing the massive energy of Blue...

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Better red than dead

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 12:00 AM

How relentless is Mayo Thompson? After more than 30 years of crusading as the Red Krayola, the man is still pushing the limits of the anarchistic song structures that lie somewhere between rock and art. And while Thompson’s original bandmates, Frederick Barthelme and Steve Cunningham, are long gone, they are...

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Glam-Rock Revisited

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The Chamber Strings emulate the glam-rock era when Marc Bolan would strum his post-hippie mystical shit into his navel. The invention of singer-songwriter Kevin Junior, who began his career in 1987 with Mystery Girls and later the Rosehips, the Chamber Strings adhere to the lazy, stoned feeling of those early...

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New pop order

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 12:00 AM

When last we left our Teen-C heroes, Sci-Fi Steven, Disco John and Manda Rin, they had exploded onto the international pop music scene with hyperactive sloganeering, a boundless ability to nail gloriously naïve sci-fi/pop music/youthful-revolutionary sing-song chants and rants to impossibly hooky sketches of pop songs. Well, kids, it now...

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Jagged little thrill

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 12:00 AM

God bless Roni Size. Not because he cut off those damn dreads of his, but because the Reprazent producer finally got wise and found himself a frontwoman – not a featured vocalist, not some sampled diva, but a real live fire-breathing frontwoman, – around which to build his newest drum...

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Tribute

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In the late ’80s, before alternative became the standard cliché it became in the ’90s, a Boston quartet named the Pixies came out of nowhere and pretty much laid out the blueprint for much of the alt-rock to follow. Over the course of five albums, the Pixies blazed a trail...

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Wednesday, August 4, 1999

Stoned roses

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Just why England’s favorite beat-happy rock act has captured the attention of a band-thirsty world tired of Chemical Brothers run-ons and overrated indie rock survivors isn’t quite answered on The Beta Band’s full-length debut. But it does make the case that the London-via-Scotland’s Betas are all things to all people,...

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