Wednesday, September 29, 1999

A vote against punk Darwinism

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It’s been well over 20 years since punk started, so it would be great to report that the punk underground is doing what it should be doing long after its survival has been guaranteed – you know, putting together a stormy mix of music reminiscent of Ritchie Valens going down...

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Rock around the radio

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Most of this 1998-99 series of live performances from KCRW’s (89.9 FM in Santa Monica) music showcase, "Morning Becomes Eclectic," might make Detroiters wish they could sweep past Howard Stern’s syndicated talk sludge and the self-assured repartee of Motown’s morning DJs to tune in to real music-oriented radio. But all...

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Closet singer-songwriter

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Subtitled "Spare Tracks and Lost Demos" and available only through the Razor & Tie Web site, Loose Monkeys is intended for only the most devoted GP fans. Except that after surviving six major labels, Graham Parker only has devoted fans. Success or not, Parker’s always been an acerbic writer with...

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Skankboys 6

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The Hippos’ bouncy ska-punk tunes are all flavorful and sweet, and as hard to resist as store-bought cookies. Yes, they’re formulaic (this tune sounds like the Bosstones, that tune like Oingo Boingo), but the traditional ska-song recipe doesn’t lend itself to much experimentation, and what it may lack in originality...

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Through the windshield glass

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Unless you’ve been holed up in your Y2K bunker practicing for midnight, you already know Master Cylinder, one half of Junior Communist Club. MC, aka Peter DuCharme, is the musical brains responsible for the hypnotic VW Jetta commercial, "Synchronicity." You know, the one in which a young, attractive couple rolls...

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Mingus amongus

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

No jazz musician has been serviced so well in death as Charles Mingus. In life the volatile Mingus led big bands only for special occasions, otherwise forcing himself to imply Ellingtonian splendor with mere combos. Two decades after his death, the permanent big band he never had gathers weekly at...

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Power pop-era

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Sloan fans are now officially spoiled. The evidence? The past two years have yielded more than half of the Canadian power-pop quartet’s recorded output (and, arguably, their finest musical moments). Sloan spent the first half of the ’90s dickering around with the marketing end of the record industry, creating a...

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Swing's still the thing

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Swing, temporarily at least, remains something of a sure thing in terms of commercial appeal. So why shouldn’t veteran practitioners of the style show off their admirable aptitude in a genre some younger listeners might imagine was originated by the Brian Setzer Orchestra or the Royal Crown Revue? Why not,...

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Swing's still the thing

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Swing, temporarily at least, remains something of a sure thing in terms of commercial appeal. So why shouldn’t veteran practitioners of the style show off their admirable aptitude in a genre some younger listeners might imagine was originated by the Brian Setzer Orchestra or the Royal Crown Revue? Why not,...

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Wednesday, September 22, 1999

Easy punk rawk target

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 12:00 AM

This grand ’90s punk tribute to ’80s New Wave is such a great idea for a cover compilation that Vagrant Records decided to do it twice. Surprisingly, these bands sound almost as in touch with the original versions of the songs as the original artists did — especially the...

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