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Wednesday, November 24, 1999

The Big Man Cometh

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If you're in town for the Thanksgiving holidays, and turkey just isn't enough, then you need to hit the Attic in Hamtramck and check out Big Jack Johnson. A Mississippi native, Johnson won the Best Live Performer award from Living Blues Magazine in 1994. If you've ever seen this...

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Mixology 909

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The irony of a mix CD is that it is a CD. A DJ takes the sounds generated from two turntables (and in this case much more than that) and puts the end result on CD — a medium of audio transport often shunned by the hardcore mixmaster. Then...

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Failing Father

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If Freud was even in the ballpark, it would necessarily take reggae deity Bob Marley's male children to emasculate his majestic body of rebel music. And, with Chant Down Babylon, that's exactly what has happened. Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley have, admittedly, assembled an impressive cast of African-American hip-hop and...

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Joy in repetition

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Relaxing really isn't the proper word, but it'll do to describe the latest release by the former Prince Rogers Nelson. Relaxing, not because he has forgotten funk or left out any harsh edges; though never unruly, the album still pushes and shoves its way through the funk, from stripped-down drum...

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Minor league heavy hitters

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The boy-band craze of '99 may have saved the music industry in more ways than it knows. After nearly a decade of scavenging the wreckage of the AltRock explosion, the scouts are going home and the players can go back to playing for the love of the game. The Dismemberment...

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Smoky-noir diva

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If you visit the Green Mill jazz bar in Chicago, you'll probably learn two things. Fact No. 1: The notorious Al Capone once owned (and hung out at) the Green Mill. Fact No. 2: Patricia Barber is the best-kept secret in Chicago. An alluring vocalist who plays Hammond B-3 and...

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Vintage satisfaction

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Detroit mysterian Wilbur Harden — a velvet voice on flügelhorn and trumpet, sometime colleague of Yusef Lateef — didn't record a vault-load of material during his brief, late-'50s stay in the spotlight, but what he did produce was special. This two-CD set compiles all the sessions that he recorded with...

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Wednesday, November 17, 1999

The Battle of Los Angeles

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Even though Rage Against the Machine's last outing, "Evil Empire," had several blockbuster tracks, the record failed to live up to the group's revolutionary – and now classic – first album. With "The Battle of Los Angeles," Rage recalls the power and the fury with a potent, precise batch of...

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Black and bold

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

When one record label simultaneously releases albums by two heralded MCs from two different eras in hip hop, "buzz" does not come close to describing the anticipation of fans. Mos Def’s name and face were stapled on hip-hop’s collective consciousness when he and partner Talib Kweli dropped Black Star last...

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Black and bold

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

When one record label simultaneously releases albums by two heralded MCs from two different eras in hip hop, "buzz" does not come close to describing the anticipation of fans. Mos Def’s name and face were stapled on hip-hop’s collective consciousness when he and partner Talib Kweli dropped Black Star last...

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