Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Alto Madness

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In the late ‘50s, when young Julian "Cannonball" Adderley was a blazing star in the jazz firmament — as sax-sidekick to John Coltrane in the Miles Davis Sextet — he also authored an occasional article for the seminal Jazz Review. Cannon’s unparalleled work on alto — combining a sense...

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Trance-endental

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Just as hip hop has found its way to white suburbia, trance has toddled off from its cradles in Goa and Ibiza to equally dubious destinations. In Israel, trance is turning into bubblegum music. In the Far East, it scores the consumer fetishism of young Asians, putting their new wealth...

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Start remembering

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Nowadays everybody wanna talk / like they got somethin' to say / But nothing comes out when they move their lips / just a bunch of gibberish / And muthafuckas act like they forgot about Dre. What do you do if you're an extraordinary producer with a superior technical ear...

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Rambling rock

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

No, Gomez is not the character from "The Addams Family," although this five-piece from London does epitomize the television series' odd and quirky ethos. Liquid Skin is the more refined follow-up to the much-acclaimed debut, Bring It On. Liquid rocks, it rolls and gets downright dirty in a bluesy, Hendrix...

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Post-tribe vibe

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If you hit up the icebox and there's no jelly, you'll settle for a peanut butter sandwich, right? Yeah, but it sho 'nuff don't jam like PB&J, now does it? Having said that, Q-Tip's new joint, Amplified, finds itself anywhere from dope to lacking, depending on the cut. But don't...

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Blast-phemy

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Here's a strange one for Christmas: The recurring slogan on this release is "Two thousand years in the tomb, nine months in the womb." Produced and co-written by slick, intellectual, New York agit-pop artist Ron English, this concept album features fascinating contributions by such musicians as Mojo Nixon, Phoebe Legere,...

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Advancing with the past

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

As an odd signature of recognition, to know Stereolab is to know the High Llamas. Fact is, since Sean O'Hagan (the main man behind the High Llamas) has been working more and more with Stereolab, the two bands' sounds have come ever closer. The key difference between the two groups,...

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Wednesday, December 8, 1999

Anti-Retro

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It's typical for one to get nostalgic about the good old days before the responsibilities of mortgage, bills and family get in the way of being young, dumb and reckless. But in the case of the Lanternjack, the band mostly reflects upon a rock 'n' roll era when sex and...

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Tubthumping

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 1999 at 12:00 AM

They were Bikini Kill and they wanted "Revolution-Grrl Style." With that they kicked off a full-frontal attack on the boys' club of rock 'n' roll. Love them or hate them, Kathleen Hanna and company are to blame for a lot of the current force of the Woman in Rock, even...

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Grad school funk

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 1999 at 12:00 AM

DJ Spooky (Paul Miller) is the thinking man's beat-scaper, boldly positing his chin-stroking take on post hip-hop genre-scrambling as DJ culture's answer to a comp lit (dis)course. Trouble is, for all Spooky's highbrow reference-pointing, his music's never quite gotten the funk down as convincingly as its Ph.D. Here, in free...

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