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Wednesday, January 26, 2000

More anachronisms

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Since 1988, the Volebeats – who, as of this recording, were Jeff Oakes, Matthew Smith, Bob McCreedy, Russell Ledford and Scott Michalski – have been reaching into the recesses of cultural memory to breathe new life into old ideas, building new expectations in the midst of cliché-heavy musical forms....

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With a little help

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The reason why live albums exist is at times multidimensional. In the best-case scenario, a live recording is destined to capture an artist at the height of his or her powers. Say, James Brown Live at the Apollo, Kiss Alive I or even Cheap Trick’s Live at Budokan. In other...

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Old school, new stomp

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

How about some old-fashioned New Orleans music by a guy from Milwaukee who was born in England? While Norrie Cox’s trad-jazz pedigree is geographically suspect, his innate grasp of New Orleans music is anything but. Inspired by now-legendary clarinetists from the Big Easy such as Johnny Dodds and George Lewis,...

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No dead-ends

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

No one can accuse East River Pipe of romanticizing America’s myth of the self-made man – at least if The Gasoline Age is the evidence. As the one-man band East River Pipe, F.M. Cornog offers no tales of self-reinvention or speeding off into the horizon to start anew; instead, he...

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Grrl gang

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

So just what the heck is a "girl group" supposed to sound like in the year 2000? There’s still a specter hanging over the moniker, certainly. Intact images of rebel girls in love, perfectly ratted hair, miniskirts and spot-on backing vocals litter the popular landscape. Empowered proto-grrls such as Ronnie...

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Electronic education

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

From our vantage point in the year 2000, it’s hard to imagine a time when electronic music was new, yet it has its humble origins in a time when electricity itself wasn’t yet taken for granted. Appropriately enough for our present retrospective mood, the makers of the much-lauded electronic music...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Delight in deceit

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

"Your records are telling you lies!" opens Tigertown Pictures, Comet Gain’s more musically and emotionally adventurous take on riot grrrl’s Huggy Bear and Emily’s Sassy Lime. With tear / beer-stained sentiments and boy-girl vocals, this U.K. gang of four’s art-punky rickety rack explores why our most cherished music turns on...

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Glam misreadings

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Nightlife, Cobra Verde’s second full-length since 1994 (after a hiatus to be Bob Pollard’s backup band for Guided By Voices), is a tight, concerted effort at marking out its own rock ‘n’ roll territory in American independent music. Unfortunately, CV’s musical problems do not lie in the band’s chops. Rather...

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Highway revisited

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The third release by Ghazal, a trio marrying classical Persian and Indian musics, travels a now familiar route. As in its first two recordings, Lost Songs of the Silk Road and As Night Falls on the Silk Road, this intriguing ensemble combines the sound of the kamancheh (an ancient Persian...

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Third chance

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The famous sophomore jinx. Some have survived it – Smash Mouth and Bush come to mind. But for every Foo Fighters there are 50 Tonics or, even worse, 50 Spacehogs waiting in the wings. Even the most talented fall prey to media scrutiny for having committed the cardinal sin of...

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