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Wednesday, June 21, 2000

With the lid off!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

As the tower-coiffed, bespectacled co-leader of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tom Maxwell penned and sang the group’s 1997 breakthrough hit, "Hell," which nearly in and of itself crystallized the then-nascent popular neo-swing movement. His debut after breaking from the Zipper ranks, Samsara, is a diverse, rollicking, meditative and heartrending solo...

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Missing white boy

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Mystery White Boy starts with the sound of an amp warming up and the gentle din of a crowd drifting to the background, nearing silence, as Buckley’s gentle guitar opening to "Dream Brother" coaxes his band to join him. After a quiet three-minute first verse, lost somewhere in an exotic...

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All about Patty

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The Patty Duke Fanzine began as a joke. For founder Mike D. (not to be confused with Mike D. of the Beastie Boys), it was a way to reprint long-forgotten articles on the former teen sensation that date back to when she was an identical cousin – a perfect means...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Pinball wizard

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Sounding like a true 21st-century assembly line, run on bubble propulsion, manned by Chicago house divas and managed by Black Panther foreman Dan Bell, Globus Mix Vol. 4 offers an international view of Detroit techno as it morphs, squeaks and jogs into the new century. The mix, named after...

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White flight

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Detroit’s already chock-full of bona fide musical anomalies (if not outright freak shows). Hence, it’s so damned satisfying that there’s an entity such as the White Stripes which obviously takes both the simple and the high road on the highway to rock salvation. That is, the music of Jack...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2000

He needs Jesus

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Some records are just challenging to review. What to do with an album that is equally disgusting and good? Ill-conceived and well-produced? Gutter-al and intensely creative? What do you do? You inhale and reluctantly give the damn thing what it deserves. So here it goes. Eminem is damned talented....

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Pop pick-me-up

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Pop songs are more than just background tunes. At their best, they’re a musical metronome, a life-sustaining pulse inside our otherwise wearied hearts and heads. When we can’t seem to make sense of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we look to record collections and radio dials for direction...

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