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Wednesday, July 26, 2000

The open Cage

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

This addition to Cage’s discography is a welcome, if mixed, blessing. Recorded by the American Composers Orchestra under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies, The Seasons offers three important midcentury works and two versions of his final orchestral work. In the title piece (1947), Cage employs the resources of...

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Lift off

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

Like the name suggests, Little Red Rocket is everything that today’s hot-to-trot, indie-rock jet-set is supposed to hate: a sound that’s slick, sleek and streamlined, radio-ready and ready to go-go. Throw in that this Athens, Ga., quartet was briefly signed to Geffen and we’ve got our shoo-in for this...

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Sven gets phunky

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

Like it or not, Detroit no longer owns techno. After unleashing the beats heard round the world, artistic communities in the most unlikely of places have picked up on techno, spinning it in new directions – far distant from what the music’s creators likely anticipated. One such guild of...

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Diving for gems

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

Crafting a classic poses a daunting, albeit thrilling, task for serious modern musicians. Incorporating blues, early rock, and country-western elements to songs with fresh pop sensibilities is a good start, however. And the collaborative entity of Scuba La Boobala is well on its way to memorable status amid our...

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Join the club

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

It seems only fitting that, after a stunning half-century career, Omara Portuondo, known as Cuba’s Fiancee of Feeling, is showcased in the premier series of Latin music, Buena Vista Social Club. Her self-titled album is the latest Buena Vista offering in a collection of CDs that has truly revolutionized...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Yuppie style

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

In the mood for a sip of style? The upscale mock-1940s jazz martini and cigar lounge is a dimly neon-lit atmosphere, confined to a cozy narrow space that's commonly crammed full of stylish locals. For nostalgia and conversation over jazz and laughter: ‘dahhhling – you’d look mahhhvelous in Goodnight Gracies.'

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Sad clown

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

In the lovelorn, war-torn world of Stephin Merritt, all is not well. In fact, judging by his impressive collection of heartbroken battle scars, it couldn’t get much worse. Drafted lovers come back in body bags; nights are sleepless and soberless and romance ain’t even worth the fight.So it’s lucky that,...

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Sodium deficiency

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

Continuing in the “embrace your melancholy” vein comes Ida’s fourth LP, Will You Find Me. Possibly the quartet’s most beautifully sad album to date, I dare anyone to make it halfway through without shedding at least one tear. Salty droplets actually are free-falling onto my keyboard as I type...

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Revolution baby

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

If you were a hip musician in need of a remix artist, wouldn’t you look for someone who made smooth, funky rhythms out of found sound clips? It’s no secret Fila Brazillia became one of Europe’s most astoundingly popular remixers because FB’s own output uses rare groove classics (read:...

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Morning after

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

Each time jazz reinvents itself, we want to trace it all down to one player at the root: Monk, Coltrane, Ornette, etc. But in this quintessentially communal music, that “one” is the eye of a hurricane.Last month, when Greg Osby’s quartet blew into the SereNgeti Ballroom on Woodward for...

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