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Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Tourist or Terrorist

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Ludovic Navarre’s new album as St. Germain, Tourist, doesn’t get around the DJ conundrum of how to package underground sounds without losing the (often subversive) message of cultural expression in the process. This recording has near-genius production standards, original musical performances (it contains a full band, including live horns,...

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A Dreamy Drive

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Attention! If you’re in a hurry, don’t take the highway! Toshack Highway is a long and watery road I want to speed down, but I’m forced to take my time, or take it out of the player. The initial tasteless repetitions of “Harlem,” a milquetoast Casio lullaby, certainly don’t...

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Sturdy Ground

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Count Bob Willett is another one of those numerous Detroit-area blues musicians who has been around the local scene for years and has the chops to prove it. The thing is, it's getting hard for me to find different ways to emphasize how important it is to appreciate all the...

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Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Sauerkraut & salsa

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Hail, hail to Emperor Norton for emancipating yet another diggable, groovable, downright hip and strange creature of sound, aka Señor Coconut Y Su Conjunto. A native of Chile, Coconut began his career in entertainment as a dancer. Now with El Baile Aleman (The German Dance) he’s proven himself to...

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Elite freedoms

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Gilles Peterson has made a living by keeping contemporary musical forms open and responsive to the debris of the posts — post-house, post-jazz, post-hip hop, etc. From his label, Talking Loud, featuring drum-and-bass masters 4 Hero and Roni Size, to steady DJ gigs since his teens in clubs and...

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Back to school

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Once again, VP Records hits the public with a must-have compilation, this time focusing on some of the biggest hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Often characterized as a low point in reggae history due to the increased focus on gun talk, partying and sexual pleasures, no one can deny...

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All-star game II

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Say it three times: Hyacinths and Thistles. Then Wasps Nests. Make it into a tongue-twisting riddle. Whatever you have to do to remember these titles before your next trip to the record store, do it. In his second studio project under the name The 6ths, Stephin Merritt has gathered...

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Pushing your boundaries

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

A portrait of the artist as an agent of change is a portrait of Public Enemy. Chuck D and Professor Griff, charter members of one of hip hop’s all-time greatest groups, have a new baby named Confrontation Camp, a rap-rock outfit in the spirit of Rage Against the Machine....

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Going beyond gamelan

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

From the forest drumming of shamanic rites to the slick studios of Jakarta, from untouched traditional sounds to a confluence of Asian and European elements, the scope of Indonesia’s music can be quite daunting, even as the rewards of exploration are plentiful. And when you’re faced with the world’s...

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Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Don't fence him in

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 12:00 AM

I’ve been hearing raves about this guy for the longest, and I’m ashamed to say right out here in the open that I never heard much of Alvin Youngblood Hart’s stuff until now. Or if I did, I wasn’t paying anywhere near the sort of attention that I should...

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