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Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Everybody now

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 12:00 AM

It didn’t seem possible the White Stripes could out-catchy themselves (OK, that neologism didn’t work). It didn’t seem the White Stripes’ infectious blend of pop, blues, punk and near-isolationist rumination could get any catchier. But they have. And it has. The White Stripes are an ongoing tale, told in public,...

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Balancing good and bad

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 12:00 AM

I’ve got some nerve reviewing new releases by Sticky Fingaz and KRS-One in the same piece. After all, the two only have three very distant things in common. Both are legendary for the trends they helped to pioneer in hip hop — consciousness and grime. Both are no longer...

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Disco tech

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Disco sushi Marie Antoinette samba squeak squeal Burt Bacharach ’70s polyester kitsch. I’m sorry if that makes no sense, but it’s very hard to describe Beautifulso I tried a little free-association experiment. Maybe it worked, maybe it didn’t, but I hope that gives you an idea of the strange, diverse...

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Keys to the kingdom

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Though jazz, like any other public music, has thrived on greatest hits — recognizable styles and tunes you can whistle along with — its real goal has always been originality. A music of the moment, it privileges discoveries over reproduction of a familiar effect and commits itself to a...

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Divine depression

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 12:00 AM

What becomes of the broken-hearted? Well, some of them take names like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tindersticks and Antony and the Johnsons and create exquisite, 4 a.m. lounge pop for the living, the dead and the disconsolate masses in between. While the melancholy virtues of the former...

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Balancing good and bad

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 12:00 AM

I’ve got some nerve reviewing new releases by Sticky Fingaz and KRS-One in the same piece. After all, the two only have three very distant things in common. Both are legendary for the trends they helped to pioneer in hip hop — consciousness and grime. Both are no longer...

Continue reading »

Divine depression

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 12:00 AM

What becomes of the broken-hearted? Well, some of them take names like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tindersticks and Antony and the Johnsons and create exquisite, 4 a.m. lounge pop for the living, the dead and the disconsolate masses in between. While the melancholy virtues of the former...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Paper heart pop heaven

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Pop culture critic Sarah Vowell once described her personal religion as “a faith cobbled together out of pop songs” where something as seemingly insignificant as a well-timed Elvis song on the radio is as good as a sign from God. Sure, she knows that most people consider music to...

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Then and now

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Detroit jazz of the ’70s, as evidenced on these excellent Phil Ranelin reissues from the period, was healthy indeed. Trombonist, composer and leader Ranelin collaborated with players who were making things happen in the Motor City, most notably saxophonist Wendell Harrison, to form Tribe: “a band, a record company...

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Hotlanta

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Atlanta’s 9.17 Family dares to transform hip-hop’s dialectic sound barrier that de-originates the style of most Southern-based groups, tossing them all under the same Dirty South banner. 9.17 Family stands out as a collective of diverse artists whose familial ties explode on each track, unleashing a successful down-home blend...

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