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Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Masks and variations

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The cover art on Greg Osby’s latest Blue Note release is thought provoking, to say the least. The African-American saxophonist, decked out in antebellum finery and top hat, sits before an ornate music stand, with a string trio of what look like black servants (slaves?) in the far background. Inside...

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Eternally ours

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

"Hey ho, let’s go" … so begins, in 1976, a rock saga of such unmitigated gall and impact that 96 percent of the rest of R ’n’ R’s output since then is like mosquitoes pissing on a bonfire. But hey (ho), we don’t need to retell that tale here. Enuf...

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Eternally ours

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

"Hey ho, let’s go" … so begins, in 1976, a rock saga of such unmitigated gall and impact that 96 percent of the rest of R ’n’ R’s output since then is like mosquitoes pissing on a bonfire. But hey (ho), we don’t need to retell that tale here. Enuf...

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Eternally ours

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

"Hey ho, let’s go" … so begins, in 1976, a rock saga of such unmitigated gall and impact that 96 percent of the rest of R ’n’ R’s output since then is like mosquitoes pissing on a bonfire. But hey (ho), we don’t need to retell that tale here. Enuf...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Good read

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

What niche has Detroit’s Outrageous Cherry carved out of this helter-skelter, groovy-gone-wrong, ever-expanding pop and rock universe? Not garage rock, not psych garage; not ’60s girl group-meets-’70s sonic reducers; no, not quite. Torch bearers of the frittered away pop genius once possessed by Brian Wilson, P.J. Proby and Scott Walker?...

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Dubplate peer pressure

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Takin’ it back to the old school while pushing things forward, a crew of Michigan bassheads are rewinding drum ’n’ bass history and dropping it in a sci-fi context. In the early ’90s, primarily in England, jungle sliced and diced its way through the dance world. Its spastic beats...

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Piano mas

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Think of this as the year of the keyboard, in which a bumper crop of luscious jazz pianists fills the bins at your local record mart. After recent CD triumphs by Marilyn Crispell (Amaryllis), Brad Mehldau (on two from Charles Lloyd, The Water is Wide and the forthcoming Hyperion...

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Between the buttons

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Proxima Estacion: Esperanza, the second full-length solo album from Manu Chao, fulfills in an odd sort of way the heat-stroked imagery conjured by Wall of Voodoo many years ago when Stan Ridgeway imagined the "Mexican Radio." However, Esperanza is largely a continuation of the work Chao started on his solo...

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Yearbook snapshots

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Back in 1996, the Rondelles were precocious punk upstarts singing about homework and hormones and playing nostalgic, bobby socks pop that blended garage rock with the shimmy ’n’ shake of ’60s girl groups. They weren’t overly retro so much as obsessively romantic, though, with guitarist-vocalist Juliet fawning over math-geek crushes...

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Well-contained

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Built to Spill is three Idaho boys with a hankering for arena-sized grandeur and a penchant for melding tales of small-town life into a sound that smells like indie and tastes like Neil Young. On last year’s Live, the band paid homage to its spiritual pops with a cover of...

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