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Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Laundry Service

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

From Menudo to Ricky Martin, “prefab” Latin pop stars have traditionally been attacked on two fronts: Not only have these South-of-the-border hit-makers supposedly been “manufactured” for American ears, they’ve also supposedly betrayed something about their own heritage — something (to use the academic parlance) authentically Latin. Predictably enough, Shakira...

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… And the Women Who Love Them (Special Addition)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

There’s something completely disarming at work here. One would think that after even the briefest stints as either a) a music critic, b) a punk-rock fan, c) a casual radio listener or d) all of the above, pop-punk would be so old hat as to not even keep the...

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Voci featuring Kim Kashkashian, viola

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Popular (people’s) music and classical (art) music are usually thought of as two different planets, orbiting far apart — and bringing them together might seem like mixing oil and water. But more than one early 20th century composer — Debussy, Bartók, Kodály, Ives — dipped into the bottomless well...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Black Buildings

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Like the writing in his unpublished novel, Reality Slap, Neil Ollivierra’s creative gifts in music and painting have been used to explore themes of city space, blackness and the creative process. But unlike his paintings, which hold shapes that seem to fill the canvas like film stills from Tron,...

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Nude On the Moon: The B-52’s Anthology

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Appropriately, it started in the back of a Chinese restaurant in the South, with five people sharing a mammoth drink called a Flaming Volcano. From the restaurant, the party moved to a friend’s basement. It was there a frustrated poet-turned-journalism student (Fred Schneider), a protest singer-turned-goat farmer (Kate Pierson),...

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Chicago’s Young Blues Generation

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Billy Branch and Lurrie Bell are two of the most well-known members of the younger generation of Chicago blues players. The amount of homework, hard work and just plain dues-paying that both of these guys have gone through is evident in their playing. As this CD demonstrates quite well,...

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Eban and Charley sound track

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2002 at 12:00 AM

That whole music-is-the-sound-track-to-your-life cliché is shit. Sure, music captures experiences as much as it creates them. And many of us will go to our graves remembering specific circumstances by the songs that were stuck in our skulls at the time, but real sound tracks have to be more thought-out...

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