Sound memories 

Greg Baise

Wolf-Eyes, live and on their recording with Nautical Almanac, Hanson / NiKantu.

The Detroit Contemporary, 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd. Great art, and an occasional showcase for amazing music, especially when folks like Bhob Rainey, the Man+Machine performance, the No-Neck Blues Band, or the Michigan Progressive caucus stop by.

Royal Trux, live and on Veterans Of Disorder, Drag City

Boredoms, live and on Super ae, Birdman

Projectorhead, bringing the shining lights of underground cinema back to the real silver screen. I don't even go to the movies, but if I did ...

Denise James, A handful of live shows and an unreleased record add up to someone whose talent could use far more exposure.

Angus MacLise, The Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda, Quakebasket / Siltbreeze

DJ Brad Hales turning the Garden Bowl into the Avant-Garden Bowl.

Starlite Desperation moves to town and to the top of the rock heap.

Misanthropy 961 (Sundays at midnight, CJAM 91.5 FM)

"Dot" Magazine

Missed: Doug Sahm, Lawrence Terbush, the Sunday Journal, the Wildbunch, Kinotek, Sleazy Listening Parties at Lush, Alvin's circa the Steven-and-Jamie years, Fourth Street Fair circa 1998.


Norene Cashen
Private listening experiences '99

Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac Reads On the Road, Rykodisc

The song "Blewu" by Angelique Kidjo, Morning Becomes Eclectic, Mammoth Records

M.J. Harris and Martyn Bates, Murder Ballads: The Complete Collection, Musica Maxima

"Kiss Me Idle," Verve Pipe, RCA

Frank Pahl, Remove the Cork

Carlos Santana et al., Supernatural, Arista

XTC, Apple Venus Pt. I, TVT

"The Ed Love Program" and "Blues from the Lowlands" with Robert Jones on WDET 101.9 FM


Doug "Scoop" Coombe

Nobukazu Takemura, Scope

Various Artists, Comin From tha D, Intuit-Solar

Beth Orton, Central Reservation, Arista

Flashpapr, Do What You Must Do

Neil Young, Live at the Paramount Theater 3/20/99 (bootleg)

Ali Farka Toure, Niafunke, World Circuit-Nonesuch

Stereolab, Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night, Elektra

Roscoe Mitchell, Nine to Get Ready, BMG-ECM

Chemical Brothers, Surrender, Astralwerks

Handsome Boy Modeling School, So ... How's Your Girl?, Tommy Boy


Liz Copeland
Significance 1999

UK-based Warp Records sees greater U.S. exposure.

Buena Vista Social Club (the documentary), Wim Wenders

Orbit final issue, Fall

Bob Dylan live, St. Andrew's Hall, July 6

Dave Dixon leaves Earth, May 30

Innerzone Orchestra, Programmed, Astralwerks-Planet E

Tom Waits live, Toronto, Aug. 23

Kompress: Kanceled, Nov. 6

Time:Space Live, Motor, Dec. 3

C-Pop Gallery Permanent Relocation: Downtown Detroit

Detroit Rock City somehow becomes Detroit Rap City to mainstream public — in spite of the movie.


Hobey Echlin
A Year in the Mix

Transmat Time:Space Tour, New York City, 12/5/99 (with Stacey Pullen, Aril Brikha, Time:Space live, Derrick May.)

Detroit Grand Pubas, "Sandwiches," Throw; Eminem, "My Name Is," Aftermath; Bad Company, "Nine," BCR/UK

DJ DB, Shades of Technology, F-111

Natas, Wicket World Wide.Com, Gotham-Overcore

Adult., Entertainment EP, Ersatz Audio; Unband, Retarder, TVT

Memorial Day Weekend, Alan Oldham at Whistle 2, New Jersey; Futureproof at Frying Pan, New York City; Jeff Mills at Twilo, New York City

Minus and Planet E Winter Music Conference Parties, Tantra, Miami

Peter Kruder, Peace Orchestra, G-Stoned; Unit, The Narcoleptic Symphony, Caipirinha

Primordial Passage featuring Grazyna Auguscik, Underground Evolution, Peacefrog-UK; Moby, Play, V2; Underworld, Beaucoup Fish, V2

Saturday Nights at Club Better Days, Detroit ("Thanks Korie"); Prohibited Beatz party with Jojo Mayer's Nerve, Shine, New York City


Carleton S. Gholz

Superchunk performing "Slack Motherfucker" at the Magic Stick ("I hope I die before I grow up.")

Wilco performing "Misunderstood" at Pine Knob ("Jeff Tweedy thanking an REM crowd for absolutely nothing.")

Ol' Dirty Bastard, "I Can't Wait," from N***a Please ("Stagger Lee resurfaces between jail sentences to sequence the last ‘90s riot.")

Low, Christmas, Tugboat ("Low's response to Phil Spector's 1963 A Christmas Gift for You.)

Listening to Sonic Narcotic by Transient Waves at Neptune Records with owner Brett Marion.

Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense at the Detroit Film Theatre

Walking into Linda G.'s new Westside dance club, Detroit Science.

Reading Frank Kofsky's Black Nationalism and the Revolution in Music (1970), then discovering Archie Shepp was still alive (Archie Shepp-Kahil El ‘Zabar's Ritual Trio, Conversations, Delmark)

Realizing that Belle & Sebastian's first album, Tigermilk, was influenced by Elvis as well as the Smiths.

Rainer Maria, Look Now Look Again, Polyvinyl ("How I wish I was an English major.")

Marvin Gaye, Love Starved Heart, Motown

Unrest, Malcolm X Park, Teenbeat

Gang Starr, Full Clip, Virgin


Chris Handyside
Metro Times Music Editor

Magnetic Fields live, Magic Stick

Bob Dylan live, St. Andrew's Hall

Marilyn Manson live, State Theatre, Two words: Spinal Tap

Super Furry Animals, Guerilla, Flydaddy

Chris Rock, Bigger & Blacker, DGC

John Prine, In Spite of Ourselves, Oh Boy!

Superchunk, Come Pick Me Up, Merge; Get-Up Kids, Something to Write Home About, Vagrant

The Donnas, Get Skintight, Lookout!

White Stripes, White Stripes, Sympathy for the Record Industry

Café Tacuba, Reves-Yo Soy, Warner

Eminem, Slim Shady, Aftermath

And pop this mix on random in your CD player: Flaming Lips, Soft Bulletin; Beth Orton, Central Reservation; Beck, Midnite Vultures; Wilco, Summer Teeth; Sloan, Between the Bridges


Keith A. Owens

Various Artists, Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Sony

Various Artists, Blues Routes: Heroes & Tricksters, Blues & Jazz, Worksongs & Street Music, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Robert Lockwood Jr., Robert Lockwood Jr.: The Complete Trix Recordings, 32 Blues

Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Kirkland: The Complete Trix Recordings, 32 Blues

Johnnie Bassett, Party My Blues Away, Cannonball Records

Larry Garner, Standing Room Only, Ruf Records

Alberta Adams, Born With the Blues, Cannonball Records

Slo Leak, When the Clock Strikes 12, TVT Records-United Producers

Robert Cray, Take Your Shoes Off, Ryko

Various Artists, Hastings Street Grease, Vol. 2, Blue Suit Records


Khary Kimani Turner

Opening for Donald Byrd at the African World Festival, Poetry for 4,000 heads? Opening to mild boos and exiting to a standing ovation? Are you kidding? I'm still high from it.

Interviewing Chuck D., Two things monetary compensation for writing will never replace are free records and one-on-ones with people I truly respect.

Interviewing Maxwell, Nothing like anticipating pretension and being proven wrong. Dude is aiight with me.

Grover Washington Jr., He made me wish I'd been born a decade earlier, so I could have witnessed his earlier work.

Luciano's concerts at the Majestic, Bruh-man tore the roof off, in high praise.

The Roots, Things Fall Apart, MCA

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Spirit of Music, WEA-Elektra

Mos Def, Black on Both Sides, Loud

The Art of Noise, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, UNI-Universal-ZTT

Cassandra Wilson, Traveling Miles, EMD-Blue Note


Richard C. Walls

Cecil Taylor-Elvin Jones-Dewey Redman, Momentum Space, Verve

Tom Waits, Mule Variations, Epitaph

Horace Silver, Retrospective, Blue Note

The Kennedy Experience, Sony Classical

Arto Lindsay, Prize, Righteous Babe

Lee Konitz, Another Shade of Blue, Blue Note

The Herbie Nichols Project, Dr. Cyclops' Dream, Soul Note

Los Lobos, This Time, Hollywood

Bryan Ferry, As Time Goes By, Virgin

Randy Newman, Bad Love, Dreamworks

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