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  • All That Jazz

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    All That Jazz

    A playfully turbulent quartet keeps getting better. Some postmod wiseacres drop their major-label debut. And the first family of jazz unfurls a riveting, albeit somewhat predictable, masterpiece. Barely two months into 2003, it looks like a banner ...

    by Britt Robson on March 5, 2003
  • Common: Electric Circus

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    Common: Electric Circus

    Common Electric Circus MCA There is a corniness about Common that shines special for you and me. It's not the pretentiousness of a rap bohemian dressed by Erykah Badu, accompanied by Stereolab, and produced by half of the known soul-clap ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on March 5, 2003
  • X Factor - John Doe leaves his punk roots behind to sing nice little songs about shooting at cars

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    X Factor - John Doe leaves his punk roots behind to sing nice little songs about shooting at cars

    As he winds around Topanga Canyon Boulevard, John Doe notices that the mists are heavier than usual, especially for early evening. Still, he takes the curves faster than he should, slowing down only for a peacock crossing the road--a male missing a...

    by Rod Smith on February 26, 2003
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    Straight, No Chaser

    One drawback to the otherwise fine acoustics of Jeremy Walker's brand new "all-night" jazz club in downtown St. Paul, Brilliant Corners (named after a Thelonious Monk tune), is that sometimes you can really hear the espresso machine swing. "I think...

    by Steve Marsh on February 26, 2003
  • Majesticons: Beauty Party

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    Majesticons: Beauty Party

    Majesticons Beauty Party Big Dada Underground rap is a breeding ground for outlandish narratives like Mike Ladd's. Gun Hill Road, the urban sci-fi concept album Ladd released under the Infesticons moniker, envisioned jiggy robot Majesticons...

    by Nate Patrin on February 26, 2003
  • Bottleskup Flenkenkenmike: Looks Like Velvet, Smells Like Pee

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    Bottleskup Flenkenkenmike: Looks Like Velvet, Smells Like Pee

    Bottleskup Flenkenkenmike Looks Like Velvet, Smells Like Pee Broklyn Beats You won't be seeing a Bottleskup Flenkenkenmike profile on Livin' Large or any other variation on Lifestyles of the Rich and Vacuous. In fact, the day the guerrill...

    by Rod Smith on February 26, 2003
  • Strange Ways, Here We Come - Warning: V9R9D may be your musical Viagra

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    Strange Ways, Here We Come - Warning: V9R9D may be your musical Viagra

    V9R9D's music once gave an innocent man a boner. But during one particular show at Big V's, in a room bursting with grotesque behavior, this excited guy's reaction was the last to be noticed by even the most sober crowd members. Here's what goes do...

    by Jen Gehlhar on February 19, 2003
  • The Clean: Anthology

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    The Clean: Anthology

    The Clean Anthology Merge Ever come across a historically relevant band whose key CD you listen to once and then file away forever, only to fish it out when your niece asks, "Hey, what did blah blah blah sound like?" Well, that won't h...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on February 19, 2003
  • Ted Leo/Pharmacists: Hearts of Oak

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    Ted Leo/Pharmacists: Hearts of Oak

    Ted Leo/Pharmacists Hearts of Oak Lookout Folk artists of the '60s taught us that it doesn't take a major-label contract to influence the public at large. All you need is charisma to back up your convictions, and New Jersey-based songwr...

    by Kate Silver on February 19, 2003
  • Cat Power: You Are Free

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    Cat Power: You Are Free

    Cat Power You Are Free Matador I'm feeling optimistic and Chan Marshall is singing. Something must be wrong with me. Something is always wrong when Marshall, who goes by the name Cat Power, puts out a new record: Her voice is a soundtrack...

    by Christina Schmitt on February 12, 2003
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Nocturama

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    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Nocturama

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Nocturama Anti Nick Cave is no longer a cynical goth. In the past decade, he has been so staggeringly prolific that he must have at least some faith in the healing powers of the creative process. Over his dozen a...

    by John Dugan on February 12, 2003
  • Digging Deeper - Excavating hip hop's history with the Roots

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    Digging Deeper - Excavating hip hop's history with the Roots

    Through its first quarter-century of existence, hip hop has spawned merely two self-contained live bands whose influence has had any longevity. The first was Stetsasonic, featuring DBC doubling on drums and keyboards and Prince Paul slicing and dic...

    by Britt Robson on February 12, 2003
  • Love Stinks - Who needs kissing? These non-nookie songs teach you more about love.

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    Love Stinks - Who needs kissing? These non-nookie songs teach you more about love.

    My friend Jim says that music is love. I can dig that. Not sure where "We Want Some Pussy" falls within the music-love paradigm, but the basic concept feels right. In this sense, every song is a love song, because every song is a desperate attempt ...

    by Kate Sullivan on February 12, 2003
  • Papa Said Knock You Out - How a boxer and a backpacker put local hip hop in the ring

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    Papa Said Knock You Out - How a boxer and a backpacker put local hip hop in the ring

    They got along well enough over the phone, and each had been told that the other could rap. But when they met for the first time, they looked at each other and thought maybe this collaboration wasn't going to work. Toki Wright (a.k.a. Intel) was a ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on February 5, 2003
  • The Raveonettes: Whip It On

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    The Raveonettes: Whip It On

    The Raveonettes Whip It On Orchard Imagine: On a full-throttle bender through the Nevada desert, the rebel malcontent protagonist of a lurid b-movie trailer sits behind the wheel of a whiskey-fueled jet-black '57 Chevy. With the squealing d...

    by Adam Hall on February 5, 2003
  • Lonesome Midwest Blues - Dan Kase--Aspiring to make Minnesota sound like the Mississippi Delta

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    Lonesome Midwest Blues - Dan Kase--Aspiring to make Minnesota sound like the Mississippi Delta

    I'm not exactly sure what a sarsaparilla is or what it tastes like, but I want one. Unfortunately, I'm fairly certain they don't have it on tap here at Dusty's Bar. What they do have--your usual assortment of Premium, Summit, Leinenkugel's--seems a...

    by Michael L. Walsh on January 29, 2003
  • Hecker:  Sun Pandämonium, Aleph Empire: Playback Confusion Device Volume One

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    Hecker: Sun Pandmonium, Aleph Empire: Playback Confusion Device Volume One

    Hecker Sun Pandmonium Mego Aleph Empire Playback Confusion Device Volume One Mego As genre names go, computer music is one of the most off-putting: It suggests a legion of white male academics fiddling around with bi-quad filters in ...

    by Nick Phillips on January 29, 2003
  • Wasteland: Amen Fire

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    Wasteland: Amen Fire

    Wasteland Amen Fire Transparent Wasteland retools Timbaland's metallic marching music for Thunderdome. On Amen Fire, the duo (featuring DJ Scud and I-Sound) locates a latent cyborg dread in tracks like Jay-Z's "Jigga What, Jigga Who" and ...

    by Jess Harvell on January 29, 2003
  • The Rednecks Next Door - Anchorhead prove there's a country outside Nashville

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    The Rednecks Next Door - Anchorhead prove there's a country outside Nashville

    Anchorhead mention whiskey every other song and they write "Thank you, beer" in their liner-notes acknowledgments. They mention double-soy-vanilla-lattes and pumpkin-chocolate muffins...um...never. Anchorhead's almost-bluegrass roots rock just begs...

    by Sarah Sawyer on January 22, 2003
  • Happy Apple: Youth Oriented

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    Happy Apple: Youth Oriented

    Happy Apple Youth Oriented Universal/Nato Bear Through their rockist artwork, ironically titled tunes, and general disregard for jazz purity and stuffiness, Happy Apple have managed to carry the day with indie rockers and funkateers whose...

    by Dylan Hicks on January 22, 2003
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