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  • THE DB'S: Stands for deciBels/Repercussion

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    THE DB'S: Stands for deciBels/Repercussion

    THE DB'S Stands for deciBels/Repercussion Collectors' Choice The smartest stateside Beatles cop since Big Star was also the most tense and intricate. In their early Eighties prime, North Carolinians Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey sometime...

    by Keith Harris on February 27, 2002
  • That Eighties Show

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    That Eighties Show

    PLAYGROUP Playgroup Source Remember Short Circuit's busted-up robo-comedian making the self-affirming proclamation "Number Five is alive!"? No? Well, that A.I. forerunner still makes the best metaphor for the Eighties sound: It's a lovable hunk ...

    by Nick Phillips on February 20, 2002
  • Melancholy Baby - The Good Life and Azure Ray give love a wistful refrain

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    Melancholy Baby - The Good Life and Azure Ray give love a wistful refrain

    Far from the madding crowd or the thundering herd, Omaha, Nebraska, is establishing itself as the unlikely locus for a new music scene. Spotlighting a close-knit circle of friends, the Saddle Creek label is home to an underground effulgence reminis...

    by Chris Parker on February 20, 2002
  • The Mouse That Roared - James Lindbloom brings eclectic sounds to his Roaratorio record label

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    The Mouse That Roared - James Lindbloom brings eclectic sounds to his Roaratorio record label

    James Lindbloom is something of a contrarian. In an age when corporate labels and file-sharing services wage war over the future of music, when even the dinkiest indies offer at least a little taste of their wares online, the head of Roaratorio Recor...

    by Rod Smith on February 20, 2002
  • Lucky Jeremy: Happy Get Lucky

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    Lucky Jeremy: Happy Get Lucky

    LUCKY JEREMY Happy Get Lucky Heart of a Champion Our 20s: Is there a better time to curl up and revel in post-adolescent angst? After age 18, you can still get away with it for a few more years. Especially when you're St. Paul singer/ songw...

    by Kate Silver on February 20, 2002
  • Princess Superstar: Princess Superstar Is

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    Princess Superstar: Princess Superstar Is

    PRINCESS SUPERSTAR Princess Superstar Is Rapster Here's to reader-response theory! If the meaning of music exists only in its interpretation by fans, then who cares about authorial intent? Despite Eminem's flamboyant homophobia, queer people...

    by Melissa Maerz on February 20, 2002
  • Push Button Objects: 360 Remixes, Tosca: Different Tastes of Honey

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    Push Button Objects: 360 Remixes, Tosca: Different Tastes of Honey

    PUSH BUTTON OBJECTS 360 Remixes Chocolate Industries TOSCA Different Tastes of Honey G-Stone/!K7 The remix album is the ultimate affirmation of both the lover's devotion (one track over and over again) and the skeptic's derision. Aft...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on February 20, 2002
  • The Mouth of the South - Lynyrd Skynyrd singer decapitated in drive-by truckers rock opera

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    The Mouth of the South - Lynyrd Skynyrd singer decapitated in drive-by truckers rock opera

    The Southern fascination with the Southern perception of the Southern condition is as tiresome as it is reductive as it is inexhaustible. To hear them Rebels tell it, every facet of their experience is not just peculiar but unique, not just an inst...

    by Keith Harris on February 13, 2002
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    Joy Division

    DJ /RUPTURE Gold Teeth Thief self-released Let's start in the middle. Dahlena's "Dabka" is a kind of polyrhythmic Indian marching song, its trilling woodwinds and driving drum corps lending it a feeling of ancient ceremony. The track start...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on February 13, 2002
  • My Hometown - Baaba Maal and Gigi explore the native lands they left behind

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    My Hometown - Baaba Maal and Gigi explore the native lands they left behind

    I'm not sure that I understand my hometown of Cleveland better for having left it, but some aspects of the place certainly become more vivid in the mode of memory and longing: the persistent clouds and petulant lake, crammed duplexes and corner bar...

    by Laura Sinagra on February 6, 2002
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    I Like the Spite In You - On his new album, Sean Na Na has meanness to spare

    Sean Tillmann is such a cuddly ball of a fellow, from the scraggly bristle of his ever-lengthening hair to his pink Shaggs tee to the way his ready giggle expands an initial yeah into increasingly animated hehs. Tillmann sits across from me in a St. ...

    by Keith Harris on February 6, 2002
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    House is a Home

    Nowadays, a DJ will rarely state that he just "spins house." Instead, if he's smart, he'll promote himself by specializing in an established subgenre. Consider dance music's lineage from early Eighties electro to the newly hatched sound of 2-step. In...

    by Jen Boyles on February 6, 2002
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    Repeat Offender

    Getting a song so embedded in your brain that it plays over and over again on your cerebral stereo is not necessarily a bad thing. Unfortunately, more often than not, it's the truly inane songs that stick with us. Recently, a musician friend told m...

    by Melissa Maerz on February 6, 2002
  • The Teaches of Peaches - Anti-folk avatars the Moldy Peaches give lessons in good touch and bad touch.

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    The Teaches of Peaches - Anti-folk avatars the Moldy Peaches give lessons in good touch and bad touch.

    Nothing says rock 'n' roll like "doo doo da doo." What does it mean? Who cares? When New York City anti-folk duo the Moldy Peaches sing those syllables, the pleasure of the music lies in its organic inflections. That's true for most forms of commun...

    by Melissa Maerz on January 30, 2002
  • Suburban Renewal - Or more to the point, who are the Suburbs?

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    Suburban Renewal - Or more to the point, who are the Suburbs?

    Two decades ago, I would have laughed if you'd told me that the author of "Cows," the Suburbs song that memorably leered at the lower extremities of livestock, would one day be teaching "Songwriting for Pop Musicians" at the MacPhail Center for the A...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on January 30, 2002
  • Prophet Sharing - Unknown Prophets draw friends into their latest release

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    Prophet Sharing - Unknown Prophets draw friends into their latest release

    The final track of the Unknown Prophets' debut album, World Premier, knocked me down and left me straining to reach the stereo's repeat button. But the song was playing on the radio. Coming over the airwaves was a doubt so deep, an almost endless l...

    by Cecily Marcus on January 30, 2002
  • Drowning By Numbers

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    Drowning By Numbers

    Brief moments of intimacy occur all around us. Once, while reading a very old philosophy book that he had checked out of the library, my best friend found a postcard tucked between the pages. He sent it to me. The mildewed picture--which probably d...

    by Melissa Maerz on January 30, 2002
  • Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto - International Robot's Music Is More Than Mechanical Garage Rock

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    Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto - International Robot's Music Is More Than Mechanical Garage Rock

    Dan Henry is one hell of a drummer. Screaming, "Keep it movin'!" into his mic, the International Robot's Ludwig beater snaps his head forward for a breath, staring blankly at some void in the crowd out in front of him. He repeats this back-and-forth ...

    by Christina Schmitt on January 23, 2002
  • The Age of Anxiety

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    The Age of Anxiety

    Handsome Family lyricist Rennie Sparks once wrote in Salon that her first exposure to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music reassured her that "life has always been uncertain, unfair and bloodthirsty." An important historical lesson, that: T...

    by Keith Harris on January 23, 2002
  • Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

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    Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

    Where are all the music fans out there? At a recent Competitorr show at the 7th Street Entry, I noticed that fewer people than usual were huddled near the stage on a Friday night. Okay, so maybe there was a smaller throng in that particular vicinit...

    by Melissa Maerz on January 23, 2002
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