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  • Various Artists: Sonar 98

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    Various Artists: Sonar 98

    various artists Sonar 98 Advanced Music/So Dens import WHAT DOES IT mean when 1998's most consistent and pleasing electronica album is an experimental, five-hour-long blowout? Maybe it means that, for all its elitist posturing, even the mos...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on December 23, 1998
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    Ich Bin Ein Berliner

    LONG BEFORE BEDROOM techheads like Al Jourgensen and Trent Reznor donned goth gear and tweaked their samplers to evoke postindustrial gloom, Einstrzende Neubauten made urban noise by clanging on the urban debris of their native West Berlin. The fi...

    by Amanda Ferguson on December 16, 1998
  • OK Computer - A musical boy and his laptop give new meaning to the term Mac Daddy

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    OK Computer - A musical boy and his laptop give new meaning to the term Mac Daddy

    Twenty-three-year-old electronica prodigy Jake Mandell is sitting in the spacious basement of his parents' Edina home playing connect the dots. Working on one of the two computers he uses to make music, he adjoins a series of onscreen boxes, manipu...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on December 16, 1998
  • Give Until It Hurts

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    Give Until It Hurts

    GIVE UNTIL IT hurts, the holiday credo goes. What remains unspecified here is who feels the pain: the giver, who will take a sharpened credit card to her wrists come January; or the recipient, who is burdened with the expectations of boundless plea...

    by City Pages Staff on December 16, 1998
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    Armell Antonio Pate

    Armell Antonio Pate (1975-1998) For two years, the Check Yoself Crew has been performing plays and hip-hop songs around the Cities to promote AIDS awareness among teens--especially in the black community, where the pandemic has hit hardest in rec...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on December 16, 1998
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    Out with the oldies

    Industry rumors that Tina & the B-Sides have been dropped from Sire Records are "utterly false," according to label publicists. Which makes sense, since steel-piped Tina Schlieske is enjoying a higher profile than ever this winter. Her live presenc...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on December 16, 1998
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    Use Your Illusion

    JON SPENCER BANGS his Robert Johnson against the microphone stand. He cocks his assiduously groomed bedhead and places a big black boot on a stage monitor. Sweat beads. Chest hairs coil. He preens. Leers. Lunges. And--as if possessed--the blues bus...

    by Jon Dolan on December 9, 1998
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    Business as Usual

    RZA RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo Gee Street Let's face it. The RZA didn't get approved for unlimited platinum-plus street cred because he's coherent. The Wu-Tang's sound sculptor is an instinctive, organic postmodernist, an ace practition...

    by Keith Harris on December 9, 1998
  • 4Hero: Two Pages

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    4Hero: Two Pages

    4Hero Two Pages Talkin Loud/Mercury Records 4HERO WASN'T THE first crew to figure out that U.K. dance culture's two biggest themes--tripped-out hedonism and apocalyptic brooding--don't jibe. But their breakthrough single, "Kirk's Nightmare,...

    by Joshua Westlund on December 9, 1998
  • Beck: Mutations

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    Beck: Mutations

    Beck Mutations DGC/Bong Load WHEN YOUR FIRST album is a subculture-defining masterpiece, what do you do for an encore? Well, if you're Beck, you don't do much. You put out a pair of negligible indie albums and then follow them up two years...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on December 9, 1998
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    Swing Backward, Drone Ahead - The Future's Imperfect and the Past Is Always Here

    Grim tales of the Twin Cities swing scene As the premillennial trend toward 20th-century nostalgia spirals backward, it seems that the music, style, and dance of white postwar America has become the past of choice for the '90s hipoisie. Swing is...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on December 2, 1998
  • Grrls at Their Best - Mas Scara tests the bounds of militant amateurism

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    Grrls at Their Best - Mas Scara tests the bounds of militant amateurism

    In her essay "Days of Celebration and Resistance," Naomi Weisstein--founder of the 1970s-era Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band (CWLRB)--argued against the merits of what she called "militant amateurism." In egomaniacal prose, Weisstein tried to ...

    by Christina Schmitt on December 2, 1998
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    Radio in Motion

    Timbaland Tim's Bio: Life from Da Bassment Blackground/Atlantic Roughly a year ago, hip hop's premier breakbeat scientist, Timbaland (a.k.a. Tim Mosley, of Arlington, Va.) stepped up to the mic and introduced himself in an otherworldly voco...

    by Keith Harris on December 2, 1998
  • The Cardigans: Gran Turismo

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    The Cardigans: Gran Turismo

    The Cardigans Gran Turismo Mercury NEITHER THEIR NEWFOUND compulsion to make guitars sound like harpsichords nor their implementation of simulated drum programming should convince you that the Cardigans have "gone electronic." As arty pop d...

    by Keith Harris on December 2, 1998
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    various artists: Real: The Tom T. Hall Project

    various artists Real: The Tom T. Hall Project Watermelon/Sire ALTHOUGH HE'S NO longer a household name, '70s country icon Tom T. Hall is among the best, and most natural, songwriters American popular music has produced. As a musical short-s...

    by Chris Herrington on December 2, 1998
  • various artists: Cairo to Casablanca

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    various artists: Cairo to Casablanca

    various artists Cairo to Casablanca Putumayo World Music MARKET-SAVVY RECORD geeks have always known that it's almost always a mistake to judge an album by its cover. Though few would argue that you can't infer quite a bit from one. Take ...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on December 2, 1998
  • P.M. Dawn: Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad

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    P.M. Dawn: Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad

    P.M. Dawn Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad Gee Street/V2 FOUR RECORDS INTO a fascinatingly contrarian career, the hip-hop soul duo P.M. Dawn still hasn't covered the Beach Boys' paean to suburban teenage...

    by Chris Herrington on December 2, 1998
  • R.E.M.: Up

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    R.E.M.: Up

    R.E.M. Up Warner Bros. ACCORDING TO THE September issue of Jane, R.E.M. considered naming their new album Alone in My Urine, a title that could be read as a somewhat melodramatic take on the band's current identity crisis. In 1998, R.E.M. i...

    by Adam S. Goldman on December 2, 1998
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    The Blues and the Grays - After 30 years Nashville lifer Don Williams makes the best record of his career

    Giant Records' Nashville label chief Doug Johnson thought his song "Ride On" was tailor-made for Don Williams, but Williams had his reservations. Its subject matter--a little girl who uses her rocking horse to work off the pain of her parents' divo...

    by Britt Robson on November 25, 1998
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    Baby Steps - Twice the ambition, half the vision

    Dave King, drummer and composer for the locally heralded avant-jazz trio Happy Apple, loves his home state with a passion that borders on jingoism. One of the band's T-shirts features this aggressive non sequitur: We're Happy Apple. We're From Minn...

    by Joshua Westlund on November 25, 1998
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