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    The Indestructible Beat - South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim found a mentor in Duke Ellington, a fan in Mandela, a community in American free jazz, and a muse in his once-lost country

    Abdullah Ibrahim remembers when playing his music could literally be a matter of life or death, when merely coaxing a song in praise of his native land and culture was a call to revolution. Beginning in 1959 he led what some have termed the first m...

    by Rick Mason on December 1, 1999
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    Ricky Martin Death Watch: Day 61

    I AM SO lite Latin-jazzed about Ricky Martin's teeth! They rule! In my less cogent micro-moments I sometimes wish I had boy-band hair and molars. But then I realize I've already lived through those awkward years, during which upscale shop clerks of...

    by Tom Smith on December 1, 1999
  • Atom and His Package: Making Love

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    Atom and His Package: Making Love

    Atom and His Package Making Love No Idea HOWEVER YOUNG OR old Atom Goren might be, anyone who refers to Taco Bell as a "restaurant" has his finger on the pulse of smart-assed suburban teendom. The Oreland, Pennsylvania, native with local ties...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on November 24, 1999
  • Marshall Crenshaw: #447

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    Marshall Crenshaw: #447

    Marshall Crenshaw #447 Razor & Tie HOW TO DEFEND Marshall Crenshaw? His career presents a portrait of the rock auteur in silhouette: The excavation of his persona is a process of continuous addition by subtraction--i.e., to determine what you...

    by Keith Harris on November 24, 1999
  • Archer Prewitt: White Sky

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    Archer Prewitt: White Sky

    Archer Prewitt White Sky Carrot Top BARE TREES JUST don't move most rock songwriters the way long, hot nights do, but there are some that prefer a fading summer to one in full swing. So it is with Archer Prewitt, late of Chicago bands the Sea...

    by Cecile Cloutier on November 24, 1999
  • Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run

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    Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run

    Paul McCartney Run Devil Run Capitol WITH RUN DEVIL Run, Paul McCartney gets back to where he once belonged: to the pure, unadulterated rock 'n' roll he bashed out as a young Beatle in the bier halls of Hamburg and the Cavern in Liverpool. Ti...

    by Rick Mason on November 24, 1999
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    Sound Check

    The Spanish Connection WHY DO TWO recent murmury pop exports from Spain bear a Stillwater, Minnesota, imprint? You'll find no clue in the booklets of either Le Mans' Aqu Viva Yo or Ana D's Satlite 99, each of which lists complete lyrics (en es...

    by City Pages Staff on November 24, 1999
  • Article

    Shrewing of the Tame - Pop star Fiona Apple matures to her bitter core with When the Pawn...

    Like most any self-respecting, intellectually correct music critic, I was primed to glide into snide mode on the subject of Fiona Apple's When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King... (Epic), and not just because the full title is 90 wo...

    by Britt Robson on November 24, 1999
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    I Don't Know the Artist, But I Know What I Like

    IT WASN'T JUST an unwillingness to settle for a fine Artist's market share that lured the Twin Cities' most deliberate(d) auteur into the open arms of well-known humanitarian-slash-Arista Records ringleader Clive Davis. As Our Hero pines on "Man 'o...

    by Keith Harris on November 24, 1999
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School: So... How's Your Girl?

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

    Handsome Boy Modeling School So... How's Your Girl? Tommy Boy I NEVER EXPECTED to hear the wonderfully frog-voiced comedian Bob Elliot (of Bob & Ray) dialoguing with son Chris on a hip-hop track, much less providing the signature moment (a sa...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on November 17, 1999
  • Mos Def: Black on Both Sides

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    Mos Def: Black on Both Sides

    Mos Def Black on Both Sides Rawkus IS MOS DEF'S Black on Both Sides a classic? I've found myself squabbling with naysaying hardcore purists over half a point on our respective scales of one to ten. Issues of contention: There's too much singi...

    by Neil Drumming on November 17, 1999
  • Mike Ness and Sally Timms

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    Mike Ness and Sally Timms

    Mike Ness Under the Influences Time Bomb Recordings Sally Timms Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos Bloodshot Records SALLY TIMMS AND Mike Ness share middle age and the distinction of singing with thoughtful, long-lived p...

    by Anders Smith-Lindall on November 17, 1999
  • Material: Intonarumori

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    Material: Intonarumori

    Material Intonarumori Axiom MATERIAL MASTERMIND BILL Laswell has more records to his discography than Picasso had sketches, but anyone who has trudged through more than a few of the three-dozen albums released every year with his name attache...

    by Kembrew McLeod on November 17, 1999
  • Arto Lindsay: Prize

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    Arto Lindsay: Prize

    Arto Lindsay Prize Righteous Babe ARTO LINDSAY'S ABILITY to conflate and confuse categories lesser mortals consider opposites--animal passion and contemplative cunning, "natural" samba and "artificial" electronics--shows no signs of lagging o...

    by Keith Harris on November 17, 1999
  • Warp 10 +1, Warp 10 +2, Warp 10 +3

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    Warp 10 +1, Warp 10 +2, Warp 10 +3

    various artists Warp 10 +1 Influences Warp 10 +2 Classics 89-92 Warp 10+3 Remixes Warp/Matador THE WARP LABEL story in one sentence: Two Sheffield record-store clerks turned dance-music entrepreneurs fall in love with the bleep 'n' blip m...

    by Jon Dolan on November 17, 1999
  • Pet Shop Boys: Nightlife

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    Pet Shop Boys: Nightlife

    Pet Shop Boys Nightlife Sire THE EMOTIONAL SOFTENING of the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant has been one of this decade's great gifts to pop. With 1993's Very, the singer discarded the ironic distance he and fellow Shop keeper Chris Lowe had main...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on November 17, 1999
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    Tom Scharpling and Ronald Thomas Clontle: Rock, Rot & Rule

    Tom Scharpling and Ronald Thomas Clontle Rock, Rot & Rule Stereolaffs UNLIKE MOST ROCK critics, Ronald Thomas Clontle doesn't bother trying to persuade you that his opinions aren't wrong--he doesn't even try to convince you he knows what he's...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on November 17, 1999
  • various artists: Sounds of Psychedelphia

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    various artists: Sounds of Psychedelphia

    various artists Sounds of Psychedelphia Lounge THOUGH THE TERM is soaked in formaldehyde, psychedelia has undergone something of a recent revival thanks to the Flaming Lips, bands in the Elephant 6 collective, resurgent interest in Krautrock ...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on November 17, 1999
  • Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash - Storming the stage with postpunk pirates Lifter Puller

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    Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash - Storming the stage with postpunk pirates Lifter Puller

    Dan Monick greets me with the first of the evening's many salty aarghs. Piratically becapped, pants tapered midcalf, face smeared in black cosmetic grime, the genial Lifter Puller drummer appears less likely to shiver anyone's timbers than serve up...

    by Keith Harris on November 10, 1999
  • Sound Check

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    Sound Check

    Meaning, Essence, Revelation MOST MUSIC LOVERS can pinpoint the moment they fell for a genre by a single song or a concert. For free-jazz enthusiasts Scott and Sarah Hreha, it was a book: The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader. Assigned in Sarah's g...

    by City Pages Staff on November 10, 1999
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