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  • DJ Shadow: Preemptive Strike

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    DJ Shadow: Preemptive Strike

    DJ Shadow Preemptive Strike Mo' Wax/FFRR IN 1996, WHEN Josh Davis (a.k.a. DJ Shadow) became the first white artist ever to revolutionize hip hop without selling any records, he changed the music, albeit quietly, forever. Where nearly every ot...

    by Jon Dolan on January 14, 1998
  • Frank Pahl: In Cahoots

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    Frank Pahl: In Cahoots

    Frank Pahl In Cahoots Vaccination LATELY THE PHRASE "Tom Waits-esque" has been creeping into rock reviews with the same frequency as hackneyed descriptions like "aural delight" and "sonically challenging." Clutter your record with old-timey...

    by Jay Ruttenberg on January 14, 1998
  • The Halo Benders: The Rebels Not In

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    The Halo Benders: The Rebels Not In

    The Halo Benders The Rebels Not In K Records THE HALO BENDERS' 1994 classic "Don't Touch My Bikini" is my all-time favorite summertime slap-in-the-face, and it remains a kid-pop classic. But three years after it hit college radio, our two her...

    by Christina Schmitt on January 14, 1998
  • True MCs - Back to Middle School: Wild Pitch reissues hip-hop classics by Gang Starr, the UMC's, Main Source, and Lord Finesse.

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    True MCs - Back to Middle School: Wild Pitch reissues hip-hop classics by Gang Starr, the UMC's, Main Source, and Lord Finesse.

    LIFE AIN'T ALWAYS what it seems here in the more money/more problems era of rap, when the genre enjoys stupefying success and widespread respect but lives uncomfortably in the shadow of its former achievements. Every corner-stoop critic can pinpoin...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on January 7, 1998
  • various artists: Township Jazz 'N' Jive: 18 Urban Swing Classics From the Jivin' '50s

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    various artists: Township Jazz 'N' Jive: 18 Urban Swing Classics From the Jivin' '50s

    various artists Township Jazz 'N' Jive: 18 Urban Swing Classics From the Jivin' '50s World Circuit IN THE '40s and '50s, faced with an unbearable systematic oppression and an earth-shattering rural-urban migration that makes the move from Mis...

    by Jon Dolan on December 24, 1997
  • Rakim: The 18th Letter

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    Rakim: The 18th Letter

    Rakim The 18th Letter Universal WHEN PUBLIC ENEMY chieftain Chuck D broke two years' worth of microphone silence with his 1996 solo joint Autobiography of Mistachuck, he re-emerged with one hell of a thorn in his side. A leading architect of ...

    by James Diers on December 24, 1997
  • Bush: Deconstructed

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    Bush: Deconstructed

    Bush Deconstructed Trauma/Interscope NOBODY UNDERSTANDS Gavin Rossdale. He is misunderstoodness made flesh. He puts his faith in words, and they fail him. He's beautiful, but he's not happy. He's pretty sure rough sex would rock his universe,...

    by Laura Sinagra on December 24, 1997
  • Dubbed Out in D.C. and Sounds from the Thievery hi-fi

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    Dubbed Out in D.C. and Sounds from the Thievery hi-fi

    various artists Dubbed Out in D.C. Eighteenth Street Lounge Music Thievery Corporation Sounds from the Thievery hi-fi Eighteenth Street Lounge Music MY WORKING DEFINITION of "bossa nova" was formed in 1983 with my purchase of the first ...

    by James Diers on December 24, 1997
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    Holiday Box-Set Roundup

    Ray Charles Genius and Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Rhino IN 1955, RAY Charles bled gospel into gutbucket. His rhythm 'n' blues smash "I Got a Woman"--a rewrite of the old hymn "I Got a Savior"--took the line "I got a savior/Way over...

    by City Pages Staff on December 17, 1997
  • Timbaland and Magoo: Welcome to Our World

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    Timbaland and Magoo: Welcome to Our World

    Timbaland and Magoo Welcome to Our World Blackground/Atlantic IT'S BEEN A decade or so since Stetsasonic's Daddy-O rapped that sampling is "just a tactic, a portion of my method," in defense of hip hop's well-cultivated ethic of creative appr...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on December 10, 1997
  • American Lesion: American Lesion

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    American Lesion: American Lesion

    American Lesion American Lesion Atlantic BAD RELIGION HAS always been about unholy rollin' rather than confessions at the alter; it's the sneer of the vocals, the whipsnap snarl of the guitar, and the thunderous thump of the drums that has ca...

    by Britt Robson on December 10, 1997
  • Michael Hurley: Snockgrass

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    Michael Hurley: Snockgrass

    Michael Hurley Snockgrass Rounder Records MICHAEL HURLEY'S songwriting career can be imagined as one long, lonely yodel in the valley. In 1980, when he recorded his bluer-than-bluegrass masterpiece, Snockgrass (just reissued on Rounder), the ...

    by Jon Dolan on December 10, 1997
  • We, Spy - Open-Circuit Camera: Through cosmetic surgery and a new housebound regime, Rachael "Ana" Olson has made herself over for public observation.

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    We, Spy - Open-Circuit Camera: Through cosmetic surgery and a new housebound regime, Rachael "Ana" Olson has made herself over for public observation.

    WHEN WE LAST left "thee immortal faerie goddess" Rachael Olson, she was still the unluckiest would-be rock star in town. After 11 years with her glitter-mod pop band the Blue Up?, she had given us three wonderful (and sadly out-of-print) albums--th...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on December 10, 1997
  • Dial Tones - Bang a Gong: Harry Partch on one of his musical contraptions.

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    Dial Tones - Bang a Gong: Harry Partch on one of his musical contraptions.

    1997, THE YEAR of electronica's glorious ascension into elevator music, has proved a strangely wonderful period for Americana. The Smithsonian reissued Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. Rounder began releasing an extensive series of p...

    by D. Strauss on December 10, 1997
  • Rhyme After Time - Business is Chilling: LL Cool J and EPMD.

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    Rhyme After Time - Business is Chilling: LL Cool J and EPMD.

    EPMD Back In Business Def Jam LL Cool J Phenomenon Def Jam LL COOL J'S "Phenomenon" is a pop song for 1998. A celebration of a post-gangsta era that began with the murders of Tupac and Biggie, it's a triumph of soap-operatic sexuality o...

    by Britt Robson on December 3, 1997
  • Return to Sender - Best Buy announces that the CD-release party is over.

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    Return to Sender - Best Buy announces that the CD-release party is over.

    "Some places are known for great music." With those words, Best Buy let the Alternative Nation know that this was the CD store for them--and drove the point home with TV commercials celebrating the rock scenes of cities like Boston and Minneapolis....

    by Simon Peter Groebner on November 26, 1997
  • Verve vs. Voyeurism

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    Verve vs. Voyeurism

    SHE WAS WHIPPING him pretty good, all things considered. I mean, there she was in that cage, degrading him with all the enthusiasm she could muster, and all the audience could do was watch. As the mistress whipped, groped, slapped, and otherwise be...

    by Francis Hwang on November 26, 1997
  • Will Oldham: Joya

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    Will Oldham: Joya

    Will Oldham Joya Drag City ONE PART DISHEVELED New Dylan, one part indie Everyman, Will Oldham is perhaps the only contemporary songwriter who's able to balance his search for a mythic persona with a staunch adherence to punk-rock idealism. U...

    by Jay Ruttenberg on November 26, 1997
  • Prince Paul: Psychoanalysis (What is it?)

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    Prince Paul: Psychoanalysis (What is it?)

    Prince Paul Psychoanalysis (What is it?) Tommy Boy SKITS ARE TOO often the scourge of a good hip-hop record. Anyone laying out $15.99 for a new release doesn't need a spate of corny interludes and lame inside jokes sandwiched between the ofte...

    by James Diers on November 26, 1997
  • Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus

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    Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus

    Company Flow Funcrusher Plus Official IN HIP HOP, money changes everything--and keeps it that way. Five years after The Chronic ushered in the age of the blockbuster hip-hop album, rap has given up on its roots, chasing its own prescribed sty...

    by Jon Dolan on November 26, 1997
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