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    Sound Check

    December Boys Got It Bad THE SPASTIC PUMMELING Decembers Architects gave a small crowd at the Foxfire Coffee Lounge a few weeks ago prompted one fan to shout, "Dude, do you guys know how cool you are?" But the quartet can hardly take such a compl...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on December 8, 1999
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    Beck Is the Loneliest Number - The inscrutable music, the unknowable man

    Beck Hansen is not white like Elvis Presley. He isn't white like Bob Dylan. He isn't white like the Beastie Boys or white like the Backstreet Boys. He isn't white like Kid Rock or like Eminem or like Limp Bizkit. He isn't even white like Michael Ja...

    by Keith Harris on December 8, 1999
  • Growing Up - Emo finds some unlikely champions in a culture critic, jazz virtuoso, and two rock-scene vets


    Growing Up - Emo finds some unlikely champions in a culture critic, jazz virtuoso, and two rock-scene vets

    The sticker on James Diers's guitar reads "Cheer Up Emo Kid," and tonight he's trying to do just that. Moments before Love-Cars launch into a gig at St. Olaf's student union in sleepy Northfield, the frontman affably coaxes a dozen students onstage...

    by Mark Hansen on December 8, 1999
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    Sound Check

    From Bon Voyage to Bons Mots THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT Bon Apptit's bright, booth-lined front room that feels like one of those archetypal young people's hangouts of movies and TV shows past. All that's missing is a jukebox and a vintage pinball mac...

    by City Pages Staff on December 1, 1999
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    Love the Machine You're With - Does Rage stir the revolution--or provide the soundtrack for the next white riot?

    You say you want a revolution? Rage Against the Machine's "Testify" sounds like "Crosstown Traffic" trying to make it through the Watts Riots, a martial snare and a wondrous Hendrix-as-Sonic Youth guitar squall and a walloping stick-it-in-your-yeah...

    by Jon Dolan on December 1, 1999
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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


    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


    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


    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


    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
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    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?


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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
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