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    Taxi Man

    THERE'S A RED 1976 Olds Delta 88 sitting in the yard of Mem Shannon's house in New Orleans's Irish Channel neighborhood that he'd like to sell--perhaps to the Hard Rock Cafe or the House of Blues or some other collector of music artifacts...

    by City Pages Staff on July 17, 1996
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    STREET LIFE

    FOR GENERATIONS OF south Minneapolis rockers, the crowning moment of last summer was the smashing reunion performance of the Suicide Commandos at the third annual Lyn-Lake Street Fair. In fact, both with and without them, each previous in...

    by City Pages Staff on July 17, 1996
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    MMA CRIBSHEET

    IF YOU NAME your organization the Minnesota Music Academy, you're setting up some mighty expectations from people--so it's not surprising the MMA's had its share of detractors over the years. In fact, the most interesting event during the...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on July 10, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    Record Roundup Neil Young with Crazy Horse Broken Arrow Reprise SOMETIMES CD TITLES are more revealing than originally intended. So it is with Broken Arrow, a collection of aimless tunes by a stalwart artist whose warrior spirit app...

    by City Pages Staff on July 10, 1996
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    SOUL HITS

    SPEAKING FROM HIS hometown of NYC last week, Soul Coughing's guitarist and wordsmith M. Doughty was at something of a loss to explain the group's rabid following in the Twin Cities. "It's really, really peculiar," he says. "We get these S...

    by City Pages Staff on July 3, 1996
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    Piano, Man

    FOR NEARLY 40 years as a songwriter, producer, singer, pianist, and arranger, Allen Toussaint has been so integral a part of the New Orleans R&B scene that a rundown of his songs and the artists he's worked with pretty much charts its history. He w...

    by City Pages Staff on June 26, 1996
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    SWEET ON SWEDES

    MY FAVORITE SONG this spring was an enchanting little cocktail-pop jaunt called "Daddy's Car," in which a dewy-eyed Scandinavian singer and her friends go on a cosmic Euro-roadtrip "to find out how summers are." Off they go--"From Luxembo...

    by Will Hermes on June 26, 1996
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    Desire and a Word

    "YOU WANNA WATCH where the fuck you're goin," he said. "That's 'You want to watch where the fuck you're going, Sir.'" It was a lieutenant, and he was laughing. That interchange comes from Dispatches, correspondent Michael Herr's version of the ...

    by Sara Vowell on June 19, 1996
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    A GOOD BLOWFISH IS HARD TO FIND

    TO MOST OBSERVERS, boomers and otherwise, Rolling Stone's reputation for journalistic upstart-ism has been slipping over the years in direct proportion to its increasing music-club inserts and nudie-starlet cover packages. At the same tim...

    by Will Hermes on June 19, 1996
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    The Roundup

    Record Roundup The Cure Wild Mood Swings Elektra HIGH SCHOOL SUCKS. That's where The Cure comes in. Countless teen misanthropes clutched the group's 1986 singles collection Standing on a Beach (their American breakthrough) to their collective...

    by City Pages Staff on June 12, 1996
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    Mything In Action

    Gillian Welch Revival Almo Sounds Sixteen Horsepower Sackcloth 'n' Ashes A & M THERE ISN'T AN American alive who hasn't bought into some myth or another. We're a nation stuck on dreaming, on archetypes and various forms of hi...

    by Sara Vowell on June 5, 1996
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    EAT AT STEVE'S

    EAT AT STEVE'S JUST A REMINDER about the self-explanatory Foodstock '96 benefit at First Avenue on Thursday (i.e. bring a canned good for the Emergency Food Shelf Network). The Mainroom lineup covers the current Oarfin Records...

    by City Pages Staff on June 5, 1996
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    Makeout Music For The Millennium

    SEMISONIC IS IN the midst of a jubilant homecoming set before a packed house at the Fine Line Music Cafe in when singer/guitarist Dan Wilson--who has charmed the crowd all night with one-liners and good-natured banter--suddenly turns serious. "I ...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on May 29, 1996
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    CD RELEASE GIGS

    QUITE A WEEK for local CDs, with John Casey's release this Friday (see A-List, p. 35), as well as hometown honky-tonk heroes The Carpetbaggers, who also host a release party this Friday. The trio celebrates its debut on Oakland's HighTone Records, ...

    by Will Hermes on May 29, 1996
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    RADIO A-OK, ETC.

    IN THEIR INFINITE wisdom, the University of Minnesota administrators who ran KUOM-AM back in the '60s decided that FM was a passing fad that would never catch on. So while we'll never know what might've happened to the operation were it not stuck o...

    by City Pages Staff on May 22, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    DJ Krush Meiso Mo'Wax/ffrr WITH A DASH of overstatement, you might say rappers were in danger of writing themselves out of their own music. Thematic redundancy and a dearth of talent make lyrics increasingly irrelevant to great hip-hop. Besides...

    by City Pages Staff on May 22, 1996
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    Record Roundup

    Imperial Teen Seasick Slash "C'MERE," A MAN'S voice beckons, whispering, in the dreamy opening of Imperial Teen's Seasick. "No, no, no, no... closer." It's a seduction, a standard rock & roll come-on. Except that it's followed by a song about...

    by City Pages Staff on May 15, 1996
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    Music Notes

    CD RELEASE PARTIES FORMER CP COVER models the Rank Strangers are finally out with their second disc, Mystery Spot (Veto). True to the advance hype, Spot captures the Strangers' live fury more than their debut did--it manages to sound better, eve...

    by City Pages Staff on May 15, 1996
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    Have A Pretty Bad Day

    Terry Allen Human Remains Sugar Hill NAMING YOUR CD Human Remains doesn't exactly scream Have A Nice Day, nor does filling it up with cheaters, calamities, crib death, and lyrics such as "Let's eat flesh from the knees of Jesus while he c...

    by Sara Vowell on May 1, 1996
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    Gig Roundup

    YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS must be sick and tired of the "atypical Seattle band" tag, since they've been kickin' around since before there was a typical Seattle band. On their umpteen albums, the Fellows genre-coast freely through rock, funk, new wave, an...

    by City Pages Staff on May 1, 1996
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