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  • Nico :The Classic Years


    Nico :The Classic Years

    Nico The Classic Years Polygram Chronicles THAT THE MYSTIQUE of mournful pan-European chanteuse Nico has stood up to years of historical and critical fanny-whacking is little surprise. That her music has been shamefully underrated, even les...

    by D. Strauss on October 28, 1998
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    No Direction Home - Dylan does Duluth; To Ave. and Ave. not

    Bob Dylan, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, October 22 Minnesotans have a tendency to overlook our musical treasures until they receive validation from the rest of the world. We might call it the Minnesota Inferiority Complex (MIC). And i...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on October 28, 1998
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    The Evil Men Undo - Monster Magnet's new alloy of heavy metal salvages the most unholy of musical forms

    Despite the fervent wishes of most self-appointed pop culture watchdogs, hard rock will never die. Attempts at pretending that traffic on the highway to hell has lightened only mask the truth that millions of suburban proletarians continue to remed...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on October 28, 1998
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    Goodnight, Walt Mink

    Goodnight, Walt Mink "The Walt Mink re-union tour has been CANCELED. There are no more shows. Sorry." So reads a rather unceremonious Web posting by Walt Mink's fourth and last label, Deep Elm. Though the N.Y.-by-way-of-St.-Paul (by way of New Yo...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 28, 1998
  • Radiodead



    BARBARA LONGO WAS working at home last Thursday morning when she turned on her radio and hit the preset button for 770 AM (Radio K) and heard the unmistakable sound of dead air. An employee of Roadrunner Records, which is a sponsor of Radio K, Long...

    by Kelly Wittman on October 21, 1998
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    Love Cry

    Albert Ayler Live in Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings Impulse FORTY YEARS AFTER the phrase was coined, "free" jazz improvisation has taken a number of different roads. In most current applications, the term "free" is so...

    by D. Strauss on October 21, 1998
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    Ware In the World - With his eruptive new album, saxophonist David S. Ware is rumbling up from the jazz underground

    David S. Ware's tempestuous, arrogant deconstruction of "The Way We Were" is the 49-year-old tenor saxophonist's blistering new manifesto. With a brash, throaty tone, Ware wrestles soul out of the song's festering sentimentality and pathetic nostal...

    by Joshua Westlund on October 21, 1998
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    Please Release Me - The characters on PJ Harvey's latest album do it until they come undone

    Polly Jean Harvey is a tease. She knows what we want from her--what we expect--and she knows exactly how long she can toy with us before she has to deliver. When she does, the listener is jolted by both the thrill of irrational desire and the terro...

    by Keith Harris on October 21, 1998
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    Fat Chance

    Fatboy Slim You've Come A Long Way, Baby Astralwerks Fatboy Slim On the Floor at the Boutique Skint import In 1988 the Jungle Brothers released "Because I Got It Like That," a revelatory rap track that swung so loose, it almost lop...

    by Jon Dolan on October 21, 1998
  • Grandmaster Clash - Connie Francis meets Nurse with Wound on the unruly turntables of DJ Ts


    Grandmaster Clash - Connie Francis meets Nurse with Wound on the unruly turntables of DJ Ts

    About this time last year, word began circulating through the local DJ/party community that some Asian kid from Osseo calling himself DJ Slanty-Eyed Art Fuck was the best young turntablist in the nation--or, at least, the weirdest. Few people had a...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on October 21, 1998
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    Birdland Revisited - Thirty-five years ago teen rock like the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" caught a wave across the prairies--and rode it into adulthood

    In the brief moment between JFK's assassination and the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Trashmen ruled teenage America. These four garage-rockers, hailing from Robbinsdale and Minneapolis, scored a nationwide hit in the fall of 196...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 14, 1998
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    Psychotic Reactions - Rock makes an unruly return to the garage with a Rhino reissue of the Nuggets collection

    Quick--hum a few bars of the Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night." If you could, you're one hell of a hummer, since no humdrum pair of lips could reproduce the backward-spiraling buzz of its guitar riff, or the dazed, staggering me...

    by Sally Jacob on October 14, 1998
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    Surf's Up, Ole! - Richfield Shocks, Fridley Shakes, Chaska Rocks

    Soma Records, foremost purveyors of the "foot-stompin'" Twin Cities sound inspired by the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird," began in 1957 as a polka outfit. Soma owner Amos Heilicher had been a jukebox salesman and a distributor for the fledgling Mercury ...

    by Jon Dolan on October 14, 1998
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    Memories, good and bad

    Next time you wander into a Snyder drugstore for Milk Duds or hair gel, pick up the fine new benefit CD for the Minnesota Lakes chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, Lasting Memories. The album contains the most jarring song sequence you'll ever ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 14, 1998
  • Outkast: Aquemini


    Outkast: Aquemini

    Outkast Aquemini LaFace MUCH HAS BEEN written lately about hip hop's Southern renaissance. But if you pile up the mass of product coming out of the locales that serve as focal points for the sound of the Dirty South--Houston, New Orleans, M...

    by Chris Herrington on October 14, 1998
  • Tom Zé & various artists


    Tom Z & various artists

    Tom Z Fabrication Defect Luaka Bop various artists Beleza 2 Luaka Bop WITH THE SAMPLER injecting more weird noises and lite kitsch into pop than ever before, it's not much of a leap for the average American rock fan to embrace an o...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on October 14, 1998
  • Sparks: Plagiarism


    Sparks: Plagiarism

    Sparks Plagiarism Oglio Records AFTER A 27-YEAR career, the tiny, tough Anglophilic pop band Sparks--Ron and Russell Mael--has released more than 16 records, not counting spin-offs and soundtrack cuts. And if any proto-punk band should be h...

    by Amanda Ferguson on October 14, 1998
  • Black Star: Black Star


    Black Star: Black Star

    Black Star Black Star Rawkus Records "EVERY DAY SOMEBODY asks me where all the real MCs is at... They underground," Talib Kweli pontificates at the opening of "Hater Players" from Black Star's self-titled debut. It's Kweli's pledge of alleg...

    by Joshua Westlund on October 14, 1998
  • Article

    What's the point of going on?

    What's the point of going on? As you must already know, a groundbreaking new radio station called "the Point" has finally made space on the airwaves for neglected acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, and Sheryl Crow. Bucking the ma...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 7, 1998
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    Morning Glory

    UNTIL LAST SUMMER, when the Chicago noise band Shellac played host to a punk-rock brunch down at the 7th Street Entry, I thought that I belonged to a very small clique of tinnitus candidates who could tolerate a midmorning dose of loud, live angst....

    by Christina Schmitt on October 7, 1998
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