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    Bourgeois Blues by Lead Belly & This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

    Smithsonian Folkways WITH A NAME like his, it's no surprise that Moses Asch became a man with a mission. In the New York City folk music hotbed of the '40s, Asch, son of a noted Jewish novelist, was the man who recorded and spread the music of me...

    by Tony Glover on March 26, 1997
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    Brighten the Corners by Pavement

    Matador/Capitol IN THEIR PROGRESSION from arty four-trackers to the most interesting middle-class rock commodity since Steely Dan, Pavement have also somehow self-consciously mutated into the best pop group of the decade (Spice Girls aside). Drun...

    by Jon Dolan on March 26, 1997
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    Couleur Cafe, Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin & Comic Strip by Serge Gainsbourg

    Mercury EVERY CULTURAL MOVEMENT needs its enfant terrible, even a fad as seemingly innocuous and transparent as the semicurrent lounge revival. Given that the return of soothing sounds from a more "innocent" time belies the fact (or perhaps prove...

    by Roni Sarig on March 26, 1997
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    Post-Revolution Rumblings

    BACK IN 1992 when KJ-104 went country, we had the Save Modern Rock alliance, a bunch of activist listeners lobbying for an alternative to lame commercial rock radio. But that was before the Internet. Within hours of the crass dismantling of REV 105...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on March 26, 1997
  • Sold Out


    Sold Out

    "I HAD TO just call to say I'm outraged, y'know?" began the phone message. "Is it true? REV-105 is actually gone? And now it's a rock station playing the Scorpions? It's part of a monopoly with the Edge? I can't believe this--it sickens me. This is ...

    by Will Hermes on March 19, 1997
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    Austin City Unlimited

    IT MIGHT BE partly projection after a tough week on the local music scene, but the celebration/dealfest that is Austin's South By Southwest music and media conference (a.k.a. SXSW) felt markedly less festive than in years past. The unnaturally cold a...

    by Will Hermes on March 19, 1997
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    Better Off Airport Vivre

    RoRo IN WHICH BETTER Off Airport kicks the airport style, gleefully assaulting rock & roll with the very tools it was built with. Three MC stooges man the frontlines--one baritone, one tenor, one falsetto--screaming rounds of barely intelligible ...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on March 12, 1997
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    Something Fierce A Sound for Sore Ears

    Kittywampus THIS DISC DOCUMENTS the fairly amazing, amusing vocal/lyrical talent of Jeff Carpenter. In the wake of the popular bandleader's 1991 car accident from which he is still recovering, this labor of love took six years to complete and rele...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on March 12, 1997
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    various artists When I'm Hunngry, I Eat

    Gourmandizer SO YOU THINK writing songs about food sounds like a dead-end? Well, Cibo Matto have made it a cottage industry, while Gourmandizer, a local zine (started in 1993) that features interviews with musicians on all things edible, ha...

    by Matt Keppel on March 12, 1997
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    Motion Poets Standard Of Living

    IGMOD Some fool from a newspaper in North Carolina has called the Motion Poets "a brainy version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers." This is akin to describing a hot baseball prospect as "Babe Ruth with speed." Obviously, MP doesn't swing with the dyn...

    by Britt Robson on March 12, 1997
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    Calvin Krime Dress for the Future

    Amphetamine Reptile JUST WHEN I thought the AmRep vehicle had exhausted its last punk fumes, the label turns around and signs a fresh local outfit called Calvin Krime. Granted, Dress for the Future's opener "Sean Na Na," filled with irritatin...

    by Christina Schmitt on March 12, 1997
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    Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts Ch

    Hannibal/Rykodisc CHOYING DROLMA IS a Tibetan Buddhist nun residing in a monastery in the Nepalese foothills of the Himalayas. Steve Tibbetts is a musical explorer, studio magician and tireless sonic alchemist living in St. Paul. Ch, their unlikely...

    by Rick Mason on March 12, 1997
  • Indie City


    Indie City

    A FIXTURE ON the Chicago music scene for more than a decade, Rick Rizzo often tends bar at the Rainbow, the hipster hangout at the center of Wicker Park, a.k.a. "Guyville." These days, he's probably more well known in that capacity than any other, t...

    by Jim DeRogatis on March 12, 1997
  • Lily Liver Lives, MTV Flirts


    Lily Liver Lives, MTV Flirts

    THIS WRITER WAS a tad pessimistic a few months back, but I'm glad to say the local music forecast for 1997 is looking great. Albums from The Hang Ups, Polara, Flipp, The Jayhawks and more are due by not long after the snow melts. The Chicago Tribune ...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on March 5, 1997
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    All the Hype

    THIS JUST IN: The new Jayhawks record will be called Sound of Lies, it's due in April on American Recordings, and the band has decided not to change its name following the departure of Mark Olson. Speaking of the 'Hawks, a band called Broken Hippie ...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on February 12, 1997
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    Terminal News & Delta Blues

    CLUB HOPPERS TAKE note: Northeast old-school joint The Terminal Bar (409 E. Hennepin Ave., 623-4545) has begun a loud and experimental new music lineup on Tuesday nights, thanks to American Cuckoo promoter Mary Emerzian. In the past few weeks, Emerz...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on February 12, 1997
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    IN OTHER BIG giggage, Friday's Squealer Winter Weird-Out at Lee's was originally supposed to be a release party for The Squealer's upcoming local-music compilation CD, said to feature such heavies as Soul Asylum and The Suicide Commandos. The CD is a...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 29, 1997
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    CHRISTOPHER MCGUIRE IS not only the whiz-kid drummer of such bands as 12 Rods and Oxygen Cocktail--he's also a media-savvy DIY workhorse, as gig ads trumpeting the banner "Christopher McGuire Presents" will attest. Sunday at the Fine Line, McGuire o...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 29, 1997
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    SATURDAY NIGHT IN Crystal, the semi-legendary heavy metal bar The Iron Horse closed its doors for good, ending a 20-year stand. But on Friday night, the Horse mourned in fist-pumping style, with a reunion set by one of the definitive bands of its da...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 29, 1997
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    Legal Aliens

    BLAME IT ON premillenium tension. But this new year finds me in the midst of a full-fledged fixation on aliens, with an intensity I haven't felt since I used to devour books about UFOs in elementary school. So I'm both alarmed and excited by Michigan...

    by Simon Peter Groebner on January 22, 1997
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