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  • 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
  • Article

    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
  • Article

    She's So Usual

    Sarge The Glass Intact Mud The current hand-wringing over the death, or at least dearth, of quality indie rock ignores the opportunities now open for those few remaining skilled practitioners of the craft. Take 22-year-old Elizabeth Elmore an...

    by Keith Harris on October 7, 1998
  • Article

    Spinning in Their Graves - Retro punk, retro funk, shoe-gazing tunes, and novelty junk

    Local music has come a long way from the '80s basement demos collected on Barefoot & Pregnant, a just-reissued punk collection. These days, we're nearly buried in slickly packaged local CDs, many of them now well-produced and ready for the radio, i...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on October 7, 1998
  • Alan Jackson: High Mileage


    Alan Jackson: High Mileage

    Alan Jackson High Mileage Arista WHAT COULD HE have been thinking? "I'll Go On Loving You," Alan Jackson's lead single from High Mileage, has got to be one of the strangest things to hit country radio in years. And, sadly, it fails miserabl...

    by Chris Herrington on October 7, 1998
  • Kahimi Karie, Fantastic Plastic Machine and Zoobombs


    Kahimi Karie, Fantastic Plastic Machine and Zoobombs

    Kahimi Karie Kahimi Karie Minty Fresh Fantastic Plastic Machine The Fantastic Plastic Machine Emperor Norton Zoobombs Welcome Back Zoobombs! Emperor Norton THOUGH WE CONTINUE to go through the motions, the sad truth is ...

    by Roni Sarig on October 7, 1998
  • Impact All Stars: Forward the Bass: Dub from Randy's 1972-1975


    Impact All Stars: Forward the Bass: Dub from Randy's 1972-1975

    Impact All Stars Forward the Bass: Dub from Randy's 1972-1975 Blood and Fire "EASY COME DUB," from Steve Barrow's reissue of the mid-'70s reggae classic Forward the Bass, is pure pleasure; it contradicts the theory that dub gratifies gradua...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on October 7, 1998
  • Amy Rigby: Middlescence


    Amy Rigby: Middlescence

    Amy Rigby Middlescence Koch AMY RIGBY MATERIALIZED in 1996 like an Ancient Mariner in a miniskirt, gripping the unwilling shoulders of young hipsters and prophesying a future of temp drudgery, single motherhood, and the coming of that momen...

    by Keith Harris on October 7, 1998
  • Bis: Intendo


    Bis: Intendo

    Bis Intendo Grand Royal LIKE THE TELETUBBIES, Bis are a U.K. export aimed at the youth market. Their rhetorical strategy--also like the 'Tubbies-- involves a mind-numbing repetition that tends to drive the grown-ups a little mad. And for all ...

    by Adam S. Goldman on September 30, 1998
  • Article

    Pinetop Seven: Rigging the Toplights

    Pinetop Seven Rigging the Toplights Truckstop/Atavistic FLGELHORN? CHECK! TOY piano? Check! Rainstick, marimba, organaire? Got 'em. Walkie-talkie? Why, how could you not have a walkie-talkie in your instrumental arsenal? If a kitchen sink ...

    by Jay Ruttenberg on September 30, 1998
  • Bikini Kill: The Singles


    Bikini Kill: The Singles

    Bikini Kill The Singles Kill Rock Stars FOR A BAND whose very mission was to smash gender-role stereotypes, Bikini Kill has itself suffered from a whole lot of misconceptions. As soon as Bikini Kill and the riot grrl movement grew too big to ...

    by Joshua Westlund on September 30, 1998
  • Henry Kaiser & Leo Smith: Yo Miles!


    Henry Kaiser & Leo Smith: Yo Miles!

    Henry Kaiser & Leo Smith Yo Miles! Shanachie A DECADE MIGHT appear musically interminable while you're in the middle of it, but give its by-products a dozen years or so and the cream rises. At times even the curdled butterfat is sweetened by ...

    by D. Strauss on September 30, 1998
  • Article

    Freshen Up - St. Paul's Freddie Fresh has performed in 28 countries for nearly a million people. Were you one of them?

    In 1997, St. Paul-based techno whiz Freddie Fresh played in 28 countries and made enough money to make Mark Dayton cringe. In any given six-month span, he'll travel regularly between Minnesota, Japan, London, Germany, and his wife Sandy's childhood...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on September 30, 1998
  • Cat Power: Moon Pix


    Cat Power: Moon Pix

    Cat Power Moon Pix Matador THE LONGER GEORGIA-born lo-fi aesthete Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power) estranges herself from the South, the more it haunts her already ominous musical vision. On first listen, the kudzu crawl on her fourth LP, M...

    by Joshua Westlund on September 23, 1998
  • Junior Brown: Long Walk Back


    Junior Brown: Long Walk Back

    Junior Brown Long Walk Back Curb JUNIOR BROWN COMBINES Hendrix's ax, Johnny Cash's baritone, and the honky-tonkin', gear-jammin' persona of a Red Simpson or a Dave "Six Days on the Road" Dudley. That's the concept, anyway, and a heady one i...

    by Chris Herrington on September 23, 1998
  • Jeff Mills: Purpose Maker Compilation


    Jeff Mills: Purpose Maker Compilation

    Jeff Mills Purpose Maker Compilation Purpose Maker/Watts OF THE DOZENS of underground dance auteurs who've never drifted into the mainstream, Jeff Mills may be the most famous among scene aficionados: Think of him as the fattest thin kid on...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on September 23, 1998
  • Possum Dixon: New Sheets


    Possum Dixon: New Sheets

    Possum Dixon New Sheets Interscope BACK IN FEBRUARY 1994, when guitar rockers were living it up like first-class passengers on the Titanic, Possum Dixon were an oddity. There they were on 120 Minutes--four uncommonly handsome young men with...

    by Adam S. Goldman on September 23, 1998
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