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8 May 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Calexico: Hot Rail

Much has been made about Calexico’s ability to dip in and out of musical styles. While here on Hot Rail, their third release to

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	The Peter Brotzmann Sextet/Quartet: Nipples

Peter Brotzmann Sextet & Quartet’s “Nipples,” the first track on the recently reissued CD of the same name, starts off with a percussive noise

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8 May 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Avant: My Thoughts

Hailing from Cleveland, Avant is the first artist to be signed to Magic Johnson’s new label affiliated with MCA Records. Situating itself within the

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Like the surreal Laura Esquivel novel that Rashid 'Lonnie' Lynn invokes in the title of his brilliant new release Like Water for Chocolate.

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1 May 2000 // 3:00 PM

        Ween: White Pepper

Keeping up with Dean and Gene Ween over the years has been no easy task. Having done everything from fabulous four track recordings to recording

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1 May 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Euge Groove: self-titled

The alter ego of Steve Eugene Grove, Euge Groove preceded this, his debut release for Warner, with a number one jazz hit on the Internet.

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1 May 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Departure Lounge: self-titled

The concept of convergence in new media fascinates me. That is, we live in an age where our television will soon morph into our computer.

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	Ornette Coleman: Skies of America / The Complete Science Fiction Sessions

Picasso used to be shocking. It was garbage. John Coltrane used to hurt people’s ears. Charlie Parker just made lots of staccato noise. Now,

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25 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Calibos: self-titled

Calibos from Arlington, Virginia makes their entrance with their self-titled debut album. While not revolutionary, they have managed to create a satisfactory set of college-rock

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24 Apr 2000 // 11:03 PM

Neil Young: Silver And Gold

Although Silver And Gold finds Neil Young further on down the road, he’s yet to show signs that the well is even getting shallow, let alone drying up.

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24 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Green Velvet: self-titled

Picture the guy you know in high school who was always trying really hard to be seen as weird, and you have Green Velvet. He’

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	Steve Grossman Quartet: Steve Grossman with Michel Petrucciani

You have to give it this: The album’s title is self-descriptive. This CD does, in fact, feature Steve Grossman with Michel Petrucciani. Grossman plays

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24 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Dimitri from Paris: A Night at the Playboy Mansion

Disco ain’t dead, to begin with. Oh, it was off the radio for a few years, and the slew of movies Hollywood threw up

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24 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	The Damage Manual: >1

The Damage Manual is a sort of supergroup of industrial rock. Chris Connelly from Ministry on vocals, Geordie Walker from Killing Joke (about whose former

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24 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Bedhead/Macha: Bedhead Loved Macha

Not so long ago, two brothers, Matt and Bubba Kadane, and friends put out an album called What Fun Life Was. With its titular nod

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	Franklin Bruno: Kiss Without Makeup

Lo-fi. Indie. Minimalist. Sparse. DIY. No, no, no.you’re thinking Elephant 6 or Lou Barlow or Elliot Smith. Let me try again. Pensive. Ironic. Wry.

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18 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

People at concerts are an interesting thing. There are people you don't know, people who look vaguely familiar, people you do know, people who look like people you know.

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17 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Gauge: I

The release of Gauge’s I is a fan’s tribute to one of his favorite underheard bands. It’s a collection of previously released,

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17 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Five-Eight: The Good Nurse

In the summer of 1993, three major things happened to me, I learned to drive, saw Fugazi at Fort Reno Park and heard Five-Eight’s legendary “

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17 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Berlin: Live: Sacred and Profane

Okay. You know how in VH1’s Where Are They Now and other like programs they show the once-hot bands still chugging along, living on

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17 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Black Indian: Get ‘Em Psyched!!

As I looked at this album’s back cover, which depicts six brothas just sittin on a back porch with song titles running above their

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17 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Tracy Bonham: Down Here

The first thing I thought when I heard that Mitch Froom produced (Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, David Hidalgo) this, was: “Great. This record is going

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17 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Built To Spill: Live

Recorded during the band’s 1999 tour, Live features galvanizing performances of six originals and three covers. Nine tracks may not seem like a lot, but “

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The Apples in Stereo: The Discovery of a World Inside The Moone

The Apples in Stereo might be the most musically conservative of the Elephant 6 bands, but they sure know how to make a song get stuck

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10 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Baila: Shall We Dance?

Produced by Terry Wollman and Samuel Turcotte this collection features an extensive cast of seasoned musicians. Guitarist Terry Wollman has himself worked with the likes

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10 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Claudia Acuna: Wind From The South

Despite originally coming from Santiago, Chile, the last few years have seen young jazz singer Claudia Acuna become somewhat of a veteran on the New

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Part 2 of 2  The new issue of Wizard: Guide to Comics, the fanboy zine extraordinaire, has a cover showing a character by the name of

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5 Apr 2000 // 12:00 AM

: This story is about sumo, but it begins in the back of a van.

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3 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

        Lou Reed: Ecstasy

Last year, Lou Reed returned with one of his best albums of his entire career. Having been a fan of his since my days in

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3 Apr 2000 // 3:00 PM

	Daycare Swindlers: Testosterosa

Start with the entire mid-late 1980s catalog of 7 Seconds albums. Add approximately 1/2 Cup of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Keidis on vocals, and 1/2 cup

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Part 1 of 2 Literature means never having to say you’re a genre. Being inside an insidious box molds literature into some pretty terrible moments. In

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31 Mar 2000 // 12:03 AM

High Fidelity

In keeping with the spirit of the film itself, I humbly offer the top 5 reasons the new film High Fidelity is worth seeing.

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: It's getting to the point where you can't enjoy a simple hamburger these days.

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30 Mar 2000 // 2:00 PM

For once, when an artist claimed to be happy to be spending the evening in D.C., the artist sounded wholly sincere, and not just because he apparently toured the White House earlier in the day.

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27 Mar 2000 // 2:00 PM

	Common: Like Water For Chocolate

Who is the greatest MC of all-time? Invariably the reply to this question would be one of the following: Tupac, Biggie, Nas or Jay-Z. However,

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	Donner Party: Complete Recordings 1987-1989

Compiling all the Donner Party’s recordings was obviously a labor of love, as the now-defunct San Francisco trio hardly has enough fans to arouse

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20 Mar 2000 // 10:03 PM

Beachwood Sparks: Beachwood Sparks

They have created their own sound for today, and I am not surprised that they have surfaced on Sub Pop, a label that signs artists based on real songs and talent.

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20 Mar 2000 // 2:00 PM

	Death Cab for Cutie: We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes

Pop is a wonderful thing. It’s all of its bastardized forms, through all of its retarded variations, amidst many hideous backfires and mistakes, the

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19 Mar 2000 // 2:00 PM

's backing band received enthusiastic applause both when walking on stage and later as he was introduced with the rest of the band. He looked like the others: dark clothing, short, black, gelled hair with sideburns.

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18 Mar 2000 // 12:03 AM

One of the best things about SXSW is the way it mixes things up — musically — and brings things together, socially. People from various music-related vocations

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17 Mar 2000 // 12:03 AM

Last night, in a cold rain, with thunderclaps and lightening no match for the the wattage of the 100-plus bands playing in this amped-up conference-driven

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15 Mar 2000 // 12:03 AM

I'm betting that South by Southwest, "the most comprehensive music industry event of the year," will be as interesting, as complicated, as curious an event as it was the first time I went a few years ago.

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13 Mar 2000 // 2:00 PM

Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy

Daisies of the Galaxy, the latest release from a man named E, also known as a 'band' named Eels, plays like a demented nursery rhyme.

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10 Mar 2000 // 12:03 AM

One of the interesting tensions at SXSW this year, being played out on today’s panel discussions is an old one. Patti Smith invoked it

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8 Mar 2000 // 2:00 PM

First launched into the public eye as a member of The Small Faces in the mid-1960s, Ian 'Mac' McLagan rode the wave through the band's Steve Marriott-led Mod years and the rockier Rod Stewart-Ronnie Wood incarnation (known simply as 'Faces').

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7 Mar 2000 // 4:13 AM

Gerald Levert: G

Gerald Levert is never gonna take the risks that say a D'Angelo or a Maxwell have and his music is never going to be mistaken for that of The O'Jay's and Gamble and Huff.

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3 Mar 2000 // 12:00 AM

When I woke up on the last day of November, I hardly expected to end my day looking at my face on a television screen. Yet, there I was. At approximately 11:50 p.m. and for less than a second, television viewers tuned to CBS could see me on the tube sitting in the front row of David Letterman's audience that night. And how did I achieve my 15 milliseconds of fame?

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Rather than deal in extremes, today's comic strip reflects society at its most mundane. Neither high society nor impoverished slum graces the comics page. A move uptown is construed as elitist, and the impoverished hayseed only makes us queasy.

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28 Feb 2000 // 2:00 PM

	David Cortopassi: The Silicon Jungle

This album is very aptly named, as it very effectively juxtaposes two styles of thinking, thus creating a culmination of material that forces the listener

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28 Feb 2000 // 2:00 PM

	Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: BTNHRESURRECTION

Is it just me? OK, maybe I have just been living in the suburbs for too long. Maybe I am getting old. Or maybe only

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21 Feb 2000 // 2:00 PM

	Bobby Gaylor: Fuzzatonic Scream

Wow. This CD is simply amazing. It is so different, inventive, and fun to listen to that I can hardly contain myself. To begin with,

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19 Feb 2000 // 2:00 PM

The assembled Black Cat crowd trends much younger than I'd for whatever reason anticipated. The under-21 outnumbers the grownups by something like 3-1 or greater.

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In my last two columns, I have come dangerously close to setting a trend in which I consistently attack the 'hick' culture. Not wanting to make enemies among people I don't hate, this time I'm turning the microscope on a general suburban blight of conspicuous consumption: the SUV.

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15 Feb 2000 // 12:00 AM

: In my last two columns, I have come dangerously close to setting a trend in which I consistently attack the 'hick' culture. Not wanting to make enemies among people I don't hate, this time I'm turning the microscope on a general suburban blight of conspicuous consumption: the SUV.

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7 Feb 2000 // 10:03 PM

Lambchop: Nixon

Nixon is an excellent record and proof that Lambchop is no longer just a talented or interesting band but a good one.

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	Dead Prez: Let’s Get Free

Stic and M1, who make up the duo Dead Prez, see themselves as hip-hop freedom fighters following in the footsteps of the Black Panthers, always

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7 Feb 2000 // 12:00 AM

The Clash were fun and serious, smart and silly, and, yes, they were sincere, and most bands are not. In the end hearing the Clash play rock 'n' roll is thrilling because it is so unusual for someone to give a damn.

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17 Jan 2000 // 2:00 PM

Kenny Roby: Mercury’s Blues

I’m always leery when I approach an album on which the artist plays every instrument, or damn near every instrument. I’m a firm

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If the Lara facing us is a living contradiction, at once a sex symbol and a rejection of the objectifying gaze, the videogame's Lara Croft —-- mute, unreal, and looking the other way -- is a virtual contradiction, at once a sort of riot grrrl and a sort of fetish.

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Sometime in October of ‘98 I received an angry email from a woman who was clearly upset. She recounted, in somewhat broken English, long flirtations in

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King Crimson have never been known for playing things by the book — rather, they’d write the book first, in their own set of glyphs,

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1 Jan 2000 // 12:00 AM

: I owe a great debt to Bill Watterson for bringing a seven-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger into my life. Calvin and Hobbes may be the best comic strip ever drawn, and even if that's debatable to the world at large, it holds true for me.

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31 Dec 1999 // 12:03 AM

Ten movies we liked in 1999, in no particular order. Something we didn’t like is how Hollywood movies are still overwhelmingly white. We are calling

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It’s hard to say how and when tv goes wrong, but it does seem to do so inevitably and every year. 1999 was no exception.

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The ritual of year-end listing falls somewhere between purging and plugging, forgetting and remembering, a frustrating exercise in reduction and an entertaining way to recall

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10. The Jenna Jameson CalendarPorn goes legit and looks beautiful. Also the only calendar in your dad’s workshop that’s got a model you KNOW

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1. The Children of the Corn series:For heaven’s sake, as if the first King adaptation wasn’t bad enough, with garbled and incoherent dialogue

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Warning: this list is hopelessly weighted toward the 1980s. The ‘80s were not a particularly good decade for film, yet it is the decade in

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1. Travis, The Man Who (Independiente, UK)Who know they had it in them? — a truly great, subtle album that digs its way slowly and almost

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1. Beck, Midnite Vultures (DGC/Interscope)“Great party record,” “sexiest rock album since early Prince,” blah, blah, blah. Everyone keeps talking the album up, and while

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This was a good year to shuck off the armor of po-mo irony we all take for granted and re- embrace pure affect. Although serious

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I’m not a fan of the “Best of” terminology, because what’s “best” in my eyes probably isn’t “best” in yours. Plus, “best”

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In no order, not even alphabetical. Beck, Midnite Vultures (Geffen)The Artist of the Decade makes a soul’n'blips record that both your doddering Uncle

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1. Gomez, Liquid Skin (Virgin)This album hooked me from the first listen, and I still smile with uncontrollable delight every time I push play and

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1. Blur, 13 (Virgin)A lot of people really didn’t like this record. I’m obviously not one of them. Blur gets better and better with

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1. Ben Folds Five, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold MessnerI think I could listen to “Army” every day, all day on a continuous loop. That being

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1. Tom Waits, Mule VariationsEvery song just hits the nail directly on the head. The songs are instrumentally sparse yet always feel full of complexity. The

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1.  Outrageous Cherry, Out There in the Dark (Del-Fi)2.  Old 97’s, Fight Songs (Elektra)3.  Imperial Teen, What Is Not to

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14 Dec 1999 // 10:03 PM

Kelley Stoltz: The Past Was Faster

In America’s mad, list-crazy rush to name the greatest invention of the Millennium, nobody mentioned the home 4-track recorder.

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3 Dec 1999 // 12:03 AM

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Even though Sean Penn brings a phenomenally hysterical freshness to Emmett Ray (and he played a similarly mustachioed maniac in Hurly Burly, without the artistic genius), Sweet and Lowdown is familiar ground for Woody Allen, replete with his usual themes.

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In a Western setting, it seems that a central aspect of being a fan of someone or something always means being hungry for more of the same — it is not enough simply to be satisfied with what's already out there, and what originally made the fan become a fan, but there is a nearly unstillable hunger for continuous reaffirmation of one's reasons for being a fan, through new product.

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19 Nov 1999 // 12:00 AM

Popping Off

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Fiona Apple: When The Pawn…

When Fiona Apple burst onto the scene a few years ago with the biting and cynical Tidal she appeared to be merely a slightly less

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31 Oct 1999 // 10:03 PM

Dixie Chicks: Fly

Fly illustrates that the Dixie Chicks have successfully figured out how to push the boundaries of country music while continuing to embrace the traditional sound of its past.

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29 Oct 1999 // 1:03 AM

Being John Malkovich

The new movie Being John Malkovich is about celebrity culture, as it inspires, frustrates and pummels you into such desire. It offers its protagonists and you the chance to imagine being a celebrity, with one small hitch: the only celebrity you can be is John Malkovich.

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28 Oct 1999 // 11:03 PM

Deerhoof doesn’t sound like a band that you would drive 40 miles on country roads to hear.

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The Dismemberment Plan: Emergency & I

D.C. natives The Dismemberment Plan are off the major label conveyor belt and back to the comfy confines of DeSoto alongside like-minded artists like

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25 Oct 1999 // 11:03 PM

The Clash: From Here to Eternity

If newfound clarity and intensity aren’t enough for ya, buy it for the absolutely chilling version of “Straight to Hell.” Which isn’t just the Clash’s finest hour—it’s one of rock’s most haunting moments.

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21 Oct 1999 // 9:00 PM

David Bowie: hours…

David Bowie is much too good for this. Please David, leave the “adult-boring” charts to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and the rest of that lot.

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18 Oct 1999 // 12:00 AM

Reading a magazine called PopMatters, you would probably expect to find out why Pop matters? What is the purpose of Pop? Is there a difference between Pop and popular when we talk about culture? Is popular culture study a convenient excuse for wasting intellectual resources, or is it the most vital issue in contemporary society?

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Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy [DVD]

Ultimately, Meeting People is Easy is a disjointed film with a meandering narrative that somehow succeeds despite its real lack of focus in capturing the chaos, pressure, and frequent boredom of the celebrity lifestyle.

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Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959-1986

Ray Charles is one of those rare artists that can convincingly traffic in virtually any genre of music and make it sound thoroughly his own.

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14 Oct 1999 // 3:00 PM

Fight Club (1999)

Does capitalism have you by the balls? If you're feeling a little limp lately, a little flaccid, emasculated, or impotent, then David Fincher's Fight Club may just have your number. This film kicks butt, and in doing so it also manages to suggest that your need for it and for other butt-kicking films is a late capitalist symptom of contemporary psychosis.

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	Garth Brooks: In the Life of Chris Gaines

When Garth Brooks said, about two years ago, he was taking a break from music, thousands cheered while millions broke plates in utter frustration. And

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	Christina Aguilera: self-titled

It’s the era alterna-fans dreaded. The pop universe is back and it’s bloody huge. Pop is a funny genre. A really good pop

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The Apples In Stereo: Her Wallpaper Reverie

Robert Schneider is everywhere these days, mixing the recent Dressy Bessy release and popping up as a collaborator and producer on a host of Elephant 6-related projects.

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9 May 1999 // 3:00 PM

        Labradford: E luxo so

Perhaps the two most important components of creating memorable mood music are the use of restraint and a respect for silence. In other words, it

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Ella Fitzgerald: Cocktail Hour

Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday, apart from being the most important and best-known jazz singers of the last century, represent two sides of an interesting coin.

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        Bijou Phillips: I’d Rather Eat Glass

Bijou Phillips will forever be announced following the phrase “former model turned singer/actress” which is unfortunate—not because her modelling career spanned roughly four

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31 Aug 1998 // 3:00 PM

        Willie Nelson: Teatro

My ties to Willie Nelson were never all that evident. They barely existed, to tell you the truth. My stepfather owned a Willie Nelson greatest

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