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    Home for the Holidays

    It is late afternoon, Christmas Eve, in Havana. While many of the city's residents are gathered in living rooms and on patios, awaiting a holiday meal of roast pig, a hearty group of musicians and sound engineers are spending the day at work. They ha...

    by Judy Cantor on January 21, 1999
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    Better Dead Than Read

    Just like the year's new records, 1998's rock-and-roll reading found small pleasures in unexpected places, while the much-touted "big events" were ushered in with a resounding plop that echoed throughout the lavatory. As we've been doing every year s...

    by Jim DeRogatis on January 21, 1999
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    Rock 101 Revisited

    Yeah, sure, if you actually remember the Sixties you weren't really there. True for any era worth remembering. But as long as the person doing the retelling has some idea of what's important, the results should be okay. It takes real talent to make s...

    by Rob O'Connor on January 14, 1999
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    Wild About Harry

    As the film world's foremost peddler of nostalgia-driven baby-boomer romanticism, Nora Ephron is acutely aware of the crucial role that music plays in selling her three-hanky tales. The soundtrack to her 1993 megahit Sleepless in Seattle not only enh...

    by Gilbert Garcia on January 14, 1999
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    Black Blues, White Label

    North Mississippi blues guitarist R.L. Burnside's new record, Come on In, features drum programming, loops, samples, and remixes by hip white producers such as Alec Empire, Beal Dabbs, and Tom Rothrock (who is credited as main producer on the recordi...

    by Ross Johnson on January 14, 1999
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    Rotations

    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Pharaohization! The Best of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (Rhino) "One, two ... one, two, tres, quatro!" It's one of the greatest, if not the greatest, count-off in rock- and-roll history, an intro so nutty...

    by David Simutis on January 14, 1999
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    True Rhymes

    The new Busta Rhymes album arrived in stores with the fanfare traditionally reserved for a royal wedding. Titled ELE (it stands for Extinction Level Event, and it's nicked from the comet-meets-Earth film Deep Impact) Busta's third album finds the fla...

    by Ben Greenman on January 7, 1999
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    Deadmeat Puppet

    The phone is no friend of Curt Kirkwood. Too often, the tidings it bears are foul. He calls them "incomings from Tempe." They go like this: Your brother's wife overdosed this morning; She's dead. Your brother got busted again last night, an...

    by David Holthouse on January 7, 1999
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    The Beat Surrender

    It's 2:00 a.m. at Zanzibar. The club's few attempts at exotic decor: a totem-pole-like wooden sculpture with carved faces, a couple of bar stools covered in zebra-striped upholstery, and two banners suspended from the ceiling, one depicting a caricat...

    by Nina Korman on January 7, 1999
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    Rotations

    The Pine Valley Cosmonauts The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills (Bloodshot) Sure, the tribute album is a dead dog. But as long as record labels large and small are gonna keep trying to revive the damn thing, here's hop...

    by David Simutis on January 7, 1999
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    Rotations

    The Cardigans Gran Turismo (Mercury) This disc has been getting a lot of negative reviews, all undeserved. The Cardigans are from Sweden, have a cute, blond female singer, and scored a big international hit with the airy "Lovefool," include...

    by David Simutis on December 31, 1998
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    Grown Up

    It seems like forever ago that R.E.M emerged from Athens, Georgia, looking like art-school students who drove pickups to class (except for Michael Stipe, who probably rode his bike). What has it been now, seventeen years, since the first single? How ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 31, 1998
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    White Riot

    Having a producer or four helps a lot on the new Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record, Acme. Although no single person is credited as a producer, there are no fewer than ten people listed as "mixers" of individual songs, and there are six different stu...

    by Ross Johnson on December 31, 1998
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    1998 Top Ten Lists

    Here at New Times we think of our Top Ten lists as a time-honored tradition. For our third annual CD poll we reached out to the musical community yet again, in search of the best, or at least best-loved, albums of 1998. This time we asked local music...

    on December 31, 1998
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    Rotations

    Afghan Whigs 1965 (Columbia Records) On the Afghan Whigs' sixth album, singer Greg Dulli showcases his fascination with hip-hop and R&B by quoting Puff Daddy, Mase, Nas, the Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. It's not that Dulli isn't capable of...

    by Larry Boytano on December 24, 1998
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    Knight in Metal Armor

    After almost two years in hiding, Eric Knight, ex-leader of Vandal, has returned with a solo CD and a new backup band. Fans of Vandal's pop-tinged hard-rock sound should enjoy Near Life Experience. Knight himself is simply happy to have released the ...

    by Hans Morgenstern on December 24, 1998
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    Jingle Decibels

    The Christmas season is upon us again, and that means your local record store is stuffed with "holiday" music. A mini-industry that pulls in a half-billion dollars each year, the Christmas music boomlet sees the release of more than 2000 holiday-them...

    by Ben Greenman on December 24, 1998
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    Tommy Lee Bares All

    Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee may have the most famous penis on the Internet, but his prodigious man-part wasn't the source of his initial fame. Lee has been a popular personality since the early Eighties, when he and bandmates Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx...

    by Michael Roberts on December 24, 1998
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    Who's the Boss?

    It's official: The Boss is dead. Not literally dead, like Elvis or FDR. Just conceptually dead, like the Christian Coalition or professional boxing. No one will be more delighted by this development than Bruce Springsteen, who first tried to kil...

    by Brian Alcorn on December 17, 1998
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    Song Sung Goo

    There's an absolutely great short film titled Neil Diamond Parking Lot that, unfortunately, most people will never see. Shot by two guys in Maryland, the film was done in 1995 as the followup to their 1985 underground cult classic Heavy Metal Parking...

    by Rob O'Connor on December 17, 1998
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