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    Pay Up? Why Bother? - A Scofflaw's Guide to the Universe

    How can you avoid paying fines after receiving parking tickets? Let New Times count the ways. You can: ?change the name on your car's title and get a new tag. Even if the state has determined that you are delinquent, it will allow an ownership tran...

    by Jose Luis Jiménez on September 2, 1999
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    Cars That Go Boom - Bass Mekanik breaks beats and windows

    Some music genres measure success with hit records, others with critical kudos. But in the world of bass, the sound of breaking glass can be the ultimate compliment. "A guy came up to me at a car show when he found out who I was," recalls Neil Case, ...

    by Brett Sokol on August 26, 1999
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    Fusion of the Spirits - Boukman Eksperyans doin' that vodou they do so well

    Musical rebellion American style too often amounts to little more than bawdy lyrics, guitar noise, body piercings, tattoos, ambiguous sexual identity, and ultimately meaningless tussles between artists and the recording industry. Madonna manipulates ...

    by Philip Booth on August 26, 1999
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    The Tide Is In - Blondie: From CBGB's poster children to the toast of Miami Beach

    It's a summer day in Brooklyn, and the dogs barking, cars passing, and a female voice speaking in the background all suggest Blondie guitarist Chris Stein is taking a stroll while talking on a cell phone. "This is good," he exclaims. "Wow!" Ste...

    by David Martin on August 26, 1999
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    Tricky - Juxtapose (Island Records)

    Recognized along with Massive Attack and Portishead as one of trip-hop's architects, Adrian Thaws, a.k.a. Tricky, has always been the most downbeat of the bunch, with each of his records filled with murky textures and beats caught between laid-back h...

    by Alec Hanley Bemis on August 26, 1999
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    Blondie - No Exit (Beyond Records)

    Perhaps I'm dating myself, but the first record I ever owned was a K-TEL compilation that included hits by Rick James, the Police and, my personal favorite, "Rapture" by Blondie. In fact I listened to "Rapture" so many times that to this day, it's st...

    by Brad Seibel on August 26, 1999
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    Those Bastard Souls - Debt & Departure V2 Records

    For his second effort with side project Those Bastard Souls, head Grifter David Shouse assembled four of his friends and formed a proper band. The result was Debt & Departure, an album that delivers its strengths in the quieter moments befitting the ...

    by Marilu Del Toro on August 19, 1999
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    Owner of a Lonely Heart - The late Skip Spence finally receives some attention

    The search to find what wasn't there has brought him back to you. -- Skip Spence, "Cripple Creek," 1968 There are few albums in popular music as elusive as Skip Spence's Oar. Spence made a name for himself in the '60s as a drummer and guitarist, ...

    by Rob O'Connor on August 19, 1999
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    Harry Connick, Jr. - Come by Me Columbia

    Harry Connick, Jr.'s new album Come by Me features a picture of him, his hair tousled, his tie askew, his face plastered with a little Mona Lisa, and he's doing this swinger thing with his hips. Okay, I guess you have to admit that the man is sexy (I...

    by Heidi Dierssen on August 19, 1999
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    Blades Sharpens New Image - The latest from Ruben Blades

    Ruben Blades's Tiempos may surprise fans who identify the singer with the socially conscious salsa that was his trademark in the Eighties, a time when his albums served to introduce more than a few Anglos to Latin music. His introspective new release...

    by Judy Cantor on August 19, 1999
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    Goin' Down Slow - Miramar's Grady Champion has got the blues

    Grady Champion is nothing if not an opportunist, in the best sense of the word. When the limelight is nearby, he's not too shy to step right in and reap the rewards. For evidence check out the April issue of National Geographic magazine. The venerabl...

    by Philip Booth on August 19, 1999
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    Son Sung Blue - The sound of tomorrow's Cuba

    In 1995 Juan-Carlos Formell came to Miami for six weeks from New York City to perform Cuban classics with his band at Calle Ocho's Caf Nostalgia. Although the gig was successful enough, another Miami experience had a more profound influence on Forme...

    by Judy Cantor on August 12, 1999
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    Radio Goo Goo - Miami's newest addition to the radio dial

    While driving to work, you suddenly realize you left your CDs at home. As you flip indifferently through the local stations, ignoring Ricky Martin, Mega 103.5's disco, and Orgy's cover of "Blue Monday," you're reminded of why radio sucks. So you deci...

    by Alfredo Soto on August 12, 1999
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    By the Numbers - Japanese composer/remix artist Nobukazu Takemura

    The promise of digital music reproduction, compact discs if you recall, was not only "perfect sound" but indestructible sound. In the future, said the salesmen, no longer will we have to return a CD to the jewel box after listening to it. Just toss i...

    by Randall Roberts on August 12, 1999
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    Rotations - Holy Modal Rounders and Marcelo Zarvos

    Holy Modal Rounders Too Much Fun (Rounder) Some words of warning: If your idea of great '60s folk music is Peter, Paul, & Mary; if you have issues with the vision of gray-haired hippies partying like it's 1969; or if you have any aversion to wh...

    by Ted Reichman on August 12, 1999
  • Rotations - Salif Keita and 8 1/2 Souvenirs

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    Rotations - Salif Keita and 8 1/2 Souvenirs

    Salif Keita Mama (Metro Blue) If you wanted to oversimplify the short history of Afro-pop into neat categories, it would be easy. King Sunny Ade has the beats, Youssou N'Dour has the hits, and Salif Keita has the voice. But even that summatio...

    by Ezra Gale on August 5, 1999
  • Salif Keita - Mama

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    Salif Keita - Mama

    Salif Keita Mama (Metro Blue) If you wanted to oversimplify the short history of Afro-pop into neat categories, it would be easy. King Sunny Ade has the beats, Youssou N'Dour has the hits, and Salif Keita has the voice. But even that summatio...

    by Ezra Gale on August 5, 1999
  • 8 1/2 Souvenirs - Twisted Desire

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    8 1/2 Souvenirs - Twisted Desire

    8 1/2 Souvenirs Twisted Desire (RCA) Get out your poodle skirts and let's schwing, baby. The Austin, Texas-based quintet 8 1/2 Souvenirs is breaking out their groovy new CD, Twisted Desire. The band's sound has been called sophisticated, bohemi...

    by Heidi Dierssen on August 5, 1999
  • Mechanical Vodou - Making the machines come alive

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    Mechanical Vodou - Making the machines come alive

    "We really wanted to revolt against conventional music, against things that had a real flow. We wanted to take the template of dance music and see what new directions we could go with it," explains Josh Kay, who along with Romulo Del Castillo make up...

    by Brett Sokol on August 5, 1999
  • Ride Captain Ride - One of rock and roll's wiggiest visionaries

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    Ride Captain Ride - One of rock and roll's wiggiest visionaries

    My first exposure to Captain Beefheart came, aptly enough, during an intensely enjoyable acid trip to which Trout Mask Replica provided the soundtrack. It was 1983, and I was seventeen years old. Though already a seasoned music dork with obsessions t...

    by John Floyd on August 5, 1999
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