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    Insanity Claus

    Just as a child has no intention of creating high art when dabbling with finger paints, South Miami's avant-punk quintet Kreamy 'Lectric Santa has little intention of creating proper music when playing their instruments. And even though the band memb...

    by Hans Morgenstern on January 25, 1996
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    Various Artists Color and Light -- Jazz Sketches on Sondheim (Sony) Jazz artists have been stamping their imprimatur on show tunes for so long that countless Broadway compositions have entered the lexicon of jazz standards. Certainly the ...

    on January 25, 1996
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    Six weeks after the fact, Les Garland is still scratching his head, wondering just what the hell happened. Nineteen ninety-five was a good year for the Box, the Miami-based music-video cable service where Garland works as executive vice presiden...

    by John Floyd on January 18, 1996
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    AC/DC Ballbreaker (EastWest) If, as the rock-and-roll scuttlebutt goes, this is AC/DC's parting shot, you'd be hard pressed to tell from listening to it. Unlike fellow mid-Seventies vets the Ramones, who helpfully dubbed their reputed-to-...

    on January 18, 1996
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    Gaunt Yeah, Me Too (Amphetamine Reptile) If you're looking to point a finger at the most fertile patch of American punk-rock soil, aim it north to Columbus, Ohio, the home base for an abundance of noise-making underground visionaries, from ...

    by Michael Yockel on January 11, 1996
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    The Seven- Year Itch

    Expertly wielding a pair of crutches, Goods bassist-singer Jim Camacho hobbles off the Tobacco Road stage after an encore for a recent show. The narrow upstairs cabaret is packed with people, so Camacho has to navigate an obstacle course of tables, c...

    by Jim Murphy on January 11, 1996
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    Willy Chirino Asere (Sony Tropical) Family-style salsa pop with a light dance beat best suited for conservative hips has propeled Miami's Willy Chirino to the top of the Latin tropical-music ranks. And here we go again: His new release, Ase...

    by Steven Almond on January 4, 1996
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    Dino: The Man, the Myth, the Musician

    After his death, the image remains, an embodiment of cool that leaves an indelible impression whether you encounter it on TV, at the movies, or in photographs. He is a man of Italian descent, dark and handsome. Perhaps he is standing around at some s...

    by John Floyd on January 4, 1996
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    State of Siege

    Just the other day, from out of nowhere, quite unbidden, drifted thoughts of the U.S. Army's Christmastime siege of the Papal Nunciature in Panama City six years ago. You remember: Guys in combat fatigues bombarding the Vatican's outpost with cranked...

    by Michael Yockel on December 28, 1995
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    Sonic Reducers

    I've been compiling year-end best-of lists for one publication or another for close to ten years now, and I still have a hard time with them. It's a daunting, intimidating task; attempting to accurately survey a year's worth of music in ten short ent...

    by John Floyd on December 28, 1995
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    Can Openers

    When musicologists of the future try to reconcile the high and low of late twentieth-century music -- the time when avant-gardists dismantled classical convention while rock and rollers assembled a cross-cultural folk idiom A perhaps they'll find the...

    by Roni Sarig on December 28, 1995
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    The Cars The Cars Anthology: Just What I Needed (Elektra/Rhino) Back in the late Seventies, when record executives and rock critics alike used the term "new wave" to describe the more accessible groups that spun off from the planet of punk,...

    by David Dudley on December 28, 1995
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    The One and Only Ony

    In the mid-Seventies, Honorato "Ony" Rodriguez was just another teenager traveling a path well trodden by countless would-be musicians before him. He had been playing trumpet since he was ten years old, and he brought that skill to the marching band ...

    by John Floyd on December 21, 1995
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    Alas Poor Rock, We Knew It Well

    Rock and roll exists today only because so many have decided they're going to be rock stars or they're going to make a living as accessories to rock stars. They don't realize the era of the rock star is over. We've seen all the clothes and poses...

    by Michael Corcoran on December 21, 1995
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    Kristin Hersh The Holy Single (Ryko) On this four-song EP, Throwing Muses singer/songwriter/guitarist Kristin Hersh goes solo, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar with little additional instrumentation, much as she did on her fine -- an...

    by Steven Almond on December 21, 1995
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    Blood, Sweat & Tears The Best of Blood, Sweat & Tears: What Goes Up! (Legacy/Columbia) First, the history. When New York City-based avant-rockers the Blues Project broke up in 1967, the band's guitarist, Steve Katz, hooked up with jazz drum...

    by Steven Almond on December 14, 1995
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    The Ghost of Springsteen Past

    For more than twenty years, Bruce Springsteen has been creating characters and pushing them through life: through high school bands and dimly lighted bars; through the back seats of Chevys; through factories, plants, and mills; through war-torn rice ...

    by John Floyd on December 14, 1995
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    Welcome to Their Nightmare

    "I'm very much opposed to Christian fascism and people listening to everything Christianity has to say," expounds vocalist, lyricist, and bandleader Marilyn Manson. "But what if everybody listened to everything I have to say? On a couple of different...

    by Georgina Cardenas on December 14, 1995
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    Forbidden Fruit Cocktail

    For a guy who is looking to carve out a spot for himself in the fishbowl world of rock and roll, the vocalist-guitarist for Fort Lauderdale's Green Eden is a surprisingly reticent individual. Although born with a perfectly acceptable surname, he pref...

    by John Floyd on December 7, 1995
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    New Bomb Turks Pissing Out the Poison (Crypt) Before punk rock found new digs on the Billboard album chart, it was the provincial music of outcasts and miscreants who had little interest in (let alone a chance in hell of attaining) the mass...

    by Roni Sarig on December 7, 1995
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