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Volume III, Issue 30
January 17 - January 24, 2000  

Featured Articles
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Buena Vista, Baby [2]
Frozen in Castro's struggle to keep alive the century's greatest dream and failure, Cuban music's significance is that it celebrates the common future through tradition.
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Louis's View [3]
A new collection of Louis Armstrong's essays and letters reveals his thoughts about the complexities of the black-Jewish-music-industry relations.
Core Values [4]
With punk and hardcore now considered mainstream, the indie label Jade Tree has given these genres a chance to reassert themselves in the merger-driven '00s.
Heavenly Mix [5]
Germany's Trinkont label makes heaven's mixes: compilations made with an impossibly comprehensive record collection and an impeccable sense of sequencing.

Artist Profiles
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Cracking Wise [6]
Despite their reign as one of Tucson's longest-running bands, Wise Folk Malcontent is also one of its most criminally under-appreciated.
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
A New Shine [7]
The Silver Jews' David Berman moves to town.
— Heather Nelson, NASHVILLE SCENE

Now What? [11]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.


W hatever we think of Fidel Castro's Cuba, the omnipresent sense of triumph and tragedy in the Buena Vista Social Club recordings shows that politics, aesthetics, and, "the human condition" are inextricably bound, no matter how some might gush about "the transcendent purity of music."

A new collection of Louis Armstrong's selected essays and letters contains what may become known as one of the more memorable first-person black commentaries on Jewish influence on black arts.

Upstart indie label Jade Tree, a David in an industry of Goliaths, puts out records because it believes in the bands.

Also, heavenly compilations from a German label, Tucson's own Wise Folk Malcontent, and more.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [8]

  • Bob Log III
  • June Tabor
  • John Linnell
  • Lurrie Bell
  • Missing Persons
  • Enrico Rava/Ran Blake
  • Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstars
  • Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Tiny Tunes [9]
  • The Music Tapes
  • Osibisa
  • Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers
Rhythm and Views [10]
  • Idyll Swords
  • Sun Zoom Spark

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