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Volume II, Issue 31
January 25 - February 1, 1999  
 
Music
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Grammy's home [2]
And the nominees are...
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
New Punk Values [3]
If American rock is somewhat out of touch with American life, perhaps Scandinavian cock rockers can fill the gap.
— Carly Carioli, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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The Salesman [4]
Songwriter Vic Chesnutt works the dark route of the human heart.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Kronos Eclectic [5]
Jimi Hendrix, Igor Stravinski, George Gershwin, Bo Diddley, and Hilda von Bingen all have something in common: the Kronos Quartet.
— Dave Irwin, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Grown-Up Doll [6]
Sylvain Sylvain is still rocking and ready to party.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Banyan's Roots [7]
Jane's Addiction survivor Stephen Perkins fuses acid jazz, rock and trip-hop into one funked-up package.
— Bill Frost, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
Drake Tungsten and His Boy Skellington [8]
Interrogating Austin's "real rock" trio Spoon to solve the mystery of "A Series of Sneaks."
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Tasting Defeat [9]
The story and the music of singer-songwriter Beaver Nelson has become inextricably intertwined.
— Andy Langer, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Album Reviews
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Huntin' Possum [10]
T-Model Ford and Johnny Farmer's latest on Fat Possum shine with a rusty brilliance.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
On Call [11]
Dr. Israel infuses roots reggae with jungle beats, dub production, funk and hip-hop grooves, and punk attitude.
— Norman Weinstein, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Now What? [16]
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.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

C omparing the nomination announcements in Los Angeles and Chicago, Newcity's Dave Chamberlain, in "Grammy's Home," finds reason to believe star quantity will win out again over album quality when it comes time to give out the music industry's top awards. And if American rock seems out of touch with current events, Scandinavia's Hellacopters, Turbonegro and Gluecifer provide the perfect soundtrack for Clinton's Hummerpalooza, argues Boston Phoenix's Carly Carioli in "New Punk Values."

Album reviews this issue examine the latest grungy wonders from reggae punker Dr. Israel and Fat Possum labelmates T-Model Ford and Johnny Farmer. Artist profiles zero in on Vic Chesnutt's poetry of loss and longing, Kronos Quartet's eclectic influence, and two survivors of rock excess in Sylvain Sylvain and Stephen Perkins.


Mini Reviews
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Turn Up That Noise! [12]

  • Method Man
  • Vic Chesnutt

Tiny Tunes [13]
  • Olivia Tremor Control
  • Love Nut
  • The Concentrators
  • Ninian Hawick

Rhythm and Views [14]
  • Mickey Newbury
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • Jewel

Texas Platters [15]
  • Soulhat
  • Earthpig and Fire
  • Roky Erickson
  • Knife in the Water
  • KVRX Local Live Vol. 3
  • Reckless Kelly
  • Sandblasters
  • Rocket 69
  • Headhunters
  • Cadillac Voodoo Choir
  • Honky
  • Daddy Longhead
  • Terry Bozzio
  • ST 37
  • Podunk
  • Galapagos
  • Shaft: El Grüpo de Röck
  • Flaco Jimenez

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