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Volume I, Issue 46
April 20 - April 27, 1998


Artist Profiles
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Diva Deluxe
Though jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater has lived in Paris for more than 12 years, better not call her a jazz expatriate. [4]
Dave McElfresh

Oh, Lady, You're Good!
An interview with jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater. [5]
Raoul Hernandez

Bomb Squad
George Clinton taught us "Free your mind and your ass will follow." Artists on the hip '90s British DJ label Ninja Tune know that's no easy lesson as the prep for the Funkungfusion Tour. [6]
Chris Tweney

Moody Blues
Chris Whitley has never fit into any of the music biz's tidy little marketing packages. Now he really gets down and dirty with "Dirt Floor." [7]
Matt Ashare

Lip Service
The Flaming Lips go to the tape. [8]
Dave Chamberlain

The Boys of Summer
The Summer of '44 in concert. [9]
Brendan Doherty

Album Reviews
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"Walking into Clarksdale" is all a satisfying reverberation from Led Zep's past, and it's certainly not Page & Plant's fault if nothing sticks. [10]
Richard C. Walls

The Cat Came Back
Now that Matador is reissuing the seminal Pussy Galore catalogue, everyone can enjoy the sounds of cats fighting over a vacuum cleaner. [11]
Carly Carioli

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
New releases from Van Halen and Scott Weiland point to the plus and perils of going solo. [12]
Mark Jordan

Made to Rock
Sugarsmack tastes good to Michael McCall. [13]
Michael McCall

Son Settings
John Coltrane's son, Ravi, puts on one messed-up live show, but his quintet's CD, Moving Pictures, shows joy and promise. [14]
Jon Garelick

The Dialogue of Poets
The movimento music of Conjunto Aztlan. [15]
Belinda Acosta

Conjunto Aztlan record review
Conjunto Aztlan record review. [16]

M an, when it rains bad news, it pours. I'm talkin' about all the recent deaths of famous female musicians. It's hard enough to lose country singer Tammy Wynette (see last week's story), but did country singer Rose Maddox (big in the '50s and '60s) have to go, too? And I thought the suicide of Wendy "Plasmatics" O'Williams was too much tragedy as it was, but now we've gone and lost Linda McCartney to cancer (coincidentally, both were really into nutrition). Enough is enough!

On the plus side, the biggest murderer in Cambodian history finally passed away. Ding dong, Pol Pot is dead.

Anyhoo, we've got a couple more fine eulogies to Tammy Wynette in this here music page. I recommend you read 'em. Sometimes loss of life is what it takes to realize just what was lost, know what I mean Vern?

As for the living, they get their due here too. Album reviews talk up both new and re-released work from Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, a few all-women rock bands, Ravi Coltrane, Pussy Galore, June of '44, and the Stone Temple Pilots' lame-ass Scott Weiland.

We've also got both a profile of, and an interview with, jazz diva Dee Dee Bridge. Tell it, Dee Dee!

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go heat up a frozen vegetarian dinner in honor of Linda and Wendy.

toddles, Tammy
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More than Myth
Beverly Keel reminisces about the private Tammy Wynette. [2]
Beverly Keel

Stand By Your Ma'am
Somewhere up there, Tammy is eating GooGoos and drinking Southern Comfort with Hank and Elvis and Patsy and Dottie, and laughing her ass off. [3]
Jeff Smith

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews

  • Tuscadero
  • John Wesley Harding
  • Fluorescein
  • The Specials
  • Sugarsmack
  • This Perfect Day
  • Otis Clay
  • Judas Priest

Turn Up That Noise!

  • Semisonic
  • Norman Blake

Weekly Alibi

  • Manna Fron Nowhere
  • Smug

Rhythm & Views

  • Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early
  • The Mavericks
  • The Giraffes

Now What?
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. [21]

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