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Volume II, Issue 46
May 10 - May 17, 1999  
 
Music

The Blues
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Why They Call It The Blues [7]
The blues' appeal lies, like most true pleasures, beneath the surface.
— Stanley Booth, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
The Blues Is All Right. Or Is It? [8]
The Blues Is All Right. Or Is It?
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Down In The Delta [9]
A handful of young African-American musicians are finding their future deep in the past.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Authenticity Under Glass [10]
Why are the blues' vital signs so faint?
— Stephen Grimstead, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Black Nights [11]
Bobby "Blue" Bland has spent the last four decades essaying the pain and perils of romance and misery.
— John Floyd, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Artist Profiles
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Sixth Sense [12]
The Olivia Tremor Control make yet another case for the Elephant 6 Collective.
— Jim Hanas, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Django's Ghost [13]
The Hot Club's brand of gypsy jazz aims to approach notes from a whole new angle.
— Dave Irwin, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Soundbites [14]
Cat Power is one of those rare performers you simply can't take your eyes off of.
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Featured Articles
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Rock Around the Biological Clock [2]
Women rockers of all marital statuses, orientations, and labels talk about musicianship and motherhood.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Mothers of Invention [3]
The Austin-based Mother Rock Star network connects moms in the music business across the country.
— Greg Beets, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Dueling Arias [4]
Comparing Memphis' and Nashville's opera companies.
— Lisa A. DuBois, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Out of Time [5]
Memphis remembers its R&B past, while Nashville chooses to forget.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Ghost Track [6]
Is Robert Johnson haunting your CD player?
— Mitch Myers, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Now What? [21]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

W hen musicians talk about playing the blues, they are referring not to an emotional statement about being unlucky in life and love but to a musical form. From the Memphis Flyer this week, a tidy package containing ruminations on the origins of the blues, the state of the country blues, dilution of the blues by white poseurs, and blues practitioner Bobby Blue Bland.

Every female musician who ever strummed an instrument has wondered whether or not children fit into their pursuit of music. It's a loaded question with ambiguous answers. Mother Rock Star is a national network of music-related businesses owned by moms.

The differences between Memphis and Nashville lie in their musical legacies and, perhaps not surprisingly, their operas.

Also, profiles of the Elephant 6 Collective, the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Cat Power, reviews of the latest from Naughty by Nature, Fountains of Wayne, and Michael Gira, and plenty more.


Album Reviews
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Fury, Not Finest [15]
Naughty by Nature patch together disparate body parts from the hip-hop grave and jolted it all to life with flashy gadgetry.
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Sunny Boys [16]
Fountains of Wayne produce hooks with the efficiency of a Nissan assembly line.
— Richard Martin, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Black Saint [17]
Two years after Michael Gira ended Swans, he's discovered "the evil inside."
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Turn Up That Noise! [18]

  • Spock's Beard
  • Sebadoh
 
Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [19]
  • Man or Astro-Man?
  • Usher
  • Big Rude Jake
  • Poole
  • Phoenix Orion
  • Mandy Barnett
  • Maze
  • The Wedding Present
 
Rhythm and Views [20]
  • December Wind
  • Boogaloo Joe Jones
  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • Necessary Evils
  • Junko Onishi
  • 'The Matrix' soundtrack
 

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