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Volume II, Issue 51
June 14 - June 21, 1999  

Featured Articles
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Soul Providers [2]
The New York label Desco's best releases aren't just tributes to James Brown, they're great funk in their own right.
The Singer Not the Song [3]
How a slumming fashion model shaped the first wave of teen idolatry.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
America Circa 1999 [4]
The Teen Trinity is driving the economy and reflecting the culture of an emerging generation.
— Christopher Gray, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Confessions of a Boy Band Groupie [5]
A boy band groupie confesses.

Artist Profiles
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Good Vibes [6]
Beach Boy Brian Wilson is touring to standing ovations, and he's basking in the good vibrations.
New Again [7]
Duke Robillard's vibrant approach to blues and swing.
Voice Lessons [8]
Jazz singer Connye Florance tries to find the middle ground between jazz and pop.
Ear Today, Gone Tomorrow? [9]
The Asylum Street Spankers aren't just unplugged, they're a little unhinged.
— Brendan Doherty, TUCSON WEEKLY

Album Reviews
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Deep River [10]
"Black Appalachia," Rounder's latest reissue of Alan Lomax's field recordings, documents the fusion of African-American culture and European musical traditions.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Punk Rock 101 [11]
"Short Music for Short People," a CD offering 101 30-second tracks by 101 bands, might seem useful only as novelty or torture, but quick hits can be fun.
Disc-full of Blues [12]
Music series continues in grand style with a foray into every aspect of the blues imaginable.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
Now What? [17]
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.


O ver the last three years, the New York City funk label Desco has cranked out a series of releases on the premise that James Brown's work from 1965 to 1975 is the alpha and the omega of music. The label's mission, explicitly stated: "When it comes to gettin' down, James Brown is the ground."

In 1957, a young model named Gloria Stavers was offered a position as subscription clerk for a teen idol magazine called "16." By the end of 1958, Stavers was editor-in-chief, and what she did with "16" forever altered the female psyche in America. And, confessions of someone "sucker-punched by celebrity."

Of the Top 10 albums on Billboard's June 5 chart, only Jimmy Buffett's latest (at #8) can be safely assumed to have reached its position without help from the "Dawson's Creek" set. Perched in the Top Three are the current Teen Trinity: the Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, and Britney Spears.

Plus, profiles of Brian Wilson, Duke Robillard, Connye Florance, and the Asylum Street Spankers, as well as reviews of Black Appalachian music, quick punk tunes, essential blues, and more.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [13]

  • Geri Halliwell
  • Moby
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Pavement
  • The Lynnfield Pioneers
  • Snoop Dogg
Austin Chronicle Record Reviews [14]
  • Ibrahim Ferrer
  • Eliades Ochoa
  • El Gran Silencio
  • Mano Negra
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy
  • The Robert Cray Band
  • The Blue Rags
  • Fred Eaglesmith
  • Terri Hendrix
  • Jack Logan
  • The Rock-A-Teens
  • The Lonesome Organist
  • Cibo Matto
  • Fantastic Plastic Machine
  • Cheap Trick
Tucson Weekly Rhythm & Views [15]
  • Television
  • Ginger Baker and The DJQ20
  • Del-Fi records compilation
  • Gov't Mule
Weekly Alibi Tiny Tunes [16]
  • Os Mutantes
  • The Fireman

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