Weekly Wire

Volume II, Issue 3
July 13 - July 20, 1998  
 
Music

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Heroes and Villains [2]
Exploring the musician-comix connection.
— Ken Lieck, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Capitol Campaign [3]
Is Garth Brooks Mr. Nice Guy or an ego-driven megalomaniac? Michael McCall attempts to sort it out.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Supersonic Nursery Rhymes [4]
How Billy Bragg and Wilco brought Woody Guthrie back to life.
— Michael Bertin, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Billy Bragg & Wilco [5]
Album Review: Mermaid Avenue.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Secret Museum of Music [19]
Independent label Shanachie's diverse catalog features some of the finest folk reissues available.
— Harvey Pekar, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Beastiality
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Growing Up Beastie [6]
One man's Beastiemania is always everyone else's problem.
— Mark Bazer, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Now and Zen [7]
The sound of the Beastie Boys' "Hello Nasty" takes a paradoxical leap into the future by reasserting the old-school hip-hop verities of two-turntables-and-a-microphone.
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Curve
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England's Screaming [8]
An interview with early '90s pre-industial-dance shoegazers Curve. Vocalist Toni Halliday discusses their new CD, tour, and the breadth of their influence.
— Micheal Powell, FW WEEKLY
 
Roadkill [9]
Curve's Toni Halliday
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Artist Profiles
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Rooting Around [15]
A musician risks arrest to get back to his roots.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Barnburnin' Ballyhoo [16]
Cramps-like Austin band, the Flametrick Subs offer up a meaty slice of radiated rockabilly while the Satan's Cheerleaders work the crowd.
— Lisa Garrett, FW WEEKLY
 
Making Weird [17]
Although The Weird Lovemakers are a number of years past their teenage woes, they mine their adolescence well.
— Lisa Weeks, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
NXNW Bound [18]
Salt Lake City acts on their way to the big celebration in Portland.
— Bill Frost, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
Poetry In Motion [20]
Country's Lucinda Williams's "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" is driven by the need for escape intensely rooted in a sense of home.
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Revisiting Planet Claire [21]
After a long hiatus, The B-52s have reunited and are back on the road. Can a pop culture icon still shake its cosmic thing?
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
 

Now What? [27]
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:

A nother jam-packed section of Weekly Wire! Sometimes the stories just flood in and this is definitely one of those times...

Nashville Scene's Michael McCall brings us a Music City perspective on Garth Brooks and his relationship with Capitol Records/Nashville. McCall tries to gauge how powerful the country star really is and how much clout he has with his record company. Get the local view (Nashville's) here...

From Austin, Ken Lieck examines the long-time bond that musicians have had with comic books in Heroes And Villains. Sure Kiss comes to mind, but how about XTC, Paul McCartney, the Kinks, and bands such as Marilyn Manson, GWAR, Alice Cooper and many others.

You'll also read about the first Woody Guthrie album in 50 years, Austin's psychobilly band, Flametrick Subs, Tucson's Weird Lovemakers, and Nashville's Jeff Black, one man's love of the Beastie Boys, among the reviews, artist profiles and more.


Album Reviews
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Heavy Funk [10]
Two double-CD compilations revive funk-king James Brown's career after he'd left the vanguard but before he became a self-parody.
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Freedom Songs [11]
Jeff Black celebrates the virtues of hearth and home on "Road to Birmingham," his new collection of music.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Munki Business [13]
A decade and a half into their career, the Jesus and Mary Chain can't decide whether they love or hate rock and roll.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
In The House [14]
Ultra Nate's "Free" is a paradoxical mix of pop and not-pop.
— Michael Freedberg, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [24]

  • Queen Latifah
  • Natalie Merchant
  • The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble
  • Social Distortion
  • Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company
  • Joe Ely
  • Marah
  • nigritude ultramarine

Turn Up That Noise! [25]
  • Dave Samuels
  • Various Artists: Not Dogs...Too Simple (A Tale Of Two Kitties)

Tiny Tunes [26]
  • The Grassy Knoll
  • The Pernice Brothers

Rhythm & Views [12]
  • John Cowan
  • Streetwalkin' Cheetahs
  • Strength In Numbers

Live Report
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The New Woodshock [22]
The Texas Electronica Festival might just be the logical extenstion of the now-defunct Lollapalooza tour.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Fantastic Voyage [23]
When in New Orleans, let the Music Bus take you club-hopping around town in comfort and style.
— Geraldine Wyckoff, GAMBIT WEEKLY
 

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