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Volume III, Issue 10
August 30 - September 7, 1999  

Featured Articles
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Overexposed [2]
Alanis Morrissette and Tori Amos have run out of creative steam.
Tongue-in-Cheek Terror [3]
Reissuing the Butthole Surfers.

Artist Profiles
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The Undisputed Queen [4]
Of all the major country stars who recorded in Nashville during the fruitful honky-tonk era, only Kitty Wells was actually from here. She had a colorful career, and easily takes credit for the women who followed her.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
Life Size [5]
Macy Gray voice has been compared to Billie Holiday's, Tina Turner's, Aretha's, Janis's, and Nina Simone's. And it's not just hype.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Hot Chicken No. 3 [6]
Yo La Tengo records another album in Nashville.

Album Reviews
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Action Figures [7]
Bis haven't arrived in Eurodisney discoland as mere mercenaries or with tongues entirely in cheek.
Why Should Anyone Care Now? [8]
The return of the Doctors' Mob.
— Kent H. Benjamin, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Ingenious Arrangement [9]
Guitarist Leo Kottke celebrates his silver anniversary album without saying a word.
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY
Post Mortem [10]
It's great to have a Ramones' anthology, but how come we don't get Joey on "R.A.M.O.N.E.S"?
Car Tunes [11]
Verbena couldn't recapture the naivete of "Souls for Sale," so they went out and made something as unfashionable as a classic alternative rock album.
— Richard Martin, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
The Latest 'Catastrophe' [12]
Music critic crosses the line to create music from the heart.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER


A lanis Morissette and Tori Amos both write frank, explicitly detailed, purposely provocative songs that draw on personal experience to raise important social issues, but they could be crafting better songs.

What's so impressive about the re-release of four nearly 15-year-old oddball albums by a group of grungy, garage-dwelling noisemakers from Texas? To fully understand, it's necessary to get a firm grasp on the Butthole Surfers.

Commercially and otherwise, few people have had more impact on the development of country music than Kitty Wells. As she turns 80, the Nashville Scene takes a look at her career, which helped open the doors of recording studios to many other women artists.

Also, Macy Gray, Yo La Tengo, Leo Kottke, the Ramones, and lots more!

Mini Reviews
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Reissues [13]

  • Los Zafiros
  • Ramones
  • Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
  • Janis Joplin
  • Hank Thompson
  • Spade Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang
  • Rex Allen
  • Tommy McCook & The Skatalites
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Ken Boothe
  • Testify! The Gospel Box
  • From Spirituals To Swing
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Be Thou Now Persuaded: Living In A Shakespearean World
  • The Bellamy Brothers
  • Fats Domino
  • Carl Perkins
  • Bobby Bare
  • Johnny Paycheck
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Flamin' Groovies
  • Ted Nugent

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [14]
  • Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
  • Alison Krauss
  • Filter
  • Bicycle
  • Darrell Nulisch
  • Hugh Ragin
  • Toumani Diabate and Ballake Sissoko
  • Ziggy Marley

Now What? [15]
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