Volume I, Issue 15
September 15 - September 22, 1997
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A One-Hit Wonder?
Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may soon have trouble keeping up the mortgage. 
Head Held High
Billy Ray Cyrus just won't give up. 
Master of the Rhythm
Anticipating the arrival of Tito Puente. 
Cover to Cover
If you're feeling nostalgic, just pick a decade. There's a tribute band in Memphis for you. 
Just For the Record
Your official incomplete guide to building (or improving) your record collection. 
25 for Life
The beginner's jazz collection. 
30 suggested blues recordings for the beginner's collection. 
The Good, the Badass and the Alt.Rock
50 vital alternative, punk and rock records for the beginner's collection. 
20 rap records for the beginner's collection. 
The Basic 10
An introduction to classical music. 
Letters at 3AM
The reissue of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music is a landmark exploration of freedom - not the American Dream type, but freedom of the heart. 
Turn Up That Noise!
An eclectic survey of recent recordings. 
Rhythm & Views
Ken Field, Revelators, Patric Cassidy. 
Slap on the headphones and check out the latest disks from UV Transmission and New Wet Kojak. 
7 and 7 is
Short reviews of singles and EPs. 
Reviews of new releases by Lone Star artists, including Ursa Major, Transona Five, Flounders Without Eyes, and more. 
Desperately Seeking the News
Vince Gill blows up. 
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. 
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hose of you who worried about me last week, I'm fine. I prayed
at the porcelain throne and now everything's peachy. Except for
one thing: I'm feeling really pissed off about The Rock-n-Roll
Hall of Fame's financial problems. Come on people! Let's get it
together and support that rockin' museum by making a special trip
to Cleveland! Party time! It's a beautiful city -- just ask anyone
I felt a lot better after hearing about Billy Ray Cyrus's jim-dandy
new lease on life. Despite early success and a hit
single, Cyrus felt crushed by all the critics who trashed him mercilessly. This interview reveals
that Billy Ray even considered getting rid of his bad haircut
to win back the public's favor, but -- bless his achy breaky heart
-- he finally realized he just had to be himself. Now that's the
Billy we know and love: rat-like and unfashionable.
Okay, enough sarcasm. Let's switch gears for this biographical
article about Tito Puente. Now 74 years old, the Latin mambo king
and cha-cha master still knows how to put on a great show. If
your notion of Latin music is limited to Desi Arnaz, Esquivel
and commercial jingles about Chiquita Banana, it's time to immerse
yourself in plenty-o-Puente, because Tito's neato. Go buy some
of his albums now, or else.
After you're done, come back and read this article about the
joys of record collecting. Whether you prefer the thrift-store
vinyl or rainbow-tinted plastic chrome variety, collecting albums
is a hobby even more rewarding than accumulating Pez dispensers.
Let this guide assist you in your quest. And if you're not sure
what else (besides Puente) to buy, check out these lists of "essentials"
in a variety of genres:
All I can say is, Why only 10 classical selections? Even rap merits
20. This is what's wrong with our society today! Oh well, at least
the Spice Girls aren't on any of those lists.
You're probably thinking, "That's nice, Zamfir, but did
you know that we're just here to read album reviews, and, um,
you're an idiot?" To which I should probably be offended,
but you know what? Billy Ray took it like a man, so I'm a-gonna'
too. As his daddy once told him, "the more you stomp in shit,
the more it stinks."
So let's talk album reviews. This week's Turn Up That Noise!
column critiques releases from Tom Ovans, and The Oblivians; Rhythm
& Views reviews albums from Ken Field, revelators, and Patrick
Cassidy. Tiny Tunes opens its ears for UV Transmission and New
Wet Kojak, and this Texas Platters column contains reviews of
dozens of Big Star releases, including albums by Phil Ochs, Ornette
Coleman, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Especially praiseful is this
in-depth evaluation of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk
My achy-breaky fingers are plum Tanya tuckered out. So see you
If anything in this section offends, annoys or perturbs your senses,
here's your place to scream like an angry punk rocker.
Rhyme and Reason
Our critic compares the cream of current country. [06-20-97]
Turn Up That Noise!
An eclectic survey of recent recordings. [08-04-97]