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Volume II, Issue 19
November 2 - November 9, 1998  
 
Music

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Rising Sun [2]
Despite the death of popular artist Hide, Japanese pop music (J-Pop) bands have staged a nipponese all media assault.
— Dave Gibson, FW WEEKLY
 
Alone Together [3]
Noel Murray surveys the fortunes of solo rockers from Rebecca Gates to Chocolate Genius.
— Noel Murray, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Perish the Thought [4]
A profile of the Chicago indie label Perishable Records.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
America's Ethnic Music Mantle [5]
Here's a reverent look beyond the dreaded Chicken Dance into the past, present, and future of the unique Tex-Czech and Texas-German musical folkways.
— Jay Hardwig, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Book Reviews
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Continental Divides [6]
British author Mark Hudson's "The Music in My Head" is a novel approach to World Music.
— Banning Eyre, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Tales From The Underground [7]
Rock critic Roni Sarig knows that history is written by the winners. He's trying to rectify that situation.
— Fred Mills, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Fusion Revisited [8]
Ron Wynn puts some beefsteak on fusion's black eye.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Album Reviews
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Platinum Bomb? [9]
Alanis Morissette's "Infatuation Junkie" will be reviewed at the cash register.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Mr. Pop [10]
Jonathan Richman is a genuine oddball among pop artists, but he's also a completely modern folk singer, illuminating the ways the ghosts of our culture haunt us.
— Stephanie Zacharek, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Round Sounds [11]
A six-CD set shows how Blue Note tenor-sax master Hank Mobley struck a hipster's golden mean.
— Ed Hazell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Blasting the Past [12]
Beck -- hands-down king of postmodern popsters -- follows his own tough act with just plain songs.
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Now What? [19]
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:

B ook Reviews make a surprise appearance this week in Music. Starting off, "The Music in My Head" by Mark Hudson's takes a look at Afropop and the attempts at its exploitation. Next up, Roni Sarig attempts to shine a lighton some of the more obscure artists to be overshadowed by the U2s and Rolling Stones of the world in his book "The Secret History of Rock." Pulling up the rear, but no less important, Stuart Nicholson's book "Jazz-Rock: A History" reviews the transition that many artists experienced in the late 60's and early 70's as the two musical genre collided.

International flavor is present this week. First up, FW Weekly's Dave Gibson visits the islands of Japan to look at J-Pop. Following that up is the tried and true hipness of Polka from Austin Chronicle's Jay Hardwig.

Profiles this week include jazz bassist Dave Holland and rockabilly kings The Paladins. Reviews cover Alanis Morissette's latest, Jonathan Richman, jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley, Beck, and more in Mini Reviews.


Artist Profiles
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Holland-Days [13]
Dave Holland Brings Color and Versatility to the Art of Bass.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Years Since Yesterday [14]
The Paladins carry the rockabilly torch across the Great Divide.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [15]

  • Oasis
  • Midnight Oil
  • The Cardigans
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Phish
  • Los Super Seven

Rhythm and Views [16]
  • Dale Watson and his Lone Stars
  • Sun Zoom Spark
  • Stereolab

Texas Platters [17]
  • Vallejo
  • Eric Johnson
  • Doug Sahm
  • Beaver Nelson
  • and many more

Tiny Tunes [18]
  • Bob Dylan
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Scott 4

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