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Volume II, Issue 24
December 7 - December 14, 1998  
 
Music

Artist Profiles
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Fever Pitch [5]
Fastball drummer Joey Shuffield's life would never be the same after he picked up the phone and his manager told him that his band's CD, "All the Pain That Money Can Buy," had gone platinum.
— Brendan Doherty, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Womanly Virtues [6]
Shania Twain is sexy and successful. Got a problem with that?
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Soundbites [7]
Why should anyone care that Mudhoney is coming to town this week?
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Surrogate Cuban [8]
Pancho Sanchez, keeper of the Latin jazz flame.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Album Reviews
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Cooking With Isaac [9]
With the release of "Chef Aid: The South Park Album," it's clear the South Park cash cow hasn't run out of milk just yet.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Battle Sounds [10]
Judging by his just-released "War and Peace," Ice Cube's time as rap player seems to have long passed, even if the clock is still running on his time as a hip-hop "playa."
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Where Egos Dare [11]
Want proof that some guys will do anything to get laid? Check out "The Opera," a 90-second interlude halfway through the first disc of R. Kelly's new CD, "R."
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Wu-Tangents [12]
In the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man and the RZA are opposites -- the Voice and the Man Behind the Curtain -- but both make great comic-book heroes.
— Carly Carioli, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Rebel Soldier [13]
John Lennon gets immortalized (even more) in a box set.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Free Spirit [14]
In the 1960s, a time of revolutionary extremes in jazz, tenor experimenter Albert Ayler's music was the most extreme of all. But it had visionary force that's still being felt today.
— Ed Hazell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Mr. Pitiful [15]
Is Vic Chesnutt happy? Or does he just want to be Aaron Neville?
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Class Consciousness [16]
East Oakland class warriors the Coup rip off their Tommy jeans and show the world their red diapers.
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Boxed In [17]
The film "Dutch Harbor" features an inspired lineup of improvised music.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T his week's special section focuses on books covering the music world -- from the absurd to the obscure -- in all it's glory. Start off with "I Wanna Take You Higher" from Austin Chronicle's Margaret Moser.

Artist profiles this week include Fastball, Shania Twain, Mudhoney, and Pancho Sanchez.

Album reviews feature Chef Aid: The South Park Album (did someone mention "Chocolate Salty Balls?"), Ice Cube's "War and Peace," R. Kelly's latest, some Wu-Tang Clan offshoots, a John Lennon box set, Albert Ayler, Vic Chesnutt, the Coup, the soundtrack to "Dutch Harbor," and more in Mini-Reviews.


Rock & Roll Books
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I Wanna Take You Higher [3]
Introduction to rock and roll book reviews.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Readin' and Rockin' [2]
The winter rock and roll book review spectacular.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Rock Pile [4]
Find God, glam, and Gram in these capsule rock and roll book reviews.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [18]

  • Pandelis Karayorgis Trio
  • Drew Gress and Jagged Sky
  • P.M. Dawn
  • Heltah Skeltah
  • Fifty Tons of Black Terror
  • Whale
  • Ednaswap
  • Dru Hill
  • Baaba Maal
  • Sankai

Tiny Tunes [19]
  • The Rugrats Movie Soundtrack
  • The Jupiter Affect
  • Die Moulinettes
  • The Prissteens Scandal

Turn Up That Noise! [20]
  • Cake
  • P.M. Dawn

Now What? [21]
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
 

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