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Volume III, Issue 25
December 13 - December 20, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Do You Hear What I Hear? [2]
Santa's got a brand new bag of Christmas CDs.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Latin Kings [3]
Mark Anthony and Enrique Iglesias' talent and sex appeal ensure their popularity will endure long after the Latin music craze has faded.
— Franklin Soults, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Sweet Home Chicago? [4]
Contemplating the state of the blues in the Windy City.
— James Porter, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Beatlemania [5]
From covers by Ella Fitzgerald to DJ Kazmir, the cuts from the Beatles' "White Album" are unbelievably resilient to style and genre.
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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Land of the Freberg [6]
Interview with radio-comedy pioneer Stan Freberg.
— Ken Lieck, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Chicks And Balances [7]
The hard-rocking girls in Clovenhoof just wanna have fun.
— Lisa Weeks, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Album Reviews
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Head Trips [8]
Phish's "Hampton Comes Alive," a six-CD set taken from live shows in '98, is technically tight, unpredictable, and makes their other live releases seem like tripe.
— Robin Rothman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Joke in the Box [9]
Encapsulation of Rhino Records' comedy box sets.
— Ken Lieck, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Soul Music [10]
R.B. Morris' rocking spiritual quest.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Hybrid Moments [11]
Beck and Folk Implosion each improve on their formulas.
— Noel Murray, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Beat Poets [12]
Dope beats from Handsome Boy Modeling School and Basement Jaxx.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

E very year at this time recording artists flock to the safety and security of that time-tested warhorse, the Christmas album. Herewith, a roundup of some of this year's holiday releases.

The success of Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias has a lot to do with the explosion of the U.S. Latino market over the past 10 year, an increase that will soon make Hispanics the nation's dominant minority.

The Nineties celebrated blues as a living tradition, rather than a dead language from America's past. Even the most musically ignorant can identify a certain sound and style with the blues, which people are finally realizing is not to be confused with jazz.

Plus, radio comedy legend Stan Freberg, box sets of comedy material, live music from Phish, covering the Beatles, and more.



Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [13]

  • Cheb Mami
  • Unwound
  • Velvet Crush
  • June of 44
  • Beastie Boys
  • Left Nut
  • Pete Townshend

Rhythm and Views [14]
  • Damon
  • The Real Kids
  • Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian

Turn Up That Noise! [15]
  • Kenny Wheeler
  • Primus

Now What? [16]
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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