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Volume I, Issue 28
December 15 - December 22, 1997


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Alternative Notions
Earlier in the decade, punk emerged from the underground and then vaporized. [2]
Matt Ashare

Artist Profiles
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Return Engagement
Michael McCall recalls a night of golden memories with punk priestess Patti Smith. [3]
Michael McCall

Long Gone Don
Don McLean is indeed alive and well -- he just released "Don McLean's Christmas Dreams." [4]
Keith O'Brien

Do-It-All Dude
If you like Tito Larriva's acting, you ought to check out his tarantula. [5]
Lisa Weeks

Piano Man
Spending two days in the studio with jazz pianist Butch Thompson reveals how he puts the snap back in Joplin. [6]
Jon Garelick

Picking Up the Tempo
Michael McCall profiles Nashville bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer. [7]
Michael McCall; Photos by Eric England

The Accidental Bluesman
Rock drummer Coco Montoya turns out to be a very good blues guitarist. [8]
Mark Jordan

Album Reviews
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Meet the New Boss
Noel Murray dissects the post-rock phenomenon; Ron Wynn revisits the soul of Philly, Memphis, and all points between. [9]
Noel Murray

Miles and Miles of Miles
Columbia sets about trying to repair the Miles Davis catalogue. [10]
Jeff McCord

Cultural Cross Pollination
A flood of reissues revive reggae's impressive legacy. [11]
Jay Trachtenberg

Souled American
Box sets from Rhino and Columbia Legacy. [12]
Ron Wynn

Now What?
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. [19]

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H ey, punks, guess what? Remember all those years you spent wearing buttons that said "Disco is Dead"? Well now it's your turn. Disco has made a retro comeback, and, um, well....have you read the musical-genre obituaries lately? If not, there are a couple books you might want to read. Make sure you've got a hanky handy.

After you've had a good cry, stiffen that upper lip and remember: there's always another comeback somewhere down the road. In the meantime check out this profile of punk priestess Patti Smith. She's a survivor, and you can be too.

Here's a survivor for you: Don McLean. Yep, years after saying "bye bye" to Miss American Pie, taking his Chevy to the levee and all that, Don McClean is back -- and, okay, maybe not better than ever, but he still makes ya feel like standing in a wheatfield and breathing fresh air and stuff. (Not like Miles Davis. He makes you feel like smoking weed and writhing on shag carpetng.)

Even if punk is dead, don't worry, there's always post-rock. Oh, come on, it's good stuff. Stop that crying. Stop it. If you punks don't stop crying I'm not going to talk to you anymore. Well, then. Fine.

Mini Reviews
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  • AC/DC
  • The Beach Boys
  • Ray Charles
  • John Coltrane
  • Cream
  • The Doors
  • Bill Evans
  • Stan Getz
  • Charles Mingus
  • Herbie Nichols
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Various: The Big Ol' Box Set Of 60's Soul
  • Various: Holding Up Half Of The Sky
  • Various: Rca Victor 80th Anniversary

Scene & Heard

  • The Chrome Cranks
  • Travis Shredd & the Good Ol' Homeboys
  • Snout
  • The Jade Vincent Experiment
  • Various: Acid Jazz: Movie & TV Themes
  • Various: Flyin' Traps
  • Various: Lounge-A-Palooza

Rhythm & Views

  • Chumbawamba
  • Ornette Coleman & Joachim Kuhn
  • The Crystal Method

Tiny Tunes

  • Etta James
  • Ottmar Liebert

Turn Up That Noise!

  • The Aqua Velvets
  • Victor Wooten
  • Various: Loverly Singles '97

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews

  • Acetone
  • Chuck Brodsky
  • Common
  • Stephen Drury
  • EPMD
  • John Fahey & Cul de Sac
  • Odetta
  • Tobin Sprout
  • Ugly Beauty

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