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Volume III, Issue 26
December 20 - December 27, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Y2K Bugs [2]
Record companies are turning a quick buck by releasing multi-disk (and not always well-thought-out) end-of-the-century music compilations.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Dreaming of a Boxed Christmas [3]
Goodwill suggestions for your last-minute holiday shopping needs.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mixing It Up [4]
Michael McCall looks back on the year that was in music.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Artist Profiles
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The Memory of Music [5]
Discovering Moby Grape's Skip Spence via his only solo album Oar, and its new tribute album, More Oar.
— Louis Black, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Creep Show [6]
Perhaps no performer in pop music today has gone farther out of his way to resemble a cartoon than Rob Zombie, who's made a virtue and a career out of being fake.
— Carly Carioli, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Voodoo Gurus [7]
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is the best-known band in today's swing scene.
— Jack Vaughn, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Space is The Place [8]
With "Goodbye 20th Century" and three other ambient releases on their own label, Sonic Youth have successfully shifted from grunge rockers to avant-rock scientists.
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Soul Stirrers [9]
North Carolina's Hobex commute between Hitsville and Soulsville.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Album Reviews
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More Oar [10]
A review of the Skip Spence tribute album.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Master Sessions [11]
Q-Tip sounds like he's just on a booty-quest on "Amplified," while Rakim's "The Master" dropped without so much as an appearance on "Total Request Live."
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T o celebrate the end of the 20th century -- without regard to whether this Dec. 31 or next is the appropriate date -- some music companies are putting out compilations that attempt to chronicle the past 100 years in some manner.

CD box sets can make great Christmas presents if you know what's out there and are clear about the musical tastes of your gift's intended recipient. We've got some help in the "what's out there" department.

No form of American music begins, grows, or survives without absorbing influences from other genres. And that's true this year more than ever, especially for fans willing to sift beyond the airwaves and record charts.

Also, a written tribute to Skip Spence and a review of a musical tribute to him, the theme-park world of Rob Zombie, the neo-swing of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and more.



Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [12]

  • Le Tigre
  • Dr. Dre
  • High Llamas
  • Archer Prewitt
  • The Cinematic Orchestra
  • Kaouding Cissoko
  • Toby Keith
  • Willie Alexander

Rhythm and Views [13]
  • Jewel
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • The Rat Pack
  • Charles Kynard

Turn Up That Noise [14]
  • Foo Fighters
  • Michael Brecker

Now What? [15]
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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