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    Who's next - Green Day's Billie Joe hopes he gets old before he dies

    "I'm a firm believer that at least half of the population is mentally retarded, and I think I'm being kind of nice to tell you the truth. That's from a personal perspective. I've seen a lot of morons." At the moment, Green Day's lead singer and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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    Esquivel takes another swing

    "Every time Mr. Sinatra was performing in Vegas, he would come to see me. He always came to the shows with a movie star like Dean Martin or Sammy Davis, Jr. I knew when he was there because he would hand the waitress a note to give me, and he would w...

    by David Dixon on December 7, 1995
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    Austin's real lounge lizards - Down south, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

    Though T-shirts and joints of cheap Mexican pot still typify the Austin music-scene ambience, dinner jackets and expensive cigars are the style at Cedar Street, a downtown jazz bar that boasts a long line of patrons awaiting admission every weekend, ...

    by Rob Patterson on December 7, 1995
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    Roadshows

    The Devil's advocate Speaking to the Observer a year ago to promote the release of his two-CD retrospective Seducing Down the Door, John Cale was as eloquent and dizzying as his music--alternately poetic and blunt, approachable but only from a di...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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    Out There

    Brought the noise Def Jam Music 10th Year Anniversary Various artists Def Jam If hip-hop has becomes its own worst enemy, reduced to self-parody by money-hungry hacks toting plastic pistols, here's a reminder of a time when the music co...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 7, 1995
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    There's a tear in his beer - Carrol Collyer struggles to pay the tab at Naomi's Lounge

    For more than three years, Naomi's Lounge on Canton has been the focal point for the local "Honky-Tonk Underground" movement that has spawned the likes of Cowboys and Indians, The Old 97's, Liberty Valance, The Cartwrights, Lone Star Trio, Tex Edward...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Out Here

    Notes from the underground Independence Makes Distribution Difficult Various artists Buzzmonger This compilation from Buzzmonger is the musical equivalent of the 'zine that spawned it--loud, wacky, abrasive, abusive, as worthless as it ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Let it be? Never - The Beatles' Anthology is the first chapter you've never heard

    "Anything that we didn't record, we erased or got rid of, so there isn't that much outtakes...A lot of it is just alternate takes that we turned down, and they're bringing them back and calling them interesting takes. They're actually the takes we re...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Out There

    Lots of cash and free time P P Capitol Records Johnny Depp needs Gibby Haynes for the credibility, the kind every actor-turned-rocker needs to be taken seriously; and Gibby Haynes needs Johnny Depp for the high-profile visibility, the k...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Blowing down the walls - Joshua Redman is a young lion primed to become a jazz king

    In the eternal debate between nature and nurture, saxophonist Joshua Redman might cause adherents from both sides of the argument to scratch their heads in wonder. On the one hand, he's the son of free-jazz saxophone legend and Fort Worth native...

    by Rob Patterson on November 30, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Son of Tupelo "Wilco sounds like Wilco, but Son Volt sounds like Uncle Tupelo." So said a member of Wilco before their astonishing show at the Sons of Hermann Hall on November 18, and he didn't mean it as an insult or even a boast, just as a decl...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 30, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Gang of snore On the face of it, which is about as deep as you can go with this band, there's nothing much to like about Elastica and everything to hate about them: They're such a rip-off of Gang of Four and Wire they've been taken to court on ch...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 1995
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    Planting seeds - Ugly Mus-tard is taking its industrial to the industry

    Mike Daane, the bass player for Ugly Mus-tard, welcomes his guest in his elaborate home studio with a hearty smile. You might know Daane's name or his face: For years, he has been known as the friendliest and busiest bassist in local music, a man who...

    by Philip Chrissopoulos on November 23, 1995
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    Red hot - Local jazz label discovers lost recordings by Dallas-born piano great

    As the co-owners of the local Leaning House Records label, Mark Elliott and Keith Foerster are two young men fueling the bebop flame, twentysomething purists enamored with a jazz sound that first flowered decades before they were born. To that end, t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 1995
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    Out Here

    Blow fi the American Analog Set the American Analog Set Independent Them indie-rockers are a tortured lot--torn between two worlds, weary of rock and roll but unable to exist without it. They see these rock and roll instruments strapped...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 1995
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    Crossing guard - Springsteen's Ghost is a soft touch in hard times

    A languid harmonica, the trumpet of the downtrodden, is the first sound you hear on Bruce Springsteen's new LP The Ghost of Tom Joad. Then comes the gentle tug of guitar strings and a voice too wise, too weary to worry about enunciating last syllable...

    by Michael Corcoran on November 23, 1995
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    Out There

    Beached boy Orange Crate Art Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks Warner Bros. Records Whatever their collaborations in the past wrought--most of which was an album nobody's ever heard in its entirety, the legendary Smile album, plus the sin...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 23, 1995
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    From hereto eternity - Frank Sinatra isn't dead.He's just an 80-year-old man

    No performer ever had to grow up in public like Frank Sinatra. No one has ever had every second of his adult life chronicled with so much detail and tenacity--in film, in photos, in books, and most certainly in song. As a result, he is man and myth i...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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    Roadshows

    Soul survivor There's a genius in there somewhere--a genuine artist instead of a bullshit artist, Prince instead of Lenny Kravitz. But that's Terence Trent D'Arby for you, an egomaniacal would-be superstar when he debuted in 1987 with the audacio...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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    Station to station - Ranger Rita tries to find a new voice of and for the people

    When Rita Webb left KNON-FM (89.3) a year and a half ago under the most trying and disheartening of circumstances, it was like being kicked out of the house she had grown up in. Her departure from the community radio station came during a diffic...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 16, 1995
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