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    Out There - Chappaquiddick Skyline

    Chappaquiddick Skyline Chappaquiddick Skyline (Sub Pop Records) Not enough people heard the Pernice Brothers' here's-where-the-strings-come-in debut, 1998's Overcome by Happiness, a record full of big melodies and tiny sentiments. And you ...

    by Zac Crain on January 6, 2000
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    Out Here - Pinkston

    Pinkston Pinkston (Last Beat Records) Last Beat kicked off 1999 with Captain Audio's My ears are ringing but my heart's ok; now, it inaugurates 2000 with another EP by a band made up of local vets. And like Captain Audio, Pinkston is more ...

    by Zac Crain on January 6, 2000
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    Tell me when it's over - The world might not be coming to an end, but maybe it should be

    You'll no doubt notice that many of the best-of lists that appear on the following few pages repeat the same names over and over: The Flaming Lips, the Magnetic Fields, Wilco, Beck, Moby, and on and on. You'll also probably catch on pretty quick that...

    by Zac Crain on December 30, 1999
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    The weak in rock

    All I can remember of last year's personal top 10 was the inclusion of an acoustic Prince CD tacked on to the mail-order-only Crystal Ball. Smelled like hard-up then, reeks of it now -- haven't listened to the damned thing since December 22, 1998, an...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 30, 1999
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    Rees, in bits and pieces

    Wiring Prank at Rubber Gloves, July 19 Absolutely worth the wait. The half-irritating low-profile mystique perpetuated by a drummer who left the band earlier this year has fallen away and finally given the others a chance to breathe. Denton's longt...

    by Christina Rees on December 30, 1999
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    Hometown heroes

    Good Night, Little Girl of My Dreams Budapest One Self-released Keith Killoren has enough charisma to be labeled a dangerous man. Hell, he even got me to dance with him once, which is like talking a polar bear into vacationing in Death Valley...

    by Shannon Sutlief on December 30, 1999
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    Parker right there

    When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts... Fiona Apple Clean Slate/Epic Records The second installment of Apple's engaging brand of White Girl Angst. Fueled by longing, acrimony, and regret, Apple vocalizes what most of us only dream of unleashing o...

    by Jessica Parker on December 30, 1999
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    Live in Chicago, 1999

    1. Emergency & I The Dismemberment Plan DeSoto Records Imagine Talking Heads, Prince, and Fugazi forming a musical think-tank in order to make a sassy, astoundingly literate, infinitely danceable masterwork. 2. "Heartbreaker" 12-inch remix ...

    by Jessica Hopper on December 30, 1999
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    Let's do it again, one more time

    In the next century, please bring me freedom from these dreaded Top 10 album lists. May I never again have to enumerate for the public the fact, obvious by omission, that I do not give a hoot about hip-hop or modern rock or the latest bit of arch obs...

    by Rob Patterson on December 30, 1999
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    The show-me slate - DeRogatis' Top 10 Reasons for Living in 1999

    Lists, lists, lists; why do these freakin' rock critics love their lists so much? Well, for one thing, they're a way to keep track of an ever-rushing torrent of music -- a vine to hang on to for dear life as the rapids sweep us over the falls. This p...

    by Jim Derogatis on December 30, 1999
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    Home groans - Will this year's best local records survive the millennium?

    In these pages last year, Robert Wilonsky wrote, "I can't remember a year when so many local bands released so many albums that I'll play well into next year and beyond." And, at the time, I agreed with him wholeheartedly. Looking at the 20 albums we...

    by Zac Crain on December 23, 1999
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    Book 'em - Separating the wheat from the chaff in this year's crop of rock-and-roll tomes

    Around this time of year, I like to take a while to assess the annual output of rock-and-roll reading, acknowledging the good, the bad, and the stuff that just leaves you wondering, "Who the fuck thought it was a good idea to publish this?" Here, the...

    by Jim Derogatis on December 23, 1999
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    Still prophesying - Russell Hobbs is born-again as a club owner

    Russell Hobbs laughs a little when he's told about a mural he allegedly painted a decade ago on the side of what is now the Curtain Club on Commerce Street. Yes, he remembers the mural, the one that simply had two words painted on it: "style," with a...

    by Zac Crain on December 23, 1999
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    Scene, heard - The Immaculates party like its 1999; Bicycle Thief moves On; Tripping Daisy/Centro-matic split; And much, much more

    The Immaculates will play their last show together on December 23 at the XPO Lounge, at which point the world will come to an end and the Exposition Park area will become a scorched mess of imploded buildings and paranoid looters trying to keep their...

    on December 23, 1999
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    Across the Bar - New Year's evil

    New Year's evil Maybe it's just us, but it seems like very few people are ready to party like its 1999 one last time on New Year's Eve. After scanning the club listings, New Year's Eve just looks like another night -- the same lineup of bands at t...

    on December 23, 1999
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    Out There - Rakim

    Rakim The Master (Universal Records) When Rakim hit the scene in 1987 with Paid in Full, he was Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, and Jackie; Eric B., the DJ he nominated for president in the late '80s, was Tito. Back then, Rakim "held the micro...

    by Zac Crain on December 23, 1999
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    Out Here - Turtle Creek Chorale

    Turtle Creek Chorale The Best of Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC Recordings) Over the years, I have been asked a few times to attend a Turtle Creek Chorale concert, and whenever I have declined, there has always been surprise. It's like -- "Hey, ...

    by Jimmy Fowler on December 23, 1999
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    Pink panthers - Is there such a thing as a local supergroup? Ask Pinkston.

    Calling Pinkston a new band is a bit of a misnomer, even though it hasn't yet been a year since the quartet's first show. Sure, that was Pinkston's first show together, but it wasn't each member's first ever -- not by a long shot. Pinkston is a band ...

    by Shannon Sutlief on December 16, 1999
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    The forever frown - More than 30 years later, Smile remains the subject of so much mystery

    It only grows bigger the further away it moves; object in rear-view mirror may be smaller than it appears. After all, it was only one album, one small collection of songs -- many of which have been officially released over the years. Who's to say how...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 16, 1999
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    Dreck the halls - Why are most Christmas albums so bad?

    It's that time of year again, the season for eggnog, pine wreaths, ribbons and wrapping paper, and -- shudder -- Christmas albums. Every year, a blizzard of holiday records falls upon the record racks, most all of them filled with a certain spirit: t...

    by Rob Patterson on December 16, 1999
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