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    Out There - David Bowie

    David Bowie "Hours..." (Virgin Records) He spent two recordings (Outside and Earthling) trying to cop Trent Reznor's moves, which sounded as foolish as it looked. The Man Who Fell to Earth landed with a giant thud, proving once and for ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 30, 1999
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    Out Here - Scattergun Reflex

    Scattergun Reflex laughing at a dead man (Laser Trax Records) All too often, bands are defined by recommended-if-you-like comparisons, first impressions that stick around long enough to pick up negative connotations. Influences become in...

    by Zac Crain on September 30, 1999
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    Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt

    Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt It's easy to think of Harris and Ronstadt's new Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions as Duo; the only thing missing is Dolly Parton, which is like saying the only thing missing from daylight is the sun. That said, th...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 30, 1999
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    Motrhead

    Motrhead How many years, how many allusions to This Is Spinal Tap must a band endure before digging its own grave and graciously crawling into it? You would have thought that singer-bassist Lemmy Kilmister's need for speed, tempo and otherwise, wou...

    by Christina Rees on September 30, 1999
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    Nerves

    Nerves There are pretty much two kinds of punks in the world: the ones who think the thunderous miasma of the Stooges' Funhouse is the greatest album ever and those who believe the tinny, ripping sneer on Iggy and the Stooges' Raw Power is what ma...

    by Joe Gross on September 30, 1999
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    Self

    Self DreamWorks could have released Self's second full-length, this year's Breakfast With Girls, right into the cutout bin; this nifty little record's been greeted with as much fanfare as Christmas at an Orthodox rabbi's house. Too bad too, since ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 30, 1999
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    Under control - The Chemical Brothers' beats may be rockin' fewer blocks, but they won't Surrender

    Ask The Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands which band has had the biggest impact on him and his music, and his answer begins before the question ends -- New Order, he declares, no hesitation or hedging necessary. Actually, what he says is Norder, his re...

    by Zac Crain on September 23, 1999
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    Still orbiting - Tori Amos goes to venus and back on her new disc, and ends up in Texas

    A friend of mine believes Tori Amos is some sort of cross between the Pied Piper and Frank Sinatra in The Manchurian Candidate. That is, she plants secret buzzwords in her songs that have been helping her recruit an enormous army of young women in th...

    by Zac Crain on September 23, 1999
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    We're in this together - Weathermen Records hammers down success with Nine Inch Nails

    Bruce Goldberg doesn't have much time to talk. Every few minutes, the phone begins beeping incessantly, meaning someone on the other line is placing an order. And if the other line isn't ringing, one of his six full-time employees is trying to get hi...

    by Zac Crain on September 23, 1999
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    Hot damn, Jamboree

    David Dennard is doing God's work -- if your definition of God is, say, Johnny Cash or Carl Perkins or Gene Vincent. Come January, the man responsible for releasing collections celebrating the rare-and-unreleased work of such local heroes as Johnny D...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 23, 1999
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    Scene, heard - Variety Nightmare pops into Melodic Overkill; The Topaz Awards go by the wayside; Little Jack Melody party with Noise and Smoke

    Bucks Burnett presents the latest, and last, installment of his Variety Nightmare series at Club Dada on September 29, featuring sets by The Glory Brothers -- a duo featuring Paul Averitt (who plays with Burnett in The Volares) and Salim Nourallah (T...

    on September 23, 1999
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    Out There - Pete Townshend

    Pete Townshendt Pete Townshend Live (Platinum Entertainment) Nothing against the aging rocker who turns it down and tones it down as he gets older, especially when that aging rocker is a half-deaf Pete Townshend. Better to stop the rock t...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 23, 1999
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    Out Here - Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks

    Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks Noise and Smoke (Kilroy Records) Maybe Little Jack really does like to keep his Turks young: By his count, the artist known to his family as Steve Carter has burned through 19 full-timers plus "a diz...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 23, 1999
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    Monte Montgomery

    Monte Montgomery There are not too many things in this world that impress me outside of sex acts and Johnny Cash's pulse. But the first time I planted myself and watched singer-songwriter-guitarist Monte Montgomery perform, I was astonished. This ...

    by Gordon Keith on September 23, 1999
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    Charlie Daniels Band

    Charlie Daniels Band Believe it or not, there was once a time when Charlie Daniels actually seemed kind of hip. After all, he played on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, and produced the sublime record Elephant Mountain by the Youngbloods. Then, ...

    on September 23, 1999
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    Solex

    Solex It's that old question about toy and mannequins and falling trees: Do they talk when no one is looking? Add record stores to that list; Elisabeth Esselink can make them sing well after closing time. The inventory is her instrument, and while a...

    on September 23, 1999
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    Hamell on Trial

    Hamell on Trial When a band leaves a major label, its first independent release is usually just the band trying poorly, very poorly, to imitate that major label production. Sure, it's the same band, only now it doesn't have any money, and no label r...

    on September 23, 1999
  • Restless farewell - Bob Dylan, the voice of a generation, to be silenced after Paul Simon tour

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    Restless farewell - Bob Dylan, the voice of a generation, to be silenced after Paul Simon tour

    Hibbing, Minnesota -- Maybe this is what he meant by bringing it all back home. On Wednesday, Bob Dylan returned to the town where he spent his childhood, to the place where it all began for a young Robert Allen Zimmerman, to announce his retirement ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 16, 1999
  • Giant steps - They Might Be Giants  hopes that the revolution  will be downloaded

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    Giant steps - They Might Be Giants hopes that the revolution will be downloaded

    It's never too late for a comeback in rock and roll: Every has-been is one fluke hit away from being a still-is. Yet even with that in mind, They Might Be Giants is perhaps an unlikely candidate for a resurgence, although it might be too soon to term...

    by Zac Crain on September 16, 1999
  • Someone tell my story - Merle Haggard lives up to his legend, now more than ever

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    Someone tell my story - Merle Haggard lives up to his legend, now more than ever

    One of my favorite popular musical tales concerns the writing of "Okie From Muskogee," a song that enmeshed its author, Merle Haggard, within a cultural and political misunderstanding that seems to have lifted only in the last decade or so. As the st...

    by Rob Patterson on September 16, 1999
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