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    Recordings

    George Jones I Lived to Tell It All (MCA) Issued to tie in with George Jones' tell-all autobiography of the same name, this album picks up Jones' story at one of its most infamous low points. Married to his first wife, Shirley, the King o...

    by Serene Dominic on August 22, 1996
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    White Punks on Hope - What's punk rock without the beer and nihilism? Better, according to members of the Valley's "straight edge" punk scene.

    It's the final night for the Equinox, an underground punk club crammed into a central Phoenix office space, and Xs mark the spot. About 120 punkers have gathered to pay their last respects to the venue, listening as the local Christian hard-core band...

    by Josh Krist on August 22, 1996
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    Judge, Jury and Elocutioner

    Hamell on Trial Big As Life (Mercury) David Lowery, chief smart ass for Cracker, once intoned in song that, "What the world needs now is another folk singer/Like I need a hole in my head." David Lowery needs to meet Ed Hamell. Or...

    by Ted Simons on August 22, 1996
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    Valley of the Spun

    Here's my variation on Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if . . ." routine. Call it "You might live in the Valley if . . ." The kickoff item: "You might live in the Valley if . . . you go to a yard sale where people are buying furniture with c...

    by David Holthouse on August 15, 1996
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    I Love a Band in a Uniform - The fashionable dos and duds of pop's greatest costume gimmick bands

    Ever go to a KISS convention and see people clamoring for a Bruce Kulick doll, or a lunchbox with Eric Singer's mug plastered on the side? Of course not! It took Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 13 pageant-free years to figure out what the rest of us kn...

    by Serene Dominic on August 15, 1996
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    Auto-Neurotica - Performance artist Simone Grey lays her heart Bare

    One of the first things you notice about Simone Grey is the violet eyes. They're contacts, of course, but set against her black hair and beautifully sculpted, unmistakably Middle Eastern face, the effect is still striking. And, like a lot of thi...

    by David Holthouse on August 15, 1996
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    Recordings

    Ray Bailey Blue Street (Visa Records) Ray Bailey calls his label Visa because that's how he paid for it--by maxing out his credit card once he got pink-slipped from Zoo Records. Not that it was Zoo's fault. The L.A. bluesman never belonge...

    by Dan Waller on August 15, 1996
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    Cow Platter

    Ween 12 Golden Country Greats (Elektra) There's something very wrong with Ween's new CD. For starters, 12 Golden Country Greats has only ten songs. And though they may indeed be "golden," it's doubtful that even the most encyclopedic ...

    by Ted Simons on August 15, 1996
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    Dust From Ashes

    Screaming Trees Dust (Epic) The Screaming Trees are proof that people at major labels do occasionally sign and foster acts just because they like them. On first glance, there is no less commercially appetizing prospect than the Screaming ...

    by Gina Arnold on August 8, 1996
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    Givin' Us Static - One year ago, Jimmy Eat World was just another Mesa indie band. Now it's a Capitol investment.

    Zach Lind thinks back on the good old days and sighs. Lind, the drummer for Mesa upstarts Jimmy Eat World, recalls when he and his fellow Jimmys would pile into a van and head for Colorado or California, playing all-ages shows set up a day in advance...

    by Ted Simons on August 8, 1996
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    If It's Misfits, You Must Acquit - Can Earth A.D. 1996 take a Glenn Danzig-less, Jerry Only-led Misfits seriously?

    Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1970 hit "Lodi" immortalized the New Jersey town as a hard-luck haven for touring musicians, as far removed from fame and fortune as Earth is from Uranus. But imagine John Fogerty turning punk, wearing a Toys "R" Us ske...

    by Serene Dominic on August 8, 1996
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    MC2

    For Cash and Cappuccino, it was not brotherhood at first sight. 1991, sophomore year, Cortez High. "We was both the pretty little niggers in school," says Cappuccino, now 20. "The girls be likin' us. But we was competitors, see? Girls he be dating wa...

    on August 1, 1996
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    Recordings

    Elvis Costello and the Attractions All This Useless Beauty (Warner Bros.) In his sleeve notes for this year's Goodbye Cruel World reissue, Elvis Costello congratulated us for purchasing his worst album ever. He was good to his word--until...

    by Serene Dominic on August 1, 1996
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    The Other Purple Dinosaur

    (symbol) Chaos and Disorder (Warner Bros.) The appropriately titled Chaos and Disorder, the latest in a flush of new releases by the Artist Formerly Known As Prince, sounds a lot like what's currently known as slop. It's a sketchy piece o...

    by Ted Simons on August 1, 1996
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    Contract and Expel - Famous parting shots from artists formerly "under exclusive arrangement" with their labels

    Had relations been warmer between him and Warner Bros., we might still be on a first-name basis with the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. He's made no secret of his disdain for the terms of his recording contract, to the point of shaving his facial h...

    by Serene Dominic on August 1, 1996
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    In Harmacy's Way

    Sebadoh leader Lou Barlow has been the reluctant godfather of experimental lo-fi since his groundbreaking acoustic four-track work on the Boston anti-folk trio's first two albums (Freed Man, 1989, and Weed Forestin, 1990). Those two records were foll...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on August 1, 1996
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    Recordings

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse Broken Arrow (Reprise) Among the phrases you least want to hear from a musician, "Hey, let's jam" ranks down there with "So, she's your sister, huh?" and "Don't worry, it's not loaded." But at least ol' Neil isn't...

    by Roni Sarig on July 25, 1996
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    Wushu Clan

    One summer day A.D. 525, a Buddhist monk from India named Ta Mo arrived at the base of Mount Shaoshi in what would later become the Henan province of central China. He took in the scenery, thought or said something to the effect of "This is the place...

    by David Holthouse on July 25, 1996
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    Hope You Die Before We Get Old - The reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

    It is a Midsummer Night's Eve in a wooded glen somewhere in the wilds of Finland. The chill blue sky is full of cumulus clouds, the air is ringing with the music of Bad Religion, and I am surrounded by thousands of comatose Finnish kids in an alcohol...

    by Gina Arnold on July 25, 1996
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    Pick Up Your Microphones - Blunt talk on the Smokin' Grooves Tour with the Fugees, Spearhead and A Tribe Called Quest

    Who would have thought Elwood Blues would bring us the premier hip-hop tour of the summer and, so far, the decade? Dan Aykroyd's House of Blues--the juke-joint-themed chain-restaurant-and-music venue he established in 1992 with Hard Rock Cafe fo...

    by Roni Sarig on July 25, 1996
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