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    Night of the Unabunnie (and Other Dark Tales)

    To: New Times Music Department From: The Revolver Re: A Vinyl Manifesto Print this or I'll blow you up. --R Why vinyl? Because vinyl is the original frontier and the final outpost of integrity and idealism in a multinational in...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on June 6, 1996
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    Busy Bees

    Bzzzzzzzz. Hear that noise? It might have something to do with all the Pollen in the air. Rumor has it these five cats from Pittsburgh are Steelers fans who hocked their van for Super Bowl tix and decided to stick around after the game and play for a...

    by David Holthouse on June 6, 1996
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    Native Tongues - Tish Hinojosa finds her way through el laberinto

    Tish Hinojosa's new album, Dreaming From the Labyrinth/Sonar del Laberinto is the most provocative and accomplished recording of the Austin singer/songwriter's career. But you won't hear it on mainstream radio for two reasons: It's musically complex ...

    by Lee Howard on June 6, 1996
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    Shell Game - Tortoise's sonic collage summons the ghost of prog rock past

    Ask John Herndon of Tortoise to list the three albums that best represent his band's apparent progressive-rock mindset and you might be surprised at what he answers. Or, rather, what he doesn't. Herndon won't mention Can's Tago Mago, even th...

    by Ted Simons on May 30, 1996
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    In Defense of Rage

    This is a historic moment. We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order, a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. --President George Bush ...

    by David Holthouse on May 30, 1996
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    The Mad Oracle

    Bad Religion The Gray Race (Atlantic) In light of two decades of pithy punk sloganeering, in which the naked expression of rage is usually regarded as a substitute for logic, the eloquence of Greg Graffin has often been lauded as a much-n...

    by Tim Kenneally on May 30, 1996
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    The Good Foot - A survey of recent roots, funk, R&B and surf releases

    Doin' It to Death During a break from a 1989 recording-studio session in upstate New York, the alumni of arguably the finest band in American pop music gathered over soda and takeout Chinese to invoke the man who had dragged them all to greatness...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on May 30, 1996
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    Babe (Up) in Arms - Ani DiFranco is still not a pretty girl

    If Woody Guthrie and Jane Fonda had somehow spawned a daughter, she would probably look and act a lot like Ani DiFranco. Live, the dreadlocked, body-pierced singer/songwriter defies the folk-musician stereotype of a quiet presence on a stool. She pla...

    by Laura Bond on May 30, 1996
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    Say, What?

    In what could prove to be either a groundbreaking stroke of genius or a decision of such vicious stupidity that a certain local power-pop band could get drawn and quartered by pickup trucks in Apache Junction, Evening Star has booked the Beat Angels ...

    on May 23, 1996
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    Weather Report

    Hootie and the Blowfish Fairweather Johnson (Atlantic) A central tenet of my belief system can be summed up in three words: "Hootie is evil." Yet Hootie's frat-pop folky jangle can be as alluring as a siren's song along a rocky coast, bec...

    by Matt Golosinski on May 23, 1996
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    Out of the Loop - Underworld has a few words for techno music

    Underworld has already showed European club kids that electric guitars and live vocals can peacefully co-exist with techno. Now the British trio is using the same music to teach us Yanks a different lesson--that techno can too rock. With the rec...

    by Lee Howard on May 23, 1996
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    Edible Complex - Cibo Matto's avant pop is more about flava than flavor

    When Shonen Knife parlayed a bubblehead image and clumsy fascination with American pop culture into cult-favorite status with downtown Manhattan hipsters in the late '80s, the trio of Osaka housewives set a regrettable standard for Japanese girl band...

    by David Holthouse on May 23, 1996
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    Mouldie Oldies

    Paul Westerberg Eventually (Reprise) Bob Mould Bob Mould (Rykodisc) They're twin pillars, bookend icons, the longtime alpha wolves of the alternative pack. Their style of music, considered left of the dial when Generation X was ...

    by Ted Simons on May 23, 1996
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    Recordings

    DJ Krush Meiso (Axiom) Various artists Axiom Altered Beats: Assassin Knowledges of the Remanipulated (Axiom) Available mostly in specialty shops, surreptitiously packaged in black record jackets, the art of the deejay has sp...

    by Michael Roberts on May 16, 1996
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    Culture Club

    I used to have a friend who had a lot of mottoes. One of his best was "Life's a team sport." Which means at least play like it is. Share your water at a rave, or buy an extra ticket to give away at a Phish show. Sure, you might bestow your miracle on...

    by David Holthouse on May 16, 1996
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    The Rebirth of Emmylou Harris - The vocalist reinvents herself on a new album

    "I think anytime you make a record, it's got to be a leap of faith," contends Emmylou Harris. "Because you never know how it's going to turn out." Harris has plummeted into the unknown on numerous occasions during her more-than-quarter-century ca...

    by Michael Roberts on May 16, 1996
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    Blue Ska Ahead - Thirty years after ska was born in Jamaica, its prospects in the U.S. have never looked better, thanks in part to Toasters founder Rob "Bucket" Hingley

    All stories have a beginning, but if the story is about ska music, it's hard to say just when and where that is. In America, ska music began in 1982 with the Toasters, a multiracial group of Manhattan hepcats who introduced U.S. audiences to the...

    by David Holthouse on May 16, 1996
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    Original Recipe - Chicken-scratch music predates the railroads in Arizona, but mainstream audiences are just now getting a taste for the stuff

    The Native Americans are restless. It's a chilly January night at CJ's Coyote Lounge, a tee-shirt-and-jeans tavern where dollar bills paper the ceiling behind the bar. The Dallas Cowboys have just won the Super Bowl, and the crowd is in a dancing...

    by Marc Ramirez on May 16, 1996
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    Voice Over

    Guided by Voices Under the Bushes Under the Stars (Matador) One listen to Guided by Voices' latest release, Under the Bushes Under the Stars, is convincing proof that GBV is something special. Front man Robert Pollard--a former high schoo...

    by Ted Simons on May 9, 1996
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    Live Wire

    Girls Against Boys Gibson's April 30, 1996 When I was 21, it was a very good year. I spent a third of my time in New York City, subsisting on cheap Indian food and crashing in a prewar walkup in the heart of the East Village. My place was...

    by David Holthouse on May 9, 1996
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