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    Recordings

    AC/DC Ballbreaker (AC/DC) AC/DC albums are about as interchangeable as Heinz Ketchup bottles on your grocer's shelf, but you'd notice a quality-control problem right away if Heinz started making its condiment with the smelliest, most brui...

    by Roni Sarig on February 8, 1996
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    Mother Hips Connection - This California roots-rock jam band wants to be known as more than the living Dead

    It's one minute to sound check when Blort--a rather ugly converted airport shuttle bus that Chico, California's Mother Hips call home on the road--scrapes the curb outside the Fillmore in San Francisco. It's Friday night, the Hips are in town and the...

    by Doug Miller on February 1, 1996
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    Doom Vs. Mandingo

    Some nights I wonder why I even bother, and this is one of them. When the end is so obviously and rapidly approaching, what point is there in this? And by "this" I mean whatever you are doing right now, as I am writing this column. I don't know ...

    by David Holthouse on February 1, 1996
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    Recordings

    Kronos Quartet Kronos Released: 1985-1995 (Nonesuch) After ten years of forcing the issue, the relentlessly eclectic Kronos Quartet can safely consider itself the hippest, baddest, most adventurous and unsettling string quartet in classic...

    by Nigey Lennon on February 1, 1996
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    Beyond the Desert - New compilation proves there's more to Arizona rock than gazing and twang

    By David Holthouse Various artists Exile on Cameron Harper Street (Epiphany) Exile on Cameron Harper Street--an ambitious compilation of Arizona bands produced by Planet magazine and (irony of ironies) released just before that public...

    on February 1, 1996
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    Bedtime for Gonzo - The last Ted Nugent interview you'll ever have to read

    This interview, conducted by Bob Mack, is excerpted with permission from the Beastie Boys' 'zine Grand Royal. You remember the "Thrilla in Manila"? The third and final superfight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier? Well, what follows is more like...

    by Bob Mack on January 25, 1996
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    B-Real: Vato Loco

    "The worst thing about this whole Ice Cube thing," says Cypress Hill rapper Louis "B-Real" Freese, "is that if this was back in the day, I would have taken care of him already." A few definitions to clarify: "This whole Ice Cube thing" refer...

    by David Holthouse on January 25, 1996
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    Recordings

    Mr. Mirainga Mr. Mirainga (Way Cool Records) Mamba-punk? Samba-core? That's how the PR folks at Way Cool describe their label's latest artistic acquisition. Considering that the mamba is a poisonous tree snake from Africa, it's safe to as...

    by Serene Dominic on January 25, 1996
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    Rastas on the Res - Tribal War plays the reggae music, mon. With a Havasupai flavor, don'cha know.

    Peach Springs, Arizona, can be found where old Route 66 swings through the southern tip of the 993,000-acre Hualapai Indian reservation. The burg was originally a resting spot for railroad workers. Now, it's a collection of several dozen prefab house...

    by Matt Golosinski on January 18, 1996
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    Recordings

    The Smithereens Attack of the Smithereens (Capitol) The same day Capitol issued its much-ballyhooed first installment of The Beatles Anthology, it also put out a cache of rare, unreleased Smithereens recordings. But unlike Anthology, whic...

    by Michelle Tardif on January 18, 1996
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    Handy Man

    Nestled within this year's list of nominees for the Chicago-based Blues Foundation's annual W.C. Handy Awards--which most blues artists and their industry kin rightly lend at least as much weight as the Grammys--is an item with a sharp local kick. ...

    by David Holthouse on January 18, 1996
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    Still in EFX - Das EFX keeps bringing it up from the underground

    The life expectancy of the average hip-hop group is comparable to that of the average housefly. Have a smash one year, and you'd better have a smash the next, or you'll wind up as extinct as the dodo. Sure, a few rhymers (such as Queen Latifah) have ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 18, 1996
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    Recordings

    Boss Hog Boss Hog (DGC) It's hard not to think of Boss Hog as the Mrs. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Not only is the Hog led by Cristina Martinez--Spencer's wife and fellow Pussy Galore alum--but Spencer himself plays guitar and shares voc...

    by Leigh Silverman on January 11, 1996
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    Whither Q?

    The Bad News: Despite KUKQ's business-asusual broadcasting, the indie-rock AMenclave will cease to exist sometime Monday--the third and, evidently, final time the financially strapped station has folded since it signed on in 1989. The Good News:...

    by David Holthouse on January 11, 1996
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    The Real MacKaye - Talking punk, new and old, with one of its primary architects

    Ian MacKaye is a man who likes to get to the point, so here it is: MacKaye was one of the primary architects of punk rock in America. The British invasion pulled stateside rock 'n' roll out of a creative morass in the early '60s. MacKaye--son of a U....

    by Jon Kinzler on January 11, 1996
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    Recordings

    Alice in Chains Alice in Chains (Columbia) Alice in Chains' new, eponymous album would make a perfect soundtrack to one of Hieronymous Bosch's paintings of hell--it's a claustrophobic, harrowing piece of work that is conversely beautiful ...

    by Roni Sarig on January 4, 1996
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    Brand-Name Zappa - Is Rykodisc trying to (finally) get Frank Zappa's cruddy music on the radio?

    The late Frank Zappa was both paradoxical and perverse: As a musician, he was influenced primarily by the late-19th-century ideas of composers such as Stravinsky and Varese, yet most casual listeners will probably remember him as a quintessential '60...

    by Nigey Lennon on January 4, 1996
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    Staying Power - The Chimeras are the Tempe band that would not die

    The unofficial bio for the Chimeras has all the stereotypical ingredients of a rock 'n' roll miniseries: alcoholism, drug addiction and rehab, chronic depression and suicide. It's not a happy tale, but after nearly four years in development, the plot...

    by Laurie Notaro on January 4, 1996
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    Survey Says... - New Times critics look back on the "oohs" and the "ughs" of pop music '95 (results tabulated from individual critics' lists and comments)

    ... And Who Could Forget About These Great Hits? (The Ten Best Albums of 1995) 1. P.J. Harvey To Bring You My Love (Island) Britain's Gen-X version of Patti Smith gets gruff and bluesy on her latest set of psyche-aerobics. It's ...

    by Ted Simons on December 28, 1995
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    Recordings

    Goldie Timeless (ffrr) Timeless indeed, but also precisely of the moment, the 30-year-old mixed-race London deejay/graffiti artist named Goldie has accomplished something exceedingly rare with his debut album: Like Dylan's Highway 61 Revi...

    by Ted Simons on December 28, 1995
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