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  • The High Llamas  - Snowbug
(V2 Music, Ltd.)

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    The High Llamas - Snowbug (V2 Music, Ltd.)

    The High Llamas Snowbug (V2 Music, Ltd.) Orchestrated easy-listening pop is, by definition, supposed to be unambitious, soothing and relaxing -- or so a large number of us have been lazy enough to believe. But to hell with that: The High ...

    by John Young on March 30, 2000
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    Violent Femmes - Freak Magnet , (Beyond)

    Violent Femmes Freak Magnet (Beyond) For nearly 20 years, Gordon Gano has been playing out his emotional and spiritual angst through the electrified alternafolk of the Violent Femmes, veering madly between Bob Dylan gravity and Jonathan Ric...

    by Brian Baker on March 30, 2000
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    Various Artists - Songs For Summer, (Oglio Records)

    Various Artists Songs For Summer (Oglio Records) You've got to give Adam Gimbel props for chutzpah. Last year his girlfriend, Summer Brannin, died of kidney cancer at the age of 21. Gimbel decided to commemorate her death by making a mix tape...

    by Steve Almond on March 30, 2000
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    Beat Surrender

    The dance-music pipeline is easily clogged. New subgenres sprout virtually overnight, adding confusion to an already crowded scene. London-bred DJ Aphrodite is like the mason of the drum 'n' bass movement -- straightening, strengthening, and fortif...

    by Jeff Stratton on March 23, 2000
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    Little Black Samba

    Alexandre Pires does not want to talk about the days when he played at weddings and wakes. Looking back over his career during a recent stop in South Florida to promote his latest CD, Juegos de Amor (Games of Love), the Brazilian singing sensation pr...

    by Celeste Fraser Delgado on March 23, 2000
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Machina: The Machines of God (Virgin)

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    Smashing Pumpkins - Machina: The Machines of God (Virgin)

    Smashing Pumpkins Machina: The Machines of God (Virgin) Forget Geddy Lee and AC/DC's Brian Johnson -- the award for the most annoying voice in rock goes to Smashing Pumpkins' lead shrieker Billy Corgan. Shrill, soulless, and metallic in t...

    by Bruce Britt on March 23, 2000
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    Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise - Time to Discover (RCA)

    Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise Time to Discover (RCA) When Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise released its self-titled debut back in 1996, three friends borrowed the disc from me on separate occasions and not one got around to return...

    by Steve Almond on March 23, 2000
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    Kid Loco - Kid Loco Presents Jesus Life For Children Under 12 Inches (Atlantic)

    Kid Loco Kid Loco Presents Jesus Life For Children Under 12 Inches (Atlantic) Trip-hop never quite caught on in the U.S., in large part because of its subtlety; the boom-bap of hardcore rap provides immediate gratification, while the sonic...

    by Michael Roberts on March 23, 2000
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    Oasis - Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Epic)

    Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Epic) Advance hype for the fourth Oasis album (not counting 1998's rarities and singles collection) suggested that the disc would be less about Britpop and more about psychedelia and dance/trip-hop. T...

    by Bill Holdship on March 16, 2000
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    The Willard Grant Conspiracy - Mojave (Slow River/Rykodisc)

    The Willard Grant Conspiracy Mojave (Slow River/Rykodisc) Despite the melancholy that permeates nearly every song on the Willard Grant Conspiracy's Mojave, there's something achingly beautiful about the Boston collective's latest album. It's ...

    by John Floyd on March 16, 2000
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    Groove Armada - Vertigo (Jive/Electro)

    Groove Armada Vertigo (Jive/Electro) Much has been made of the expansive height of the taller half of the English DJ duo Groove Armada. Andy Cato measures in at somewhere between 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-10 (no one seems to be able to agree on thi...

    by Sam Molineaux on March 16, 2000
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    Fit to Be Fried - Southern Culture on the Skids and the Countdown Quartet

    Sometimes music doesn't need to be art. Just give the folks psychotic hillbilly gee-tar, lyrics celebrating an unholy alliance between food and sex, and throw some fried chicken around. That's the way Southern Culture on the Skids (or SCOTS, for shor...

    by Jeff Stratton on March 16, 2000
  • Starke Quality - Raiford Starke

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    Starke Quality - Raiford Starke

    Some days it seems like Raiford Starke knows half the musicians in South Florida -- and has gigged with the other half. Take, for example, the drizzly Saturday a couple of weeks ago when Starke showed up at Hollywood's Fiesta Tropicale in Young Cir...

    by Hans Morgenstern on March 9, 2000
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    Boss Hog - Whiteout

    Boss Hog Whiteout (In the Red Records) Mr. and Mrs. Jon Spencer turn in their pop sellout to Geffen, only to find the label merged and their band dropped. So much for getting the corporation to subsidize the transition out of the cult's comfy...

    by Robert Wilonsky on March 9, 2000
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    The Rockfords - The Rockfords

    The Rockfords The Rockfords (Sony/Epic) Step off, Eddie Vedder. And Stone Gossard -- you might as well be Stone Phillips this go-around. Mike McCready, lead guitarist for Seattle's Pearl Jam, has assembled some childhood pals to eke out a...

    by John La Briola on March 9, 2000
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    Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne

    Shelby Lynne I Am Shelby Lynne (Island Records) Insecurity can be a good thing. Take the example of Nashville chanteuse Shelby Lynne. Judging from the title of her mightily impressive sixth album, Lynne has one hell of a self-esteem problem. ...

    by Bruce Britt on March 9, 2000
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    Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss - Springsteen's still on fire

    Bruce Springsteen's career, on stage and on record, is arguably the most consistently brilliant of any artist of the last 30 years. But his latest tour is unlike the recent embarkments by rock's other aging legends: the biannual Rolling Stones and Wh...

    by John Floyd on March 2, 2000
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    The The - Naked Self

    The The Naked Self (Nothing) Matt Johnson must be a patient man. It's been six years since the last album of new The The music (and four since the all-Hank Williams covers set, Hanky Panky) but he continues to sound very much like himself. As...

    by David Simutis on March 2, 2000
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    MC Paul Barman - It's Very Stimulating

    MC Paul Barman It's Very Stimulating (Word Sound) Prince Paul will do anything for a laugh. As a producer he invented the hip-hop skit, a tool he's employed consistently to generate laughs for himself (his first official solo release, Psychoa...

    by Todd Levin on March 2, 2000
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    So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star? - Inside the music business with Eric Kline

    Stores in Miami's Overtown neighborhood were looted and set on fire in January 1989, after a Hispanic police officer fatally shot a black man in the area. Just a week later, a young college student named Eric Kline -- a white kid originally from su...

    by John Ferri on February 24, 2000
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