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Volume II, Issue 47
May 17 - May 24, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Africa Mixed [2]
Paris-based Sono Africa, the most powerful distributor of West and Central African music, has released a 12-CD set documenting the history of Africans selling African pop to Africans.
— Banning Eyre, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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To The Point [3]
Randy Newman's recent Ryman concert affirmed his genius as a songwriter.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
A Clear Voice [4]
Mandy Barnett has been singing for most of her life, so she knows exactly what she wants to sing. But after years of bouncing around Music Row she's finally getting that chance.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Without Borders [5]
The far-reaching yet wonderfully unified music of Sandy Bull.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Take Two [6]
One-time teen-beater Robbie Williams comes across a lot more like the second coming of Elton John than Ben Folds does.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
There's Something About Jonathan [7]
Jonathan Richman speaks to us—via fax!
— Brendan Doherty, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Plagiarize This! [8]
Sixty-two-year-old-Brazilian composer Tom Zé ushers in the "plagi-combinator era." At least that's what he calls it.
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Album Reviews
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Shaken And Stirred [9]
Chicago's J. Davis Trio attempts to pull the hip-hop focus away from L.A. and New York.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Double Talk [10]
Cute-and-snide LA alterna-rockeros Pastilla sing in Spanish and English -- but not at all like Ricky Martin.
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Rare Birds [11]
Canada's Nihilistic Spasm Band and Amsterdam's Clusone 3 span the world of song-based improv on new releases.
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Now What? [16]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

S ono Africa is a distributor of West and Central African music, catering both to Africa and to sizable communities of African expatriates throughout Europe. Its new 12-CD series series provides a revealing sample of local music tastes in west and central Africa.

There are reviews of new music from the J. Davis Trio, Pastilla, Nihilistic Spasm Band, and Clusone 3, as well as a full selection of short reviews of recent work.

We've also got a sextet of profiles, including Randy Newman, Mandy Barnett, Sandy Bull, Robbie Williams, Jonathan Richman, and Tom Zé.



Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle Record Reviews [12]

  • Prince Paul
  • Dr. Doom
  • Underworld
  • Fountains of Wayne
  • Drunk
  • Jason Falkner
  • The Ladybug Transistor
  • Ben Folds Five
  • 44 Long
  • Dumptruck
  • June Carter Cash
  • Mandy Barnett
  • Gwil Owen
  • Ned Sublette
  • Poi Dog Pondering
  • Turbonegro
  • Trans Am
  • Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory
  • Roscoe Mitchell Quartet
 
Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [13]
  • The C. Gibbs Group
  • Big Sugar
  • Natacha Atlas
  • Simon Says
  • Stephen Prina
  • John Stein Trio
  • Jimmy Cliff
 
Weekly Alibi Tiny Tunes [14]
  • The Ladybug Transistor
  • Various Artists, "Pop Romantique"
  • John P. Strohm
 
Rhythm and Views [15]
  • Vince Mendoza And The London Symphony Orchestra
  • Impala
  • Lower East Side Stitches
 

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