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Volume II, Issue 49
June 1 - June 7, 1999  
 
Music

Featured Articles
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Tragedias de la Frontera [2]
Conjunto master Santiago Jiménez Jr. and Arhoolie Records' Chris Strachwitz team up for an old-fashioned corrido tragedia about the shoot in Redford, Texas.
— Lee Nichols, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Best Of...? [3]
How many Who best-of's do we really need?
— Douglas Wolk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Declarations of Independence [4]
The resurgance of interest in free jazz, with new releases from the Art Ensemble of Chicago camp.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Royal Flush [5]
Labels celebrate the Duke Ellington centennial with some major reissue projects.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Artist Profiles
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See What You Want to See [6]
Radney Foster emerges from Nashville a changed man.
— Jim Caligiuri, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Seeing Clearly [7]
Radney Foster makes the most emotionally honest record of his career.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
The Missing Link [8]
Link Wray's spirit and sound are as fresh and raw as ever.
— Brendan Doherty, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Old School [9]
It's been almost 10 years since Ed O.G. and da Bulldogs released "I Got To Have It." And a decade later, Ed O.G. has got to have it again.
— Kelefa Sanneh, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
New School [10]
Even in hip-hop, Lif comes across as a deep thinker -- and a purveyor of some ill shit.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Album Reviews
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Santiago Jiménez Jr.'s "El Corrido de Esequiel Hernández" [11]
A masterwork.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Radney Foster's "See What You Want to See" [12]
Radney Foster's third solo outing is also his best.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Deliciously Tense [13]
With simple grace and overwhelming charm, Jill Cohn adds a fresh twist to singer-songwriter folk-rock.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T he accidental killing of shepherd Esequiel Hernández by U.S. Marines patrolling the border with Mexico was the inspiration for a new tragedia, a subset of the corrido, by Santiago Jiménez. It leads off a new album.

Radney Foster has undergone a few changes since his last release, one of them being a lower-profile label. The upside is he gets to make the music he wants to make. And his new solo effort is his best yet.

When is a "Best of" not really a "best of"? Bad greatest-hits albums do artists no favors.

Also, "free" music, more Ellington, Link Wray, a couple of Boston rappers, and lots more!


Mini Reviews
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Texas Platters [14]

  • The Rev. Horton Heat
  • Shaver
  • Danny Santos
  • Roy Heinrich and the Pickups
  • Blue Millennium
  • Jim Stringer and the Austin Music Band
  • Earl Harvin Trio
  • Natalie Zoe
  • Ginger Leigh and Sarah Dashew
  • The Barkers
  • Ginger Mackenzie
  • Gary Primich
  • The Love Supreme
  • Plum
  • Rainravens
  • Kitty Gordon
  • Solid Gold 40
  • Bands That Begin With S
  • River City Rapists
  • The Bulemics
 
Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [15]
  • Ron Sexsmith
  • Atari Teenage Riot
  • Dangerman
  • 10,000 Maniacs
  • Dressy Bessy
  • Sasha + John Digweed
  • Ronnie Dawson
  • Georg Graewe Quintet
 
Rhythm and Views [16]
  • "This Note's For You Too: A Tribute To Neil Young" by various artists
  • Tom Waits
  • Van Morrison
  • Pat Metheny
 
Tiny Tunes [17]
  • Alice Cooper
  • Gene Loves Jezebel
 
Now What? [18]
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.
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