Weekly Wire

July 2 - July 8, 1997


Ono -- Oh Yes!
Yoko Ono talks about the Rykodisc reissue of 11 of her albums. [2]
Jody Denberg

Roger's Right Hand
Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman discuss the legacy of the Byrds as Columbia/Legacy reissues their catalog. [3]
Tim Stegall

Folk Implosion
Singer-songwriter Dan Bern has been pegged as the new Dylan, but has he got the goods? [4]
Michael McCall

Raw Power
Olympia, Wash., trio Sleater-Kinney continue to deliver powerful music on their latest LP, Dig Me Out. [5]
Bill Friskics-Warren

Retro Active
The sepia-toned swing of Phoenix band Phonoroyale has found its niche in the Old Pueblo. [6]
Shelly McDonald

Amplifying Little Voices
Rounder Records tackles the mammoth task of reissuing the recording work of folklorist Alan Lomax. [7]
Karl Pallmeyer

Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Beto y los Fairlanes mix cultures In Madrid. [8]
Michael Henningsen

Dancing About Architecture
News, innuendo, and stories in the Live Music Capital... [9]
Ken Lieck

Here comes Queensryche once again. [10]
Lisa Weeks

Reviews of the Birthday Party, Glen Campbell, Al Green, and more. [11]

Irie Vacation
Reggae Riddums festival and ReBirth Brass Band. [12]
Geraldine Wyckoff

Rhythm & Views
John J. Conman, Various Ancient Tucson Rock-And-Rollers, Keltic Cowboys. [13]

Tiny Tunes
The Muffs, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys. [14]
Michael Henningsen

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [15]

S crew the new! Pardon me, did I say a bad word? I meant eschew the new. Which is what we're doing this week by loading the music section with stories about reissued albums. Hey, reissues aren't just a label's way of making a buck on the rot from their archives. They're also a great way to introduce people to overlooked older music, which can be as fresh and kick-ass as anything your favorite music store put on the shelf at 10 a.m. this morning. A lot of this stuff you couldn't get unless you scoured garage sales for scratchy vinyl copies, and that's about as fun as a hangnail.

Remember Yoko Ono? Tons of her work has finally been made available on CD, including her early John Cage-inspired experiments. An interview explains. We've also got interviews with the guitarist and bassist of The Byrds, who put Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" on the map, and who are now enjoying reissues of several albums. Best of all, hundreds of recordings by folklorist Alan Lomax, who began documenting America's musical culture in the '30s and never stopped, are now available for the world's consumption. And reviews of over 25 (!) other reissues also await.

Sometimes even new music is old. A talk with Phoenix band Phonoroyale reveals how the retro-based rockers arrive at their eclectic sound, while a revisionist take on Queensryche comes to terms with the rebirth of arena rock. A look at singer/songwriter Dan Bern -- once dubbed "the next Bob Dylan" -- suggests he may have fallen into a familiar pattern too soon. And would you believe Vanilla Ice is still packing in audiences? This concert review suggests the crusty Ice may be getting cold feet in his old age. Heck, the only new-new band we're paying attention to this week is Sleater-Kinney, whose riot grrl outpourings mark a movement come of age. You go, grrls!

Talk Back
If anything in this section offends, annoys or perturbs your senses, here's your place to scream like an angry punk rocker.

From The Vaults

All-American Prophets
An interview with longtime Tucson band Neon Prophet. [06-13-97]
Allen Sloan Torpie

Bold Fusion
Pianist Steve Barta Blends Classical and Jazz. [06-06-97]
Michael Henningsen

Jingles with Hair
Heard familiar voices in advertisements lately? It's no accident...how and why some local musicians are popping up in the most unlikely places. [06-20-97]
Andy Langer

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