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Volume I, Issue 9
August 4 - August 11, 1997


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Bunnies and Bongs
The art of the promotional gimmick. [2]
Michael Bertin

It's His Party
Four years after his last release, Karl Wallinger returns with a new World Party Record. [3]
Jim Hanas

Easy-Going Fellow
Ronnie Milsap sheds the glamour, keeps the talent intact at his recent club date. [4]
Michael McCall

A Pulitzer on PBS (and CD)
Coverage of New Orleans local music scene. [5]
Geraldine Wyckoff

Wreck Your Image
No more alt-country, no more No Depression -- the Old 97's are a rock & roll band, dammit. [6]
Andy Langer

The Buck Stops Here
Local country combo Buck 50 releases CD; local African-American talent takes the Spot-light. [7]
Jim Ridley

Record Reviews
Reviews of the Sea and Cake, Marcia Ball, Jim White, and more. [8]

Reviews of new releases by Radiohead, Motley Crue, Sara McClachlan and more. [9]
Bill Frost

Turn Up That Noise!
An eclectic survey of recent recordings. [10]
Edited by Stephen Grimstead

Tiny Tunes
Reviewing the latest spins from Wu-Tang Clan and Nearly God. [11]
Jon Kulas and Jessica English

Special Things
Celebrating a simpler, happier hometown with the Young Nashvillians. [12]
Pete Wilson

Previews of the best local shows. This week: Black Uhuru, Ben Lee and The Geraldine Fibbers. [13]
Michael Henningsen

The Geraldine Fibbers are coming to the Electric Lounge on Thursday, August 7. [14]
Michael Bertin

Call It Calexico
A popular local group goes distinctly Latin. [15]
Lisa Weeks

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [16]

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T here's a sea of music out there -- a vast, tumultuous ocean within which it's very easy to drown. Because of this sad fact, bands often have to take extreme measures to get noticed. Since hijacking radio stations (a là the movie Airheads) is a tactical nightmare, and hoping the sheer quality of one's work will be enough to catapult you to fame isn't very realistic, a lot of bands resort to that age-old gimmick: little trinkets. Yes, little trinkets -- they're not just for movie publicists anymore. This amusing cover story chronicles the best and worst in self-promotional doo-dads, from accidentally exploding snow globes to bongs from the Happiest Place on Earth. Check it out, and speaking of promotions, don't forget to send away for your free Weekly Wire spatula! (Offer not valid in states with Internet connections.)

Also this week, we've got an eclectic assortment of feature stories about an eclectic bunch of artists. (I apologize for using the word "eclectic" so much, but boy, does it apply.) This piece on Karl Wallinger shows the Beatlesesque Welsh popster making the most of his post-Waterboys days. A concert review of an intimate Ronnie Milsap performance finds the veteran country crooner relaxing with integrity. Fans of jazz might be interested to hear what Wynton Marsalis has recently cooked up: his "Blood on the Fields" jazz opera combines toe-tapping swing with programmatic styles to tell a story about slaves on a quest for freedom. Other stories provide updates on drawling roughneck Sand Sheff and the rockin' new image of former y'allternative band The Old 97's.

You want reviews? We got reviews. I can't count them all, but there's plenty, and many of them are even bands you've heard of! Here's a list -- check it twice.

  • A monster file of reviews that includes albums by: The Sea and the Cake, Marcia Ball, Jim White, Blue Mountain, Poster Children, Allen Ginsberg/Timothy Leary, Audioweb, Wyclef Jean, and Jesus Alemany & Cubanismo

  • Another monster set of (humorously written) reviews: Radiohead, Motley Crue, Prodigy, Sara McLachlan, Primus, Masters of Reality, That Dog, Megadeth, Michelle Malone, Geezer, Verboe, Mem Shannon, Buick MacKane, Sugar Plant, and Billy Ray Cyrus's new album The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus, which is probably on one of those eensy-weensy CDs

  • A more manageable (but still quite eclectic) set of reviews, including albums by Cordell Jackson, R.B. Morris, and David Byrne

  • Reviews of the latest Wu-Tang Clan and Nearly God (Tricky's latest incarnation) albums

  • A look at the reissued double-CD of work by the Young Nashvilleans

  • summaries of recent work by Black Uhuru, Ben Lee, and Geraldine Fibbers

Whew! See what I mean about Eclectic? My brain feels fried. Say, where's that spatula?

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

Roger's Right Hand
Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman discuss the legacy of the Byrds as Columbia/Legacy reissues their catalog. [07-02-97]
Tim Stegall

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