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Volume II, Issue 10
August 31 - September 8, 1998  
 
Music
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Sharkskin-fested Waters [2]
If it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, then lately Tucson, Arizona has become one of the most meaningful places on planet Earth.
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Parting Words [3]
What's eating Capitol Records? Garth Brooks.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Soundbites [4]
The process of tracking down tunes has become daunting.
— Fred Mills, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Crossing the Line [5]
Some musician's simply don't fit radio stereotypes.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
World-Class [6]
One of the world's best classical labels just relocated-to Middle Tennessee.
— Marcel Smith, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Album Reviews
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Sweet Ending [7]
With "The Last Dog and Pony Show," Bob Mould hopes to put his punk past behind him.
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Africa Calling [8]
Three new releases by the World Saxophone Quartet and two of its members fuse African musics with contemporary jazz.
— Ed Hazell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Aces High [9]
On Ace Records' final Excello reissue.
— Randy Fox, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Class Act [10]
On her solo CD "Miseducation," Fugee Lauryn Hill comes up with 15 ways of saying "I'm here!"
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Mr. Misery [11]
Elliott Smith is a sensitive emotional misfit whose probably a little too introspective for his own good, though it tends to be good for his songs.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Artist Profiles
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Too Cool To Be Forgotten [12]
Michael McCall profiles Lucinda Williams, the Stanley Kubrick of country music.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Border Disorder [13]
El Paso blues legend Long John Hunter will likely never see massive financial success, but his influence can still be heard.
— Randy Matin, FW WEEKLY
 
Mississippi Queens [14]
Boston's Delta-blues duo Mr. Airplane Man exhale life's bad air and breathing in freedom and joy.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Oscillate Loudly [15]
Denton, TX based indie rockers Stumptone presents a aural collage that's comprised of noise, space, and the random cackling of a short wave radio.
— Lisa Garrett, FW WEEKLY
 
Show Time [16]
Songstress Mary Cutrufello discusses her country influences and why she left them behind, favoring instead her rock roots on her new CD.
— Paula Felps, FW WEEKLY
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

S wing is back in Weekly Wire's Music section with "Sharkskin-fested Waters" from Tucson Weekly's Stephen Seigel. Tucson's Slimstyle Records has become a prominent spawning ground for independent swing acts, including their recent joint release with BMG Records, "Swing This, Baby!"

Nashville Scene's Beverly Keel revisits the issue of Capitol Records relationship with country music, and the damage Garth Brooks is accused of causing to other country acts under contract to the label. Also from Nashville Scene, Ron Wynn explores the difficulties of getting radio play, especially when you are a black act performing in a predominantly white genre, or vice versa.

This week's reviews include Bob Mould's latest solo release, several World Saxophone Quartet-related releases, Elliot Smith (of Good Will Hunting soundtrack fame... think Miss Misery), and Fugee's Lauryn Hill with many more short clips in the Mini Reviews section.

Profiles include Long John Hunter, guru of El Paso blues who's 15 minutes of fame was supplanted by Bobby Fuller, and Lucinda Williams, who has traveled a long and winding road from Austin to L.A. to Nashville.


Mini Reviews
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Austin Record Reviews [17]

  • Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postisos
  • Bob Mould
  • Christopher Cross
  • James McMurtry
  • Dr. John
  • Dale Watson & His Lone Stars
  • and more

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [18]
  • Cowboy Junkies
  • Plastilina Mosh
  • The Sugarcubes
  • Elvis Costello anthology
  • Van Morrison
  • Roy Brooks
  • Pat Martino
  • Mary Gauthier

Tiny Tunes [19]
  • Miles Davis
  • Sleepyhead

Turn Up That Noise! [20]
  • John McLaughlin
  • Tony Ellis

Now What? [21]
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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