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Volume I, Issue 20
October 20 - October 27, 1997

Music

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John Denver 1943-1997
John Denver 1943-1997. [2]
Christopher Gray

Whither Rock?
An excerpt from rock critic Gina Arnold's Kiss This: Punk in the Present Tense. [3]
Gina Arnold

Global Concerns
Beverly Keel hears thunder from Down Under on the Row. [4]
Beverly Keel

Introduction to Fractured Fairy Tales
Introduction to Fractured Fairy Tales. [5]
Andy Langer

Girls With Guitars
The spawn of Nanci Griffith are running rampant across Austin. [6]
Christopher Hess

Fractured Fairy Tales
A week in a French castle is excitement enough, but this Girl With Guitar got to spend it with Miles Copeland and bunch of well-known songwriters. [7]
Kris McKay

Live Shots
Performance reviews of Charlatans U.K. / Dandy Warhols, Groove Collective, Run-D.M.C.,James Mcmurtry, and Fastball. [24]



Artist Profiles
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Heading South
Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell makes music in Nashville -- but not by the numbers. [8]
Michael McCall

The Dambuilder's Final Frontier
Boston's coolest pop export returns to Salt Lake City for the first time in three years. An exclusive interview with the Dambuilders' Kevin March. [9]
Bill Frost

'clear views
Everclear's Art Alexakis wrestles with his unpopularity. [10]
Matt Ashare

The Doctor Is In
Dr. John brings his blues to Tucson. [11]
Ron Bally

Pop Mart
Boston's Syrup USA, Catapult, and Letters to Cleo define a new genre. [13]
Brett Milano


I   can't keep up with everything in this here music section, but let's just say that it rocks! Yeah, yeah, I guess I should tell you something useful beyond that. Um, let's see...here's an interview with Dr. John, remember him? Right place, wrong time? He's awesome. And here's another interview with Bill Frisell, jazz man extraordinaire. The interviews/profiles also extend to bands with weird names, like the Bottle Rockets, and Everclear. They'd be an explosive combination if they ever played together, har har. But what's really cool is this story called Fractured Fairy Tales. No, sorry, it has nothing to do with The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. It's about a summer camp of songwriters who meet at a classy French castle every year to brainstorm and record music. These aren't just any songwriters; most of them are celebrity songwriters, like Peter Murphy or Stewart Copeland or two of the Go Go's. Groovy. Also groovy is this book expert detailing the history of punk and grunge. Dang, I didn't know anybody actually studied this stuff, but apparently the author, Gina Arnold, takes her grunge very seriously. Finally, we should all go into the woods and bow our heads for a few weeks of silence in honor of John Denver. Failing that, at least read this eulogy to the sweet songwriter who loved nature and sang songs with Kermit the Frog. He was the best. See ya.


Album Reviews
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Bottle Rockets
Dominique Eade
Everclear
Fondly
Gilberto Gil
Janet Jackson
Mouse on Mars
Scott Walker

Turn Up That Noise!

  • the henrys
  • The Clears
Rhythm & Views
  • Various Artists - NONSCD50
  • Mike Stern
  • Tenderloin

Music Reviews

  • Missy Misdemeanor Elliott
  • Eddie Clearwater
  • The Wilsons
  • The Lookers
  • Crystal Waters
  • The Residents
  • Muzsikás And Márta Sébestyén
  • Old 97's
  • Matrimony


Now What?
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. [25]


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