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Volume II, Issue 22
November 23 - November 30, 1998  
 
Music
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See Jane Rock [2]
Despite warnings from public safety officials, we decided to proceed with the bold experiment: We placed two sensitive male rock critics in a room together and recorded their dialogue about contemporary female rockers.
— Jesse Fox Mayshark and Joe Tarr, METRO PULSE
 
Weird Bands From Texas [3]
The prolific, nine-year lifespan of Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey's Trance Syndicate record label is ultimately a much more salient exclamation point in local music lore than news of its demise.
— Greg Beets, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Complete Trance Syndicate Discography [4]
The complete Trance Syndicate discography.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Artist Profiles
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Soundbites [5]
Jonathan Richman, that singing guy from "There's Something About Mary," has been at it for nearly three decades now.
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Brilliant Careers [6]
Archers of Loaf--a band making music, but with something else on their minds. Belle & Sebastian bask in obscurity.
— Noel Murray, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Out of Tunes [7]
Shawn Mullins' voice pulls you in, and scores an unlikely hit.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Blue Note [8]
Nuclear fusion, The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Album Reviews
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Spare Change [9]
Beck Hansen--rock's superjock.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
General Electric [10]
How many folksingers does it take to change a lightbulb?
— Dave McElfresh, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Reformed Junkies [11]
Cowboy Junkies return with a surprising new album and sound.
— Brenda Doherty, WEEKLY ALIBI
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

W ho better to discuss the state of "Women in Rock" than a couple of oversensitive dudes. Read the results in "See Jane Rock" from Metro Pulse's Jesse Fox Mayshark and Joe Tarr.

Next up is a feature about independent record label Trance Syndicate, the brainchild of King Coffey--drummer of the unfortunately named band Butthole Surfers. Get the history from Austin Chronicle's Greg Beets in "Weird Band from Texas."

Artist Profiles this week include Jonathan Richman, Archers of Loaf, Shawn Mullins, Belle & Sebastian, and The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra. Reviews include Beck, Bob Dylan, Cowboy Junkies, and more in Mini-Reviews.

Wrapping up this week, get a glimpse of the joy that is improvisation in "The Spirit of Improvisation" from Austin Chronicle's Christopher Hess.


Mini Reviews
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Rhythm and Views [13]

  • Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
  • Chris Hillman
  • Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Tiny Tunes [14]
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Archers of Loaf

Live Report
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The Spirit of Improvisation [12]
Sixth Street's Mercury Lounge is evolving into a mecca for acid jazz.
— Christopher Hess, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [15]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 

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