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Volume III, Issue 23
November 29 - December 6, 1999  
 
Music

Artist Profiles
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String Time [6]
A therapy session for an old-school Metallica fan reveals his disgust for Metallica's Grammy-less year in '89 and how the best heavy metal got lighter.
— Carly Carioli, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Slow Jamming [7]
In a rare interview, the usually-elusive Beck discusses the release of his new album, "Midnite Vultures," and his peculiar fascination with R. Kelly.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Sweet Susana [8]
Susana Baca's main passion is to set the words of contemporary Latin American poets to music.
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Songs of Experience [9]
Michael W. Smith uses life's hardships as inspiration for his encouraging new release.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
A Long, Strange Trip [10]
William Topley isn't your typical Music Row signee.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Album Reviews
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Sonic Visions [11]
Electric piano eccentric Esquivel's long-lost experiment "See It In Sound" with its big-band pomp and sound-effects magic is finally seeing the light thanks to Esquivel junkies.
— Josh Kun, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Global Concerns [12]
Taj Mahal and Charlie Musselwhite travel the common ground between African and African American music.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Turn Up That Noise! [13]
Reviews of the latest from Dolly Parton and XTC.
MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Rhythm and Views [14]
Wise words on a tribute to Gram Parsons.
— Curtis McCrary, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Spice Grrrl [15]
Sporty Spice's "Northern Star" proves you can take the girl outta the Spice, but you cant' take the Spice outta the girl.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Now What? [18]
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
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T he world of music lost a unique talent when Doug Sahm died Nov. 18. The Austin Chronicle provides several remembrances of the musician this week, beginning with one by a fellow native of San Antonio. Other old friends ponder Life After Doug, and recall Soap Creek, and Sahm's passion for music.

Lately there's been this element to Metallica's imperial domination that's started to feel a bit tawdry, like kicking a dog.

With the release of "Odelay" in 1996, it became clear that Beck was force to contend with. He had taken from hip-hop not just beats but the notion that music could be both pop and avant-garde at once.

Plus, Susana Baca is the undisputed queen of Afro-Peruvian music, Michael W. Smith looks at life's troubles, a Brit in Nashville, and more.


Doug Sahm, R.I.P.
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State Musician of Texas [2]
Tracing Doug Sahm's roots from San Antonio to potential State Musician of Texas.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Life A.D. [3]
Writer Bill Bentley says a prayer for Doug Sahm.
— Bill Bentley, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Wasted Days, Wasted Nights [4]
The night in 1974 when Doug Sahm brought Freddy Fender to Soap Creek to play.
— Joe Nick Patoski, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Last Real Texas Blues Man [5]
Doug Sahm drinks from the jazz wellspring.
— Jay Trachtenberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [16]

  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Perry Farrell
  • Dot Allison
  • Air
  • Down by Law
  • Savage Garden
  • Innerzone Orchestra
  • The Mahavishnu Orchestra

Cool Yule (and not so) [17]
  • New holiday releases

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