Weekly Wire

Volume I, Issue 26
December 1 - December 8, 1997

Music

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Within Him, Without Him
Some lives touch us more deeply than we can know. [2]
The Community Of Tucson Musicians

Rainer Ptacek
A celebration of one man's life well lived. [3]
Jeff Smith


Artist Profiles
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Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer was more than a critic; he recorded with Ornette Coleman, influenced Patti Smith, helped spark interest in world music, and shared his knowledge with relentless enthusiasm. [4]
Ted Drozdowski

Covering Miles
Aside from Igor Stravinsky, no one other than Miles Davis has been so hated for creating music that later proved to be so visionary. [5]
Dave McElfresh

The Spiritual Vanguard
Eliza Gilkyson shakes off the New Age label. [6]
Louisa C. Brinsmade

Black Sheep
Michael McCall shares dry-ice fog and Jack Daniel's with Lambchop. [7]
Michael McCall

Spontaneous Combustion
Hey, everybody, a new music critic catch-phrase: "post-rock." Mike McGonigal reveals what it is and who's performing it in Knoxville, Tennessee. [8]
Mike McGonigal

Chaos Reality
Digital hardcore aims to conquer Chicago. [9]
Dave Chamberlain

Freeze Frames
Ann Tiley is making the music of her life. [10]
Jim Ridley


Artist Profiles
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Live Shots
Performance reviews of Ani DiFranco, Reckless Kelly, Jane's Addiction, and more. [11]


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I t's a bad time to be a blues musician with the initials R.P. The lives of both Rainer Ptácek and Robert Palmer (no, not that Robert Palmer) came to an end recently. Though neither were huge stars, if the following eulogies are any indication they probably deserved more merit than they received. Tucson Weekly reacted to Rainer's death with both a huge tribute and a poignant column. The Boston Phoenix paid homage to Palmer with this respectful, detailed biography. Check 'em out, then check out the artists' work as well -- that's the best possible result of such eulogies. And by the way, for more about Rainer don't miss the Weekly Wire Xtra devoted to his memory.

Those sobering articles aside, I just want to briefly point out that we've also got some jim-dandy stories about Miles Davis, rap endurers L.L. Cool J and Salt-n-Pepa, and the harsh business maneuvers of Garth Brooks, who has taken a liking to pushing around record company executives. And for you label-conscious music listeners, this is the place to find out why Eliza Gikyson is not "new age"; Atari Teenage Riot defines "digital hardcore"; and something called OR is among the latest acts in the "post-rock" scene. All these labels can get confusing, but what's a writer to do? How could anyone possibly sum up the career of Dusty Springfield, for example, without using words like "pop" and "soul"? Impossible.


Album Reviews
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Power Plays
Is Garthzilla rolling "Sevens" or snake eyes? [12]
Beverly Keel

Moms & Pop
L.L. Cool J and Salt-n-Pepa are showing their age. [13]
Franklin Soults

Mission Impossible
The overriding irony of Dusty Springfield's career is that though she's offered her listeners the lushest pop scenarios, she has always demanded the impossible from herself. [14]
Charles Taylor


Mini Reviews
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Dream Week
Allen Toussaint delivers a unique local take on modern and traditional holiday tunes while Bill Summers captures the rhythmic feeling of Kwanzaa. [15]
Geraldine Wyckoff

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews

  • Boyz II Men
  • Steve Earle
  • Grind
  • Tonio K.
  • Ernö Király
  • Paul McCartney's Standing Stone
  • Will Oldham
  • Adam Sandler
  • The Sundays




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