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Volume I, Issue 27
December 8 - December 15, 1997


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The Mocha Latte Acid Test
On Friday nights, that crowd at Otherlands Coffeehouse turns on and tunes into acid jazz. [2]
Amy Lawrence

For Whom the Road Tolls
High costs are sending touring down the road to nowhere. [3]
Andy Langer

Artist Profiles
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Pop Tarts
The Dandy Warhols, Portland's pop-psych players, are guilty of stealing an English musical approach. And, of course, taking off their clothes. [4]
Brendan Doherty

Gentle Genie
A visionary producer, Jim O'Rourke, makes a rare trip to America. [5]
Dave Chamberlain

Lords of Acid wants to singlehandedly cure sexual repression. [6]
Marc Savlov

Forging His Own Path
Bill Friskics-Warren talks to honkytonk hero Dean Miller. [7]
Bill Friskics-Warren

Deep Blue
On the death of Robert Palmer, a performance by astrology singer Harvey Sid Fisher, and more. [8]
Bill Friskics-Warren and Jim Ridley

Letters @ 3AM
The Doors didn't want a revolution. [9]
Michael Ventura

Album Reviews
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The commercial jungle of Roni Size, Spring Heel Jack, and PlugCall it "jungle" or "drum 'n' bass," the hot new Brit-originated club sound is the latest after-dark groove. [10]
Chris Tweney

Dialectical Immaterialism
Have Chumbawamba's politics shriveled in the limelight? [11]
Douglas Wolk

Songs of Experience
John Hiatt and Fred J. Eaglesmith prove that mature rock-n-roll isn't a contradiction in terms. [12]
Michael McCall

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. [17]

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W hat's with all this electronic music? Oh, pardon me, "electronica." It's taking over and I don't like it one bit. First of all there's this acid jazz stuff that sounds like Miles Davis playing Pong. Just one deejay can turn out all this music? That's wrong. I believe music should be made by dozens of paid musicians, not a circuitboard that doesn't even pay taxes. Electronica is the reason bands can't make money touring anymore. They're being put out of business by people who don't even get callouses on their fingers! And what's with this "jungle" stuff? Or "drum 'n' bass" as they call it (make up your mind, people!). Sounds like somebody dropped a vibrator on a snare drum if you ask me. Give me a good old fashioned rock band like The Doors before a bunch of bums with a name like "Lords of Acid" anyday. From what I can tell all Lords of Acid do is music about sex and perversion. Not like somebody like John Hiatt, he sings about life. I have an idea. You take Ray Manzarek and put him in one corner, and take Adrian Sherwood and stick him in the other corner, and let's see who can out-jam the other. Ten to one odds on Manzy. Or how about Chumbawamba verus that Moby dweeb? At least Chewbacca has lyrics. What does Moby have? Gizmos? Get real man! Jeez!

Mini Reviews
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Personal Histories

  • LL Cool J
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • The Pulsars
  • Mike Watt


  • Dead Milkmen
  • Pat DiNizio
  • Duran Duran Tribute Album
  • Fu Manchu
  • Greg Garing
  • Letters to Cleo
  • Lords of Acid
  • Spice Girls
  • Stereolab
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Record Reviews

  • Calexico
  • Friends Of Dean Martinez
  • Jim Hall
  • David Letterman
  • The Lonesome Organist
  • Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
  • Lullaby For The Working Class
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Maryann Price
  • Finley Quaye
  • The Replacements
  • Roni Size

Boston Phoenix CD Reviews

  • Joi Cardwell
  • The Hackberry Ramblers
  • Kate and Anna McGarrigle
  • Moby
  • Prince Paul
  • Renee Rosnes
  • The Saints
  • Sonny Simmons
  • "Songs of the Spanish Civil War"

Tiny Tunes

  • David Grier
  • Lords of Acid

Rhythm & Views

  • Horace Silver
  • Fortune & Maltese and the Phabulous Pallbearers
  • Various Electronic Artists

Turn Up That Noise!

  • Pat Dinizio
  • Jim Hall, Paul Desmond, and Milt Jackson

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