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Merger Promises Sizzle and Steak PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 19 December 2000 18:00
The proposed merger of AOL and media conglomerate Time Warner made it through the Federal Trade Commission this past week, but the fat lady can’t squeak a peep before the blessing of their union is granted by the Federal Communications Commission.

 
New CD Reveals the Beauty of ... German Ads? PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Wednesday, 13 December 2000 18:00
In the “For Those About to Kraut-Rock” department: The Crippled Dick Hot Wax Records label has just released Popshopping, an intriguing compilation of original German advertising jingles from the 1960s and 1970s.

 
Holiday Goodies from the “Brown Elvis” and Others PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 05 December 2000 18:00
Holiday high jinks! Animal instincts! Christmas camaraderie and much egg-noggery! Take musical arms my friends, and toss those lame superstar Christmas albums to the dustbin! Come with me, and let’s dip into Santa’s sack a little early this year and get the party started right! I’ve always thought Christmas was a lot like Elvis, all about love and all about showbiz.

 
DJ Scratches Turntable Art PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 28 November 2000 18:00
All this scratchin’ is making me itch! I swear turntablist extraordinaire Mr. Dibbs must be an octopus, with multiple arms flying, dropping needles, cuing beats, and wagging platters like a mad audio scientist. Sure, he’s been awarded top-10 DJ status from Spin, Trace, and Thrasher magazines, but it’s the sheer creativity of the layers be builds up, drops out, and smashes together that’s amazing: fuzzy psychedelica over jazz, Led Zeppelin into Lenny Kravitz, ragamuffin pimp-strolling beats, and snippets of spoken-word children’s records.

 
Stellar Book Traces Label’s History PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 21 November 2000 18:00
Over the years, certain record labels have captured an iconic image, often unknowingly preserving transcendental moments in time as they document cultural movements on their shiny black albums and CDs. Imprints like The Beatles’ boutique Apple label, Greg Ginn’s proto-Punk SST in its glory years, Bethlehem and Blue Note’s aural and graphic explorations in jazz, Def Jam’s beatbox hip-hop gentry, SubPop’s grunge chronicles, and Ralph Records’ bizarre run of performance art Nu-Wave have all left their impression in modern pop-rock history – rare instances of commerce germinating new sounds and directions in thought, speeding wildly through those hip enough to be there when serendipity strikes the bell.

 
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