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Label Readies Retrospective of Plundering Composer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John James   
Tuesday, 10 April 2001 18:00
• The Canadian indie label Fony Records has just released a two-CD retrospective of one of alternative art-rock’s seminal architects, John Oswald, the original sampling poltergeist and plunderphonician. Oswald’s 25-year history as a composer, audio agitator, and media deconstructionist rose highest above the radar when he produced his legendary Plunderphonics experiment in the early 1980s.

 
Symphony Captures Pain, Horror, and Redemption PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Tuesday, 10 April 2001 18:00
Giuseppe Verdi originally wrote only a portion of his Messa da Requiem (conceived to honor Rossini) with the hope that other composers would join in him in completing it, but the project never materialized.

 
DJ Smash Finds the Recipe for Jazzy Hip Hop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John James   
Tuesday, 03 April 2001 18:00
• This Tuesday the Blue Note label furthers its commitment to jazz-flavored hip hop with the new DJ Smash album Phonography: A Blue Note Mix. This fantastic new collaborative puts Smash Hunter in the chef’s seat, concocting a groovy streetwise cake in 14 intriguing slices.

 
Praise Meant for Smoky Bars PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 April 2001 18:00
New York City legends The Holmes Brothers bring a preacher’s fervor and faith to boogie blues, something apparent in the music and vocals as well as the lyrics. These guys believe, and you will, too, damn it. The tight trio – with Holmes brothers Wendell and Sherman along with drummer Willie “Popsy” Dixon – will be making a stop this week at CSPS in Cedar Rapids, but even if you can’t make it out Wednesday night, you shouldn’t miss an early candidate for the best album of 2001: Speaking in Tongues, on Alligator Records.

 
Napster Survives Despite Rulings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John James   
Tuesday, 27 March 2001 18:00
• As the record industry watches Napster weave and bob through another round of legal rulings, the bottom line is that once the file-sharing cat’s out of the bag, there’s no way to stuff the screeching, clawing beast back in.

 
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