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  • By the Numbers - Japanese composer/remix master Nobukazu Takemura transforms the binary babble of skitterish CDs into pure beauty

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    By the Numbers - Japanese composer/remix master Nobukazu Takemura transforms the binary babble of skitterish CDs into pure beauty

    The promise of digital music reproduction compact discs if you recall, was not only "perfect sound" but indestructible sound. In the future, said the salesmen, no longer will we have to return a CD to the jewel box after listening to it. Just...

    by Randall Roberts on July 14, 1999
  • Listening Post

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    Listening Post

    BAGPIPE ALERT! Not too long ago, a dozen or so kids "decided that St. Louis was in need of some crazy art activity," and, coming as they did from the punk scene, they didn't want to wait around for somebody else to make it possible. The result is the...

    by Jason Toon on July 14, 1999
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    Kronos Quartet - 25 Years (Nonesuch)

    Unless you've been paying close attention, the assumption that a 10-CD retrospective of the Kronos Quartet would contain their entire recorded output is understandable. Turns out you'd be very wrong: They've released some 30 recordings over the last ...

    by Tom McDermott on July 14, 1999
  • WEEK OF FAME

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    WEEK OF FAME

    Mention the name Johnnie Johnson in local clubs and watering holes, and even neophyte music fans nod in recognition. After all, Johnson's unique keyboard style has been on display at area clubs and concert halls for decades. In addition, St. Louisans...

    by Terry Perkins on July 7, 1999
  • Listening Post

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    Listening Post

    POINT PARADE: You can thank, or blame, alt-rock station The Point (105.7 FM) for an impressive number of local breakouts in the past half-decade. From the occasionally inspired din of Gravity Kills to the flavor-of-the-month mediocrity of Radio Iodin...

    on July 7, 1999
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    Kelly Willis - Friday, July 9; Union Station

    Since releasing her debut album in 1990, country singer Kelly Willis has been juggled around by the major-label system. She's been fancified and twangified, overproduced and underappreciated. Three of her five records are out of print, the result of ...

    by Randall Roberts on July 7, 1999
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    Bob Dylan and Paul Simon - Saturday, July 10; Riverport

    Early-'60s folk singers with hidden rock & roll roots, Simon and Dylan were mutual admirers; Simon, like all good folkies of the era, paid homage with a cover of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on Wednesday Morning 3 A.M., and Dylan eventually re-tur...

    by Cliff Froehlich on July 7, 1999
  • Vans Warped Tour - Tuesday, July 13; Riverport

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    Vans Warped Tour - Tuesday, July 13; Riverport

    Rock is dead, replaced by computers and electronic-uh. Electric guitars? Puh. Dead." So say many music scribes, but try telling this to the kids: They'll punch you in the gut. Case in point: the biggest, most badass rock fest since Lollapalooka, Warp...

    by Randall Roberts on July 7, 1999
  • BRAIN SCANNING

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    BRAIN SCANNING

    The electrical service has been fragile lately around Wayne Coyne's home in Oklahoma City. The power's out as he talks on the phone, the result of one of those Sooner State storms this one, he says, isn't that bad. The brainiac electricity in his...

    by Randall Roberts on July 7, 1999
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    Pimples and All

    Various Artists Songs from Dawson's Creek (Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax) If you're one of those lofty types who don't watch teenager channels like Fox and the WB, you may not have noticed the recent onslaught of pop music on the prime-time soa...

    by René Spencer Saller on June 30, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Fair St. Louis, featuring a bunch of mediocre pop artists and a couple of halfway-decent ones Saturday-Monday, July 3-5; St. Louis riverfront Fair St. Louis strives to be a family-friendly event, so it'd probably be too much for music fans to ex...

    by Terry Perkins on June 30, 1999
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    Listening Post

    It's been a rough couple of weeks for the St. Louis music community: We've lost two of the city's most talented musicians... UNSUNG HERO OF ROCK & ROLL: A lot of people write songs. A lot of people play guitar, bass and drums. Jeff Barbush, who too...

    by René Spencer Saller on June 30, 1999
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    Close Quarters

    Lately, life has gone digital. The boom of the bass could be your own stressed heartbeat. It's into that mire of overcrowding, social isolation and sexual confusion that industrial hopes to tap. Just as the blues provide escape by setting life's woes...

    by Jordan Oakes on June 30, 1999
  • Music

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    Music

    BY ROY KASTEN Riding up the skeletal freight elevator in the A.D. Brown Building a 100-year-old structure at the corner of Tucker and Washington that once held a defense- mapping agency you look up, see five frayed ropes suspending the cont...

    on June 23, 1999
  • Sound Checks

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    Sound Checks

    Wanda JacksonMonday, June 28; Side DoorThe term wasn't yet common currency, but Wanda Jackson was the first dominatrix of American music. With numbers like "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad" and "Fujiyama Mama" which begins, "I been to Nagasaki, Hirosh...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Listening Post

    GET ON THE BUS: Although he would be the first to downplay it, Aaron Cometbus has become something of a legend to thousands of funny-looking kids across America. The Berkeley, Calif., native has been chronicling the punk-rock lifestyle for some 15 ye...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Music

    BY JORDAN OAKES History lesson, part 1: Heavy metal, which has been melted down and recast over the years, was originally a manifestation of British rock's blues influences. Bands like Cream and, perhaps most definitively, Led Zeppelin, cracked o...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Bloque with the Outsiders and Opium Thursday, June 17; Mississippi Nights To the average music jerk, Southern Hemisphere rock is bland and derivative. Once you wade through the Rio Grande, crawl into Mexico and squeeze through Central America, ...

    by Randall Roberts on June 16, 1999
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    So In-Cline-D

    MANDY BARNETT I've Got a Right to Cry (Sire) Let's belabor the obvious: I've Got a Right to Cry, Mandy Barnett's second album, sounds like a long-lost Patsy Cline record. The reasons for this aren't mysterious. Cline's producer, Owen Bradl...

    by René Spencer Saller on June 16, 1999
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    Listening Post

    MID-MO MAGIC: You can only scream so loud for so long before you go hoarse or get bored and move on to another cause, and bellows have been heard from this quarter about once a year now for the past three in response to new recordings by the Incontin...

    by Randall Roberts on June 16, 1999
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