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    Listening Post

    BRAIN TRUST: That the St. Louis music community is, understandably, relatively insular makes it both frustrating and exciting: frustrating because, occasionally, I learn of great music and performances after the fact by stumbling across an old flier ...

    by Randall Roberts on March 24, 1999
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    Speaking Frehley

    His name is Scott McClusky. But you can call him Ace -- that is, with the understanding that "I'm not trying to be the new Ace Frehley, the guy who got drunk, wrecked his car and quit the band. I'm trying to be the space guy (Frehley's Kiss character...

    by Jordan Oakes on March 24, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Juvenile Saturday, March 20; Palace (I-270 and Halls Ferry) Seems the hip-hop nation just can't get enough of New Orleans. Last year Master P tore joints up with the simplistic "Ungh-h-h." Now comes another one-grunt hit from rapper Juvenil...

    by Randall Roberts on March 17, 1999
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    Henry's Dream

    Joe Henry wanted to make a sexy record, and with Fuse (Mammoth), his seventh album, he succeeded. "The stuff I go back to and listen to all the time, those records are incredibly sexy, and it drove me really crazy," Henry says from his home in Los An...

    by René Spencer Saller on March 17, 1999
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    Banned on the Run - St. Louis saxophonist Greg Osby returns from New York to showcase and celebrate the past and future legends of Blue Note Records

    In his active career as a saxophonist, Greg Osby has been accused of watering down jazz with hip-hop rhythms and, by doing so, "spreading bacteria on bread." He's praised as one of the great alto soloists of the day, even as he's accused of using bea...

    by Randall Roberts on March 17, 1999
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    Listening Post

    PURPLE PROSE: Best lyric of the week comes from MU330's new self-titled release. It's true. "I am both Zapruder and Kennedy witnessing the shot she fired into me/played out in slow motion under scrutiny frame by frame/I make my own conspiracy." The s...

    by Randall Roberts on March 17, 1999
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    Local Time

    TORCH SONGS: The science fiction of music, electronica, may still be an underground phenomenon locally, but nationally and internationally it's all over the place, from office soirees to fashion shows and car commercials to bar mitzvahs. You can hear...

    by Jordan Oakes on March 10, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Mudhoney Thursday, March 11; the Galaxy The Sins of Their Progeny, Part II: It's tempting to kick Mudhoney in the collective shin for their part in spawning Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and all the other overwrought, be...

    by Randall Roberts on March 10, 1999
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    Listening Post

    A LITTLE LOVIN': Is there any song as alluring as Dusty Springfield's version of "Just a Little Lovin'"? With a smoky, sleepy tone, she sings of the pleasures of early-morning lovin' in such a gentle but powerful manner that it evokes a whole landsca...

    by Randall Roberts on March 10, 1999
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    French Fried

    VARIOUS ARTISTS Respect Is Burning, Volume 2 (Astralwerks) Why is it that most people, even music lovers, in this country roll their eyes at the mere mention of the word "techno"? Honestly, it always leaves me a bit puzzled. That is,...

    by Roy Kasten on March 10, 1999
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    Data Transfer

    Morton Subotnick appears as part of Art, Design and Music in the Electronic Age, a conference sponsored by the Humanities Department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "Last year we had a conference called Print Culture in the Electronic Age wh...

    on March 10, 1999
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    The Silver Age - Influential electronic-music pioneer Morton Subotnick appears as part of UM-St. Louis's art and technology conference

    Morton Subotnick generates Big Ideas -- about music, about art, about technology, about the relationship between them, and about the potential in music for "a truly new medium." So many ideas, in fact, that his mind and language seem to work like a C...

    by Randall Roberts on March 10, 1999
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    The Whole Truth

    As a rule, three things plague most tribute albums: (1) excessive piety or nostalgia for the tributee; (2) hubris on the part of the interpreters; and (3) pure pointlessness. We'll ignore the rapacity of record labels looking for one more way to cash...

    by Roy Kasten on March 3, 1999
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    Local Time

    "Why don't you people fucking dance?" was the feel-good plea of the evening at the Side Door last Tuesday, as a bunch of young go-getters called Necro Creep spread the good love throughout the sparse crowd, then introduced the next song: "This song's...

    by Randall Roberts on March 3, 1999
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    Able Hands

    Rob Swift has fat ambitions: He wants to change the way you hear the turntable. To him, decks are not to be relegated to backstage wick-wick-wacking and dope beat pumping; instead, he wants to scratch out respectability for the turntable as a musical...

    by Matthew Hilburn on March 3, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Don Walser Thursday, March 4; St. Louis Brewery Tap Room Not for nothing is country singer Don Walser known as the "Pavarotti of the Plains." Walser's sonorous tenor voice is a wonder, especially when you consider how it's still in prime fo...

    by Randall Roberts on March 3, 1999
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    Pixilated Pictures

    The work of Scottish band the Pastels isn't something you'd immediately consider for a remix project. Over the course of their 15-year "career," they've remained defiantly unconcerned with current trends and flavor-of-the-week fads, preferring to cre...

    by Randall Roberts on February 24, 1999
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    Room to Roam - Son Volt returns to St. Louis to support Wide Swing Tremolo

    Across the Jefferson Barracks bridge into Illinois, the writer and photographer are driving Route 3 and 158 through Columbia and into Millstadt. They find the two-tavern village, originally settled by German immigrants, among the Mississippi River fa...

    by Roy Kasten on February 24, 1999
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    Sound Checks

    Sphere Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 24-27; Jazz at the Bistro You know, of course, what the word "sphere" means. But in the world of jazz, the word is loaded with additional layers. Sphere was the middle name taken by legendary pianist Thelonious M...

    by Randall Roberts on February 24, 1999
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    Listening Post

    RE-EXISTENCE: Ultraman is back -- as in "re-formed," as in "This is a new thing," says singer Tim Jamison, "with new members. This first show is going to be all originals, but by the second show, if all goes as planned and we have fun -- and anybody ...

    by Randall Roberts on February 24, 1999
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