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Calendar, Night&Day Tony! Tony! Tony!

Tony! Tony! Tony!

Brilliant and uncompromising, violinist Tony Conrad cut a swath through the pop-rock ’60s with his loud, droning, “minimal” music. Applying his ideas about intensity and duration to experimental film, he made the perfectly titled The Flicker in 1966, opening the…
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Music, Misc. Reviews: Lindon Kwesi Johnson

Misc. Reviews: Lindon Kwesi Johnson

Unlike such come-lately scribes as Jewel and Billy Corgan, Jamaican-born, U.K.-based "dub poet" Linton Kwesi Johnson had released books of his work years before he recorded a single verse. Still, most know LKJ for his albums containing spoken-word portraits of…
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Film, The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey

Nobody is innocent in America, but there is one segment of the population that seems doggedly determined to deny its own ignorance, ugliness, and violence. So hands up now, who really likes rednecks? The sludge on the bottom of the…
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Riff Raff

Confidential to the Lastnameless and Lowercased essence We're hurt. You know that Riff Raff cares about you and your ongoing romps through the strange confluence of music and fashion. We've reported almost every significant development of your blossoming career. We…
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Measure for Measure

"Singer/songwriter." To many of us the words conjure up the nightmarish moment when your local watering hole is taken over by self-indulgent, humorless hacks forced to frequent open mikes because working musicians can't stand them. Or worse, dewy-eyed adolescent "poets"…
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Riff Raff

Strange Developments Nobody was more excited than Miami's DJ Infamous when the winners of the International Turntablists Federation were announced late last Sunday night. Infamous had absolutely stunned the crowd with his scratching, cutting, and beat juggling in his several…
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Riff Raff

Those Darn Kids, Part 843,956 The end of the millennium is one of the best things to happen to publishing in the past 1,000 years -- lots of long, sober articles outlining the best and worst (insert concept here) of…
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Oh, Silver Deities!

Few pop-culture developments have been so inevitable as a book of poetry by Jewel, rock music's reigning queen of dime-store spirituality. A ripe tomato of a woman and a rotten apple of a songwriter, Jewel emerged from a SoCal coffeehouse…
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Busker Do!

Mary Lou Lord can have her bangs trimmed or dyed whenever she wants. There's plenty of cash for makeup. A record company will put her in a van and send her around the country. And still, Mary Lou Lord says…
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Racket

I never thought I'd say anything like this, but I miss Courtney Love. The old Courtney, that is; the one who was always shouting and making a spectacle of herself, who dressed herself up in over-the-top, baby-doll caricatures of femininity.…
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