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1997 Stories by Martin Johnson

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  • Words + Guitar (+ Beats + Skronk)

    published December 31, 1997

    Jeff Stark's Top 10 Records Released in 1997 1) (tie) Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space The Perfect Prescription,... More >>

  • Reviews

    published December 24, 1997

    Various Artists TV Terror (Re-Constriction/Cargo) Among the panoply of youth subcultures, goths are amusing because they use... More >>

  • Reviews

    published December 3, 1997

    Gravediggaz The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel (Gee Street) The plan was simple: Ally two talented but unsigned hip-hop... More >>

  • Reviews

    published November 26, 1997

    Various Artists Audio Alchemy 2 (Ubiquity) DJ compilations promising new experiments in beats and sampling are about as rare as... More >>

  • Reviews

    published November 12, 1997

    EPMD Back in Business (Def Jam) L.L. Cool J Phenomenon (Def Jam) Most rappers drop one good album before they... More >>

  • Reviews

    published October 22, 1997

    Zen Guerrilla, Cash Money Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Oct. 15 Even though they dropped out of Philadelphia three years ago,... More >>

  • Reviews

    published October 15, 1997

    Mecca Normal Who Shot Elvis? (Matador) Mecca Normal don't mess around with introductions. The opening sounds of "Medieval Man,"... More >>

  • Reviews

    published October 8, 1997

    Stereolab Dots and Loops (Elektra) You could compare the lyrics and music on Stereolab's new Dots and Loops with 1992's Switched... More >>

  • Apocrypha

    published October 8, 1997

    Miles Davis Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East Live-Evil ... More >>

  • Reviews

    published September 24, 1997

    Various Artists Wild Style Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Rhino) Back in 1982, artist/director Charlie Ahearn made a... More >>

  • Reviews

    published September 3, 1997

    Omar Sosa Free Roots Release Party Saturday, Aug. 23 Great American Music Hall Some danced during Omar Sosa's show two... More >>

  • Reviews

    published August 20, 1997

    Old 97's, Blueland Great American Music Hall Thursday, Aug. 7 Aside from being the most visually satisfying place to see bands... More >>

  • Reviews

    published August 6, 1997

    Radiohead Warfield Sunday, July 27 If a band wants to have an audience in the years ABB (After Buzz Bin), it is important for... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 23, 1997

    KRS-One I Got Next (Jive) Only the fools who maintain a willful ignorance of hip hop's influence on pop culture would deny... More >>

  • Recordings

    published July 16, 1997

    Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst Instrumentalyst (Dreamworks) Dr. Octagon, aka Kool Keith, is one of the great paradoxes... More >>

  • Recordings

    published June 11, 1997

    Guided by Voices Mag Earwhig! (Matador) For 15 albums or so, Robert Pollard has been the honcho behind the thirtysomething,... More >>

  • Recordings

    published June 4, 1997

    Verbena Souls for Sale (Merge) Here's some advice for a record exec working at an entertainment conglomerate (and worrying a... More >>

  • Recordings

    published May 28, 1997

    Cheap Trick (Cheap Trick/Red Ant Entertainment) Before we bog ourselves down in the bubble gum, let's get the disclaimer out of the... More >>

  • Recordings

    published May 14, 1997

    Radar Bros. (Restless) Whether or not you'll want to pick up the Radar Bros. self-titled debut depends on how you feel about those... More >>

  • Recordings

    published May 7, 1997

    Karp Self Titled LP (K) There are those who would say this country is in dire need of a presidential address on the State of... More >>

  • Recordings

    published April 30, 1997

    Skeleton Key Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon (Capitol) Back in my college days of yore (the late '80s, at New York University),... More >>

  • Recordings

    published April 16, 1997

    Frank Zappa Have I Offended Someone? (Rykodisc) Have I Offended Someone? probably won't offend anyone. In fact, it is hard to... More >>

  • Recordings

    published April 9, 1997

    Tarnation Mirador (Reprise) Local western crooner (and archaeologist) Paula Frazer has taken her pet "project" Tarnation to some... More >>

  • Recordings

    published March 26, 1997

    Ednaswap Wacko Magneto (Island) Here're some Ednaswap "factoids" to help you come to a purchase decision: 1) The name comes... More >>

  • Recordings

    published March 12, 1997

    Starfish Frustrated (Trance Syndicate) Frustrated, by Austin hardcore/post-punk/ditty-pop range finders Starfish, offers a... More >>

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