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1996 Stories by Joshua Green

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  • Playlist

    published December 5, 1996

    Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (Island) In a music scene dominated by the safe, the threadbare and the predictable, Tricky... More >>

  • Playlist

    published November 21, 1996

    Wesley Willis Feel the Power (American) If you're wondering where opportunity ends and exploitation begins, the answer... More >>

  • Free Beer

    published November 21, 1996

    "I like beer, bikes and my model trains," declares Beer Can Bob Schuster. He also likes music--hence his role as frontman and bassist for Beer Can... More >>

  • Playlist

    published November 7, 1996

    John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey Dance Hall at Louse Point (Island) This disc has garnered the worst reviews of Ms. Harvey's... More >>

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Professor

    published October 31, 1996

    Although England's Mad Professor claims to be sane, his many albums offer an argument to the contrary. The leading practitioner of dub music, an... More >>

  • Playlist

    published October 17, 1996

    Nirvana From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (DGC) In this disc's liner notes, bassist Krist Novoselic writes, "Let all the... More >>

  • Taking Cake

    published October 10, 1996

    "Being a musician at our level is pretty much like indentured servitude," reveals Cake singer/guitarist John McCrea. "You're in debt to the Man... More >>

  • Positive Vibrations

    published September 26, 1996

    Stay Positive is more than just the title of reggae star Pato Banton's new album. It's become something of a life philosophy for the Birmingham,... More >>

  • Playlist

    published September 26, 1996

    R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Warner Bros.) Pearl Jam No Code (Epic) By most standards, these albums... More >>

  • Not-So-Mellow Yellowman

    published September 19, 1996

    Dancehall reggae champion Yellowman was first motivated to make music by a couple of admittedly unlikely heroes. "From my growing up, I loved... More >>

  • The World According to Beth Quist

    published August 29, 1996

    Diversity is a goal that many in the Boulder music scene try to achieve. But rarely is so much of it found in one person, as is the case with Beth... More >>

  • Good Vibrations

    published August 8, 1996

    It's not uncommon to hear stories of a reggae star's rise from the ghettos of Jamaica to international fame. But few performers have endured as... More >>

  • Playlist

    published August 1, 1996

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse Broken Arrow (Reprise) In a review of 1977's That Obscure Object of Desire, the last film made by... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 25, 1996

    Metallica Load (Elektra) Thus far, this album has been reviewed more often on the basis of the bandmembers' new grunge-junkie... More >>

  • Perfectly Revolting

    published July 18, 1996

    Boulder's Roots Revolt takes an unusual approach to songwriting. "For our first show at the Fox Theatre, we still didn't really know what we were... More >>

  • Playlist

    published July 11, 1996

    Beck! Odelay (DGC) Based on the two shows I've seen him perform, Beck Hansen probably isn't the worst performer in the history... More >>

  • Please, Mr. Postman

    published July 4, 1996

    It's not easy to track down Roger Gillies. His home is officially located in the tiny mountain community of Jamestown, Colorado, but in actuality,... More >>

  • A Rosey Future

    published June 13, 1996

    "A lot of people been saying that I'm not consistent," reports Michael Rose. "And they say this is why no one hears of me." On the surface,... More >>

  • The Culture Club

    published May 2, 1996

    If reggae fans were given a chance to nominate a performer who's best filled the role of the music's elder statesman since the passing of Bob... More >>

  • Black on Black

    published April 18, 1996

    It's been three years since Frank Black last participated in a round of interviews intended to publicize his music, yet he already seems ready for... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 28, 1996

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder Ballads (Reprise) "It sounds like you're playing that at the wrong speed," a co-worker told... More >>

  • Charlie's Angels

    published March 28, 1996

    "I've been listening to music by Charles Manson for a long time, and I really like his songs," reveals Ang, vocalist for Denver's Scramblehead.... More >>

  • The Simpel Truth

    published March 21, 1996

    The pop-music aficionados in Aurora's Simpeltones aren't looking for corporate sponsorship. They've already been involved in one such deal, and... More >>

  • Playlist

    published March 21, 1996

    Strange Cargo Hinterland (Discovery) Torch Song Toward the Unknown Region (Discovery) Caroline... More >>

  • Standing Ital

    published March 7, 1996

    Itals singer Keith Porter has been around since reggae's inception, producing a sound that helped form the music's foundation. And he's not about... More >>

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