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    Christmas Seasoning - Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.

    When it came time to categorize the more than thirty holiday releases I've received this year for our annual seasonal-CD roundup, I made an odd discovery: The discs fell into more different brackets than ever before. In general, this proved to be a g...

    by Michael Roberts on December 12, 1996
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    Playlist

    Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (Island) In a music scene dominated by the safe, the threadbare and the predictable, Tricky comes on like a sonic anarchist--a ceaselessly creative sort who's eager to abolish all rules, tear down those power...

    by John Jesitus on December 5, 1996
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    The Odd Couple

    "I made up this little story that kind of describes what I do," says Miguel Espinosa, the extraordinary flamenco guitarist who makes up half of Boulder's Curandero. "I imagine a little boy who is walking on this road. So he sees a marble. He puts it ...

    by Linda Gruno on December 5, 1996
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    Feedback

    When an independent radio station is swallowed up by a corporate behemoth, things generally change for the worse. But not always. A case in point is KTCL-FM/93.3, a station that's essentially a property of Jacor, a communications giant based in ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 5, 1996
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    Social Diseases - Mike Ness of Social Distortion has a few problems with today's punk rock.

    Social Distortion's Mike Ness is pacing around an East Coast hotel room, his voice loud, his words tumbling out so quickly that he can't quite keep track of what he's saying from one minute to the next. It's hours before showtime, but he's already ru...

    by Michael Roberts on December 5, 1996
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    Generation D - D Generation aims to teach these young punks a thing or two.

    "I think it's okay to be angry," says Jesse Malin, the loquacious vocalist and frontman for the New York-based punk band D Generation. "We live in this fairy-tale culture where everything is supposed to have a happy ending. People tell you to buy the...

    by Brad Jones on December 5, 1996
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    Playlist

    Joshua Redman Freedom in the Groove (Warner Bros.) Somehow it doesn't seem fair that previous generations of jazz buffs got an opportunity to experience the inventions of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman whe...

    by Brad Jones on November 28, 1996
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    Todd Man Out - Todd Rundgren invites you to a computer revolution.

    By most standards, the music industry has treated Todd Rundgren well. His recordings have been put out by major labels since the late Sixties, and while not all of them were hits, the sales of those that could be described as such have sustained him ...

    by Michael Roberts on November 28, 1996
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    Feedback

    Listeners to KS-104 (aka KQKS-FM/104.3) can be forgiven for wondering if the station has been abandoned. Earlier this year, the entire KS-104 air staff was raided by KJMN-FM/92.1 (Jam'n), the station that rose from the ashes of the late, lamented 92X...

    by Michael Roberts on November 28, 1996
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    Heavy, Man. - The ten worst concept albums of all time.

    Back before long-form videos and CD-ROMs existed, musicians used the concept album to overextend their half-baked ideas. Not content with letting one song do its job, groups charged an entire collection with the mission of delivering a single dunderh...

    by Serene Dominic on November 28, 1996
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    Staking Their Pain

    When Denver's Painstake was formed three years ago, its members adhered to straight-edge, a movement in which followers eschew drugs, drinks and other indulgences. Since then, however, the combo has gone through changes in lineup and philosophy. Whil...

    by James Mayo on November 28, 1996
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    Feedback

    As alluded to in Backbeat's lead article ("Our Gangstas," page 71), gangsta-rap artists who sell albums in the millions have been unable to cash in at arenas across the country. The primary reason remains security fears. Promoters are afraid that giv...

    by Michael Roberts on November 21, 1996
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    Playlist

    Wesley Willis Feel the Power (American) If you're wondering where opportunity ends and exploitation begins, the answer is...here. Willis, for the handful of you who have not yet been subjected to him, is a Chicagoan with a potpourri of me...

    by Joshua Green on November 21, 1996
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    The Gods Must Be Crazy - How Jim Carrey turned Chris O'Connor into a Primitive Radio God.

    At this writing, Rocket, the debut album by Primitive Radio Gods, is no longer among the 200 best-selling albums in the United States according to Billboard magazine. Nor does the publication list the hit tune "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth W...

    by Susan Dunlap on November 21, 1996
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    Our Gangstas - Is gangsta rap getting more profound? Well...no.

    Gangsta rap isn't dying easily. The lion's share of critics have long since tired of its formulas, most major record companies (cowed by the Charlton Hestons of the world) are doing their best to distance themselves from lyricists deemed irresponsibl...

    by Michael Roberts on November 21, 1996
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    Free Beer

    "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 Bob and the Stampede--but as he blows the foam off a cold one at his home in Boulder's San Lazaro Trail...

    by Joshua Green on November 21, 1996
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    Playlist

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Now I Got Worry (Matador) R.L. Burnside A Ass Pocket of Whiskey (Matador) Mr. Spencer doesn't fit the mold of your run-of-the-mill sonic archivist. His music is derived from the blues, rockabilly ...

    by John Jesitus on November 14, 1996
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    Mood Swingers - The Czars make some of Denver's most beautiful noises.

    But for the quality of their music, the Czars, a band that's emerged as one of Denver's most hypnotic live acts, would not exist. And therein lies a tale. Founding Czars John Grant and Chris Pearson met at a local nightclub in the spring of 1994...

    by Amy Kiser on November 14, 1996
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    Women's Glib

    During performances of "Crazy Song," a variation on the Patsy Cline favorite, Boulder's Lisa Wagner displays an impressive voice--or maybe two. She delivers the ditty's familiar lines in a heartfelt croon but is continually interrupted by a demonic a...

    by John Jesitus on November 14, 1996
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    Feedback

    Pete Townshend, who recently came through town as part of the Who's latest reunion tour, is rock's most prominent sufferer of ear problems; years of exposure to loud noise has left him with tinnitus, a condition that causes a persistent ringing or ro...

    by Michael Roberts on November 14, 1996
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