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    Cool Jerk - Getting on a new track with Railroad Jerk.

    A few years ago the members of New York City's Railroad Jerk found themselves at Niagara Falls, milling among families of fat Midwesterners, honeymooners and suicidal loners. "It was a nice day, and we were on tour and had a day off there," elaborate...

    by Amy Kiser on November 7, 1996
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    For several years, John Chamie has been one of the leading personages in the Denver-Boulder dance-music universe. But lately he's broadened his scope. Now he wants to bring the sounds he loves to the rest of the world--and the quality of the early re...

    by Michael Roberts on November 7, 1996
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Professor - Take a lesson from the genius of Nineties dub.

    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 instrumental outgrowth of reggae that's known for its studio effects, he makes music that's thoroughly, w...

    by Joshua Green on October 31, 1996
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    The Bucks Stop Here

    Let's get this out of the way right at the top: The father of Evan, Paige and Preston O'Meara, who constitute three-fifths of Denver's 8-Bucks Experiment, owns Northglenn-based O'Meara Ford Center and O'Meara Isuzu, two of the metro area's largest an...

    by John Jesitus on October 31, 1996
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    Heads Down - The Heads' Jerry Harrison on the controversial decision to carry on without David Byrne.

    It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Chances for the resurrection of Talking Heads, a justly revered band that has been dormant since the release of the 1988 long-player Naked, looked slim: While Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, the married...

    by Michael Roberts on October 31, 1996
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    Bragging Rights - Fatherhood has given Billy Bragg a new reason to make music.

    "Thatcher's gone," notes singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. "Reagan's gone. Some people have wondered if that's why I disappeared off as well." Indeed, Bragg, an England-based performer as well-known for his left-wing views as for his tunes, has main...

    by Susan Dunlap on October 31, 1996
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    In talking about Rock Island, the LoDo club he owns, David Clamage offers kudos to a such a long list of past and present employees and associates that he sounds like Sally Field on Oscar night. But his excitement is understandable. After all, on Thu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 31, 1996
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    Another Descent - The Descendents live to punk again.

    "We're all about nerd lib," declares Karl Alvarez, bassist for the recently reunited punk act the Descendents. "Be proud of your nerd." "We are the champions of the nerds--no doubt about it," concurs Milo Aukerman, Descendents frontman and star o...

    by James Mayo on October 31, 1996
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    Lab Rats - Laetitia Sadier on Stereolab's experiments in sound.

    "When people are told about Stereolab," says the band's lead singer, French-born Laetitia Sadier, "I've heard that they often imagine a dance act. But when they come to our shows--well, they get some songs that can be danced to and some songs that ar...

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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    Before the Bruce Springsteen show at the Paramount on October 16, I caught a few minutes of the second and (blessedly) final presidential "debate," broadcast live to the nation from San Diego. What I saw of the event wasn't exactly scintillating: Bil...

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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    Over the Moon - A new breed of country fan is taking a shine to Moonshine Willy.

    A while back, Kim Docter, the frontwoman behind the psycho-country combo Moonshine Willy, was afraid she was running out of songwriting ideas. Rather than wait idly for her muse to return, however, she attempted to summon her back on a regular basis....

    by Michael Roberts on October 24, 1996
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    The Circus Is in Town

    "In Japan, we saw Kip Winger," maintains Trelvis, bassist for the Denver punk band Pinhead Circus. "He was playing next door to us. I kicked his ass again." Don't worry, Winger fans--if there are any of you still out there, that is. According to...

    by James Mayo on October 24, 1996
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    Carman Righteous Invasion of Truth (Sparrow) The rub with so much of today's contemporary Christian music isn't its focus on God with a capital G. Good songs can be written about anything--Teen Spirit, girls named "Lump," whatever. No, th...

    by John Jesitus on October 24, 1996
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    The company releasing Positive, the latest album by Lord of Word and the Disciples of Bass, is Boulder's Rabid Records; at least that's what it says on the CD's packaging, which you'll soon be able to read for yourself. (A release bash honoring the n...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    The Odd Couple - A new boxed set paints Miles Davis and Gil Evans in black and white.

    The collaborations between trumpeter Miles Davis, among the most restless (and brilliant) major figures in the history of jazz, and Gil Evans, a composer/arranger who was equally attracted to innovation and traditionalism, have spawned plenty of argu...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    How the West Was Ween - Gene and Dean Ween take on country music and live to tell the tale.

    In 1994 Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known to the world at large as Gene and Dean Ween, issued Chocolate and Cheese, an Elektra Records release that won critical praise, significant radio airplay (for the groovy cut "Voodoo Lady") and ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 17, 1996
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    Flat City

    Many of the performers whom Flat Duo Jets singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber numbers among his heroes were either long in the tooth or dead by the time of his 1966 birth. So it's fairly strange to hear him commenting on something he seldom watches: MTV...

    by Marty Jones on October 17, 1996
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    The Madness Is Spreading

    Ask Denver's Day Butler to describe hip-hop and you won't get a definition; you'll get a mini-course in sociology. "A lot of people say hip-hop is a way of life. But as far as I'm concerned, hip-hop is life," says Butler, the creator, producer, ...

    by Linda Gruno on October 17, 1996
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    Nirvana From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (DGC) In this disc's liner notes, bassist Krist Novoselic writes, "Let all the analysis fall away like yellow, aged newsprint. Crank this record up and realize the bliss, power...and passion...T...

    by Brad Jones on October 17, 1996
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    Seeing Red - Red House Painter Mark Kozelek wants you to know that he isn't suicidal.

    Midway through a telephone interview, Mark Kozelek, the artisan behind Red House Painters, says, "If I haven't been articulate, maybe you could edit me a little. I sound like a retard when I blab. So try to make me sound like I know what I'm talking ...

    by Michael Roberts on October 10, 1996
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