Music News Of The World
- November 13, 1996 -

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Pumpkins Ex-Drummer Surfaces In Super Group
U2 Song Excerpt Appears Briefly On The Net
ATN Album Review: Medeski, Martin and Wood's Shack-Man
Nice Muggs
Don't Waste Good Money On Bad Movies
Joe Queer Thinks Oasis Is Lame
Buffalo Daughter Do Tokyo
Say It's Your Birthday


Pumpkins Ex-Drummer Surfaces In Super Group

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Back in action: Jimmy Chamberlin.



Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Breeder's member Kelly Deal says The Last Hard Men, a supergroup consisting of Deal, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, the Frogs' Jimmy Flemion and ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, are in fact more than just a weird rock and roll rumor.

"If you've read any of my interviews lately, I talk about Sebastian a lot," Deal told Addicted To Noise, adding that she's not sure herself why that is. That's all well and good, but just how did this motley crew end up in the same recording studio?

"I saw this article in Spin magazine about hair bands and I was really bothered by it," said Deal. "I mean, here they were making fun of these bands, but what were the interviewers wearing? Grunge flannel? Baggy pants? I was bothered that Spin made fun of style because everything is style and it was done in a really mean way. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge metal fan either. I mean I like Sabbath, but glam metal was so pussy. It just didn't seem fair."

So, basically incensed, Deal, who'd always heard Bach had a great voice and was the realest of the hair band squealers (her words, not ours), called up...

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U2 Song Excerpt Appears Briefly On The Net

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At work in this studio.



Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: U2 picked up an award from Q magazine last weekend, the Q Inspiration Award (Oasis took home the Best Act in the World Today Award) and all four members left the studio long enough to attend the festivities, although we assume they wisely chose to keep their distance from Hurricane Liam (the Oasis singer), who allegedly started his weekend bender at the Q Awards by wrestling with a journalist.

But getting back to new music from the studio rats, fans of U2 appear to know no bounds in trying to get a sneak peak at the new songs. It seems some clever (or stupid, you decide) webhead managed to get a snippet of an unfinished version of the likely single "Discotheque" smuggled out of the tightly-guarded studio and onto the net a few weeks ago...

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ATN Album Review: Medeski, Martin and Wood's Shack-Man

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By Seth Mnookin

Jazz-funk trio Medeski Martin and Wood, by virtue of opening for bands such as Phish, whose fan-base will grab onto anything that even hints of an association with the band, have attracted far more attention than 99% of aspiring jazz trios. It's an unfortunate fact for the scores of great jazz combos working today that don't get nearly enough attention as they deserve; on the other hand, MM&W; deserves every ounce of attention they get. Shack Man, replete with gloriously funked-up grooves and endlessly playful musical interplay, conjures up a veritable who's who of jazz-funk influences: New Orleans funk-masters The Meters, jazz-organists Jimmy Smith and "Big John" Patton, Miles Davis's fusion years, the avant-freedom of Sun Ra's Arkestra, the groove-rock of Booker T. and the M.G.s. But make no mistake about it--Medeski Martin and Wood are a totally unique outfit, muscular, mysterious, and above all, flat-out fun...

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Nice Muggs

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Muggs and the other Cypress Hill guys.



Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: The line-up for the DJ Muggs solo album, Soul Assassins (due February 25), as they say, just keeps getting phatter and phatter. The album, the first solo effort from the Cypress Hill DJ, is slated to contain cameos from MC Eiht, the Wu Tang Clan's RZA and GZA, LA the Darkman, Call O' Da Wild, Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep, Goodie Mobb, KRS-One, and, since it seems a rap album just isn't complete these days unless a member of the Fugees is on it, Wyclef.



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Don't Waste Good Money On Bad Movies

Instead, use Cinemachine, the movie review search engine. Addicted To Noise is proud to announce our latest addition, which you will find at :

www.cinemachine.com

Simple, easy and effective. Just type in the name of a movie and, instantly, you'll get a list of relevant reviews in publications ranging from the New York Times to Addicted To Noise.

Hey, don't take our word for it. Check it out.

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Joe Queer Thinks Oasis Is Lame

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Joe Queer says: "I believe in myself."



Addicted To Noise Washington correspondent Chris Nelson reports: Joe Queer, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for New Hampshire based punks the Queers, says he's confounded by critics who insist that artists pursue a deeper meaning with their work. "Do [critics] go ask Oasis if they sing about serious subjects? Champagne Supernova in the fucking sky? Like that's this big fucking message to save the world."

What truly incenses Joe Queer, however, is the glut of bands that he believes make music to satisfy careerist aspirations rather than to have fun. "I think a lot of these bands saw the success of Rancid and Green Day and said, 'I can do that stuff too,' " says Queer. "All of a sudden, rock 'n' roll is like a fucking career move. These assholes in Oasis and Blur, they look like they should be in clothing ads. They don't have anything to fucking say." Adds Queer quickly, "I'm not saying I do."

Such sentiments conceal the fact that Queer is actually a nice, personable guy. Honest. Listen to his rants long enough, and you'll hear some humility creep in. "That's the thing," he says about his punk persona. "We don't have to go out and knock over old ladies in the street and steal their handbags to be punk, quote unquote. We're not phonies on-stage. I see some of these bands, and they hop around and they've really got the act....To me it's phony, it's affected. We're just four idiots...

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Buffalo Daughter Do Tokyo

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Buffalo Daughter's Sugar Yoshinaga performing at Milk in Tokyo this past Saturday.



Addicted To Noise Tokyo correspondent Brian Kushnir reports: Buffalo Daughter, the three year old Japanese band who combine the ace turntable work of Moog Yamamoto with melodic vocal harmonies of Sugar Yoshinaga on guitar and Yumiko Ono on bass and electronics, are getting set to head to the U.S. again this week, in support of their first full length Grand Royal release, Captain Vapour Athletes, opening for label mates Luscious Jackson.

When they are in their groove, Buffalo Daughter can put on quite an incredible show (see the ATN review of their September show in Chicago for evidence of this), anchored by the inspired and original performance of Moog Yamamoto, who shakes his hips and lets his long hair fly in front of his face as he spins in to the mix a collage of random sound references that somehow make perfect sense, from German spoken word to guitar feedback to straight ahead bossa nova, he smiles broadly when he knows he has done something cool, which is quite often. Yamamoto is the first dj I have seen who doesn't perform with the cold precision of a nerves-of-steel heart surgeon--he makes slow, passionate love to his turntables, and seems to have a license to take risks while improvising freely over the music (catchy pop that pulses along to analog keyboards and bass sequencers, over which Sugar Yoshinaga lays down emotional and soulful playing on her Stratocaster)...

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Say It's Your Birthday

Every so often we're stumped. Nobody seems to have been born who even remotely intersects the music world. So what do we do? Honor someone who checked out on this day, naturally. On this day in 1973, ATN is sad to report that Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr. the son of the self-styled "Killer" died in a car accident at the tender age of 19. He was a drummer in his father's band, and was the second of Lewis' children to die in an accident. Have a nice day.

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