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Jazz Hands

January 31, 2007
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Jazz Hands

The swinging corporate overlords of the Paetec Corporation. | Image by www.paetec.com This morning Noise went to City Hall. Not one of our usual haunts–we only break out the suit when someone dies or, worse, gets married–so it was nice to do a little reporting from a place that wasn’t a band’s practice space/flophouse....
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Whamtastic

January 30, 2007
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Whamtastic

| Image by Frank Hamilton So this past Friday night, Noise braved the cold and our own fears about aging to head to Sonar’s Taxlo party for the second or third or 15th installment of local sugar-shocked art/music/weird kids collective Wham City turning the club stage into its own satellite loft party. With candles...
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897 Songs and “Vengabus” Probably Nowhere Among Them

January 26, 2007
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So WTMD, 89.7 FM, has announced its “most ambitious countdown ever”: the 897 “greatest” songs of all time, chosen by you, loyal WTMD listeners and people who presumably own more than 10 records. While we’re normally suspicious of any kind of consensus “best of” lists–banality of organized democracy and all–especially one that stands a...
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You Know They Had Soul

January 25, 2007
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The Scottie B haul at the True Vine reminded us of this great site, the kind of specialized, obsessive cataloging that’s exactly why Al Gore blessed our lives with internet, the sort of deep crates research that a decade ago would have been confined to a photocopied zine that approximately 35 people got a...
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Club Music Legend Dumps Entire Record Library

January 22, 2007
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And City Paper music editor basically forfeits his paycheck for the next six months. A little birdie–OK, an e-mail from True Vine Records co-proprietor and erstwhile CP contributor Ian Nagoski–has informed us that a certain legendary figure in the local DJ community and club music industry has unloaded his entire collection of vintage (think...
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The Love Child of Electric Light Orchestra, Too $hort, the Aphex Twin, and Don Cherry

January 16, 2007
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If nuclear warheads were minutes away from turning the Cheesecake Factory and Best Buy to cinders and we had time to save only one local musician for City Paper‘s fallout shelter–canned vegetables and AA batteries don’t come cheap, you know–it’d probably be Blaq Starr. No offense to anyone else, of course: We’re just big...
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YouTube: A Reason to Go On Living

January 3, 2007
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In this year’s Best of Baltimore issue we hipped you to the trend for young Baltimoreans equipped with just a digital-video camera and a stereo posting clips of themselves busting moves to B-more club music on YouTube. All it took to uncover this world–complete with Eastside/Westside dance crew beef and plenty of indecipherable netspeak...
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