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The Michigan Daily
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Friday, November 4, 1988

BY ELIZABETH ESCH
"Rosewoman has jazz his
tips..."
"Rosewoman has an excite
which affects her colleagues a
" a moving, roving, sure
hand ..."
"Perhaps the most refre
burst into the scene in a long
In spite of the praise she
critics worldwide and the pop
inered in Europe and New Y
woman has yet to attract th
serves outside of the tradit'
Tonight, her Ann Arbor de
Ark. And a happening it will
Rosewoman combines el
ing much of the rich history

unknown
toire includes traditional jazz, Latin fo
music, and funked-up rhythms. Togethe
work to challenge her listeners, without a
story at her finger- ing them. The result is a gratifying and w
ful experience.
,ment about playing On her most recent album, Quintess
nd listeners alike." Rosewoman drives strong young playersC
e left hand, a soul a set of original, percussive composition
unique relationship to rhythm sets the g
shing musician to work for an album which explores a va
time... " jazz styles
has received from
)ularity she has gar- "Rhythm is the basis for most everyti
ork, Michele Rose- always feel three or four at one time, and
ie attention she de- move freely between them." This stateme
onal jazz capitals. Rosewoman is clearly visible in her music
:but happens at the her live performances.
be. pRosewoman's leadership style relies
be. ability to inspire, rather than dominate her
rments encompass- musicians. The energy and soul of the
of jazz. Her reper- stem from her, though she encourages he

quantity
lkloric cats to develop it.
r these Rosewoman has fronted a variety of creative
alienat- ensembles. She has lent her rhythmic technique
vonder- to her trio, quartet, quintet (cleverly named
Quintessence) as well as to her visionary "world
music" with New Yoruba, and her performances
hrough with Celia Cruz and Billy Bang. She has been
s. Her presented with numerous accolades including
ground- recognition in the Down Beat critics poll and
riety of awards from the National Endowment for the
Arts. She has even been commissioned to com-
pose for the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
hing... I
i I must Be assured that tonight's performances will
nt from not require the formal attire of Philharmonics.
and in There's no dress code at the Ark, but come ready
to groove. _ __
on her Eclipse Jazz presents MICHELE ROSEWOMAN
r fellow and her trio tonight only, at the Ark. Showtimes
music 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $9.50 and will be
er side- available at the door.

This 1984 album established the 'source' of what should be
Michelle Rosewoman's much-deserved popularity.

Discover Clinton's

'fumer'

BY D. MARA LOWENSTEIN
SHE survived a Catholic education
(what she terms "Our Lady of
Psychological Warfare") and teaching
high school students. Now she's
coming to Ann Arbor to amuse the
liberal-minded. Her name is Kate
Clinton and she's fast becoming one
of the most successful feminist;
comic players on the circuit.
Labeling herself a "fumerist"
(feminist humorist), Kate Clinton
has been called "Mark Russell on
Estrogen". She is a woman who ob-
serves the filth and ridiculousness
around her, swallows it with a grain
of politically correct salt and
regurgitates taboo-crushing humor.
Refusing to join in the "old boys
club" attitude that pervades the com-
edy circuit, Clinton has set out on
her own to cater to a "specialized"
audience. Performing at such gather-
ings as the March On Washington
for gay male and lesbian rights,
Clinton boasts a following that
most comic players would "die" for.
A self-proclaimed lesbian-femi-
nist stand-up comedian, Clinton
touches on subjects such as abor-
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tion, Catholic education,
menopause, and her own "irreverent"
attitude. Her jokes and one-liners of-
ten border on bawdy: "I think Toot-
sie would have been a completely
different movie if, just once, Dustin
Hoffman could have felt what it's
like to sneeze and blow your tampon
out about a quarter of an inch."
A "reformed" Catholic and ex-
high school English teacher, Clinton

has created her own label, Whyscrack
Records, on which she has recorded
three albums: Making Light, Mak-
ing Waves, and Live at the Great
American Music Hall.
KATE CLINTON will be
"whyscracking" Sunday night at the
Ark at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are
$10.50.
Award
Winning
Burgers
KRAZY JIM'S
BLIMPY BURGER
HAS GOOD NEWS

Sonic Youth will make

you a Daydream

BY BRIAN BERGER
e
Jn case you've been living in a cave
for the last six or seven years, here's
the scoop: Sonic Youth are perhaps
the coolest and most happening punk
rock group today. Although psuedo
$ipsters have tagged SY as decadent,
#cid-crazed noise mongers, SY really
are just a startingly original band
that's confounded the ignoramuses by
consistently doing their thang their
Way.
Sonic Youth are: Kim Gordon
(bass and vocals), Thurston Moore
(guitar and vocals), Lee Ranaldo
(guitar and vocals), and Steve Shelley
(drums/ percussion). Also joining
SY for the Daydream Nation tour are
Suzanne (lights, t-shirts, enigmatic
personality) and Terry (sound,
Texan). When "on," Sonic Youth are
white hot flailing prophets of rage
and I think that you'd have to be a
simp and a stoop not to go see 'em
live.
Thanks to Pat Naylor at Blast First, I
got the chance to interview one of
my childhood heroes, Thurston. (19
is still childhood, right?) We talked
for about an hour and, needless to
day, 'twas cool, at least for me. I was
really real nervous, but Thurston was
way hap about it. My vocal tics are
"like" and "yeah." Thurston's are "I
mean" and "like."
(Topic: The SY/Pier Platters

connection)
T: They're pretty good friends of
ours. I mean, Suzanne works there...
our lightwoman -
D: uh, huh
T: - and she's like -
D: Does she have like red -
T: Yeah, she's -
D: Like red hair -
T: Yeah, she's a redhead -
D: Yeah.
(As you can see, we're not going to
get too far without a bit of editing.
So, the rest of this is mostly
Thurston's comments run together.)
T: I mean, you should write about
her a lot. Everybody wants to know
more about her than us anyway so
it's -
D: Yeah, Kim was saying in her tour
diary (in the Village Voice) -
T: Yeah, she was like... Suzanne's
playing tonight, you know -
D: (reading Kim's diary) "Will only
eat the middle of various foods."
T: Yeah, they should put... you
should call up St. Anthony's (sic)
Hall, and if they take an ad, it should
say like "Sonic Youth Featuring
Suzanne."
(topic: the long rumored SY
version of the Beatles' "White
Album")
T: No we never planned to do the
"White." I mean, we said we were
gonna do the "White Album" once
and everybody just sorta like got on
our case... "Is it ready?" "Are you
doing it?"... We didn't mean that we
were actually going to go and spend

believer
$30,000 to... We sorta thought that
we could do it, but then Pussy Ga-
lore did Exile on Main Street and
and took all the weight off our
shoulders. Which was great. So we
decided just to do the Ciccone Youth
album and call it the "Whitey Al-
bum," just to fuck with people.
D: Is it Master=Dik kind of stuff?
T: No, not at all... it sounds like an
early Can record. It has a lot to do
with early '70s German progessive
rock.
See Youth, Page 8

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