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As is Daily Arts tradition, our fial
Weekend, etc. issue is dedicated to the
"Best of Ann Arbor." Our staff, in con-
junction with news, sports and photog-
raphy, puts together this issue using our
own picks and the winners of theBestof
Ann Arbor poll, chosen by our readers.
From food to films, dance to drama
and University picks, we carefully con-
structed these categories to reflect the
interests of the studentbody. (We stuffed
the ballot boxes and slanted every cat-
egory to suit our own political aims.)
But seriously, since this is our last
Weekend, etc. issue of the year, we
would like to take this space to recog-
nize the contributions of our staff:
- Thank you Jessie and Aaron for
giving us the opportunity and the guid-
ance along the way to put out this sec-
tion week by week. And thank you for
your immeasurable amountof patience.
- Thanks to our featured colum-
nists: Geoff, Michelle, Michael John
and Aaron for your insightful and pro-
voking words that kept us on our toes.
- Thank you to all the many won-
derful people who contributed articles,
especially those of you who dashed off
stories in a pinch when we needed them.
- I'd personally like to thank you,
Scott. The support you gave me in the
music staff could never be equaled by
another person. Our conversations in
this building will mean more tome than
I could ever possibly express to you.
You're gonna go places my man. Just
keep me in mind when you get there.
Your friend, Nima.
- Finally, a heartfelt thank you to
you, our readers. Ultimately, without
your support and criticism we would
not exist. Have a wonderful summer
and look out for us again in the fall.
-Nima and Melissa
The Lollapalooza-Generation X-Al-
ternative Nation is at a critical impasse
these days. While we glower with pride
at our freshly-vindicated musical tastes
(musicindustry suits scratch theirheads
and remark, "Hey! These crazy tax
write-off bands like the Red Hot Chili
Peppers and Soundgarden are outsell-
ing Mariah Carey. What's going on
here?"), we've lost that one essential
component: Originality. Creativity.
something new. Satisfied with segre-
gated video shows and packaged tours,
'altemateens' have been lulled to com-
placency. When Perry Farrel bellowed
'These are our days to live. Make 'em
count, motherfuckers!" at theendof the
first Lollapalooza tour, he laid down a
gauntlet not many have felt moved to
pick up. Jane's Addiction, love them or
hate them, was about pushing theenve-
lope, taking risks, daring to fall flat on
their faces in the nameofcreating some-
Even some of this past year's finest
musical moments have been a retelling
of old stories. Suede = T.Rex + Bowie
+ the Smiths. Dinosaur Jr.= Neil Young
+ Neil Young. Lenny Kravitz = the best
of 1967-1975 + a boatload of talent.
The Black Crowes = the Stones + The
Small Faces. As much as we love the
records these artists released last year,
we do long for something that you put
on and say, "What thehell was THAT?"
But as Bill Nelson once said, "An-
other day, another ray of hope." Thanks
to bands such as Basehead, American
Music Club and Digable Planets,
stretching boundaries and taking pop
music to new dimensions isn't a thing
of the past. Maybe Perry Farrell can do
itagain with Porno For Pyros, maybe he
can't. Either way, someone will (hope-
fully) continue in his tradition. Regard-
less of who's the catalyst, let's keep our
fingers crossed ...
Pop record of the year: (tie)
"Where You Been" (Dinosaur Jr.)
"Mercury" (American Music Club)
J Mascis turns up his Marshall and
fires out one gut-wrenching, heartbro-
ken slab of sonic beauty that outshined
them all. All except the brilliant second
major label effort by the American
Music Club. Describing this one isn't
easy; Lush, dense landscapes of shat-
tered hopes and keen vignettes of the
underside of life. Steely Dan meets
Prefab Sprout in Daniel Lanois day-
dream, perhaps? Just listen for your-
self. You'll be glad you did.
Hip -Hop record of the year: (tie)
"Sleeping With The Enemy" (Paris),
"Reachin'(ATrue Refutationof Time
and Space)" (Digable Planets)
Paris is still as hard-hitting and mili-
tant as ever, but on "Sleeping ...,"He's
focused that anger into the mostconcise
and direct agenda for young Black
America this year. Digable Planets'
amazing debut highlighted the con-
tinuum ofAfrican music, from Miles to
Hendrix to Run DMC. Set to a
soundtrack of classic jazz and subver-
sive beats, "Reachin'.. ." proves that
the D.P.'s be to rap what key be to lock.
Best record you haven't heard
The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Best of Ann Art
yet: "MackAvenue Skull Game" (Big
Doing some recording in Detroit's
illustrious White Room Studios, we got
a chance to preview the just-completed
Big Chief record. Not to shamelessly,
gush, but holy shit. If this god-like, full-
tilt concept soundtrack to the movie yet
to be made (Harvey Keitel as the pimp,
Judy Davis as the prostitute - wait!
we're giving itall away!) doesn'tmake
them bigger than Alice In Chains, we'll
be damned. Heavier than anyone you
can think of, these cats can groove like
Funkadelic live on the Cass Corridor.
Not for public consumption until Sep-
tember, "Mack Ave ..." will make you
forget Seattle andrealize where the real
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