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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 7, 1995

RECORDS
Continued from page 9
table voice ofmusicianextraordinaire
Louis Armstrong singing "Black and
Blue" (1929).
Other '20s - '50s Black artists
featured in "The Promised Land" in-
clude such late, great personalities as
Duke Ellington, the beautiful and tem-
peramental Billie Holiday, gospel
great Mahalia Jackson and saxo-
phonist Terence Blanchard.
The '60s and '70s was without a
doubt a time to remember for many
Black music lovers. "The Promised
Land" brings this nostalgia full force.
Booker T. & The MG's hit "Green
Onions" can be found here, as well as
Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues,"
Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in
the Street," the O'Jays' "Love Train"
and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes'
"Wake Up Everybody." Timeless
singers like Aretha Franklin, Earth,
Wind & Fire and Major Lance also
have cuts here.
Nineties singers can also be found
in full force. Dionne Farris, Tramaine
Hawkins (who took the baton from
the deceased Mahalia Jackson and
has done her legacy proud) and Asant6
(performing a rendition of Curtis
Mayfield's "People Get Ready") are
prime examples.
As this expansive trek from one
Black musical form to another winds to
aclose, it is only fitting that the final two
songs of the second CD showcase Black
musicians' newest crowning achieve-
ment: Rap. "Bring the Noise," per-
formed by the once well-respected and
socially conscious men of Public En-
emy, is the first of the two songs. The

Men's Glee Club spreads enjoyment

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By Emily Lambrt
Daily Arts Writer
You've seen its posters everywhere
and you may have even been lucky
enough to witness one of the group's
many "publicity sings" around cam-
pus. If you haven't yet been to a Men's
Glee Club concert though you've been
missing out. In the words of chorus
directorDr. JerryBlackstone, thisevent
has "something for everyone."
"That's a goal of mine," said
Blackstone, "to have something for
everyone. We need to have music
that's worthwhile and substantial. We
need to have music that's beautiful
and we need to have music that's
fun." Although the repertoire avail-
able for men's choruses is only a
fraction of that written for mixed-
gender choirs, Men's Glee Club
(MGC) concerts always include an
amazingly wide array of songs, and
its audiences "run the gamut." Com-
bine imaginative programming with
a healthy dose of talent and enthusi-
asm and you have an,audience-pleas-
ing, 135 year-old Michigan tradition.
The variety of music in Glee Club
concerts surprises those who expect
what the name may imply. Glees origi-
nated as lighthearted pieces of music
performed in rousing renditions in{
18th and 19th century pubs. The men
who got together to sing these tunes

were referred to as glee clubs, and the
term stuck.
Blackstone is in his seventh year
of directing the MGC, and its excite-
ment hasn't diminished one bit. "The
spirit of tradition has been in the glee
club for so long, there's a certain kind
of enthusiasm and hoopla that's just

aspects of the choir. Rehearsals arxl
general business meetings are held
twice a week, and an executive com-
mittee meets weekly to oversee pub-
licity, fund-raising, tour planning and
other activities. "There's a wonderful
spirit of cooperation," said
Blackstone. "Everyone is enthusias-
tically involved."
Lately, the singers have acted as
ambassadors, busily espousing th
university's choral tradition. The MGC
has given several concerts around the
state, and visited Massachusetts in early
March to perform at Smith College.
This Saturday at 8:00 p.m., the choir
will return to Hill Auditorium for its
135th Spring Concert. The diverse pro-
gram includes Schubert's composition
for male chorus and four horns, "When
I Fall in Love," which appeared in th-
film "Sleepless in Seattle," and an ap
pearance by the ever-popular Friars.
The choir will also sing a Western
Medley in preparation for its upcoming
tour of Colorado and Texas.
With vivacity and variety, the Michi-
gan Men's Glee Club has delighted
audiences for well over a century. This
strong choral establishmenthas retained
clear musical integrity and intention
which Blackstone summed up nicely
"The main objective is to sing great
music beautifully. The main purpose is
to join in song."

powerful new rapper, Nas, performing
"The World Is Yours," is the second.
Don Ienner, president of Colum-
bia Records, said, "I can not imagine
anyone not being moved by the voices
and images in 'The Promised Land'
and what it tells us about a generation's
struggles and aspirations." His words
sum this collection of 35 of the most
awe-inspiring examples of Black
musical prowess best. "The Promised
Land" delivers more than your wild-
est dreams could imagine. It is the
Garden of Eden among CDs today.
- Eugene Bowen

The Verve Pipe's taking the world by storm. This East Lansing-based
band, after two 1993 Detroit Music Awards, two best-selling
independent Albums - 1992's "I've Suffered a Head injury," and
1994's "Pop Smear" - and two songs on the AWARE II compilation
disc, the addition of guitarist A. J. Dunning and percussionist Doug
Corella, and countless days of touring, finally signed with RCA Records
this past winter. While the ink dries, this power pop quintet, sponsored
by Insider Magazine, is performing all over the U.S.. And guess what?
They're landing in Ann Arbor. Catch them at the Blind Pig on Saturday,
April 8 for two shows. Opening are the Imposters. Come one, come all
to the all ages show at 6 p.m., but only 19 and over welcome for the
9:30 p.m. set. Tickets available at the door. Call (313) 996-8555 for
more info. And get ready to celebrate.

Lida Husik
Joyride
Caroline
Not to be reductive or anything, but
imagine a cross between Liz Phair and
Lisa Germano, and the result is Lida
Husik. Often dreamlike and hypnotic,
and occasionally bouncy and loud,
Husik's "Joyride" is a very enjoyable
hybrid of dream-pop and no-nonsense
singer/songwriter musings that spin an
entrancing web over the listener. Husik
lures her audience with her silken voice,
lulls them with her quiet reveries and
then lets 'em have it with more strident
guitar blasts. Standouts include the title
track, "Glorious," "Star," "Persinthia
Lawdro & John" and "Sweet Laven-
der." The subtlety, variety and insight
that Lida Husik invests in her work
indicates that she will continue to be a
musical force to be reckoned with for a
long time. This album is a "Joyride"
worth taking many times.
- Heather Phares
Tree
Plant a Tree or Die
Cherry Disc
Unlike most alternative bands that
stand for nothing or wallow piggishly
in their own angst-filled crap pile,

part of that wonderful tradition," he
remarked. He feels that the enthusi-
asm, history and sense of community
in the club could not possibly be over-
emphasized. "I often say that the glee
club has three major points: musical
excellence, tradition and camarade-
rie. Probably in that order," he as-
serted.
Glee Club members are known
around campus for their ardor and
dedication to the group. Blackstone
selects and directs most of the music,
but the students manage most other

Tree come out and point fingers. Any
band that militantly demands "Plant a
Tree or Die" is not going to be singing
about not calling them daughter or
wondering what the frequency is,
Kenneth. Tree is hardcore the old
school way, aggressive and straight
to the point but with a little bit of early
Suicidal Tendencies melodicism
thrown in. In other words, Tree's got
roots, ha ha.
Nothing sappy here, plant lov-
ers. "Negative Hippie" viciously de-
stroys all the hippie hypocrisy of
the '60s and how it turned into the
'80s yuppie revolution. They branch
out with "Surf Aids," a catchy little
ditty about contracting AIDS at a
polluted beach. Unfortunately their
bark is worse than their bite on
"Johnny Bravo," a slightly petrified
view of bands that use image over
sound and is more akin to '80s hair
bands than today's rock scene.
Don't just leaf through this one; if
hardcore doesn't stump your love of
music, this is aggressive, fun and sort
of the flipside of conservative talk
radio; all finger-pointing and sarcas-
tic but environmentally sound.
I think I shall never see hardcore
as lovely as Tree.
(Feel free to burn this for heat.)
- Kirk Miller

Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, was founded to mark in a fitting
manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished
scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as
alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering
colleges.
We, the officers and faculty advisors of the Michigan Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi,
wish to congratulate the following people who have achieved our high standards and have
successfully completed the initiation rituals, thereby becoming active members of Tau
Beta Pi:

Montell Jordan
This Is How We Do It
PMP Records
Montell Jordan is already riding high
on the success of his first single, the hip-
hop song "This Is How We Do It,"
which features the beats of Slick Rick's
1988 "Bedtime Story." Now, with the
release of his full LP, the 15-cut "This Is
How We DoIt," Jordan hopes that other
songs on this freshman release will do
for him what his single did.
And quite possibly, they will.
The one strong positive Jordan has
going for him is his amazing versatility.
His voice can change in more ways than
a GoBot. In "Payback," Jordan sounds
just a smidgen like Mr. 12-Play him-
self, R-Kelly. And remember Keith
Sweat's "Honey Love?" Reminisce with
Jordan's "Don't Keep Me Waiting."
Jordan and his background singers defi-
nitely sing with a Guy vibe in "Down on
My Knees," and he also remakes the
Temptations' "Close the Door" which
gives us a single glimpse of his amaz-
ingly nice-sounding tenor voice.
Montell is obviously comfortable
with music experimentation because
his songs are as wide-ranging as his
voice. Even ballads (i.e. some of that
"Babyface-ish" begging) like "I'll Do
Anything" and blues ("Comm' Home)
settle comfortably in his repertoire.
Other must-hear cuts include the
rhythm-filled, voiceless "Midnight In-
terlude" which leads beautifully into
"I Wanna" and rapper Shaunta sound-
ing like a lightweight MC Lyte in
"Introducing Shaunta."
Although Jordan is an excellent
singer and the disc is a recommended
buy, I can't shake the feeling that this
CD does not fully tout Jordan's musi-
cal abilities. He has earned musical
credibility, but he must develop disci-
pline if he hopes to gain longevity.
- Eugene Bowen

Various Artists
Best of Techno Volume 5
Smile
Contrary to popular belief, techno
is not all cold and mechanical. In fact,
this CD has more variety than you car
shake a corndog at. Ranging from the
intense, pounding trance music to the
ethnic, jungle-sounding tribal beats,
"Fluid" has it all ... and then some.
One of rave music's most aestheti-
cally pleasing and commercially uncer-
tain contributions is the mix-tape ap-
proach to making albums. The results
are, at once, more thematically consis-
tent and musically varied than any aver
age disc limited by exclusivity. "Fluid'
uses this approach, combining funk ar-
rangements, house beats, disco energy,
pop urgency and hip-hop's respect for
the spoken word, and results in a con-
sciousness-expandingpunchlineas well
as inducing massive'booty movement.
On certain songs, like "Two Full
Moons and a Trout," the beats are
slower, the grooves more thoughtful
than propulsive, and the arrangements@
are as influenced by the tropical
rainforests as they are by reggae and
house music. Rave vocalists bring so-
prano voices that sound as though they
might be on helium. And, on the track,
"Are You Ready to Flow?" it is clear
that while the hooks are many, even the
rhythms themselves catch fire.
Combining the trance of the dance
and the bounce of the beat, "Fluid"*
doesn't stay in one place long enough to
lock into one groove. It brings you up
and drops you down - a manic depres-
sive trip through a raver's psyche. A
blend of electronic pulses and some-
times sobthing delivery, "Fluid" is an
aural message you can boogie down to.
- Lise Harwin

Stacey Adams
Ajay Amlani
Gregory Apotsos
Brett Birchmeier
Michael Brewer
Jeff Brown
Ellyne Buckingham
Mark Burggraaf
Quintin Burns
Robert Chappell
Theodore Chen
Ho Man Chiu
Lee Claycomb
Colin Cooke
Alan D'Agostini
Megan Davidson
Laura Diepenhorst
Stephanie Duprey
Michael Eaton

David Edington
David Fiske
Michele Fliss
Gustavo Freitag
David Gray
Bryan Griffith
Koralie Hill
Rob Johannesson
Anthony King
Wee-Lih Koh
Sean Kolassa
Kenneth Kozloff
James Lettieri
Edward Li
Robert Liu
Christopher Loke
Kathleen Lott
Adam Malachowski
Shane Malone

Edgar Manalo
Brent Maranzano
Valerie Martin
Matthew Mathias
Brett Meyer
Sarah Middleton
Szu Hui Ng
Meghan O'Keefe
Joshua Pagel
Jennifer Peters
Tracey Primeau
Natasha Pukhlik
Adam Rasbach
Mark Ratajczak
Matthew Rechtien
Jeremy Redenius
Christopher Rumer
Gary Schwartzbard
Ibrahim Sendijarevic

Neil Shah
Robert Soto
Kevin Storch
Bryan Toth
Naresh Vyas
Samuel Woo

Trade in your milk crates

The stuff that Broadway
dreams are made of

You've suffered
through milk crate
furniture.
You've survived
macaroni and cheese.
Soon, however,
it will be time
to come home.
But "home" does
not have to be back
to Mom and Dad
(and their rules).

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Montell Jordan has a voice of gold;

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