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road to a
It’s nice to see that even the most
jaded critic can be wrong now and
In the aftermath of its incredible
debut album, “Puzzle,” it seemed
dada was going to be in a sopho
more slump forever.
The first release by the
California trio was simply dazzling.
“Puzzle” took listeners’ ears by
force, snagging attention with
catchy melodies, playful lyrics,
masterful vocal harmonies (an
unheard of for a rock band in 1992)
and an alluring power-pop texture.
While neither of the two albums
that followed, “American Highway
Flower” and “El Subliminoso” were
bad, neither held together with as
much consistency as “Puzzle.”
Critics were beginning to think
that dada was destined to become a
singles band, with each album being
half tune-heavy and half filler
With its self-titled fourth album,
dada provides more than enough
ammunition to dispel all concerns.
An incredible retum-to-force,
“Dada” asks no quarter and gives no
mercy. Dada has reappeared on the
American pop scene with a relent
less barrage of crystalline power
pop and solid west coast rock that
re-anchors its place as a self-pro
pelled musical machine.
There isn’t a single bad song on
the album, and after two or three lis
tenings, at least five or six choruses
have firmly imbedded themselves
in the listener’s mind.
It’s one of those albums - where
singing along isn’t just encouraged,
it’s practically mandatory.
From the dual-tempo “Beautiful
Turnback Time Machine” to the
achingly beautiful “Goodbye,”
whatever creative*energies dada
lacked in their past two albums,
they’ve rediscovered in spades.
Songs hold together with solid
rhythm laid down by drummer Phil
Leavitt, and guitarist Michael
Gurley and bassist Joie Calio add
more dimensions to the band’s
What has always set dada apart
from other bands is its incredible
ability to harmonize. Here all three
guys sing together flawlessly on
track after track. The vocals rise and
fall, giving depth to fiendishly play
Just as important are the instru
mental achievements, and dada
doesn’t slouch on this front either.
“Dada” is a mixed bag of emo
tions. A couple of the songs are
almost completely acoustic, such as
“Goodbye,” “Outside” and “Agent’s
Got No Secret.” Others dance on the
edge of surf-rock, most notably
“California Gold,” which slyly spins
a sample of “Low Rider” sliced into
the track. “Spinning My Wheels”
gets backing from a string section
arranged by Paul Campbell (who is
better known as the father of Beck).
On top of all of this, “Dada”
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By Cuff Hicks
I.R.S. Records’ financial collapse had
to feel like a bad omen, but power-pop trio
dada trudged on, landed a new label and
has returned with a guitar-hook
“We had a difficult time on I.R.S.,”
drummer Phil Leavitt said during a phone
interview Thursday, “and we were in
limbo for about six months (after the label
went out of business), but we all really
believed in what we’re doing together. We
moved and we got through that period. I’m
proud of that.”
Touring in support of its fourth album
- the self-titled debut on MCA Records -
dada plays the Royal Grove, 340
Comhusker Highway, tonight.
Dada formed in 1990, after guitarist
Michael Gurley and bassist Joie Calio left
their former band, Lewis & Clark. The two
recruited Leavitt to take care of percus
sion and together began spinning catchy
pop songs with quirky, asinine and, occa
sionally, thoughtful lyrics.
At the time, Gurley was working as a
part-time car salesman and had the luck to
sell a new sports car to I.R.S. Records
founder Miles Copeland. Like any ambi
tious musician would, he slipped one of
his demo tapes into the stereo and set it on.
Copeland drove off listening to the
tape and then drove back to sign Gurley
the next day.
“Mike and Joie have known each other
for a long time,” Leavitt said. “They want
ed to focus on their harmonies, so that led
to them playing as a duo in coffee houses,
and ultimately they wanted to expand it.
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POP TRIO DADA comes to Lincoln’* Royal Grave this evening to
support its newest release to date. Its self-titled MCA debut
uses the engineering and producing talents of Danny
Art focuses on Latino culture
By Sarah Baker
Senior staff writer
An often underrepresented segment of
American history takes center stage at the
Sheldon Art Gallery this week.
“The Latino Spirit: Hispanic Icons and
Images” opens at the Sheldon Memorial Art
The show encompasses the works of
more than 30 Hispanic artists and focuses
on their singular ethnic culture.
George Neubert, director of the Sheldon,
said this exhibit is unique for the gallery.
“We don’t usually bring in shows that
only focus in on a certain culture,” Neubert
said. “This show explores the strong, rich
traditions and culture that Hispanic artists
have made to American art.”
The show includes works that employ a
medley of different media: photography,
prints, paintings and sculpture. All the
works are part of the Sheldon’s permanent
collection, Neubert said, but about one-third
of the collection has never been displayed.
A good portion of the artists are intema
tionally known - Diego Rivera, Jose
Clement Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros -
but the rest are from a younger, more
obscure generation of Hispanic artists.
Neubert believes the exhibition’s appeal
will be considerable because of the variety
of both medium and artists.
“The group has a younger, lesser-known
portion to it, but not lesser in importance,”
he said. “It’s really a diverse representa
He added that the show is identifiably
centered around Latino, Chicano and
The opening of the show coincides with
National Hispanic Heritage Month, which
runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Folklore, mythology and Catholicism
This show explores the
strong, rich traditions
and culture that Hispanic
artists have made to
are central to many of the works in the show,
as well as images of the Southwest and
depictions of everyday rituals.
The exhibition was coordinated with
help from the El Museo Latino in Omaha.
The director of El Museo Latino,
Magdalena Garcia, will give a presentation
focusing on the exhibit as part of the
Sheldon’s “Wednesday Walks” series on
An expanded version of the exhibit will
be presented at El Museo Latino in February
Neubert hopes students will take the
time to come and see the show.
“We want to let people know that the
Sheldon has a broad focus of American art,”
he said. “This culture is a part of our history
and this show gives us European-Americans
the chance to become educated.”
“The Latino Spirit: Hispanic Icons and
Images” opens tomorrow at the Sheldon
Memorial Art Gallery, 12* and R Streets, on
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City
Admission to the gallery is free.
For more information or to arrange a
tour, call the Sheldon at (402)472-2461.
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MORE THAN 30 HISPANIC ARTISTS are represented hi the
Sheldon exhibit “The Latino Spirit: Hispanic Icons and
Images.” The exhibition employs a variety of media and
will travel to Omaha’s El Museo Latino next year.
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