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Wednesday, February 17, 1999

Psychedelic babble

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The members of Elephant 6 band Olivia Tremor Control provide a long-winded, largely abstract explanation for the chaotic interludes dotting their second album. Well-meaning musical experimentation though these "animations" and "combinations" may be, they diminish what is otherwise the most assured and engaging album of psychedelic pop-rock to surface since...

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Exorcise the Demons

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

On its full-length follow-up to last year’s Controlled Developments EP, Photek-protégé-outfit Source Direct proves itself to be the UK drum ’n’ bass scene’s darkest star. Tracks such as "Mind Weaver" exaggerate hardstep and techstep jungle’s mix of menace and kineticism with slasher film eeriness, grinding black chrome basslines and an...

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Power and desolation

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

"Trauerfarbenes Land" translates as "Country the color of mourning." As evidenced by this record, the mournfully dramatic influence of Gustav Mahler goes east, straight through Shostakovich to Georgian composer-in-exile Kancheli. During Shostakovich’s excruciating tenure as one of Stalin’s star whipping boys, his symphonies, string quartets, etc., expressed a vast, poetic...

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Taking the bull by the strings

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

OK all you open-minded guitar freaks with a penchant for acoustic eclecticism and obscure innovations, here’s a chance to make up for lost time. Culled from three albums recorded during the early ’60s – with one cut from the early ’70s – Re-Inventions is a marvelous exhibition of the artistry...

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A man and his balloon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Sam Prekop’s vacation from The Sea and Cake is a departure of the neighborly kind. He’s still the late-blooming guitar player-singer – of TSAC’s precursor band, Shrimpboat – who works best in the realm of enigmatic soundscapes and roaming pop songs. Pinning his territory on the musical map is a...

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So What's This All About Then

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

With nary a Yellow Brick Road to follow, what’s a "local" band with a lot of heart and guitar-powered drive to do these days? While Pleasure has its moments, ultimately the Windsor band is that fine-tuned yet songless identity crisis in the making – just waiting for that e-mail from...

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Songs of Exstasy and Devotion: Lucrezia Vizzana

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The extraordinary success of recordings devoted to medieval nun Hildegard von Bingen naturally makes one wonder what other gifted women might have been composing behind the convents’ doors. Lucrezia Vizzana, an Italian nun, published a set of 20 motets called "Componimenti Musicali" in 1623, which have languished in obscurity. This...

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WWW.ALTCOUNTRY.LOSTRELICS

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Lone Justice – altcountry before the genre was hot enough to merit its own airplay chart and bimonthly magazine – split seven years before the 1994 implosion that was Uncle Tupelo sparked a twang-rock Big Bang. Terrible timing. Maria McKee, all of 18 when she assembled the Los Angeles rabble-rousers,...

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DETROIT HIP HOP

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Detroit hip hop is finally outgrowing its local-talent-deserving-wider-recognition, charity status. Leading the D through its growing pains is Da Ruckus. As forerunners of the Detroit skills-first aesthetic, producer-MC Hush and rapper Ill have never been ones for the obvious sampling and MC superheroics of more prominent, coastal hip hop....

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Wednesday, February 10, 1999

Pools of Mercury

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If any fanciful identity can be thrust upon an iconic junkie poet, it must be that of the walking dead — the ghost that appears in the frame of the present, but remains psychically cocooned in some opaque dream of the past. On Pools of Mercury, Jim Carroll speaks...

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