Wednesday, April 14, 1999

Same As It Never Was

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Even more of a flight from his avant-garde, wunderkind roots than Bad Timing, Jim O’Rourke’s latest finds the Chicago jack-of-all-musical-trades increasing the level of sophisticated pop in his lush, cinematic arrangements. This record features more of O’Rourke’s singing than previous records, and his voice, combined with his guitar, piano and...

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Fall of Man: Calypsos on the Human Condition, 1935-1941

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If your conception of calypso is rooted in the sanitized version of "The Banana Boat Song" that hit the charts back in the ’50s, then this album is bound to be a wake-up call. Calypso music, as in any music of the underclass — be it blues, rebetica or rai...

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Resolutions

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

There’s a reason why dance music producers release records under myriad aliases. Artists like, say, Detroit’s Carl Craig, release sometimes disparate, but equally accomplished tracks under different pseudonyms because the DJ-driven dance world counts on certain names to deliver specific styles. Todd Terry, for instance, is the world’s most accomplished...

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Songs From My Funeral

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

With her husband, Belgian guitarist Michel Delory, Anna Domino leaves her solo artist days behind and embarks on a journey of rediscovery and reinterpretation of classic folk ballads on Songs From My Funeral. These are classic songs: "Tom Dooley," "Black Girl," "Rising Sun" and "This Train I Ride." This, Snakefarm’s...

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Wednesday, April 7, 1999

NOT-SO-ACID RAPA

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Detroit rap icon Esham — once Esham "The Unholy" — now returns to the rap game with a 22-track album for a new label, Overture, following a decade-long career on his own label, Reel-Life. Fans of Esham’s earlier works may be left scratching their heads after a listen to...

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Carla's Song

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Director Ken Loach’s films used to be few and far between and rarely seen outside of Britain, but he’s become positively prolific during the past decade, beginning with his three-films-in-three-years set of Northern working-class strife – Riff-Raff (1992), Raining Stones (1993) and Ladybird, Ladybird (1994). These were naturalistic depictions of...

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Wolfophile Blues

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

According to the liner notes, Tail Dragger got his name from Howlin’ Wolf, who would always comment on the man’s inability to get to a gig on time: "Here he come, draggin’ his tail," Wolf would say. The Wolf is long gone, but Tail Dragger is still running late on...

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Quircky Pop

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

From opening for Sonic Youth and Pavement in his days with his former band, Noise Addict, to Breathing Tornados, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 1997 solo debut, Something to Remember Me By, it’s clear that Ben Lee is well along the road to strengthening his enviably complex, acoustically driven...

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What? No Sitars?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Back in the days before the funding of arts research had to pass a Jesse Helms test, Alan Lomax was touring the globe documenting and archiving the folk art music of vanishing traditions. In 1962, Lomax’s travels brought him to the Caribbean where he went island hopping in the Lesser...

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Endless Possibilities

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Beth Orton is a talented young woman from England who has been making music at a breakneck pace for the last five years. Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed American debut, Trailer Park, Orton presents us with a bittersweet collection of contemporary British folk-pop highlighting her evocative voice...

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