Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Silently Screaming

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Listen carefully, for after almost three years of silence and the murmur that was Songs for a Dead Pilot (1997 EP), Minnesota’s indie-acclaimed Low brings us yet another quietly provocative album, Secret Name. Recorded with Steve Albini, husband-and-wife team guitarist-vocalist Alan Spearhawk and drummer-vocalist Mimi Parker have perfected the art...

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Musical Abduction

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Hey! This performance was recorded live at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival in 1973! Not only that, it was preserved by Detroit’s favorite rock ’n’ roll revolutionary, John Sinclair. While the old White Panther’s hair is turning gray down in New Orleans of late, Sinclair’s document of Sun...

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CAVIAR & CHITLINS, INDEED!

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 1999 at 12:00 AM

While the Atomic Fireballs may have been the beneficiary of swing music, retro culture and roots music reclamation’s extended stay in our collective cultural consciousness, they neatly sidestep it all with this — I’m just gonna say it now — sick, excitable jump blues slab, Torch This Place. Sick in...

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Wednesday, May 12, 1999

Viva Las Divas!

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 1999 at 12:00 AM

VH-1 fans aren’t the only ones in love with divas. These days, record companies have been quick to notice that music fans around the globe want their divas, and South America is no exception. Over the past two decades, there haven’t been many recordings of any sort coming out of...

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Art-of-Fact

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 1999 at 12:00 AM

What is it that (Paul) Simon sez? "One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor?" Well, this little artifact was recorded in 1977 (originally released in 1980), and whether or not it’s an exciting project is open to debate. For one thing, the record was produced by King Crimson’s Robert Fripp...

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One Floor Below the Basement

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The re-renamed Elevator Through (was Eric’s Trip, then Elevator to Hell, etc.) might be taking the advice, carpe diem, to an extreme with its approach to making records, which can be summed up simply: The first take is the best take. Always striving to capture the essence of a moment...

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OK Confusion

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Six, Mansun’s second album, revels in a vision of modern existential dystopia that members of Radiohead might find bleak. The band’s last album was unquestionably mediocre – bratty, blandly assimilated Britpop, Blur-Radiohead Lite – and the influences haven’t changed noticeably on Six. Trying to explain why Six turned out so...

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French Space Pop

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 1999 at 12:00 AM

France’s answer to seminal UK dance labels Mo’Wax and Metalheadz is grooving to a different drum these days. That Parisian label, Source – which brought us Air’s terrific Moon Safari LP and the acclaimed Source Lab series that unleashed the irresistible French flair of DJ Cam and Daft Punk –...

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Hall's Balls

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 1999 at 12:00 AM

What could prompt a comparison between these re-releases of sets by Paul Desmond, ethereally cool romanticist of the alto sax, and Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone extrovert and colossus for the past five decades? Recorded a year apart (1963 and 1964), the sessions share little in the way of overall conception,...

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Hall's Balls

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 1999 at 12:00 AM

What could prompt a comparison between these re-releases of sets by Paul Desmond, ethereally cool romanticist of the alto sax, and Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone extrovert and colossus for the past five decades? Recorded a year apart (1963 and 1964), the sessions share little in the way of overall conception,...

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