Wednesday, September 22, 1999

Weird-ass blasts

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was one of jazz’s great mad geniuses, a passionate player who flung his rough edges in your face, a technical virtuoso who liked to play three horns at once and who perfected the art of circular breathing to where he could play for up to two hours...

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No turntables, one mic

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If you say it fast, "raw as hell" sounds like Rahzel. And he is. Just listen to the mad array of oral pyrotechnics he puts down on his first solo effort, Make The Music 2000, and you’ll be a believer. With just a microphone and no turntables, Rahzel, of Illadelphia’s...

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Wednesday, September 15, 1999

Rowdy rebirth

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

They used to call it "trash rock." The kind of music the Gore Gore Girls practice so well, so named thanks to its lo-fi aesthetic and lyrical celebration of the low life has fallen by the wayside as of late. Such classic trash rock outfits as Supercharger, the Oblivians and...

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Grand notions

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

For those Detroit youths who came of age during the Reagan years and found shoegazing and early alt-rock’s oceanic guitar feedback as energizing as the sound of Ford-metal-machine music was for Iggy Pop, the lure of Liberty or Death’s opening salvo – "Where on Earth is Kevin Shields?"– should be...

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Grasp meets reach

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Many modern-day blues bands, both locally and nationally, can be counted on to reach into the grab bag of the past for the majority of their material. Whether they are reaching for prerecorded material to cover or tried-and-true styles to imitate, the usual result is far too many bands reaching...

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Keep on truxin'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Sure rock died in ’59 or ’69 or ’77 or ’87 (go ahead and take your pick) but Royal Trux make rock sound like what rock should – or maybe even could – sound like in 1999. Jennifer Herrema (vocals) and Neil Hagerty (vocals, guitar), the partnership behind the Trux,...

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Welcome back, funker

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

After their electrifying funk-dub-Sharrock debut, where’d 5ive Style go? Well, there were some radical changes in direction and personnel, and then a bit of a disappearing act for these talented instrumentalists. But voilà, they’re back! And as the package authoritatively sez, "5ive Style is Bill Dolan, Jeremy Jacobsen, John Herndon...

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Madame Weill

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The possessor of an unremarkable voice punctuated by a light Austrian accent, the flame-haired chanteuse Lotte Lenya nevertheless knew how to interpret a song – better, in fact, than many of her colleagues with more spectacular instruments. Lenya, the wife of composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950), was his strongest and most...

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Avant BBQ

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Slap down CD No. 1, Track No. 3 and put words to the familiar melody’s new twists: "Hello, Dolly," the trumpet seems to say, "this ain’t Louis, Dolly ... but I suuuuure dig ol’ Satch and then some mo’." There you have, circa 1974, a musical snapshot of Lester Bowie,...

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Wednesday, September 8, 1999

Half 'n' half

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 1999 at 12:00 AM

What’s a poorrecord-buyer to do? Half the tracks on this CD are disposable and a handful are sublime. The highlight of the CD is the concluding crescendo of two previously released tracks, "At Les" and "Bug in the Bassbin," further adding to the buyers’ dilemma. This release has been...

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