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Wednesday, February 9, 2000

Blues from the hometown

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Just about every local blues band working in Detroit today either already has a CD out or is working on one, but there aren’t many compilation CDs out there of modern-day Detroit artists that give the listener an opportunity to sample more than one group at a time. The benefit...

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What love is

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Jackie McLean fans who jumped on board with his tough ‘60s sides – Let Freedom Ring, One Step Beyond or Destination Out – know him as a post-hard bop alto saxophonist with an open affection for Charlie Parker, some graduate seminars with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Art Blakey under...

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Warlocks in space

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Up in the sky, it’s a bird. Well, sort of. The original space-rock band’s 30th anniversary is here and, in honor of that momentous occasion, Hawkwind is releasing classic tracks from its auspicious sonic vault. A two-CD set featuring live recordings from 1972, Codename Hawkwind contains truly vital British psychedelia....

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Swell maps

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2000 at 12:00 AM

How do they do it? In the course of 15 years, 10 albums, a bunch of singles and various EPs, Yo La Tengo’s musicians have never lost their way (and the band’s from Hoboken). From its velvet-soft pop balladry (with a big nod toward Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground)...

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Blues from the hometown

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Just about every local blues band working in Detroit today either already has a CD out or is working on one, but there aren’t many compilation CDs out there of modern-day Detroit artists that give the listener an opportunity to sample more than one group at a time. The benefit...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2000

Warn Defever

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2000 at 12:00 AM

We’ve heard Livonia’s Warren "Warn" Defever’s words and music, and we’ve witnessed the many accolades and international attention that his main focus, His Name Is Alive, has received, yet we’ve never really heard his voice – until recently. Taking an Anton Fier approach to his craft, he’s embraced the age-old...

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Dream of consciousness

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Legend has it that beat poet William S. Burroughs couldn’t remember writing his definitive work Naked Lunch. Apparently, he went to Tangier, blacked out and woke up several days later with the finished manuscript sitting on the typewriter stand. The Past Was Faster might have been similarly channeled to songwriter...

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Product addition

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Once again, you gotta hand it to the record companies. They manage to find astonishingly inventive ways to rip off consumers. In the tradition of such commercial farces as The Very Best of Sting & The Police(!) comes what appears to be a new Perry Farrell solo release unimpressively titled...

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Ahh ahh

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2000 at 12:00 AM

On its ninth official record release in 20 years, The The continues to defy all expectations and create unusual music that’s both deeply personal and exceedingly appealing. Although The The mainman Matt Johnson does his level best to fill this record with crashing guitars and his emphatic vocal discourse, he...

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Wishes unfulfilled

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The Dayton, Ohio drum-and-guitar duo, Swearing at Motorists, have been releasing singles, EPs and compilations tracks since 1994, so this, their debut full-length, is long overdue. However, if you’re familiar with the accidental masterpieces, Bee Thousand and Vampire on Titus by lo-fi titans Guided by Voices, then you’re already aquatinted...

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