Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Encore, encore

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

If Mozart were alive today, he’d probably be making electronic music. And for all we know, Tadd Mullinix is one of Wolfgang’s reincarnated protégés. With his debut release, Ann Arbor’s Mullinix proves that he is an exceptionally hypertalented virtuoso of circuitry. Winking Makes a Face is a deeply personal...

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Water torture

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

If Damon Gough — the British folkie studio tinkerer who turned out The Hour of Bewilderbeast, one of last year’s most endearing records — can call himself Badly Drawn Boy, John Frusciante should dub himself Badly Drawn Madman. Like Gough, Frusciante (better known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’...

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Sonic rocking chair

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

I’m sitting on the porch of a honky-tonk at dusk, watching the tumbleweeds continually bumping into the screen door as I sip my Corona and rock back and forth to the rhythm of the moment. No, I’m not. I just have my eyes closed while listening to Japancakes’ latest,...

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Trailer park signifying

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

There are moments when Mr. White’s hazy backroads vignettes play like David Lynch — as on the sly cut, “The Wound That Never Heals.” In these moments, his narratives and mixological cocktail of country, noir, rock and sound collage hit the bone. But then there’s a nearly equal number...

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Bluegrass Betty

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Little Sparrow bubbles over with the glorious mountain music we always knew Dolly Parton had inside, tucked underneath the tacky platinum wigs, rhinestone studs, glitter, neon and a cartoony theme park. Gorgeous fiddle, accordion, bouzouki, mandolin and guitar arrangements do-si-do with clog dancers, enthusiastic yee haws and the sincere...

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Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Textured architecture

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

An echoed clash against sheets of metal, low-end, blown-speaker fuzz, giggling New Wave synth and groggy robotic repetition of the phrase “cigarette lighter” over the course of four minutes. Japanese Telecom’s intro track (aptly titled “Cigarette Lighter”) only hints at the subtle sense of humor and minimalist magic found...

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Bear witness

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Right now, in the downstairs apartment, across the street in that seemingly abandoned building, while you are sleeping, while you are making love, people are making music. Neil Ollivierra, aka Detroit Escalator Co., is one of those people. When you drove past the corner of Gratiot and Russell trying...

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Bebop chops

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Mark Elf has demonstrated over the years the talent and ingenuity necessary to succeed as an indie artist. His last five CDs, released on his own Jen Bay Jazz label, have hit No. 1 on the Gavin jazz-airplay chart, no mean feat on a recording landscape dominated by conglomerate-owned...

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Strip prog

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The Blue Trees is supposed to be an in-between record for the band that most recently unleashed the sprawling, brilliantly playful neo-prog album Spanish Dance Troupe. Apparently, no one told them that even when you strip away all the sonic studio trickery and sound plundering, great songs are still...

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Paradise found

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

We could all use a little Shangri La in our lives about this time of year. That dirty, gray snow that’s been around since December is getting you down, not to mention the icy blasts of wind that are still hanging in there. For those of us who can’t...

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