Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Under the knife

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Matmos — aka San Franciscans M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel — will stop at nothing to bring to light the finest in sound artifacts. While most cut-and-paste sonic reconstituters would be content to mine their record crates, Matmos is in the field doing the primary research. Better still, once...

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Various tributaries

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Base lyrics, formulaic song structure and a gimmicky schoolboy outfit equaled something close to legendary in the case of one Aussie rock workhorse known as AC/DC. After inspiring countless various-artists tribute albums over the years, the band is back in black, touring with the same vim and voracity as...

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Ghost in the machine

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Reginald Dokes is ready to be a contender. Scratch that. He may be one already. After spending the bulk of the ’90s soaking up notes as a resident DJ for Derrick May’s Transmat label, and putting it down from Motown to Madrid, Dokes has decided to move from behind...

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Suite soundtrack

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The performances in Calle 54, the bracing Latin-jazz concert film from noted Spanish director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) are so full of charm, charisma and sheer good-vibes exuberance that audiences at the Miami Film Festival clapped after every number. Patrons even cheered during several solos, notably Dominican pianist Michel...

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Country mouse

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When Darren Hayman claims he’s “competent, not merely adequate,” he’s really saying something. Lead singer and songwriter for Hefner, British indie rockers and professional cynics, Hayman is such a sad sack that when he bothers to stick up for himself at all it’s like he’s Muhammad Ali representin’ at...

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Digital Peter Pan

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

So it’s finally come down to this. What originally began as a series of four-track recorded songs that were probably only meant to be passed around to Atom’s circle of friends has now become an underground phenomenon. Along with a Yamaha QY 700 Sequencer (otherwise known as His Package)...

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Billboard boxers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

As four skinny white guys with tacky ties and matching peroxide dos, there’s no good reason why the Briefs shouldn’t come off as punk’s latest one-trick phonies. After all, Ramones-ripped riffs and 90-second blasts of snot-rocket rock aren’t exactly indications of innovation, so it would’ve made total sense had...

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Various tributaries

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Base lyrics, formulaic song structure and a gimmicky schoolboy outfit equaled something close to legendary in the case of one Aussie rock workhorse known as AC/DC. After inspiring countless various-artists tribute albums over the years, the band is back in black, touring with the same vim and voracity as...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Gimme rock

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Experiencing the Lanternjack live is a must, but Hussy, the band’s sophomore effort, provides enough nourishment for the band’s shock-me fans between gigs. And as the list of venues the band is allowed to play in gets shorter with each reckless display of drunken rock ’n’ roll mayhem, the...

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The story revealing

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Pick up a novel and read the final chapter. In some cases, it would be the ideal way to read a book. In the case of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, however, a few building blocks may be necessary to fully realize how we’ve come to this remarkably...

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