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Wednesday, May 30, 2001

The singer, not the song

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Originally released in 1999 on cassette, Dump’s That Skinny Motherfucker with the High Voice? reinvents a Prince we thought we knew — on four-track. As bass player for Yo La Tengo, James McNew (aka Dump) has proved himself as a team player and accomplished pop dreamer. But Dump allows...

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Post swan song

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Once, seemingly in another lifetime, Michael Gira meted out punishment to himself and his fans like no one else has before or since. In performance, he and his band, Swans, were so loud, the music — played at a crawl, so slow it appeared frozen in time and space...

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Slippery slope

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The musicians of the Slip are genuine musicians. Let me repeat that: The musicians of the Slip are genuine musicians. They are good at what they do. They play in small, hot, musty venues wearing sweaty T-shirts, faded jeans and torn-up shoes. They don’t play to be looked at;...

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Everyteens grown-up

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Ever since Weezer fought its way up from the LA club scene nearly a decade ago, Rivers Cuomo has been as much an everyteen figure as Kurt Cobain, his burb-dwelling angst channeled through nerdy classic rock updates back when Nirvana was all about hair-flailing sludge. “Undone (The Sweater Song),”...

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Misery loves melancholy

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The Lies’ vocalist Dale Shaw recently said that on his band’s impossibly eerie and dreary second full-length, he “decided to write 10 songs about 10 women in my life. I had no idea that results would be so bleak.” Sure enough, Resigned is so emotionally dismal that either he...

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Misery loves melancholy

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The Lies’ vocalist Dale Shaw recently said that on his band’s impossibly eerie and dreary second full-length, he “decided to write 10 songs about 10 women in my life. I had no idea that results would be so bleak.” Sure enough, Resigned is so emotionally dismal that either he...

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Local color

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Even if you’re just a remote fan of what’s been coined “the Detroit garage sound,” this compilation is a must-have. Each track produced and recorded by the White Stripes' Jack White in his home studio, with everyone using the same equipment, it’s a stellar representation of the diversity within the...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Bright future

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Despite the clouds of uncertainty that seem to have descended over the DEMF, if we focus on the music instead, then things are, as they say, all good. One object of hope floating around this year’s festival is the first release from Omoa Music consisting of three tracks and...

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Crispy crème

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Composed of three discs, with 36 artists performing as many different tracks, German label Mille Plateaux’s Clicks & Cuts 2 represents the mother lode of crispy electronic minimalism of the moment. Don’t use the word ambient to describe this impetuous, edgy, physically challenging music. It has as persistent a...

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Detroit techno primer

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Celebrating two years as creative director at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Carl Craig is releasing All Access, a CD on his Planet E label, which documents two years of festivals and the energy they've created. Featuring 14 scheduled artists of the DEMF from 2000 and 2001, this disc...

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