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Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Soul soil

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Looking back on their 10-year-plus existence, the only consistent factor surrounding the music of Warn Defever and the loose collection of musicians called His Name is Alive is that of constant reinvention. The latest evidence of this finds form in Someday My Blues Will Cover The Earth, a 10-song collection...

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Kitsch my ass!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The term “retro” gets tossed around like a skin-tight, poorly embroidered, permanent-press bowling shirt in the washing machine of pop culture. But in the case of the Rants, retro is a subconscious theme, an impression, an abstraction. It’s a journey back to the preironic era when people actually got...

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Suzuki revolution

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Producing, creating and goosing hip hop and indie rock in equal measure, Dan Nakamura (aka “The Automator”) has worked with and around DJ Shadow, Kool Keith, Prince Paul, JSBX, Kid Koala and Del The Funkee Homosapien. His last project, Deltron 3030, with Del, Koala and himself, as well as...

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Murrayism

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Tenor saxophonist David Murray seems to have come a long way from his mid-’70s debut albums when his solos circled around a searing version of the late Albert Ayler’s ghost wail and his accompaniment was sparse and nodding. An absurdly prodigious recorder — at one point he seemed to...

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Uplifting devotion

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Imagine your band loses its lead vocalist, lead guitarist and producer in a little more than a year. For most groups, it would be a death sentence, but the Mahotella Queens aren’t like most groups. In 1998 and 1999, they lost legendary singer, Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde (aka “King of...

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Murrayism

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Tenor saxophonist David Murray seems to have come a long way from his mid-’70s debut albums when his solos circled around a searing version of the late Albert Ayler’s ghost wail and his accompaniment was sparse and nodding. An absurdly prodigious recorder — at one point he seemed to...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Well, who is she?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Since 1987’s Who’s That Girl? tour, Donna De Lory has been watching Madonna’s back both on the stage and in the studio as one of the Material Girl’s two backup dancers and singers. And while many would consider it a career’s crowning achievement to work so closely with one...

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Let me ride

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Sometimes you have to sacrifice a little so-called dignity to get down. And if that means listening to something that promises to insult people like that prude Tipper Gore … well … fuck ’em. The Detroit Grand Pubahs (Andy Toth and Paris the Black Fu) have their blenders on puree,...

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Eternally ours

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

"Hey ho, let’s go" … so begins, in 1976, a rock saga of such unmitigated gall and impact that 96 percent of the rest of R ’n’ R’s output since then is like mosquitoes pissing on a bonfire. But hey (ho), we don’t need to retell that tale here. Enuf...

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All in the family

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM

If there were a record that you could buy just from the names on the credits, this would be it. The label is World Circuit, the one that recorded Buena Vista Social Club. The producer: Nick Gold, the man with the “Midas” touch, responsible not just for the Buena...

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