Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Shhh

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Supposedly, Sergey Rachmaninoff wrote his magical 1915 “Vespers” entirely at night in order to understand the atmosphere of the all-night Russian Orthodox Church vigil where it was first performed. The seamless, entwined melodic whisper reshaped common folk melodies of prerevolutionary Russia into something mysterious, disorienting and secretive, setting the work...

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Right now

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When I interviewed Maxwell last year, he talked about a vision of his third album striking a balance between the commercial appeal of his first and the experimentation of his second. He was frank in acknowledging that he used his sophomore set to take fans on an eclectic ride, confusing...

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Unforced virtuosity

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Bassist Dave Holland, who first made his mark in one of Miles Davis’ late-’60s fusion groups while still in his early 20s, has established himself as a player and combo leader operating somewhere between jazz’s neoclassical mainstream and its lingering avant-garde. His current quintet (featuring Robin Eubanks, trombone, Chris Potter,...

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Low blow

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The first two full-lengths by Amsterdam’s Elisabeth Esselink — the “autobiographical fiction” songwriter and sonic portraitist better known as Solex — were pure electro-pop genius. Full of rubber-band beats that skittered hither and thither while Esselink recited hilariously inspired lyrics about kooky characters, the albums were chaotically innovative invitations into...

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Oh, I get it

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Yet another Norwegian folk band on Astralwerks, Kings of Convenience are a little louder than some of the label’s other acts. OK, so they stick out like sore thumbs on an artist roster that includes Fatboy Slim and “the Chems.” But these are not your average funk-soul brothers, nor...

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Folk-beat fog

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Grant Lee Buffalo was one of those bands that only got better as time went on, but still never managed to release an album that you’d worry about getting back if your friend borrowed it. The group’s final effort, 1998’s Jubilee, was packed with enough affably clever rock songs to...

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Old punk, new ideas

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

After a slew of sound tracks and two solo CDs, former Clash front man, Joe Strummer, with his new band, The Mescaleros, has apparently reconnected with his muse and broadened his vision, quickly following up last year’s Rock Art and the X-Ray Style with Global a Go-Go. Propelled by...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Live or technology?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

I don’t think that this is quite what they had in mind for a mix CD. Where most DJs are content with the straight-up, cross-faded, 20-cut segment, Richie Hawtin has, on this second installment of DE9 (short for Decks, Effects and 909), taken elements of more than 100 tracks of...

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Burden lifted

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

From essential work as Submerge distribution partners to downright revolutionary imagery and sound via Random Noise Generation, the brothers Burden (all five of them) have turned an address — like the 313 area code itself — into a deliverable cultural message. On Detroit Calling, Lawrence Burden plays his family’s mailman....

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Make me feel fine

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Listening to the reissued editions of the Isley Brothers classics The Heat Is On and Harvest for the World, brings to mind a comment made by Professor Griff of Public Enemy during a recent African World Festival panel discussion. According to Griff, contemporary music has grown dull because of...

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