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Wednesday, October 31, 2001

In the Sun Lines

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Listening to the spry slither of Tara Jane O’Neil’s sophomore solo record, In the Sun Lines, a memory replays in blurry, rattling filmstrip fashion with each swelling-yellow guitar undulation. O’Neil is sitting across from me on a concrete step, squinting, blushing, distracted and trying to explain the physical and...

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The Reincarnation of Luna

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Part disco and part industrial, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult’s sound is somewhere between lounge music and biting punk rock. TKK takes cheesy guitar riffs, a pulsating disco beat and samples from old movies to produce something too explicit to be cute and too flippant to be...

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The Grand Pecking Order

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

You’ve all seen on “Sesame Street” when the two-headed monster slinks onto the screen, sounds out its supremely complex, polysyllabic word — “basketball” or “pencil” — then attempts to walk off-screen. But each head goes in a different direction, whereupon an argument ensues much to the delight of thousands...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2001

The blue gardenia

Billie Holiday showed us what a little moonlight on the tracks can do.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

You can’t get more than a sentence into any writing about Billie Holiday, aka Lady Day, without being ambushed by the word tragedy. She is, in fact, often used to make the point that fame is a bitch. The implication being that the fame-challenged can take heart that they’ve...

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Straight Out Tha Trunk

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Reviewing a ghetto-tech mix CD isn’t easy. What would someone like Ernest Hemingway say about it? Well … he liked drinking, womanizing and, like ghetto-tech producers, his power stemmed from concise language. Likewise, Disco D drops tracks such as “Shake dem titties” and “Take yo panties off,” which leave no...

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Weird Revolution

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Unlike the focus-grouped “naughtiness” of bands such as Blink-182 or the Bloodhound Gang, the Butthole Surfers’ obscenely bizarre rock wasn’t calculated to offend; it was just made by genuine freaks who got their kicks making a racket and saying whatever they pleased. After years of lingering in major-label limbo,...

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The Days of Wine and Roses (1982)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

While hip hop was coming out of NYC streets, the Dream Syndicate was hammering against LA studio walls in the name of rock ’n’ roll, attacking songs such as “Tell Me When It’s Over” and “That’s What You Always Say” with the vigor of a conniption fit and the...

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Dyed in the Wool

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Goddamn, the human heart’s a twisted piece of work. Just when you think it’s OK, safe to be cynical again, in rushes a sound, a fury and a muso-lyrical poet that upsets the apple cart and sends you reeling back to square one. Just like that, Shannon Wright —...

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Short Stories

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

What makes the music of Marvin Thompson Jr. special is the way it calms you down and slows your pace. It’s the kind of jazz that automatically conjures pictures of warm weather, warm memories and better days. Believe me — in the times we live in, it helps to have...

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Razmataz

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

As Italian singer-songwriter Paolo Conte’s debut American CD, Best Of Paolo Conte, made evident, Conte’s unique gift is writing and singing songs that combine such influences as the French cabaret and Tin Pan Alley, and adding his own distinctive twist that results in imaginative and impelling music. Conte’s slightly...

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