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Wednesday, January 23, 2002

eternally hard

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Queer to the core, bitch and animal’s eternally hard requires a certain amount of queerness for comprehension. That’s not to say straights won’t enjoy it. But of the three album reviews I’ve read in mainstream (i.e. straight) publications, I’d bet good money that all were written by folks who...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Ring Ring, Waterloo, Abba, Arrival, The Album, Voulez-Vous, The Visitors

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The first time you open one of the brand-spanking-new reissues of seven original Abba studio albums, a card comes out trumpeting Mamma Mia! That’s the Broadway production built around Abba hits and riffing on the film Muriel’s Wedding (which, along with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, gave Abba its...

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Alone At The Microphone

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Royal City’s second album, Alone at the Microphone, is haunted. The lyrics are crowded with devils, fiends and goats. The production on some songs sounds like it was accomplished with the aid of a pack of studio ghosts. They seem to swoop in after singer Aaron Riches with eerie...

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I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Before you gripe about how Radiohead’s stellar new live release is only eight songs long, you should know that it still runs 40 minutes. That’s longer than recent albums by Weezer and the Strokes, so just hush up and give yourself over to these maniacal, vibrant renditions of already...

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Superpower

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The extreme, multidimensional gabba (fucking fast) techno composed and performed by Ultraviolence (Johnny Violent and a roster of collaborators) has changed little since 1991 when “Shout,” Violent’s debut single, landed him a record deal in the U.K. And that’s just fine. Superpower shows that equal parts manic-depressive electronic opera...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Distressed Gentlefolk

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The eclectic British songwriter known as the Jazz Butcher (Pat Fish) is one of the great lost musicians of our time. Unlike his countryman Robyn Hitchcock, who earned a modicum of international renown by sticking to a strict diet of surreal folk-rock and pop, Fish has charted a serpentine musical...

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Blind Pig Records 25th Anniversary Collection

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2002 at 12:00 AM

You’ll get your money’s worth and then some with this set from a record company that began in an Ann Arbor watering hole. Now based in San Francisco, Blind Pig offers a two-CD retrospective plus a CD-ROM of video, performance and interview clips, all for the price of a...

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A Scandal in Bohemia

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The eclectic British songwriter known as the Jazz Butcher (Pat Fish) is one of the great lost musicians of our time. Unlike his countryman Robyn Hitchcock, who earned a modicum of international renown by sticking to a strict diet of surreal folk-rock and pop, Fish has charted a serpentine musical...

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I Love Serge: Electronica Gainsbourg

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg was a poet of scandal, always unshaven enough to give French audiences a frisson, often wearing his shirts seriously unbuttoned (an outré gesture in the late ’60s) and incrementally smoking himself to death (which arrived from heart failure on March 2, 1991 — he was 63)....

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Pretty Together

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Sloan took a completely different approach from the production style of its previous albums this time around, working together on tracks for more than a year rather than coming together for three days of studio time with a “you play this how I wrote it” attitude. Thus, Pretty Together should...

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