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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Earthtones

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Funktelligence, or “Funktell” if you’re down, is what the Roots would call “organic hip-hop jazz.” That’s pretty close to where Funktell’s at, but there’s also the occasional dose of R&B and arena rock (if you can imagine). This Ann Arbor group’s essence, however, is already captured by the jaunty...

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Big Bad Love — Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In the interest of putting the consumer first, you need to know that this record contains two new Tom Waits songs. Yup, brand-new. So there’s that. But the most important thing you should know about this sound track (to a film I have not yet seen) is that cover-to-cover,...

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Forever

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The last time we heard from Cracker, on 1998’s tedious Gentleman’s Blues, the band was in the midst of what the Detroit Lions call a “rebuilding period.” The folksy blues (or bluesy folk) of that album announced that Cracker was leaving behind the stoner alt-rock of its previous hits...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Sarah Slean EP

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

With one sagacious punch to the musical gut, Sarah Slean baffled me into bliss. What rock have I been living under, having not heard of this modern-day descendent of vaudeville’s pianist-torch singer until now? Dark, introspective, lush and with her heart on her sleeve, she’s pumping out cleverly executed...

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Global

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Carl Cox is one of electronic music’s anomalies. One of the most popular DJs in the world, “Coxy’s” a ubiquitous presence in the biggest clubs and magazines. Unlike other European DJs who’ve earned his level of success, when you look at the stats (i.e., his record selection and DJ skills),...

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Rock It to the Moon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Electrelane makes instrumental surf music for people who get existential nausea just looking at the ocean. The opener, “Invisible Dog” (which neatly calls up both the spirit and the word of the Stooges without quoting or aping), and delicately handled references to such synth cheese tunes as Hot Butter’s...

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Capricornia

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

It seems Midnight Oil has its niche pretty well staked out on this, its 14th studio album. Nightmare Before Christmas-looking front man Peter Garrett spits political-environmental screeds at you as his band mates play some of the most anthemic music ever recorded. Midnight Oil’s music is all about the...

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Utopian Dream

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Jimi Tenor may not be saddled with an arkestra, but he and Sun Ra have bought the same one-way ticket into space. The bespectacled underground Finn’s cult popularity multiplied with his mid-’90s jump to Warp and the release of Intervision. But Tenor has been carving his signature into sound since...

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Freaks and geeks

Two recent compilations apotheosize the indie-rock mix tape.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Makeoutclub.com gets all the ink, but if indie-rock geeks on the Web are what you desire, point your browser to artofthemix.com and bask. Started in December 1997, Art of the Mix operates on the simple, genius premise that nothing starts discussion and community like finding out what's on everyone else's...

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Freaks and geeks

Two recent compilations apotheosize the indie-rock mix tape.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Makeoutclub.com gets all the ink, but if indie-rock geeks on the Web are what you desire, point your browser to artofthemix.com and bask. Started in December 1997, Art of the Mix operates on the simple, genius premise that nothing starts discussion and community like finding out what's on everyone else's...

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