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Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001)

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

Canada’s BNL have somehow managed to get a pass from critics who normally have no qualms about savaging, say, a Steve Perry solo disc. It’s the old David Lee Roth-on-Elvis Costello-and-critics adage: what fatso, geeky dork who looks like his mama still dresses him would presume to pass negative judgment...

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Live at the Aquarius Theatre: The First Performance

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

When one argues the relative merits of Jim Morrison the conversation invariably turns on the hoariest of the, um, whore: “The End”-generated oedipal hooey, wee-wee wiggling in Miami, a bloated bathtub full of Parisian Jim, etc. In order to tell the alternate story of the Doors — the concert...

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Sha Sha

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

We should all subscribe to Ben Kweller’s disarming ideologies. Let’s drop the pretense common to oversensitive, badge-wearing, 7-inch-buying, “I liked ’em before they were big” music geeks. Let’s forget about the makeoutclub.com kids. Let’s forget all about tweemo indie culture. On the unabashedly melodic Sha Sha, Kweller is the...

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Land 1975-2002

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

When Patti Smith swaggered onto a Chapel Hill, N.C., stage in January of 1977 to broadcast live over Radio Free Ethiopia at least one kid in the audience was terminally scarred — not just by her androgynously sensual Keith Richards / Marlene Dietrich prowl, and not just by her band’s...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Kittenz and Thee Glitz

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Chicago’s Felix “da Housecat” Stallings Jr. is a glamour-puss extraordinaire and, quite appropriately, his Eurotrash electro licks and sweaty synths sound just how fashion functions. Which is to say that Kittenz and Thee Glitz may be a captivating catwalk down memory lane of 1980s new wave and house, but ultimately...

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Geogaddi

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

After their debut with 1998’s sleeper hit, Music Has the Right to Children, the hype, it seemed, nearly outweighed Boards of Canada’s achievement. Combining the cloudy analog ambience of Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno with the detailed, crunchy trip-hop beats of Tri Repetae-era Autechre, Boards of Canada found their niche...

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Is

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Dubbed “Feminem” by critics who only acknowledge female artists as limitations of, or variations on, their male contemporaries, NYC’s Concetta Kirschner (aka Princess Superstar) is a pro-sex provocateur who’s not only defiantly fearless and peerless, she’s one of hip hop’s most scathingly hilarious and self-aware word-slingers. “Everyone tells me I’m...

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Daniel Ash

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Hopefully, Daniel Ash has a million dollars in the bank and more guitars than that guy from the Tiger Lilies and lives in a foreboding castle somewhere high atop Houdini Mountain with a landing pad for UFO’s on the roof. Hopefully, he spends his days dreamily wandering around the estate...

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