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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A tribute album is like an old squeeze. Just like you’ll get drunk and call her up hoping for some of that sweet ol’ mmm-hmm, only to feel kinda dirty-guilty the next morning, you sometimes reach (drunk, natch) for one of those horrible Kiss or Zep tribs you couldn’t...

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Deep Natural

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

When I pulled Deep Natural out of my homework bag and read “Twenty-eight track 2 CD Set, Two hours of music,” my first thought was, “My God, what did I do in my last life to deserve this?” Totally unfair and uncalled for. Michelle Shocked is still doing her...

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Mantis

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Two new trumpet-led quartets from Europe take off from Miles’ modes and come up with a few meaningful silent ways of their own. After track one (“The point”) of Erik Truffaz’s Mantis sidles in with electro-funky interstices that part like curtains for Manu Codjia’s screeching-sliding guitar, the second cut, “La...

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Soul of Things I-XIII

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Two new trumpet-led quartets from Europe take off from Miles’ modes and come up with a few meaningful silent ways of their own. After track one (“The point”) of Erik Truffaz’s Mantis sidles in with electro-funky interstices that part like curtains for Manu Codjia’s screeching-sliding guitar, the second cut, “La...

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The Night I Met My Second Wife

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Sir makes music that is something beyond naked; it’s utterly bone-chilling. Picture a divorced couple from Melbourne wearing only an organ and a guitar as fig leaves, standing in whatever today’s anti-Eden might be (OK, so maybe that’s the entire modern world). Sir droopingly sings about love with a...

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My All American Girl

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

While Cleveland doesn’t pop up that often on the national radar of musical hotbeds, sharp minds will recall how in the late ’60s the Velvet Underground frequently called it their home away from home. The subsequent proto-punk fallout — Velvet progeny Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu, Mirrors, Dead...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Psychedelic Furs

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Talk Talk Talk Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy Forever Now Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy Psychedelic Furs Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy It’s hard to convey the sheer alien-ness of the Psychedelic Furs when the British six-piece appeared on the scene in 1980. First, of course, there was the uncool choice of moniker, a cheeky move...

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Forever Now

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Talk Talk Talk Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy Forever Now Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy Psychedelic Furs Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy It’s hard to convey the sheer alien-ness of the Psychedelic Furs when the British six-piece appeared on the scene in 1980. First, of course, there was the uncool choice of moniker, a cheeky move...

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Here Be Monsters

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 12:00 AM

We should all be grateful that people are learning how to make musical records again, grown-up, beautiful pop records, full of melody and ache, sensitivity and attention. Within the last year we’ve seen Brendan Benson, Rufus Wainwright, Departure Lounge and the Czars; releases full of sonic adventure that rely...

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Talk Talk Talk

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Talk Talk Talk Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy Forever Now Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy Psychedelic Furs Psychedelic Furs Columbia/Legacy It’s hard to convey the sheer alien-ness of the Psychedelic Furs when the British six-piece appeared on the scene in 1980. First, of course, there was the uncool choice of moniker, a cheeky move...

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