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Wednesday, May 15, 2002

This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies and the Kinks

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Here’s wishing you the bluest skies And hoping something better comes tomorrow Hoping all the verses rhyme And the very best of choruses Throughout all the doubt and sadness I know better things are on the way Ray Davies has always been God’s own optimist. A beaky Englishman with...

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All By Myself

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This is the one. No doubt about it — This is the one. I have reviewed both of John E. Lawrence’s earlier recordings, and both of them were fine pieces of work produced by a master of the guitar. It wasn’t by accident that one of his solos was...

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The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From the Tombs

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Mirrors Hands In My Pockets Overground (UK) The Electric Eels Eyeball Of Hell Scat Listen, my children, and you shall hear of … well, not Paul fuckin’ Revere, that’s for sure. But these artifacts are the alarm-bell clang of a revolution just the same. Malcontent hippie-nihils amped on a...

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Wednesday, May 8, 2002

The Dirty Ones

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Inhale. Hold it. Goooooaaaattt!! It’s kinda the only immediate, appropriate response to The Dirty Ones, the new, raging slab from San Francisco garage-heshers, Lost Goat. We’re not talking about rocket science, here. But if you were interested in rocket science, you prolly wouldn’t be reading about a band called...

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Cee-Lo Green & His Perfect Imperfections

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2002 at 12:00 AM

As an MC in Atlanta’s gospel-cum-gangsta rap group Goodie Mob, Cee-Lo Green had one foot in the commercial rap world, with its thuggin’ boom and iced-out raps, and one in the not-quite-as-hip world of proclaiming his faith. On his solo debut, however, Cee-Lo fashions himself a hip-hop eccentric like...

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In The Afternoon

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of Chicago quartet L’altra. As with the album title itself, impermanent moods and emotional abstractions shift and refract while the sun’s rays focus, extend and wane over the course of a day. If that sounds precious, it’s not meant to...

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Guitars, Guns and Gold

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2002 at 12:00 AM

With so many rock and garage bands swinging from Detroit’s nut-sack these days, the city itself should be receiving royalty payments. And while a decent number of these bands claim all things Detroit as their roots, their soulless claim to some sort of authenticity misses the point of what...

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