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Wednesday, June 26, 2002

The Last Broadcast

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

When England’s Doves first emerged with its Lost Souls album two years ago, the group sounded like born-again shoegazers channeling the black metallic anthems of Catherine Wheel and the loping swoon of Chapterhouse. And like those two long-forgotten early ’90s footnotes, there was plenty to like about Doves’ dark,...

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Music for the Last Day of Your Life

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Dragpipe’s Music for the Last Day of Your Life is the latest entry into the date-rape angst, grunge-metal sweepstakes. Indeed, it’s great shit to break beer bottles to, or smash your head against the wall to, or kick a dog to, or beat your wife to. … Think tuneless:...

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When The Sun Calls Your Name … or, Ghost World

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Is John Nash the “second most bitterest man in Detroit,” as underground scuttlebutt has it, or merely a self-described “dejected psychedelic warrior” from Royal Oak prone to extended bouts with his Scott Walker albums? These are questions you’ll have to pose to Nash yourself, of course (or consult his...

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Vietnam: The Aftermath

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

You’d think that violinist Billy Bang’s roots in the jazz avant-garde would pay off on an album built around the theme of his Vietnam War experiences. Yet if this disc had been recorded, say, 25 years ago it would probably have drawn more of its thrust and heft from...

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Rock ’n’ Roll War Vol. II

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A rogues gallery of underappreciated rock icons from all over the world, plus mediocre bar-band hacks from some small town in Massachusetts, all on Vicious Kitten, one of the all-time great underground labels. Highlights include a moving, piano-driven ballad by Cheetah Chrome, “Love Song To Death” (mistakenly listed here...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

The Eminem Show

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Eminem Show, like The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP, carries all the elements of a typical prime-time package. Comedy, drama, anger and violence stream throughout the 20-song set. In TV-speak, Eminem’s first two albums were like “NYPD Blue” and “The Bernie Mac Show” in that...

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Gold Stars 1992-2002: The Juliana Hatfield Collection

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Anna Waronker Anna by Anna Waronker Five Foot Two “Girls with guitars were all the rage,” Juliana Hatfield says, explaining the circumstances surrounding her mid-’90s major-label deal. “I sort of tried to play the [industry’s] game for awhile ... but I was disqualified because I wouldn’t smile for the camera.”...

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East Of The River Nile

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

One of the most influential albums in the history of reggae music was 1977’s East of the River Nile. By then, Augustus Pablo (Horace Swaby) had already begun carving an impressive career — but Nile would assure his place in history alongside such production legends as King Tubby and...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2002

TA

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM

What with everyone from Adult. to No Doubt successfully cracking the ’80s code these days, it certainly can’t be music’s biggest mathematical mystery that adding Gary Numan to (X)tasy and Joy Dividing by the B-52’s equals good times and great oldies. So why do so many musicians insist it’s...

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Sharpen Your Teeth

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Side projects are usually crap (Bowie’s Tin Machine, anyone?), and indie-rock side projects are usually worse (the Rentals, blah, blah, blah). But in the case of Ugly Casanova, a bluesy, loopy offering from Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock and roadie-cum-low rent-troubadour Brian Deck with all-but-forgotten ghosts of über-indie-rock circa ’95...

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