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Wednesday, November 27, 2002

1938

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

What are we to make of 25 Suaves’ massive mangling and rebuilding of the metal beast? The Michigan duo (Velocity Hopkins riff-wrestling guitars and DJ Party Girl beating holy hell on drums) make the kind of immediate bluster that absolutely demolishes the division between player and audience, leaving only...

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The Sound of the Third Season

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

Hmmm … an Ibiza-themed mix from Richie Hawtin? Richie “mnmlr-than-thou” Hawtin? A tag-team mix? From Richie “your-next-seven-hours-are-mine-alone” Hawtin? Yup. Anyone else find this a bit … konspicuous? By the way, that’s Ibiza as in “Hi, I’m rich Eurotrash on holiday. Holy shit! My corneas are burning from staring at...

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Happy Songs

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

It was easy to come away from Audra McDonald’s first two records — ditto her Broadway cast productions, her spots on multiartist studio projects and her 2000 Meadow Brook Theatre show — with the notion that she could sing anything: It seemed she could turn on that high-drama approach...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002

The Nature of Maps

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

Philadelphia’s not particularly known for its kickass rock bands, and oddsmakers didn’t see much need to dither with that formula, either, when it came to Matt Pond PA — at least not on the basis of the group’s first three albums. MPPA is the semieponymous (duh!) brainchild of one...

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BareNaked

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

Musicians making the jump from recordings to film have fared well in recent years, as hip-hop luminaries Ice-T (NBC’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”), Ice Cube (Friday) and the late Tupac Shakur (Juice, Poetic Justice) have shown that the move from audio to video doesn’t have to be...

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OOOH! (Out Of Our Heads)

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

They’ve survived the demise of two labels, the departure of numerous A&R reps and the fickle winds of critical approbation. They’ve recorded two of underground rock’s signature albums, the raw alt-country-before-it-was-hip of 1985’s Fear & Whiskey and their major label swan song, The Mekons Rock’n’Roll, and yet they maintain...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Nirvana

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

Foo Fighters One By One RCA ‘Tis the season for Nirvana no$talgia! From the arrivals of the trio’s greatest hits and Foo Fighter’s One By One to Krist Novoselic’s tour with Eyes Adrift and the publication of Kurt Cobain’s Journals, there’s enough grunge-grade product inundating the market this fall...

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Phoenix

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

When Forrest Gump’s mom advised, “Life is like an LSD trip, Forrest. You never know when the room is gonna turn into a blob of Day-Glo slime oozing off a twirling disco ball while disjointed limbs jut out from the walls and try to throttle you,” she probably set...

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Gilmore Girls

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

Musically speaking, TV and film "soundtrackese" is a language unto its own. Neither straight mix tape nor score, if a production deigns to show its musical language to the consumer at large, the compilation has to be both a mirror of the show (in this case) and a self-contained musical...

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One by One

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

Foo Fighters One By One RCA ‘Tis the season for Nirvana nostalgia! From the arrivals of the trio’s greatest hits and Foo Fighter's One By One to Krist Novoselic’s tour with Eyes Adrift and the publication of Kurt Cobain's Journals, there's enough grunge-grade product inundating the market this fall to...

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