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Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Envy

Posted on Wed, Dec 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Where mod meets future. Commit your favorite cardinal sins at Envy....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Quality

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In a recent magazine interview, Talib Kweli Greene admitted to being somewhat uncomfortable with putting out a true solo album. The self-described team player misses his homeboys Mos Def and DJ Hi Tek, with whom he shares membership in two groups — Black Star and Reflection Eternal, respectively. Instead...

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On Parade

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Despite first impressions, it is neither accurate nor fair to tag the Witches as rock ’n’ roll retro vaudevillians. We could rattle off lazy, stream-of-consciousness adjectives and knee-jerk comparisons all day long and it still won’t bring the essence of the band into focus. The Witches can be moody,...

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Stories Often Told

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A rattler wriggles restlessly across the desert floor then stops, coils, flicks its tongue and emits a sinister “sssssss!” at a menacingly poised scorpion. Suddenly, down in the nearby wash (filled, strangely, with blue-green water), along comes a hard-twangin’ surfing Dick Dale, whistling the theme to a Sergio Leone...

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Original Pirate Material

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Streets’ 23-year-old Mike Skinner is the British Eminem — an MC with just too much going on in his life to rap about the usual fodder of clubs and champagne. And unlike other UK MCs, he isn’t trying to be down with hip hop so much as come...

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A Season of Hope

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Long before the snow started to fall, more than a dozen local jazz, gospel, rock and R&B musicians came together in the true spirit of holiday giving, with the aim of benefiting childhood cancer research at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Said efforts have been compiled in the 16...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2002

A Classic Rock Christmas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This is an 11-song collection of well-intentioned but dubiously executed holiday tunes. (A portion of proceeds go to the Port Authority World Trade Disaster Survivors Fund and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Education Fund.) Good news first: Mark Farner submits a new composition entitled “Mary (The Return...

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Christmas With the Rat Pack

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 12:00 AM

It’s a ring-a-ding-ding Christmas with Ol’ Blue Eyes, Dino and Sammy. And much of this material is super-rare; included are a number of tunes originally found on promotional-only releases and out-of-print holiday LPs, not to mention a pair of cuts featuring duets by Ol’ Blue Eyes and Dino from...

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Slanted & Enchanted: (Luxe & Reduxe)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Pavement? Slanted & Enchanted? Doesn’t it all seem like a pleasantly skewed figment of our musical imagination? Was an indie band ever that important? That defining? That cocky and yet that blasé? Turns out Pavement was. It was 10 years ago that songwriters/guitarists SM (Stephen Malkmus) and Spiral Stairs...

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OX4: The Best of Ride

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Of all the mop-topped UK shoegazer bands of a decade ago, Ride was arguably the most rock and roll — for better or for worse. Lush and My Bloody Valentine relied on guitar pyrotechnics and forward-thinking producers, and frankly made catchier tunes and ground-breaking albums. (MBV’s Loveless is its...

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