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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Mullets Rock!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 12:00 AM

“No hairstyle has quite attracted the fascination than the Mullet has, short in the front, long in the back, bi-level phenomenon,” writes liner notesman (and co-author of the 2002 book The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods) Barney Hoskyns, who sagely adds, “What is often forgotten is that Mulletheads...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

No Good For No One Now

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Mike Kinsella’s spent much of his life in the shadow of his older brother Tim, a founding member of emo pioneers Cap’n Jazz, and, with Mike, a part of American Football and Joan Of Arc. But in contrast to his self-consciously arty brother, Mike seems to have no qualms...

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Original Blue Recordings Original Blue Recordings

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Long regarded as “the Sam Cooke of reggae,” Jamaican vocalist Cornell Campbell comes off more like the genre’s Curtis Mayfield on this excellent and comprehensive compilation of his best work with producer Bunny Lee. Unlike, say, the usually good but sometimes merely archival Blood and Fire compilations of overlooked...

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Bob Dylan Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Who is Bob Dylan? For more than 40 years, the mercurial Mr. Zimmerman’s ever-changing persona has exasperated critics. There’s Early Bob, reverently copping Guthrie while ripping off Ramblin’ Jack. There’s Protest Singer Bob, railing against a crumbling establishment. Later, we meet Electric Guitar Bob (call him Judas), and even...

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Fear Yourself

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

What if Brian Wilson had never completely returned from ruined-voice, MOR-mush zombieland? Would we tiptoe around such delicate matters and still treat him like a conquering hero? How about Syd Barrett? If he’d ever completed that third solo album, given that the bits and pieces he did get down...

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Redemption’s Son

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Finally there’s an album where getting religion and getting pissed off aren’t mutually exclusive. Like the film The Apostle when Robert Duvall keeps asking God for a sign and the devil keeps intercepting the call, songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and Peter Gabriel discovery Joseph Arthur has made a treatise on faith and...

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The Orson Fader

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Without actually knowing the band it’s hard to say if Paik nicked its moniker from Fluxus member, Cage/Stockhausen student and father of video art Nam June Paik, who casts a long shadow by any reckoning upon those who seek liberation through the interface of technology and art. Coincidental or...

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Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Thirty-two years after his untimely death at age 27, Jimi Hendrix remains one of the most prolific artists on the planet. Thanks to the keepers of the legendary guitarist’s estate — and record executives who stuff their own pockets — Hendrix’s legacy is alive and well, due in no...

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Flying Saucer Tour/Love, Laughter, and Truth

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

As a trailblazing social commentator, Bill Hicks was also a standup comedian who transcended conventional notions of what most consider funny. A bluntly rational truth-seeker who made people uncomfortable for a living, his confrontational style of perceptive dark humor also made him a target of corporate censorship in the...

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Bronx Bar

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Bronx is short on frills - no bands, no parking, no Red Bull or exotic martinis - but long on character. Its pool table, cheap beer (an ice-cold Old Milwaukee will set you back as much as your DDOT bus fare) and jukebox stocked with old soul, hip-hop and...

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