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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

100th Window

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Massive Attack pretty much invented trip-hop a decade ago with 1991’s Blue Lines. They then spent the next half-decade shaping their somnambulant rapperless rap from clever Bristolian sound-system fodder into a big-bottomed vision of future soul with 1994’s ethereal Protection, before peaking with 1997’s goth-hop masterpiece Mezzanine. So is...

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How I Learned To Write Backwards

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

You don’t have to live in San Francisco to fully appreciate the Aislers Set, of course, but you certainly might be inspired to move there after immersing yourself in How I Learned To Write Backwards. For their stellar third album, the Bay Area’s premier garage-pop group has continued recording...

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Roswell Rudd’s MALIcool

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Trombonist Roswell Rudd is neither an ugly American nor a quiet one. On a recent trip to Mali, he took along his big brass sound, a wide-open jazz mind and a lovely ability to make his horn sing with joie de vivre. The MALIcool session hooks Rudd up with...

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Death

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It’s true, remix albums are often laughable bastardizations of original works designed to squeeze either life or maximum profit from the source material. Thing is, the source material in question here — Bay Area Gang of Four loyalists the Numbers’ full-length Life — offers plenty of room for improvement...

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Precious Gem

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2003 at 12:00 AM

On November 10, 1997, making way for Comerica Park and Ford Field, the Gem/Century building broke the world record for the heaviest building to ever be moved on wheels. It was a short trip, (five blocks or so), but this sojourn managed to preserve both the ambiance and style...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Look Alive

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Unlike the current crop of right-wing metal hucksters and teen-dream punk upstarts clogging pop charts — whose members would be better suited opening grease factories with theirs foreheads or using their midriffs to start some sort of spare-tire business venture — the Lanternjack on Look Alive does their job....

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The Best Of The Frost

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Three years ago Motor City legends the Frost — guitarists Dick Wagner and Donny Hartman, bassist Gordy Garris and drummer Bobby Riggs — received a “Distinguished Achievement” honor at the annual Detroit Music Awards. Which was appropriate, to say the least. For despite this very publication somewhat mean-spiritedly describing...

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Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Happy Go Lucky

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It’s understandable, all the critical hoopla ’n’ hooey surrounding Elvis Costello’s “return to his ‘old’ sound” on last year’s When I Was Cruel. So is the advance buzz on Joe Jackson’s new Volume 4, which reunites him with his Look Sharp-era band cronies. But for the rest of us...

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You Are Free

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2003 at 12:00 AM

How’s that song go? Is it “I Hate Myself and Want To Die”? Or is it “I Hate Myself for Loving You”? —Chan Marshall at a recent San Francisco gig. Claiming that Chan “Cat Power” Marshall’s records even remotely resemble feel-good music is like holding up Hope Sandoval as...

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100% of Dub

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2003 at 12:00 AM

This compilation is a giving-credit-where-credit-is-way-way-overdue collection of the riddims that launched a generation of ’70s Jamaican singers and dub reggae as we know it. While most recent efforts to give props to early reggae artists either compile bygone hits from underappreciated vocalists (see any Blood & Fire reissue) or...

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