Wednesday, May 28, 2003

The 1st Album

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Roomful of Blues That's Right! Alligator Records Fans of the swingingest band in the land have double the reason to celebrate these days. Hyena Records has rereleased Roomful of Blues’ debut disc from 1977, just as Alligator Records has put out a brand-new recording of the group. Comparing the two...

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Keep On Your Mean Side

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2003 at 12:00 AM

My friend and I just got into a steaming argument about the Kills. He claims it’s just outright theft, that the Kills should apologize to the surviving members of the Velvet Underground and Patti Smith, then take their scratchy guitar anxiety and boy-girl incantation and go home to Mama....

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Climbing!

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Nantucket Sleighride The Best of Mountain Not long ago I sat down with Gov’t. Mule’s guitar god Warren Haynes. During the conversation it came up that his longtime producer, Michael Barbiero, is the cousin of the late Felix Pappalardi. The latter, of course, was bassist and producer for Mountain, a...

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Body Kiss

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Pied Piper of medieval legend led an entire rodent scourge from an infested town simply by playing his instrument. When the town refused the Piper his promised reward, the Piper played his tune again, this time leading away all the town’s children — perhaps becoming history’s most influential...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Hues of booze

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Blue Martini is the newest place to be in downtown Birmingham, and its style and ambiance matches Birmingham's general high-class character beautifully. Opening their chic doors only five weeks ago, this already-popular martini bar has live music Wednesday-Sunday night and touts a dance floor accented with blue lights and...

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The Strangest Things

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The opening drums go boomph-baaph-boomph-baaph in that way that brings U2’s “Bullet the Blue Sky” to mind. Get used to it, cause that impression ain’t going to change. Echo-y guitars slash chords or play the arpeggiated ning-ning-ning figures so beloved in 1987, and a boinky-sounding bass chugs along in...

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Up In Flames

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Attention Detroit space rock/ shoegazer fans! One of those crazy techno bastards feels your pain and wants to make the great Spiritualized album Jason Pierce was too busy crying into his burnt spoon and writing overblown gospel-blues show tunes on his last record to make! Like David Holmes (Bow...

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Points Of Departure

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Don’t believe everything you read. Case in point: Birmingham, Ala., prog-electronica trio Lunasect, described on allmusic.com as purveying “meditation, ethnic fusion” music yet, confusingly, is then likened to power-pop pioneer Big Star, contempo jazzbo David Benoit, psychedelic legend Syd Barrett and assorted New Age wingnuts. A more rigorous examination...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

American Life

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Mother of (re)Invention might’ve better served her sucklings by actually releasing her phony mp3 files instead of the actual American Life tracks. Hot on the heels of yet another film flop, a withdrawn music video and a showdown with freeloading Kazaa-nauts that ended up like a Revenge of...

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