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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Bring On The Apocalypse

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Forge surely had warfare-cum-doomsday on the brain when crafting its third release. The sullen, bolted-steel title track says it all: “Of human achievement/The further we advance/The closer we come to our extinction/I say we do it/Let’s stop waving swords/Let’s get them bloody/Let’s satisfy the hordes … Bring on the apocalypse.”...

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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Big Boi and Andre 3000 — the duo known as Outkast — scored the biggest victory of their storied career by convincing conditioned hip-hop fans to accept them for who they are, a weird-ass rap group that will never give you the same album twice. Their sixth album, Speakerboxxx/The...

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Gangland Ballads & The Death Sex Set

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:00 AM

How do I like thee? Let me count the ways. One: The record label name, which evokes vivid images of a martial arts massacre in the skies over Midway circa 1943 between Shang-Chi, Master Of Kung Fu and Enemy Ace, The Hammer Of Hell. Two: The convoluted album title,...

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The Ladybug Transistor

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Pretty much anything on long-running indie Merge — owned and operated by two members of Superchunk — is worth owning, and the fifth studio album from Brooklyn’s Ladybug Transistor doesn’t break the label’s streak. It does, however, represent a significant break in the combo’s modus operandi; for the first...

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Semi-Conducted

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:00 AM

From Metallica’s S&M and Kiss Alive IV to Billy Idol’s Orchestral Removers In the Park and Pink Lady’s Won Ton Baton, every washed-up weasel with nothing left to say is nevertheless insisting on saying it these days by recording a live album with a symphony orchestra. And why not?...

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Tell It From the Heart

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:00 AM

He enters the stage to perform — no, to minister — carrying scripture in one hand, and a microphone in another. Luciano prays before he sings, if not always, then every time I have seen or heard him. He treats his music as more than mere blends of words...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

No passport required

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 12:00 AM

What does a city that prides itself on culture and knowledge need? Great beer and grub of course! And, no place offers that better than Ashley's Pub in Ann Arbor. Just south of Nickel's Arcade on State Street, Ashley's offers one of the best (and largest) selections of beer...

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 12:00 AM

As I testified in my grand jury deposition, the last thing I remember before my third wife accidentally fell overboard is the two of us leaning over the railing and looking down at the churning whitecaps while syrupy music was piped over the cruise ship’s PA system. “What is...

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The Deadstring Brothers

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It takes exactly 16 seconds to realize there’s something desperate about the Deadstring Brothers. There are 15 seconds of a simple drumbeat and then — out of nowhere — a bomb drops. Fistfuls of piano, guitars and bass crash across the downbeat in ragged unison. A moment later, when...

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Comin’ From Where I’m From

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Don’t do this to me. Don’t take off your clothes and not grind. That’s exactly what it feels like when I anticipate a great record only to be let down by mediocre results. Not that I want to grind with Anthony Hamilton. However, I first heard his incredible voice...

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