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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Try This

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

When you have a lantern-jawed puss that looks like Kevin Bacon in drag on a very bad day (see the back booklet photo) and you dress like a thrift-shop hooker shamelessly trolling in a Bavarian booze can on Melanie Griffith Appreciation Night (see the inner tray photo), then you’d...

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Face To Face

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

In the 18th and 19th centuries, medical students robbed graves so they could practice surgery on someone who couldn’t complain if their operation got botched. In the 21st century, Eagle Records and John Lee Hooker’s daughter Zakiya are grave robbing to squeeze out a few more bucks from a...

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So Glad You Came

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

The Brothers Groove’s first disc, 2000’s Clamp It Down, was a funky assault on the reptilian brain. Bassist James Simonson’s kinetic plucking fibrillated the sternum while then-drummer Michael Caskey beat out a subliminal code that induced a zombie-link mantra: “Must dance … Must dance.” Savant keyboardist Chris Codish’s bouncing...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Glamoured

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Looking back (well, actually, listening back) Cassandra Wilson’s Blue Light Til Dawn is one of the signal records of the ’90s. Previously, Wilson had experimented with styles from revivalist (Blue Skies cast her as a latter day Sarah Vaughan) to convoluted jazz funk (Jump World). On Blue Light she...

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The Go

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Get yer head outta that paper bag and pay attention because The Go harks back to the kind of slinky pop music that once was a hallmark of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Building on a strong fuzz-tone foundation, it’s got an underlying scattershot style which encapsulates the...

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Sylvie Courvoisier

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

How many classical musicians does it take to make new-music jazz? No, this isn’t the setup line for a joke dissing our elegant friends on the “serious music” end of the spectrum. The answer, folks, is “three.” This double-disc set of excellent world adventures brings together “Four Compositions” by...

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World Series of Love

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It’s hard to imagine now but only a few years ago, at the turn of the new century, Ann Arbor’s Ghostly International was struggling to find its way through the vast electronic music maze somewhere out there. Though earlier releases by Matt Dear, Tadd Mullinix (and one of his...

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Candyband

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Just consider for a moment how much cooler the world would be if more moms were in rock ’n’ roll bands. If your playgroup growing up was progeny to mommy’s bandmates, you could actually yell, “Hey! Keep it down down there!” to your mom. And you’d at least have...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Leave Luck to Heaven

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Matthew Dear’s confident full-length debut of abstract techno-pop is a slow grabber. After your head gets an interesting (if not understated) wake-up call in the John Cage-like opener “Nervous Laughter (Intro),” Dear gradually marches deeper into mysterious territory, searching for more ambitious treasures. What he finds comes back at...

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Must I Paint You a Picture: The Essential Billy Bragg

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2003 at 12:00 AM

It’s commonly regarded as fact that in addition to beer bonging and skipping class, college is a time for sexual experimentation. I never got in on any orgies or made out with many boys, but my jackleg sexual voyage involved a socialist crust punk named Jeannie. Sure, it’s hardly...

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