Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Fire At Will

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Once again it’s time to dip into the old rock critic mailbag. Today’s massive missive comes from Monika Veronika of Throgs Neck, New York, who writes: “Dear Jeffrey: After reading your Kings Of Leon review and not believing that any band could possibly be as bad as you said...

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We Got The Neutron Bomb — Weird World Volume 2

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The Weirdos were one of the first Los Angeles punk bands. Formed in 1976 by brothers John and Dix Denney with longtime friends/creative collaborators Cliff Roman and Dave Trout, their brilliant, virile collision of Dadaism, junk culture, mad genius, stupidity and youthful energy reflected both their sleazy Hollywood environment...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Oh Honey, We’re Ridiculous

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Like every kid fueled by sugary cereals and social dysfunction, I sometimes had a hard time sleeping. Occasionally, I could talk my mom into staying up and watching the night dramas with her. It wasn’t just trysts of entangled lovers on “Dallas” and “Falcon Crest” that confused my preadolescent...

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Married Alive

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Married Alive is only the Mood Elevator’s second album in four years, but the band hasn’t been exactly invisible. While internal logistics dictated that ME go into hiatus mode after successfully touring behind 1999’s Listen Up!, chief instigator Chris Plum assembled a new version of the group a few...

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In This World

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

I rarely pay attention to record company promo blurbs because, more often than not, their only intent is to shamelessly peddle a product. But even a card-carrying cynic like myself has to admit that Blue Wave head honcho Greg Spencer (who also produced this disc) knows whereof he speaks...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Monk in Paris: Live at the Olympia

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

These are glory days for fans of Thelonious Monk. Columbia is reissuing material from the pianist’s late-life commercial heyday in the 1960s. There’s Solo Monk, for instance, with additional tunes and alternate takes for completists; there’s the reissue of Underground which restores the tunes to their full, unedited lengths,...

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The Deepest End: Live In Concert

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Just over a year ago I sat down to interview Warren Haynes, vocalist and fretboard wizard for the mighty Gov’t Mule. We talked about his band’s then-latest releases, The Deep End , Vols. 1 and 2, which saw Haynes, keyboardist Danny Louis and drummer Matt Abts squaring off with...

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Remember Right Now

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Beats the hell outta me, pal. I always thought that Tora Tora would become one of America’s great rock ’n’ roll bands. I mean, if you ever find a copy of their long-deleted first album, Surprise Attack, pick it up and see for yourself if they didn’t deserve their...

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Billy Talent

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A cursory glance at any of the advance reviews will reveal that these Billy boys are already being touted as bona fide contenders in the punk-influenced hard-rock sweepstakes, albeit in a classically derivative kinda way. And although it’s true that Billy Talent is from Toronto, please don’t hold that...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2003

The Max rocks

A grunge-lover finds happiness in the DSO’s new digs.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Looking for parking near the brand-new Max M. Fisher Center is an experience in Detroit’s ever-present state of contradiction. Driving slowly around the lower section of the Cass Corridor, near the last of the low-income buildings in that area, one can easily get nervous about parking along a too-dark...

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