Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Dang Blues

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

I was sitting in the lounge of the Empire Hotel. I was watching as the Maple Leafs and Red Wings slugged it out. A little woozy floozy staggered over to see. “Wussa score, Honey?” she slurred at me. I tried to tell that woman that the game was tied...

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Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

My god, what the hell is this? Seriously, I want to know where the hell these three Brooklynites get off blindsiding us like this. Brooklyn is supposed to be a center for nervous overly-hyped bands and here comes this throbbing slab of elegiac soul. It’s … it’s … did...

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Ghosts of the Great Highway

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

So in this age of multiple anxieties, when none of us can be sure of how sick we really are, we ask a singer who writes songs peopled with sentimental serial killers and absent fathers to lead us out of the depressive muck and into a better way of...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

French Cafe

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2004 at 12:00 AM

French chanson, musette and manouche are song styles best experienced in the intimate cafés and bars of Paris. Chanson is most often associated with the singer Edith Piaf, who was an international star from the 1930s to the 1960s and remains a figure of cult appreciation. The other two...

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From Sixty-Six To Timbuktu

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2004 at 12:00 AM

T’was in the darkest depths of Mordor where it came to pass that many decades of corrupting decadent excesses would inexorably pile up until, just like Gollum before him, rock’s ultimate archetype was reduced to looking like an old crone who’s run out of estrogen. (And if you think...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Sacred Love

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Elvis Costello once mocked Sting for announcing to the world he had just written a subversive song, thereby violating the first law of subversion. About the only subversive thing you could say about the resulting “Invisible Sun” is that it ripped off its only hook from the “o-re-o” chant...

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I’m Goin’ Out and Get Hurt Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Musicians have been writing songs about the imbibing, the celebration, the aftereffect and, sometimes, the tragic consequences of booze since at least medieval times. Even longer, probably, commencing when Piltdown man finally learned how to alternate between playing a ragged tune upon and hoisting a stone vessel to his...

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Hell Yeah!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Lewd, stewed and tattooed up the wazoo, these punky Euro-trashers consist of three greaser cowboys, a floozy chanteusie with a Siouxie Sioux sound and a butch brace of female prison guard go-go dancers. Of course, image being everything, the big punch line here is that despite looking like a...

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Let It Be ... Naked

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

OK, so he had to outlive two other fabs before becoming “the smart Beatle,” but look at all the eye-for-an-eye Paul’s extracted from two felonious foes (Phil Spector and Michael Jackson) with the release of this revisionist version of the band’s most contested album. First off, in a bit...

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