Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Anthology: 50th Anniversary

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Of all the classic music spotlighted in Standing in the Shadows of Motown, perhaps none is so indelibly associated with the film’s inspirational theme as that of the Four Tops. One electrifying moment comes when, during the concert segment, the Funk Brothers slide into one of history’s most famous...

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Keep It Simple

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 12:00 AM

I slipped this disc into the player as we were pulling out of Okemos. By the time we got to Webberville, about 20 miles down I-96, my wife had formed her opinion. “This sounds more like a pop record than a blues album,” she said. She nailed it. This...

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Prophecy

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Just when you think that nothing could possibly be achieved in the field of heavy metal that hasn’t already been done to death decades ago, along comes an astonishing new album that single-handedly revitalizes the moribund old genre which, up until now, had absolutely nothing left to offer but...

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They Were Wrong, So We Drowned

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Following in the crowd-separating “you either love them or they’re noise-shit” tradition of fellow New Yorkers Sonic Youth and the Velvet Underground, Liars have quite possibly just pulled one over on everyone. They eliminated their once indispensable rhythm section and essentially disowned the songs on their brilliant debut They...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Here Come the Brides

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Just when you think that nothing could possibly be achieved in the field of heavy metal that hasn’t already been done to death decades ago, here come the Brides Of Destruction to single-handedly confirm that the moribund old genre has absolutely nothing left to offer. Now before you start...

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Fabulous Muscles

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2004 at 12:00 AM

His stage name is Xiu Xiu. He pronounces it Shoe Shoe. His album is called Fabulous Muscles. He appears on the front cover ecstatically holding a kitten. He writes lyrics like: “Cremate me after you cum on my lips.” His father killed himself last year. Discuss. E-mail Jeffrey Morgan...

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If We Can't Trust the Doctors

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2004 at 12:00 AM

You have “I Love Lucy” video slots in Michigan? Whoa. Now that’s thrown me. Dan Miller is a smart man — a saddened man, a man driven by personal heartache, fear of disease, a yearning for the more civilized depths of nostalgia, several hundred good-time show tunes performed by...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004

America's Sweetheart

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2004 at 12:00 AM

(This is pathetic.) Man, she’s looking good these days. There was I, picturing her in my mind’s eye like that infamous shot of Jason Stollsteimer all beaten up and purple-stain bruised, but no. Long, shapely legs enclosed in sheer stockings; firm voluptuous breasts; ruby-red lips; smoldering long-lashed eyes …...

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