Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Lost Light

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

He lives in an abandoned backwoods shack out by a tract of swampland. He sits in a steel-lined room just a-pickin’ and a-twangin’ on his guitar while he patiently waits for the last drops of liquid to drain out of the sluice sink. He grew up listening to “Psycho...

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Your Country

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

The best lyricist (with Elvis Costello) to emerge from British new wave, Parker, like Costello, has a special gift for the acerbic line and withering throwaway. But that was more than 20 years ago, and as the ’80s turned to ’90s and beyond, Parker’s career began to resemble Michael Moore’s version...

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TV on the Radio

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

Don’t judge TV on the Radio, another precious and overhyped band from Brooklyn’s precious and overhyped Williamsburg rock scene, too quickly. On their debut album, Desperate Lives, Blood Thirsty Babes, this trio (originally a duo, recently expanded to a five-piece) of thickly bespectacled, neo-hippie oddballs delivers more than the...

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Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine, Ocean Rain, Echo & the Bunnymen

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

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Echo & The Bunnymen’s 1978 performing debut; in commemoration, European Warner Brothers issued remastered/expanded versions of the group’s first five albums. Now available Stateside, those platters of Bunnydom tell quite vividly, in both words (courtesy journalist Max Bell’s outstanding liner notes) and music,...

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Blast Tyrant

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

If you love having loud lead guitars surgically shear the top of your head off with precise dual stereo separation, then Clutch is your new best friend. Just imagine if Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner had been in a real heavy metal pop band instead of diddling themselves into sterile...

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