Wednesday, May 26, 2004

D12 World

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

D12 is now more than just Em’s road dawgs — they’re a collection of emcees that have established themselves as a lyrically endowed bunch able to hold their own. But what does that mean? This hip-hop wrecking crew is arguably the most popular thing to roll out of D-town...

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Neruda

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd In What Language? Pi Anyone who thinks that lyrics and poetry are interchangeable hasn’t spent enough time reading the former aloud or trying to sing the latter. Clipped of their melodies, good and great lyrics can be as ungainly as grounded birds. And poems...

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It's Like Magic In Reverse

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

How a band that’s smart enough to have such a great name can also be dumb enough to have such a lousy album title is beyond me. Have we really slunk so slow in the creativity department that today’s pop bands have to resort to naming their records after...

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Blue Note Revisited

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Whoever invented the remix should’ve gotten a patent, because it’s become the most overused strategy in stretching out a catalog’s longevity. Hence, Blue Note Revisited is a remixed compilation of some of the label’s most notable tunes. From the outset, taking legendary old-school jazz songs and reinventing them sounds...

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Penance Soirée

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

STRIKE ONE: Today’s catch is an album with the portentously grand name of Penance Soirée by a band with the equally portentously grand name of the Icarus Line. The tendril-trailing cover, in keeping with the best goth-gore tradition, is in the usual harsh and disturbing flash-flood crime-scene style that’s...

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Sex Positions

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

If you’re looking for the real filth and fury at the end of that dark alley you constantly see in your worst nightmares, then never mind the bollocks because the Sex Positions sure as hell don’t; they just love wading into the big muddy and sloshing around, knee deep...

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Rumours

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2004 at 12:00 AM

A reissue like this — remastered and expanded to two discs, no less — provides the opportunity to reassess a work that, due to the passage of time and endless critical navel-gazing, is so iconic that its very title has become cultural shorthand. All the more unfortunate, then, that...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Van Lear Rose

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

It’s too seldom that a record can wreck your head. Too uncommon for a record, on first listen, to obliterate your prejudices and reach for the throat, to make everything that seemed so good yesterday seem just all right today. At best a person can only hope one or...

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Throw Down the Reins

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Yeah, I know. The cover sucks. Absolute worst cover I’ve seen on a record in ages. Just appallingly abhorrent. But, hey, when’s the last time you looked at the cover of the Velvet Underground’s Loaded? Which is exactly the point because Panurge’s Throw Down The Reins is every bit...

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Enter the Mowo!

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Like scores of hip-hop samplers and French lounge turntablists before him, DJ and producer Adam Dorn has turned to jazz to help elevate his own style of electronic dance music. On Enter the Mowo!, Dorn, who performs as Mocean Worker, has incorporated saxophone, electric and acoustic piano, upright bass,...

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