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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Dancing Box

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

No, James T. Cotton is not the Mississippi-born bluesman known for his “super-harp.” This James T. Cotton is SK-1 of Soundmurderer and SK-1 is Dabrye, is Tadd Mullinix, a multifaceted electronic musician who absorbed the most wicked sounds his young ears could register while growing up in the suburbs...

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Nancy Sinatra

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Unlike Nancy’s steamy mid-’90s comeback effort (the overwrought One More Time album plus that spread in Playboy), you’ll find no “Boots”-styled sex-kitten fantasies this time around. Perhaps noting her old flame/collaborator Lee Hazelwood’s latter-day hip cachet, she’s aiming squarely at the youth market via collaborations with contemporary hipsters ranging...

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9 From 5

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The Beggars occupy a Saturday night niche between wiry new wave and hyper electric guitar. The Royal Oak quintet (with lead a singing drummer!) gives you your money’s worth on 9 From 5; though it’s billed as an EP, all nine of these songs have something to offer, whether...

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Chris Whitley

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Like many of his fellow songwriting Texas brethren, Chris Whitley was seemingly weaned on the blues, which reaches into every corner of his songwriting without entirely defining him. Whitley’s vagabond musical nature has traveled from the spare, strummed folk-blues that’s been his staple through a major label alt-rock and...

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Mind, Body & Soul

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Plenty of folks fell in love with the girl after her 2003 debut, the aptly titled Soul Sessions. Just a teen at the time but getting guidance from veteran “Clean Up Woman” Betty Wright, Joss Stone tackled gritty sultry soul dusties like a woman twice her age. Mind, Body...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Fine Dixieland, Hillbilly, Punk Music

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

There’s something to be said for truth in advertising. The title of the Doornails’ 5-song EP telegraphs the band’s backwoods punch and those not quick to duck will happily take it on the chin from this giddy four-piece. Lead track “Arkansas Serenade,” all off-key earnest crooning over banjo riffs,...

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Lest We Forget

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Marilyn Manson has always appeared to squares as a black-winged serpent clad in ’30s business attire. To them, he’s the purest form of culture’s unspeakable evils. But did you know he’s still making albums? They’re quite elaborate things, shot full of concept but still sounding generally like a Vegas-show...

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Retrospective

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Just once, don’t you want to see an Animals compilation that doesn’t start with “House of the Rising Sun” (which is the one cut everybody already owns), and end with ferchrissakes “Spill the Wine” (which isn’t even an Animals song)? Minor cavils aside, though, Eric Burdon and Co.’s premier...

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Medúlla

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Björk’s restless experimentalism long ago polarized casual listener and devotee. But as each solo release twines further the power cables connecting earth mother, muse, and the avant-garde, every move Björk makes takes on weighty event status. Medúlla is no different, and might be her grandest. It’s compiled almost entirely...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Together We’re Heavy

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2004 at 12:00 AM

If Morrissey could once evoke a suicidal tendency or two, then the white-robed, 25-deep clan Polyphonic Spree begs redemption. Together is pure “Sesame Street” for grown-up folk; the same high-spirited soft-core lollipop sound that 38-year-old singer/songwriter Tim DeLaughter was originally going for on 2002’s cult-y The Beginning Stages Of....

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