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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

A kinder, gentler Em? Bah.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2004 at 12:00 AM

A buck says it sucks to be Eminem these days. True, his latest could be multiplatinum by the time you read this. But when you’re the shocking Marshall Mathers, and your shock shine has all but faded, millions in sales cease to be the barometer for success. Now, your...

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Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Music from the Series)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Hi! Hi! Puffy AmiYumi Show! It’s a phrase squirmier and happier than 150 yipping puppies. Leave it to Puffy AmiYumi, J-pop superstars and domestic cult faves, who will finally hit American pop culture Hello Kitty-style with a Cartoon Network series based on their happy fun ball lives. Hi! Hi!...

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Stones Throw 101 DVD & CD

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Leave it to Peanut Butter Wolf to fashion one of the illest mixtape/DVD combos to come out since we don’t remember when. In fact, this mixer/DVD is the perfect holiday introduction into the Stones Throw’s stellar schema of bugged-out musical affiliates. The mixtape’s 42 tracks are all over the...

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Seldom Blue

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Lately, Alexander Zonjic has been multitasking. The mustachioed flutist is a radio personality, a concert organizer and he co-owns the upscale eatery Seldom Blues. Said endeavors haven’t interfered with his ability to make music, and this disc, Zonjic’s first in four years, proves it. Zonjic is smart too because...

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Hell Bent Rock ’n’ Roll

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Their singer is a tattooed centerfold, the lead guitarist calls himself Elvis Christ, and the drummer drinks so much whiskey it became his last name. All of this and a predilection for raunch and dingy weekly-rate violence (“I had to superglue your wounds shut …”) means Seattle’s Go Like...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Straight outta the lab

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

Shania Twain’s “Party for Two” might be the single of the year. The duet, released in both country-broasted and Mark McGrath pop versions, is a laser-guided, petri dish-corrected, space age polymer orgasm of clean burning, unadulterated joy. In other words, its pitch-corrected tickle has a mandate to make you...

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Live! In the mix

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

San Francisco DJ/producer J. Boogie’s remixes make turntable schizophrenia sound pleasing. His work on the Om Lounge series elevated his name among global downtempo giants, and his ragga-soul fusion on Ubiquity’s 1997 release Audio Alchemy 2 helped define the Bay Area’s dubbed-out electronic sound. Boogie’s latest, Live! in the...

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Bamboo Kids

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

Bamboo Kids — what a great name. It’s right there with the Itchy Brothers, or (RIP) the Exploding Hearts. Figures that this scraggly NYC trio would find the right moniker — their eponymous debut was recorded in glorious crap-tone, features a clutch of two minute songs stealing cleverly from...

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Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins

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

What can be said that hasn’t already about Pavement’s decade-old sophomore record Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain? (Or even about Pavement, the champs of ’90s lo-fi?) The album — a laid-back, sloppy, subdued yet catchy piece of pop culture — revealed the band at its songwriting peak and made everything...

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Roger McGuinn & Band; Cardiff Rose

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

By 1975, Roger McGuinn had reached a bit of an artistic crossroads. His first two post-Byrds albums, 1973’s Roger McGuinn and 1974’s Peace On You, had fared poorly. So for his third solo effort he hired members of a Texas group called Lone Star and loosened the bandleader’s reins...

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