Wednesday, December 15, 2004

I Want it Loud

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

In 2002, 25 Suaves’ 1938 handed out headaches like roses, and imagined a world ruled by hard rock and shuddering treble. The new I Want it Loud — obviously — is no different, but guitarist/shouter (and Bulb Records mastermind) Pete Larson and his furiously drumming wife Fumi Kawasaki (aka...

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Why Don’t We Talk About Something Else E.P.

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

Sitting through an entire album by Outrageous Cherry can be a bit daunting. OC devotees may revel in their sonic masterpieces, but for most of us, too often the neo-psychedelia runs on like a broken tap. But if you can’t sit through this five-track teaser for the group’s 2005...

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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

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

For rock fans, loss of faith is inevitable. Heroes simply can’t remain heroic 24-7, much less for a decade at a time. My U2 loss-of-faith occurred sometime around Rattle & Hum: As editor for one of the early U2 fanzines in America, I’d become disenchanted with both the band...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Ten Years After

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Nirvana is a cultural commodity that so many have staked a claim in. Aging Gen X hipsters recall buying the Sub Pop records and catching Nirvana shows at local dive bars. Twentysomethings remember vividly how the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” vid opened their eyes, made them chuck their Bell...

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Loops from the Bergerie

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Toiling for more than 10 years in a gray corner of their own invention, James Taylor and David Brown of London’s Swayzak look to be coming out into a world of light and color. Sort of. As a DJ team, Swayzak has delivered kaleidoscopic sets that have long been...

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This is Music: The Singles 92-98

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

As much as the keening strings of “Bittersweet Symphony” have become staple musical cues for your typical heart-tugging sweeps-week piece, and “Lucky Man” is the inevitable sound track for every slow-motion dissolve on the eyes of a no-hitting pitcher or hard-luck veteran quarterback, it’s probably time to remind and/or...

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Apocalyptic End in White

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

ICE, or Imperial Crystalline Entombment, offers listeners bitter cold and blistering rage. Apocalyptic End in White, the Maryland group’s ferocious debut, is the work of committed black metal ascetics. The album recalls Immortal in both its mythology and disgustingly fast technical ability, but End in White is ICE’s own...

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Thug Matrimony (Married to the Streets)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Two years after thugged-out Miami rapper Trick Daddy put out the gold-selling Thug Holiday, he’s still doggedly professing to critics that he “love the kids.” This after he got popped at a high school football game for coke and marijuana possession (mere blemish). And while a few tracks here...

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Mosaic Select — Don Pullen

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The musical tumult of the ’60s inspired a handful of pianists to go at their keyboards with a physicality that suggested action painting or dance. McCoy Tyner and, later, Alice Coltrane fashioned grand waves of sound to accompany the saxophone explorations of John Coltrane; they were the famous ones....

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