Wednesday, January 26, 2005

No sexist slaver

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

It’s rare these days for a hip-hop artist to drop an album that embraces simplicity, shuns braggadocio, and is not a 30-track mixtape. After working at it for nearly two years, Tasherre D’ Enajetic has finally dropped his long-awaited debut, Enavisions, on his own NEI Records. Steeped in nostalgic...

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Substitution Mass Confusion: A Tribute to the Cars

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Another tribute album? Make them stop, Mommy. Well, after this one maybe. Despite one man’s studied opinion that the Cars only made one good album (1978’s debut The Cars), if the whole raison d’être for a tribute is not a group wank but rather to refocus on what made...

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Grab That Gun

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Comparing the gloomy pop sounds of the all-femme Organ to the gloomy pop sounds of Joy Division is too damn easy. So we’ll skip the obvious while eschewing any mention of Interpol. When the Organ played Detroit, supporting the New Pornographers a few years back, it was the girls’...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Everything in 3 Parts

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The press release that accompanies the debut album by Toronto’s Golden Dogs suggests that the sing-songy pop rockers are Canada’s “next big thing.” If this prophecy were to materialize, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. In fact, Canada kind of owes us one for Jewel. That said, the...

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Chicks & Stones

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2005 at 12:00 AM

This seven-song teaser for their forthcoming full-length sees the D’s beloved Gore Gore Girls configured as a quartet. It’s the lineup that stepped lively at Little Steven’s Underground Garage Fest last August — four devil chicks unleashing Detroit heat on a humid hurricane of a New York City day...

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Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2005 at 12:00 AM

There are finds. And then there are finds with fascinating stories to go with ’em. Such is the case with Chicago’s Bandit Records, whose 1969-1981 existence was marked by such curiosity, tragedy and shady goings-on that it practically reads like a rejected script for a blaxploitation flick. Despite issuing...

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Who’s Got Trouble?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Shivaree singer-songwriter Ambrosia Parsley has surely grown tired of waiting for her close-up. Her smoky eyes and sultry tones first whispered through the pines in 1999, but Americans didn’t really get her (and her band’s) blend of cabaret slither and burnt-sienna Americana, and Shivaree was left to struggle. Skip...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Mississippi returning

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Junior Kimbrough’s guitar was a crafty snake, his voice a simultaneous growl and wail, just like the soul of any man. Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough celebrates his life through artists who understand that rawness, that immediacy, even if they know they’ll never fully divine where the...

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Turning Point

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Back in 2002, Mario sucker-punched B2K and Lil’ Bow Wow with “Just a Friend 2002,” thus forcing them to make room for his self-titled debut. Now he returns with Turning Point, and he’s armed with a hit (“Let Me Love You”), a maturing voice and a swagger that should...

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The Way I Were

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM

If eclectic singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston were food, he’d likely be an Asian buffet. Appealing, in an exotic, curious way — the wit and variety of his ideas are tempting, but not always easy to digest. If you’re up for the challenge, however, The Way I Were — a collection...

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