Wednesday, February 23, 2005

WorkName:Ghost Town Radio

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Could you drive me home/Can you save my soul? … I don’t know what I want/But I want more and more. On his debut, Patrick Thomas sketches the immediacy and potential of a twentysomething life, where the struggle to get out of bed is reason to wonder about love...

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Lost in America

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Yesterday came today, and boy, did it smell like thrice-reheated post-post-punk lasagna. Seriously, do Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, the Faint, etc., provide much of anything other than a healthy appreciation for your old Lene Lovich and Nash the Slash LPs? And then we have the exception proving the, er, well...

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New York Rocks

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM

New York Rocks is a collection of 14 slabs of early punk straight outta Gotham. It’s not the prole-punk that originated in Detroit, nor is it the sk8r boi variety that came from California. This is the smack-shooting, cars-and-girls-loving, gender-bending stuff that slinked up from the Bowery and created...

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Rehab

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Damn if some music doesn’t require a multiple listens before the head-nodding kicks in. On this, the Detroit rapper’s debut, the dark packaging and skinny white-boy cover pose might turn away the judgmental, and that’s too bad ’cause Chief and his post-emo-hop, true-to-life rhymes can pluck heartstrings on almost...

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Lighthouse

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Lighthouse is Ana Da Silva’s return to recording, nearly ten years after the brief Raincoats reunion. With only a simple digital keyboard to assist her vocal, the album lacks the stirring, skeletal guitar dynamic of Da Silva’s old band. But just as there was a powerful amateurism to the...

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Weekly Fecal

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM

What horseshit. Any disc that opens with the line “Close the door and drift away/Into a sea of uncertainty” should immediately be ejected from the car stereo and Frisbee-whizzed out the window into a sea of freeway traffic. In fact, this slice of solipsistic bombast (their third LP), goofy...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

On your knees, boys!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Nothing clears a room faster than a little electronic Euro beat or retro lounge. As genres, they’ve become so precious and self-indulgent that, if they don’t bore your ass off, they’ll have you shoving finger sandwiches in your ears just to escape the musical ennui. That’s why you should...

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Therapy

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Jeff Grand must have been itching for Therapy. Though it drips with genuine feeling from one end to the other, there’s a restless variety to the Detroit-area player’s solo debut that suggests how long he’s been waiting to record it. Opener “24 Hours” is a tremendous urban blues grind...

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Thunder Chicken

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2005 at 12:00 AM

God bless Brooklyn’s Daptone Records. When fellow funk label Desco went under a couple years ago, Daptone stepped in to see this project to completion. Recorded in 2000 by a crew of funkateers barely out of high school but who’d clearly studied their parents’ Meters and Booker T &...

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Low Lows

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Nowadays the ampersand is a divider, not a uniter. That’s right, Low Lows is Parker & Lily’s breakup album, the one where the New Yorkers walk alone at night as vague Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes melodies reverberate sadly off the alley walls. When he’s not simply slurring — or...

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