Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Another Nail in the Remodeled Coffin

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

During the Mirrors’ original 1974-75 heyday, the Cleveland combo gushed forth fetid no-commercial-potential proto-punk and avant-psych with the same kind of dark pizzazz as their heroes the Velvet Underground mustered a decade or so earlier. ROIR now takes a look at a lesser-known incarnation of the band, recorded in...

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Dream

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

What do you do when you like only three songs on one of your favorite gospel singer’s new album? You pretend that the eight of 11 tunes, the ones lazily written, do not exist. And that another, the first-ever musical rendition of the entire “I Have a Dream” speech,...

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Run the Road

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

It’s hard to hear grime when 50 Cent’s on five channels. But if you’re sick of Bacardi/party rhyme schemes and flimsy-ass chorus hooks written with an eventual ring tone in mind, find Run the Road and prepare to get lice. Vice’s compilation gathers 16 of the UK grime movement’s...

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The hype tripe train

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

That kabob money Bloc Party paid to the hype pimp was well-spent. In a short year the London unit has zoomed from chatted-about demo status to being the proper noun in a thousand overheard rock club conversations. Yelled: “This is Bloc Party! They’re the new—” … and there’s the...

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Frances the Mute

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The Mars Volta toes a thin line between intriguing storytelling and overwhelming absurdity with this 77-minute monstrosity of a concept album. Revolving around “abandonment and addiction” abstracts (direct from singer Cedric Bixler), this is a fractured, convoluted yarn with almost poetic references to rape, child abuse, drugs, regret, murder,...

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Evil or Divine: Live In New York

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Back before the dawn of time, the elders of rock bestowed the mystical secrets of metal magick on a few men whose souls were the blackest of black. One of the keepers of those legendary secrets is Ronnie James Dio. (The others include the members of Black Sabbath, Slayer...

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The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 1; 1959-1961

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Casual Motown fans look away. This is not for you. Tune to WOMC instead; they’ll play “Baby Love” in five minutes. In fact, Hip-O Select deserves its own wing in the Detroit Historical Museum for the mammoth significance of this project. Every single released on Motown and its affiliated...

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Weekly Fecal

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Mississippi’s 3 Doors Down serves up its brand of song-free Southern rock with occasional nu-metal superfluities while copping from themselves (their 2003 Iraqi war-assisted smash “When I’m Gone” gets reworked). And catching a cinderblock with your face would be more fun than listening to “Landing in London,” which, incidentally,...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Spill the wine

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

Carla Bruni’s Quelqu’un M’a Dit walked all over Europe and the UK in 2004, making the former supermodel a singing sensation among music geeks and casual listeners alike. With the album’s American debut, it’s easy to hear why. Bruni’s songs brush easily along in conversational French, and the acoustic...

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Re: Definition

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

Michigan’s musical architect Zo! is back with a remix project of some of the hottest soul-house and hip-hop tracks heard in the past few years. From Slum Village and Little Brother reworks to Jill Scott and Vinia Mojica classics, this album proves that Zo!’s been hard at work redefining...

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