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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Dope flow!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Around the late ’90s, word on the street was that you had to see Joel “Da Fluent” Greene in action to believe how magnetic his personality was. At the time, he was the host of Café Mahogany’s legendary open-mic poetry night. He was the “finger snaps, toe taps and...

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Little Barrie

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2005 at 12:00 AM

This four-song EP from bluesy British power trio Little Barrie came highly recommended by no less an authority than legendary Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who’s a big fan (and label mate). And it’s easy to see why. These three gents mash up funk and blues and soul in...

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Weekly Fecal

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Pop fluff so weak it makes Savage Garden sound like Savage Grace by comparison. It takes all of 10 seconds to realize why Verraros didn’t win his American Idol stint — because his vocals are wafer-cookie brittle and thin. Usually, production gurus can protect artists with fat, booming rhythm...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Cartoon nightmare music

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Despite having already dropped albums cheekily devoted to science fiction and film composition, and another consisting solely of one 74-minute noise-rock track, Fantomas may have managed to out-strange itself. This 30-song disc is a surreal, violent exercise in musical schizophrenia — a split-concept album that serves as a tribute...

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Arular

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 at 12:00 AM

On Arular, Sri Lankan Londoner M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam) speaks in dizzying multinational slang over beats jury-rigged from U.S. hip hop, dancehall riddim tracks, mech-tech weirdness and the hyper-amateur thrill of South American baile funk. In “Bingo,” steel drums compete with spluttering laser beams and thumping bass. The lyrics of...

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Good Things

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Beginning with 1993’s Rise Above, Epic Soundtracks (formerly of Swell Map) released three solo efforts rich in tasteful songwriting and high on a traditional approach his old post-punk outfit couldn’t use. It wasn’t the hookiest music, but perfect pacing and a wry veneer helped Epic own his trad-pop pieces....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Cowbells and sex!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Millions of Americans embraced Coldplay’s weepy mush-pop. That’s fine; there’s a place for trite pianos, and it’s called Banana Republic. In the real world America still crushes on the basics — electric guitars, fireballs, thumping cowbells and sex in bucket seats — and Ash has been bringing those for...

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You Don’t Know What I Know

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The Fat Possum label has for years been unearthing underappreciated bluesmen and bringing them back into the spotlight (see, among others, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough). And, praise be to Allah, they’ve done it again with Little Freddie King. You could call this garage rock — mainly because King works...

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Guero

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Midnite Vulture’s lobotomy beats faded as Beck drove east into the desert, and soon he’d eased into the contented weariness of Sea Change. That transition was jarring for some. But by 2002, most Beck fans were rolling with his shifts of music and mood, and Guero rewards that perseverance....

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Give Daddy the Knife Cindy

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Anybody remember the Dukes Of Stratosphear, XTC’s nom du rawk tribute to psychedelia? Against all odds, the high-concept project worked because the originals tapped the same sonic mainline as the actual ’60s tunes that inspired them. Similarly, in 1984 when the Damned mounted their garage/psych set of covers, plus...

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