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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Juliette Lewis isn’t really a celebrity, you know. She’s more like the lank-haired girl in gray acid-wash and unbloused high tops: cute enough in the rec room light, but she wouldn’t warrant your Iron Maiden bar mirror money if you met her at a carnival. Even bad girls won’t,...

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Inflammable Material, Nobody’s Heroes, Hanx!, Go For It

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Straight outta war-torn Belfast, Stiff Little Fingers, fronted by larynx-shredding vocalist-guitarist Jake Burns, dived headlong into the punk fray in 1978 with a Clash-worthy, neutron bomb of a single, “Suspect Device.” Signing to Rough Trade, the group quickly assembled its debut LP, and Inflammable Material sounds as fresh now...

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The Hard Lessons

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2005 at 12:00 AM

No offense to the Funk Brothers, but trundling out Joan Osborne to wail through “Heatwave” for the Sunday evening panini crowd just doesn’t seem that soulful anymore. Now, don’t go getting shitty about the comparison. No one’s saying Gasoline is on par with history’s masters. But hear this: The...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Grievous indie angel

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2005 at 12:00 AM

It takes a lot of courage to make a lo-fi solo record these days. It takes even more guts to do it a second time. Known to the Detroit’s pasty-skinned indie set as a one-time member of Saturday Looks Good To Me and the Black Forest Girls, Miss Kelly...

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Tangled Up / Live Or Else

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2005 at 12:00 AM

From an archival perspective, the Necros always seemed to get short shrift. But hopefully the twofer at hand will restore a few pages to the history books; along with Detroit’s own Negative Approach, the Maumee, Ohio, combo (1979-88) was among the premier Midwest hardcore outfits of the era. Tangled...

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The Fatals

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The Fatals seem to pull a ruse on anyone lending an ear. With three 7-inch singles pressed in depressingly limited quantities (all of which sold out instantly), the logical mind figures this CD compiling their unavailable sides as a smart move. To make the CD itself as difficult to...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Island girl

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Iceland is a verdant land of lichen and laptops where Müm and other ümlaut-poppers make music from blips and gnomic fables. See Müm’s Finally We Are No One. Emiliana Torrini is different. She has Icelandic blood too. But her songs on this are as plainspoken as the record’s title....

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Hearing is Believing: The Jack Nitzsche Story

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2005 at 12:00 AM

There’s a craft that has all but disappeared from pop music these days — the craft of the arranger. Nowadays, the producer (or some other ProTools-mouse-clicker responsible for reassembling last year’s hit into the next hit) has usurped that task. Gone, largely, are the people who, using pen-and-ink, wrote...

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Dimmer.

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Dimmer. is a gorgeous arc of restrained pop shaded with burnt sienna guitars and subtle wisps of percussion, strings and soft electronics. A Brit living in Chicago, Elkington got assists from some of the city’s finest for Dimmer. The record was recorded with ex-Coctails Barry Phipps and Mark Greenberg;...

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Gimme Fiction

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Progression was Spoon’s Britt Daniels’ middle name for nearly eight years. Intense Pixies-aping led Spoon to a cup of coffee as a major label pop-punk act, and that wound down to a succession of laughably good pop albums. That notion of versatility supplies Gimme Fiction’s only downside, as the...

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