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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Lysergic time capsule

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 12:00 AM

"Acid" is right. Practically every cut on San Fran neanderthud trio Acid King's third full-length opens very gradually, just like the tentative onset of an LSD trip. Ditto the full-sensory explosion that inevitably follows, smacking you into psycho-physical submission. Subscribing to a low-end theory similar to the Melvins, Sleep and...

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In Your Honor

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Ed. — This guy Art is an alcoholic meth freak who lives in a trailer. He used to, or still does, review porn movies for a living. We happen to dig his writing. A textbook argument in favor of drummers sticking to the stool. This isn't even worth the time...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

American grrrls

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Here’s the drama you’ve been craving. After rising out of riot grrrl rage, creating six albums of lithe and literate somewhere-punk music, and rightfully ignoring reams of apologist rock crit hot air, Sleater-Kinney — the veterans — have made a transitional album. Here, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss...

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Lucero

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2005 at 12:00 AM

After Memphis quartet Lucero’s third album, 2003’s That Much Further West, was hailed by the press (Rolling Stone dubbed it “the country album the Replacements never made”), the proverbial breakthrough seemed imminent. Alas, a label collapse and sundry business problems conspired against it. Licking its wounds, the quartet hunkered down...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Open wide

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Shakira's new album Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 is sung entirely en Español, the precursor to November 2005's English-speaking Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. But why wait for a translation? Do you tear your eyes away from the video for Fijación's crisply pulsing "La Tortura" to ask of a Spanish-speaking pal, "What...

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Jackpot!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 12:00 AM

When the topic of zydeco music comes up, the name that comes most quickly to mind is Buckwheat Zydeco (aka Stanley Dural Jr.). He's done more than anyone else in recent years to popularize this form of Louisiana Creole folk music. Jackpot! is Dural's first studio record in eight years....

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Bob Seger

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Long before local Bob Seger ascended to classic rock royalty with his radio-friendly visions of proto-Americana — "Night Moves," "Against The Wind," etc. — he was a gritty garage-rocker whose late '60s and early '70s records subsequently inspired punk bands to turbocharge Seger numbers like "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," "Get Out...

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Weekly Fecal

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Ed. — Ok, I assigned this record to to one of my writers for review. Here's the writer's actual e-mail: Carleton S. Gholz writes about music for the Metro Times. E-Mail letters@metrotimes.com....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Yo, Jack

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Dear John,You got married today, eh? Good on ya, boyo, if true. Of course, one never knows. Neat little package of personal publicity on the eve of your record release. The sneaky "hack" leak on the Web site. Charming (in a "digitally-integrated viral marketing plan" way). I’d like to take...

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Terrorhawk

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Every Michigander — or at least the five Michiganders in Bear vs. Shark — will tell you it takes hefty portions of beer, campfire smoke and ATVs to write an impressive follow-up to 2003’s Right Now, You’re in Good Hands. The band wrote Terrorhawk secluded in a cabin in the...

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