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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hip-hop homeboy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 12:00 AM

As Detroit debuts go, Bulletproof is closer to Kid Rock’s Devil Without a Cause than Eminem’s Slim Shady LP. Eminem has always been a character, but Hush — longtime Em’ homey and fellow white rapper — has been unfairly, if understandably, compared to him (see the scathing Bulletproof review in...

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Penitentiary Blues

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 12:00 AM

As the liners to this reissue of his 1970 debut note, David Allan Coe’s reputation as a roustabout continues to overshadow recognition for his music. Of course, at the same time that rep has always fed the man’s muse. On Penitentiary Blues he lays out the brigandry, the hard time...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Crowd pleaser

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Sometimes movies tweak you at the end. The hero dies, or loses his true love to a prick with high hair. The camera ascends like a soul or windblown tear, and all of a sudden you’re fiending for a happy ending. Reality can buzz off — this is Hollywood, so...

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First It Boils, Then It Spills

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 12:00 AM

They’re more rock than Queens of the Stone Age and more roll than the White Stripes. So, think of Columbus, Ohio’s the Evil Queens as a collaborative manipulation of rock ’n’ roll’s past and near-present — but in a good way. Singer Jacob Sundermeyer draws comparisons to a throatier, less...

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Destroy the Warming Sun!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Well, it worked in the early ’90s. Back then bands like Man or Astro-Man? and Six Finger Satellite regularly devolved Devo and Dick Dale into mucky noise-rock art projects and surf guitar send-ups wired to Art Bell’s brain. It got old quick, but it was fun for a while. Fortunately...

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George Is On

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The Washington, D.C. progressive house duo Deep Dish are out to prove that dance music can live beyond the DJ booth with George Is On, their first artist album since 1994’s Junk Science. GIO features a house version of Fleetwood Mac’s "Dreams"— sung by Ms. Stevie Nicks herself — as...

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Weird Tales of the Ramones

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 12:00 AM

At their peak, the Ramones were about gestalt. Four guys united under leather pumping out simple, declarative anthems in a wall of sound all under three minutes. Their first four albums are punk’s main primer and essential. They made 14 studio albums, however, and are now being anthologized for the...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Very well mixed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 12:00 AM

It’s a sound track, it’s a mixtape. In Jim Jarmusch’s new film Broken Flowers, a neighbor gives Bill Murray’s shiftless main character some music for a road trip, dusky and curious Ethiopian jazz from bandleader Mulatu Astatke. Beautiful as jazz but taken for left and right turns, it sounds vaguely...

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Different Class: Complete Singles and Unreleased Recordings

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Squished beneath the glitter boots of the Sweet, Slade and T. Rex, U.K. quartet Jook sadly went unnoticed as one of that era’s Bright Young Things. Too bad too, ’cause the sides collected here (their RCA and Chiswick-Bomp singles, plus unreleased songs from an ill-fated album) find a band befitting...

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Momentum

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 12:00 AM

As befitting a practitioner of state-of-the-art jazz, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman has released two discs reflecting both sides of the contempo coin; the Elastic Band plays listener-friendly, if occasionally tedious, funk-jazz while the SF Collective plays in a more traditional and also occasionally tedious if slightly left-of-center mainstream style. The...

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