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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Eat the Night

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Crimson Sweet named their first album Livin’ in Strut. There’s a “Strut Report” on their Web site, which is a fabulous image even if it only turns out to be a tour diary, and “Blood Transfusion” from their new record Eat the Night slays with the line “Strutting down the...

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Barking dogs, beer and porch songs

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Bulldog singer-songwriter Kenny Tudrick has seen some hard road, and has done many things in rock ’n’ roll (some hit, some missed) — enough that when he writes about his life you believe him. From the singer’s thin hips and Gram Parsons bangs-in-eyes shag to his sideways swinging Tele and...

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Smash Rockwell

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 12:00 AM

After a solid stint of touring, Casual’s perfected his emcee style, and this — his third official album — is his best work to date. It’s a Bay Area anthem, complete with guest appearances by E-40, Too $hort, and Richie Rich. Though the album is filled with hella amounts of...

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Lightyears

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Because Lightyears is Kathy Valentine’s first solo album, it naturally moves ambitiously through every style she’s likely wanted to try since falling for the guitar in 1972. “Retouch Me,” for example, offers a little spunky new wave (nodding to her tenure as the Go-Gos bassist), while the bluesy pop of...

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The Stranglers — Live 1978 in San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 12:00 AM

When is something of purely historic interest neither historical nor interesting? When it’s the Stranglers videotaped on a crummy black and white camcorder with sound like it’s emanating from the belly of a pencil sharpener. People who long dismissed the Stranglers from the rest of the class of ’77 because...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Slick as Lincoln

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Come on Feel the Illinoise, the second in Sufjan Stevens’ planned 50-LP homage to each state in the union, is a sprawling, creepy, weepy, sweet, frustratingly long but oddly beautiful confessional journey through the Prairie State. Within its 74 minutes it contains songs about UFO sightings, Mary Todd, Indian wars,...

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Lurker of Chalice

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Lurker of Chalice is a side project of Wrest, who’s probably best known outside of the black metal underground for his Burzum-like alter ego Leviathan. That stuff’s relentlessly bleak, its drum work spitting like a storm of acid rain. But with Lurker of Chalice, Wrest proves curious about the textures...

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