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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Daydream believer

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Nineteen-year-old Molly-Jean Schoen is a junior English major at Michigan State University who picked up guitar at 15 and played in some “crappy high school girl bands.” At best, Jean’s young-girl lyrics are whimsical like diary entries; she’s a balladeer of innocence and adolescence whose folk pop is peppered with...

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Live 1984 Starland Ballroom

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Looking for technical proficiency or a high-quality, remastered, digitally enhanced DVD? Don’t bother. This is the post-Misfits, pre-Danzig band in all of its glory; raw, pissed-off and scary as hell. The footage trembles with fear as Glen Danzig’s voice skips like scratched vinyl. The band is literally in the frenzied...

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Lost Horizon

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

In their earliest incarnation, Friends of Dean Martinez were sort of a cactus league Ventures, writing spiny, windswept instrumentals that imagined the Rat Pack carousing in the Mojave. Ten years and numerous lineup shifts later FoDM is now a trio led by Texas-based steel guitarist Bill Elm. And while vestiges...

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Searching For Soul: Rare & Classic Soul, Funk & Jazz From Michigan 1968-1980

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Alcohol is a killer vice, and Robert Jay knows it. When the Detroit funk legend wrote the infectious “Alcohol” in 1969, he was hungover and mad as hell. Yet Jay’s blues-funked “Alcohol” became one of the most beloved, and nearly impossible-to-find sides in the funk music canon. While a few...

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Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Cue spooky music and chaotic, spliced-together vocals from a cast of thousands explaining, probably, that Halloween is either A) under attack; B) evil; C) something kids in Africa don’t celebrate. Tearing a page from the Harlequin Romance-Goth Book of Love manual, this all-star, single-song, four-mix disc reaches for parodic ’80s-styled...

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Time for a retrospective already?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Odds ’n’ sods anthologies are, invariably, mixed bags — the iPod Nation’s fractured attention span and shuffle aesthetic notwithstanding. Not even the granddaddy of the genre — the Who’s Odds and Sods, duh — is totally listenable. This two-CD collection from the Dirtbombs, however, sidesteps the odds ’n’ sods jinx....

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The slum of their parts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00 AM

When a group is as fabled as Slum Village, history becomes a kind of invisible instrument. Four years of lineup changes, bouts with troubled members, struggles to indoctrinate replacement players, all led to this, their fifth (and tellingly self-titled) album. And the one question their fans want answered is simple...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Imported Volume 1.5

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Detroit is a hotbed for noncommercial talent, so it’s timely that Cello — an unabashedly mainstream R&B singer from the Motor City via the Bahamas — is waving a radio-friendly flag, and is headed straight for Billboard’s R&B charts. This picks up where his 2004 debut, Imported, left off. It’s...

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MT-approved supergroup

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Say hello to Szymanski, Shettler & Morris, the Motor City’s first post-garage supergroup. This limited-edition (500 pressed and numbered) album finds singer-keysman John Szymanski (Hentchmen, Paybacks), drummer Dave Shettler (Nathaniel Mayer and the Shanks, ex-Sights, etc.) and guitarist Marty Morris (Cyril Lords) determined to bring “quality music back to style,”...

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Extraordinary Machine

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Extraordinary Machine has to be Rory Gilmore’s internal sound track. The plucky young heroine of Gilmore Girls regularly engages in intellectual hopscotch, peppering her rapid-fire speech with references to everything from indie rock to Emily Brontë. But she’s also sweet, thoughtful, and available to everybody. This is why Rory needs...

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