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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Glass city rockers

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Glass Heroes hail from Arizona, but their motorcycle jackets and black jeans are more suited to New York City’s all-night bustle, or the overcast skies of Keith Jackson’s Detroit roots. (Jackson played in Shock Therapy before heading west, while “Get Out Alive” and “Long Hot Summer” date from his time...

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American Primitive Volume 2

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The record biz enjoyed a golden age before World War II — everything was so damned new that producers were willing to try anything once, and sometimes captured brilliance. There are too few laudatory words in the English language to lay on this collection of stunning and overlooked American music....

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Mi & l’Au

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The bad news barraging our culture at mid-decade encourages a lot of looking inward for comfort, of finding solace in romantic escape. Vashti Bunyan’s recent return to recording is no surprise; her placid folk music is a healing salve for our collective social wounds. Mi & l’Au’s self-titled debut isn’t...

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One Man’s Treasure

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

As musical director for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds throughout the 1990s, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey did a credible job helping others find their voice. And as post-punks maturing into musical purists in the days after the riotous Birthday Party, Harvey and his collaborators strove both for immediacy and timeless...

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Weekly fecal

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Need a remedy for insomnia? Then dig the plodding grooves on songstress Cindy Bullens’ sixth record, the aptly titled dream #29. You’d think a collection of soft-rock tunes featuring friends and guest contributors Delbert McClinton, E Street bassist Garry Tallent, Elton John and Red Sox knuckler Tim Wakefield (?) should...

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Simulated Progress

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Reimagining Vijay Iyer Savoy Simulated Progress Fieldwork Pi Dear record execs: Here’s a question: How many more easy-listening jazz anthologies do you guys have in the pipeline? After Jazz for a Lazy Day, Jazz for Romantic Moments, Jazz for a Summer Night, Jazz for a Mellow Morning, Jazz at Night’s...

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The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Irish drinking songs and punk-rock fury go together like thongs and dollar bills. So does Southside Chicago and the Irish — having one of the highest concentrations of Celtic folk this side of the Emerald Isle. Influenced by the Pogues and Jameson Whiskey, the Windy City’s Tossers take a more...

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: 25th Anniversary

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

While the focal point was always their shock-value, overwhelming politics and the terse vibrato of lead singer Jello Biafra belligerently delivering it all, the Dead Kennedys were much more of an ensemble than their blazing speed initially indicates. Their debut, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, is their most tame and...

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Odditorium or Warlords of Mars

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Assessing this hootenanny without mentioning Dig! or the Brian Jonestown Massacre is like writing about Lee Harvey Oswald without using the word patsy. Like it or not, that cinematic bitch-slap defined both bands for a lot of folks who otherwise might’ve gone on confusing them with Love and Rockets or...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What up, pussycat?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 12:00 AM

What better gauge of our growing dissatisfaction with Bush country than witnessing America’s most beloved melody maker suddenly scribbling his own frustrations and personal politics down on a lyric sheet after more than a half-century of silence? And then having Sony tell him he’s gotta take the “F” word out....

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