Wednesday, December 7, 2005

The only garage band that matters?

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

Reams have been written about the Black Lips’ out-of-control live shows. The vomiting, the firecrackers, the penis-played guitar solos and the urinating into one’s own mouth all make for sensational headlines, but their records often leave listeners nonplussed. This release will change that. These lovable degenerates’ unhinged brand of out-of-tune...

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Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

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

Shakira’s English-language companion to June’s Fijación Oral definitely connects to that album musically. The Gustavo Cerati duet “Day and the Time” is simply Fijación’s “Dia Especial” sung in ingles, and Oral Fixation is her usual mix of heartfelt pop and ambitious balladry, Latin flourish, and rock and dance texture held...

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Sawmill Man

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

Born and raised in the backwoods of Old Sand Mountain, Alabama (in an honest-to-god tarpaper shack), Joseph “Cast” King does not fuck around. See, at age 79, Sawmill Man is King’s debut album. He first hit the stage at 14 with the Alabama Pals and eventually toured the United States...

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Boards of Canada

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

Boards of Canada are two Scottish techno-hippies who make the most beautifully melancholic and psychedelic fall-color funk ever. Theirs is a kind of damaged sound, like old scratchy sound track LPs or 8-track tapes warbly from too much dashboard sun. But where 1999’s Music Has the Right to Children was...

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Piss is Perfect

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

The artwork is minimalist, a photograph reminiscent maybe of a Belle and Sebastian LP cover. But don’t be quick to judge, because something far more sinister than a pretty picture of a pretty girl lies underneath. Singer-guitarist Levi Bailey’s tongue is planted firmly in cheek, spitting rants on sex, society,...

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Running with the Boss sound

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

Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen’s third album, serves as both the final movement of his early career and the beginning of the legend he’s become. The 30th Anniversary Edition is handsomely boxed and features a completely remastered CD version of the album, a 48-page booklet of previously unpublished photographs, and...

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