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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Detrola

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Detrola is recorded proof that living well — or at least just living through it — is the best revenge. Detrola is the first full-length from His Name is Alive since parting ways (what a nice euphemism) with longtime label 4AD. And it's a knockout. HNIA brainman Warn Defever has...

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Memphis Ninny

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:00 AM

America's favorite depress-you-to-impress-you babe doing a Southern soul record? It all but guarantees that the best thing you'll hear from Chan Marshall this year is her vulnerable-voiced cover of "Hanging on the Telephone" for a Cingular commercial. The Greatest? More like The Disappointment. Recorded at Memphis' Ardent Studios and utilizing...

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Silk & Soul

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Someone said that when Ella Fitzgerald sang that her man was gone, it sounded like he stepped out for cigarettes. And when Billie Holiday sang, you knew the cat was never coming back. So let's talk about how Nina Simone sings it. Listen to her version of "My Man's Gone...

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The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Television and rock music have never been comfortable with each other. Live TV sound has mostly missed the point. The energy rarely transcends the awkward, small stages and the few minutes allotted for performances never allow the performers to warm up. The best moments on this two-DVD collection of punk...

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The Minstrel Show

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Their profile jumped on the strength of producer 9th Wonder's terrific work with Jay-Z (The Black Album's "Threat"), Jean Grae and Destiny's Child, but emcees Big Pooh and Phonte aren't exactly milquetoast. The Durham, N.C., trio lead a crew they call the Justus League, and like their 2003 debut, The...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Oh, mother

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 12:00 AM

We've been hearing some of these songs for a few years now: "Ginger," "1771." But they're coated with new grease for the Cyril Lords' full-length No Fun debut, and Motherland ends up being a real good time. It's cranked to efficiency. The herky two- and three-minute blasts of three-piece impatience...

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Alright, This Time Just the Girls Volume 2

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Is there anything sexier than a chick playing a guitar with the vim 'n' swagger of someone who was born to strum? Or a gal at the mic, strutting and confident in her knowledge that every eye in the room is upon her? That's what you'll take away from the...

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Sun, Sun, Sun

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Elected leader Blake Sennett recorded most of Sun, Sun, Sun while on tour with his other band, literate indie darlings Rilo Kiley. Appropriately, it has a travelogue quality, from the tourist brochure artwork to the way supporting players come and go. (Contributors include Eisley vocalist Stacy Dupree and Rilo Kiley...

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No Ordinary People

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 12:00 AM

There's nothing overtly Christian about the songs on No Ordinary People, the debut of local trio Schaeffer. But the search for direction and a sense of meaning are common themes for the brothers Rossi throughout , and their crisp, firmly melodic pop is well in line with CCM sensation Jeremy...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Stroke me, stroke me

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 12:00 AM

First impressions of Earth? It sucks — unbearably so. The problem being that, of all the things that become the Strokes — undeniable hooks, celebrity girlfriends, cheekbones to die for, etc. — desperation isn’t one of ’em. And after the lackluster sales of 2003’s underrated Room on Fire, the band’s...

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