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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Powder Burns

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Since debuting with the Afghan Whigs exactly 20 years ago, Greg Dulli has remained passionate but conflicted, with a twisted heart that thrives on lust, sex and suffering. He's also a gritty soul singer who happens to make some of the most honest rock 'n' roll music ever. Powder Burns...

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Doomsday duo

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM

The word mord means "murder" in Norwegian. And appropriately, Christendom Perished is Scandinavian black metal in the traditional sense, with hurtling bone-saw guitars, barely human shrieks pealing low through the mix, and relentless, abusive drumming underneath it all. The two-man band — Necrolucas plays drums, Nordra everything else — blazes...

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Supergroups or superdupes?

All-stars run amok and look for (re)definition

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM

"She may or may not be from the future, but she's definitely from outer space." That's the hazy realization on "2012," the moon-cheese pop nugget that falls midway through SSM's official self-titled debut. Yes, the astro-girl in question is gorgeous. But there's also the sense that she might've drugged the...

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Broken Boy Soldiers

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Jack White deserves kudos for squeezing his hefty record collection into the pliable ears of kids the world over, informing them of the American South, Son House, Blind Willie McTell, Zep, the Stooges, Detroit, etc. White Stripes records were, in many ways, pop-music history lessons. To coincide, White learned his...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Queerly experimental

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Matmos' sample-heavy aesthetic allows for instruments made from surgical tools, whoopee cushions and a rodent trapped in the duo's San Francisco apartment. They definitely love a concept. Here, they've constructed 10 "sound portraits" of gay cultural figures like philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, would-be Warhol assassin Valerie Solanas and beat writer William...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Nomo takes on the world

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Nomo is well-known for the ability to be elastic. The Ann Arbor ensemble regularly hits up bebop, hi-life, samba and polyrhythmic sounds, making classification difficult and dwelling on genres fruitless. The group's multi-layered sound not only borders on Afro-beat, but it laughs at acid jazz and borrows from the improvisational...

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Rinôçerôse

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Apple, together with its longtime ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day, is tops at tagging its iTunes/iPod campaign with tracks that scream "UNIQUE!" and "CATCHY!" at equally dangerous decibels. The chosen song needs to sound fringe and club-ready at the very same time, while being disposable like so many ones and zeroes. And...

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Floating World

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Anathallo writes lush pocket symphonies that make grand twists and take stately, Sufjan Stevens-worthy turns. Maybe it's a west Michigan thing — like Holland's favorite son, the Mount Pleasant collective has a penchant for mass-part harmony theatrics and arrangements that settle intricately around detailed storylines and subtle Christian themes. But...

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St. Elsewhere

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Danger Mouse proved he could flip an unlikely beat and make it sing in 2004, when he sampled the White Album under rhymes from Jay-Z's Black Album. Then he got even more colorful as the beat doctor for Gorillaz' second album. Now Danger's united with hip-hop eccentric Cee-Lo (Goodie Mob)...

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Davies’ picture book

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Maybe it was getting shot in the leg by a mugger. Maybe it was lowered expectations brought on by the sad sales figures of the last few Kinks albums. Maybe it was the same baby-boomer peer pressure that saw the Stones cough up an album this century that didn't suck....

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