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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Whisper to a scream

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

The Knife opens Silent Shout with the title track. As mysterious and icily beautiful as the Scandinavian winter is long, its sinister bass line is followed by frantic synths, digitally processed vocals and drum programming that scratches like rusty needles. But what is Karin Dreijer Andersson saying, her voice sounding...

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Cansei de Ser Sexy

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

For Brazilian kids who grew up speaking Portuguese, São Paulo disco punks CSS have a way with the witty English couplet. "Music is my king-sized bed," sings frontwoman Lovefoxxx over a sleazy up-and-down glam rock riff, and she follows with "My music is where I'd like you to touch." The...

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Nightlife

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

"What to do when you're trapped in a machine?" Jenny Hoysten asks on Erase Errata's Nightlife. It's not the first time a musician has expressed concern with this country's scary political climate, but few contemporary artists match the intelligence and blatant intensity with which this San Francisco trio turns its...

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Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Tributes to Leonard Cohen are like a cottage industry — this is at least the fourth release of its kind — but the sound track to Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man has a unity lacking in 1991's I'm Your Fan and 1995's Tower of Song. (Another plus: no Don Henley)....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Stabbed in the ear

A box set’s noisy history lesson

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00 AM

In 1981 Lester Bangs wrote a piece called "A Reasonable Guide to Horrible Noise" that explained his attraction to abrasive scree thusly: "There are many here among us for whom the life force is best represented by the livid twitching of one tortured nerve, or even a full-scale anxiety attack."...

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Ticket Crystals

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Bardo Pond has rarely deviated from its brand of heady, inky psychedelia and space rock across 15 years and more than a half-dozen full-lengths (some named after lickable toads and psychoactive mushrooms), and they don’t with Ticket Crystals either. This is bewildering stuff, but beautiful too; as grotesque as it...

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Mo’ Mega

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00 AM

It’s understandable that Mr. Lif doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a "political rapper." That’s a phrase as limiting as the quotations that surround it. But despite Lif’s best efforts to showcase his other sides (the vaguely humorous "Washitup," the sentimental "For You"), he’ll always be best as a political...

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The Eraser

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00 AM

The Eraser should satiate Radiohead enthusiasts salivating for their favorite band’s forthcoming seventh album, which is slated for 2007. Neither unpredictable nor unrewarding, Yorke’s debut solo outing follows his established MO of asking and answering questions in a cryptic figure eight. But even though every electronic tick, werp, bleep and...

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Worthnothings

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00 AM

It’s pretty impressive that Georgia Anne Muldrow played all the instruments, and wrote and produced everything on her debut EP for Stones Throw. Thing is, even with all that talent on display, the record’s still missing something. There’s nothing overtly wrong with Worthnothings; actually, there’s even a lot right with...

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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

What’s French for ‘air guitar’

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Can you release a metal album in 2006 without being “thinking men” or “smirk merchants”? Montreal longhairs Priestess can, and have. Hello Master, the foursome’s RCA debut, presents 12 meaty, booming, acid-blues rippers with nary a wink, nod or prog-guitar-geek aspiration, aiming for the bullshit-less fuckYEAHness of a Motörhead, AC/DC...

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