Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Robyn is (still) here.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 12:29 PM

Remember Robyn? After conquering the pop charts in her native Sweden (where she'd been a child star), she hit America as a teenager in 1996 with “Do You Know (What it Takes),” an effortless R&B flutter that checked the comfortable slip and watery bass grooves of jams like Monica’s “Don’t...

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The lady is no tramp

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Jay-Z's most recent signee to Def Jam, Lady Sovereign knocks out a legitimate spot on the roster with Public Warning. Bringing the gutter and grime of the London projects where she was raised, Sov skips the sexiness that other female rappers often try to amplify and use to their advantage...

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Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin Redux

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 12:00 AM

The themed Red Hot + (X) compilations, assembled to raise money for AIDS awareness, were a mainstay throughout the 1990s. The first, Red Hot + Blue, featured artists like U2, Sinead O'Connor and Tom Waits interpreting the songs of Cole Porter. Later entries included Red Hot + Bothered (a jumble...

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From This Moment On

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 12:00 AM

When Diana Krall deviated from her usual interpretative approach to golden-era love songs for 2004's largely self-penned Girl in the Other Room, she proved songwriting wasn't one of her greater strengths. But few contemporary jazz vocalists can infuse love songs with such warmth, and for From This Moment On, Krall...

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Saturday Night Wrist

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 12:00 AM

After nearly 20 years together and a slew of side projects, Deftones' provocative metal blend continues to resist mainstream classification. Saturday Night Wrist, the band's fifth, is its fiercest yet, building on the blistering intensity of 2000's White Pony but pulling also from the more visceral impulses of the 2003...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Only God Knows Why

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2006 at 4:21 PM

There's no way to report on this shit rationally, and that's not my job, anyway. So instead I'll poke fun.-JTL DETROIT--With the announcement this past weekend of her divorce from area Coors Light enthusiast Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson has reportedly bequeathed her left boob to the City of Detroit. “I...

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Zune Out...

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2006 at 11:21 AM

The Microsoft Zune digital music player is less than a month old, but it's already facing tremendous adversity. For those unaware, the Zune is Microsoft's attempt to create an 'iPod killer'. And while the unit offers a few nifty features, such as wireless song sharing (Microsoft calls this "squirting")...

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

They speak out

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Poetry on Record ($49.98) accomplishes what seems nearly impossible: It humanizes 98 of the Western world’s inimitable poets in a way that your typical two-ton freshman lit anthology never could. This exciting four-disc collection breathes life back into such literary warriors and saviors as William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Robert...

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Friday, November 17, 2006

People try to take my soul away.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2006 at 2:38 PM

There’s an overhead shot in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II. Paul Stanley reclines in swaths of black silk, surrounded by 1980s high-hipped lingerie hotties, his luxurious weave splayed out across shimmering pillows. He’s not saying anything. He doesn’t have to. He seems to be speaking some silent language...

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Smoke Break vol. 2

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2006 at 12:04 PM

Smoke Break is back. This time around there’s a lot of griping about Ray Manzarek, a little bit of dancing, and a special appearance by the Detroit People Mover. Smoke Break is still all talk and no action. But there's no gutter this time; instead, Brian Smith and I are...

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