Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Complete Motown Singles Volume 6: 1966

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Any year of the 1960s holds its fair share of prestige and regard in Motown history. And the last four volumes of Hip-O-Select's series (chronicling 1961 through 1965) have showcased that with a barrage of consistency that's overwhelming. And yet, whether your interest is civic, musical, historical or whatever, 1966...

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Enter death’s creep

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Varius Artists I Belong to This Band: Eighty-Five Years of Sacred Harp Recordings (Dust-to-Digital) Entrance Prayer of Death (Tee Pee) As Entrance, Guy Blakeslee’s ruminations on mortality assemble like stacks of mildewed treasures discovered in some abandoned home — a few pages torn from James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time,...

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Getting Progressively less stodgy.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 1:56 PM

Vijay Iyer Jazz Club @ the Max (Orchestra Hall) 12/15/06 Detroit, MI Cutting-edge jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, who combines elements of world music with straight ahead acoustic jazz, and whose style of playing resembles Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner at the apex of their popularity, was the featured attraction Friday...

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Remembering Ahmet.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 1:25 PM

Not many record executives have touched so many aspects of pop culture as the late Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records. The son of a Turkish ambassador to the United States, young Ertegun and his brother Nesuhi felt the love in black American music and returned it (making a big...

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Land of Os.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 12:20 PM

By press time for our 12/20/06 issue, rumors had been swirling about the state of Oslo, the downtown Detroit sushi bar and lounge that's hosted the local and international electronic music community since opening in 2004. What's really going on and why it happened is still murky, but you can...

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Smoke Break, vol. 5:

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 10:45 AM

We're taking it to the streets for the fifth volume of Smoke Break, just two dudes complaining about making their year-end Top Tens. Yeah, how fucking hard the life of a rock critic is. Yeah man, really. Making lists. That's a real bitch. Well, good talking to you; my break's...

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Trouser stuffing

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Live, they're a fixture. But Brass Knuckle Heartbreak marks the first time Grande Nationals have gotten it together for an actual album. And from "Meet me at the Hotel" (with that great "Down in Detroit!" harmony), the convincingly salacious "Pink Sweater," and "Spend the Night" — full of devilish grins,...

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The Inspiration

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Young Jeezy's never been shy about his desire for wealth, and he makes such sentiments clear right from the start of The Inspiration. The opener, "Hypnotize," with its repetitive hook of "I command you niggas to get money," sets him up as half-hustler, half-motivational-speaker. Problem is, he can't quite figure...

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Kaleidoscope

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 12:00 AM

It's a veritable who's who of Detroit jazz talent on this anticipated new double-disc release from bassist Don Mayberry. It feels like a huge family reunion, with vocalist Dennis Rowland, pianists Tad Weed and Kenn Cox, trumpeter Dwight Adams and multi-saxophonist Vincent York, plus two obscure compositions from late pianist...

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Once Again

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Coming off his multi-Grammy, platinum-selling debut Get Lifted, John Legend might have felt some pressure to follow up with something that would propel him even further into radio stardom. Instead, he approaches Once Again with the poise and professionalism of a veteran, writing well-crafted pop songs that clearly come from...

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