Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Body of Work

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

Nitzer Ebb crafted synthesized bass lines that sounded like the Neptunes trying to play Metallica riffs on a keyboard, and Douglas McCarthy's vocals gave pegged-pants proto-ravers something to shout along with. It was electronic body music (EBM), and it might as well have been Nitzer Ebb's very own subgenre. Singles...

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

You'll not feel the drowning.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 1:21 PM

In 2005, when Danger Mouse and MF Doom made that record with backups from the Adult Swim crowd, it was a nice little bump in the pop culture continuum, like when you’re in the woods and the root systems from trees all around you tie themselves into knots and bust...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Smoke Break, vol. 4

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 10:45 AM

It's the fourth volume of Smoke Break, live from the mud and the blood and the grease traps. Smith and I travel the hoary high waters of deserved and undeserved criticism, both local and national. The central issue? Everybody's right in the 21st century, which means no one's wrong. Paranoia...

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Royal thrush

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Since making her debut with 2004's Milk-Eyed Mender, Joanna Newsom has truly become indie rock's crown princess. Her fringed parchment folk evokes the spirit of a young Kate Bush but also captures the childlike mystery of CocoRosie, and her exquisite lyrics read like Renaissance literature, or at least the daydreams...

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Play Themes from the Dark Pink Circus

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Detroit-based X! Records often adds proud little phrases to descriptions of its releases. "Includes photocopied and stapled sleeve," or "Each copy has its own individual message written on the CD." With limited pressings, there's leeway for DIY. But homespun, person-to-person touches like this are also key to the music X!...

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Pop Ambient 2007

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Since the premiere 2001 edition, Kompakt's Pop Ambient compilations have been one of the few things that make the holiday season bearable. With comforting reliability, these collections immerse you in the bracingly cool warmth of analog (and digital) bubble baths. The tracks gathered are always dreamy descendents of Brian Eno's...

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Rhythms Del Mundo

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Alternative and modern rock faves reinterpreted with and by the Buena Vista Social Club sounds like God's gift to public radio, back of course when public radio played music. But these iPod classics reinvented as Afro-Cuban two-steps are more often than not revelations too. Ibrahim Ferrer and his Social Club...

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3.5MB Pop Shots

From Eminem Presents the Re-Up

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM

When Eminem is really on his game, his raps spin out at a hundred hard angles, like Tetris on its most crazed level. It's chaos, you think; it's too fast. He'll be subdued. But he nails every rhyme, and shades every rhyme inside those rhymes, so that by the end...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What's up doc, can we rock?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2006 at 4:38 PM

For every Fiona Apple, Ginuwine, and Shakira on its roster, there’s a Cheyenne Kimball and any number of flunkies from Rock Star: Supernova; there’s also Peter Gallagher. But it would probably still be pretty cool to say you had a record deal with Epic, so if you’re in a band,...

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Live Jazz Roundup

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2006 at 9:57 AM

Metro Times jazz scribe Charles Latimer checks in with a roundup of last week's jazz gigs.—JTL Don Mayberry 12/6/06 Jazz Forum Gross Pointe Unitarian Church Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan There have been some memorable concerts at the Jazz Forum concert series over the years, but Wednesday night’s set from bassist...

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