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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Blowout no Travolta.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 1:47 PM

Blowout X is live. Get your tickets now for the tenth anniversary run of our annual music binge weekend. Plenty of highlights this year, from old faves to who the fuck? new bands that your lamer friends will only get around to loving in 2008. And we're challenging you, too:...

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Girlishly yours

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Last summer, Lily Allen and her saucy lips took over the UK airwaves with "Smile," a reggae sun-splash of Jackie Mittoo samples, slick mixing and Allen's flirty vocals. Sugary and sweet in song, but a bit gnarlier in the press, the 21-year-old Allen became all the rage in a bitstream...

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Wincing the Night Away

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

With its generic structure and nondescript melody, "Phantom Limb" initially seems like a poor choice for the lead single from the Shins' hugely anticipated third album. But then the counter-melody pops in at the 2:24 mark, and the simple, soothing and deceptively familiar "oh-oooohh-ooh" gives "Phantom" a lift. Curious how...

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Casually Smashed to Pieces

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

While Six Parts Seven has toned down the Eno-ing post-rock mannerisms for its most structured set in years, the stalwart-looking Viking on the cover of the Kent, Ohio, band's fifth album definitely means business. Call it a metaphor, call it what you want — the collective of six and sometimes...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

No place to turn.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 7:15 PM

The De'Sean Jones Quartet's performance Jan. 19 at Baker's got our jazz scribe Charles L. Latimer thinking about the promise and pitfalls of being a young jazz cat in 2007.--JTL Two years ago, saxophonist De' Sean Jones was a promising prospect in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra program....

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Gore galore

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Full disclosure: I used to work for this band and on a personal level, I think they’re terrific human beings. But I suppose that's why hearing that the Gore Gore Girls were recently signed to Bloodshot Records in Chicago — the label that launched and/or facilitated the careers of Neko...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Smoke Break 9: Lou Reed & Troy Aikman.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 12:03 PM

In the ninth edition of Smoke Break, I recount my experiences as a 6th grade Richard Dent, and wish the current Chicago Bears good luck in the Super Bowl. Also: what if Lou Reed was an analyst instead of Troy Aikman? JTL Watch all the Smoke Breaks here. As always,...

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Garage in ’07? Nah.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Arizona’s Love Me Not’s recorded In Black & White here in Detroit at Jim Diamond’s Ghetto Recorders. The two dudes wear sharp-cut suits, the two girls wear go-go boots, and the record blows by in an agreeable enough but pretty indistinguishable tumble of vintage organ and pep siphoned from 1960s...

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Friend Opportunity

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 12:00 AM

This is what happens when people with music degrees are given record deals. Deerhoof is often championed as the little band that entertains the big bands. The coed Bay Area trio has supported the likes of Radiohead, Wilco, and the Roots on tour, and it’s notable when a group of...

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II

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Sasquatch’s sophomore record treads like good stoner rock, its cracked earth littered with broken booze bottles and ashen fragments of rolling papers. Sounding less metal and more rawk than their 2003 offering, the Los Angeles trio revives the sun-baked, kegger-party energy of early stoner heroes Kyuss more than anything else....

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