Thursday, May 31, 2007

Stop The Madness!

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2007 at 12:27 PM

Hip-hop shop talk Are you sick of seeing hip hop reduced to disposable soundbites and cheap consumerist trappings and hocked to the kids of America for huge capitol gain? Sick of lowest-common-denominator tactics in pop hip hop that uphold the honor of a greedy fuck like Donald Trump, as if...

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How the Sights spend their time

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2007 at 10:56 AM

Dig this: The Sights present the Stedman Filbun Hour. It's no wonder the new record isn't done, eh?...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tio Bitar

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The immediate reaction to this record is that the precision and musicianship of the players is damn-near detrimental. Most songs on Tio Bitar sound like a mathematical calculation of what exactly a Dungen song should be. And the precision ... these guys play with jazz-like proficiency. Guitarist Reine Fiske could...

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TURBO TEEN

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Japan's Boris has proved several times that they can bend the sound of their instruments to their will. The end result will always fry your mind. Sometimes it's guitars spewing layers of violent feedback or its MC5-emulating garage rawk. But on Rainbow, Boris unplugs the distortion pedals and delves headfirst...

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Don’t Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition)

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

When Dylan headed out on his 1965 tour of England, he was ascending a dizzying peak of creativity. He hadn't yet gone electric on stage, and was a year from being famously branded a Judas. He had a physical beauty and musical irresistibility that brings to mind the Hindu Lord...

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Cowboy or cowgirl?

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Gretchen Wilson's third album does a whole mess of window shopping before the cheesecake queen of New Nashville cuts the shit and makes it simple: She sings, "I'll show you what a mother I can be" with the rapier wit of a Jeff Foxworthy punch line. With its straightforward gait,...

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Dinosaur's Jurassic Heart

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Dinosaur Jr.’s new album — the first since 1989 with its original lineup — is appropriately named Beyond because it’s largely a transcendental affair. The trio of guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph have risen above years of angst and drama to prove there’s an intact group...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tudrick quits Rock, woofs up Bulldog

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Kenny Tudrick, the full-on Detroit rock ’n’ roll star who isn’t famous (yet), is officially off Kid Rock’s payroll. That’s right. The spindly, floppy-fringed guitar hero (yes, guitar hero) quit Kid’s slowing gravy-train ’cause, he says, he “had to.” Besides, we gotta ask, ain’t the ex-hit-making, George W.-supporter’s shtick...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Rufus Wainwrong

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Through the wailing timpani, bass trombone and background screaming about "fire and brimstone," the central question of the opening track of Rufus Wainwright's fifth album, and first as a producer, is a simple one: "Do I disappoint you?" Oh, Rufus, it's not that you disappoint so much as you exhaust....

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Year Zero

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Mr. Reznor described Year Zero as a concept record existing in the not-so-distant (and nihilistic!) future. Maybe he thinks the masses will come around and swallow his industrial din whole in 2022 — that they'll love him again, like they did in 1994. But, Year Zero collapses under a humdrum...

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