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Double the Blackness!

New releases by Black Angel, Black Heart Procession, The Culottes, Reload and Thalia Zedek.


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Black Angel Bitter Suite (self-released) Before their long-running weekly gig at Dante's came to an end, Portlanders with a taste for hot-buttered soul could sate themselves regularly with Black ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

Treasure + Trash

New albums by Amon Tobin, Beck, Jets to Brazil, Floetry and Radio Zumbido


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Amon Tobin Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune) Ninja Tune posterchild Amon Tobin delivers yet another collection of complex, confounding and endlessly creative cuts. This time, he inches closer to t ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

Bright New Sounds of the Great North West

Fresh-pressed regional product from Badger King, Pete Krebs, Minus the Bear and Sleep of Oldominion.


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The Badger King The Tongue and Tooth EP (States Rights) Sometimes seeing the Badger King live feels more like being at a karaoke bar than a rock show. It's hard to pin down what, if anything, "pr ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

Heat, Insects and Omaha

Canada's Hot Hot Heat, creepy-crawly Tribes of Neurot, Sinéad's wispy misstep and more.


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Hot Hot Heat Make Up the Breakdown (Sub Pop) Victoria, B.C., is known as a pretty traditional town, a geographically and chronologically unlikely outpost of tea-'n'-crumpet Edwardian Englishness ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

Ani, Iron, Glitch-Funk & Trust

Recordings by Ani DiFranco, Iron & Wine, National Trust, Spaceheads and Squarepusher.


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Ani DiFranco So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter (Righteous Babe) The album, recorded in "some club in Nantes, France, and that bar in Boise, Idaho, and a few places in between," is a career-spann ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

Biblical Fear and COCO, too

Reviews: K Records' lo-fi action, 16 HP's loathing, Green Day's homage, more.


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COCO The COCO Sound (K) COCO's analog drum-and-bass picks up where Dub Narcotic Sound System starts to get boring (i.e., after the first two minutes of any DNSS song) and offers some heady respi ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

Exhumed Undead!

Digging up American Analog Set, The Pixies, Marianne Faithfull, metal and more.


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American Analog Set Updates EP (Tiger Style) This EP is a collection of two American Analog Set rarities remixed by the band itself, and two remixes each by Her Space Holiday and Styrofoam. HSH pr ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

Southern Comfort?

Vastly different sides of Dixie from Antiseen, a Cajun tribute and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.


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Antiseen Screamin' Bloody Live (TKO Records) On the night of June 6, 2001, I was torn. Hickoid behemoths Antiseen were set to take the stage at the Ash Street while Dead Moon was over at Satyricon, ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

We've Gone Klezmer Krazy!

Diaspora-a-go-go with Avenue A, Abe Schwartz, Dave Tarras, Frank London and Les Yeux Noirs.


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Abe Schwartz The Klezmer King (Columbia/Legacy) Les Yeux Noirs Balamouk (World Village) Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars Brotherhood of Brass (Piranha)Abe Schwartz stepped off the boat in ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)

7 GOING STEADY

New albums by Bella Fayes, The Decemberists, The Makers and more.


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The Bella Fayes The Truth in a Beautiful Lie (Secret Decoder)Bella Fayes guitarist-singer Lael Alderman has endured some bruising encounters with the beast that dwells within the music industry. ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 Zach Dundas (editor)
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