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And You Think Your Life Sucks

New albums from Quasi, the Haggard and ex-members of Lifetime

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QUASI: THE SWORD OF GOD (Touch and Go) On which the Portland duo urges us to STOP WHINING and realize that LIFE IS PAIN.Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss are up to their old tricks, while polishing up som ...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2001 John Graham, Jemiah Jefferson, Kim Nowacki

Krautrockers vs. Detroit Thugs in Fatal Showdown

New disc from Motor City madmen the Dirtbombs and U.S. debuts from the krazy Krautrock of Neu!

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THE DIRTBOMBS: ULTRAGLIDE IN BLACK (In the Red)The Gories' Mick Collins lends his filthy genius to a soul-rock torpedo--number 19,258 (with a bullet) on Amazon.Those who have spent their summer with ...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2001 By Brian Libby, Sam Dodge Soule

We Heart Cult Leaders & Pretty Boys

Beguiling new discs from the Strokes, Causey Way and Squarepusher

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THE STROKES: THE MODERN AGE AND HARD TO EXPLAIN EPs (Beggars Banquet, Rough Trade)New York retro-rock pretty boys look to add a U.S. conquest to their U.K. triumphs.Generating the sort of respon ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2001 Joe Henlin, Dewey Mahood, Jennifer Tatone

Tricky, Tricky, Cha Cha Cha

Schizophrenic new discs from Moreno Veloso + 2 and Tricky. PLUS: Microreviews!

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MORENO VELOSO + 2: MUSIC TYPEWRITER (Hannibal/Natasha)The son of a samba king reinvents the bossa nova.A gently plucked guitar, a sweet and melancholy melody, two sheets of sandpaper rubbed togeth ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 Kirsten Flagg, John Graham, Dewey Mahood

Daddy, What's a Fontanelle?

New music from Orlando Cachaito Lopez, Fontanelle and Rick Crittenden

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FONTANELLE: F (Kranky [CD]/Audraglint [LP])The Portland experimenters create funk for nerds and post-rock that goes beyond background music.Is it instrumental, improvised twiddling that lacks the ...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 Dewey Mahood, Rolf Semprebon, Bill Smith

The Jared & Lucinda Show

New discs from the Tight Bros, Lucinda Williams, Calla and Kelly Joe Phelps

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THE TIGHT BROS FROM WAY BACK WHEN: LEND YOU A HAND (Kill Rock Stars)The anarchic Olympians take garage rock back to school. The necro-retro anachronisms of the recent national garage-rock revival ...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 Robert Becraft, John Graham, Jeff Rosenberg, Bill Smith

Detroit, Portland, Tokyo!

White Stripes, Wow & Flutter, M. Ward and Zeni Geva

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THE WHITE STRIPES: WHITE BLOOD CELLS (Sympathy for the Record Industry)The Motor City causes célèbres continue to wander beyond the borders of Garageland.Suddenly, national media org ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 Robert Becraft, Zach Dundas, John Graham, Jennifer Tatone

Of Switchblades, Septets and Sylvia Plath

New records by Scared of Chaka, US Maple, Tim Jensen and Kara Schickele

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SCARED OF CHAKA: CROSSING WITH SWITCHBLADES (Hopeless) Maddeningly catchy punk that is to Blink 182 as Stoli is to Hood River Vodka.A record that says: --Let's have eight cups of coffee apiece and ...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 Robert Becraft, Zach Dundas, Tom Healy, Bill Smith

Feed Thom Yorke!

Reviewed: Radiohead and Album Leaf. PLUS: Microreviews.

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RADIOHEAD: AMNESIAC (Capitol) ...in which the sublime miseries of Kid A and OK Computer come to their conclusion.Any study of the Radiohead phenomenon offers certain challenges. First, Radiohead ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 Robert Becraft, Seyta O. Selter, Jennifer Tatone

Foetus + Frenchies = Fun

REVIEWED: Thirlwell's mania, Swords Project's obsessions, Air's whimper, Plug's predictability.

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FOETUS: FLOW (Thirsty Ear) The industrial legend plays ringleader in a manic and murderous schizoid cabaret.To say that Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell constitutes a one-man cult of personality would be a ...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2001 Robert Becraft, Zach Dundas, John Graham, Brian Libby
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