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The Mystery Made Flesh

The enigmatic musician known only as Jandek surfaces after 25 years in seclusion.

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The story used to be a simpler one. Jandek, it was said, was a total enigma, a musician as reclusive as J.D. Salinger or Thomas Pynchon. Back in 1978, he put out the first of his self-released, scaldi ...   More
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Douglas Wolk

All Over Again

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings time warp to 1972, when the soul was good. Oh, wait-it still is.

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"My name is Binky Griptite," the guitarist announces. "Tonight, for your special pleasure and enjoyment, we have for you a super soul sister that's been exciting fans across the world with her excitin ...   More
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 Douglas Wolk

The Wonderful Truth

Mission of Burma is back in top form with a new album and an ear-splitting live show.

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Back in 1985, Mission of Burma released a posthumous live album, The Horrible Truth About Burma, recorded on their final tour: a crop of songs they'd never gotten to record for real. The horrible trut ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 Douglas Wolk

You Get What You Give

Franz Ferdinand wants to make you dance. If superstardom comes with the package, so be it.

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At the beginning of Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster's collection of highlights from WFMU's The Best Show, New Hope for the Ape-Eared, radio host Scharpling gets a phone call from Corey Harris, singer f ...   More
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Douglas Wolk

Cough Syrup Dreams

Welcome to the world of the Handsome Family, where the folk is dark, the lyrics are darker.

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"We had this song, 'My Sister's Tiny Hands,' where one sister is bitten by a snake and the other goes and destroys the forest," the Handsome Family's Rennie Sparks says with a sigh. "I gave a copy of ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 Douglas Wolk
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