Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007 01:21 pm

Hard-to-categorize Menomena catches fans off guard with latest release

Untitled Document Menomena isn’t easily pigeonholed. The Portland, Ore.-based experimental trio doesn’t fit easily into any particular genre; it’s much too comp...
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 01:54 am

This is no Miami sound machine — these Floridians have killed regionalism

Untitled Document They may hail from balmy Miami, but the Postmarks certainly have a yen for the changing seasons. Their debut full-length boasts such climatologically perverse s...
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 07:04 am

A merciful god would have quit with frogs and locusts

Untitled Document The Book of Exodus isn’t one of God’s finer moments. From the moment he first appears to Moses in the form of a burning bush, it’s obvious tha...
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 01:03 am

They don’t only embrace death, they revel in it

Untitled Document When it comes to death, most sane people would prefer to put it off for as long as possible. As Dylan Thomas famously advised, “Do not go gentle into that...
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 05:58 am

Twenty-one artist tribute to Daniel Johnston a mixed bag

Untitled Document Maybe you’re thinking that the world doesn’t need another Daniel Johnston tribute album, and maybe you’re right. Regardless of where you stand...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 01:00 am

Scabrous boogies, sad-sack serenades, and weird-even-by-his-standards curios

Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards, Tom Waits’ three-disc, 54-track tour de force, is more than a cleverly titled collection of outtakes, rarities, and oddball covers. It’s more than...
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 03:38 am

Swan Lake takes music to new heights of idiocy

In the booklet accompanying Swan Lake’s debut is the following epigraph: “Beast Moans is a testament to friendship, eternal and otherwise.” The sentiment is sweet but more than a lit...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 03:53 pm

Joanna Newsom’s sophomore effort shows off her narrative powers

The cover art for Joanna Newsom’s sophomore album, Ys (pronounced ees) depicts the folk chanteuse as a Renaissance peasant with a sickle in one hand and a portrait of a butterfly in the other. T...
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 11:08 am

Isobel Campbell may sound a bit fey, but that’s OK

Hot on the heels of Ballad of the Broken Seas, Isobel Campbell’s album of duets with Mark Lanegan, Milkwhite Sheets finds the Glaswegian cellist/chanteuse all by her lonesome again, with mixed r...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 02:32 pm

Rapper’s new Kingdom Come doesn't feel like a comeback

It’s difficult to muster up the nerve to throw stones at a guy like Jay-Z. Ever running the rap game, he released a chain of hits, rarely missing a link and never staying off the charts for long...

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