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12.17.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
At her saddest, the voice of Edith Piaf was sorrow itself, intimating that love is a state of unsatisfiable yearning and life is melancholy without end. When she was ebullient, however, Piaf was a bolt of electricity. She was France’s analog to Billie Holiday and like the American jazz singer, led a troubled life and died too young. One of 2007’s great films, La Vie en Rose, has been...
11.20.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
That's like calling it David Duchovny's siganture show... The big news today: The Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing Showtime over the title of their David Duchovny series "Californication." The lawsuit alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming the title is "inherently distinctive, famous ... and immediately associated in the mind of the cons...
11.15.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The 100 Best Indie-Rock Albums Ever? Thems fighting words, but... November 15, 2007 | 03:01 PM A list of the "100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever" scheduled to appear in the December issue of Blender has gone online. The bloggers are already debating it, mostly half-heartedly, but before I dork out and join them, I'll go out on a limb and say the magazine actually did a pretty good job. Now for ...
10.08.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As Wilco's Tuesday night Milwaukee concert at The Rave approaches, the city has been flooded in hype about the group's live show. A print advertisement deems the group, via the London Sunday Telegraph, "the world's most exciting live rock band," and a radio commercial repeats the claim. I mean this question in no way to be contentious, but does anybody believe that assertion is true? I haven't s...
11.27.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Heavy metal, Brit pop and the Summer of Love As the holidays near, here's a reminder of the obvious: Box sets make great gifts; single CDs don't. These days, more than ever, CDs feel slight and disposable, but box sets are hefty and sustentative. They're also quite expensive, which makes them an indulgence, the type of gift people normally wouldn't buy themselves. One company in particular has ...
11.28.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Jonas Brothers are the tween Beatles Forget about Amy Winehouse's meteoric rise, the 50 Cent/Kanye West showdown or Radiohead's bold In Rainbows pricing plan. The biggest music news story of 2007 has got to be Disney's newfound dominance in the music industry. It's an easy story to ignore, since most childless, adult listeners won't ever be exposed to the music Disney releases through its Ho...
12.13.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Awkward eulogies: Ike Turner's death yesterday has posed an uncomfortable dilemma for many publications: How, without being condescending, do you eulogize a man infamous for beating his wife? Here's a representative smattering of ledes published today: • Ike Turner, a music legend who paired up with Tina Turner in St. Louis to form a superstar duo, then saw his reputation tarnished by...

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