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Monday, June 30, 2008

Inherit (Ecstatic Peace)

Every once in a while, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Pussy Galore’s Julia Cafritz, Boredoms’ Yoshimi P-We and sometimes (but not this time) Pavement’s Mark Ibold (and no, indie fanboys, that does not mean a Pavement reunion is in the works) get together to break what must be the tedium of being in some of the coolest %#@*ing bands in the world...
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Anywhere I Lay My Head (Rhino)

In between getting engaged to Van Wilder and filming a make-out session with Penélope Cruz for the new Woody Allen picture, Scarlett Johansson (Scar-Jo if you’re nasty) decided, “Hey, might as well record a bunch of Tom Waits songs.” So she called on the production skills of TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and the two . . .
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Monday, May 26, 2008

My Bones

The second EP from Champaign, Ill.’s Santa solidifies and tweaks the band’s brand of infectious, psychedelic indie-pop. Throughout the six songs, Santa shows a distinctive sound while allowing room to experiment with song structure and textures . . .
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Monday, March 31, 2008

Real Emotional Trash (Matador)

Three years ago, in reviewing Malkmus’ Face the Truth, I compared it to a bad Woody Allen film—if you’re already a fan, you’d find something to like. If that album was, say, Jade Scorpion, and Malkmus’ work with Pavement was Annie Hall, then Real Emotional Trash is The Purple Rose of Cairo. Some will love it.
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Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008

Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (Geffen)

“Rufus Does Judy”: You’ve gotta love Wainwright’s cheekiness. This two-disc set is filled with it, ranging from childhood remembrances of dressing up as Dorothy and the Wicked Witch (recounting his father’s bewildered utterances of “Dear God”) to his mother saying she feels “like Celine Dion” when she’s brought . . .
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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007

Comicopera (Domino)

With a bit of help from some old friends (including Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera) and a few new ones (Paul Weller), Robert Wyatt has produced what's possibly his most heartbreaking album to date: no easy feat

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