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Hellacopters’ High Visibility

Written by Joe S. Harrington on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Some weasels have argued that the gaunt-rock stab of Sweden’s Hellacopters, which more or less recreates classic Motor City mayhem mixed with primal Aussie skid, is a mite too studied. While I would disagree with this meager premise alone, I would go so far as to say that the Copters have actually surpassed their influences. [&hellip
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Emancipation Suite #1

Written by Joe S. Harrington on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Excellent trio performance by these three honchos, bound to please the dwindling yet faithful free-jazz audience. Actually, "free jazz" is a misnomer–since Silva plays something called "orchestra synthesizer," this could just as easily be termed electronic music with jazz overtones. Bassist Parker, while a renowned jazz cat, is amorphous at this point: he’s made so [&hellip
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New B. Jonestown/Warlocks Releases

Written by Joe S. Harrington on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Rise and Fall Warlocks (Bomp) Two excellent neo-psych renderings by two of the best the West Coast has to offer. The Jonestown are legendary for all their interband squabbles as well as feuds with their record label. The long-awaited followup to their–so far–only major label outing, Strung Out in Heaven, has yet to materialize. Like [&hellip
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The Faint: New-Wave Kleptomaniacs

Written by Joe S. Harrington on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

With the "punk revival" having run aground, it was inevitable the next retro flashback was gonna be "new wave"–how much so became apparent with the release of the latest New Order album in September. The whoosh of the snap-drums and the hum of the synth–not to mention the nouveau romantique pose–signified a full-blown revival of [&hellip
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There’s Much Bliss to Be Found on David Kilgour’s A Feather in the Engine

Written by Joe S. Harrington on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

New Zealander David Kilgour is one of the founding members of the Clean, perhaps the preeminent Kiwi son-of-Velvets outfit. On their latest album, last summer’s Getaway, the trio scraped away at their usual Velvets scrabble, which has won them a devoted following all over the heavily factionalized indie landscape. This new solo album by the [&hellip
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