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Christian Fennesz returns to shore

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By Erik Morse

After a long musical sojourn with former Yellow Magic Orchestra electronics magus Ryuichi Sakamoto on 2007’s Cendre (Touch), an extensive live collaboration with Mike Patton and a nomination for Best World Album by the Ethic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMA), Christian Fennesz returns to the sonorous shores of his past with a new 7-inch entitled "On a Desolate Shore a Shadow Passes By."

Released as a part of Touch’s vinyl-only Seve Read more »

The man who fell to Saul Williams

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By Benedict Sinclair

As far as Saul Williams albums go, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust (available for download here) is a success. As far as Trent Reznor(-produced) albums go, it’s also a success.

This all-around decent pop album includes an endearing U2 cover and on a number of songs linking up with the sounds of TV on the Radio. Read more »

Go darker: Darker My Love sets us swirling

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By Todd Lavoie

Fuzz fuzz fuzz! Douse yourselves in some sweet-lovin' reverb this Saturday, Jan, 12 - that's when LA's narco-garage thumpers Darker My Love bring the noise to the 12 Galaxies stage, promising an evening of spark-shooting feedback and deep-echoed harmonies. Read more »

"Hermaphrodite"'s Eric Copeland gets it both ways

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By Irwin Swirnoff

When the lines of past and future become blurry there's the opportunity for a new world to emerge. The space Eric Copeland has created with his most recent album, Hermaphrodite (Paw Tracks), is one where animal meets machine, melody moves around dissonance, and the constant collision of the past and the future remind you that it’s never just one or the other. Read more »

Happy Elvis' Birthday (a day late)

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Cause nobody rocks the jailhouse like a jailbait Fergie.

Walking in the rain with Gene Page -- and calling Gloria Scott

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I'm just walking in the rain with the one I love on my mind. That's what happens when I fall deep into the sounds of the late Gene Page, whose signature string arrangements are gorgeous throughout Gloria Scott's soul cult classic What Am I Gonna Do.

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Clubz: Please nuke the gayz of Williamsburg

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I knew it! I knew that once that trashy pole of nightlife fakulousness, Misshapes in NYC, closed, all the raunchy club kidz it spawned would either run for corporate cover (you can now hire the famous Misshapes DJs for corporate events -- will they displace Michael Bolton at next year's Oracle convention?) or hit the tragic talkshow circuit. Or hit the tragic talkshow circuit AND start their own "rap" band. Read more »

Listen locally! A musical new year's resolution

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Blow me down, Sweet Crude Bill and the Lighthouse Nautical Society.

By Todd Lavoie

Another new year, another new year's resolution - but rather than going for the usual tired song-and-dance about eating less or becoming thriftier or getting more organized (yawn), how about something with a bit more spark - and sparkle! - for 2008? Read more »

Clubz: Calling all galactic zombies

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Yeah, yeah, we've all been bombarded with Italo Disco the past couple years in the clubs... BUT -- what about Italodisco tracks laid down by an actual Italian? Read more »

The day "Boobs!" died

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Alas, word has come on the hot gay wires that fabulously risquee night club chanteuse of the '40s and '50s, Ruth Wallis, has passed from Alzheimer's.

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Wallis, progenitress of such incredibly double entendred tunes as "Hopalaong Chastity," "The Dinghy Song" ("Davey had the cutest little dinghy in the Navy"), and, a personal favorite, Read more »