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Amon Tobin CD review [Ninja Tune]

Music Reviews Amon Tobin CD review [Ninja Tune] By May 22, 2007, 02:41 --> AMON TOBIN The Foley Room CD Up until now, Tobin was known as a master studio manipulator so skilled in mutating samples that their original sources were rendered invisible. There was no reliance upon easy funk loops—as used/abused by Fatboy Slim, […]

Noxagt LIVE review

Music Reviews Noxagt LIVE review By Mar 29, 2007, 02:19 NOXAGT pic © J. Graham --> NOXAGT / ETTRICK / ACRE at Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA; March 27, 2007 No thanks to a nasty 79¢ canned chili dinner, I missed most of the openers tonight, arriving in the middle of a typically breathless Ettrick […]

WEAKNESS IS STRENGTH (and Other Orwellian Twists Courtesy of Our Confused Pals in the Haute-Hipoisie)

Music Features WEAKNESS IS STRENGTH (and Other Orwellian Twists Courtesy of Our Confused Pals in the Haute-Hipoisie) By Mar 28, 2007, 01:53 --> Went to a show last night at El Rio. I like the joint, a casual and homey hole with cheap drinks and shuffleboard, but the crowd made me want to go all […]

Terminal Sound System CD review [Extreme]

Music Reviews Terminal Sound System CD review [Extreme] By Mar 28, 2007, 02:12 --> TERMINAL SOUND SYSTEM Compressor CD Terminal Sound System's preceding full-length, Last Night I Dreamed of Armageddon, came courtesy of Hive Records, a New York label best known for concussive industrial pummeling and darkstep techno aggression. But break open the CD's plastic […]

Chrome Cranks 2xCD review by John Graham

Music Reviews Chrome Cranks 2xCD review by John Graham By Jul 20, 2007, 20:33 --> THE CHROME CRANKS Diabolical Boogie 2xCD While neither innovators nor formula-synthesizing scientists, 1990s NYC punk-blues bruisers the Chrome Cranks always verged so close to spontaneous combustion that their explosiveness could well have come in handy on the Manhattan Project. Even […]

Lake of Dracula / Weasel Walter Quartet CDs reviewed by John Graham

In the mid-1990s—back when the phrase “No Wave” wasn't tossed around like a $2 training bra—Weasel Walter reigned as the (then mostly forgotten) genre's biggest memorialist.

The Horrors CD reviewed by John Graham

Music Reviews The Horrors CD reviewed by John Graham By Aug 20, 2007, 06:53 --> THE HORRORS Strange House CD So these hurricane-coiffed Brits totally steal every piece of their musical cake from the Birthday Party. So what? Even if their thievery is sometimes blatant enough to verge on bold insult—like the way “Horror's Theme” […]

Grinderman LIVE review

Music Reviews Grinderman LIVE review By Jul 30, 2007, 05:11 --> GRINDERMAN / BELLMER DOLLS at Slim's, San Francisco, CA; July 27, 2007 I was faced with a choice: catch a dramatic musical legend performing in a glorious concert hall bedecked with rococo flourishes, or watch a 50-year-old man have epileptic fits in a grubby […]

Adult. & Volt CDs reviewed by John Graham

Music Reviews Adult. & Volt CDs reviewed by John Graham By Jul 27, 2007, 07:12 --> ADULT. Why Bother? CD VOLT CD With every robotic step, Adult. clomps closer to mastering the synth-drunk deathpunk of other recent retro acts like Subtonix and the Vanishing, or maybe even spunky New Wave killbots the Epoxies, only with […]

The Blood Brothers CD review by John Graham

Music Reviews The Blood Brothers CD review by John Graham By Jul 25, 2007, 05:37 --> THE BLOOD BROTHERS Young Machetes CD The Blood Brothers are my favorite band—with my least favorite singers. From the start, the instrumental core of guitarist Cody “Not Rocky” Votolato, bassist Morgan Henderson, and drummer Mark Gajadhar has wrought some […]