Monday, September 10 2001
For most of his career, Ben Folds has thrived on examining those things that needle and surprise us from within -- even in his fictional narratives, you can sense very real experiences whispering from the shadows. Beneath the versatile Tin Pan Alley flourishes and Randy Newmanesque pop sheen of his songs, Folds's attitude ranges from heartfelt to smirking to unforgiving (sometimes all three at once).
“Alternative Tentacles will not carry these CDs in our mail order. I will not sign them. I don’t even want them in my collection”.—
A happy marriage would move these guys from Saturday Night to Sunday Morning. But with the bride running from the altar, well, that means the Derailers are back in the honky-tonk, right where they belong.
It’s right there in the liner notes. I’m referring to the problem with Johnny Carson On Comedy, a new CD from Laugh.com.
Boy, do I feel like an idiot. After enjoying the hell out of 1999’s rock-electronica opus Surrender, I jumped when a new Chemical Brothers disc
Having had some unpleasant encounters with rock guitars lately and a blazing row with a “real” jazz fan—who was mortified by a deep house
The Charlatans have never been the most original band, but their combination of every cool-sounding musical style ever approaches an original sort of derivativeness.
It was with John Mayall’s Bluebreakers that Eric Clapton first accrued status as Britain’s premier guitar hero. His groundbreaking electric blues playing made
Undoubtedly the oldest adage offered to writers is the trite “write about what you know”. San Franciscans Beulah seem to have taken the phrase to
First there was the banging introduction. Clearly them Neptunes were up to their usual brew of post-millennial digitized funk. I’m thinking Mystical, who they
You can see ‘em creepin’ out of the swamp. Dragging their wet, murky feet through the mud and onto the abandoned dirt road just on
Monday, September 3 2001
Apparently, I’d heard correctly—and the critic was the gangling boy behind me, piping up shortly after lead singer Polly Jean Harvey joined her
Public television’s Sessions at West 54th series has spent the last few years providing healthy doses of high quality, intelligent music in an intimate
For over 60 years, citizens of Olympia, Washington, have gathered at Lakefair, a city carnival that takes place during the second week in July. Since 1994, Yoyo
I suppose if the title of this review caught your eye, then you’ve come here expecting something special. Well, I’m happy to say
The 3 Mustaphas 3 concept can be most readily comprehended by listening to “Radio Szegerely”, the first cut on Play Musty for Me. Imagine it’s the
The musical texture of that opening story-song, “Ballerina Fell…”, is supplied by keyboards and a powerful voice that is both angelic and eerie. Both that
From the opening moments of “While You Were Out”, Erik Sanko’s Past Imperfect Present Tense is a quiet exercise in nervous melancholy. His music
I was sitting with Carl, who isn’t a music enthusiast, but who is interested in these music reviews I write, and the strange and
Beautiful LosersEver tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better —Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho After a year that became, in his own