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Music, Perfumed Genius creates glacial ballads

Perfumed Genius creates glacial ballads

Mike Hadreas is not who you'd expect him to be. It's hard not to approach the Seattle resident, who records as Perfume Genius, very carefully. His debut album, Learning, is a set of skeletal ballads, spotlighting fragile, double-tracked vocals and…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Have Not Seen It All

You Have Not Seen It All

He's kind of the Daniel Johnston of performance art: Local entertainer Dan Carbone possesses an epic dedication to his art, which could be defined as "being super weird." Plenty of people (art school druggies, mostly) dabble in being super weird,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Married to Drums and Keyboard

Married to Drums and Keyboard

The ingredients of Mates of State are so simple and few — drums, organ, two voices, the infectious glow of marital bliss — that you’d think the band would be treading water after five albums. Quite the opposite: The ever-harmonizing…
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Music, Daniel Johnston teams up for power pop greatness

Daniel Johnston teams up for power pop greatness

Daniel Johnston has weathered dramatic peaks and valleys in his 30 years of writing, recording, and warbling songs. He had early brushes with fame, including a major-label deal and the patronage of Kurt Cobain, and a series of downturns in…
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Music, Hear This Spectrum

Spectrum

Jason Pierce's band, Spiritualized, is the highest-profile act to emerge from the ashes of Spacemen 3. But pay close attention to fellow Spaceman Pete Kember — aka Sonic Boom — if the massively influential drone-rockers' catalog has left you wanting…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: Daniel Johnston Posesses Bimbos

LastNight: Daniel Johnston Posesses Bimbos

Daniel Johnston August 22, 2007 Bimbo’s 365 Club Better than: Watching the documentary a fifth time. Download: One of the hundreds of Daniel Johnston videos available. It’s 9:00 on a Wednesday night and a sold-out crowd impatiently waits. They…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Over the course of recording 30 albums, Daniel Johnston has been compared to Brian Wilson and has provided inspiration to artists like Kurt Cobain and Yo La Tengo. And yet his songwriting understandably hasn't always been the focal point of…
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Music, Reviewed Tom Waits

Tom Waits

In a year when we dissect bands like Arctic Monkeys and Wolfmother, it's reassuring to think that Tom Waits can spew out his leftover crap and still lambaste a vast majority of these potential one-album-wonders. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards…
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Music, Indie Rock

Indie Rock

I 'm of two minds re: Yo La Tengo, one of the most popular indie bands of the past decade. On one hand, mainstays Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley are the nicest rock 'n' roll couple you're likely to meet.…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Poetry and Puncture Wounds

Poetry and Puncture Wounds

The Proposition (First Look) There's an old saying about Ginger Rogers, who did everything Fred Astaire did -- but backwards and in heels. This Australian western seems to be saying something similar about gritty American westerns: You think that's…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; itÕs always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. WeÕre interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Way Down in the Hole

Way Down in the Hole

Countless are the creative souls who struggled with mental illness, as are the novels and films dedicated to them. Again and again, we've encountered artists both inspired and undermined by their madness, whose torment and tumult produce works of beauty…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; itÕs always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. WeÕre interested in your film or video event.…
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Music, Reviewed The Late Great Daniel Johnston

The Late Great Daniel Johnston

For many, it's hard to understand how the shrill-voiced, clinically bipolar, and often childlike songwriter Daniel Johnston found himself with a double-album tribute that contains covers of his greatest hits -- as performed by the likes of Tom Waits, TV…
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The Crazy Train

Mental instability has always held a special place in rock music, a genre that prides itself (at one time validly) on its outsider status and reckless disregard for conventional norms. The canon is filled with both literal and figurative lunatics,…
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