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Music, The Past Imperfect

The Past Imperfect

There's a part in the recent Haruki Murakami novel Kafka on the Shore where two characters discuss a sonnet. It's a long and difficult song, rife with glaring imperfections, and the pair of listeners love it. One mentions that an…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Orton

Beth Orton

For her fourth solo album, British singer Beth Orton — whose early career was all about merging techno and trip hop with Nick Drake-inspired folk — teamed up with producer/musician Jim O'Rourke, best known for weirding up albums by Wilco,…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Orton

Beth Orton

Beth Orton has largely eschewed the spotlight during the four years since her last album, Daybreaker, making it all the more surprising that she spent just two weeks recording the follow-up, the startlingly minimalist Comfort of Strangers. It's an uncanny…
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Music, Reviewed The Red Krayola

The Red Krayola

The history of underground legends the Red Krayola can be split into two radically different chapters. The first ('66 to '68) is the story of a psychedelic noise-rock trio from Houston that released two beautifully mind-bending records. The second ('69…
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Music, Reviewed Loose Fur

Loose Fur

Loose Fur is not a Jim O'Rourke album -- but that's only true in the sense that Magritte's famous painting The Treason of Images (which features the line "This is not a pipe" written in French below an obvious pipe)…
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Hear This

Oval and Jim O'Rourke A musical polygamist, Chicago multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke inhabits at least two worlds, relentlessly and prolifically poking at the boundaries of modern folk and avant-garde noise. Blessed with a graceful finger-picking style that peeks over John Fahey's…
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Whipping Post

Tortoise TNT (Thrill Jockey) Trans Am The Surveillance (Thrill Jockey) Gastr del Sol Camoufleur (Drag City) Sonic Youth/Jim O'Rourke Invito Al Cielo EP (SYR) Pere Ubu Pennsylvania (Tim/Kerr) Shortly after the release of Tortoise's self-titled debut, bassist/guitarist Bundy K. Brown…
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Mecca Normal Who Shot Elvis? (Matador) Mecca Normal don't mess around with introductions. The opening sounds of "Medieval Man," the first track on the Vancouver band's ninth record, Who Shot Elvis?, come out with fangs fully bared. Over a low,…
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