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Music, Reviewed The Intelligence

The Intelligence

From the first 7-inch released in 2000 to this most recent effort, the Intelligence has essentially operated as a rotating door for freakishly talented musicians drawn to Lars Finberg's jagged approach to hyperactive postpunk. Previous incarnations of the Seattle band…
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Music, Reviewed The Fall

The Fall

For a world-class misanthrope who's been happily stewing in his own bile for 50 years, the Fall's frontman Mark E. Smith sounds pretty chill on Reformation Post T.L.C. He even pulls out a Muppet-y Fat Albert voice and channels your…
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Music, Reviewed Ghostigital

Ghostigital

Ghostigital is more a concept than a literal band. At its core are ex-Sugarcubes vocalist Einar Örn and digital/tape-delay wizard Curver, plus several contributors (including underground hip hop head Dälek and U.K. improviser Steve Beresford), and their combined efforts produced…
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Music, Reviewed The Fall

The Fall

I've done some bad things in my day; I suppose all of us have. Still, I've recently been turned around, for good this time, and I owe it all to Mark E. Smith. See, in the 56 minutes it took…
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Music, Pop Goes the Mouse

Pop Goes the Mouse

If you visit Cologne, Germany, and venture forth a few blocks from a square called Barbarossaplatz, tucked along a residential side street -- just past the pastry shop with a smiling doughnut stickered on the glass -- you'll find a…
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Music, Reviewed The Fall

The Fall

You'd have thought Fall frontman Mark E. Smith would have collapsed by now from the sheer weight of the cynicism he's been preaching for 25 years. But Mr. Smith sounds every bit as virile on The Real New Fall LP…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

A few years ago, while digging through the discount bins of her Amsterdam record store, Elisabeth Esselink bore Solex in the hopes of liberating some marked-down sounds she suspected would otherwise go unheard. On her third album, Low Kick and…
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Music, Emergency

Emergency

Emergency singer Ethan Swan thinks someone is out to get him. Because he sees conspiracies lurking around every corner and imagines Mickeys slipped into his drinks, he peppers Emergency's debut album, The Less I Know, with a sense of paranoia.…
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Music, This Rock Scene's Saving Grace

This Rock Scene's Saving Grace

Matt Jervis is sitting at the kitchen table of his Noe Valley apartment, explaining how he came to embark on an experiment in musical masochism. The ex-singer for local bands the Clarke Nova and Kingdom First is animated, intelligent, and…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The tradition of the tarantella stretches back to Dionysian rites of ancient Greece, during which feverish women would run through the streets, swing from tree branches, dance wildly, chant, and pound on tambourines until they entered a trance. Participants, usually…
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Country Teasers Destroy All Human Life (Fat Possum) When we think of misanthropic music, the first things to come to mind are probably punk, industrial-noise, and heavy metal. After all, their sounds are laden with aggressive, distorted guitars, and rhythms…
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Donkey Amsterdam's workhorse art-funksters Donkey bring to town nearly tuned gurgling guitars, pliant cello, tight blacksploitation drums, infectious bass lines, and clever singing styles, which vacillate between the barking disdain of the Fall's Mark E. Smith and the syrupy harmonies…
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