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Calendar, Night&Day Altered States

Altered States

The groundbreaking painter, writer, and performance artist Brion Gysin was, above all, a seeker. A close friend of William Burroughs, Gysin explored the outer edge of human consciousness, with and without “artificial” stimulants. (His last words, in 1986, were, “Nothing…
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Music, Reviewed Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker's undergone some major changes since Pulp's ostensible breakup five years ago. He got married, moved to France, had a kid, and briefly considered retiring from music altogether. (Although he continued penning songs for the likes of Air, Marianne…
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Music, Reviewed Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull's majestically unnerving croak is the sound of funerals on drizzly days; of midnight ashtrays overflowing with stubbed regrets. Yep, it's often a downer, but absolutely magnetically so, which is one reason the 58-year-old "unsinkable Molly Brown" of the…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

During a recent Kurt Weill tribute in a small, now-closed cafe, I found myself unexpectedly overcome by the vocal prowess of mezzo-soprano Ariela Morgenstern. Having already awed audiences in Austria with the same repertoire, she toyed with us, emphasizing her…
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Music, Margo Guryan

Margo Guryan

You could be forgiven for suspecting, even just momentarily, that this record is an elaborate put-on. After all, phony "lost masterpieces" are becoming commonplace in indie music circles, and as '60s cult figures go, Margo Guryan looks too good to…
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House of Tudor

As the name implies and the album corroborates, Mary Coughlan's After the Fall is the striking tale of a woman who drags herself out of the sewer by her own tonsils, and eventually manages to find some semblance of harmony.…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday march 26 Tunes for 'Toons You can almost picture the light bulb clicking on above Nik Phelps' head. The composer, whose score for the CBS TV series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat earned him a nomination for…
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Marianne Faithfull A Secret Life (Island) Back in 1987, a reviewer described Strange Weather as "music to slit your wrists by" -- which then delighted Marianne Faithfull. But the times, they've been a-changing, and A Secret Life is hardly a…
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