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posted a review of Various - Radikal Hardcore Version 1.0. 5 days ago
When my rockist friends write off the whole electronic genre with the designation, "technoshit," they have in mind large chunks of content contained in this release. To be fair, there are a few redeeming tracks toward the beginning ("Wake Up Call," "The ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Ultra. Chilled 06. about 1 month ago
The experience of Chilling evolved from the atmospheres of London and Manchester chillrooms, and the beaches of Ibiza and Mykonos at the beginning of the Noughts, to transit spaces (e.g., departure lounges, hotels) of smart destinations such as Dubai and ... See full review
submitted Various - Ultra. Chilled 06. about 1 month ago
submitted Various - Hotel Vitale San Francisco. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Elena Ruehr - O'Keeffe Images. about 1 month ago
I found O'Keeffe Images at a now shuttered store in San Francisco, in a tray of newly accessioned discs about to be placed on the electronica shelves. Of course this was a misfiling. Yet that such a confusion would occur by store personnel who are seldom ... See full review
submitted Various - Sunset Hours, Vol. 2 - Marini's on 57. about 1 month ago
submitted Bikneva - Even Stars Burn Out On Their Own. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on T.D.F. - Retail Therapy. about 1 month ago
The rock genre, pervasive as it may be, is also a highly constrained form. Even Guitar Gods (and their toadies) find themselves dwelling among the same five plus or minus two chords for much of their careers. Certain shills that call themselves "rock ... See full review
submitted Elena Ruehr - Jane Wang considers the dragonfly. 2 months ago
submitted Elena Ruehr - O'Keeffe Images. 3 months ago
posted a review of Various - The House Of Groove (Arista's Most Fierce Tracks). 3 months ago
Have to concur with Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine on this one: "...a tedious collection of pedestrian-'90s dance music..." Yet for all the chart and processed meat in the first half of this release, the second half redeems it somewhat with the L.A. ... See full review
submitted Chaos Butterfly - threelivingthings. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Various - Global Underground: Arrivals. 3 months ago
Agree with previous reviewer: Arrivals is a perfectly competent, compelling, and professional offering, albeit one that might not completely satisfy all tastes, but should offend none. Well, all except for a certain "Jonathan Lewis" at Allmusic, who out ... See full review
submitted Aparna Nancherla - Just Putting It Out There. about 1 year ago
submitted Sik Luv - Sik Luv!!!. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Air + Baricco* - City Reading—Tre Storie Western. about 1 year ago
Effete, hyperliterary, overurbanized, tribalistic, precious...and unlistenable. Another example of an otherwise respectable artist letting their internal bullshit meter get so far out of calibration as to be incapable of distinguishing a work of deep ... See full review
posted a review of George Clinton - Greatest Funkin' Hits. about 1 year ago
Rip-off release containing substandard, irrelevant, and cringingly dated remixes of Clinton's repertoire, and packaged in such a way that the label hopes you aren't tipped off until after you buy. Very little merit as an artistic effort, but valuable as ... See full review
posted a review of Ray Charles - The Ray Charles Gold Collection. about 1 year ago
This release is actually quite a remarkable document that demonstrates simultaneously the odd places that even the best performers can go in their moments of lapse, and the amazing lengths a sleazy label will go in order to make a fast buck off an ... See full review
posted a review of Tim Buckley - Look At The Fool. about 1 year ago
Buckley was off the rails by this point, and this album documents the former rhapsode ground down to sadly strained and attenuated howling about cheap motel romps. The title track alone will disquiet the Buckley fan expecting the warmth of "Buzzin' Fly," ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Internationale Grand Prix 1986. about 1 year ago
You either love it or hate it, but everyone watches the annual Eurovision Song Contest and knows pretty much what to expect. 1986 was no exception to these rules. Exuberant (and underaged?) Sandra Kim won with her performance of "J'Aime La Vie," a piece ... See full review