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MERZBOW
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SLINT — Spiderland
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Music critics and feckless college kids (more on them later) continue to have orgasms over this mess, presumably informed by the same if-it’s-dull-and-dry-it-must-be-deep sensibility that showers accolades on such tedium-fests as Springsteen, t[…]

BRITNEY SPEARS –
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BRITNEY SPEARS – Hit Me Baby One More Time
Classic pop? What, have suddenly all the music journos, pop pundits and sad indie wankers realised that their pet bands were churning out crap guitar fellatio? Lost in the desert of piss poor music […]

TANYA HATES JAZZ
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TANYA HATES JAZZ
When I was a young girl, skipping through the cornfields which ringed my idyllic childhood hamlet, I had nothing but happy thoughts. I had not yet entered the big bad world and my ears had been relatively untroubled by noises beyond […]

EMINENTLY EMINEM — HA, IT IS TO LAUGH
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EMINENTLY EMINEM — HA, IT IS TO LAUGH
I won’t waste too much time on this one because, well, what’s the point? It’s a casual hate, this one, not a poisonous one, though everytime I see him doing that tiresome “I am mean[…]

DUB ME LAZY
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DUB ME LAZY
Lee Perry is to the alternative what Bob Marley is to the mainstream: somewhere between the acceptable face or reggae and the untouchable face of reggae, and also non-coincidentally the only face of reggae most fans bother to engage with.[…]

BLONDIE
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BLONDIE
“I want you to dis Blondie, because I don’t believe it’s possible”, writes a naive reader, but you see this attitude is precisely what makes Blondie so hateful, the belief of their fans that the band represent pop perf[…]

MILES DAVIS –
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MILES DAVIS – Kind of Blue
The reason for this album’s eternal appeal lies in its emotional tone. Once its quietism was the perfect reflection of the spiritual Emptiness of the Eisenhower era; now its boredom, nostalgia and scarcely conce[…]

Tanya Headon’s Cut n’ keep guide to Morrissey, solo
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Morrissey: a small talent requires a small article. Briefly: without his crack band as backup, he slid into repetition and self-pity pretty swiftly. Thousands of fans stuck with them, proving the people who’d insulted the Smiths’ fanbase […]

What Went On: How Marvin Gaye Killed Soul
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In 1971, Marvin Gaye released What’s Goin’ On?, an album of unprecedented ambition for soul music, which addressed real issues – poverty, the state of the nation, the economy – and did so with thick, complex arrangements and, […]

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