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Ministry Builds a New Altar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 02 April 2008 02:12

Ministry - Cover Up

A hard rockin' cabal of guest vocalists have joined Ministry helmsman Al Jourgensen in a debaucherous covers affair, out now on his own 13th Planet Records imprint.


Artists Rush-Release Albums to Combat Piracy PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 March 2008 02:09

In an attempt to fight the peer-to-peer file-sharing that often beats traditional CDs to record-store shelves, two hot acts have tried to regain the upper hand. Originally set to debut in early April, Grammy Award-winning duo Gnarls Barkley surprised everyone with the full digital release of The Odd Couple last week and the Downtown Records CD in stores. Also speeding things up and keeping secrets are Jack White's Raconteurs, wrapping up the recording of Consolers of the Lonely just weeks ago, and rush-releasing the album this week on the Third Man/Warner Bros. imprint. With the nontraditional success of Radiohead's In Rainbows, followed by Nine Inch Nails' million-and-a-half-dollar estimated earnings for Ghosts I-IV in its first week as five-buck download, artists big and small have enacted the ultimate revenge against pirates and monolithic record labels.


Low Leader Turns It Up PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 March 2008 02:26

What happens when slowcore visionary Alan Sparhawk of Low turns his amp up and shakes loose the timbers? In stores this week, his head-shaking trio Retribution Gospel Choir answers that call with its self-titled debut on the Caldo Verde Records imprint. Sinisterly bluesy with a guitar-tone distortion that would make Neil Young lick his lips, producer Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters wrestles the guitar, bass, and drums into a controlled frenzy. Keeping it in the family, Sparhawk's wife and partner in Low, Mimi Parker, adds her vocals to the track "Breather."


Bassey Returns with a Thrilling Party PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 March 2008 02:24

Shirley Bassey - Get the Party Started Forever remembered for her three James Bond soundtrack theme songs, the big, bold voice of Dame Shirley Bassey is back with a powerhouse new album that defies her 70 years. Next week Decca Records releases Get the Party Started, a collection of her previous hits and graceful covers including the title track by Pink, Lionel Richie's "Hello," and Grace Jones' "Slave to the Rhythm." After knocking out the crowd at last year's Glastonbury festival and thrilling new listeners for the past few decades with cool collaborations with Yello and the Propellerheads, a handful of hip producers and remix agents have spun 10 of her classics for a new age. Revisiting "You Only Live Twice," "Big Spender," and "What Now My Love," smoking new beats, guitar lines, and orchestral thunderclaps make this a must-hear experience.

New Book Taps Into Floyd Philosophy PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 March 2008 01:54

Pink Floyd and Philosophy There's something to be said for those minds that tilt sideways and see mankind through the lens of Kant, Kierkegaard and Sartre. For eight years now the academics at Chicago's Open Court Publishing have wet their quills in the zeitgeist of modern icons in their Popular Culture & Philosophy series, dismantling everything from Quentin Tarantino and Monty Python to The Sopranos and the Atkins Diet. With previous volumes on Bob Dylan, U2, and the Grateful Dead, the book series has taken on the grandest of all rock bands, lifting Pink Floyd up for pontification in Aristotle's garden. Subtitled Careful With That Axiom, Eugene!, Pink Floyd & Philosophy is a heady 300-page rush of essays by 19 department chairs, professors, and freelancers.

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