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Building a Better Sedative PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Tuesday, 22 January 2002 18:00
Take a fairly intelligent three-chord progression and pair it with minimalist vocal melodies executed at a snail’s pace, and you’ve accomplished 90 percent of what decent “slo-core” music requires. The other 10 percent isn’t so easy to pull off, but smart lyrics, musicianship, and the power to evoke an emotional response bring the package to completion.

 
Architect of Space-Age Bachelor-Pad Music Dies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John James   
Tuesday, 15 January 2002 18:00
• Raise a cocktail to the sky and nod in sad salute to the passing of Juan Garcia Esquivel, the “mood music” composer and visionary of lounge electronica. As mono LPs went stereo, Esquivel made bold musical explorations to excite the emerging hi-fi culture.

 
Alt-Country Triumph Rings in the New Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John James   
Tuesday, 08 January 2002 18:00
• I’ve got to share the good word on a terrific new release this coming Tuesday: Jon Dee Graham’s Hooray for the Moon on the New West label. This is the third solo album from this former member of True Believer and a senior statesman of alternative-country royalty, recently honored as the 2000 Songwriter of the Year at SXSW’s Austin Music Awards.

 
New Recordings Should Please Music Fans of Many Stripes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 December 2001 18:00
Variety is the order of the day on the local music scene. Two new releases by local bands are now available, and fans of electronic music and straight-ahead heavy metal should have a good time with both albums. Also, we finally caught up with a recent recording by a local singer that should please people who like soft ballads and light country.

 
The Year Offered Plenty of Out-of-the-Way Treasures PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John James   
Tuesday, 25 December 2001 18:00
As the year wraps itself into a nice little bow, here’s my “best of 2001” to perhaps tickle your ear and set you in search of these under-the-radar favorites. Yes, none of these found a home among the Lolitas, pretty boys, and thuggish bravado that continues to dominate the charts, but you, dear reader, are one of the enlightened ones, eh? In no particular order, here are the albums that made my heart soar, stretched the space between my ears, and totally captured my attention.

 
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