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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Glen Hasnard and others - I don’t know about you but I love surprises. Not the “massive rain and wind storm blew out my plate glass window” kind (you can probably guess why I chose that) but those of the “I would have never guessed how much I’d love that music” type. Once (Music From the Motion Picture) is an example of a delicious, unexpected, heart- and mind-expanding, type two surprise. When my other half informed me we were going to watch a movie she’d heard about, “a love story where the people sing their own songs,” I instantly looked for something that needed fixing around the house. It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching movies with her (I absolutely do), or that I don’t like love stories (I’m a sentimental sap), but the thought of actors singing songs they’d written, well … see, you’re having ...
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Tuesday, 01 January 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Damien Rice - Live From the Union Chapel People are in a quandary about Damien Rice’s Live from the Union Chapel. Why would he choose this four-year-old concert to be his third official full length release? Me, I think it’s a gift to longtime band member Lisa Hannigan, who shines throughout. It’s a goodbye, and a boost, to a professional relationship that he says "has run its creative course.” Live from the Union Chapel is a snapshot of Rice’s music just after the release of O, his incredible debut, and I love everything about it except that it ends way too soon. The old Broadway adage of “leave ‘em wanting more” has never been more in evidence than on this eight-song, 36-minute download. Because it is such a precious little gem I imagine the opposite of the famous Mozart quote is in effect here. When criticized for a piece having too many notes he asked “which ones would you have me ...
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Tuesday, 01 January 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy at Carneige Hall I heard about these Rufus Does Judy shows from a friend and instantly decided I’d purchase the recorded result (I knew one was coming). One, I’d seen Wainwright sing “I Wonder What Became of Me” on Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen, and had a strong emotional connection to his performance, and two, I knew I’d get more of the same from his recreation of Judy Garland’s landmark show from April 1961 (dubbed by oldster critics as the “greatest night in show biz history”). Since I love torchy pop standards, lush string arrangements and haunting vocals I knew RDJACH would fulfill that need, but at the same time I’m not a fan of the “That’s Entertainment”-style show tunes Judy sang, so I realized I’d end up with some of that also. It put me into a bit of a quandary.
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Saturday, 01 December 2007 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
The Hives - The Black And White Album Everything that was horrible about this month's listening experience (think Duran Duran's new pile on the carpet) was suddenly washed clean. I put on The Black and White Album by the Hives, turned it up (in this instance “up” means really, really, really loud), and 30 seconds into the opener, “Tick Tick Boom,” all that awfulness was forgotten. I was jumping around the living room and wishing my legs were still skinny enough for a pair of black stove pipe pants. The Black and White Album is so good, in that fuzz-drenched guitar, pounding caveman drums, “the cops are here” garage anthem way, I've forgiven the friends who recommended Red Carpet Mess. This is the way it's supposed to be. This is rock music. It's as loud and snotty as your sister's best friend. It's cruising in dad's car with only a learner's permit. It's singing in front of your friends even ...
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Saturday, 01 December 2007 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Duran Duran - Red Carpet Massacre When did I die and end up in hell? And not in your average pit of eternal anguish and never-ending torment, but in demented robot hell on Earth. How do I know where I am? Well, I don't, really, but I'm figuring that's where I must be. You see, I really pissed off the robot community when I wrongly attributed Madonna's The Confessions Tour (Live) to them, and they've been looking to exact revenge on me ever since. And they are Gitmo-style torture-loving bastards, let me tell you. I've been locked in a six-by-eight room for the last few hours with the worst fucking gleep glop pseudo-music ever recorded spinning on their damned circuit-filled torture machine and I've got a headache and a heart ache and I just want it to stop.
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