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February 27, 2005

Pontiff breathes with aid of tube.

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The Mars Volta's second full-length matches the conceptual sweep of its predecessor, 2003's De-Loused in the Comatorium. But Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler have figured it out this time, tempering Frances the Mute's ridiculous elements (half-hour songs, for example) with real humanity in the vocal and hooks scattered between the ambient stretches and jazz and proto-funk hand grenades. The full review is here.

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Cradle of Filth is, well, Cradle of Filth. Honestly, who refers to themselves as "Slick Perverted Wraiths"? And yet, it's kind of cool how deadpan the band is about their own career. And regardless, their glowering take on the Cliff Richard classic "Devil Woman" from a new 2-disc special edition of Nymphetamine (itself an awesome album title) is totally the iPod jam for Spring 2005. Here's a sample set for your after-party iPod session, the one that you pull out on the fly when you find yourself at a loft with no record collection. Look at you, saving the party from the Top Gun soundtrack.

J.Lo - "Get Right"
MC Lars - "iGeneration"
Bobby Bloom - "Montego Bay"
Cradle of Filth - "Devil Woman"
Folk Implosion - "Natural One"
Yuka Honda - "I Dream About You"
El-Pus - "Nite Train"

JTL

Posted by Johnny Loftus at February 27, 2005 2:50 PM

Comments (1)

Gary:

Glad to read good things about the Mars Volta disc - grabbing a copy of that is on my to do list for this weekend, indeed.