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CD: Iggy Pop: Preliminaires

Last spotted with the reconstituted Stooges on the critically panned “The Weirdness,” it was only a matter of time before Iggy Pop, the Godfather of Punk, shed his bandmates and got back to the business of being the idiosyncratic Ig. [...]

CD: New York Dolls: Cause I Sez So

If there’s any doubt the Seventies quintessential bad boys the New York Dolls can still kick out the jams, they begin their new Todd Rundgren-produced comeback CD with the title track, a twin-guitar tirade against Big Brother that’s so sloppy yet tight, the Stones should be green with envy. [...]

CD: The Beach Boys: Summer Love Songs

Summer’s here and the time is right for . . . another Beach Boys compilation? For the third year in a row, Capitol is raiding its vaults for a Wilson brothers song set. Is it over-kill? Probably. But why complain when the end result is a sonic wave of shimmering, summery gems? [...]

CD: Steve Earle: Townes

With the possible exception of Emmylou Harris who covered “Pancho and Lefty” back in the ‘70s – providing the inspiration for the 1983 hit by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – nobody has done more to nurture the reputation of songwriter’s songwriter Townes Van Zandt than fellow outlaw Steve Earle. [...]

CD: Diana Krall: Quiet Nights

Take the aural equivalent of a moonlight dip in the ocean with Diana Krall’s latest valentine to the blissfulness of the bossa nova called “Quiet Nights.” [...]
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