Kembrew McLeod

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  • 13 years ago

    When Ugly Duckling came through Iowa City last year promoting their second album, Journey to Anywhere, they left a bit to be desired, especially when overcompensating by telling us how "real" they were. Whatever. Frankly, I was more interested in ...

  • 13 years ago

    It doesn't get any more weirdly cynical than this: A trio of albums containing the same 19 songs—one red, one green, and one blue—all differently recorded and catering to three target audiences. Up! is an album tailor-made for a format-d...

  • 15 years ago

    In the year of boy bands, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Survivor, it only made sense that we got a reality game show (ABC's Making the Band) that stitched together a vocal group called O-Town. (Unsurprisingly, in the networks' unfettered desi...

  • 16 years ago

    You could perhaps call these folks the grandchildren of trip-hop (you remember, that how-slow-can-you-go, mostly British subgenre that decelerated dance music to a creepy crawl and that functioned as bedroom music for narcoleptic lovers). Day One ...

  • 16 years ago

    In the past, I've apologized for boring, "nuanced" strains of electronica by acknowledging the music's faults, then inverting them by celebrating the music's aural - wallpaper value. What I really meant is that I could play it while writing withou...

  • 17 years ago

    Because human beatboxes are anomalies in the same genus as spoon-and-wineglass players, I guess it's not surprising that the first solo album by a "vocal percussionist" arrived 16 years after Doug E. got fresh on the beatbox and the Fat Boys dumbf...


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