Ken Richardson

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 15, 2004 0 comments
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Ken Richardson Posted: Dec 03, 2006 0 comments

Fatman iTube ($650; www.fat-man.co.uk, distributed in the U.S. via bluebirdmusic.com). So it's the holidays, and you want to get something that will truly impress your iPod pal.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments

The Flaming Lips: The Terror

New release (Warner Bros.; tour dates)
Photo by George Salisbury

Telepathic surgery. Ego tripping at the gates of hell. I’ve allowed the Flaming Lips to take me deep inside myself and pull me far afield. But I can’t submit entirely to The Terror.

Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 02, 2007 0 comments

A Christmas-in-June-and-July Carol: The old DualDisc is as dead as a doornail. This must be distinctly understood, the Warner Music Group seems to be admitting, or nothing wonderful can come of an early gift for us: yet another new format. What will it be - humdinger or humbug?

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 23, 2013 0 comments

Van Dyke Parks: Songs Cycled

New release (Bella Union)
Photo by Roman Cho

This is the first new album credited to Van Dyke Parks alone since 1989’s Tokyo Rose, but the dozen tracks are actually the A- and B-sides of six singles he released on his own label, Bananastan, in 2011 and ’12. Furthermore, whereas four of the A-sides are indeed new-since-1989 original songs (and another track is a co-write), five selections are arrangements of traditional, folk, or classical material, and the remaining two are re-recordings of earlier Parks compositions.

On paper, then, Songs Cycled is a hodgepodge. But when did we ever listen to Van Dyke Parks on paper? Fact is, the 12 numbers miraculously form a coherent whole — an album that, true to its creator’s longtime ambition, celebrates the glorious sound of music.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 15, 2011 0 comments

 

"A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud. Hilarious!"

That's none other than David Byrne singing the praises of Go the F--- to Sleep, which was published yesterday by Akashic Books.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 19, 2011 0 comments

In her latest film, director/co-star Jodie Foster has Mel Gibson speaking almost exclusively in a Cockney accent - the "voice" of a beaver puppet.

Is this the recipe for a train wreck?

Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments
The Woods Sub Pop
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Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 16, 2001 0 comments

If you've taken your pick of Miles Davis from our "Horn of Plenty" but you'd like to keep celebrating his 75th birthday with something other than your CD player, you're in luck.

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