August 31, 1997 |
Gimmicky at times (the hip-hopped version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready," once reggaefied by Bob Marley), the heirs' latest nonetheless strikes a fine balance of Rastafarian righteousness and percolating rhythms. And one gimmicky bit works terrifically: the sample from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and guest rapping by Wyclef Jean add dimension to the sermon-like "Everyone Wants to Be." The group plays Friday at the Greek Theatre.
April 2, 2000 |
Hip-hop's thematic emphasis on materialistic spoils has all but banished rap's more original and wide-ranging lyricists. That might change with Rah Digga's debut album (due in stores Tuesday), an 18-song collection that reasserts the appeal and value of pure verbal acrobatics. The husky-voiced, New Jersey-based artist, who recorded with the Fugees in 1996 and is a member of the Busta Rhymes-helmed Flipmode Squad, makes most of her points with her humorous punch lines.
June 16, 1989 |
Fast-moving compact discs in three neighborhoods. SAM GOODY, 6927 Katella Ave., Cypress. (714) 827-6060. The Other Side of the Mirror, Stevie Nicks (Atlantic) Big Daddy, John Cougar Mellencamp (Mercury) Blind Man's Zoo, 10,000 Maniacs (Elektra) Disintegration, the Cure (Elektra) Three Feet High Rising, De La Soul (Tommy Boy) PEER RECORDS, 14210 Culver Drive, Irvine. (714) 551-1145. . . . And Justice for All, Metallica (Elektra) Sonic Temple, the Cult (Sire)
April 20, 1986
It is hard to believe in this day of enlightenment (?) that any opera review, but specifically the TV opera review of "Elektra," could not contain the name of the opera's composer, Richard Strauss ("Gory Becomes 'Elektra' in PBS Epic Offering," April 11). Voland was evidently so overcome by the "implied incest and gore galore," the "bloody, scrofulous muck that surrounds and covers the palace's floors and grounds," and feeling "the depravity of these figures" that he could not muster up the strength to write the composer's name in a two-column review.
July 3, 2008 |
Everything about electro-pop trio Hearts of Palm U.K. seems a little coy, except the music. The group hails from Echo Park, not England (keeping the "U.K." appellation draped in mystery), and isn't even a band but more a project of songwriter Erica Elektra -- whose surname, of course, is merely something she adopted after almost being electrocuted while playing bass in the basement of her New York City apartment. Friends Frankie Rose and Billy Kaye (ahem . . . not their real names; they're to Elektra's right in the photo)
December 18, 1993
I was very pleased with the recent interview I did with Jim Washburn for your paper ("Playing by His Own Rules Now," Nov. 20). However, a quote was taken from that interview and used in the "Highlights" section titled "On the Record." As it reads (out of context), at least to me, it appears as if Elektra/Asylum Records is guilty of some sort of financial sleight of hand. They are not. I simply owe them money for recording costs. The recording cost for the five albums I made for Elektra/Asylum amounted to more than $700,000--quite a tidy sum. My contract with them stipulated that I would repay these costs out of my royalties--which I agreed to do. Although I will probably never see recording royalties for these albums, I have received royalties for original songs on these albums.