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Princess	  -  - Princess	  - Sickroom I happened to catch Princess live - recently in Chicago: They're experimental, a little bit - danceable and entirely confusing. The duo rocks like Mr. - Bungle discovering crunk, and the image of one member - rapping in a trucker cap and tutu still haunts me. Their - electro-dork rap style is interesting and enough of an - oddity to carry you through about one-and-a-half - songs, but the goofy lyrics hold about as long as the - flavor of Fruit Stripe gum. They do best when not - rapping; frankly, it's in their musical wanderings (from - Queen to country to hazy deconstruction) that they - excel. -- Kara Luger
  • Princess

    Princess
    Sickroom

    I happened to catch Princess live recently in Chicago: They're experimental, a little bit danceable and entirely confusing. The duo rocks like Mr. Bungle discovering crunk, and the image of one member rapping in a trucker cap and tutu still haunts me. Their electro-dork rap style is interesting and enough of an oddity to carry you through about one-and-a-half songs, but the goofy lyrics hold about as long as the flavor of Fruit Stripe gum. They do best when not rapping; frankly, it's in their musical wanderings (from Queen to country to hazy deconstruction) that they excel. -- Kara Luger

Jana Hunter  -  - Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom  - Gnomonsong Recorded over the course of a - decade, mostly on cheap equipment, Blank Unstaring - Heirs of Doom feels about as personal as a - roommate's home tapes -- a roommate that channels - Billie Holiday's ghost and has a few ratty Cat Power ticket - stubs lying around. Often, Hunter's lovely wails max out - her modest recording gear, creating, as on "All the Best - Wishes," some sort of lonely wind tunnel effect that - prods no other word than 'haunting.' "Farm, CA" and - "Have You Got My Money" are intoxicating, waltzy blues - that still would be great songs if recorded in a studio or - on an answering machine. Heirs of Doom is kind - of like lighting a candle at some ungodly hour. - -- Elliott Johnston
  • Jana Hunter

    Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom
    Gnomonsong

    Recorded over the course of a decade, mostly on cheap equipment, Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom feels about as personal as a roommate's home tapes -- a roommate that channels Billie Holiday's ghost and has a few ratty Cat Power ticket stubs lying around. Often, Hunter's lovely wails max out her modest recording gear, creating, as on "All the Best Wishes," some sort of lonely wind tunnel effect that prods no other word than 'haunting.' "Farm, CA" and "Have You Got My Money" are intoxicating, waltzy blues that still would be great songs if recorded in a studio or on an answering machine. Heirs of Doom is kind of like lighting a candle at some ungodly hour. -- Elliott Johnston

The Ex  -  - Singles. Period.   - Touch and Go Dutch punkers The Ex started in - 1979, and alongside other great anarcho bands like - Crass, backed up their propaganda and ideals with - rowdy, well-played music. Unlike Crass, The Ex are still - together, touring and even recording with Steve Albini in - 2001. Singles. Period.  is a collection from - singles of 1980-1990, previously available only in the - U.K. and Holland, following the group from their bare- - bones dirty punk rock to future experimentation with - jazz, dance beats and samples. This, ladies and - gentlemen, is original punk and what it should be still: - interesting and revolutionary. Hot Topic-type bands, - take heed. -- Kara Luger
  • The Ex

    Singles. Period.
    Touch and Go

    Dutch punkers The Ex started in 1979, and alongside other great anarcho bands like Crass, backed up their propaganda and ideals with rowdy, well-played music. Unlike Crass, The Ex are still together, touring and even recording with Steve Albini in 2001. Singles. Period. is a collection from singles of 1980-1990, previously available only in the U.K. and Holland, following the group from their bare- bones dirty punk rock to future experimentation with jazz, dance beats and samples. This, ladies and gentlemen, is original punk and what it should be still: interesting and revolutionary. Hot Topic-type bands, take heed. -- Kara Luger

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