Page 8- The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, April 12, 1989
Remember Under the Cherry
Moon? Whatever Prince intended to
do with that movie did not happen.
Same principle here. He's to be
pointed at when ridiculing this
horrific piece of vinyl, as well. More
of the confused, somnolent stuff you
might hear from fellow misfits Taja
Sevelle and Dale Bozzio boggles
your mind as you attempt to listen
to this, destroying any great
expectations you might have.
These guys look like Mazarati,
but that's where the similarity ends.
The commercialism here is so over-
whelming, you would almost expect
subliminal messages underneath it
all, telling you to buy the record. At challenge? Where's the flavor? It be-
least Mazarati wore cool makeup. comes the aural equivalent of baby
When there's no good singing, no food. Open your mouth, and they'll
distinctive groove, no interesting pour it in. You don't even have to
concept, not even a beacon of origi- chew it, and swallowing is just to
nality to help you through the cohe- help facilitate the process. Actual
sive, ambiguous plastic oatmeal that contemplation of the music becomes
constitutes this record, you begin to something of a thoughtcrime.
realize why pop music is DOWN- Prince was always one to throw
RIGHT SCARY. commercialism and conventionalism
If I were to take at random two to the wind, and do what his left foot
songs from this record and program tells him to do: funk. For the horror
them into a pop radio station's of pop to strike so viciously in his
playlist, for the uninitiated, there camp is a sorry thing to happen to
would be no way to distinguish music. I imagine that he's laughing
them from the others, at himself, right now. It only hurts
When the producer (Big Brother) when you laugh.
makes the music easier for you to
assimilate, it becomes tiresome and
boring to listen to. Where's the -Forrest Green
BY LIAM FLAHERTY
GUITAR may be the phallic focus of rock, but in
jazz, the fret is plucked by both sexes. The well-
known innovators on the instrument have traditionally
been men, but both perception and fact are changing.
Emily Remler is at the front of a number of young,
female guitar players, all of whom are threading a dif-
ferent voice through the instrument.
Remler taught herself folk and rock before studying
jazz at the prestigious Berklee School of Music. In the
early '80s she began working on a fiery, Latin-tinged
style, often backing the Brazilian singer Astrud
Gilberto. Noted guitarist Herb Ellis heard her play and
turned Concord Records on to this still relatively un-
known player. They were excited by her precarious
balance of technique and fire, and soon she was playing
at their festival. Following her overpowering perfor-
mance, she was signed to the label, with obscurity
now forever past.
Her latest recording has made some inroads into that
precious atmospheric region known as radio airplay.
Yes, there is a trace of fusion, but it is not fatal. Most
examples of this godforsaken hybrid emasculate the
best qualities of jazz and pop to produce an easy to
swallow musical laxative. But Remler has made no
transactions on her soul, retaining her unvarnished
voice in a more viable context, in which she'll be per-
Guitarist Emily Remler
escapes jazz enema of fusion
EMILY REMLER, the third artist in Eclipse's
WOMEN IN JAZZ series, will perform tonight at 8
p.m. at the William Monroe Trotter House at 1443
Washtenaw Ave. Admission is free.
Presh.ge, toy Fm
A chance to score complimentary stuff,
get in places for free, and even receive marginal
'continued from Page 7
ance of a sea monster while Walker is on location on a
beach, strange conversations with people he does not
know, and his ability to foresee events and stop them
before they end in tragedy send Walker looking for help
What he finds is a pattern of reincarnation for him-
self that always ends with a jealous man causing
Walker to suffer a violent death. This man is a magical
storybook figure who thinks of himself as Walker's
father. The novel then becomes a battle with time as
Walker tries to rediscover the magic that the man once
taught him in order to stop his "father" from fatally
wounding either himself or Maris.
At the height of the novel, Carroll takes the easy
way out. He's built up the tension, given his readers a
captivating plot, developed Walker's magical powers to
a believable and interesting degree, and then he takes it
Walker's final confrontation with his father is a let-
down, to say the least. In three pages, Carroll reduces
the evil father back to a storybook image. He has
Walker kill his father by continuing the fairy tale into
the present day and giving it a happy ending. The father
is "so sad that like his heart, he turned to glass and
broke. When he died, his magic died with him....
Walker was only human again." At this point, one
feels the entire book was a hoax. What could have been
a fantasy that left readers speculating on the possibili-
ties of magic and past lives turns into a bad joke.
On the cover of Sleeping in Flame is a blurb by a
critic describing Jonathan Carroll as a "cult waiting to
be born." With the drawn-out beginning of the book
and the discrediting done at its end, Carroll may have to
wait quite a while for cult status. These blemishes are
really a shame considering the ingenuity of the novel's
-..Wednesday, April 12 and
Thursday, April 13
Basement Arts is holding audi-
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p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in 2518 Frieze
Building. A racially diverse cast of
4-5 women and 9-10 men is needed,
as well as 3-4 musicians (jazz). No
prepared monologue is necessary.
Auditions and Opportunities runs
Wednesdays in the Michigan Daily's
Arts section. If you have items for
the column, contact theater editor
Cherie Curry at 763-0379.
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