S weet Oblivion
Mark Lanegan and the rest of the
Trees have been doing this Seattle
"thang" longer than most other
bands, who have come to surpass
them in popularity and record sales
(i.e.- Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in
Chains). These boys, though,
haven't let their major label contract
git to their heads. Their latest re-
se, "Sweet Oblivion," once and
for all makes it clear that the Trees
deserve a helluva lot more credit
than they've ever received.
:More distinct and thorough than
their major label debut, "Uncle
Anesthesia," "Sweet Oblivion" rages
forth with Lanegan's frighteningly
intense vocals and the rest of the
band's harmonic backup work.
Lanegan, once more, delves into the
*eart of despair and darkness with
his bleak lyrics. Covering territory
from ending relationships to just flat
out dying, the Trees are hardly the
type of band you listen to when you
want to celebrate a happy mood.
"Nearly Lost You," (also found
on the "Singles" soundtrack) hits
forth with a pop sound that would
easily be accessible by all the Seattle
"cynics" out there. And although
*nost of the song subjects are far
from fun, the songs themselyes
groove and twist into tunes which
wal at least have you humming
along, as "Nearly Lost You" does in
a big way.
"Winter Song," one of the
strongest numbers on the record,
gives you the best of the Trees.
CIlanging quickly, and surprisingly
ffectively, between slow and fast
wempos this song, more than any
other on the album, showcases
Lanegan's brilliant singing ability
and the rest of the group's remark-
able melodic ear.
"Uncle Anesthesia" was a good
album, but one which didn't quite
have enough to fully highlight the
talents of the band. "Sweet
Oblivion," on the other hand, has set
he record straight - Seattle owes a
great deal to this band.
Business Never Personal
There's a reason that all of
EPMD's album titles revolve around
the word "business;" this hardcore
Y duo doesn't mess around. From
h e first kick of "Boon Dox," this
dMc continues in EPMD's tradition
of refining their way to deep old
school hip hop to a definite jeep beat
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one person laugh, you're already do-
Ging better than Alan Thicke." Emo
will probably never play a shrink on
an ABC sitcom, but I'll definitely be
banging at the Mainstreet this week-
The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 23, 1992- Page 9
MeCrindle provides a
multitude of masters
by Aaron Hamburger
The bright green banners in front of the University Art Museum blazon
"Tiffany!" The real jewel of the museum, however, is the current exhibition
of old master drawings from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection. Part of the
fun of this collection of prints, drawings, and a few small paintings is look-
ing at a record of the working method of the various artists represented.
However, the works also stand on their own as a series of pieces that use a
few simple means to highly expressive effects.
The show features work by artists from the 16th, 17th, and 18th cen-
turies. Among the well-known artists featured here are drawings by the
Italian artists Piranesi and Carravaggio, and the French master of sentimen-
tality, Greuze. Other work by well-known artists includes two charcoal
Old Master Drawings
from the Collection of Joseph F. McCrindle
Museum of Art
drawings by Rococo genius Jean-Honore Fragonard. In his sketch, "Orpheus
and Eurydice," Fragonard's energetic, highly visible brushstrokes are trans-
lated here into frenetic black lines which interweave like a Jackson Pollock
painting. Images are drawn one on top of the other. It's sort of like David
Salle with talent.
Two pieces by Italian artist Salvator Rosa show divergent sides of his
personality. The first, "Figure Studies," is a charming little ink drawing
depicting reverent worshippers kneeling on the ground. On the other hand,
"A Sheet of Satirical Studies," shows a head, whose hair, nose, and beard
are composed of writhing penises, and a chariot driven by flying penises. I
wonder what Jesse Helms would think.
It's not just the famous artists that are exciting, however. "A Man
Resting on a Staff' by Paolo Farinati is a terrific example of style compli-
menting theme. Farinati uses harshly-delineated lines and sharp chiaroscuro
to accentuate the tension of the tired man leaning on his staff. The
chiaroscuro is heightened by the use of white chalk.
A small oil painting, "Christ in Glory" by Giovan Gioseffo Dal Sole,
uses soft modeling of brown and white tones to create a somber, moody
tone for its portrayal of an introspective, meditating Christ.
Another religious drawing, "The Agony of Christ" by Simone Cantarini,
is small in scale, but is one of the most dynamic pieces in the show. The tiny
but descriptive rendering of Christ expresses his agony through a few simple
The Picasso paintings and Tiffany glass pieces may have gotten more
hype, but for sheer volume and power, you can't beat these drawings.
OLD MASTER DRAWINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOSEPH F.
MCCRINDLE will be on display at the University Museum of Art through
Our fave Public Enemy has another controversial artistic breakthrough with their latest album "Greatest Misses."
EPMD's (Erick Sermon and
Parrish Smith) latest joint ranks
among the year's best. Always hard
and never trendy, "Business Never
Personal" comes most correct on the
funky bass rumble of "Crossover,"
and "Cummin' At Cha," with Hit
Squad partners in crime Das EFX
dropping their distinctive tongue-
tied stylings in the mix. A must for
all true hardcore hip hop fans.
Live At Budokan
In reference to his years with
S.O.D., front man Billy Milano
wrote, "I've been paid to jerk off."
"Live At Budokan" keeps this tradi-
tion of masturbation alive. But who
said voyeurism -is bad? You can
watch once the video comes out
some time next month, but for now
this seven year reunion recorded live
at the Ritz in New York on March
21st will have to suffice on CD or
cassette tape because albums aren't
being made any more. Complete
with barroom brawls and Milano
pointing out drummer Charlie
Benante's mistakes, "Live At
Budokan" is uncensored, unpolished,
end. Besides, Emo promised to take
me to the Hands On Museum.
EMO PHILLIPS performs at the
Mainstreet Comedy Showcase Fri-
day and Saturday, October 23 and
24 at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are
$12. Call 996-9080 for info.
and raw. This isn't one of your nice
live copies of what's on the tape you
bought in the first place.
This is a heavy metal all-stars
team. Both Benante and gui-
tarist/S.O.D. founder Scott Ian are
members of Anthrax. There's
Nuclear Assault's bassist Dan Lilker
and Milano is from M.O.D.
Stormtroopers of Death lives but still
mostly in their heads.
No, this isn't an album (Check
the liner notes for proof). It's just a
boomin' beat reminder that Public
Enemy is still the biggest and bad-
dest rock/rap band on the planet.
Comprised of six new joints and
seven remixes of old tunes,
"Greatest Misses" is P.E.'s first di-
version from their path of yearly re-
leases en route to world domination.
Of the new tracks, "Gotta Do What I
Gotta Do" hits hard, with Chuck D
answering those that dissed the "By
The Time I Get To Arizona" video-
over a breakbeat and funky organ.
The true classic is "Hazy Shade Of
Criminal," a fat bass workout that
asks "What's a criminal?" in the eye
of the sonic soundstorm (Also check
this track for Chuck D's hep Das
The remixes are hardly throw-
aways. "Louder Than A Bomb" has
been smoothed out on a mellow
keyboard groove, kicking Chuck D's
rhyme even harder to the front of the
mix. "You're Gonna Get Yours"
sounds tougher than ever, while
"Who Stole The Soul?" seethes in
the hands of Lench Mobber Sir Jinx.
P.E. and the Bomb Squad con-
tinue in the tradition of "Apocalypse
91...The Empire Strikes Black" by
stripping away at the dense wall of
sound, leaving only the bare-boned
beat. Chuck D's message has be-
come so urgent and powerful, his
words have pushed the music back
to its sole essentials.
"The winner, and still cham-
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The University of Michigan
School of Music
Sun. Oct. 25 Harold Haugh Award
by Armando GhitalIa
Professor of Trumpet, U of M
School of Music Recital Hall, 2 p.m.
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A Day in Hollywood/
A Night in the Ukraine
Tickets: $14, $10, $6 (students)
Mendelssohn Theatre, 2 p.m.
Theatre and Drama
The Birthday Party
by Harold Pinter
Tickets: $10, $6 (students)
Trueblood Theatre, 2 p.m.
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Tue. Oct. 27
Jerry Blackstone, conductor
Music of Bernstein, Morrison, Offenbach,
Rachmaninov, Schumann and others
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.