David Poole

  • the Tindersticks

    THE TINDERSTICKS’ shy demeanor belies the passion and sensual undercurrent of their music. Vocalist Stuart Staples half speaks, half sings his lyrics with a deep, smoky burr, and they roll with impulsive ease. The decadent, orchestral string arrangements are reminiscent of film scores by John Barry and Ennio Morricone. Guests on “Curtains,” the band’s third studio album, include Cuban trumpeter Jesus Alemafiy, who gives the brass arrangements a sultry, soaring mix. Staples’ duet with Isabella Rossellini on “A Marriage Made In Heaven” sounds like Serge Gainsbourg paired with Brigitte Bardot, his

  • Digital Hardcore

    New extremes of superfast, high-energy cacophony are the m.o. on the Berlin label DIGITAL HARDCORE, whose house style combines harsh, discordant genres like Japanese noise, gabba, and grindcore, then laces them with jungle’s speedy drum breaks, hip-hop scratches, and politicized punk lyrics. In Digital Hardcore bands like Atari Teenage Riot, Ec8or (pronounced Eee-cator), and Shizuo, young techno punks distill potent brews from high points on their favorite records, then double the speed in machine-gun bursts of distorted riffs and shuddering beats—with lyrics shouted in English with all the