Wednesday, May 27, 1998

FLESH FOR FARFISA

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

This bassless trio boasts one of the more distinctive sounds on our (or any other) scene. Surf-size guitar, slaphappy organ and manic drums blur into nonstop pop delight, the musical equivalent of a blind-drunk skate date in the garage of some New Orleans frat house. This, their third long-player, sketches...

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5-A-LIVE

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Alt-rock outfit Fat Amy has worked its way out of East Lansing to a place on the first AWARE Records Michigan Compilation to a publishing deal with MCA and a disc on Rubber Records out of Los Angeles. 5-Way Switch is a solid first effort, though it leans a little...

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SURREAL ROCK

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

A quick diagnosis of the phenomenon that is Twitch: a kinder, gentler Frank Zappa in the House of Freaks to see Captain Beefheart on visiting day. This trio fits 18 songs on this CD, with no title over five syllables (an achievement to be applauded, make no mistake). Deliberately dissonant,...

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KEG-TAPPIN' GOOD

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Detroit via Kalamazoo outfit Fortune & Maltese (and the Phabulous Pallbearers, of course) preach to the gathered keg-tapping throngs tales of lust, Saturday night drag races and unspoiled tales of hot dogs, miniskirts and pizza pie from their pulpit center stage at Phi Tappa Kegga. Konquer Kampus is the band's...

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EXTRAECLECTIC

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Too often it seems as though pop-rock albums could be retitled Variations on a Song. The charm of Talking With Ed, by Tangerine Trousers, is that it steers well clear of being one of those albums. The laid-back tunes, split between female and male vocals, range from a fun country-alternative...

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TECHNO TWO-STEP

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

OK, here's the title of a new CD, name the artist: Innovator: Rythim is Rythim. If you guessed Little Richard, your music trivia and comedic senses are spot-on, but, unfortunately, dead wrong. Innovator is techno pioneer Derrick May's new 2-CD release on his Transmat Records. The music encased in the...

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GENRE-BOUNCE

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

If you're looking for a damn fine night out at the bar without all that pesky expense and travel, Chelsea trio 3 Speed is here to help you lock the door and crack open that bottle on top of the fridge. 3 Speed takes its time working through a set...

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Wednesday, May 6, 1998

Colours

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 1998 at 12:00 AM

On paper, drum 'n' bass' promise of a rhythm collision between breakbeat's rapid-fire fury, reggae's blunt bass boom and techno's manic pace sounds almost too good to be true. And, for the most part, it has been. Lukewarm albums by Springheel Jack have proven that, stretched out over an LP...

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