Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Bizarro Part 2

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Cinerama is the brainchild of the ever-prolific David Gedge, former main man of the Wedding Present. Gedge has always had a strange position among the Britpop set over in the UK — a small devoted following but, among the masses, the attitude that he’s merely a sub-Morrissey or Robert...

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Hitmania

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2000 at 12:00 AM

It’d be easy for cynics to dismiss Fastball as a one-and-a-half-hit wonder. If the Grammy-nominated “The Way” and “Out of My Head” held potential, certainly the band’s latest effort, The Harsh Light of Day, delivers on it. No doubt, this record will come as a revelation to music heads...

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Body voicings

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Within the private rooms of Jason Molina’s past Songs:Ohia albums, listeners have often found themselves bound to the dramatic confessions of an acute musician and theatrical craftsman. The Lioness, last year’s album, exposed such haunting melodies: The grave instrumentation was devastating when stripped bare by Molina’s characteristically stark, wavering...

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Scarier than thou

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Imagine trick-or-treating at Martha Stewart’s fabled country house, with its winding lanes and perfectly manicured shrubberies. You’d have to be wearing the Most Adorable costume, carrying a Perfect Treat Sack fashioned from moiré silk or handmade paper. Oh, the pressure. Would Martha think your costume worthy? But think of...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Poppy seconds

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 12:00 AM

For a band to follow up its successful debut album is a guaranteed challenge, especially if your band happens to be Jets to Brazil. Orange Rhyming Dictionary will always be looked at as Blake Schwarzenbach’s (vocal-guitar-keyboard) post-Jawbreaker project. And with a rhythm section formerly of Texas is the Reason...

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Basic Traneing

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Rhino’s been all over the map lately, releasing sets of sci-fi movie themes, vintage blues-rock cabernets and, most beloved of the jazz-smitten, the occasional must-have master session. Falling precisely in this last category are two sides from Coltrane’s Atlantic years. On Coltrane Plays the Blues (recorded Oct. 24, 1960),...

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Riotous grrly fun

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Double-cross their paths and you’d best watch your back. After a five-year hiatus, the surf ’n’ turf tension of Bratmobile’s vendetta rock is back and still making a party out of target practice. Like the Brats’ riot grrl reign nearly a decade ago, the trio’s victims — dumbshit boys...

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Underdawg

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Admit it now, you didn’t think he’d do it, did you? Phife, everyone’s favorite 5-footer, seemed increasingly uninterested and uninvolved in A Tribe Called Quest and hip hop in general since his move to Atlanta five years ago. So it seemed possible that he would simply fade away into...

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Satanic glam

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Did you know that the devil lives in Texas and he’s got a hell-uv-a voice with a band to match? I didn’t until I listened to Goudie’s coming-out CD, Peep Show. A creepy-sexy fresh release straight from the Lone Star State, its got a very fashionable and eclectic musical...

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Deja vu-du

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 12:00 AM

I’m not quite sure that vu-du has much to do with the sounds coming off this CD, or voodoo either, for that matter. But whatever oracle Corey and Henry felt compelled to consult before laying down these tracks, the result is fairly impressive. For die-hard fans of acoustic, old-style...

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