Supergrass, S/T (Parlophone)

December 27th, 1999 · Comments Off on Supergrass, S/T (Parlophone)

Supergrass S/T Parlophone By: Eric G. This is classic British pop music on the same level as early Rolling Stones and even Abbey Road-era Beatles. "Moving" kicks off Supergrass' third album with a schizophrenic tone: the moody, string-laden intro slips effortlessly into the kind of funky rocker only Supergrass could pull off. Vocalist Gaz Coombes […]

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Those Bastard Souls, Debt And Departure (V2)

December 10th, 1999 · Comments Off on Those Bastard Souls, Debt And Departure (V2)

Those Bastard Souls Debt And Departure V2 By: Robert H. So there's a mixed bag of good news and bad, Grifters fans. First, some bad: word has it that the Grifters are, at least, temporarily, on hold, if not permanently disbanded. Dave Shouse evidently feels that his songwriting is going in a direction other than […]

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Andrea Parker, Kiss My Arp (Mo' Wax)

December 10th, 1999 · Comments Off on Andrea Parker, Kiss My Arp (Mo' Wax)

Andrea Parker Kiss My Arp Mo' Wax By: Eric G. Kiss My Arp is an amazingly stylized and brilliantly crafted debut album by DJ and sometimes vocalist Andrea Parker. She began her career as a DJ back in 1993 and released her first single for Mo' Wax almost four years ago, entitled "Melodious Thunk." Parker […]

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Fracasos, El Sexy (Dyspepsidisc)

December 8th, 1999 · 1 Comment

Fracasos El Sexy Dyspepsidisc By: Eric G. Fracasos is an upstart band from Evansville, Indiana with many influences but little direction. Any band that evolves out of something called ‘Fernspank’ is already off to a bad start. El Sexy is full of genre-hopping, slightly self-indulgent instrumental interludes, acoustic guitars that sound like they were recorded […]

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Pinehurst Kids, Viewmaster (4 Alarm)

December 6th, 1999 · Comments Off on Pinehurst Kids, Viewmaster (4 Alarm)

Pinehurst Kids Viewmaster 4 Alarm By: Eric G. Having ‘kids’ in your band’s name is kind of a stigma these days in light of the whole emo/punk debacle (the Getup Kids, etc.), but the Pinehurst Kids really have nothing to do with that unfortunate genre, excepting the aforementioned name problem. Pinehurst Kids are a trio […]

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Low, Christmas (Chair Kicker's Union/kranky)

December 6th, 1999 · Comments Off on Low, Christmas (Chair Kicker's Union/kranky)

Low Christmas Chair Kicker's Union/kranky By: Robert H. In a year sponsoring releases by apparently infallible talents like Luna, Beck, and The Magnetic Fields, a band consisting of an undistorted guitar, a plodding bass and a snare drum might seem likely to fall through the cracks. But, damn, if Low isn't a surefire nominee for […]

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Macha, See It Another Way (Jet Set)

November 29th, 1999 · Comments Off on Macha, See It Another Way (Jet Set)

Macha See It Another Way Jet Set By: Eric G. Mixing traditional Eastern music like Javanese Gamelon Gong with experimental indie rock sounds like a bad idea, but this quartet from Athens, Georgia makes a strong case for it on its second album. The impact of Macha’s music is far more effective live than on […]

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Beck, Midnite Vultures (DGC)

November 29th, 1999 · Comments Off on Beck, Midnite Vultures (DGC)

Beck Midnite Vultures DGC By: Eric G. Beck has abandoned all sincerity for Midnite Vultures, but that hardly matters given that this might be his best record yet. Odelay overexposed Beck. It wasn’t his fault, though. He got way too many amazing reviews for any ego to remain grounded. It took the public a while […]

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The World Is Not Enough, Directed By Michael Apted (Mgm/ua)

November 29th, 1999 · Comments Off on The World Is Not Enough, Directed By Michael Apted (Mgm/ua)

The World Is Not Enough Directed By Michael Apted Mgm/ua By: Eric G. Things were looking grim for Pierce Brosnan’s turn as James Bond as both Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies were relatively disappointing, but The World Is Not Enough finally gets the Bond franchise back on track. The problem hasn’t been with Brosnan- he […]

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Sleepy Hollow, Directed By Tim Burton (Paramount)

November 22nd, 1999 · Comments Off on Sleepy Hollow, Directed By Tim Burton (Paramount)

Sleepy Hollow Directed By Tim Burton Paramount By: Eric G. Tim Burton returns to theaters with a return to form. Mars Attacks! was an amusing satire, but it was hardly what Burton does best. Sleepy Hollow is not exactly the most exciting tale ever told, but Burton makes it funny and scary in this mock […]

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Moviegoer, S/T (Noisebox)

November 22nd, 1999 · Comments Off on Moviegoer, S/T (Noisebox)

Moviegoer S/T Noisebox By: Eric G. Moviegoer proves that presentation goes a long way. This CD comes in a translucent wax paper casing with Japanese writing on the outside. The case itself has a Japanese ocean scene screen-printed on a brown paper digi-pak, so it is almost impossible to guess what type of music is […]

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Bike, Take In The Sun (March)

November 22nd, 1999 · Comments Off on Bike, Take In The Sun (March)

Bike Take In The Sun March By: Eric G. Bike features Andrew Brough formerly of Straightjacket Fits as its vocalist and songwriter, and his pristine voice and chiming guitars make his band’s debut album a swirling pop tour de force. The guitars are jangly and fairly noisy in a Ride/Byrds sort of way, and the […]

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Charles Atlas, Two More Hours (Star Star Stereo)

November 15th, 1999 · Comments Off on Charles Atlas, Two More Hours (Star Star Stereo)

Charles Atlas Two More Hours Star Star Stereo By: Eric G. The music that comprises this album was created as seven individual improvisational pieces that were then handed over to various remixers for interpretive interference. The result is a lucid forty five minutes of light electronic noodling. Charles Atlas is a trio of sorts led […]

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Microphones, Don't Wake Me Up (K)

November 15th, 1999 · Comments Off on Microphones, Don't Wake Me Up (K)

Microphones Don't Wake Me Up K By: Eric G. Like early Sebadoh, Microphones makes a raucous noise on a deliberately lo-fi level with lots of fuzzed out low end mixed with experimental yet dreamy pop. Microphones is the nom de plume for Olympia-based bedroom engineer, Phil Elvrum. Don’t Wake Me Up is an album filled […]

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The Artist, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (Arista/npg)

November 10th, 1999 · Comments Off on The Artist, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (Arista/npg)

The Artist Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic Arista/npg By: Eric G. I don't care what the cover says- this is vintage Prince. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic may employ an arsenal of trendy names in the music business to appeal to the kids who aren't even aware that this guy used to be called Prince, […]

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Bringing Out The Dead, Directed By Martin Scorsese (Paramount)

November 8th, 1999 · Comments Off on Bringing Out The Dead, Directed By Martin Scorsese (Paramount)

Bringing Out The Dead Directed By Martin Scorsese Paramount By: Eric G. It’s hard to place this film in a proper frame of reference. The story itself is simple enough: a burned out EMS driver seeks refuge from the extreme lows and highs of saving and losing lives on the dark streets of New York […]

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…and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Madonna (Merge)

November 5th, 1999 · Comments Off on …and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Madonna (Merge)

…and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Madonna Merge By: Eric G. And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is bursting with youthful exuberance, reckless angst, punk ethos, and heartfelt sincerity on its second album. These four guys from Austin, Texas play wildly passionate punk rock, but not the […]

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Ui, The Iron Apple (Southern)

November 5th, 1999 · Comments Off on Ui, The Iron Apple (Southern)

Ui The Iron Apple Southern By: Eric G. Since Tortoise’s debut album in 1994, instrumental prog rock has been given an awful lot of clout- some of it deserved but much of it not. Ui represents the experimental side of the post-Slint onslaught of organic noisemakers that deserves accolades. Ui’s been around since the early […]

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Starmarket, Sunday's Worst Enemy (Popkid)

November 2nd, 1999 · Comments Off on Starmarket, Sunday's Worst Enemy (Popkid)

Starmarket Sunday's Worst Enemy Popkid By: Eric G. Starmarket is a Swedish quartet that knows its early 90’s American punk rock because Sunday’s Worst Enemy could have served as the blue print for hundreds of indie, emo, and hardcore punk bands if it had only been released back in 1996 when it was recorded. The […]

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