Rocket From The Crypt / The Get Up Kids, Split 7 Inch (Vagrant)

December 30th, 2000 · Comments Off on Rocket From The Crypt / The Get Up Kids, Split 7 Inch (Vagrant)

Rocket From The Crypt / The Get Up Kids Split 7 Inch Vagrant By: Eric G. Ten years on and Rocket From The Crypt can still pull off its punkish blend of R&B and fifties rock and roll without sounding like it’s too far passed its expiration date. I doubt the same will be said […]

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Barcelona, Zero-One-Infinity (March)

December 30th, 2000 · Comments Off on Barcelona, Zero-One-Infinity (March)

Barcelona Zero-One-Infinity March By: Eric G. Nerds make the best synth-pop, I guess, because they know how to twiddle all the right knobs, and Washington DC's Barcelona revels in its own brand of nostalgic nerdiness on its second album, Zero-One-Infinity. Sonically, it's a step forward from the band's debut, Simon Basic, but the songwriting isn't […]

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The Softies, Holiday In Rhode Island (K)

December 28th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Softies, Holiday In Rhode Island (K)

The Softies Holiday In Rhode Island K By: Brooke McDermott Listening to The Softies is like sneaking into your big sister’s bedroom with a hairpin in hand ready to pick the lock of her diary. Hoping to find the secrets of her perfect life, you stumble upon a whirlwind of broken hearts, ghosts, advice, and […]

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Orbiter, Mini LP (Loveless)

December 28th, 2000 · Comments Off on Orbiter, Mini LP (Loveless)

Orbiter Mini LP Loveless By: Eric G. Orbiter is a Seattle-based duo dabbling in a trip-hop/electronic pop fusion that wouldn’t be out of place on your local adult contemporary radio station. I probably don’t need to tell you that that is not a compliment. There’s nothing edgy or risky about this 7-song EP. The bio […]

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Q And Not U, No Kill No Beep Beep (Dischord)

December 19th, 2000 · Comments Off on Q And Not U, No Kill No Beep Beep (Dischord)

Q And Not U No Kill No Beep Beep Dischord By: Eric G. Other than the infrequent Fugazi album, Dischord releases have not really been cause for celebration in recent years. Q And Not U categorically ends the bad streak, however. This is the best non-Fugazi Dischord release since Hoover's The Lurid Traversal Of Route […]

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Chuck, Directed By Miguel Arteta (Artisan)

December 11th, 2000 · Comments Off on Chuck, Directed By Miguel Arteta (Artisan)

Chuck Directed By Miguel Arteta Artisan By: Eric G. Buck is hapless. At twenty-seven he still lives with his mother who's been sick for years. She sits in a lazyboy and hacks up her guts while watching daytime talk shows. Buck's room is frozen in time- like that of a child who died at a […]

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French Kicks, Young Lawyer (Startime)

December 5th, 2000 · Comments Off on French Kicks, Young Lawyer (Startime)

French Kicks Young Lawyer Startime By: Eric G. This transplanted New York City quartet has its feet planted in diverging musical styles that culminate in a relatively catchy mix of grating punk, trashy glam rock, and British invasion harmonies. Admittedly, the French Kicks are not very original on the surface. How many glam rock rehashes […]

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Salvo Beta, Abrasive Stuttering (Some Odd Pilot)

November 20th, 2000 · Comments Off on Salvo Beta, Abrasive Stuttering (Some Odd Pilot)

Salvo Beta Abrasive Stuttering Some Odd Pilot By: Eric G. Salvo Beta enters the instrumental electronic scene on the offensive. His beats are aggressively overdriven and his melodies are sinister. Clearly taking cues from fellow deconstructionists like Mouse On Mars, Salvo Beta's noisy audio show is a pummeling and spastic display of rhythm and texture. […]

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Reproductions- Songs Of The Human League, Various Artists (March)

November 19th, 2000 · Comments Off on Reproductions- Songs Of The Human League, Various Artists (March)

Reproductions- Songs Of The Human League Various Artists March By: Eric G. Unsurprisingly, 80's junkie, multi-instrumentalist, and Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt ran with the idea of a Human League tribute, appearing no less than three times under his various guises. You know tributes have gotten out of hand when bands whose contribution to the […]

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Mark Robinson, Tiger Banana (Teenbeat)

November 18th, 2000 · Comments Off on Mark Robinson, Tiger Banana (Teenbeat)

Mark Robinson Tiger Banana Teenbeat By: Eric G. Mark Robinson finally emerges from the shadow of various bands and pseudonyms with his first proper solo album. It's another batch of eccentric pop tunes played with surgical precision and recorded with sterile clarity. Robinson performs most of Tiger Banana on his guitar alone. Occasionally, electronic beats […]

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Gaza Strippers, 1000 Watt Confessions (Lookout)

November 15th, 2000 · Comments Off on Gaza Strippers, 1000 Watt Confessions (Lookout)

Gaza Strippers 1000 Watt Confessions Lookout By: Eric G. Too bad all the young punk bands on MTV didn't listen to the Didjits. Few things suck worse than watered down punk. When you've got a generation of bands that think Green Day and The Offspring started it all, you're in for bad times indeed. Sum […]

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The Good Life, Novena On A Nocturn (Better Looking Records)

November 12th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Good Life, Novena On A Nocturn (Better Looking Records)

The Good Life Novena On A Nocturn Better Looking Records By: Eric G. Honestly, Tim Kasher's shameless sensitivity is better suited for music that rocks. Cursive's Domestica would be nothing short of embarrassing without the explosion of guitars lending credence to the high school poetry. The Good Life is Kasher's side-project. I hate that term […]

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Magnetophone, I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of How Much You Love Me (4ad/earworm)

November 12th, 2000 · Comments Off on Magnetophone, I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of How Much You Love Me (4ad/earworm)

Magnetophone I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of How Much You Love Me 4ad/earworm By: Eric G. Retro-futurism meets the chaos theory on Magnetophone's debut full-length. The Birmingham, England duo makes its noise with dated synthesizers and wildly erratic rhythmic dysfunction. The tone is dark, of course, as Magnetophone meanders through showers of […]

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Pele, The Nudes (Polyvinyl)

November 7th, 2000 · Comments Off on Pele, The Nudes (Polyvinyl)

Pele The Nudes Polyvinyl By: Eric G. Pele's jazzy, instrumental rock is perfectly adequate yet wholly unnecessary. There are just too many similarly motivated bands that aren't making any strides. I guess the same could be said of any number of genres and micro-genres, but the light jazz-rock instrumental bin is especially inundated lately. That […]

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Pj Harvey, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea (Island)

November 5th, 2000 · Comments Off on Pj Harvey, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea (Island)

Pj Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea Island By: Eric G. Surprisingly, PJ Harvey's last album, Is This Desire?, sort of blew through without really making much of a scene- a problem Harvey had never known since all three of her previous records had been received with such anticipation and critical fawning. […]

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Pay It Forward, Directed By Mimi Leder (Warner Bros.)

October 30th, 2000 · Comments Off on Pay It Forward, Directed By Mimi Leder (Warner Bros.)

Pay It Forward Directed By Mimi Leder Warner Bros. By: Eric G. Haley Joel Osment needs to be a crack dealer in his next movie if he wants to avoid being the most hated kid in Hollywood. I recommend hooking up with Bobcat Goldthwait for Shakes The Clown 2: Clowns get Gonorrhea Too. If he […]

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Melt Banana, Teeny Shiny (A-zap)

October 29th, 2000 · Comments Off on Melt Banana, Teeny Shiny (A-zap)

Melt Banana Teeny Shiny A-zap By: Eric G. Melt Banana has perfected its simultaneous deconstruction and homage to both punk and noise with a gleefully spasmodic onslaught of some of the fastest riffs ever put to tape. You know what bands sound like when you're dubbing a cassette on high speed? Well, Melt Banana can […]

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Death Cab For Cutie, Forbidden Love EP (Barsuk)

October 29th, 2000 · Comments Off on Death Cab For Cutie, Forbidden Love EP (Barsuk)

Death Cab For Cutie Forbidden Love EP Barsuk By: Eric G. If it weren't for Benjamin Gibbard's melancholic lilt Death Cab For Cutie might seem like your average indie pop band, but Gibbard's voice lifts the weepy guitar pluckings out of mediocrity and makes them seem grand and eloquent. Even on a maudlin song like […]

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Elf Power, The Winter Is Coming (Sugar Free / Elephant 6)

October 26th, 2000 · Comments Off on Elf Power, The Winter Is Coming (Sugar Free / Elephant 6)

Elf Power The Winter Is Coming Sugar Free / Elephant 6 By: Eric G. Despite whatever you may think of that whole Elephant 6 scene in Athens, Georgia, Elf Power deserves a closer look. I'm not a big fan of hippies, and the image surrounding Elephant 6 and its brethren is that of one big […]

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Blur, Music Is My Radar- Single (cd1 Cd2) (Food / EMI)

October 26th, 2000 · Comments Off on Blur, Music Is My Radar- Single (cd1 Cd2) (Food / EMI)

Blur Music Is My Radar- Single (cd1 Cd2) Food / EMI By: Eric G. So the anti-pop stance wasn’t a fad after all. Music Is My Radar continues Blur’s experimental explorations, making songs like “The Universal” and “End Of A Century” seem very long ago indeed. Many critics lambasted Blur’s 13 for being dilettante-ish and […]

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