Entries from February 2000

The Who, BBC Sessions (MCA)

February 27th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Who, BBC Sessions (MCA)

The Who BBC Sessions MCA By: Eric G. The Beatles are pop, The Who is rock, and The Kinks are somewhere in between. These BBC Sessions prove that The Who was rocking harder than anyone else in 1965. Just take the guitar solo from "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", where Pete Townshend makes an unholy racket an […]

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The Letter E, EP (Tiger Style)

February 24th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Letter E, EP (Tiger Style)

The Letter E EP Tiger Style By: Eric G. The four musicians that comprise The Letter E come from relatively similar musical backgrounds, hailing from such bands as Rex, June Of 44, Lungfish, and Sonora Pine among others. This EP was recorded just over two years ago in a building in Brooklyn, New York that […]

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The Starlite Desperation, Go Kill Mice (Flapping Jet)

February 23rd, 2000 · Comments Off on The Starlite Desperation, Go Kill Mice (Flapping Jet)

The Starlite Desperation Go Kill Mice Flapping Jet By: Eric G. The Starlite Desperation plays stripped down, blood and guts rock music without any cheesy effects or pretense. The music shows its aggression through jagged riffs, wailing vocals, and thundering percussion. Clearly, The Cramps and The Stooges inspired this band to pick up its instruments, […]

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Internal/external, Featuring… (K)

February 21st, 2000 · Comments Off on Internal/external, Featuring… (K)

Internal/external Featuring… K By: Eric G. Gathering up all of your indie rock friends to play on your album isn’t really a new idea or even a very good one. U.N.K.L.E. and The Sixths have both done it to varying degrees of success, but Olympia, Washington’s Paul Schuster has taken this sly marketing ploy and […]

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Sunday's Best, Sons Of The Second String 7inch (Market Participant)

February 15th, 2000 · Comments Off on Sunday's Best, Sons Of The Second String 7inch (Market Participant)

Sunday's Best Sons Of The Second String 7inch Market Participant By: Eric G. Sunday's Best is a quartet from Los Angeles, playing a tight brand of power pop with one foot in punk and the other in a weird Built To Spill sort of melodic rock. The band flaunts its harmonies shamelessly over muted guitars […]

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Do Make Say Think, Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead (Constellation)

February 14th, 2000 · Comments Off on Do Make Say Think, Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead (Constellation)

Do Make Say Think Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead Constellation By: Eric G. Do Make Say Think explores the accidents of sound and the limits of formal composition for a ragged and raw display of rock that feels primal and pure even in the face of its veerings into jazz. The jazzy breakdowns […]

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The Beach, Directed By Danny Boyle (20th Century Fox)

February 14th, 2000 · 1 Comment

The Beach Directed By Danny Boyle 20th Century Fox By: Eric G. The problem with The Beach is that it shouldn’t have been made into a movie at all. On paper it probably looked like a great idea: Leonardo DiCaprio frolicking on a tropical island with an hot young French girl, but Alex Garland’s fast-paced […]

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The Cure, Bloodflowers (Elektra / Fiction)

February 8th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Cure, Bloodflowers (Elektra / Fiction)

The Cure Bloodflowers Elektra / Fiction By: Eric G. Realizing the folly of steering The Cure into the unlikely land of wacky Top 40 hitmakers over the past ten years, Robert Smith has promised a return to form on the band’s eleventh studio release, characteristically titled Bloodflowers. Smith is determined to make The Cure relevant […]

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Hot Snakes, Automatic Midnight (Swami)

February 7th, 2000 · Comments Off on Hot Snakes, Automatic Midnight (Swami)

Hot Snakes Automatic Midnight Swami By: Eric G. If you’ve been missing Drive Like Jehu like I have, then you will be ecstatic to find out that Hot Snakes reunites John Reis (also from Rocket From The Crypt) and Rick Fork, the respective guitarist and vocalist for that seminal early nineties band. Filling out the […]

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One Star, Triangulum (March)

February 4th, 2000 · Comments Off on One Star, Triangulum (March)

One Star Triangulum March By: Eric G. During the first track of Triangulum, “The Jelly Is Set!”, I thought I was listening to an outtake off Cibo Matto’s debut full-length, but, thankfully, One Star has so much more to offer than miming fellow Japanese pop stars with cute but awkward English skills. One Star specializes […]

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Kevlar, Let Me Worry Some More (The First Time)

February 4th, 2000 · Comments Off on Kevlar, Let Me Worry Some More (The First Time)

Kevlar Let Me Worry Some More The First Time By: Eric G. Kevlar is a quartet from Sweden that, strangely enough, plays an energetic brand of D.C. post-punk a la Fugazi and, particularly, Jawbox. Discordant guitars underpin propulsive rhythms and semi-angry vocals that somehow manage to incorporate harmonies over top all the raucous noise. This […]

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The Frank And Walters, Beauty Becomes More Than Life (Setanta)

February 4th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Frank And Walters, Beauty Becomes More Than Life (Setanta)

The Frank And Walters Beauty Becomes More Than Life Setanta By: Robert H. It's been ten years since The Frank and Walters formed in its native Cork, but the band has failed to make any noticeable impact in the US, despite having just released its third album of catchy-as-hell pop songs. The reason, one suspects, […]

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Billy Mahonie, The Big Dig (Too Pure)

February 3rd, 2000 · Comments Off on Billy Mahonie, The Big Dig (Too Pure)

Billy Mahonie The Big Dig Too Pure By: Eric G. Ok, so this is an album full of instrumentals, but don’t stop reading: The Big Dig is an amazing amalgam of serendipitous musical excursions and not a self-indulgent collection of masturbatory bullshit (like most instrumental post rock). Billy Mahonie is a quartet that I am […]

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Chappaquiddick Skyline, S/t (Sub Pop)

February 3rd, 2000 · Comments Off on Chappaquiddick Skyline, S/t (Sub Pop)

Chappaquiddick Skyline S/t Sub Pop By: Robert H. Joe Pernice can explore the intricacies of sadness in a song as few artists have ever managed, but like the masters of the art he avoids maudlin trappings or narcissistic misery. There's always a slightly energizing hopefulness that shows itself through the care in which the descriptions […]

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