Entries from April 2000

Knodel, The White Hole (Spongebath)

April 30th, 2000 · Comments Off on Knodel, The White Hole (Spongebath)

Knodel The White Hole Spongebath By: Eric G. Any band that purports to emulate the doctrine of Phil Collins and ends up sounding like a mutant mix of Six Finger Satellite, Gary Numan, and Kraftwerk is all right in my book. Knodel is a trio from Portland, Oregon, but the band claims its hometown is […]

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Bald Rapunzel, Diazepam (Resin/dischord)

April 27th, 2000 · Comments Off on Bald Rapunzel, Diazepam (Resin/dischord)

Bald Rapunzel Diazepam Resin/dischord By: Eric G. It’s hard to get past a name as awful as Bald Rapunzel, but, luckily, the band is much better than its turgid appellation would lead you to believe. Led by the soulful voice of Bonnie Schlegel, Bald Rapunzel fuses D.C. post-punk tendencies with haunting pop melodies. This debut […]

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The Ruby Doe, The Flame And The Fury (Burnout)

April 25th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Ruby Doe, The Flame And The Fury (Burnout)

The Ruby Doe The Flame And The Fury Burnout By: Eric G. If you’re looking for a relentless yet melodic assault on the ears in the vein of Karp or Mule, then The Ruby Doe is your band. The Flame And The Fury is full of explosive guitars and pounding rhythms. The vocals are guttural […]

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Devo, Dev-o Live (rhinohandmade.com)

April 24th, 2000 · Comments Off on Devo, Dev-o Live (rhinohandmade.com)

Devo Dev-o Live rhinohandmade.com By: Eric G. The importance of Devo cannot be overstated in modern music. Countless bands have dug deep into the Devo songbook and taken the band's innovative cues to create splinters of the de-evolutionary process. This CD combines two promotional live albums and one commercially available EP that has long been […]

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Bright Eyes, Fevers And Mirrors (Saddle Creek)

April 24th, 2000 · Comments Off on Bright Eyes, Fevers And Mirrors (Saddle Creek)

Bright Eyes Fevers And Mirrors Saddle Creek By: Eric G. Desperation is an essential ingredient for music that digs deep enough to make a lasting impression. Conor Oberst understands this concept and exploits it for all it’s worth on Bright Eyes’ third full length, Fevers And Mirrors. Oberst has a sketchy voice; it trembles fiercely […]

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Death Cab For Cutie, We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes (Barsuk)

April 24th, 2000 · Comments Off on Death Cab For Cutie, We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes (Barsuk)

Death Cab For Cutie We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes Barsuk By: Eric G. Praise follows this band around like a dog, but music hyped this much rarely lives up to the word of mouth. Death Cab For Cutie, however, not only lives up to it but the Bellingham, Washington quartet topples any […]

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The Cherry Orchard, This World Is Such A Groovy Place (Riviera / Darla)

April 19th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Cherry Orchard, This World Is Such A Groovy Place (Riviera / Darla)

The Cherry Orchard This World Is Such A Groovy Place Riviera / Darla By: Eric G. The Cherry Orchard puts you right inside a time capsule back to the swinging sixties on its second full length, This World Is A Groovy Place, and for some reason I’m not fighting to get off. This is a […]

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The Verna Cannon, Movie Star Faces (Cargo / Headhunter)

April 18th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Verna Cannon, Movie Star Faces (Cargo / Headhunter)

The Verna Cannon Movie Star Faces Cargo / Headhunter By: Eric G. The Verna Cannon reveals its quiet tension through lightly strummed acoustic guitars, subtle, sturdy percussion and plaintive but, somehow, hopeful vocals. Well-placed bits of violin add tasteful backdrops to the deliberately delicate textures throughout the record. Molly Ledford’s breathy, carefully annunciated vocals stand […]

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The Mercury Program, From The Vapor Of Gasoline (Tiger Style)

April 17th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Mercury Program, From The Vapor Of Gasoline (Tiger Style)

The Mercury Program From The Vapor Of Gasoline Tiger Style By: Eric G. I like Slint as much as the next guy, but all these bands that keep churning out Spiderland III and IV need to listen to some Mr. Bungle or Captain Beefheart or The Three Doctors or something. Slint didn’t take itself this […]

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American Psycho, Directed By Mary Harron (Lion's Gate)

April 17th, 2000 · Comments Off on American Psycho, Directed By Mary Harron (Lion's Gate)

American Psycho Directed By Mary Harron Lion's Gate By: Eric G. It’s almost impossible to adapt Bret Easton Ellis’ grisly 1991 novel American Psycho to the screen without losing crucial first person narrative, so just try to forget there was a book for the sake of the film. Mary Harron has the unfortunate task of […]

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Semi Gloss, The Falling Kind (Dirt)

April 14th, 2000 · Comments Off on Semi Gloss, The Falling Kind (Dirt)

Semi Gloss The Falling Kind Dirt By: Eric G. More indie rock than Stereolab but more refined than the Velvet Underground, Semi Gloss inhabits a niche where catchy, moog-based pop doesn’t necessarily have to sound retro. Verena Weisendanger’s voice is low and soothing, melding well with the sprightly guitars and peppy drums. Guitarist Jordie Mokriski […]

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Blonde Redhead, Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons (Touch And Go)

April 13th, 2000 · Comments Off on Blonde Redhead, Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons (Touch And Go)

Blonde Redhead Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons Touch And Go By: Eric G. Blonde Redhead’s upward trajectory from record to record is frighteningly steep. The band has shed its latent Sonic Youth influence and become a fully formed monster all its own – a step that was close to completion with 1998’s In An Expression […]

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