Entries from September 2000

Madonna, Music (Maverick / Warner Bros.)

September 25th, 2000 · Comments Off on Madonna, Music (Maverick / Warner Bros.)

Madonna Music Maverick / Warner Bros. By: Eric G. She’s already proven that she can wrap herself in (almost) any package and the public will eat it up. Madonna plays the press better than any pop star, actor, or politician. She’s claimed from the beginning that all she’s ever really wanted is respect for her […]

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Radiohead, Kid A (Capitol)

September 22nd, 2000 · Comments Off on Radiohead, Kid A (Capitol)

Radiohead Kid A Capitol By: Eric G. Kid A challenges the idea that electronic music will never be as emotional as guitar music. Does it succeed? Well, yes and no, but either way it's going to be the blueprint for bands that continue the assimilation of rock and electronics. Take Radiohead's guitars away, and they're […]

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Soul Junk, 1956 (5 Minute Walk)

September 21st, 2000 · Comments Off on Soul Junk, 1956 (5 Minute Walk)

Soul Junk 1956 5 Minute Walk By: Eric G. When Glen Galaxy (a.k.a. Galaxalag) left Truman’s Water to start a band devoted to Jesus I just thought he was going through some kind of drug-induced, post-euphoric haze. Six albums later, I guess it’s safe to say the “born again” thing isn’t a joke. Soul Junk […]

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Chris Knox, Beat (Thirsty Ear)

September 21st, 2000 · Comments Off on Chris Knox, Beat (Thirsty Ear)

Chris Knox Beat Thirsty Ear By: John McFadden Chris Knox is an anomaly. While that may be easy to say for most artists whose career spans decades but barely leaves a blip on the radar screen- for Chris Knox it’s warranted. His prolific output on New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label rivals that of Guided […]

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The Jealous Sound, S/T (Better Looking Records)

September 18th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Jealous Sound, S/T (Better Looking Records)

The Jealous Sound S/T Better Looking Records By: Eric G. Unfortunately, The Jealous Sound lets all the air out of its tires before it tries to ride anywhere. I’m so sick of fey posturing in so-called “punk” music. Is it to get laid? Is it to get on MTV? What’s the fucking deal? This is […]

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Guyana Punch Line, Irritainment For The Masses 7inch (X-mist)

September 17th, 2000 · Comments Off on Guyana Punch Line, Irritainment For The Masses 7inch (X-mist)

Guyana Punch Line Irritainment For The Masses 7inch X-mist By: Eric G. Guyana Punch Line follows up its brutal debut LP, Maximum Smashism, with this jarring 7" on Germany's X-Mist label. The band continues to balance a searing wall of noise with snatches of melody, thanks to former Antischism guitarist Kevin Byrd. Chris Bickel's (Ex-In/Humanity) […]

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Dennis Lyxzen: Interview, The Voice Of The (international) Noise Conspiracy And Ex-refused Frontman Dennis Lyxzen Talks Music, Politics, And Revolution (Burning Heart / Epitaph)

September 13th, 2000 · 1 Comment

Dennis Lyxzen: Interview The Voice Of The (international) Noise Conspiracy And Ex-refused Frontman Dennis Lyxzen Talks Music, Politics, And Revolution Burning Heart / Epitaph By: Eric G. Drawer B: With Refused your lyrics packed as much punch as your delivery, but with The (International) Noise Conspiracy you have to refine your bark into a prettier […]

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90 Day Men, It (is) It) Critical Band (Southern)

September 12th, 2000 · Comments Off on 90 Day Men, It (is) It) Critical Band (Southern)

90 Day Men It (is) It) Critical Band Southern By: Eric G. At first you think "oh, Jesus, not another Chicago-based band of wank-officers trying to pull that whole U.S. Maple bullshit on me again", but further listening shuts your fat mouth before you utter something like that out loud. 90 Day Men don't pander […]

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The Black Heart Procession, Three (Touch And Go)

September 11th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Black Heart Procession, Three (Touch And Go)

The Black Heart Procession Three Touch And Go By: Eric G. The Black Heart Procession has cemented its place in the hall of doom over the course of its past three records with a dramatic blend of country, blues, and heart-wrenching soul mining. Each song is a slow journey to the center of despair. The […]

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The Clientele, A Fading Summer EP (March)

September 11th, 2000 · Comments Off on The Clientele, A Fading Summer EP (March)

The Clientele A Fading Summer EP March By: Eric G. A Fading Summer is the perfect title for The Clientele’s debut American EP. The Clientele’s shimmering 1960’s-style pop has a dark undercurrent, but it’s so restrained that you just sit mesmerized by the reverb-drenched melodies. The vocals are heavily accented, enveloping each syllable with a […]

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Sunday's Best, Poised To Break (Polyvinyl)

September 10th, 2000 · Comments Off on Sunday's Best, Poised To Break (Polyvinyl)

Sunday's Best Poised To Break Polyvinyl By: Eric G. This is the type of record that your girlfriend will steal within one week of your purchasing it, and you probably won't even care. Sunday's Best sounds a tad too earnest and sensitive for those who like their rock on the abrasive side. Sure, there are […]

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Trans Am, Red Line (Thrill Jockey)

September 10th, 2000 · Comments Off on Trans Am, Red Line (Thrill Jockey)

Trans Am Red Line Thrill Jockey By: Eric G. Each record by Trans Am over the past five years has been a progression until Red Line. With twenty-one songs of self-referential indulgence, the band barely even steps outside of the parameters of its previous output on its fifth album. This is disappointing because Trans Am […]

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The 6ths, Hyacinths And Thistles (Merge)

September 6th, 2000 · Comments Off on The 6ths, Hyacinths And Thistles (Merge)

The 6ths Hyacinths And Thistles Merge By: Eric G. It's hard to hear these songs without Stephin Merritt's baritone droning alongside. His lyrics, equal parts sentimentality and acerbic wit, draw as much attention to themselves as his tinny arrangements do, and his voice seems inextricably bound to their performances. The 6ths is more of a […]

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Radio 4, The New Song And Dance (Gern Blandsten)

September 5th, 2000 · Comments Off on Radio 4, The New Song And Dance (Gern Blandsten)

Radio 4 The New Song And Dance Gern Blandsten By: Eric G. Bored by the cliquish and self-indulgent path of modern punk rock, Radio 4 rejects such trappings by turning back the calendar to 1979 when bands like The Clash, Gang Of Four, Wire, and The Fall were writing the book of fiery post punk. […]

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