Entries from October 2000

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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Joy Division, The Complete BBC Recordings (Strange Fruit)

October 25th, 2000 · Comments Off on Joy Division, The Complete BBC Recordings (Strange Fruit)

Joy Division The Complete BBC Recordings Strange Fruit By: Eric G. What's left to say? By turning the mirror onto itself, Joy Division led punk out of its socio-political rut and into the realm of personal disaster and the art of falling apart. It all happened so fast. Joy Division hadn't even released its second […]

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Photon Band, Oh, The Sweet, Sweet Changes (Darla)

October 13th, 2000 · Comments Off on Photon Band, Oh, The Sweet, Sweet Changes (Darla)

Photon Band Oh, The Sweet, Sweet Changes Darla By: Eric G. When bands cover such a small, predetermined niche, particularly one that has been beaten into our subconscious for so long, it’s hard to appreciate the subtleties and nuances without immediately referencing other bands. The Photon Band doesn’t seem to care. Its brand of mod […]

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Cinerama, Disco Volante (Manifesto)

October 9th, 2000 · Comments Off on Cinerama, Disco Volante (Manifesto)

Cinerama Disco Volante Manifesto By: Eric G. Is the fact that Cinerama’s second album shares the same name as the second Mr. Bungle album a coincidence or a tribute? Surely, it’s the former because I can hardly imagine David Gedge, worldly musician that he is, rocking out to unpredictable punk/metal/funk fusion. Maybe I’m wrong. Who […]

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National Skyline, Exit Now (File 13)

October 6th, 2000 · Comments Off on National Skyline, Exit Now (File 13)

National Skyline Exit Now File 13 By: Eric G. A few seconds after pressing 'play' I had to double check to make sure that I had put the right disc in the player because I could have sworn this was the Foo Fighters, but, sure enough, it's the new National Skyline EP. For those of […]

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Mojave 3, Excuses For Travellers (Beggars Banquet / 4ad)

October 6th, 2000 · Comments Off on Mojave 3, Excuses For Travellers (Beggars Banquet / 4ad)

Mojave 3 Excuses For Travellers Beggars Banquet / 4ad By: Eric G. Wresting the beauty from its flawed second album, Out Of Tune, Mojave 3 returns with a gorgeous batch of heart-soaked, minor-keyed, country-ish tunes that honor Nick Drake as much as Gram Parsons. Neil Halstead sings with a dreamy sigh of resignation and sadness. […]

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Bjork, Selmasongs (Elektra)

October 4th, 2000 · Comments Off on Bjork, Selmasongs (Elektra)

Bjork Selmasongs Elektra By: Eric G. Can Bjork make a musical watchable or, in this case, listenable? That all depends on your stance on Bjork (and musicals, I guess- actually, I’ll just assume we all hate musicals). Do you soak up Bjork’s affected and stuttered Icelandic drawl or do you find her pixie schtick tiresome? […]

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