Entries from January 2002

Various Artists- A Tribute To Weezer, Rock Music (Deaddroid Records)

January 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off on Various Artists- A Tribute To Weezer, Rock Music (Deaddroid Records)

Various Artists- A Tribute To Weezer Rock Music Deaddroid Records By: Eric Greenwood In a preemptive strike against the inevitable balking at a Weezer tribute this early in the game, the biography accompanying Deaddroid Records" wholly unnecessary Weezer tribute claims that "if you name your current favorite indie rock/punk/emo band, you"ll probably also be naming […]

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Mates Of State, Our Constant Concern (Polyvinyl)

January 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off on Mates Of State, Our Constant Concern (Polyvinyl)

Mates Of State Our Constant Concern Polyvinyl By: Japanese Correspondent, Patrick Doherty The latest release from San Francisco"s Mates Of State evokes many of the same aspects of its debut from two years ago: slightly bizarre vocal harmonies, poppy organ melodies, and somewhat obscure lyrics about the advantages of long-term relationships. Reviewers of the band […]

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Sorry About Dresden, The Convenience Of Indecision (Saddle Creek)

January 21st, 2002 · Comments Off on Sorry About Dresden, The Convenience Of Indecision (Saddle Creek)

Sorry About Dresden The Convenience Of Indecision Saddle Creek By: Eric Greenwood There"s no real shame in being an average band. The members of Sorry About Dresden must just be interested in other things besides becoming a good band, and that"s cool. Bands aren"t for everyone. I just hope they pick out their new careers […]

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Printed Circuit, Reprints (Catmobile)

January 17th, 2002 · Comments Off on Printed Circuit, Reprints (Catmobile)

Printed Circuit Reprints Catmobile By: Eric Greenwood Printed Circuit"s retro-electro pop is memorable simply because of the dichotomy of unsophisticated melodies and complicated beats. She marries her Kraftwerkian melodies to computer-generated stutters and pulses with a childlike sense of awe and innocence. Such groundwork creates quite a playground for disparate remixers, and Reprints showcases such […]

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Echo And The Bunnymen, Flowers (Spin Art/Cooking Vinyl)

January 16th, 2002 · Comments Off on Echo And The Bunnymen, Flowers (Spin Art/Cooking Vinyl)

Echo And The Bunnymen Flowers Spin Art/Cooking Vinyl By: Eric Greenwood Flowers is the third respectable installment in the resurrected Echo And The Bunnymen"s second act. The band ended the 1980"s with a whimper, having besmirched its reputation somewhat with a lackluster self-titled album in 1987. A decade later the three original Bunnymen picked up […]

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Gosford Park, Directed By Robert Altman (Usa)

January 16th, 2002 · Comments Off on Gosford Park, Directed By Robert Altman (Usa)

Gosford Park Directed By Robert Altman Usa By: Eric Greenwood Robert Altman goes period piece in his latest offering, Gosford Park- a comedic murder/mystery set in the 1930"s and featuring some of England"s A-list actors (Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Watson, Helen Mirren). The last decade was shaky at best for Altman, who churned out some […]

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Brazen And Kevlar, Split Double 3-inch Mcd (Snuff)

January 14th, 2002 · Comments Off on Brazen And Kevlar, Split Double 3-inch Mcd (Snuff)

Brazen And Kevlar Split Double 3-inch Mcd Snuff By: Eric Greenwood Beautiful packaging goes a long way these days. How can you sift through piles of anonymous CD"s without discerning the good artwork from the bad? Appeal to the eye and then to the ears. This split EP certainly appeals to the eye. It"s a […]

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Pete Yorn, Music For The Morning After (Columbia)

January 12th, 2002 · Comments Off on Pete Yorn, Music For The Morning After (Columbia)

Pete Yorn Music For The Morning After Columbia By: Eric Greenwood Pete Yorn sports more raw talent than he does instinct, as he mines the history of rock and roll on this equally annoying and impressive (and overproduced) debut album. Yorn has a solid and versatile baritone. He can whine and moan effectively through mimicked […]

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Spiritualized, Let It Come Down (Arista)

January 10th, 2002 · Comments Off on Spiritualized, Let It Come Down (Arista)

Spiritualized Let It Come Down Arista By: Eric Greenwood What do you do after you release your most critically acclaimed/commercially successful album to date? Well, if you"re Jason Pierce, you fire everyone in your band and start over. 1997"s Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space was a monumental album for Pierce"s Spiritualized. It […]

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Unwound, New Plastic Ideas (Kill Rock Stars)

January 9th, 2002 · Comments Off on Unwound, New Plastic Ideas (Kill Rock Stars)

Unwound New Plastic Ideas Kill Rock Stars By: Eric Greenwood For its third actual album (second for Kill Rock Stars) Unwound turns its artful punk into a swelling mass of melody and rhythmic propulsion. Justin Trosper’s vocals reach new levels of versatility as well, rising above the hoarse yell he had so successfully employed on […]

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Kill Me Tomorrow, S/t Ep (Silver Girl)

January 2nd, 2002 · Comments Off on Kill Me Tomorrow, S/t Ep (Silver Girl)

Kill Me Tomorrow S/t Ep Silver Girl By: Eric Greenwood San Diego"s Kill Me Tomorrow borrows heavily from the post-punk minimalism of The Fall and injects its own collage of noise and obscure melodies to spruce it up for modern consumption. Influences range from 1960"s garage ("Lawn") to dark, experimental-electronic fusion ("Travelling Salesman Dilemma"). It […]

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