Entries from July 2002

Gogogo Airheart, Exitheuxa (GSL)

July 25th, 2002 · Comments Off on Gogogo Airheart, Exitheuxa (GSL)

Gogogo Airheart Exitheuxa GSL By: Eric Greenwood Bands whose ideas tend to outweigh their talents typically lose any semblance of charm after two records or so, but GoGoGo Airheart has somehow managed to buck that trend over the course of four albums and remain fascinating, despite its seemingly limited means of expression. In generic terms […]

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Sonic Youth, Murray Street (DGC)

July 24th, 2002 · Comments Off on Sonic Youth, Murray Street (DGC)

Sonic Youth Murray Street DGC By: Eric Greenwood Oh, where have you been, Sonic Youth? For a full decade you've languished in the shadow of your own glory, spitting out half-assed records every few years that magnified your flaws while pushing the memory of your swollen greatness ever further away. Finally, you have released an […]

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The Please, Never Complete (Self-released)

July 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off on The Please, Never Complete (Self-released)

The Please Never Complete Self-released By: Eric Greenwood The Please couldn't have worse timing for its retro-new wave guitar pop, considering that the quintet sounds shockingly, disturbingly like The Strokes. If The Strokes hadn't just created a firestorm of polarizing press last year with its reinterpretation of The Velvet Underground and The Feelies complete with […]

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Ugly Casanova, Sharpen Your Teeth (Sub Pop)

July 22nd, 2002 · 1 Comment

Ugly Casanova Sharpen Your Teeth Sub Pop By: Eric Greenwood It's a fine line separating envelope-pushing experimentation and gratuitous self-indulgence. Isaac Brock has had so much smoke blown up his ass in the past two years that I doubt he could tell you which side he is on right now. As the leader of Modest […]

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The Vines, Highly Evolved (Capitol)

July 22nd, 2002 · Comments Off on The Vines, Highly Evolved (Capitol)

The Vines Highly Evolved Capitol By: Eric Greenwood The Vines are currently experiencing a dangerous wave of hype. As The Strokes and The White Stripes know very well, this can only lead to that polarizing "love it or hate it" status amongst the music literati. Consequently, The Vines will be judged against the hype, which […]

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The Bourne Identity, Directed By Doug Liman (Universal)

July 22nd, 2002 · Comments Off on The Bourne Identity, Directed By Doug Liman (Universal)

The Bourne Identity Directed By Doug Liman Universal By: Eric Greenwood It's been a very slow summer for movies so far. After the early peak of the Spider-Man and Star Wars double whammy in May, the studios have been shoveling out a mound of manure that is de rigeur for this time of year. So, […]

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Benett, Welcome To The Jungle (March)

July 15th, 2002 · Comments Off on Benett, Welcome To The Jungle (March)

Benett Welcome To The Jungle March By: Eric Greenwood Benett's syrupy, girlish voice has garnered her a small legion of fans in the twee-pop world since her work with Charles Brown Superstar in the mid-1990's. Her solo output is still just as sickly sweet but, perhaps, more adventurous than her former indie rock band's ever […]

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Pixies, S/T (Spinart)

July 14th, 2002 · Comments Off on Pixies, S/T (Spinart)

Pixies S/T Spinart By: Eric Greenwood The Pixies' legendary "purple tape" consisted of seventeen songs recorded by Gary Smith at Boston's famous Fort Apache studios in March of 1987. Bankrolled by Black Francis' father, these seventeen songs were strong enough to land the band its recording contract with lauded English label, 4AD. Eight songs from […]

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Jucifer, I Name You Destroyer (Velocette)

July 11th, 2002 · Comments Off on Jucifer, I Name You Destroyer (Velocette)

Jucifer I Name You Destroyer Velocette By: Eric Greenwood Jucifer's Melvins-style sludge rock has evolved into a slicker, more melodic beast since I saw them live a few years ago. To compensate for being a drums and guitar duo, the band cranks the volume to an ear-splitting level, so that it sounds like an army […]

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Cinerama, Torino (Scopitones)

July 11th, 2002 · Comments Off on Cinerama, Torino (Scopitones)

Cinerama Torino Scopitones By: Kerry Mitchell- Special London Correspondent While Cinerama’s debut Va Va Voom and, to some extent, the follow-up, Disco Volante, saw David Gedge shedding his frenetic strumming, angular rhythms, and frantic time changes in an attempt to distance himself from his previous band, his current band's new long player, Torino, seems to […]

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Silkworm, Italian Platinum (Touch And Go)

July 9th, 2002 · Comments Off on Silkworm, Italian Platinum (Touch And Go)

Silkworm Italian Platinum Touch And Go By: Eric Greenwood Who'd have believed that Silkworm would outlast practically every single one if its peers from the DIY explosion of the early 1990's? Silkworm – the perpetual underdog and label castaway – has always produced solid records for the uppity indie rock echelon that demands a bit […]

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Marion, S/T (Kflr)

July 3rd, 2002 · Comments Off on Marion, S/T (Kflr)

Marion S/T Kflr By: Eric Greenwood Taking its name from rap mogul Marion Suge Knight as a tongue in cheek gesture, this South Carolina trio has made a name for itself with a completely spastic and over the top brand of hardcore punk. When you see these guys live, the focus is on drummer Andrew […]

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