The Stills, Logic Will Break Your Heart (Vice/Atlantic)

November 12th, 2003 · 1 Comment

The Stills Logic Will Break Your Heart Vice/Atlantic By: Eric Greenwood The Stills may share the same predictable, post-punk influences as every card-carrying band of hipsters emanating from New York City these days, but they've altered the bedraggled formula somewhat. In the grand scheme of things, catchy maudlin pop has been done countless times over, […]

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!!!, Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story) Ep (Touch And Go)

November 3rd, 2003 · Comments Off on !!!, Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story) Ep (Touch And Go)

!!! Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story) Ep Touch And Go By: Eric Greenwood I'd never had much respect for Manchester's Happy Mondays until I saw 24-hour Party People, the film chronicling the rise and fall (and rise?) of legendary Factory Records' owner and creator, Anthony Wilson. The amount of […]

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Enon, Hocus-Pocus (Touch And Go)

October 24th, 2003 · Comments Off on Enon, Hocus-Pocus (Touch And Go)

Enon Hocus-Pocus Touch And Go By: Eric Greenwood For a band that has built its reputation on charging in unpredictable directions, Enon's third album feels strangely ho-hum and disappointingly underdeveloped. Last year's acclaimed High Society set the bar fairly high for Enon's spastic, schizophrenic pop confections, but Hocus-Pocus never makes good on the promise that […]

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Murder By Death, Who Will Survive And What Will Be Left Of Them? (Eyeball)

October 24th, 2003 · Comments Off on Murder By Death, Who Will Survive And What Will Be Left Of Them? (Eyeball)

Murder By Death Who Will Survive And What Will Be Left Of Them? Eyeball By: Eric Greenwood Not only has the name changed, but the music has, too, for this Bloomington, Indiana quintet. The former Little Joe Gould sounds like a new band on its darkly thematic and stunning sophomore album. Where introspection, elegiac melodies, […]

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The Rapture, Echoes (Strummer/Universal)

October 22nd, 2003 · Comments Off on The Rapture, Echoes (Strummer/Universal)

The Rapture Echoes Strummer/Universal By: Eric Greenwood Despite what you'll invariably read elsewhere, The Rapture's sloppy, clanging post-punk rage is completely hit or miss, and this long-awaited full-length is the definition of anti-climactic. For every badass mind-fuck like "Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks", there are twice as many unlistenable duds in the […]

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Swell, Whenever You're Ready (Beggars Banquet)

October 5th, 2003 · Comments Off on Swell, Whenever You're Ready (Beggars Banquet)

Swell Whenever You're Ready Beggars Banquet By: Eric Greenwood Even in its heyday, which is now almost a decade past, Swell was always criminally ignored, except by the French for some inexplicable reason… So, a new Swell album released in 2003 will no doubt be met with similar apathy here in the United States. It's […]

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Erase Errata, At Crystal Palace (Troubleman)

October 5th, 2003 · Comments Off on Erase Errata, At Crystal Palace (Troubleman)

Erase Errata At Crystal Palace Troubleman By: Eric Greenwood Erase Errata has been riding a wave of hype since its debut, Other Animals, allowed crusty white kids that haven't the faintest idea how to dance a chance to take over the floor without shame for their collective lack of rhythm. Erase Errata's brand of art […]

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Araby, Your Wate And Fate (Curve Of The Earth)

July 15th, 2003 · Comments Off on Araby, Your Wate And Fate (Curve Of The Earth)

Araby Your Wate And Fate Curve Of The Earth By: Eric Greenwood In the fifteen months since I happened to catch Araby opening a show in its hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, its self-released, three-song demo has rarely left my rotation. The quartet's haunting and complex music is nothing short of stunning, but, at first, the […]

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Guyana Punch Line, Direkt Aktion (Prank)

July 14th, 2003 · Comments Off on Guyana Punch Line, Direkt Aktion (Prank)

Guyana Punch Line Direkt Aktion Prank By: Eric Greenwood As evidence of the fact that punk is a meaningless term, take the gulf that separates a band like Guyana Punch Line from, say, any emo band you can think of and try to reconcile any semblance of commonality under the punk umbrella. It can't be […]

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The Life And Times, Flat End Of The Earth Ep (54 or 40 or Fight!)

July 14th, 2003 · Comments Off on The Life And Times, Flat End Of The Earth Ep (54 or 40 or Fight!)

The Life And Times Flat End Of The Earth Ep 54 or 40 or Fight! By: Eric Greenwood Shiner's sudden, self-inflicted demise at the start of this year confused its loyal fanbase to no end. Why would a band at the height of its powers just willingly let it all die? For the band to […]

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The Blood Brothers, Burn, Piano Island, Burn (Artist Direct)

June 15th, 2003 · Comments Off on The Blood Brothers, Burn, Piano Island, Burn (Artist Direct)

The Blood Brothers Burn, Piano Island, Burn Artist Direct By: Eric Greenwood The Blood Brothers' spastic, abrasive aggression is an acquired taste to say the least- even for those with a predilection to appreciate insanely frantic hardcore. On Burn, Piano Island, Burn, the Seattle quintet's third album, the band teams up with Limp Bizkit's producer, […]

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The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)

June 15th, 2003 · Comments Off on The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)

The White Stripes Elephant V2 By: Eric Greenwood Miraculously untainted by severe over-exposure, The White Stripes return with another blistering set of mock-blues through the eyes of two pasty white-faced Goths from Detroit in candy stripe drag. Musically, Elephant is just as raw and spontaneous as it would have been had no one given two […]

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The Postal Service, Give Up (Sub-Pop)

June 12th, 2003 · Comments Off on The Postal Service, Give Up (Sub-Pop)

The Postal Service Give Up Sub-Pop By: Japanese Correspondent – Patrick Doherty Now that the synthesis of indie rock and electronic music has become the de facto means of expression for every burgeoning hipster with a penchant for 80's synth-pop and a perfunctory knowledge of the K Records catalogue, it only makes sense that a […]

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Radiohead, Hail To The Thief (Capitol)

June 11th, 2003 · Comments Off on Radiohead, Hail To The Thief (Capitol)

Radiohead Hail To The Thief Capitol By: Eric Greenwood I'm sure Thom Yorke's heart is in the right place and all that, but, my God, what is he thinking with that album title? Everyone knows that mixing politics and music is embarrassing, turning the artist into a parody of whatever cause he should champion (or […]

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Martin L. Gore, Counterfeit2 (Mute/Reprise)

May 10th, 2003 · Comments Off on Martin L. Gore, Counterfeit2 (Mute/Reprise)

Martin L. Gore Counterfeit2 Mute/Reprise By: Eric Greenwood As Depeche Mode's sole songwriter for over twenty years, Martin Gore has painted himself into a bleak corner. It's almost as though he's run out of ways to write about drugs or sex or death or betrayal. He released an EP of obscure covers back in 1989 […]

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Blur, Think Tank (Virgin)

May 9th, 2003 · 1 Comment

Blur Think Tank Virgin By: Eric Greenwood When an original member leaves an established band – no matter what the reason – the respectable thing to do is to break up. Too often, though, the band, thinking itself invincible, soldiers on like a staggering amputee, embarrassing itself and its fans with a swift and certain […]

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…and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Secret Of Elena's Tomb (Interscope)

March 29th, 2003 · Comments Off on …and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Secret Of Elena's Tomb (Interscope)

…and You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead The Secret Of Elena's Tomb Interscope By: Eric Greenwood Since …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead fears nothing in its path, its inherent pretentiousness is so much easier to swallow. That's the thing about pretentiousness- if one can balance it out […]

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Cursive, The Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek)

March 23rd, 2003 · Comments Off on Cursive, The Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek)

Cursive The Ugly Organ Saddle Creek By: Eric Greenwood If all emo were as good as Cursive's The Ugly Organ, it wouldn't be the embarrassing cliché it is today. Alas, all emo is nowhere near as good as this record is, so it will have to wade through the usual minefield of prejudgments and knee-jerk […]

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Hot Hot Heat, Make Up The Breakdown (Sub Pop)

March 8th, 2003 · Comments Off on Hot Hot Heat, Make Up The Breakdown (Sub Pop)

Hot Hot Heat Make Up The Breakdown Sub Pop By: Eric Greenwood Idiosyncratic rock rarely extends as big a welcome as Hot Hot Heat's first full-length, Make Up The Breakdown…never mind that the band is from Canada. Equally dividing new wave, prog, garage, and all the eccentricities of early XTC and, perhaps even, the poppier […]

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Peaches, The Teaches Of Peaches (Kitty-yo)

March 2nd, 2003 · Comments Off on Peaches, The Teaches Of Peaches (Kitty-yo)

Peaches The Teaches Of Peaches Kitty-yo By: Eric Greenwood I could maybe see how this would have been slightly offensive twenty years ago when sex was still cause for alarm in pop music, but having been through Lydia Lunch and Wendy O. Williams on the underground side and Madonna and even Courtney Love on the […]

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