Silkworm, It'll Be Cool (Touch And Go)

November 18th, 2004 · Comments Off on Silkworm, It'll Be Cool (Touch And Go)

Silkworm It'll Be Cool Touch And Go By: Eric Greenwood Silkworm records come and go every few years. Touch and Go just keeps releasing them out of habit, I suppose. They never make much of a splash, and barely anyone even notices, apart from longtime fans. I imagine they press and sell the same amount […]

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U2, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Island)

November 18th, 2004 · Comments Off on U2, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Island)

U2 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb Island By: Eric Greenwood After spending the bulk of the '90's experimenting itself into a caricatural hole, U2 responded to tapering record sales and a hopelessly cartoonish persona with a self-proclaimed return to form on 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind. Wisely, the band ditched the disco […]

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Le Tigre, This Island (Universal)

November 16th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Le Tigre This Island Universal By: Eric Greenwood Le Tigre is sort of like a minor fender bender. You might crane your neck around to catch a glimpse of the damage, if you're bored, but you won't feel left out if you don't because, after all, it's only a fender bender. On its third album […]

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Travis Morrison, Travistan (Barsuk)

November 16th, 2004 · Comments Off on Travis Morrison, Travistan (Barsuk)

Travis Morrison Travistan Barsuk By: Eric Greenwood I really didn't want to hate this record, especially after all the hyperbolic negative hype. I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt because, well, Travis Morrison made some damn good records in his stint with The Dismemberment Plan (most notably 1999's tour de force, Emergency […]

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Delays, Faded Seaside Glamour (Rough Trade)

November 15th, 2004 · Comments Off on Delays, Faded Seaside Glamour (Rough Trade)

Delays Faded Seaside Glamour Rough Trade By: Eric Greenwood One of Rough Trade's recent signings, Delays, harkens back to that brief period in the early '90's when fuzzed-out guitars married Byrds-esque harmonies. Shoegazer rock: Bands that stood still and stared at the floor while they played incredibly loud, feedback-drenched rock with varying degrees of melodic […]

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Elvis Costello, The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)

November 15th, 2004 · Comments Off on Elvis Costello, The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)

Elvis Costello The Delivery Man Lost Highway By: Eric Greenwood It's hard to put the beat down on Elvis Costello. I mean, look at what he's done for us. He's made misogyny "artistic." He's given bad teeth a good name. He's duetted with Darryl Hall. Ok, so he doesn't always hit a home run, but […]

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Elliott Smith, From A Basement On The Hill (Anti)

November 15th, 2004 · Comments Off on Elliott Smith, From A Basement On The Hill (Anti)

Elliott Smith From A Basement On The Hill Anti By: Eric Greenwood Elliott Smith died of two stab wounds to the heart just over a year ago in his Los Angeles apartment. Whether those stab wounds were self-inflicted or the result of someone else’s rage is irrelevant. Smith is dead, and he left behind his […]

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Helmet, Size Matters (Interscope)

October 27th, 2004 · Comments Off on Helmet, Size Matters (Interscope)

Helmet Size Matters Interscope By: Eric Greenwood Chalk up another needless reunion as Paige Hamilton resurrects Helmet — his deafening early ‘90’s tour de force — with a new cast of assclowns, sporting embarrassing pedigrees like White Zombie and Anthrax. Technically, though, it’s not even really a reunion since Hamilton is the only original remaining […]

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Newgenics, Every Girl In The World 7 Inch (Level Plane)

October 27th, 2004 · Comments Off on Newgenics, Every Girl In The World 7 Inch (Level Plane)

Newgenics Every Girl In The World 7 Inch Level Plane By: Eric Greenwood Newgenics is a Columbia, South Carolina quartet with massive punk and indie rock pedigrees under its belt, as its members hail from such underground diversions as In/Humanity, Guyana Punch Line, Marion, Damn The Sun and Martian Death Lyric. It's first single on […]

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Ova Looven, 58:34 10:22 (Catune)

October 18th, 2004 · Comments Off on Ova Looven, 58:34 10:22 (Catune)

Ova Looven 58:34 10:22 Catune By: Michael Jones Antarctica’s breakup in 1999 was a crushing blow to the cult audience that worshipped and analyzed every note of the 104 minutes and 6 seconds of music the band recorded during their short but influential career. New recruits continue to be initiated, and this rabid fan base […]

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Batter The Drag, Unfathomable Depths (Self-released)

October 17th, 2004 · Comments Off on Batter The Drag, Unfathomable Depths (Self-released)

Batter The Drag Unfathomable Depths Self-released By: Eric Greenwood Batter The Drag's energy is contagious. Each song on this Mesa, Arizona quartet's debut EP, Unfathomable Depths, prickles with dynamism and controlled aggression. The cerebral guitar work serves as the backdrop for Ryan Richardson's husky, guttural voice. Wisely avoiding the trappings of typical emo, Batter The […]

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Schooner, You Forgot About Your Heart (Pox World Empire)

October 17th, 2004 · Comments Off on Schooner, You Forgot About Your Heart (Pox World Empire)

Schooner You Forgot About Your Heart Pox World Empire By: Eric Greenwood With a yelping aggression and a jangly indie pop flair, Schooner blasts out of the gate sounding like an odd cross between Brother Danielson and Black Francis. On "My Friend's Band", lead singer Reid Johnson sounds hopped up on speed, while his sister, […]

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Q And Not U, Power (Dischord)

October 15th, 2004 · Comments Off on Q And Not U, Power (Dischord)

Q And Not U Power Dischord By: Eric Greenwood Q and Not U hinted at the creative growth spurt evident on its new full-length, Power, in the opening moments of its sophomore release, Different Damage, on the song “Soft Pyramids.” The angry post-punk bleating of its Discord debut, No Kill No Beep Beep, had morphed […]

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Duran Duran, Astronaut (Epic)

October 11th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Duran Duran Astronaut Epic By: Eric Greenwood Expectations for a Duran Duran reunion with all five original members are admittedly low- those classic early albums, Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger, notwithstanding. It has been 21 years, which was more than enough time for the remaining members who soldiered on to have dragged the […]

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Interpol, Antics (Matador)

October 1st, 2004 · Comments Off on Interpol, Antics (Matador)

Interpol Antics Matador By: Eric Greenwood For a band that is so self-consciously meticulous about every aspect of its public persona, Interpol sure did whore itself around generously in support of its 2002 debut, Turn on the Bright Lights. From commercial fluff like Pepsi Smash to episodes of Six Feet Under to relentless touring, Interpol […]

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Funeral For A Friend, Casually Dressed (Ferret)

September 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on Funeral For A Friend, Casually Dressed (Ferret)

Funeral For A Friend Casually Dressed Ferret By: Eric Greenwood There are few shticks in rock that I despise more than the oxymoronic sensitive tough guy; it’s just so contrived and played out. (Alex may be on fire and everything, but he’s still a total wuss.) Funeral for a Friend is the Welsh answer to […]

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Talking Heads, The Name Of This Band Is The Talking Heads (Rhino)

September 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on Talking Heads, The Name Of This Band Is The Talking Heads (Rhino)

Talking Heads The Name Of This Band Is The Talking Heads Rhino By: Eric Greenwood Despite the accolades for Jonathan Demme’s artsy live document of the Talking Heads’ 1984 tour, Stop Making Sense, this New York quartet has never really been given its due as a live powerhouse. This under-appreciated 1982 live album should rewrite […]

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Mike Watt, The Secondman's Middle Stand (Epic)

September 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on Mike Watt, The Secondman's Middle Stand (Epic)

Mike Watt The Secondman's Middle Stand Epic By: Eric Greenwood Whether you agree with his outspoken politics or not, it's hard to begrudge much about anyone as affable as Mike Watt. As the bassist of one of America's most revered punk bands from the early '80s, The Minutemen, Watt will carry the weight of being […]

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The High Water Marks, Songs About The Ocean (Eenie Meenie)

September 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on The High Water Marks, Songs About The Ocean (Eenie Meenie)

The High Water Marks Songs About The Ocean Eenie Meenie By: Eric Greenwood Just barely too fuzzy to be called twee, The High Water Marks straddle the line between light Elephant 6 psychedelia and the preciousness of pretty much any band on Darla. With The Apples In Stereo drummer Hilarie Sidney moving from behind the […]

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Bjork, Medulla (Elektra)

September 30th, 2004 · Comments Off on Bjork, Medulla (Elektra)

Bjork Medulla Elektra By: Eric Greenwood Bjork’s phenomenal trajectory has been utterly uncompromising and truly visionary. There's no debating that. On paper, it may look as though Bjork is shunning commerciality and moving forward musically with her gimmicky new album, Medulla, which purports to eschew the use of traditional instrumentation in favor of using the […]

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