Entries from July 2004

Mclusky, The Difference Between You And Me Is That I'm Not On Fire (Too Pure)

July 28th, 2004 · Comments Off on Mclusky, The Difference Between You And Me Is That I'm Not On Fire (Too Pure)

Mclusky The Difference Between You And Me Is That I'm Not On Fire Too Pure By: Eric Greenwood My, how we've toned down since Mclusky Do Dallas. Andy Falkous' full-throttle shriek has morphed into a far more digestible, dare I say, singing voice? The ghost of The Jesus Lizard is alive and well in the […]

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Junior Boys, Last Exit (Kin)

July 21st, 2004 · Comments Off on Junior Boys, Last Exit (Kin)

Junior Boys Last Exit Kin By: Eric Greenwood Invariably, when you invoke synthpop in any context the discussion turns retro, but with a record like Last Exit by the Canadian trio, Junior Boys, one can look to the future without seeming too out of touch. The synths are glassy and oblique, underscored by beats broken […]

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Fitzgerald, Light A Match And Let It Burn Slowly (2024)

July 16th, 2004 · Comments Off on Fitzgerald, Light A Match And Let It Burn Slowly (2024)

Fitzgerald Light A Match And Let It Burn Slowly 2024 By: Eric Greenwood Most of the time it's easy to guess what genre an album is just by glancing at the artwork. This is, admittedly, a pretty shallow practice, but it's a knee-jerk reaction, deeply imbedded in my brain. I've always done it, and I […]

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Fuck, Those Are Not My Bongos (Future Farmer)

July 16th, 2004 · Comments Off on Fuck, Those Are Not My Bongos (Future Farmer)

Fuck Those Are Not My Bongos Future Farmer By: Eric Greenwood Ignoring the fact that this band is called Fuck would be way too passive aggressive. But at the same time, I hate being forced to comment on it. It's neither shocking nor particularly clever. It's just awkward- like when a retarded kid farts and […]

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The Cure, The Cure (Geffen)

July 15th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Cure, The Cure (Geffen)

The Cure The Cure Geffen By: Eric Greenwood Why can't Robert Smith ever quit while he's ahead? If The Cure had broken up after The Prayer Tour in 1989, supporting its masterpiece, Disintegration, the band would have an unshakable, absolutely bulletproof legend. But, no, Smith had to keep pushing and pushing until his beloved creation […]

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Mission Of Burma, OnOffOn (Matador)

July 14th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Mission Of Burma OnOffOn Matador By: Eric Greenwood Seeing Mission of Burma last year was truly one of the most exciting concerts of my life. I couldn't believe it was actually happening. I'd long since given up the idea that a band I was too young to have experienced in its heyday would ever tour […]

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Muse, Absolution (Warner Bros.)

July 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on Muse, Absolution (Warner Bros.)

Muse Absolution Warner Bros. By: Eric Greenwood Matthew Bellamy's voice is so similar to Thom Yorke's that it makes me uncomfortable for him. He even has Thom Yorke's exaggerated, breathy gasp and awkward facial ticks down pat. This is not news to Muse, however, who have been beleaguered with the Radiohead imitators tag since its […]

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The Magnetic Fields, I (Nonesuch)

July 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Magnetic Fields, I (Nonesuch)

The Magnetic Fields I Nonesuch By: Eric Greenwood On 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt all but abandoned his signature tinny electronic sound in favor of the baroque setting yielded by cello, guitar, and that unmistakable baritone. Five years later, Merritt revisits his most substantive moniker with a collection of songs linked loosely by the lonely […]

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The Good Life, Lovers Need Lawyers (Saddle Creek)

July 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Good Life, Lovers Need Lawyers (Saddle Creek)

The Good Life Lovers Need Lawyers Saddle Creek By: Eric Greenwood The Good Life is Tim Kasher from Cursive's less, abrasive, more emotional (if that's even possible) "other" band. Kasher feels he can't quite express his "softer" side in Cursive (though, I'm not sure how much softer one can get than bearing one's soul, but […]

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The Walkmen, Bows & Arrows (Record Collection)

July 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Walkmen, Bows & Arrows (Record Collection)

The Walkmen Bows & Arrows Record Collection By: Eric Greenwood The steady speed of the opening guitar strum on "The Rat" sounds exactly like something from The Wedding Present's heyday, circa Sea Monsters in 1991. Once those sixteenth notes on the high-hat kick in, I am so sold. It's an instant classic. The guitars are […]

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The Walkmen, Bows + Arrows (Record Collection)

July 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Walkmen, Bows + Arrows (Record Collection)

The Walkmen Bows + Arrows Record Collection By: Eric Greenwood The steady speed of the opening guitar strum on "The Rat" sounds exactly like something from The Wedding Present's heyday, circa Sea Monsters in 1991. Once those sixteenth notes on the high-hat kick in, I am so sold. It's an instant classic. The guitars are […]

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Pixies, Bam Thwok (iTunes)

July 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on Pixies, Bam Thwok (iTunes)

Pixies Bam Thwok iTunes By: Eric Greenwood As utterly anti-rock and roll as reunions are, I was positively giddy when I heard that the Pixies were actually going through with it after months of teasing and rumors. Upon hearing evidence of the new live show, my fears were somewhat quelled: the Pixies still rock and, […]

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Blonde Redhead, Misery Is A Butterfly (4AD)

July 14th, 2004 · Comments Off on Blonde Redhead, Misery Is A Butterfly (4AD)

Blonde Redhead Misery Is A Butterfly 4AD By: Eric Greenwood Blonde Redhead's foray into strings and synths has muted what made it great on its first four albums. Despite, Kazudo Makino's uniquely shrill yelp and Amedo Pace's countering tenor, Blonde Redhead's delineating factor has always been the nuanced way it incorporated discordancy into its often-delicate […]

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Bonnie Prince Billy, Greatest Palace Music (Drag City)

July 9th, 2004 · Comments Off on Bonnie Prince Billy, Greatest Palace Music (Drag City)

Bonnie Prince Billy Greatest Palace Music Drag City By: Eric Greenwood This is a terrible idea, even on paper. Will Oldham re-records an album's worth of his best songs from his Palace years with a professional studio backing band in Nashville, Tennessee, presumably to introduce a new crop of hipsters to what they might have […]

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Prince, Musicology (Columbia)

July 9th, 2004 · Comments Off on Prince, Musicology (Columbia)

Prince Musicology Columbia By: Eric Greenwood Despite all the recent press and hype, Musiclogy is not a return to form for Prince. It's simply a case of the public being nostalgic for his former greatness, as he blatantly coasts on his own legend. Granted, it's about time people started noticing him again (and how could […]

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PJ Harvey, Uh Huh Her (Island)

July 9th, 2004 · Comments Off on PJ Harvey, Uh Huh Her (Island)

PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her Island By: Eric Greenwood PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea was my favorite album of 2000, hands down. Yes, it was the slickest album of her career, eschewing the raucous caterwauling of Rid of Me as well as the low-end semi-trip-hop of Is This Desire?, but […]

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Stereolab, Margerine Eclipse (Elektra)

July 9th, 2004 · Comments Off on Stereolab, Margerine Eclipse (Elektra)

Stereolab Margerine Eclipse Elektra By: Eric Greenwood Stereolab never fails to remove me from whatever my surroundings are. I am instantly carried off to moog Utopia (Potatoes, Comrade?), thanks to Laetitia Sadier's otherworldly monotone and Tim Gane's lush and locked melodic grooves. I never really try to distinguish one song from another on Stereolab albums. […]

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Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

July 9th, 2004 · Comments Off on Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Domino By: Eric Greenwood Franz Ferdinand has panache. That word is applicable to very few bands these days, especially when most hide behind bandwagon-esque trends and slacker cool. It takes a rare class of insight, personality, and cleverness to attain such a descriptor, but Franz Ferdinand exploits it freely. Disjointed dance […]

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Trans Am, Liberation (Thrill Jockey)

July 9th, 2004 · Comments Off on Trans Am, Liberation (Thrill Jockey)

Trans Am Liberation Thrill Jockey By: Eric Greenwood Remember back when people gave a shit about Trans Am? What happened? That double album, Red Line, certainly didn't help matters, but it wasn't all bad. I mean, I distinctly remember at least two good songs on it ("I Want It All", "Play in the Summer"). Oh, […]

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Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (Epic)

July 9th, 2004 · Comments Off on Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (Epic)

Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News Epic By: Eric Greenwood Producing the follow up to your career-defining album is no small feat, evidenced by the fact that it took Modest Mouse four years just to rear its head again. Good News for People Who Love Bad News better represents Modest Mouse's […]

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