Entries from September 2004

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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The Cardigans, Long Gone Before Daylight (Stockholm / Koch)

September 12th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Cardigans, Long Gone Before Daylight (Stockholm / Koch)

The Cardigans Long Gone Before Daylight Stockholm / Koch By: Eric Greenwood After the inexplicably lukewarm reception to The Cardigans' 1998 detour into dark, atmospheric trip-hop the band all but disappeared. Vocalist Nina Persson released the country-tinged collaboration with her husband, ex-Shudder To Think guitarist, Nathan Larson, and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, entitled, A Camp, while […]

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The Cardigans, Long Gone Before Daylight (Stockholm/Koch)

September 12th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Cardigans, Long Gone Before Daylight (Stockholm/Koch)

The Cardigans Long Gone Before Daylight Stockholm/Koch By: Eric Greenwood After the inexplicably lukewarm reception to The Cardigans' 1998 detour into dark, atmospheric trip-hop the band all but disappeared. Vocalist Nina Persson released the country-tinged collaboration with her husband, ex-Shudder To Think guitarist, Nathan Larson, and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, entitled, A Camp, while the rest […]

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Eleni Mandell, Afternoon (Zedtone)

September 8th, 2004 · Comments Off on Eleni Mandell, Afternoon (Zedtone)

Eleni Mandell Afternoon Zedtone By: Eric Greenwood Chances are you've never heard of Eleni Mandell, and I'm recommending that you change that as soon as possible. She may be a singer/songwriter from L.A., but don't hold that against her. She has an impressive pedigree of collaborators and influences, ranging from Tom Waits to Victoria Williams […]

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The Starvations, Get Well Soon (GSL)

September 8th, 2004 · Comments Off on The Starvations, Get Well Soon (GSL)

The Starvations Get Well Soon GSL By: Eric Greenwood The Starvations may hail from plasticine L.A., but they better represent its seedy underbelly than the phony blond sunshine that colors your prejudice. For six years the band has churned out its anachronistic punk rooted in blues and bar rock angst, producing only two full-lengths and […]

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Fletcher, Friends Don't Speak (Esperanza Plantation)

September 8th, 2004 · Comments Off on Fletcher, Friends Don't Speak (Esperanza Plantation)

Fletcher Friends Don't Speak Esperanza Plantation By: Eric Greenwood Wise beyond its teenage years, Jackson, Mississippi's Fletcher produces a challenging set of gut-wrenching rock played with astute technical precision and a penchant for off-kilter time signatures and unexpected stops and starts. The band goes out of its way to distance itself from all that is […]

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Pretty Girls Make Graves, The New Romance (Matador)

September 7th, 2004 · Comments Off on Pretty Girls Make Graves, The New Romance (Matador)

Pretty Girls Make Graves The New Romance Matador By: Eric Greenwood The opening riff of "Something Bigger, Something Brighter" off the Phil Ek-produced The New Romance recalls the gothic reverberation of Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead", even down to the ominous drumstick click against the side of the snare. When the guitars kick in and Andrea […]

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The 101, The 101 (The Self-Starter Foundation)

September 7th, 2004 · Comments Off on The 101, The 101 (The Self-Starter Foundation)

The 101 The 101 The Self-Starter Foundation By: Michael Jones Eric Richter possesses one of my favorite voices in modern music and applies said voice to wildly differing projects: Richter's first band, Christie Front Drive, is often heralded as one of the best emo bands that ever existed (editor's note: the irony of the oxymoronic […]

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