Various, Dimension Mix (Eenie Meenie)

December 20th, 2005 · Comments Off on Various, Dimension Mix (Eenie Meenie)

Various Dimension Mix Eenie Meenie By: Eric Greenwood In the early '60's experimental electronic composer Bruce Haack teamed up with children's dance teacher Hanna Nelson to create educational music for kids. Their Dance, Sing & Listen series was ubiquitously used in grammar schools throughout the decade, despite its low-budget production. Haack could turn practically any […]

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Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine (Sony)

December 20th, 2005 · Comments Off on Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine (Sony)

Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine Sony By: Eric Greenwood So, it turns out that Fiona Apple's now notorious Extraordinary Machine was never really shelved by Sony, but, since there was such a public outcry on her behalf, Apple was too embarrassed to admit that the delay was mainly a result of her own laziness. Apple was […]

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The Darkness, One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back (Atlantic)

December 20th, 2005 · Comments Off on The Darkness, One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back (Atlantic)

The Darkness One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back Atlantic By: Eric Greenwood The Darkness’ over-the-top, winking hair metal send-up amassed an unpredictable following with its debut, Permission to Land, thrusting the English quartet to international fame on the heels of the blistering “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” single. And yet, despite all the […]

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The Pit That Became A Tower, Behold! The Unseen (Men Of Israel)

December 1st, 2005 · Comments Off on The Pit That Became A Tower, Behold! The Unseen (Men Of Israel)

The Pit That Became A Tower Behold! The Unseen Men Of Israel By: Kerry M Profits (of the non-financial sort), Kings, Salvation and Faith pervade the lyrics of Behold! The Unseen from The Pit That Became a Tower, the sonic outlet for singer/songwriter Adam Lee Rosenfeld, an American Messianic Jew living in Israel. The Pit […]

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We Are Wolves, Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux (Fat Possum)

November 8th, 2005 · Comments Off on We Are Wolves, Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux (Fat Possum)

We Are Wolves Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux Fat Possum By: Eric Greenwood Ahh, dance punk- the music of the future of the past that's presently inescapable and instantly recognizable, even with shrill electronic noises trying to pull your ears away from the obvious trend. Montreal's We Are Wolves infuse the ubiquitous robotic high-hat […]

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Self-Released)

November 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Self-Released)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Self-Released By: Eric Greenwood I hate it when bands publicly deny obvious influences. It's just so pretentious to act like a band you so clearly take after was of no consequence to your development whatsoever. I guess it's just a defensive reaction to the inevitable […]

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Wolf Parade, Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)

November 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Wolf Parade, Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)

Wolf Parade Apologies To The Queen Mary Sub Pop By: Eric Greenwood One of the most anticipated indie releases of the year is Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary, which quickly follows the band's critically lauded self-titled EP from July. With Isaac Brock behind the controls for much of the album, a Modest Mouse […]

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Kanye West, Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella)

November 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Kanye West, Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella)

Kanye West Late Registration Roc-A-Fella By: Eric Greenwood Kanye West's rise to utter ubiquity has not been without skill. He's a polarizing figure whose mouth may know no bounds (“George Bush doesn't care about black people”), but he's clearly a talented pop writer, despite his MC skills being a tad sluggish. Late Registration, his follow […]

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Iron, In The Reins (Overcoat)

November 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Iron, In The Reins (Overcoat)

Iron In The Reins Overcoat By: Eric Greenwood Columbia, South Carolina native Sammy Beam's Iron and Wine hooks up with Tucson, Arizona's Calexico to blend Beam's soft, dreamy narrative with the latter band's obsession with Southwestern nuance and Ennio Morricone on In the Reins. The result is gorgeous, lush, and surprisingly optimistic, where it easily […]

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Sigur Ros, Taak (Geffen)

November 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Sigur Ros, Taak (Geffen)

Sigur Ros Taak Geffen By: Eric Greenwood Three years after its sepulchral () album, Sigur Ros returns with its best impression of what this Icelandic quartet deems upbeat. Takk is sharper and more direct than anything the band has previously churned out, but that is not to say it's by any means accessible by normal […]

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Ryan Adams, Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway)

November 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Ryan Adams, Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway)

Ryan Adams Jacksonville City Nights Lost Highway By: Eric Greenwood A dilettante to some, a spoiled shit to others, and a poseur to most, Ryan Adams makes up for his bratty self-indulgence with convincing immersion into his carefully calculated roles. He's back to country crooner this year. Lick finger, hold it up to wind…yep, country […]

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Depeche Mode, Playing The Angel (Mute)

November 5th, 2005 · Comments Off on Depeche Mode, Playing The Angel (Mute)

Depeche Mode Playing The Angel Mute By: Eric Greenwood Depeche Mode was my gateway band into better music when I was a kid, so I feel like I owe a lot to them. I may be a loyal fan, but I'm not deluded. And I'm not going to look at you straight-faced and tell you […]

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Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better (Domino)

November 5th, 2005 · Comments Off on Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better (Domino)

Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better Domino By: Eric Greenwood I've been listening to the new Franz Ferdinand trying to figure out why I don't like it as much as the band's stylish debut. It has the same jaunty, angular post-punk guitar jabs, the same bouncy, half-disco beats, and even breathier, more […]

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Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C. King Of Rock Raising Hell Tougher Than Leather (Profile)

November 5th, 2005 · Comments Off on Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C. King Of Rock Raising Hell Tougher Than Leather (Profile)

Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. King Of Rock Raising Hell Tougher Than Leather Profile By: Eric Greenwood Barring nostalgia and sentimentality, listening to Run-D.M.C. in 2005 is kind of difficult. It sounds so basic and primitive compared to how far hip-hop has come in more than two decades. It’s not too far removed from going back and listening […]

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Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C; King Of Rock; Raising Hell; Tougher Than Leather (Profile)

November 5th, 2005 · Comments Off on Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C; King Of Rock; Raising Hell; Tougher Than Leather (Profile)

Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C; King Of Rock; Raising Hell; Tougher Than Leather Profile By: Eric Greenwood Barring nostalgia and sentimentality, listening to Run-D.M.C. in 2005 is kind of difficult. It sounds so basic and primitive compared to how far hip-hop has come in more than two decades. It’s not too far removed from going back and listening […]

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Death Cab For Cutie, Plans (Atlantic)

September 26th, 2005 · Comments Off on Death Cab For Cutie, Plans (Atlantic)

Death Cab For Cutie Plans Atlantic By: Robert Howell It's all too easy to lambaste quondam indie darlings for hopping to the majors, and Death Cab for Cutie will now receive such backlash reactions after its move to Atlantic. This will be a mistake. Not because its new album Plans, is good. It isn't. The […]

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World Leader Pretend, Punches (Warner Bros.)

August 11th, 2005 · Comments Off on World Leader Pretend, Punches (Warner Bros.)

World Leader Pretend Punches Warner Bros. By: Eric Greenwood One of the drawbacks of naming your band after another band's song, particularly when that song is by R.E.M., is that your music is viewed not only in context with the more famous band's culture but also compared directly against it. That's a setback upstart bands […]

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The Life And Times, Suburban Hymns (DeSoto)

August 11th, 2005 · Comments Off on The Life And Times, Suburban Hymns (DeSoto)

The Life And Times Suburban Hymns DeSoto By: Eric Greenwood Kansas City, Missouri's Allen Epley is underrated. And I don't mean underrated in the sense that he's a talented musician that maybe you should have heard of by now- I mean it in the sense that it's a crime that this man isn't worshipped by […]

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Embrace, Out Of Nothing (Lava)

July 1st, 2005 · Comments Off on Embrace, Out Of Nothing (Lava)

Embrace Out Of Nothing Lava By: Eric Greenwood Embrace (not to be confused with Ian Mackaye's short-lived Dischord band) popped up after the hoopla of Britpop had already started to wane in the late 90's with a string of singles, aping everyone from The Verve to Oasis. With its unfortunate penchant for slow, doleful tunes […]

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Kings Of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak (RCA)

June 30th, 2005 · Comments Off on Kings Of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak (RCA)

Kings Of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak RCA By: Eric Greenwood As an avid despiser of "southern rock" and pretty much anything that holds onto the south as the root of its identity, I was skeptical of Kings of Leon's schtick from the get go. Ostensibly from Nashville (yet none of my friends deeply involved in […]

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