Entries from May 2006

They Might Be Giants, Venue Songs (Idlewild)

May 31st, 2006 · Comments Off on They Might Be Giants, Venue Songs (Idlewild)

They Might Be Giants Venue Songs Idlewild By: Kerry M I can still vividly recall my first introduction to the two Johns. I was at most 16 and she was most definitely in college. We were in her car running an errand for our employer and this curious song began banging from her late model […]

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The Stills, Without Feathers (Vice)

May 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Stills, Without Feathers (Vice)

The Stills Without Feathers Vice By: Eric Greenwood Cashing in on the Interpol bubble with an album so hermetically sealed in '80's alternative goth-lite, The Stills immediately polarized itself amidst a very critical underground. The stylish gloom, which obviously borrowed heavily from both The Cure and The Smiths, managed to resonate beyond mere idolatry, presenting […]

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Editors, The Back Room (Fader)

May 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on Editors, The Back Room (Fader)

Editors The Back Room Fader By: Eric Greenwood Instead of copping the nostalgic style of its post-punk, early '80's forbearers, Editors choose simply to imitate as blatantly as possible. I suppose, for anyone who didn't grow up on Joy Division or Echo & the Bunnymen, Editors would sound refreshingly inventive amidst the more commercial fringes […]

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Morrissey, Ringleader Of The Tormentors (Attack!)

May 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on Morrissey, Ringleader Of The Tormentors (Attack!)

Morrissey Ringleader Of The Tormentors Attack! By: Eric Greenwood Morrissey has made his name by acting like a high maintenance drama queen for two decades now. He's cultivated his hyperbolic, schoolgirl viciousness to such a shrill degree that it's hard to be shocked any more. With 2004's You Are the Quarry, Morrissey ended a seven-year […]

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Pretty Girls Make Graves, Elan Vital (Matador)

May 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on Pretty Girls Make Graves, Elan Vital (Matador)

Pretty Girls Make Graves Elan Vital Matador By: Eric Greenwood Maybe, I just haven't listened to it enough yet, but √Član Vital falls completely flat to my ears. Admittedly, I was very slow to accept The New Romance for the whip-smart musical piranha that it is, so I'm aware that √Član Vital could also be […]

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Simon Reynolds, RIp It Up And Start Again: Post-punk 1978-1984 (Penguin)

May 1st, 2006 · Comments Off on Simon Reynolds, RIp It Up And Start Again: Post-punk 1978-1984 (Penguin)

Simon Reynolds RIp It Up And Start Again: Post-punk 1978-1984 Penguin By: Eric Greenwood “Punk seemed to be ‘over’ almost before it really got started. For many early participants, the death knell came on October 28, 1977, with the release of Never Mind the Bollocks. Had the revolution come to this, something as prosaic and […]

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