Entries from July 2006

The Jesus And Mary Chain, Psychocandy; Darklands; Automatic; Honey's Dead; Stoned (Rhino)

July 30th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Jesus And Mary Chain, Psychocandy; Darklands; Automatic; Honey's Dead; Stoned (Rhino)

The Jesus And Mary Chain Psychocandy; Darklands; Automatic; Honey's Dead; Stoned Rhino By: Eric Greenwood If you only know three chords, play them loudly. The Jesus and Mary Chain took this axiom and turned it on its head. With a cache of predictable influences, Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid turned underground music into a […]

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Orgone Accumulator

July 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off on Orgone Accumulator

When I sat down this past Saturday at Adriana’s with bassist Lauren Andino and guitarist Willie May from Orgone Accumulator (which also features Andy Woodward and Josh Smith on drums and electronics, respectively) to talk about their final show as a band, they were sort of thrown off by my hand-held cassette recorder. I told […]

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Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped (Geffen)

July 14th, 2006 · Comments Off on Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped (Geffen)

Sonic Youth Rather Ripped Geffen By: Eric Greenwood As strange as it may seem, the first few notes of "Reena", the opening track of Sonic Youth's 14th album, Rather Ripped, sound like Belle & Sebastian. Has Sonic Youth gone twee? Well, no, not really, but it has put out its most concise, stripped down, and […]

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Regina Spektor, Begin To Hope (Sire)

July 14th, 2006 · Comments Off on Regina Spektor, Begin To Hope (Sire)

Regina Spektor Begin To Hope Sire By: Eric Greenwood Regina Spektor isn't just another in an endless line of quirky female singer-songwriters with classical training; she adds Russian Jew from New York City to the formula, which may or may not scare you away. Her penchant for hyperbolic melancholy and fairy tale whimsy easily invites […]

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Thom Yorke, The Eraser (XL)

July 13th, 2006 · Comments Off on Thom Yorke, The Eraser (XL)

Thom Yorke The Eraser XL By: Eric Greenwood It's easy to assume that Thom Yorke pulls most of the strings in Radiohead. He's the singer, ergo, the focal point, and he plays guitar. It's a fair assumption. But one listen to The Eraser, and it's clear that his influence extends only so far. So, that […]

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Murder By Death, In Bocca Al Lupo (Tent Show)

July 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Murder By Death, In Bocca Al Lupo (Tent Show)

Murder By Death In Bocca Al Lupo Tent Show By: Eric Greenwood On its second album, Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? (a title knicked from a Texas Chainsaw Massacre promotional movie poster), Bloomington, Indiana's Murder By Death weaved a thematic story of the devil's infiltration of a small Mexican town […]

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Anakrid, Father (Stereonucleosis)

July 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Anakrid, Father (Stereonucleosis)

Anakrid Father Stereonucleosis By: Eric Greenwood Since the unexpected demise of Newgenics (a heavily-hyped, short-lived amalgamation of notable local musicians that put out one seven-inch on Level Plane Records), Columbia, South Carolina's Chris Bickel has kept a low profile. Well, low for Chris Bickel. Bickel still has a weekly karaoke stint, Mr. B's Goodtime Karaoke […]

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The Replacements, Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best Of The Replacements (Rhino)

July 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Replacements, Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best Of The Replacements (Rhino)

The Replacements Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best Of The Replacements Rhino By: Eric Greenwood The Replacements just couldn't get it right. The punks wrote them off as nothing more than a drunken bar band, while the drunks in bars wrote them off as drunken punks. Nobody would claim them except […]

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30 Seconds To Mars, A Beautiful Lie (Virgin)

July 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on 30 Seconds To Mars, A Beautiful Lie (Virgin)

30 Seconds To Mars A Beautiful Lie Virgin By: Eric Greenwood Jared Leto is good at one thing: looking like a sullen, androgynous golem. Ok, ok, two things: the androgynous golem thing and looking believable when his face has been pulverized, as it was in Fight Club. Leto's claim to fame is still his role […]

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Gnarles Barkley, St. Elsewhere (Downtown)

July 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Gnarles Barkley, St. Elsewhere (Downtown)

Gnarles Barkley St. Elsewhere Downtown By: Eric Greenwood Calling Gnarles Barkley hip-hop is a pretty uninformed cop-out. This album is so scattered and diverse that it makes pigeon-holing this unlikely duo, comprised of mash-up sample master Danger Mouse and Goodie Mob crooner Cee-Lo, into any genre subset more than just a little difficult. With Danger […]

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Mission Of Burma, The Obliterati (Matador)

July 12th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Mission Of Burma The Obliterati Matador By: Eric Greenwood Mission of Burma just makes all the imitators sound silly. I simply can't get over how good this record is. When the band returned in 2004 with Onoffon, over two decades after disbanding due to guitarist Roger Miller's hearing loss, I was justifiably skeptical of its […]

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The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers (V2)

July 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers (V2)

The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers V2 By: Eric Greenwood Jack White's teaming up with power-pop soloist Brendan Benson and the rhythm section of the Greenhornes hardly constitutes a "supergroup" in my book, but, perhaps, that is more a testament to White's gigantic rock star stature than it is a reflection on the current state of […]

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The Walkmen, A Hundred Miles Off (Record Collection)

July 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Walkmen, A Hundred Miles Off (Record Collection)

The Walkmen A Hundred Miles Off Record Collection By: Eric Greenwood Not a band to embrace stagnation, New York City's The Walkmen reacts drastically to the overwhelming praise bestowed upon its second album, Bows + Arrows, with a confident step out of the murky shadows and into a brighter, more aggressive domain without sacrificing its […]

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