Archive for January, 2004

Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys

January 31st, 2004

No Slump for Keys’ Sophomore Release

The sophomore slump can be a curse for any artist who achieves wild success with a breakout debut. Was the debut a fluke or do these artists really have something to offer? Alicia Keys doesn’t have to worry. The Diary of Alicia Keys is the follow-up to her multiple Grammy-winning debut, Songs in A Minor. Not only does Keys succeed, but she creates a more diverse and captivating collection of songs than found in A Minor.

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By Alyssa Fried Posted in Reviews

NAACP Shows Love to DMB

January 30th, 2004

The NAACP Image Awards will be held on March 6th this year in Los Angeles. Receiving the special chairman’s award this year will be Dave Matthews Band for “their distinguished service to social causes and dignified representation of people of color,” said board chairman Julian Bond. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Air – Talkie Walkie

January 29th, 2004

The Air of Surrealism

wondered what the hipster older brother of Easy Listening would sound like? The smooth music of Air would satiate that curiosity. It is what elevator music wishes and aspires to emulate, but never even comes close to. This French duo has been creating dreamy, surreal albums of ambient beauty for nearly ten years, and they have bestowed yet another masterpiece upon us. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Leroy Bach Out of Wilco

January 29th, 2004

According to a post at Wilco’s website, multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach has left the group. The split appears to be on amicable terms as the band is finishing work on their upcoming album. Formed in 1995, there are only two founding members remaining in Wilco. Bach joined in 1999. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in News

Corgan Back in Music and Words

January 28th, 2004

Shortly after the success and breakup of Zwan, Billy Corgan is back in action as a solo artist. Finally able to create music “with no compromises,” he has begun work on what will be considered his debut album. Ever busy, he is also finishing up a book of poetry to be published. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Decibully – City of Festivals

January 28th, 2004

Good Things to Come

If instruments had an orgy in Milwaukee, the resulting child would most likely resemble Decibully, the Midwest septet comprised of a banjo, a lap steel, and a keyboard; in addition to the standard guitars, bass, and drums. However, as the first track off City of Festivals, “On the Way to Your Hotel,” breaks open with eerily simple electronics and echoey choral loops, it becomes clear that Decibully is more than a Frankenstein’s monster of a band banking solely on the novelty of atypical instruments.
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By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews

Puddle of Mudd – Life On Display

January 28th, 2004

Coming Clean… Again

Debuting in a time where the rap-metal’isms of Limp Bizkit and Korn dominated the airwaves and the sales charts, Puddle of Mudd neatly squeezed themselves into the mainstream by filling a void left by the waning popularity of other straight ahead rock groups such as Creed and 3 Doors Down. Nevertheless, the summer of 2002 quickly became the “”Summer of Mudd,”" as the band, with their dark, infectious guitar riffs intertwined with the high pitched crooning of lead vocalist Wesley Reid, churned out four singles from their debut platinum album, Come Clean. Attempting to shake the sophmore slump, the band return a second helping of the same, retitled Life on Display. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Gabriel and Eno Bring Digital Manifesto

January 27th, 2004

Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno have unveiled MUDDA, their plan to release music via downloaded digital media in order to “free artists from the confines of the CD format” and thereby, from record labels. This independence is an option many artists may not realize is available to them and could forever change the way we buy and listen to music. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

New Sparta On Its Way

January 27th, 2004

Sparta’s yet-to-be-titled sophomore album is in the final stages of production. Currently being mixed in New York by Andy Wallace, it is set for release in May. Tour dates soon to follow. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Ozzfest Headliner Buzz

January 26th, 2004

The buzz has already begun about who will be headlining this summer’s Ozzfest. The frontrunners for the gig seem to be Judas Priest with Slipknot heading up the second stage. The real question is: Will Ozzy make it this year? Despite his life-threatening accident, the Ozzman is reportedly going to try to return to the stage in time. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News