Archive for March, 2004

Norah Jones – Feels Like Home

March 22nd, 2004

Raising the Bar

Norah Jones has become one of those refreshing new faces in the music industry. After the bombardment of recent popular music, mainly dominated by whiny tricks and divas, she makes one very aware of a vocalist who is not afraid to produce an album that doesn’t center solely on the vocals. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Kanye West – College Dropout

March 19th, 2004

Production Is Only One of His Hats

If Eminem thinks his new album is going to be number one this year, he may have some stiff competition. Kanye West, the famous producer-cum-rapper, has graced us with College Dropout, his first album featuring him on the mic. His resume speaks for itself, with production credits for Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli and many more, and he’s finally stepped out from behind the production board for his own album. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Early MTV VJ Dies

March 19th, 2004

J.J. Jackson, an MTV VJ in the early 1980s, died on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 62. Jackson spent five years in the spotlight at MTV helping to popularize a new form of media: music videos. In the late ’80s he went back to working in radio and continued hosting shows in Los Angeles. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Hypocrisy – The Arrival

March 19th, 2004

The Arrival of True Metal

Sweden has always been an intense breeding ground for some of the best metal in the world. Notice the lack of prefixes on that statement: Not nu-metal, not rap-metal, not party-pop-whatever-metal, but METAL, pure and simple. Hypocrisy has been churning out spine-breaking, mind-melting, marrow-pounding mania for over a decade, and their 16th release The Arrival doesn’t let up for a second. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Kill Me Tomorrow – The Garbageman and the Prostitute

March 18th, 2004

Tomorrow You Will Die By Noise

The Garbageman and the Prostitute opens with a twenty-six-second-long electronic shriek that pinches the part of the brain that reminds us why it’s bad to chew on tin foil. It is the warning shot for Kill Me Tomorrow’s imminent assault on the eardrums. Or rather, it is simply a warning sign to the cautious listener. TGatP is a noise expo where Zack Wentz’s convulsive drumming and muted vocals, along with K8 Wince’s eerie, repetitious back-up vocals, are joined by an array of abrasive synth effects and looping electronics. The result is a band that one would be hard pressed to find a comparable sound. Though an accompanying DVD adds complementing visuals to four of the tracks, the music is more than capable of holding its own.
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By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews

Prince Steals Hall of Fame Induction Show

March 17th, 2004

The 2004 class inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included a wide range of artists from George Harrison to ZZ Top. But it was purple royalty that reigned supreme at the ceremony on March 15th. Prince, a fellow inductee, opened the show with three of his hits and was later inducted by Alicia Keys and OutKast, who have recently been ruling the Billboard charts. In his acceptance speech, Prince thanked his record company and credited his spirituality for his personal success. Following the ceremony, His Royal Purpleness gave a full-length intimate concert. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

iTunes Hits 50 Million

March 16th, 2004

50 million songs is only half the 100 million goal Apple originally set for themselves, but the company is celebrating nonetheless. This number puts them far ahead of competitors who have yet to break 10 million in song sales.

However, competitors are not discouraged and continue to increase in number. Coca-Cola has recently jump-started their own music download service and Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee company, are soon to follow. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Geffen to Release GNR Greatest Hits

March 16th, 2004

Despite the lawsuit brought on by three founding members of Guns N’ Roses, Geffen Records was given the right to release a greatest hits album on March 23. Lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan sued Geffen over being denied any decision-making power in regard to the album. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Courtney Love – America’s Sweetheart

March 15th, 2004

Courtney Would Love to Be Your Sweetheart

Courtney Love’s latest, America’s Sweetheart, is slightly behind the times in sound, though the irony and the artwork aren’t too far off. Posing as a fifties pin-up girl and calling herself the hilariously ironic sweetheart of our nation, it’s too bad the music isn’t as clever. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Kill Bill Vol. 2 Soundtrack Announced

March 15th, 2004

The soundtrack for Kill Bill Vol. 2, set for release on April 13th, will include a roster equally as varied as that of the first installment. This time around soundtrack fans can expect Johnny Cash, RZA, Malcolm McLaren, Ennio Morricone, and Shivaree. Cast members will also appear on several cuts. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News