Archive for May, 2004

Ice-T presents Hassle The Hoff

May 30th, 2004

David Hasselhoff, famed actor and pop star (at least in Germany), is set to make his hip-hop debut under the wing of rapper/hip-hop star Ice-T. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

If Man is Five – Azraela

May 27th, 2004

…Then the Devil is Six

Not every star who wants to be discovered has to put their dignity and integrity on the line on “American Idol.” Instead of waiting for a golden ticket into the record industry, some musicians actually take the initiative to go out and do it themselves. Take Azraela, the debut from Binghamton, New York’s If Man Is Five. This tight 4-piece has been churning out solid heavy experimental rock since 2002, slowly but steadily building a fan base along the way. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Clear Channel buys ”Live CD” Patent

May 25th, 2004

Clear Channel has bought the patent for the technology that allows bands to offer fans immediate live bootlegs. Band performing at one of Clear Channel’s more than 130 venues across the country wil be forced to use their CD-burning services, thus eliminating competition. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in News

Squarepusher – Ultravisitor

May 24th, 2004

Push the ”Stop” Button!

Squarepusher, AKA Tom Jenkinson, is known for his edgy, experimental drum-n-bass jazz fusion. The new album, “Ultravisitor” is along the same lines as bands like Aphex Twin and Skinny Puppy; hard, dark, and electronic. But those who have already tapped these veins at least have some continuity to their music, with a melody and a beat, rhythm and flow [however cut up and spliced it may be]. “Ultravisitor” on the whole has none of this. There is nothing aesthetically pleasing about it. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Tori Welcomes Fans to Florida

May 23rd, 2004

Tori Amos has released her first-ever live concert DVD entitled Welcome to Sunny Florida. The DVD package includes the 18-song set recorded in Florida last September, as well as a six-song CD of outtakes from her last album, Scarlet’s Walk. Fans who order online early also receive a free poster. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Prince – Musicology

May 23rd, 2004

The Royal House of Musicology

With a career spanning almost 30 years, one would think that Prince’s songwriting and sound would easily stick to one era. Not so with Musicology, his most recent. Prince once again proves that he is as modular as music itself. While the album maintains its “Prince-ish” flavor and signature vocals, Prince has also managed to use sounds that pull him firmly into the 00s. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Jet Plan Solo Tour

May 21st, 2004

Jet has been touring non-stop for over a year, but as their popularity continues to increase, they show no signs of slowing down. The band has tacked on month-long US tour to their busy schedule beginning July 1 in Niagara Falls, NY and ending on the West Coast. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Blonde Redhead – Misery is a Butterfly

May 21st, 2004

Bonde Redhead Spreads its Wings

At the beginning of “Elephant Woman,” the opening track from Misery is a Butterfly, Blonde Redhead greets you with a gentle, meandering guitar. However, a scattered drum beat starts to bleed through, and suddenly the song gives way to an overflow of what sounds like brooding chamber music, plunging you into a delicately dark landscape that spans the length of the album. Blonde Redhead’s latest endeavor expands on the sound of their 2000 release, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, and with the band’s departure from Touch & Go Records, it serves as a once-and-for-all break with their noise-rock origins.
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By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews

Musicians Against RIAA

May 20th, 2004

A new study from the Pew Research Center states that most musicians do not support the RIAA’s legal actions against downloaders. Sixty percent of those surveyed do not believe the lawsuits benefit musicians and only five percent believe file-sharing has hurt their careers. Thirty-five percent feel they have benefitted from downloading and eighty-three percent have allowed free samples of their music to be posted online. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Eric Clapton – Me and Mr. Johnson

May 20th, 2004

Slowhand Borrows the Devil’s Touch

If you can’t place the name but it sounds very familiar, then you’ve probably heard the tale of Robert Johnson. Lonely and tortured, it’s told that Johnson sold his soul to Satan in exchange for the ability to play the guitar better than any man alive. Johnson then roamed the land followed by hellhounds and demons, stopping to share his dark, tormented songs and haunting vocals in blues halls and back alleys. Fact or fiction, Johnson’s story is part of the reason he is widely known as the greatest blues musician ever, and it was this account that led a young Eric Clapton to pick up his first Robert Johnson record and discover the music that would influence his every song. Read more…

By Ryan Lewis Posted in Reviews