Archive for June, 2004

Dilated Peoples – Neighborhood Watch

June 29th, 2004

Neighborhood Watch Caught Napping on the Job

As longtime heroes of the LA underground hip hop circuit, Dilated Peoples were rarely pressured for new material. However after the success of 2002’s Expansion Team, emcees Evidence and Rakaa and DJ extraordinaire Babu have now found that for every great record comes greater expectations for the follow-up. As a result, the trio’s Neighborhood Watch is one of the most anticipated hip hop records of the year, but unfortunately also demonstrates that Dilated Peoples is not ready to respond to such high demand for their craft. Read more…

By Ryan Lewis Posted in Reviews

Rhythm of Black Lines – Human Hand, Animal Band

June 25th, 2004

…To Their Own Rhythm

Though certain moments from Human Hand, Animal Band conjure memories of OK Computer and Kid A Radiohead, and other moments resemble the wandering atmosphere that is characteristic of All Night Radio, it is difficult to compare Rhythm of Black Lines’ sound to anything with much accuracy. This prog-rock band has a unique and innovative sound that has appropriately earned it a spot on Omar Rodriguez’s (The Mars Volta) label, Gold Standard Laboratories.
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By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews

INXS Reality Show Picked Up By CBS

June 24th, 2004

CBS has just won a bidding war for a new as yet untitled reality show, in which contestants will compete to become the next lead singer for Australian band INXS. The winner will then move on to sing on the band’s next record. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in News

Slipknot – Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses

June 24th, 2004

Time To Hang Up The Jumpsuits…

From the beginning Slipknot seemed like some absurd gimmick – nine members in jumpsuits and masks that all supposedly contribute musically as well as physically to their WWE-style live shows. But despite critical skepticism, their self-titled debut managed to bring forth a brutal amount of sonic energy. Indeed, after a few world tours Slipknot became the official poster children for Hot Topic and thousands of disillusioned, angst-ridden teenagers across the planet. Suddenly, the image replaced the music, and the bands second album, Iowa, blandly brought forth nothing more than mere rehashed b-sides from their original self-titled release. Despite constant intra-band feuding, Slipknot return with Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Free Moral Agents – Everybody’s Favorite Weapon

June 23rd, 2004

Ikey Likes It!

If your day job is working for spastic rockers The Mars Volta, one would imagine that you would need to chill out and unwind a little in your free time. So is the case with Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. When not jamming with the MV or one of his many other collaborations, Owens finds time to explore more laid back, jazzy hip-hop influenced jams with his project Free Moral Agents. Everybody’s Favorite Weapon is the soundtrack to the afterhours lounge in Owens’s head, and this time everyone is invited. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Lollapalooza Cancelled

June 22nd, 2004

With “heart gripped despair” Perry Farrell announced the cancellation of the entire Lollapalooza 2004 summer tour owing to “huge financial losses.” Purchased tickets will be refunded and fans will just have to wait until bands like Sonic Youth, Pixies, Modest Mouse, Wilco, the Von Bondies, Morrissey, PJ Harvey, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are brought together at another time. Perry promises to try again next year. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Rjd2 – Since We Last Spoke

June 22nd, 2004

Out of the Shadows

Deviating from one’s anticipated trajectory can be a dangerously risky move in a music industry as scrutinizing as ours. For a few, such a divergence from the norm – or rather, the expected – can further catapult that artist’s stature or solidify his/her place amongst music’s greatest. For many, however, it can result in a career death sentence. But whatever the outcome may be, one rule is generally adhered to if a favorable result is desired: you don’t do a complete 180° on your second album – that’s just foolish. Well, in that case, call Rjd2 a fool but refrain from labeling his latest release, Since We Last Spoke, a sophomore slump. Instead, brace yourselves for a sophomore surprise. Read more…

By Ben De Leon Posted in Reviews

Pearl Jam Gives to Charity, Fans with Unplugged Performance

June 16th, 2004

The hottest Pearl Jam bootleg is their MTV Unplugged performance taped twelve years ago. While occasionally performing acousitc sets live, the band played their first full-length, (nearly) all acoustic show last October to benefit Youthcare, a Seattle charity. As a gift to the fans, the band has announced that they will release the concert at the end of July as a double CD entitled Live at Benaroya Hall October 22, 2003. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Youthcare. Fans can preorder the album for thirteen dollars on June 21 at Those who do will also receive a poster from the show. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Discussion Opens to Bring Beatles Online

June 15th, 2004

The Beatles have been refusing their permission for the online distribution of their songs for years, even as other reluctant bands have slowly stepped out of the way of progress. It was announced last week that band representatives are in talks with various companies — MSN in particular — to hopefully have a deal worked out by fall. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News

Vines exhausted, cancel appearances

June 14th, 2004

Immediately following a radio show appearance gone sour, the Vines decided it was time to take a break. The band has backed out of its spot as the opener on the upcoming Incubus tour, offering their apologies. No word yet on who will be replacing them. Read more…

By Alyssa Fried Posted in News