Archive for November, 2004

Red Hot Scars Run Deep

November 30th, 2004

Anthony Kiedis has long been one of the cornerstones of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The public perception of his life has been boiled down to that of a drug-addicted, rock/punk/funk singer. But with his new autobiography, Scar Tissue, Kiedis breaks down this perception and shows us a lot more than just the scars the public sees – he shows us the wounds that they come from, as well as the inflicting weapons. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Features

Tom Waits – Real Gone

November 28th, 2004

Long Gone

The first point that needs to be made right away about Tom Waits’ newest Anti album Real Gone is that it will suit fans already fond of his signature sound but probably will not convert any who aren’t big on his signature raspy delivery. For those that remain, Real Gone follows up Waits’ two 2002 albums Alice and Blood Money with an organic approach, laden with dirty production and human beat-boxing. Nearly every track is co-written by Waits’ wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan and features clang-y guitar by Marc Ribot and thumping bass from Primus’ own Les Claypool. Waits’ son Casey also provides work on turntables and percussion, all of which combine to make the record sound warm, quiet and disheveled, like if a hobo just jumped off a train with his band to sing you a song. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

Jem – Finally Woken

November 27th, 2004

Truly, Truly, Truly….Contagious

On her debut album Jem delivers a mellow, beautifully crafted exploration of those old standards – love and loss. Finally Woken offers a unique mixture of modern day electronic beats juxtaposed against an emotive vocalist. This album is well crafted without being too glossy. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

The Libertines – The Libertines

November 25th, 2004

Sure They’re Rock & Roll, But Is Their Music Any Good?

If we judge rock & roll bands by their eccentric lifestyles then The Libertines, behind the antics of co-frontman, Pete Doherty, could be in the running for greatest band ever. After abandoning a tour, forming another band called Babyshambles, breaking into a band-mate’s home, multiple arrests, and a double drug addiction, you need a sextant and an astrolabe to navigate all the twists this band has taken. Despite the turmoil, The Libertines have managed to hold together to record their self-titled, sophomore album. Read more…

By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews

Skindred – Babylon

November 23rd, 2004

Welcome to the Islands Mon! (of Metal)

When a band comes along marketed as “RAGGA-PUNK-METAL,” a few expressions come mind, namely “Whaa?????” Bring on Skindred, the UK’s newest import to the world of rock, or should that be world of reggae? Formalities and genres aside, what Skindred does bring to the masses with their debut Babylon is an energy-infused album guaranteed to raise your eyebrows and bob your head. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Brian Wilson – SMiLE

November 21st, 2004

Surfing Down On The Farm

Some times a brilliant idea is worth taking the time to finish properly. Brian Wilson’s long awaited SMiLE is one such case. The story is legendary now of the back-and-forth influence The Beatles and The Beach Boys had on one another and Wilson’s efforts to craft a master opus in line with the unforgettable “Good Vibrations.” The sessions were aborted in the late sixties and many fans were left salivating at what could have been The Beach Boys answer to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

Mos Def – The New Danger

November 20th, 2004

Danger Rising

In a word, amalgamation is the best way to describe Mos Def’s new album, The New Danger. Seventeen new tracks, which show the Mos Def in a whole new light from previous outings such as Black Star and his 1999 album, Black On Both Sides. That’s right, 1999. How can someone not put out an album for so long, and then expect it to be accepted by the hip-hop community? Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

Good Charlotte – The Chronicles of Life and Death

November 18th, 2004

When Pop Spoils

With The Chronicles of Life and Death Good Charlotte strays from the pop-“punk” formula they had proven skilled at solving. The instrumentation is harder, maybe to reflect the more serious subject matter they attempt, but it is also less catchy. Lead singer Joel Madden has a weak voice not suited for the melodies he tries to carry. None of this is usually relevant in true punk music, but pop-punk is a different animal. Especially for a band which built its popularity on catchier songs. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

Sasquatch – Sasquatch

November 18th, 2004

More Beast Than Man

In a time when trebly garage rehash and studio-glazed pop-rock dominate the airwaves, California’s Sasquatch strikes a blow for fans of old-fashioned fat-bottom heavy metal. Their self-titled debut is the same kind of straight-up stripped down Black Sabbath worship that made Soundgarden work in the 90’s. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Cake – Pressure Chief

November 16th, 2004

Ten Year Old Cake Tastes the Same

Just looking at the cover of Pressure Chief with its simple printing press style, there is no mistaking it for anything but a Cake album. If the trademark cover art implies anything about this album’s sound, it’s that it does not break new ground for the ten-year old Cake. However, the distinct stripped down sound that they have consistently produced for a decade is what has cultivated and maintained much of their fan base. Though their familiarity will be welcomed by many fans, at times, such familiarity makes it seem like Cake is simply clocking in for work. Read more…

By Ari Levitch Posted in Reviews