Archive for January, 2005

Jam Camp – Black Hills Jam

January 31st, 2005

A Flavorful Black Hills Jam

Imagine stepping back into the 1970’s, and walking into a dark smoky club. Onstage are Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Jerry Garcia, and a host of other fabulous music-makers. Accompanying them are a saxophonist and a synthesizer. Were this intense merging of talents and styles content to simply sit on stage and improvise, the resulting music would likely sound like Jam Camp’s Black Hills Jam. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Coldplay, NIN Headline Coachella

January 31st, 2005

The lineup for this year’s Coachella festival has been announced, with Coldplay headlining on April 30 and Nine Inch Nails headlining May 1. Other top acts will include Weezer, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, New Order, Bright Eyes, Gang of Four, and Wilco. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Various Artists – KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3

January 30th, 2005

New Era Alternative Radio

In today’s Clear Channel dominated radio market one can count on mediocrity across the board. Mainstream radio waits for the next big thing and then promptly over plays whatever it is. Somehow, Nic Harcourt and his daily morning radio show Morning Becomes Eclectic on Santa Monica’s KCRW has become the barometer of hip for the new era of alternative music. This third installment in the program’s live performances compilation Sounds Electic 3 shows exactly why. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

Prefuse 73 Album, Tour in Spring

January 30th, 2005

Surrounded by Silence, the new album from Prefuse 73, is due March 22, and leader Scott Herren is currently plotting out the supporting worldwide tour. Hopefully beginning in Japan in March, the tour should reach North America by May. Herren has nailed down his tourmates, Beans and Battles, but has yet to finalize his own band lineup. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Ben Folds Returns; BFF Rereleases

January 28th, 2005

April 26 will see the return of Ben Folds with his new album Songs for Silverman, featuring the first single, “Landed.” Ben Folds Five fans can look forward to the release of a remastered Whatever And Ever Amen on March 22 including seven bonus tracks. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

January 28th, 2005

With a Debut Like This…Who Cares About Good Spelling

Bloc Party, a four-piece band from the UK, carries on the post-punk torch with precision. Like its title, Silent Alarm, their debut album is soaked with contrast, dynamism, and tension. The lead track rings out with atmospheric guitars, and a pounding rhythm. However, the chaos soon converges into a catchy hook complete with a driving punk rhythm. The jagged guitars of the politically charged “Helicopter” morph into a cohesive, epic assault, while the hypnotic rhythms of “Luno” are countered by spacious drum fills, providing the listener with a brief gasp of air, until it reverts back to the original structure. The more straightforward, but no less rewarding, disco-injected “Banquet,” juxtaposes dance beats, hand-claps, and ping-pong guitar riffs in a showcase of sophisticated songwriting. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Murder Inc. Founder Charged

January 27th, 2005

Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, founder of The Inc., nee Murder Inc., has been charged with laundering in excess of $1 million in connection with Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, a notorious New York drug lord. So far, no Murder Inc. artist has been charged. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Mastodon – Leviathan

January 27th, 2005

In The Belly of the Beast

When Mastodon’s debut full-length Remission came out in 2002, it was heralded by many as the album that would save metal. It stood out among the sea of nu-metal clones as a return to what metal really stood for: heaviness, technical ability and stellar composition. Mastodon didn’t try to write catchy songs with hooks and recycled riffs; they pushed themselves to the limits of their abilities – and fans took notice. Now with Leviathan, the band hopes to again reach the high water mark their previous effort set for the entire genre. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

John Legend – Get Lifted

January 26th, 2005

All In A Name

Tales of infidelity and failed love have never sounded as sweet as they do on John Legend’s Get Lifted. Legend has stepped up from singing hooks for Kanye West and Alicia Keys, and the only unanswered question is why he was in the minors for so long. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

The Get Outs – Get The Message

January 26th, 2005

Go Get This

Sometimes simplicity is the best thing. Sometimes all that is needed are a guitar, drums, and a bass to make some really good music. The Get-Outs first full length, “Get The Message” promotes this simplicity in all ways. Hailing from England, the Get-Outs play super simple rock and roll that is reminiscent of the Clash, Swingin’ Utters, and at times, D-Generation X. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews