Archive for March, 2005

Various Artists – Sprout: Official Soundtrack

March 31st, 2005

Surf’s Up: Thumbs Up!

Let’s face it, music videos are great because you’re listening to quality music and watching it at the same time. It’s the very definition of “eye candy.” In the past decade, some really smart producers swung it the other way and replaced the visuals of rockers with footage of athletes. The soundtrack to
, a surfing montage, is a selection of fourteen songs from thirty some odd cuts played in the film. This selection is eclectic enough to suit anyone’s musical needs. Read more…

By Jeanette Honig Posted in Reviews

Queens Of The Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze

March 31st, 2005

Homme & Friends Strike Again

Is it something in the desert air? Or is it the desert sun that radiates with musical originality? Nevertheless, Josh Homme and friends have coined a steadily progressive and innovative style of rock, making Queens of the Stone Age one of the most respected bands in music today. But like many famous rock bands before them, they quickly realized that the road to success isn’t as smooth as one might think. Take for instance the ever-revolving lineup of band members, most notably the recent departure of co-founding bassist Nick Oliveri. But this is Homme’s show now, who masterminded past successful projects like the Eagles of Death Metal and the indie-favorite Desert Sessions’ series. Now Homme manages to build upon their past successes with Lullabies to Paralyze. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Spring Tour for Bright Eyes

March 31st, 2005

Conor Oberst, with an impressive back-up band, and the Faint will set out on tour together at the end of April. The tour will take him across America and wrap up in June. Mars Black and Airborn Audio will open. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

50 Cent – The Massacre

March 30th, 2005

Non-Conceptual, Non-Exceptional

Numbing the minds of the masses and insulting the intelligence of sophisticated music fans, 50 Cent brings us The Massacre. From a production standpoint it’s easy to understand the appeal of this album but the lyrics of the self proclaimed “King of New York” are an embarrassment to the rap industry. The shooting, robbing, sexual themes, and trash talk of The Massacre displays an overall lack of integrity. These themes are by no means new to rap music, but while predecessors such as Kool G. Rap and NWA intended to make a cultural statement, it is clear that 50’s use of such topics is purely exploitative. Read more…

By Robert Keefer Posted in Reviews

Jack Johnson – In Between Dreams

March 29th, 2005

Mahalo From Dream Land

Jack Johnson is a true renaissance man in every sense of the word; semi-professional surfer, acclaimed filmmaker, record label owner, new father, and celebrated musician. Indeed, his talents and achievements are many, but it is this last role that has catapulted Johnson from an indie surf-niche hero, to the forefront of popular music – and rightfully so. Read more…

By Ben De Leon Posted in Reviews

Jennifer Lopez – Rebirth

March 28th, 2005

Same Old Song And Dance

With Rebirth, her fourth album, Jennifer Lopez continues her exercises in vanity and paycheck gathering – otherwise known as her career. It isn’t very clear exactly where or how her rebirth came about, since she’s still peddling useless, shallow ballads interspersed with dance tracks and guest spots from famous friends. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

Paul Hester Commits Suicide

March 28th, 2005

Paul Hester, drummer of Split Enz and Crowded House fame, was found dead by strangulation supposedly in a park by his Melbourne home. He was 46. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

The Game – The Documentary

March 26th, 2005

The Bomb Product

The lyrical content of hip hop is often packed with pop culture references. Anything considered a household name has somehow found its way to becoming a lyrical metaphor. The Game has simplified the process with his debut, The Documentary, referencing every artist, album and product that his prospective fan base already has embedded in their brains. Pac, Biggie, NWA, Nikes, the list goes on. Is this just brilliant marketing or is The Game really what he claims to be; a product of rap culture? Whatever the answer, it works for this album. Read more…

By Robert Keefer Posted in Reviews

Josh Homme Brings the Metal

March 26th, 2005

Even though he’s on tour with QOTSA, Josh Homme has found time to work on his second album with Eagles of Death Metal, titled Death By Sexy. It is due out this summer. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak

March 26th, 2005

Aha! This One Works!

The bearers of the Great American Party Soundtrack, the Kings of Leon, have brought forth their second album Aha Shake Heartbreak. This new effort could have been lost in the sophomore slump, a musical Bermuda Triangle; where bands get lost in their own egos, stop writing new music, and start plagiarizing their own work. Luckily for the Kings, this didn’t happen. They have kept chugging away, like a rock and roll steam engine, gaining momentum and covering ground they haven’t previously seen. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews