Archive for April, 2005

Nellie McKay Set for September

April 30th, 2005

Nellie McKay’s follow-up to 2004’s Get Away From Me does not yet have a title, but it does have a projected release date–September. So far, the album will feature a duet with fellow quirky songstress Cyndi Lauper entitled “Bee Charmer.” Also out from McKay is a DualDisc version of Get Away From Me which includes previously unreleased tracks. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

The Sundayrunners – The Sundayrunners

April 29th, 2005

The Novice Writers

The self-titled debut album by Chicago-based Indie band The Sundayrunners cannot have any sort of blanket statement attached to it, as illustrated by the first two tracks. After the unimpressive opener “Elected” where the instrumentals are monotonous and the tight vocal harmonies are cacophonous, the soon-to-be hit track “Memories Left at Sea” more than makes up for the ugly vocals of track one. It is a great example of the “right” song; all of the beats, sound effects, vocal range and style, etc. are the best they could be. No wonder the popular FOX TV show The O.C. chose to air this song. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

Stereophonics – Language, Sex, Violence, Other?

April 29th, 2005

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll Redux?

A history lesson: The late 60’s housed famed events such as the women’s rights movements, college protests, and naturally Woodstock. The music made the era with its thought-provoking lyrics and creative musical stylings that encouraged people to think and react. Fast forward twenty years and we enter the 80’s, home to bad fashion, heavy metal, long greasy hair, and cocaine classics like “Less Than Zero;” arguably a step in the wrong direction. The Stereophonics 2005 album Language, Sex, Violence, Other? revisits that questionable era of the 80’s with their stylin’ album cover, grunge instrumentation, falsetto-harmonizing voices, and shallow lyrics. Read more…

By Jeanette Honig Posted in Reviews

New Roots Brings Old Friends

April 27th, 2005

The Roots’ new album, Game Theory, tentatively set for release next February, but ?uestlove is already discussing some of the finer points of the album. Mos Def will hopefully contribute to two tracks, and Talib Kweli will guest on one. The Roots are currently on tour until August. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Kasabian – Kasabian

April 27th, 2005

Mediocre Trip

A lot of bands these days draw inspiration from old and new music. However, one would hope that such a band utilizes their influences with grace and uniqueness until they carve out their own musical niche. With their debut self-titled album, The UK’s Kasabian may be on a path to finding themselves, but throughout this late 80’s Brit-Pop, tripped-out excursion, they lack substance and even come off goofy. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me

April 27th, 2005

Brilliance After The Breakup

Kathleen Edwards piles on another reason to be jealous of Canada with Back To Me, a quietly intense album. This isn’t the screaming rage of early Alanis nor the sugary sweetness of teen stars. It’s somewhere in the middle, and slightly above the rest as well. Edwards’ writing exposes a multi-dimensional, independent woman complemented by the music she plays. This isn’t something found often in recent music. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

Papa Roach – Getting Away With Murder

April 26th, 2005

The Nu-Metal Crown/Curse

Papa Roach are perhaps the most accurate embodiment of the nu-metal genre; where it’s been, where it is now and where it will soon be. The band violently exploded on to the modern rock radar with their super glossy mega-hit “Last Resort” which clearly set a new standard for the term “overplayed.” But as the tastes of their now world-wide fan base were starting to slowly shift away from the hip-hop influenced rock music, Papa Roach tried to stray away from the self-loathing rap on their second album, lovehatetragedy, with somewhat fleeting success. But some strategies for achieving success never change. Indeed, Papa Roach’s newest album, Getting Away With Murder, oozes an overly produced, radio-friendly sound. Read more…

By Taylor Whipple Posted in Reviews

Pearl Jam Announces Canadian Tour

April 26th, 2005

In support of their first upcoming album since completing their contract with Epic, Pearl Jam has announced a 15-date tour of Canada to take place in September 2005. There is not yet a release date or title for the new album. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Disgust With The Trends

April 25th, 2005

What has happened to “indie” music? I don’t necessarily mean indie rock, but any style that is basically unknown to the mainstream. It used to be about the music, about having fun, about unity in something we all care about. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Editorials

Fantomas – Suspended Animation

April 25th, 2005

Cartoon! Cartoon!

It’s hard to describe the fourth Fantomas album Suspended Animation. Much like it’s 74 minute long one-track predecessor Delirium Cordia and the self-titled first album there are no “typical” track names. On this outing, each track is named after the exact calendar set up of April 2005. So each is titled in the fashion of “04/05/05 Tuesday” or “04/23/05 Saturday.” With this in mind the cd case is designed lavishly as a full calendar (including flip binding and a punched hole for wall hanging) for this month, featuring a unique creepy/childish drawing for each day by Yoshitomo Nara. It’s probably one of the best CD case designs ever.
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