Archive for June, 2005

Run-D.M.C. Reissues Due in September

June 30th, 2005

Run-D.M.C. will be releasing expanded versions of their first four albums, from their self-titled debut to oft-cited classic Tougher than Leather. All reissues will feature bonus tracks of rare material and live performances. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Lizz Wright – Dreaming Wide Awake

June 28th, 2005

A Wright To Dream

Dreaming Wide Awake is less soul and R&B than Salt, but Lizz Wright’s sophomore album manages something that its predecessor fails at: to expand on a range of styles to create a mosaic of superb music. Craig Street (k.d. lang, Me’Shell NdegéOcello) lends his producing expertise to this montage of jazzy blues and rock-inspired covers, classics, and originals. Among others, Bill Frisell, Mark Anthony Thompson (a.k.a. Chocolate Genius), and Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle) help contribute. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Ahmet and Dweezil Pay Tribute to the Pater

June 26th, 2005

Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa are taking their father’s music on the road. The Zappa Plays Zappa tour will run through Europe this fall. A DVD of the tour may be available in the future for those who won’t be able to catch the overseas shows. Dweezil is also working on a new album called Go With What You Know. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Soul Asylum Bassist Succumbs to Cancer

June 26th, 2005

Karl Mueller, bassist for popular 90s rock band Soul Asylum, passed away on Friday of throat cancer, one year after diagnosis. He was 41. The band completed a new album earlier this year and are in negotiations about seeing its release. Read more…

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Mars Volta Cancels Euro Tour

June 24th, 2005

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is reportedly suffering from abdominal pains and has canceled the remaining dates of The Mars Volta’s European tour. Rodriguez-Lopez’s specific condition is not known and so later dates with System of a Down are still on. Read more…

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Stephen Malkmus – Face the Truth

June 24th, 2005

An Honest Delight

Stephen Malkmus, lead singer of the irreverent lo-fi indie-rock band, Pavement, began his solo career with an enjoyable self-titled debut. He then proceeded to follow up that album with a lackluster effort entitled Pig Lib. Thankfully, his third offering, the wonderful Face the Truth, manages to re-kindle the magic of those endearing Pavement records. Here, Malkmus truly demonstrates his gift for crafting memorable ditties, and his fondness for exploring new musical terrain. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Blur In Pieces

June 23rd, 2005

While Damon Albarn has been in the news thanks to the latest Gorillaz album, his Blur bandmates are now in the news for their legal troubles. The specifics of the dispute are unknown, but band members are reportedly suing each other. Bassist Alex James promises this isn’t the end of the band. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Circa Survive – Juturna

June 23rd, 2005

A New Beginning

Equal Vision Records has been known in the hardcore and punk scenes for years, giving us acts such as Ten Yard Fight, Floorpunch, Coheed and Cambria, and more recently, scream heavy acts such as Fear Before the March of Flames and Alexisonfire. While the “screamo” style is still popular, it’s nice to have a change. Enter Philadelphia’s Circa Survive, the love child of former Saosin frontman Anthony Green and Colin Frangicetto. Circa Survive play aggressive indie-rock on their debut Juturna, showing that screaming isn’t needed to make a good album. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in Reviews

33Hz – 33Hz

June 22nd, 2005

Love Hertz

Attempting to recreate any sound of yesteryear can be a very difficult task to accomplish. The band or artist walks a fine line teetering on the verge of musical reverence or cheap novelty – this is what typically sets apart legitimate artists from one-hit-wonders. 33Hz is a band that finds itself delicately balancing on the wall dividing genuine endeavor from cheap thrill. Read more…

By Ben De Leon Posted in Reviews

Sean Price – Monkey Barz

June 21st, 2005

Ruck Without Rock

In the late nineties Heltah Skeltah rocked the world with some of the hardest rhymes and rugged production in hip-hop. After seven long years Sean Price, representing half of the fatigue-sporting duo, returns with his first solo release. Monkey Barz brings back the rugged, raw sound and lyrics that once carried Heltah Skeltah to the forefront of underground rap. Read more…

By Robert Keefer Posted in Reviews