Archive for October, 2005

The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike

October 31st, 2005

Still Undefeated

Listening to Thunder, Lightning, Strike is the musical equivalent of viewing a flashing television monitor for a prolonged period of time; both will surely cause seizures but only The Go! Team’s latest offering will have you begging for another. And while experiencing said epileptic episode, amidst the paroxysmal convulsions and flickering moments of consciousness, fleeting glimpses of 80s entertainment nostalgia intertwined with fully charged 12-year-old prepubescent hormonal impulses will keep you from swallowing your tongue. All this in only about 35 minutes. Read more…

By Ben De Leon Posted in Reviews

Cast King of Old Sand Mountain – Saw Mill Man

October 31st, 2005

Sawdust, Heartbreak and Booze

Who cuts their debut album at age 79? Cast King of Old Sand Mountain, Alabama, that’s who. Though he began playing back in the 40s and recorded for the legendary Sun Studios in the 50s, it wasn’t until 1998 that Matt Downer tracked down King in Pisgah, Alabama and talked him into committing 12 of his tunes to a proper debut entitled Saw Mill Man. King taught Downer the guitar leads and as a result we have possibly the most authentic sounding country album to come out this decade. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

Paul Van Dyk – The Politics of Dancing, Vol. 2

October 30th, 2005

Get the Balance Right

Reading 2005’s buzz on dance music, you might think it would have been a good year for DJs with “Paul” or “Van” in their name to skip their planned recording sessions. By that token, Germany’s Paul Van Dyk would appear doubly cursed. Not so; his second mix to bear the title The Politics of Dancing is a two-disc set that improves on recent half-baked efforts by his namesakes. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Animal Liberation Orchestra – Fly Between Falls

October 30th, 2005

Rhymes for the Summertime

For anyone not fortunate enough to have ever visited the great state of California, Fly Between Falls encapsulates much of the essence of what the Golden State is typically known for: sun, sand, and that easy Cali livin’. On Animal Liberation Orchestra’s latest, that California spirit is in full effect. With soft grooves, witty wordplay, and a ubiquitous feel good vibe, FBF doesn’t break any new ground. However, it will sure leave you with a smile on your face and wishing you could be anywhere in between Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. Read more…

By Ben De Leon Posted in Reviews

Wilco Currently Working On New Album

October 30th, 2005

Wilco is currently working on a new album which as of yet has no confirmed release date. Frontman Jeff Tweedy and the rest of the band have 13 songs worked up so far for the new set. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in News

Cold – A Different Kind of Pain

October 30th, 2005

Same Kind of Music

After surviving several band members changes (most notably losing guitarist Terry Balsamo to rival nu-metal band Evanescence), and a major label drop, Cold return on their fourth outing with A Different Kind of Pain. While often being criticized as generic nu-metal, Cold actually manage something slightly different on this album: generic nu-metal with syrupy ballads for the Hot Topic generation to enjoy. Read more…

By Joe Ellis Posted in Reviews

Moistboyz – Moisboyz IV

October 29th, 2005

The Best Kind of Dirty

“I Don’t Give A Fuck Where The Eagle Flies” is the perfect summation of the Moistboyz sound and style. Brash attitude, swear-laden lyrics, riff-happy hard-rock grooves and an infectious knack for melody litter the dark alley that is the Moisboyz IV. Dickie Moist spits rapid-fire barbs of frustration “Up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane / It’s a thorn in my side and it makes me insane / Aryan race with American eyes / And I don’t give a fuck where the eagle flies” laced with less anger or fury than you might expect. In fact it’s almost joyous hard-rock decadence. Such is the tone of the majority of the album coupled with a smidge of delay on Dickie’s vocals and just the right balance of distortion and sullied warmth on Mickey “Dean Ween” Moist’s guitar. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

David Pajo – Pajo

October 29th, 2005

Sparse Inspiration

With Post-Rock giants Tortoise, David Pajo served a vital role playing guitar and helping to shape some of the band’s greatest efforts. Since his departure he has continued to pursue the world of instrumental music, but he has also stretched his legs becoming a songwriter and a vocalist. On his newest album entitled Pajo, David attempts to craft 45 minutes of sublime textural electro-acoustic pop music, often with mixed results Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Jay-Z And Nas Officially End Feud

October 29th, 2005

On Thursday October 27th Jay-Z and Nas officially ended their long running feud with each other onstage at the Power 105.1 Power House concert in New York City. The two performed “Dead Presidents” and “Encore” together. Read more…

By Fred Pilarczyk Posted in News

The Dandy Warhols – Odditorium or Warlords of Mars

October 28th, 2005

A Mighty Wind

By the end of the great war, the Dandy Warhols had progressed far beyond the traditional jug band sound – true words spoken by noted A&E journalist Bill Kurtis on the opening track of Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, the Warhols’ latest. While it’s not clear what war he refers to, we are indeed witness to a metamorphosis from alternative rock to a more dance beat derivative.
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By Jeanette Honig Posted in Reviews