Archive for June, 2006

Sublime Deluxe Edition

June 30th, 2006

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sublime’s hit self-titled album, a 2-disc Deluxe Edition will be released containing 15 bonus tracks, 8 previously unreleased, and videos. The Deluxe Edition is set to hit stores August 15th. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Vitalic – OK Cowboy

June 29th, 2006

Daft Punk Done Right

French tech geek Pascal Arbez — stage name Vitalic — probably never imagined beating his countrymen at the game they mastered. Yet Daft Punk’s recent abomination Human After All opened the door for such an upset. Like great DP songs of yore, Vitalic successfully creates drama and catharsis by wrapping the simplest 4/4 drumbeat in layer upon layer of synthesized orchestration and fuzzed-out samples. Vitalic’s first full album, OK Cowboy, is the album Daft Punk wishes it made in 2005. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

1980 Clash Film Receives US Release

June 27th, 2006

Rude Boy, the 1980 fake documentary starring the Clash will finally see release on DVD in the U.S. on August 1. The film features live footage of the band during their Clash on Patrol and Sort It Out tours. The DVD also has bonus footage including performances of “English Civil War,” “White Riot,” “Clash City Rockers,” and “Tommy Gun.” Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

DMX Departs Def Jam

June 27th, 2006

DMX has found it difficult working under his friend, Def Jam president Jay-Z. He also claimed to have given Def Jam “their best [year] ever,” and received nothing, “not even a card,” in return.

His next album, Here We Go Again, will be released via Sony. Jay-Z has not commented on DMX’s departure. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News

Bad Wizard – Sky High

June 26th, 2006

Drunken Magic

Brooklyn’s Bad Wizard continues to carry the rock revival torch with their fourth album Sky High. Taking their name from a drunken friend’s slurred request for Budweiser, Bad Wizard are in no danger of taking themselves too seriously. They’re here to get drunk, rock hard, and party all night. They may not bring much new to the genre, but they’ve basked in the energy of enough Kiss and Led Zeppelin albums to deliver a solid record. Read more…

By Steve Mangione Posted in Reviews

R. Kelly OK for Public Viewing

June 21st, 2006

A Chicago-area judge saw no reason to restrict public access to the video tape which alledgedly shows R. Kelly having sex with a thirteen-year-old girl. Both the prosecutors and defense lawyers had requested that the tape be made unavailable to the public, but Judge Vincent Gaughan saw no “overarching interest” in doing so. R. Kelly stands accused of fourteen counts of child sex offenses, but not trial date has been set. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Josh Kelley – Almost Honest

June 21st, 2006

More Than A Pretty Face

It’s difficult to listen to Almost Honest, Josh Kelley’s sophomore release, without thinking of his contemporaries, like John Mayer and Jack Johnson. He too has the same youthful, charismatic contemporary rock vibe. At its weakest, the album is formulaic but at the height, it’s soulful and moving. Kelley’s voice, charm and instincts make this album ultimately worth paying attention to. Read more…

By Jacquie Frisco Posted in Reviews

Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

June 19th, 2006

Sir Gnarls is Born

What is Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere? It’s DangerDoom with Cee-Lo in place of MF Doom minus the Aqua Teen Hunger Force. It is an interesting collaboration that sounds unsure of what it wants to accomplish. An instant hit, its first single “Crazy” has caught on unlike any other song yet this year. That doesn’t make its verse-bridge-chorus structure, super-looped drums and bass, and shrieking chorus everyone’s cup of tea. Is it possible for a single to be played out before the album is even released? Quite frankly, yes. Read more…

By Eric Wensman Posted in Reviews

Soul Position – Things Go Better With RJ and AL

June 18th, 2006

Better? Not This Time Around

Soul Position’s second full-length album, Things Go Better With RJ and AL, is difficult to gauge. It’s a record mired in dichotomies that lacks the consistency and quality — both musically and lyrically — of RJD2 and Blueprint’s brilliant debut. While calling it a disappointment would be far too abrasive and inaccurate, referring to the record as a triumphant follow-up to 8 Million Stories would be far from the truth. Read more…

By Ben De Leon Posted in Reviews

Beach Boys Celebrate 40 Years of Pet Sounds

June 14th, 2006

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine — also known as the surviving members of the Beach Boys — stood together on the top of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood yesterday in honor of the fortieth anniversary of their landmark album Pet Sounds. All bad feelings between members Brian Wilson and Mike Love were put aside for the occasion, as all members — including Carl and Dennis Wilson who have since passed — were given plaques containing two platinum vinyl records. This was the bandmates’ first public appearance together in ten years. Read more…

By Anonymous Posted in News