Archives for September 2000

Octant – Car Alarms and Crickets

OctantCar Alarms and CricketsNow this is not your typical Up band. In fact, Octant, led by former Satisfact and Mocket frontman Matt Steinke and Tassany Zimmerman, hardly uses any regular instruments as well. Steinke actually makes many of the instruments used on this album, including a light modulated sampler, an electrified stringboard, frequency … [Read more...]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Godspeed You! Black EmperorLift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to HeavenAt last, one of the most eagerly awaited albums of the year has arrived (official release Oct. 23), and music lovers, I mean true lovers of the most glorious music you'll ever hear, rejoice. For Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven is two CDs, that's 90 minutes, of … [Read more...]

GOODING – 3X

GOODING3XWhat can you say about an artist who has released an album every year since he was in 8th grade? Well, if practice makes perfect, GOODING should be perfect by now. And, amazingly enough, this album is pretty damn close. Unlike his orchestrated and symphonic soundtrack we reviewed here recently, 3X is much more accessible and puts much … [Read more...]

SR-71 – Now You See Inside

SR-71Now You See InsideAh, the glories of a rock metaphor. This Baltimore, Md. band named themselves after the SR-71, a stealth aircraft that is the fastest plane ever built. This thing can fly at the edge of outer space at mach 3.2, for goodness sake. But in terms of reaching heights, SR-71 the band doesn't live up to their namesake. Frankly, … [Read more...]

Sweep the Leg Johnny – Sto Cazzo!

Sweep the Leg JohnnySto Cazzo!Having seen this band play live, I am going to be biased in this review of Sweep's Sto Cazzo! They blew me away live. This album was recorded in a live setting, so don't expect anything impartial. The band consists of an alto saxophone player and singer who convinces you that he is insane without him actually doing … [Read more...]

The Letter E – No. 5 Long Player

The Letter ENo. 5 Long Player It often amazes me at just how incestuous the indie rock scene is. One needs to look no further than Fugazi, one of indie rock's flagship bands, to find truth in that statement. (Members of Fugazi are rooted in Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, and Dag Nasty, among others.) The Pacific northwest is another example. Check … [Read more...]

Pistol Whipped – Too Much Excitement

Pistol WhippedToo Much ExcitementYet another chapter in the "You Can't Judge a Book By It's Cover" saga. If I hadn't noticed this came from Beluga, a Chicago label that has some varied rock bands, I would have disregarded it completely. Washed out sepia tones showing odd hick-like people and the name Pistol Whipped do not evoke much enthusiasm. … [Read more...]

Whitey on the Moon – Special New Band

Whitey on the MoonSpecial New BandOk, I've listened to this album about 20 times, so I should get a sense of it by now, right? Well, no, not really. There are a host of musicians here playing mandolin, accordion, saxophone, cello, trumpet and more in addition to the regular rock-based instruments. So is it possible to describe the music here? … [Read more...]

The Search for Saturnalia – Four Letters

The Search for SaturnaliaFour LettersThings have changed for Austin, Texas' The Search for Saturnalia. Their first EP had a harsher, more hardcore sound, complete with screaming vocals and an intensity that fell between Fugazi and Boy Sets Fire. Now, with Guitarist David Denosowicz taking over the vocal duties and guitarist Tina Lockwood … [Read more...]

Waxwing – One for the Ride

WaxwingOne for the RideTruth be told, I wasn't the biggest fan of Waxwing before this album came out. Granted, I only heard a handful of songs and never a full album, but the band seemed to be confusedly hovering somewhere between a more hardcore, powerful band and a more melodic emo band. Well, they certainly made their choice now, and they're so … [Read more...]