Archives for March 2001

The Panoply Academy Legionnaires – "Nocturnally Yours" b/w "Diurnally Yours" 7"

The Panoply Academy Legionnaires"Nocturnally Yours" b/w "Diurnally Yours" 7"With minor changes in line-up, The Panoply Academy changes their name. They started as the Glee Club, then the Corps of Engineers, and now we have the Legionnaires. But what remains constant is the band's unique brand of disjointed yet cohesive … [Read more...]

Copperpop – Break My Fall

CopperpopBreak My FallWhen this song first started out, I wasn't sure what direction it was going to head into. It just has a simple guitar and a mellow voice singing poetic lyrics, and then the drums started in. This is usually what can make or break a song, the point where it really starts to flow or just goes off on some horrible "alternative" … [Read more...]

Infected – Infected

InfectedInfectedThis week we start out slightly different than usual, with straight ahead fucking punk rock. No pop, street or any other type - just chugging guitars, screaming vocal punk. "Infected" starts off with furious guitars and deep, gruff screaming vocals. It reminds me of some early Misfits and some Anti-Flag stuff in the way that the … [Read more...]

Kirk Lake – S/T

Kirk LakeS/T The third album by British singer-songwriter, author, spoken word artist, and boxing expert, the stylishly brooding Kirk Lake excels in injecting understated pop hooks into his subdued dynamic. While the result is rarely overwhelmingly dynamic, there is little denying the intelligence Lake conveys through his sharp literary focus. … [Read more...]

Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows

Idlewild100 Broken Windows bass guitar drums vocals So go the credits inside the new Idlewild album. To some, particularly those fond of flannel shirts and say, 1993, those four words sound like an epiphany. To others, particularly those fond of glowsticks and synthesizers, that's an insult. Given the three chord guitar blandness of much of … [Read more...]

Q and Not U – No Kill No Beep Beep

Q and Not UNo Kill No Beep BeepFormed in 1998, when I lived in Washington, DC, I had been hearing about Q and Not U for years. DC area bands and fans alike had been mentioning this band's name whenever asked about the next big DC band. Before their debut album even came out, they were mentioned in the same breath as DC stalwarts Dismemberment Plan, … [Read more...]

Kid Chaos – Life in the Time of Scurvy

Kid ChaosLife in the Time of Scurvy Denton, Texas' Kid Chaos is one of those punk bands that revive the best elements of the 80's and 90's. Something about their attitude-fueled rock-punk assault jives with me despite not being a fan of punk to much of a degree. Maybe it's the fact that their punk mixes in a dose of good ol' rock-n-roll. Maybe it's … [Read more...]

Friends of the Library – A Rolling Blackout

Friends of the LibraryA Rolling BlackoutSimple. Clear. Concise. Sparse. All words that come to mind before I even pop the CD into the player. Friends of the Library, a four-piece Philadelphia band, partake in the genre of slow-core, quiet and contemplative rock that uses silence as a vital instrument. Turn up the volume before you start this … [Read more...]

Various Artists – The Solution to Benefit Heal the Bay

Various ArtistsThe Solution to Benefit Heal the BayFirst off, I have to say that I'm a sucker for good causes, and Heal the Bay is certainly one of those. Taken verbatim from the liner notes, "Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental group dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters safe and healthy again for people and marine life." … [Read more...]

Mogwai – Austin – South by Southwest, TX – 2001-03-17

MogwaiWhere: Austin - South by Southwest, TX.When: 2001-03-17In school, they teach that if have nothing to say, say nothing at all. Thus, I will not mention opener Mark Eitzle (formerly of American Music Club) beyond this sentence. Then came The Soft Boys, who also did absolutely nothing for me. So, with that said, I will get to the point: Mogwai … [Read more...]