Archives for March 2003

Various Artists – A Gift From a Garden to a Flower: A Tribute to Donovan

Various ArtistsA Gift From a Garden to a Flower: A Tribute to DonovanIn a music business that likes to reinvent itself every five to 10 years, it's hard to imagine certain bands living on past their signature periods. Could the Beatles have thrived into the decadent and funky 70s? Could Led Zeppelin have endured next to the overproduced refuse that … [Read more...]

Mike Uva – Hook Boy

Mike UvaHook Boy Cleveland based singer/songwriter Mike Uva compiled this collection of enigmatic tunes from several years of home recordings. Those expecting to hear a mopey, brooding bedroom pop record will be pleasantly surprised to discover instead a catchy and hook-laden effort that does a good job of exploring various sounds and styles … [Read more...]

Faris Nourallah – I Love Faris

Faris NourallahI Love Faris Firmly entrenched in the canon of cult films, it might be somewhat surprising for most to realize that the classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off was actually a bit of a commercial dud when it was originally released in 1986, long before it became the feature of day-long marathons and worked itself into the daydreams of bored … [Read more...]

Cobra Verde – Easy Listening

Cobra VerdeEasy Listening Although it might not rank as one of life's greater paradoxes, it is more than a little ironic that the genre known as "easy listening" is usually just about the most torturing form of music to listen to for those of us who don't consider Barbara Strieshand and Barry Manilow to be the gold standard of pop performance. … [Read more...]

Swissfarlo – Boxed

SwissfarloBoxed Imagine that you're in high school again. You're making a mix tape for some acquaintance and decide, among the usual favorite selections, to toss on a song from a local band who've just self-released a demo tape. You've heard the band play live a bunch of times at local venues, and they always seem to get the crowd moving and … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Stepping Stone, Vol. 1: The Best Bands You Have Never Heard

Various ArtistsStepping Stone, Vol. 1: The Best Bands You Have Never Heard Laughable. If this was one band that had written 15 songs and put them out as an album, there still wouldn't be enough creativity or diversity to warrant a good review. I would say things like this: "Standard emo schlock. Songs sound the same. Laughable wordplay." As is, I'm … [Read more...]

Chin Up Chin Up – S/T EP

Chin Up Chin UpS/T EP Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up takes the prize for best song titles of the year so far on their self-titled EP: "Collide the Tide," "Fuck You, Elton Hohn," "For All the Tanning Salons in Texas," "The Soccer Mom Gets Her Fix," "I'm Not Asking for a Tennis Bracelet," and "Pillage the Village." With these humorous titles, I was … [Read more...]

Fairburn Royals – From a Window Way Above

Fairburn RoyalsFrom a Window Way Above From a Window Way Above is an indie-pop record that's sincere and well-conceived, but the Fairburn Royals are still trying to climb out from beneath their indie-pop rock influences. The influence of Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs comes across in many ways on this Athens, GA, band's second … [Read more...]

The New Mexican Disaster Squad – Split CD

The New Mexican Disaster SquadSplit CDThis is a split album between two punkier bands: Destination: Daybreak and The New Mexican Disaster Squad. There is a big difference in the time when either band's songs were recorded, Destination: Daybreak in 2002 and The New Mexican Disaster Squad in 1998, but they have both been released in 2002 on Breaker … [Read more...]

Sylvie – I Wish I Was Driving

SylvieI Wish I Was DrivingSylvie is one of those bands that posesses that endearing recording quality. You can tell that they pooled together as much money as they could to record their album in a local studio. The musicality of this album is actually quite impressive. It is heavy and melodic, emotional and professional. The vocal harmonies are … [Read more...]