Archives for July 2003

Watashi Wa – The Love of Life

Watashi WaThe Love of Life Listening to this reminds me of summer. The long, languorous days spent beneath a sweltering sky inventing games to play, chasing down the echoing bells of the ice cream man, or just lying on the grass, staring at clouds and calling out the shapes to your friends. Easy, carefree days spent out of doors before the weight … [Read more...]

Sufjan Stevens – Michigan

Sufjan StevensMichigan In the age of modern media, the distinction between art and commerce has never become more cloudy. Whether due to the unrefined gaze of those who feed entertainment to meet the stereotypical desires of the clamoring unwashed masses or the corrupting influence of money on personal expression, it's hard to find artists who … [Read more...]

The Great Shakes – New York – Luna Lounge, NY – 2003-07-11

The Great ShakesWhere: New York - Luna Lounge, NY.When: 2003-07-11Mothers hid their daughters and gentlemen guarded their beers while in New York City recently, and for good reason. The Great Shakes were in town, making a lot of noise on their own home turf, and they were definitely looking to stir up some trouble. New York's latest response to … [Read more...]

Toshack Highway – Magnetic Morning / Aspirin Age

Toshack HighwayMagnetic Morning / Aspirin Age The shoegazer movement of the late 80s and early 90s produced a cluster of creative guitar bands that gave rise to a sound and an oft-copied movement. Even looking back, more than 10 years later, it was an embarrassment of riches: the epic scale of Ride, the schizophrenia of Pale Saints, the goth hum of … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Swami Sound System, Vol. 1: 2003 Sales Report

Various ArtistsSwami Sound System, Vol. 1: 2003 Sales Report John Reis of Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes, The Sultans, Drive Like Jehu, Back Off Cupids, and Pitchfork fame offers up a sampling of previously released and unreleased material from all the bands on his label, Swami. The legendary Sonny Vincent makes two appearances: "Its Only … [Read more...]

All Parallels – You Won’t Feel a Thing EP

All ParallelsYou Won’t Feel a Thing EPLadies and Gentlemen, get your umbrellas and raincoats ready because DJs and VJs alike will be pouring from the mouth for an opportunity to air All Parallels. The happily sadistic guitar hooks and wonderfully infectious lyrics of this Boston-based trio take on some of the most dark and adult situations … [Read more...]

Bronze – Presence of Greatness EP

BronzePresence of Greatness EP Members of the 80s Britpop band Hurrah! certainly have been busy - with new projects, that is. Hurrah! Singer/Guitarist David "Taffy" Hughes recently released an EP with his new band, the Candy Coloured Clowns. This week, former Singer/Guitarist Paul Handyside unveiled Presence of Greatness, comprised of four songs … [Read more...]

All I See is Red – S/T

All I See is RedS/TAll I See is Red's self-titled debut is one of many albums to come my way lately that revolve around cerebral instrumentals. This is music that borderlines on math-rock, but with no vocals and heavier roots in jazz and drawn out jams. This isn't a bad thing - and in the case of Canadian group All I See is Red, it's a good thing - … [Read more...]

The Umbrella Sequence – Sparkler Cliché

The Umbrella SequenceSparkler Cliché Being a native of the city of Minneapolis for approximately a year and a half, I've had a chance to check out my fair share of local bands in the area. After months of relentless searching for memorable acts, I could only come up with a handful of artists that I felt had the potential to achieve a … [Read more...]

Francine – 28 Plastic Blue Versions of Endings Without You

Francine28 Plastic Blue Versions of Endings Without You This album was talked up to me before I even received it, so I admit to having high expectations. And the thing is, from the opening notes of the bulkily titled 28 Plastic Blue Versions of Endings Without You, I was impressed. But over the course of 13 songs, the band threw me for a loop a few … [Read more...]