Archives for June 2006

Barry Adamson – Stranger on the Sofa

Barry AdamsonStranger on the SofaMusically, Stranger on the Sofa is a dark collection of spoken word, instrumental, and pop- and jazz-infused goth. Lyrically, Stranger is like listening to Thomas Pynchon channeling Charles Bukowski. Former Bad Seed Barry Adamson's Stranger begins with “Here in the Hole,” and that begins with a single note … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Paupers, Peasants, Princes & Kings: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Various ArtistsPaupers, Peasants, Princes & Kings: The Songs of Bob DylanI don't encounter many tribute albums in the field of reviewing. Paupers, Peasants, Princes & Kings: The Songs of Bob Dylan is self-explanatory enough. The roster of familiar participants helped spark my interest. I'm not going to pretend that I'm a Dylan junkie, because … [Read more...]

Ministry – Rio Grande Blood

MinistryRio Grande Blood"And now, a message from the President of the United States, George W. Bush... I have adopted sophisticated terrorist tactics and I'm a dangerous, dangerous man with dangerous, dangerous weapons... I wanna drain the coal resources in America and foreign sources of crude oil... I am a weaopon of mass destruction... I am a … [Read more...]

Interview with Adam Gnade

You don’t just ask Adam Gnade a question or plot a sure-footed route into the familiar territory of the Q&A back-and-forth, that sometimes-fluid, sometimes-stilted dance between the interviewer and the interviewed. Speaking with Gnade - the traveling indie-musician and wordsmith whose Run Hide Retreat Surrender was one of 2005’s unanticipated … [Read more...]

Mellowdrone – Box

MellowdroneBoxI had not heard anything about Mellowdrone before receiving its new album, Box, for this review, and after listening to the LP several times, I’m surprised and curious about that. With a record out on Columbia, support from industry veteran Tony Berg, and one perfectly crafted track after another, one would expect Mellowdrone to be … [Read more...]

matt pond PA – Several Arrows Later

matt pond PASeveral Arrows LaterWith more and more play in commercials and popular TV shows, indie music is quickly losing its outsider status. Putting all debates about the ebb and flow of its commercialization aside, Matt Pond PA is a prime example of indie in mainstream media: The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and TV’s The O.C. to name a … [Read more...]

The Gersch – The Gersch

The GerschThe GerschThe Gersch is a little-known three-guitar sludge outfit from the mid-late 90s featuring current Isis/Red Sparrowes sound effects guru/multi-instrumentalist Clifford Meyer. The band recorded many songs that at last found their way to an official release on June 6th, 2006, thanks to California’s Tortuga Recordings. The Gersch … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Slaying Since 1996

Various ArtistsSlaying Since 1996Certain milestone anniversaries are always reason to celebrate, and Suicide Squeeze Records' 10th anniversary is no exception. SSR are kind enough to allow us to join the fun as they celebrate their decennial in fine fashion with the release of Slaying Since 1996, a double-CD collection of new, rare, and classic … [Read more...]

Thom Yorke – The Eraser

Thom YorkeThe EraserThom Yorke has made it publicly known that he doesn't want The Eraser to be considered a "solo record." That works just fine for me, because at this point it seems impossible to separate the man from his work with Radiohead. Usually solo records are released when groups are already broken up or during inactive periods. Radiohead … [Read more...]

This Day and Age – Second Place Victory

This Day and AgeSecond Place VictorySomething about the song that greeted me when This Day and Age’s myspace page loaded reminded me of church hymns. It sounded pretty and rich – and seriously spiritual. It also turned me off by connotation, but I clicked around a bit more, and listens to other tracks made me appreciate that one a bit more. I … [Read more...]