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This is a gem, really. It is a collection of peasantry tales, when there were kings to be feared, when men sailed the seas to find their loves lost. The Decemberists have produced yet another masterpiece. Their previous release “Her Majesty” made me want to describe the music as baroque pirate rock. And with this album, I officially declare Colin Meloy (The Mariner ) to be founder of Pirate Pop. ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 25th, 2005

Extemporaneous effervecence juxtaposed with a sense of the classical, slow eternal sounds. Grandios scrapings jarred against the sea-cliff. Begarbled undulating fissions sound weaving. Call response perhaps improvised within a context such is the (form?) of the recording. Letting and letting and then not letting. Radiant flower imagery spontaneous growths from the depths, from in the dirt roo ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 22nd, 2005

It is in the nature of every music scene to feature a fair amount of band incest. Bands break up, jobs interfere, people move on. On the flip side of this, not enough musicians move in and gain acceptance, younger musicians can't break the generation barrier, and an underground scene of the ground-level music scene develops. From this dissection stem open mic nights featuring old timers rehashi ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 20th, 2005

Hardcore Jollies doesn't feature any of the crazy free form noise found in Maggot Brain. It is the album of a band out of new ideas and rehashing watered down versions of their psychedelic funk. Eddie Hazel isn't with the band. The Horny Horns aren't present. The album's not dirty, it's not daring. In it can be heard the beginning of the slow jam tenderness (of Luther Vandross and Lionel Richi ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 3rd, 2005

Ripped off...filler...looks crappy...I am sad. These were the words that kept repeating themselves in my head when I first listened to With The Lights Out. Geffen releases a dissapointing boxset by the legendary rock band Nirvana. What seemed to be a promising boxset actually isn't a boxset at all. A boxset usually offers more than just multiple demo versions of previously released songs, filler f ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 30th, 2005

Whole tomes may be written on the influence of Nirvana, the Pixies, Radiohead, and Elvis Presley, but it is unlikely that much will be written about Rage Against the Machine. Their extended life-span, as far as bands go, might be a major cause of this. They died a slow death and then, like some B-movie zombie flick, rose from the dead briefly in a new and repugnant form called Audioslave. Rage ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 11th, 2005

Hailing from the Bay Area, turntablist/producer DJ Zeph drops serious heat on his latest album Sunset Salvage (formerly Sunset Scavenger). Combining elements of 70's disco funk, b-boy boogaloo, jazz, and an interesting night life, Sunset Salvage solidifies itself as one of the strongest hip-hop releases of 2004. Percussion-heavy dance floor gems meet mind expanding beats, all covered with thic ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 10th, 2005

Scandinavia has such great music to offer: Jaga Jazzist, Entombed, Gluecifer, Sondre Lerche, as well as countless other bands. The Mattoid, however, does not seem to fall into this group. Hailing from Finland, he treads sonic territory that is not normally associated with Northern Europe. There is no death metal, no straight ahead rock and roll, and very little sing-songy pop on Eternifinity. ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 9th, 2005

Although CocoRosie is comprised of two sisters, their music reminds me of growing up as an only child. Those long days of solitude, flights of fancy, singing to one self, and believing your stuffed toys are silent magical sentient beings. Indeed, their album is certainly child-like, but should not be mistaken as childish. Lore and mystique have already sprung up around CocoRosie; a tale of ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 8th, 2005

Say the words "world" and "music" together and you're likely to make someone in the room cringe. World music has had a tough time recently. You would've too if everyone associated you with Yanni and John Tesh. Try meeting a worthwhile someone under 40 at a bar who respects either of them. It's impossible. World music these days is elevator music with congas. It hasn't always been this way, t ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 26th, 2004

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