The Mars Volta: Frances The Mute

You have to be really patient to even think about getting into this record. For real, seriously, like there is no other way to put it. Normally, this kind of thing really excites me but it literally took me about three weeks of repeated listens to be able to determine …

by   |  03/16/2005  |  Comments Off on The Mars Volta: Frances The Mute

Various Artists: Global Underground: After Hours

This two disc set is a marathon of moodiness that will brig you home and slump you back into your seat in such a way that you may never want to leave your house again let alone go back out into the club. Now what you do in said chair …

by   |  03/09/2005  |  Comments Off on Various Artists: Global Underground: After Hours

Omarion: O

B2K was pretty whack if you are an adult urban fan.That’s just the way it is. If you’re a preteen or a teen or were so when the shit was hot you might disagree but whatever, the shit was whack to these ears because…nah it just sucked. Because as a …

by   |  03/02/2005  |  Comments Off on Omarion: O

Ani DiFranco: Knuckle Down

This is a different ADF record because home girl finally lets someone else in on the production side of the album and it shows. Fellow musician Joe Henry comes through and earns his keep by shifting things around enough to keep them interesting without changing up ADF’s core vibe.

The …

by   |  01/26/2005  |  Comments Off on Ani DiFranco: Knuckle Down

Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

There’s something in the swagger of Miles Davis’ playing on these recordings that reminds me of a boxer walking down the aisle. There’s the limit of the people crowded all around the runway, the chaos of that moment where the heavyweight comes out from behind the curtain and the whole …

by   |  01/19/2005  |  Comments Off on Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

Gibby Haynes: Gibby Haynes and His Problem

Warm summer, top down, driving off to nowhere low-edge rock music with all the outlandish and absurd lyrics you would expect from the former Butthole Surfers frontman’s solo debut. Stripped down production, light use of sampling and Haynes’s trademark megaphoned-in vocal style make short work of today’s alternative scene, going …

by   |  12/01/2004  |  Comments Off on Gibby Haynes: Gibby Haynes and His Problem

Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

The former Screaming Trees vocalist returns with his fourth solo offering, presenting a deceptively-titled and complex group of songs with guest appearances from P.J. Harvey, Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age), Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, Dean Ween (Ween), and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), …

by   |  08/25/2004  |  Comments Off on Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum


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