Opeth: Ghost Reveries

The opening inset of the liner notes reads:“Ghost Reveries: an observation by Opeth.” I promptly fell over from the sheer pretentiousness— I want to see what Opeth are looking at. And woe that there is no greater title a weekly paper can provide than “Disc of the Week.”This …

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The Kings Of Frog Island: The Kings Of Frog Island

While the name alone would be enough to earn the Disc Of The Week title, as a bonus, the CD kicks ass. Anything on Elektrohasch Records, owned by Stefan Koglek of the awe-inspiring desert rock outfit Colour Haze, is more or less a safe bet, but The Kings Of Frog …

by   |  08/10/2005  |  Comments Off on The Kings Of Frog Island: The Kings Of Frog Island

Charlie Mingus: East Coasting

Opening with a three-a.m. walk down a city street with a particular lonely take on the standard “Memories Of You,” this reissue of one of Mingus’ less acclaimed releases instantly shows its superior mastering quality— aiding the dynamic sections without feeling the need to compress.There is still a rawness and …

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Nine Black Alps: Nine Black Alps EP

They’re from Manchester, they have guitars and raw production, they have to suck, right? It’s a pretty mathematical formula, and one which Nine Black Alps (who take their name from a Sylvia Plath line) are only too happy to defy.

Rather than sit comfortably on their asses, creatively speaking, Nine …

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Ringo & The Roundheads @ Irving Plaza

What’s my name? The former Beatle called out to the crowd at Irving Plaza followed by a resounding R-I-N-G-O, and “Do you feel better now?” With a wink and a nod the band laced into “I’m The Greatest “from his 1973 album Ringo. Written by John Lennon, the tongue …

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Clutch: Robot Hive/Exodus

Really, this could be a three-word review. For anyone who has ever heard them, or experienced their live show, all I’d really have to say here is “Dude, it’s Clutch,” and it would justify their being Disc Of The Week.

Robot Hive/Exodus is the latest in Clutch’s long string of …

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Anthrax @ Starland Ballroom

Reunions can be a tricky proposition. There’s the nostalgic thrill of seeing your favorite band rage and pillage through their back catalog like they did when you were 13…however, with every reunion comes the threat of sub par renditions of otherwise explosive tunes and bands that often lose the chemistry …

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Rolling Stones @ Juilliard School Of Music

The Rolling Stones cockteased the crowd with three songs at Manhattan’s Juilliard School of Music behind the pompous halls at Lincoln Center in a lunchtime press conference to announce their upcoming tour. This was the first time the band played at one of their press conferences since 1975 when they …

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MC Chris: Eating’s Not Cheating

A work of pure pleasure, MC Chris’ Eating’s Not Cheating is equal parts white-boy rap send-up and geeky chic over Nintendo-style beats. It reeks of flavor-of-the-month hype, but there’s a difference between MC Chris and the veritable legion of one-hit wonders: he knows how silly this is.

The longtime Adult …

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Isis: Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations

Isis have seemingly created a genre all to themselves—lush instrumental soundscapes punctuated by bellowing vocals. But, to try and rigidly define their textural sound by any amalgam or arrangement of letters and words can lead to nothing but frustration, so to spare myself and the reader my literary shortcomings, let’s …

by   |  05/18/2005  |  Comments Off on Isis: Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations

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