The continuing saga of a wholly irreverent new way of reviewing
albums! It's like sitting in a room with a bunch of jaded music
critics and getting a snapshot of how they feel about an album.
Honesty and first impressions are the key to the Bargain Basement. (opinions expressed may not hold true
after repeated listenings to albums)
- Lodestar e.p.
Bucky: Euro-pop EBM, very Depeche Mode. Heavy analog synthesis
and dark vocals - gives Wolfsheim a run. Rudy: Well named. I'll take them up on it depressed
people shouldn't make dance music. Mushmouth: Mesh t-shirts, ecstacy light sticks, South
Beach playboys Dance, Dance, Dance! Russell: Depeche Mode should look into copyright issues.
Keys - Black Keys Live DVD
Bucky: Ferocious live set from Akron's blues mongers. High
energy, great tone - Hendrix stylee. Rudy: Low down, stripped down American blues rock. Deceptively
simple. Hendrix. MC5. Mushmouth: One guitarist, one drummer playing rock'n'roll
that makes other cultures idolize the middle of America. Russell: One word: Rocking!
Haven - Please Come Back
Bucky: Mid-tempo semi-lo-fi rock and roll classic
rock style, gritty vocals, groovy basslines. Garagey and cool. Rudy: Fantastic raw 60's soul. Foundations, Billy Paul.
No harmonies, just tons of ehart. Mushmouth: Mid-fi Jackson Browne. Good drinking music. Russell: Gritty soulful rock. Simple, straight &
honest. A nice change.
Devyn - Soltrain
Bucky: Soulful urban soundtrack - cool songs, excellent
basslines, very groovy, very soulful. Prince at times. Rudy: If Stevie Wonder was G-Rock, he would cap Jamiroquai.
Ran's clean hot soul. Mushmouth: Stevie Wonder would like to take Ran Devyn
to the bridge and push him over it. Russell: Shows some potential, but there are too many
oohs and aahs.
Bucky: Tasteful borderline jam rock guitars and groovy basslines
that higlight good songs. Very enjoyable. Rudy: Masterful musical masturbating mediocrity. Collective
Soul. Mushmouth: Jam band drumming, sensitive singing. Will
get you laid at a liberal arts' college. Russell: I wish the music was better, because the cover
art is amazing!
Francis - Let's Get Naked
Bucky: Good songs by a kid who sounds like Billy Bragg without
the accent. Rudy: He is becoming but is not yet a musician. Wears
a parka in class. Mushmouth: Insufferable. So tired of this sensitive hurt-guy
shit, so tired. Thank Christ for the DVD. Russell: This guy would kill at the Holiday Inn!
- What I Came Here For
Bucky: Straight ahead rock and roll in the style of Joan
Jett. Energetic and cool. Rudy: Her rich rock voice doesn't fit the music and her
breasts don't fit her blouse. Mushmouth: Rocks hard, sounds gritty, excellent production
- bass heavy. Guitar sounds like Concrete Blonde. Russell: Back to the trailer park with you!
Of The Lunaverse - The Anonymous e.p.
Bucky: Post-punk ethics on clever songs with thick, echoey
guitars and crisp rhythms. Hives meets Kinks. Rudy: Nervous modern rock, making it retro. Exciting
explosive power pop. Quite good, actually. Mushmouth: Lots of surf and new wave. Touches of Fugazi.
Totally cool. Russell: Don't let the name fool you, this is real rock,
not retard rock.
Merchant - Window Rolled Down
Bucky: Ultra-pop elements in a down-tempo, semi-jazzy format.
Too campy for most and very silly. Rudy: Emo-folk. Pleasant music, but humorless and very
fey. Andrew Bird raised in a test tube. Mushmouth: Campfire music for a rehab. Lutes and recorders
should have died with the black plague. Russell: Trying to be too pretty. I don't like pretty
And L'au - Mi And L'au
Bucky: Very downbeat and moody atmosphere. Serene and low
music for mellow-out times. Smoothly excellent. Rudy: Delicate and darkly beautiful. The lives of circus
people behind the scenes. Mushmouth: Mom said if you can't say anything nice, don't
say anything at all Russell: Weird and overly artsy-fartsy. Very Belle And
Motion Sick - Her Brilliant Fifteen
Bucky: Keyboard infused smart indie rock around excellent
drumming and atonal vocals. Clever lyrics & brilliant musicianship. Rudy: They might not be giants, but manlier than Jeff
Merchant. Cute. Dead Milkmen. Mushmouth: Flaming Lips no longer thinking. Russell: Indie rock goodness at its freshest. Most excellent.
Bucky: Like Pat Benatar fronting a garage version of Jesus
& Mary Chain. Rock and roll! Rudy: Sleazy chick bar punk. Nashville Pussy, Hemicuda.
Not too engaging. Mushmouth: Standard rock'n'roll. Not bad, just needs
bigger hooks and more background vocals. Russell: This band should be called THE Nagg.
Palmer - Between the Womb And The Tomb
Bucky: Acoustic guitar hip-hop lite. Dude has a whole lot
to say and says it all. Rudy: Great music, dull deliberate rapping. Soul Coughing
wannabes. Heard it all. Mushmouth: Dropping heavy social commentary, rapping
over jam band funk. Russell: Social hippie-hop. Hip-hop + Dave Matthews +
Phish Don't let this continue. Please!
Red Note - Weatherman
Bucky: Indie Sesame Street rock. Awesome when horns play,
even better when things get wilder. Calexico-ish. Rudy: Stellar Mexican horns and a pissed Marc Anthony.
Then snoozeville. The Klezmer is okay, too. Mushmouth: Dixie Russian Jewish folk dancing with a little
smashing piñatas for good measure. Russell: This band rocks. The room started dancing
it was scary, but awesome. Note: identity crisis.
Relief Effort - At Your Mercy
Bucky: Mid-tempo lo-fi Creed rock. Talent in the rough,
really poorly recorded drums. Maybe better someday. Rudy: Sloppy drumming, clichéd lyrics. Vocals
had us laughing. Get Chloraseptic. Mushmouth: Creed stuck in the Astrodome with a very-out-of-work
Joe Cocker. Most entertaining cover in years. Russell: Creed sucks, too which sucks because they
have such a pretty vinyl record-looking CD.
Code - Faccade
Bucky: Schizophrenic math rock - all over the map, but some
interesting spots I still don't get it. Rudy: Musical terrorism. Threatening a tune, then shattering
it with arithmetic. Mushmouth: Math rock/ interest x (melody) - (lyrics)
= % 2/stupid to uinderstand. Russell: Who listens to this crap? This is fucking shit.