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)
American Plague - Heart Attack
Babe - John Cougar Mellencamp. Featuring a
healthy dose of rock and roll goodness. Heavy and sharp. Wade - Big AC/DC sound wasted on BTO singer. Decent
hard rock Somewhat milder Motorhead. Roger - Huge rock. Good lyrics. This is what happens
when Nashville happens to good rock. Johnny - You've got another thing coming A rockabilly
guitar solo, to be sure.
Danesh And The Super Human Crew - The Grind
Babe - Highly musical and groove-oriented hip hop. If
you need urban stuff, dig this. Tight. Wade - Well-articulated rap. A little too well articulated.
Inventive arrangements. Lots of soul, light on flow. Roger - Knowledge-dropping hip hop. A little too produced
but excellent musicianship. You have to supply your own cussing. Johnny - Sesame Street hip hop. Lots of learning to
be had, great concepts, nice vibe.
Barron - Pancho And The Kid
Babe - Squeeze and Glen Phillips getting all soulful and
solid pop. Brilliant songs, awesome production. Wade - Nice Crowded House sound, but lay off the Counting
Crows. Quite enjoyable. Roger - See Topher Mohr. Johnny - The Spin Doctors are solely responsible for
the downfall of New York.
Babe - Some angsty early-Pixies type rock disjointed
and beautiful. This girl has great pipes. Slightly mathy. Wade - Crazed discordant art-punk. Manic and neurotic.
Yay! Roger - Pretty ripping stuff, she's got good pipes.
Very driven stuff. Johnny - I don't really understand it all, but I like
it for sure.
Koshka - Slow Dancing On The Ocean Floor
Babe - Female-led atmospheric rock music think bastard
child of Evanescence and Human Drama.
Wade - Like Black Tape, but better. Less pretentious and
prettier. And spooky.
Roger - Bjork, Evanescence and The Orb.
Johnny - About as close as you can get to 4AD now that
4AD is no more almost.
Boy Bathing - A Fire To Make Preparations
Babe - Beautiful music, indie pop at its absolute finest.
Decemberists meet someone who can't sing as good. Wade - Unsettling, like a pedophile singing lullabies.
Truly disturbing folk-pop. Creepy in a creepy way. Roger - Very quiet. This will not bring the troops
home. Honestly? Leaving NY was the best thing I've ever done.
There was a time long ago when New York was inhabited by New
Yorkers, but they abandoned it and in their place came a bunch
of nancy-boys in cheap tees and designer jeans making a scene
with no vibrancy at all. This music is great if you have a
trust fund and shop at Urban Outfitters. Johnny - This is exactly what would happen if Yum Yum
had a bad singer great songs, though.
Johnson - The Crooked And The Straight
Babe - Tom Petty. Seriously. Better than that crappy Mudcrutch
record. Gritty guitars and excellent drumming, cool. Wade - Pictures of chubby nudes are nice. Mild hippy
music is dull. I'm guessing Portugal. Roger - This is a 2 CD set. No Shit. Either this band
is secretly huge, or very wealthy. Johnny - Like Crazy Horse backing Tom Petty.
Radio Return - Bronze Radio Return
Babe - Jason Mraz style funk-pop nice grooves, a
bit of soul. Popular with the ladies? Wade - Jamiroquai, and also Jamiroquai. British hippies
think they are funky. Sheeeeeet. Roger - Jinka jinka jinka smooth a doob a jinka jinka. Johnny - Bumpa bumpa a jinka dinka jinka booom booom
hoo-hooo wicka wacka.
For Mongo - Candygram For Mongo
Babe - Cheap Trick style rock with some new punk attitude
dumb songs that rock.
Wade - Better and worse than "Red Pill." "Big
Mary" is hilarious. Great basslines.
Roger - Nice fun blend of ELO chord progressions w/ a
touch of NOFX & The Vapors.
Johnny - All the overlooked fun parts of the '70s.
Opera - What Went Wrong With The Right?
Babe - Lo-fi folky Jesus and Mary Chain style songs
suspiciously lacking in melody, really. Wade - Better musically than Boy Bathing, but indeterminate
boy and girl singing androgyny takes its toll. Roger - Needs a drummer, a singer, 70 more decibels
and fleeting bouts of happiness. Johnny - Once this band gets rolling the guitars are
sweet til then it's sleepyville nightmare town.
- Fight With Tools
Babe - Like dude from Cake with a bit more hiphop
stylee. Lots of horns, beats, raps. Wade - Some of Flobot's best, but enough with the strings
already. Good jams. Roger - Hooray Colorado! Johnny - Smooth rapping, light scratching, urban wonderland
grooves, intelligent references, nice use of band instruments.
Buffalo - The Magician
Babe - An edgier & louder version of Area weird
female vocals, wall-of-sound guitars, crisp drumming. Nice!
Wade - Great vocalist with a lot of tricks. Hard-rocking,
fiery pro band. Strange fit though.
Roger - Solid, deep emo rock with touches of alt. country.
Johnny - Slightly Americana-esque Hum fronted by typical
Denver girl singer great band, excuse the vocals.
Julian - Sunday Morning In Saturday's Shoes
Babe - Occasionally Lyle Lovett's large band-ish swing,
but other times not nice songs about NYC. Wade - Lyle Lovett. Slow, beautiful blues. Silly, boppy
vaudeville. Clever finger-picking. Roger - This sounds like Zima. Johnny - I hate New York City.
Of The North - Lords Of The North
Babe - Music for dudes that love Cheetos, Dungeon &
Dragons, fire, and Sabbath. Wade - Salvadores Del Norte. Music for Orc hunting on
the permafrost with newbiw Barbarian caster. Roger - Stoner rock, sword & priestess, animal pelts
& wizardry. Johnny - Heavy metal motherfucker! When dude isn't singing
this band rocks, Ren.
Mohr - True Love On The TV Set
Babe - Dude sounds like Elvis Costello with less young
twang and more cool smooth pop riffs. Wade - Lounge singer backed by hard-hitting alt-rock.
But what's it all about, Alfie? Roger - Pleasant pop, Wallflower-y Crow-Counting
good voice. Johnny - Lots of feeling, lots of emotion, lots of piano
and acoustic guitar.
- You Can't Afford To Feel
Babe - Musically based in The Who, Ride, and burlesque.
Great tones bad singer. Nice rhythms & rhyme. Wade - Instead of pushing your range could you transpose
down a half or whole note? Thanks. Roger - Strong ability, good build-up, Urge Overkill.
We need more of this. Johnny - Some amazing guitar stuff going on, just a really
toneful record really classic sounding rock.
Barr & The Slow Drags - All The Great Aviators Agree
Babe - A poor man's Dave Alvin Americana done rather
well, but missing an edge. Goofy rhymes. Wade - Arena alt-country. Over produced, but great songs.
Captain Beefheart. Roger - Dave;s alt. country, right on cue. Johnny - Musically ambitious alt.country stuff with nice
steel guitar and rumbly drums.
Rockit - Rockit Science
Babe - Dude's don't rock it nearly as hard as their name
implies stupid lyrics. Heavy drumming. Wade - Southern rock sounds good all speeded up. Kings
Of Leon. Ballsy and bassy. And bassy. Roger - Tight rock'n'roll, all of the right elements,
needs better hooks. Johnny - Best Pokemon rock band since Peek At You. Like
Mike Peters covering Grandmaster Flash.