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)
Skies - Flood
Apollo - Good band, not crazy or interesting. A step above
Muzak. Adama - Tom Petty without the whining, Counting Crows
without the hippie. Starbuck - Two steps above Muzak. Boomer - Fury In The Slaughterhouse with a bit less soul,
but the same perfect musicianship. Boxey - Not going to surprise too often. Good songs,
amateur vocals. Earnest rock. (Shallow)
Duo - Black Is Beautiful
Apollo - Beck...calling Beck... yet still manages to rock,
because Beck rocks. Adama - Like the "Plant Man" song. And "Because
I Got High...On Plants" and Robert Plant. Starbuck - Lo-fi groove rock - think Beck - Tons of musical
talent, cool songs. SanApollo and friggin' Son. Boomer -Simple, rewarding as white wine & an okay
joint. Boxey -Campy, quirky, occasionally interesting, and I
tried hard not to think Beck.
Brimstone - Solar Radiation Band
Apollo - Talented, upbeat, weird overtones (mandolin, congos)
70's recording values- sounds good on 8-track. Adama - Early 70-s rock re-invented into a more pure
and melodic form. Astonishingly beautiful. Starbuck - Recycled old noises made new and interesting
again. Give me Brimstones or give me death! Boomer - Late psychedelic brilliance from Norway's finest
export. Bevis Frond taken to the next sonic level.
- Bailamos Morimos Juntos
Apollo - Fun, nerdy. Can't hear the music without horn-rimmed
Adama - Awesome song titles, songs are not so good. Starbuck - A step in the evolution of monkeys towards
writing Shakespeare. Still fucking far away. Boomer - Energetic new wave, like The Zom Zoms all pissed
off. Or The Briefs. Thrilling, funny, and smart. Boxey - Uber-clever new-wave indie punk. Great drumming,
great cool synthesizer. Fucking Brilliant!
& Jammers - Propose Toast
Apollo - The pop version of your favorite mid-80's punk
band. Adama - Like The Vandals crossed with Unrest, withour
the fabulous guitar. Starbuck - Think of your favorite band to go see live.
This is them! Good, solid pop roc. Boomer - Pop- punk rip-offs on the tip of your tongue. Boxey - Poser punk remixed. What you've heard before,
put in a blender, then cleaned up.
Greer - Essex
Apollo - Symphonic spread with electronic manipulations.
The movie in my head gets two thumbs way up. Adama - Score from an unknown film. Very cool layers
of sound. Brilliant structure - amazing sound. Starbuck - The soundtrack which tackles life in a wondrous,
totally sexless journey into self-discovery. Sounds like therapy. Boomer - Must...use...every...synth...I...wasted...money...on.
Flute fetishist soundtrack. Boxey - Not bad for a soundtrack.
James Holohan - A Beautiful Corpse
Apollo - Entrancing & quirky Indie rock - brilliant
lyricism, varied musicality. Strong songwriting, but lacks direction. Adama - Club Med on the Emerald Isle. Starbuck - Intimate, directionless lite pop with nice
dark lyrics. Boomer -Electronica to Disco to fiifties prom music,
spans decades of lousy music. Squeeze Byrds into Crowded House. Boxey - Just because you call yourself the "Dark
Prince Of Pop" does not make it so.
Apollo - It's Portishead. Culling the heavy-hearted song
from the Brit-pop herd. Adama - Mildly psychedelic, in a slow, dark opiate way.
Spaced out, mellow and echoey. Starbuck - Downbeat psychedelic pop with breathy unsure
vocals. Boomer - Hit & misses. The hits rock, the misses...well,
Page - Goodbye Chapel Hill
Apollo -Face To Face with a throatfull of mucus. Decent
pop-punk, but needs antibiotics. Adama - Chunky pseudo-punk rock with Bosstones flavor,
minus ska. Best liner notes of the year. Starbuck - Emo-hardcore as rough, sensitive and general
as restroom condoms. Boomer - Unmighty Bosstones clones too tired to get off
Apollo - The usual girl-rock. Not ground-breaking, but not
painful. Adama - AAA Lilith Fair stuff Great voice, but lame Carly
Simon song-structures. Starbuck - Brilliant girl pop - sometimes downbeat, sometimes
upbeat, but interesting and nicely in-key. Nice. Boomer - Strong, lilting harmonies, natural delivery,
lackluster arrangements. Boxey - Nice pipes. Needs to fire her producer.
Midget - The Midget
Apollo - Alt-Indie-Country-Pop genius. Like Looper on lo-fi
banjo folk steroids. Very sonically interesting, cool lyrics. Adama - Lazy. The rock in rocking chair-who let them
in Eric's room? Starbuck - Lo-fi alt-banjo-funk-retro-rock-country with
people too short to sing on key. Creative, but doesn't measure
up. Boomer - Hitchiker's Guide theme done indie-pop style.
This is the guy the geeks beat up.
Pindrops - The Pindrops
Apollo - The wacky lo-fi Beatles. Brilliant lyrics imbedded
between cool quacking guitars and cooler harmonies. Adama - Good old, off-beat, talented & folksy rock.
What happens when the pedals cost more than the guitar. Starbuck - The most indie of all great indie bands. Moody
dark and quirky, Violent Femmes Style. Boomer - Your basic rock band. You almost want to sing
along. Surprisingly decent too.
Apollo - Make your own clothing, drugs and way across the
country. Horrible. Adama - If you're into Deadhead, you'll dig it. But if
you're like me, you'll puke. Starbuck - Mildly Psychedelic jam rock. Musically proficient,
but lacking soul and purpose. Mostly tasteful, occasionally
ridiculous. Boxey - I graciously decline to comment.
Matters - Someday We Will Foresee Obstacles
Apollo - Low-beat neo-folk. Somewhere between Czars and
Red House Painters. Moody, dark, extremely beautiful. Bela Union.
Adama - Really good mellow indie rock. Starbuck - Whiskey Town without being so lovesick. Sparklehorse. Boomer -All but hopeless, depressing folk. Fertile, soothing,
nourishing. Cohen with everyman lyrics.
- 3 Tracks
Apollo - I dig the album cover. It rocks! Adama - Big meandering sound with little effect. Starbuck - Good solid British hard rock, chunky guitars,
excellent melody. Pristine songwriting, fine production. Boomer - Often bleak, occasionally ambitious. Joyless,
Apollo - Afro-Euro-ballad-pseudosultry torch singing. Might
be intoxicating if she actually stayed on note. Adama - Mellow Afrobeat blended R&B that would impress
your girlfriend and show your sensitive side. Starbuck - Breathy pop R&B, often off-key. But nice
off-kilter arrangements. The soul Jarboe? Boomer - Slow-down electronic African/Reggae AAA music.
Sonically very interesting, but disparate parts distract. Boxey - Every stripper has a dream, like making her own
- The Wait
Apollo - Changeup ska, chameleon band that you can hear
almost any other group mixed in. Adama - Bush unplugged. Then plugged. Then planted. Nice
dynamics and builds. Starbuck - Musically awesom ska-pop rock stuff. Ultra-proficient
players on great songs. Unspeakably amazing. Cool violins! Boomer - Sprinklings of suspenseless ska mingle with
overwrought, and occasionally catchy pop. Boxey - Sounds like a million different bands. I think
that is awesome.