Blow Up Hollywood - Fake
Ed: The haunted soundtrack for the film that never
was continues. Incredibly deep and interesting music.
Edd: Is Mark Eitzel in this? Why do they allow himk
to keep making disappointing music.
Eddy: These guys should sing more. Vocals enhance their
already excellent music.
Plank: nice flow, varied intensity, emotional story.
Chris Berardo & The Desberardos - Pure Faith
Ed: I bet this guy is awesome live. Like Refreshments
if their buddy hadn't killed hisself.
Edd: Decent amateur americana rock, between Marc Cohn
and Great White. Lacks energy.
Eddy: Add more guitars and more drums, it would be
Soul Asylum. Wish it were bigger.
Plank: "and me and my old friends... hoping it
would never end... never say goodbye..."
Midnight Movies - Midnight Movies
Ed: Weird indie-pop with sensuos vocalist, fuzzy guitars,
excellent drumming, and clever arrangements. Pure Indie Magic.
Edd: Nico sounds pretty good for having smashed her
melon on that bike ride.
Eddy: Real pretty stuff like Portishead, exponentially
edgy. Like a French movie run amok.
Plank: The only thing missing is the Andy Warhol cover
Zelienople - Sleeper Coach
Ed: Ambient rock superheroes. Filled with great sounds
and moods. Not a happy day record..
Edd: Has a dark, narrative quality. Would nicely accompany
some video or motion graphics.
Eddy: Crime And The City Solution on opium. Needs a
kick in the ass and a girlfriend.
Plank: Slow builds to slow music. Drones. Spacemen
3 without rock. Great incidental music, tense.
Grimble Grumble - Leaves Leader
Ed: Shimmering dream rock. Downbeat and laid back and
beautiful and pure. Great like older Spiritualized..
Edd: All the good of shoegaze/ spacepop with none of
the filler. Floyd and Slowdive
Eddy: Like Lush mixed with Durutti Column only much
more better. Curiously strong.
Plank: zzzzzz... some nice sleepy music.
Amelia - After All
Ed: Alt-Jazz? Beautiful downbeat Basia for the next
millenium. Perfectly imperfect. Not jazzy enough to hate.
Edd: The band from Iponema comes walking. Depressed
and sexy lounge for French hookers.
Eddy: I really want to love it, but I'm not completely
sold on the vocals.
Plank: High marks for musicianship and style. Sleepy
and captivating all at once.
Newstart - Remember December
Ed: Ambitious acoustic songs, brilliant lyrics, full
of honest sentiments. I love everything about this record..
Edd: Good emotional honest folk, like that dude from
Mineral when he was sixteen.
Eddy: Great voice, some nice riffs, it's pretty good
overall, but the song structures are lacking.
Plank: The reason I do this gig. Music that makes you
smile, cry, feel.
Ride The Blinds - Ride The Blinds
Ed: Nothing but pure rock music. This is hands-down
the best rock record of the year..
Edd: I hated this BTO-Free shit as a kid, but these
guys make it sound hot.
Eddy: Move over, garage! Rock has a new savior. This
record covers more ground than Greyhound.
Plank: MC5 to Stones to Zeppelin to ZZ Top. Solid,
crunchy rock goodness.
Slang - Blue
Ed: Ultra-smooth contemporary Euro-pop. Rich production,
great songs, excellent guitarwork, soulful vocals.
Edd: Something about this... the ballads are sentimental.
The rest is crap. Like Chris DeBurgh.
Eddy: I cannot hate this. I challenge you to hate this...
Plank: Easygoing, nice, light, has a bit of a jazz
thing going on. Very Adult Contemporary.
Helen Slater - One Of These Days
Ed: An older, wiser, sweeter Alanis Morissette. So,
Edd: Her voice is really quite good, but as thin as
she is. Folky, showtunet, poetic.
Eddy: Poetic and insightful lyrics set to near jazz
Disney songs. She is, however, muy caliente.
Plank: I liked her in Ode To billy Joe. Better than
Christian's "Ode To Jack Nicholson".
Ill Ease - The Exorcist
Ed: Former New Radiant Storm King drummer releases
solo record rich with character and sonic goodness.
Edd: Kim Gordon should be so rad with the laid-back
singing and whatnot.
Eddy: She played all the instruments? Kim Deal wishes
she could rock like this.
Plank: This chick sounds like Cream. Sweetass bass,
cool acoutrements, ultra cool vocals.
Summer At Shatter Creek - Sink Or Swim
Ed: Lushly atmospheric downbeat songs with oddly disonant
vocals carried on near-solo piano. Intriguing.
Edd: Craig Gurwich does everything on this. He needs
to get out and meet some people.
Eddy: *shrug* I'd rather hear the full, non-stripped
down version before deciding if it rocks.
Plank: Pretty good piano player who sings like that
damned Stuart kid from Mad TV.
Lonesome Brothers - Fences
Ed: Pleasant semi-drunk semi-country music. Like some
good ol' boys doin' what they like best.
Edd: Mild, pleasant country folk. Light-hearted like
Colorblind James meets Barenaked Ladies.
Eddy: If I didn't know any better, I'd swear these
dudes were from Canada, eh.
Plank: Do "There's a hole in my shoe and the mud's
seepin' through". That'n makes me cry.
Warbaby - Dogmatic
Ed: Remember the last good Ministry record? This tries
to pick up where Al left off.
Edd: Monotone vocals, grooveless dance industrial beats.
Too fast to be interesting.
Eddy: Tin can industrial. Sort of...
Plank: Lite industrial drum and bass. Gutless Prodigy
rip-offs with thin guitars and thinner production.
Endicott - The Words In Ink Don't Lie
Ed: I've just been informed this is called scream-o.
So far, I'm not impressed..
Edd: Screamo. Not punk, metal, or emo. Pissing off a
new generation of people who like music.
Eddy: Adequate punk rock, edging towards hardcore. Well
produced. Nothing overpowers.
Plank: You have to take the antibiotics all week, or
that strep will never go away.
Adam Panic - We All Do
Ed: Nice rock music... like Cracker, but not as absurd.
Great lyrics and rhythms.
Edd: Sappy, jangly, organy music, not as threatening
as Rembrants, Smithereens. The Turtle kicked their ass.
Eddy: This should have been the theme to Joey.
Plank: Damn, does everyone have to try to sound like
Lorna - This Time, Each Year
Ed: The poor man's Stereolab. Dream-pop that is actually
dreamy. Amazing varied instrumentation, great production.
Edd: Music from/inspired by Georgie Girl. Best French
Horn since Little House On The Prairie.
Eddy: Oddly captivating. Male vocals stellar, female
vocals - duct tape her mouth.
Plank: mmmm... I love them Lorna Doone cookies.
Sons Of Armageddon - The Softest Touch
Ed: Trancey trip-hop filled with cool beats, loungy horns,
exceptional samples, and great grooves.
Edd: Impressive acid jazz with real instruments and weird
synth blips. Hip, yet listenable.
Eddy: What Miles would sound like if he'd lived long
enough to come to his senses.
Charlotte Martin - On Your Shore
Ed: We have a new Tori Amos! Great vocalist, interesting
vocal rhythms. Pop genius, she's cute.
Edd: I like it, but why do all female vocalists sound
like they're 12 years old?
Eddy:Beautiful voice, nice modern folky Jewel that really
does nothing and goes nowhere.
Plank: She ain't no Mindy Smith.... Vanessa Carlton...
Tori... Natalie... Sarah...
Strata - *Strata
Ed: More of that semi-metal all the kids go crazy for.
Great guitar, no more screaming.
Edd: Nu-metal with style and dynamics. Not bad... nothing
to distinguish them either.
Eddy: For a name like Strata, the music doesn't seem
very multi-layered creatively.
Go Betty Go - Worst Enemy
Ed: Great girl punk. Doesn't make me want to fight. The
Spanish songs rock... hard!.
Edd: X-ray Specs wearing Converse. CBGB's punk. Simple
Eddy: I'm all for chick rock, but ladies find your own
sound, don't imitate No Doubt.
Plank: All girl latina punk band... I sooooo like them
better than The Nerd Vomits.
Corey Landis - Feast Of Scraps
Ed: Darkly moody songs in a drunken manner. Excellent
lyrics, interesting musicality, depth and soul.
Edd: Rollicking DIY blues folk. Gritty and real. Great
lyrics. I will buy him a drink.
Eddy: The words are prolific... the singing makes me
want to run screaming from the room.
Plank: It's like Bono singing Tom Waits, or is it tom
waits singing Bono?... with a swagger.
The Great Depression - Unconscious Pilot
Ed: The ultimate Scarborough Fair shoegazing rock band.
Brilliant Ride-like walls of guitar and vocals..
Edd: Dreamy, drony tones like the Church without choruses.
Too mellow to kill yourself over.
Eddy: What an inocuous wash of sound.
Micah Dov - Glide
Ed: Nice downbeat acoustic G. Love, but more hippy
oriented. Nice vocals, great guitar work.
Edd: Stevie Wonder + Everlast x acoustic jazz guitar
= Spin Doctors.
Eddy: Looking to get laid, eh? Jack Johnson city, man...
Plank: Way to go G.Love, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz...
but not nearly as good. Nice, but lacks soul.
DW Holiday - Technical Difficulties, Under The Influence...
Ed: Ambient Space-rock with understated beats and great
atmospheric sounds. Music to take drugs to.
Edd: Reminds me of the six months I spent listening to
The Final Cut when I was 16.
Eddy: I feel totally wrist-slitty. If that's what they
were going for, good job..
Plank: When they finally pulled his body from the wreckage,
Stairway To Heaven was still playing.
Call Me Lightning - The Trouble We're In
Ed: Wacky off-center punk rock, probably urged to vent
by their therapists. Yeah, I wanna fight.
Edd: The Jello Biafra Experience. Sly And The Firehouse
Stone. Yo La Santana. Bootsauce Collins.
Eddy: Even the quirky cover art can't redeem this album.
Plank: I think these boys have some undealt-with issues.
Day At The Fair - The Prelude
Ed: Power pop punk goodness, only with great thinking
man's lyrics. A little emo leftover.
Edd: Use more than three notes, you whiny pukes. What's
another word for hideous?
Eddy: I like this. Blink 182-ish. Is he cute?
Plank: Best album art of the year.
The Dreadful Yawns - Early
Ed: Great indie-alt-indie-country stuff. Nice mellow
music, off-key vocal, awesome guitar work.
Edd: It's not that they're off-key, It's the tension
as they try to land a note.
Eddy: Yawn? Couldn't even hope to. Find the pitch, dude...
NOW! <hands over ears>
Plank: do do do do feelin' groovy... but he definately
ain't no Paul Simon.
Mark Mallman - Mr. Serious
Ed:Insane piano-pop, inklings of Elton John and Paul
McCartney. Great songs from a madman.
Edd: Owes a bit to Queen and Joe Jackson. Heisted "Rocking
In The Free World" in it's entirety.
Eddy: Amazing depth of lyric. Very well arranged and
produced pop songs.
Plank: Welcome to mallman in the morning. Happy mallman
Callaghan - Almost Over
Ed: Really amazing debut e.p. from London's poppiest
rock band. Coldplay-ish, but a bit more brash.
Edd: Another Dave Matthews, mixed with Brit-pop sapfest.
Boohoo, look at my shaggy football hair.
Eddy: Great beat and tunes. Damn, they're trying too
hard to sound like Colplay..
Plank: Ouch, not terrible, only cause it sounds like
anything... I'm a little desensitized to it.
Adam Mugavero - Breathe
Ed: Quirky NYC songwriter, fascinating lyrics and laid
back arrangements. Acoustic guitars and strings are nice.
Edd: Quivering vulnerable waif-folk and curious busker
music. Very diggable, yet pretentious.
Eddy: Interesting background, but the vocals make me
very frustrated... Finish a phrase!
BJ O'Malley - Good Girls Get The Blues
Ed: This album is filled with great country blues guitar,
good songs, bad singing.
Edd: Romping stomping delta blues and country... Too
bad she can't sing.
Eddy: The vocals don't do much for me, but the slide
guitar is sweet.
Plank: What's BJ stand for?... because this sucks.
Vero - How Does It Feel?
Ed: So, Creed has hit the UK now... adequate semi-metal,
but better somehow.
Edd: Stone Temple Of The Dog In Garden Chains. Nu metal
withy three note vocalist.
Eddy: Great guitar tones. Great riffs. I also liked Soundgarden
and Big Wreck.
Fell Boyz - Concretedogbicycle
Ed: Jazz combo mostly, but occasionally not. Competent
jazz... excellent production... I don't hate it.
Edd: Decent street jazz, better than fusion, but should
have Van Morrison or Aaron Neville singing.
Eddy: Where are the 40 year olds asking to buy me a drink?
Plank: Great samba, awesome drumbeat, but lacks oomph...
Highroad No. 28 - Dynamic Introspection
Ed: Two Aussies making bedroom metal, slow rapping, trying
real hard. Adequate musicianship - lacks energy.
Edd: Sludgy metal without any screaming. I like the lazy
Eddy: Blind head nodding - but not a clue as to what
it's about. Choose a different note.
Plank: Don't play too loud. Me mom's sleeping downstairs,
Mind In A Box - Lost Alone
Ed: I've got new favorite club music! Finest use of vocoder
EVER! Nephilim on keyboards..
Edd: Industrial cabaret. Initially not annoying. Gentle
beats and cool alien Sex Fiend vocals. Spooky Kraftwerk.
Eddy: I'm alone in a dark room, lights lflashing... makes
me want to dance - big time!
Plank: Creepy feeling techno, awesome beats and synth
lines. Very Sci-Fi.
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