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Amanda Rogers Daily News Immigrant Sun Records • Before I even begin to inform you about this singer/songwriter who plays piano and happens to be female, I would like you to forget the following names: Fiona Apple, Vanessa Carlton, and Alicia Keys. While they do have the instrument and gender in common, I would draw the line there. This record builds on beautiful, brooding piano with layered vocals cascading in and out of the rhythm like dancers in a ballet. I would more quickly compare her to Elliot Smith, One Line Drawing and Portishead. I don't honestly have many words to describe this CD other then this, GO BUY IT! (MC)

An Albatross Eat Thunder, Shit Lightning Bloodlink Records • (NOTE: Since this album was originally released in 2001, and I reviewed it then, I don't think I should have to review it all over again when it is the exact same CD. Therefore, you get the exact same review. Here it is...) Even though this EP only has about eleven minutes of music for your CD player, it features over 45 minutes of concert footage as part of the Enhanced portion. If you've ever heard The Locust, you know what An Albatross is like: total chaos in songs that clock in under a minute each. The closest they get to a genre is death metal or hardcore, but they throw in funky keyboards and switch styles a few times per song. (AL)

Beans Shock City Maverick Warp Records • Big ups to this former Anti-Pop Consortium member for delivering a solid experiment of funky electro beats and space-aged rhymes. This time around, his third release delivers the goods with more consistency and flare than in the past. The sounds here are intense and atmospheric with an undertone that provides some mystery while bass thumps and futuristic lasers blaze abound. "Down By Law" is the crowd-hyping hip-hop single, "City Hawk" is a mellowed out track that allows Beans to spit freely and "Diamond Halo Grenade" is the battle-ready wordplay exit that finishes this one up with a bang. (JC)

Circus vs. Andre Afram Asmar Gawd Bless the Faceless Cowards Mush/Dirty Loop • Very political and unpredictable release with Circus on the mic, and Andre Afram Asmar controlling the boards. There is a lot to take in, starting with the opening track "Bully" and spreading throughout "Holy Blood," which slams George W. and Saddam Hussein, by asking the question, "who really is the one pushing people around?" This release is very compelling, and is so because not only is Circus venting his thoughts, but he also leaves the listener with some food for thought to form their own opinions to. Songs about aliens, paranoia and space sex make for an out-of-earth experience that turns into an intergalactic ride with silly samples of sounds and voices intertwined. (JC)

Diggsville Songs From Nowhere Diggsville • Delicious, jazzy, and fresh, Bay Area-based Diggsville has created one of the hippest, grooviest records I have heard in a long time. With solid drums keeping the flow in the rear, we get layers of loungey piano, sax, and sexy, sexy female vocals. Rarely does one hear such a seamless infusion of electronica and jazz-infused funk. They sustain an awesome level of chill, and they don't skimp on the portions either ­ there isn't a jam on this record less than 5 minutes. Lovin' it. (DP)

Heiruspecs A Tiger Dancing Razor & Tie • Best hip-hop album of the year. Yeah, I just said it. This is the freshest of 2004. The thing that blows my mind is how, with a seven-year history, I'd never heard of them. St. Paul (Minnesota) should be proud to have nurtured these five musical artists in a way that led them to form Heiruspecs (all the way back in high school). Now, these mature musicians are truly ready to blast the world with their intelligent, infectious, all-live brand of hip-hop, 17 tracks worth. Live drumming is the ultimate improvement when it comes to hip-hop. It adds a raw, real energy that hip-hop deserves; it makes the music sound more alive. Add in a phat live bassline and some jazzy keys and you've got my full attention. Blast me with dope rhymes and a bit of beatbox and I'm now your biggest fan. An album like this can actually make your day better – it's just that good. (CM)

Jean Grae This Week Orchestral/Babygrande • Could this be the album that awakens the masses that have slept on this talented emcee? The third release from Jean Grae finds her boosting with much more confidence then ever before while she delivers though-provoking rhymes and intriguing narratives with raw prowess. The production is a step up from previous efforts with beats coming from Midi Mafia and 9th Wonder, among others, which possess hints of familiarity and progressiveness all in one. Grae flows with ease on this release, delivers smoothed-out hooks and touches on topics about betrayal, originality and nostalgia as she manages to tie together this collection with the material that has preceded it. You'd be hard pressed to find as much substance and emotion wrapped up inside anything coming out this fall. (JC)

Josh Goode Band Fact Of The Matter self-released• A really great disc. It seems strange that the good ones are never long enough and the bad ones go on and on. This EP is an amazing blend of styles, which amalgamate into something new and wonderful. Energetic and fun, this disc highlights the excellent musicianship and talent of this band. (MK)

MONO Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined Temporary Residence Ltd. • For about the first three minutes of this album, you think it is one of those atmospheric albums with no songs that will put you to sleep in no time flat. But then, slowly, the guitars and drums start to creep in, setting you up for the explosive crescendo that inevitably follows. The entire instrumental album follows a similar pattern, building up tension and then releasing it. Truly excellent. (AL)

Monty Love Girls Are The New Boys Immigrant Sun • This is an incredibly fun punk rock album. Besides being downright irresistible, it's also really fucking good. Hook-filled and loaded with aggressive energy, Staten Island's Monty Love grabbed me with track one and I didn't want to let go until the record was long over. This is not your typical, formula punk rock; Monty Love takes influence from hardcore, garage and classic rock as well as a variety of punk styles. There are melodic, almost poppy songs followed by a screamfest with badass tempo changes followed by a sweat-drenched rock tune. This is serious rock and roll, folks, from start to finish. (CM)

Rob Sonic Telicatessen Definitive Jux • Gotta respect an artist that does his own production and even delivers on the mic throughout an entire album. Rob Sonic has hooked up with El-P's record label and created something that's bound to keep heads nodding alongside elaborate sounds and steady rhyme flows. Once the main man in Sonic Sum, Rob has stepped to the head of the underground class on this release that is a dive inside a man's mind about living through his experiences in the past and in the present. Consistently infectious from front to back, beats are a combination of electro-synth and thumping drums that blend perfectly with Rob's style, and ultimately becomes the highlight throughout. (JC)

Saul Williams Saul Williams Fader Label • Poetry-slam veteran Saul Williams has released a solid sophomore album of chaotic sounds and deep thoughts. The trippy beats, which bounce between electro and hip hop with elements of metal, are an in-depth look inside the many sides of this revolutionary. What Saul describes as punk-hop, is packed with enough punk attitude to cause the consciousness to open up within all of us. The blending of cultures is just another way for Saul to get his message out, to provoke thoughts from listener's minds if not for the sake of just thinking. Don't expect to simply sit through spoken word pieces; this release is another example of this style progressing further than that. (JC)

Savath & Savalas Mañana Warp Records • For those (like myself) who thoroughly enjoyed last year's Apropa't, there is now an eight song EP for your listening pleasure. Mañana builds on the atmosphere created in Apropa't, with Eva Puyelo's sultry singing and Savath & Savalas (AKA Scott Herren) providing some Brazilian/Spanish influenced music. Having made a 180-degree turn from his usual hip-hop influenced electronica, he may have disappointed some fans, although the album was critically acclaimed. In what seems like a bridge between the two worlds, he sometimes puts Puyelo's vocals through his slice 'em and dice 'em process. Then he adds some beats here and there, as if slowly wanting to bring back his audience to familiar territory. (AL)

Slim Cessna's Auto Club The Bloody Tenant Truth Peace Alternative Tentacles • The country music that gets played on the radio has nothing on alt-country rockers Slim Cessna's Auto Club. Their newest studio release is packed from front to back with chaos, a steady pickin' of the guitar, and catchy rhythms that pull you in with chanting impulses. Taking the old-style country approach and incorporating some down-home styled rock n' roll, the Auto Club gets down to some gritty banjo pickin' and wild storytelling. Influences by the likes of Johnny Cash, Ennio Morricone and Nick Cave come out in song, but we all know who's the ones hosting this party. Gitty up boys! (JC)

Summer Of '92 Bullet Bad Samaritan Records • As with most acoustic music, there is so little in-between. There are only really highs and lows, Summer Of '92 is monumentally high. The quick parallel I'd draw would be them and Rumbleseat (acoustic Hot Water Music side-project). Pure emotion, gruff vocals, and raw heart. "This Song is a Bullet" while giving my spine a coldness I didn't expect, is almost a song you shouldn't be able to pull off with just an acoustic guitar. That kind of shiver, that kind of power, from that kind of song is usually reserved for only the best hardcore bands. I couldn't recommend a recording any higher than my recommendation for this one. (KM)

The Great Depression Unconscious Pilot Princess Records • Fans of hauntingly beautiful music, meet the Great Depression. Unconscious Pilot is a superbly crafted album of ethereal, shoegazing rock. Combining elements of My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Ros, and Red House Painters, the Great Depression create a fascinating, expansive soundscape that draws you in with repeated listens. Good, good stuff. (CL)

Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant Sister Phantom Owl Fish Ipecac Recordings • Trevor Dunn's membership in bands like Fantômas and Mr. Bungle should give you the impression that he likes making offbeat music. His music with Trio Convulsant is no exception, except it leans more toward jazz improvisation than metal meltdowns. There are some power chords and distorted guitars, but the overall vibe is a bit mellower. Anyone who likes not knowing where a song can go will like this album. (AL)

CD Reviews

2 Phat and the Family Funktion Opening a Can of Whoop Ass on Ya Moms! Housephunk Records • 2 Phat and the Family Funktion have been cranking out albums since the group's inception in 1997. Despite the group's perseverance, which is admirable, Opening a Can of Whoop Ass on Ya Moms! is about as sophisticated, artistically, as a pair of sweat pants. Stretching lame rhymes over repetitive beats, most of 2 Phat's tracks are so trite you hope they're being ironic. The highlight of the album is on the disc's second track, Step Family, which contains one of hip hop's first attempts to rhyme duface with stupid. But then again, if Biggy had been making fun of his opponent's haircuts, like 2 Phat, and not threatening to kill them in his battle raps, then he might not have gotten shot. (JR)

54 Seconds Coma self-released • So the cover art of this CD features a boy, about 11 maybe, in a space suit/ raver outfit. WIth that introduction I'm not sure what I expected. With the first spin of 54 Seconds release "Coma" I wasn't sure what I got actually. Moody, jazzy, electronica, mellow, and maybe taking itself a little too serious. There's an audience for this I'm sure, but I don't think I am it. I'm going to label it, club closing music and leave it at that. (KM)

7L & Esoteric Bars of Death Babygrande Records • This group combines searing electric guitar riffs with solid beats, pumping out a sound that's both hair-metal and hip-hop, funky and electronic. But it all gets repetitive pretty fast. Their beats are tight, their rhymes are tight, but without the ability to really break it down, one track tends to blend into another, and the whole album ends up being great background music, but not much else. (JR)

A is for Jump My Ice-Fingered Ghost Future Apple Tree • Timing is everything, as the old saying goes. Most years My Ice-Fingered Ghost would be the hands-down winner for best Morrissey album of the year. But since the Moz has returned from his extended hibernation, A is for Jump will have to settle for second place. Imagine some lost Morrissey b-sides from the Viva Hate-era, and you've got the picture. (CL)

A Small Victory El Camino Lobster Records • This is A Small Victory's debut album and I think it'll be the first of many. They are an incredibly tight power punk band as thick with melodies as I've ever heard. There are more hooks on this record than in a fisherman's tackle box. These five young men from Georgia should make a quick name for themselves and I wouldn't be shocked to see them a fixture on next year's Warped Tour and all over MTV2 and FUSE. The lead vocals are very smooth, riding heartfelt over the soaring guitars and head-noddin' rhythms. The songs are both punchy and passionate, not emo, but emotionally-charged. (CM)

A Trillion Barnacle Lapse A Cruise In Heaven The Electric Human Project • This is definitely an amped up Cure. Long intros lead into Robert Smithish vocals over industrial/new wave beats. This is different than The Cure may have sounded, but I could swear it was Robert Smith with distortion. Distortion is the key here from the guitars to the vocals, lots of it. "We're gonna go on a cruise in heaven." That is a line from one track, as well as the name of the album. This line is repeated and beat into our heads through music that sounds as if it is trying to be much tougher than the lyrics. The repetition of this lyrical line continues to a break down with an orchestral feel, until finally the song comes to an end just after five minutes. That is five minutes I will never get back. (MP)

Action Action Don't Cut Your Fabric To This Year's Fabric Victory Records • As I listened to the synth from the opening track, I thought this was going to be another synth pop record. I'm glad I was wrong. Sure, the retro synth and vintage keyboard sounds are there, but they don't feature as prominent a role as in bands like The Faint or Fischerspooner. Instead, Action Action's songs are accessible pop-rock songs with emotional vocals, recorded in the 60's-era stereo style of panning certain instruments to the left or to the right. (AL)

Alexisonfire Watch Out! Equal Vision Records • Alexisonfire plays its own brand of overbearing hardcore metal with screaming, thundering guitars. They have an interesting interplay of melodic vocals with fulminating, bestial growling, which, at times, can be grating. If hardcore is your cup of tea then you may love these guys, but I prefer coffee. (DD)

Amon Tobin Recorded Live: Solid Steel Presents Ninja Tune • The fourth in the Solid Steel series brings Amon Tobin to the decks, where he shows his mixing mastery. Besides remixing and reworking some of his own tracks, he gives the treatment to all kinds of tracks, old and new, including Velvet Underground, Topogigio, DJ Food, AFX, Tipper, and Dizzie Rascal. (AL)

An Arrow In Flight Filling the Sky Coldbringer • Screaming with aggression and containing the lyrics to match, these four guys deliver political and philosophical messages through song. The majority of this album is jam packed with thrashing guitar and pounding drum parts that accompany the throat-tearing vocals that bounce between screaming and talking, with the common sound of pure agony during either moment. Not a bad sound overall, especially musically, and expect to be intrigued after reading through the booklet, but don't be surprised if the sound becomes a bit tiring. (JC)

Anadivine Zoo The Militia Group • Very tight and melodic ballad rock is a little overproduced on this release from Anadivine. Songs try to come of edgy, but are merely more sappy than raw, and the emo sound is clearly squeaking from the speakers throughout. This album sounds like a young band that has rehearsed every track way to many times, coming off too polished for there own good. (JC)

Anger Regiment Aces & Eights Bridge Nine • Solid, huge, raging guitars are the backbone for this hardcore album. The band has an '80s hardcore vibe that keeps the music basic, but allows it to remain creative with sweet guitar riffs and hard rocking tempo changes. They remind me a bit of Judge and Burn, using staccato vocal delivery, shouted over fast-paced, pounding hardcore. (CM)

Another Breath Not Now, Not Ever Rival Records • Another Breath produce a productive brand of straight ahead hardcore that is devouring the music scene right now; even I have come to love it! In the vein of Comeback Kid, With Honor, and Figure Four, Another Breath maintain all the accuracy, determination, songwriting ability, and compulsive quickness that every "straight ahead band" uses to entice your capability of hearing. Another Breath even crosses the border of punk rock, incorporating tinges of Strike Anywhere as well as pieces of hardcore legends Shai Hulud and Stretch Arm Strong. The icing on the cake is illustrated by two-steppin' madness and sing-along chant style breakdowns. The sad departure of American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost has paved the way for a new sensation! Trustkill is bound to pick this band up! (CMax)

APSCI Get It Twisted Bomb Hip-Hop • Otherwise known as Applied Science, husband and wife Raphael La Motta and Dana Diaz-Tutaan join forces with DJ Big Wiz to produce an album heavy on lap-top beats and sonic elements. Experimental compared to hip-hop standards, the music gets added touches of samples but at times sound generic and basic with the synth additions. La Motta flows with a mellow demeanor and Diaz Tutaan provides a smooth R&B flow within her delivery to combine for a nice balance, but overall they do little to amaze. (JC)

Arkham The Freak Power Candidate Volcom Entertainment • I'm finally coming to the conclusion as to why Arkham is so frequently talked about online, in magazines, and in every "colossal festival" ad known to man; they're unique. A soul-driven rock band with random guitar strokes, intensity, and hoarse voice craft compels the unleashing of pure rock and roll. Misconstruing the styles of Jet, Hot Water Music, Thursday, and The Hives, Arkham blend an exuberant dosage of indie, rock and roll, emo-core, and garage rock in order to produce this dazzling effort worthy of frequent tours, Warped Tour stops, and a record deal with the ever-prospering Volcom Entertainment. It's so sporadic, and intense, yet relaxing... (CMax)

Atomsmasher All Around the World Atomsmasher • With a pill of positive music power, this record is the perfect cure for a bitter mood. Upbeat and catchy, NY-based Atomsmasher delivers masterful power pop with exciting, highly melodic guitar solos and super-tight harmonic vocals. And as an added bonus, they rock your ass. They have matured considerably from their last release, taking their craft to a totally new level and making their sound very distinct. (DP)

Bad Wizard #1 Tonite! Howler Records • Bad Wizard is 70's rock - both balls and cock out. High energy, theatrical rockin' on the order of AC/DC, or especially KISS. What more need I say? (SJM)

Battles B EP Dim Mak Records • With members of Helmet, Tomahawk, Don Caballero, and Storm and Stress, Battles confounds with their approach to instrumental rock. They seemingly improvise their way through five tracks of asymmetrical guitar work and spasmodic drumming. The only downside is the 3rd track, which is 12 minutes of clicks and other noises with no actual music. Otherwise, the EP is highly entertaining. (AL)

Bilge Pump Let Me Breathe Gringo Records • Nice and rough, sludgy and noisy punk rock from England. The particular kind of atonal melodies they deliver remind me of a less self-serious Black Flag. If you like your music rough and nasty, come and get it. (SJM)

Bill Santen In The Night Kitchen Sweatin' Betty • Stripped down and weary, Birddog's Santen goes solo and wallows in the depths of loneliness and mischief on this release. Despair can be so soothing, such as on tracks like "Captain Blood and St. September" where a nice "Yellow Submarine" melody sets the tone for an album of acoustic ditties about revenge and remembrance. Expect an intriguing collection of songs that take singing and songwriting down a different avenue. (JC)

Blueprint Seventy Six Better Late Than Never Broken Spoke Records • The Suburban answer to Pantera! Only not as well thrashing as those Cowboys From Hell, Blueprint Seventy Six provides a lot of the same basic teenage riffs that bounce between heavy metal and pop-punk tunes about not letting go of their sweet baby and being outlaws with their neighborhood buddies. (JC)

Boxer Rebellion Boxer Rebellion Creep Records • Rally up the civilians and prepare to stand up for your right to be heard! Boxer Rebellion is a metal/punk band outlined in the true fabric of the freedom cause. Musically aggressive, led by scruffy vocals and lyrics that provoke change, the tracks on this release are hard hitting until reggae, ska stuff like "Let The Chains Fall" and "Catastrophe" provide a nice change of pace from the thrashing guitar parts and chaos about our world. (JC)

Brahm Built To Be Brought Down Lujo Records • Washington DC is not necessarily known for its electronica, but Brahm is helping change that. An avid record collector, he has been producing for other artists for a while. Finally, he decided to put out his own album, and even though it could be categorized as IDM, it also has enough relaxing moments that hypnotize you with waves of sound. (AL)

Buck 65 This Right Here Is Buck 65 V2 Records • Who the hell would have ever thought you could refer to an artist's musical style as folk hip-hop? That time is here, courtesy of the amazing genre-destroying abilities of Buck 65, part projects, part trailer park. When I say hip-hop, I don't mean Jay-Z or Black Eyed Peas. I'm more in the Atmosphere, Sage Francis realm of comparison. Particularly Sage; Buck 65 definitely has a vocal style that reminds me of Francis, spitting rhythmic, eloquent verse, telling stories and speaking his mind in an almost dry sort of tone. Sometimes hit gritty, almost country vocals get on my nerves. However, when it's all said and done, I really like this album. (CM)

Bugs Eat Books Ghosts of Leaves Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records• A lot of these tracks are infectious and even formulaic, and it's difficult not to make comparisons with poppy groups like Offspring and Blink 182. But the appropriately twinkling keyboard parts demonstrate the Bugs Eat Books' sophistication and musical complexity, if not always their innovation and drive. This music is sappy but good, something you can't help but hum along to, even though Ghosts of Leaves sometimes makes you feel like you're thirteen and listening to Green Day. (JR)

Bullets and Octane The Revelry Criterion Records • Southern California punksters Bullets and Octane sound more like a group of heavy rock-n-rollers, that come off glam-punk, than the real deal implied in their name. There are some solid songs on The Revelry, but not nearly enough to change the landscape of rock. The opening track "Save Me Sorrow" sounds like an Offspring cover, "Bring The House Down" has the guitar work of the late 80's and "Places" is the music television ready, tempo changing, heart stealer that we all tire of after a week. The rest is filled with the real deal, check out "Bad Things" for a taste. (JC)

Burnin' Thousands What's Destined Shall Be Zero Velocity Records • For three years, Burnin' Thousands has been developing their post-hardcore sound. The band's roots are hardcore, but the music has a mature emotional feel. What's Destined Shall Be is their seven-song debut album (seems a bit short to be an album). The result is passionate and aggressive with a mix of melodic emo and punchy hardcore. While there are plenty of bands doing that, Burnin' Thousands are tight as hell, using skilled, creative guitar parts and unexpected tempo changes to set themselves apart from the mediocrity. (CM)

Caligula We Burn Bridges EP United Edge Records • Ubiquitously incorporating every genre of existence throughout the existence of mankind, this math-metal extravaganza exceeds the limits of creativity that Converge set a decade ago. Resembling the art of Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Dahlia Murder, and Converge themselves, Caligula displays an array of heart pounding drumming techniques, rampant guitar structures, and grueling growls to produce the ultimate product of math, metal, hardcore, and so forth. There is even a soul acoustic track firmly representing the "emo" based genre and yet again proving Caligula is a legend in the making. (CMax)

Call Me Lightning The Trouble We're In Revelation • This was my first time listening to Call Me Lightning and I was pleasantly surprised. Call Me Lightning sounds like a cross between old Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Minutemen, only with there own little twists and turns to keep everything sounding fresh and original. If you like your rock with just the right amount of schizophrenic spontaneity to keep things interesting you should definitely check these guys out. (RP)

Camille & Alexander McGregor Ponies in the Surf C&A • A brother and sister duo from Jersey (represent!), these two create gorgeous psych-folk tunes. Calm and patient, their soft, breathy vocals pass by your ears as unassumingly as the wind. It's sweet and soulful, and cute without being weak. There is clearly some Spanish heritage apparent in the guitar work, as the two are descended from a long line of Latin musicians. Delightful music. (DP)

Chicks On Speed 99 Cents Chicks On Speed Records • This is Chicks On Speed's third album, and is finally available in the States. This time, they brought in some friends to collaborate with, including Miss Kittin, Le Tigre, and Peaches. The album also includes a bonus CD of remixes by Playgroup, Cristian Vogel and Captain Comatose, among others. (AL)

Chris Joss You've Been Spiked ESL Music • With an excellent ear for all things retro, Chris Joss composed You've Been Spiked, where he delivers 60's and 70's tunes. There's blaxploitation, sci-fi soundtracks, songs for car chases full of wah-wah, and cheesy love songs. They even include the sounds of dirty vinyl. There is also a video with ultra cool animation and plenty of polyester. (AL)

Circles Over Sidelights On Becoming A Person Immigrant Sun Records • For something on the Immigrant Sun label, it's only average. If this came out on any other label, I'd be more impressed, I guess, but I expect more from this label since most of the bands on it blow me away. COS have a brutal feeling mixed with movements of quiet hardcore, maybe even a little metal core when you factor in the voice. Its good stuff, but nothing that blew me away or demanded more spins in the cd player. (KM)

Colossal Welcome The Problems Asian Man Records • This band strides a delicate balance between writing catchy pop songs and playing complex rhythms and arrangements. The vocals are non-threatening and inviting, yet the guitars sometimes take on the intricacy of a Don Caballero song. The sporadic trumpet also adds a nice touch. (AL)

Complete Control Reaction TKO Records • Finally, a punk rock band of musical merit! Even better, they're from the United Kingdom! Destroying the foundation of Sex Pistols and other's, Complete Control diminish the common ideology of "rock that is punk" and revert it with an old school skate punk sound simplistically compared to Bridge Nine and Pennywise. Another shocking factor is there is no excessive abuse of alcohol and street angst. This review is far from intricate due to the fact that I'm astounded by a punk rock band that captivated my thoughts, provoked my dance moves, and even made me listen multiple times. Complete Control is in complete control! Let this review be a prime example of their captivity. (CMax)

Copeland Know Nothing Stays The Same The Militia Group • To keep fans interested in them, Copeland recorded these five cover songs as a teaser in between albums. They cover songs by Phil Collins, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Berlin and Stevie Wonder, taking each song and making it their own. (AL)

Corporate MF The Royal We Omega Point Records • This is a minimalist, synth driven debut album from this Chicago band. The vocalist is slightly obnoxious and the band is a little too hung up on the fact that you have to work to make money to be in a band. Sucks that you actually have to do stuff in life I guess, but otherwise how would you be able to afford the slick velvet jackets you wear, these are the questions that Corporate MF rails against. They don't really like to offer any answers, that would be a little to political I guess, I'm not sure. So down with the man, but do it quietly with bass and moog backing you up, and don't be to witty when you deliver your big F you to the man, just say it in a bad rhyming scheme. The album has its interesting points, but you have to kind of ignore the lyrics, which is hard when there are generally only three instruments going on at one time. (MC)

David Dondero Live At The Hemlock Future Farmer • Rarely does a live recording live up to the studio stuff, and this release by Dondero is no exception. Geared towards fans of anyone of his last four albums, a solid collection is presented by this singer songwriter in an intimate setting where every bit of the bar crowd is included in the background. With Craig D on drums and Dondero with his guitar, check out tracks "Pre-Invasion Jitters," "If You Break My Heart" and "Gotta Get Back East" to get a feel for the up-close and melodious encounter within. (JC)

Dealership Action/Adventure Turn Records • Indie pop in the key of Mates of State. There are some good melodies among this mixture of genres. Some of the more rocking songs reminded me of the first Anniversary album, but other times the music lags a little in tempo and even adopts an 80s feel. Male and female vocals add another layer of diversity to the key driven piano pop songs. It's a head bobbing album with a mixture of good and mediocre songs. (MP)

Death Threat Now Here Fast Triple Crown Records• "Hardcore music is a lifestyle," or so say the kids that comprise the Connecticut-based Death Threat. Unfortunately, Death Threat doesn't make the "lifestyle" sound any less stale than any of their predecessors. Every track is loud, fast, and undeniably hardcore Since Death Threat's driving force is apparently to remove any ambiguity about their hardcore status, I will grant them that. Loosely political and always angry, this is a hardcore album. (JR)

Denim and Diamonds Street Medics Unite Blood Link • Denim and Diamonds are one of those bands that should be making sound tracks for video games rather than making new wave music for indie rockers. All I can think of while listening to this CD is the "Revenge of the Nerds" band which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The only way I can describe the music these guys play would be a cross between Devo, Causey Way and The Advantage. If you can read binary code or own a keytar you should check this CD out. (RP)

Die Romantik self-titled EP self-released • This six-song disc isn't perfectly recorded or perfectly performed, but it is strikingly written. The songs bear little resemblance to one another, only the vocal really identifies them as being of the same band. The sound goes from gothic art-house to proto-punk, piano-pop and and back again, a somewhat aloof and morose personality binding them together. This is really nice stuff. (SJM)

Diplo Florida Big Dada • A DJ at heart, Diplo creates music that incorporates many different sounds and genres. Florida uses hip-hop, downtempo, electronica, some jazz and funk in his sound. Though it is mostly instrumental, the album features guest vocalists Martina Topley-Bird (Tricky) and rapper P.E.A.C.E. from Freestyle Fellowship among others. (AL)

Division Day The Mean Way In Undetected Plagiarism • Division Day's most interesting element is their tone, although some of the structural elements do rise above the indie rock standard. The tone, however, is really sets them apart. It is evocative of many great bands, but it is applied in an original way. The songs, with perhaps the exception of "Hello", could use more work, but this band could really be excellent. (SJM)

El-P Collecting The Kid Definitive Jux Records • Collecting The Kid is basically a collection of tracks, some previously unreleased, that El-P has created over time through different projects. From the soundtrack to the graffiti movie "Bomb The System," to tracks from a jazz album he recorded for Thirsty Ear, to songs he recorded with a group called Central Services, and some remixed instrumentals, they all feel like classic El-P songs. (AL)

Endicott The Words In Ink Don't Lie Equal Vision Records • I used to have so much faith in Equal Vision Records. There was a time I could pick up anything on the label and know it was going to be quality. Lately, my faithful friends have been failing me. Its not that Endicott is bad, they are fair enough. I just don't know how to review another mid-tempo emo pretty boy pop core band. They sound like a million other bands, maybe the are a notch above the crowd, but what does that say. In all the pretty packaging, they forgot to pack the unique. (KM)

Enik Without a Bark Wonder Records • This electronic solo release from Munich native Enik is an interesting dive into what a quiet break beat album could sound like. I could hear other artists such as Bowie or more eccentric acts like Oingo Boingo or Devo. It isn't overly dancey like the some of the Œ80s acts I just named, it's just, well different. His voice tends to be a low, sexy, bluesy tone. I have to recommend trying this album out, if for nothing else then to hear someone doing something original and unique. (MC)

Even In Blackouts Zeitgeist's Echo Knock Knock Records • This is the second full length from the Chicago quintet featuring John "Jughead" Pierson, co-founder of Screeching Weasel. Although Pierson contributes vocals to this power acoustic pop punk, Lizzie Eldredge carries the lead vocals sounding a lot like Dance Hall Crashers. Some of the songs even sound like they could be Dance Hall Crashers songs. They also do a cover of The Chiffons song, "One Fine Day." Overall it's a catchy album with good music and vocals to match, but don't expect Screeching Weasel. (MP)

Fax Arcana The Ritual in Routine Alone Records • Melodic yet cacophonousŠthat is the way to describe Fax Arcana. The drums guitars tend to induce tension, and the vocals do their part in that as well. However, throughout the sonic mess, a few rays of melodic light shine through. (AL)

Fell Boyzs ConcreteDogBicycle self-released • A pepped-up jazz collective is the best way to describe the Fell Boyzs. From the get go, high energy jazzy jams of many styles, are delivered without so much as a peep of vocals, until just midway through the album. The sax player stays busy and the way these three musicians play off one another feels as though they're one cohesive unit. More of a pop-rock edge is added at times to provide a change of pace, which seems to fit the mood, created here pretty well. This is best served when looking for a little jazz that won't put you to sleep. (JC)

Fighting Dogs Fighting Dogs Ed Walters Records • Screamo hardcore punk is at the core of this Fighting Dogs release. Songs ravage on about the dead end that middle-class and poor people face in our country, the uphill battle that those behind face when trying to catch up with everyone else. The carelessness that we all treat our Earth with, and the blood on the hands of our own nation is touched on as well. Fast and heavy, this aggressive trio manages to get their points across. (JC)

Fiver Let It All Fall Down Devil In the Woods Records • This album is another surprise. Don't let the first track fool you, the light, Death Cab For Cutie-ish, opening song does not hint at the melodic layering of the rest of the CD. I would easily compare them to acts such as My Bloody Valentine. The droning, light vocals are just airy enough to top the surface of the layers of drums, guitar, keys and samples. It never quite gets loud and the slow tempo and pacing of most of the songs keep them from sounding cluttered, but overall Fiver seems to be on to something good. (MC)

Flashlight Arcade The Art Of Blacking Out On The Rise Records • This, from the get-go, reminded me of early Get Up Kids stuff, when their emo tendencies didn't mean the music sucked. This is definitely emo rock, but it retains an aggression that keeps the sound from suffering. I love the passionate vocals, the infectious melodies and the non-stop bounce to each track. Some emo rock gets bogged down and becomes a whiny bore; Flashlight Arcade uses that potentially whiny emotion to rock that much harder. I commend them on positively furthering a genre that has taken one too many hits for sappy craprock. (CM)

Floor Dove No Idea Records • Playing slow and tuned low, Floor finally released their first full-length, a full ten years after it was recorded, but for some reason never released. They seem to take their time with everything: the last song is 16 minutes long, and consists of one riff and two notes played over and over. This is what sludge rock is supposed to sound like. (AL)

Four Tet My Angel Rocks Back And Forth Domino Record Co. • The CD in this DVD combo includes two remixes of the title track and three new songs. The DVD includes four videos, which are awesome. My favorite includes film of dancers from what looks like Oktoberfest spliced so the beats land in the right places. Four Tet's music is rather abstract and hypnotic, and the videos do the music justice. (AL)

Fourbanger Imagination Overdose self-released • Somebody here really loves Saves the Day and it's not just the singer of Fourbanger, a power-pop quartet out of Mesa, Arizona. The infectious chorus of the opener "Not Listening" will pull you right in for just the opposite. Eric, Jeff, and the two Kyles deliver straight- forward rock that taps the emo-sphere just enough without going too far. "Burn Away" treads into Hot Rod Circuit territory and rocks just as much at times. (SP)

Full Frequency Inside Madison self-released • This is modern rock in all its glory. These guys have pegged down the pseudo-techno sound that all the kids dig these days. Good songs and remarkable production quality for an independent release. This is a very well done bit of music. (MK)

Full Speed Ahead Born To Lose Manic Ride • Recorded almost four years ago, and just now seeing the light of day after the band has broken up, Full Speed Ahead pushes out some serious hardcore punk with an old school feel. Everything is balanced well here, the guitar and bass guitar both shine respectively and the percussion is mean and consistent throughout, providing a solid soundscape for the vocals. This release is reminiscent of the sounds brought on by Black Flag, Negative Approach, JFA and the Big Boys. (JC)

Funeral Diner The Wicked EP Alone Records • Anyone who is socially inept at understanding the boundaries of emo/hardcore or any other distinguishing brands of heavy music, Funeral Diner has provided you with a way to gain acceptance, or at least form your own counter culture. As a melodic, dark emo-core band, Funeral Diner dilutes the modern aspect of heavy music by combining melodic, malicious keyboard with post hardcore and intensity of emotion and song. It's a musical fiasco! Any fans of Thursday and A Static Lullaby, should take notice. If you'd also like to partake in an appetizing brand of symphonic passion mixed with emo-core, (it's hard to imagine, I concur), then it's time to dine at a funeral? (CMax)

Funeral Dress A Way Of Life SOS Records • Reigning on the parade that the masses annihilated years ago, Funeral Dress brings their brand of punk rock in Belgian fashion (which isn't distinct from any other brand). On the front line for 10 years and still equipped with the machinery, Funeral Dress, with conjoining sounds of The Bouncing Souls, Crass, and The Unseen, produce what every punk rocker yearns for in his daily dose of "Wheaties." These being anti-establishment, beer, vigorous mayhem through sped up chord progressions and seizure like drum techniques, and more beer. Definitely a crucial aspect to the collection of any punk rock fan.(CMax)

Gasoline Fight Useless Piece Of Weaponry EP Thick Records • This band is exceptionally creative with their brand of indiecore, blending melodies with spastic rhythms. The result is at times infectious and other times abrasive. I like that. This isn't a soothing album, by any means; it's a hard-rocking aural assault that lasts for five songs. Now I want more. (CM)

Gatsby's American Dream In The Land Of Lost Monsters LLR Recordings • This band was hyped to me awhile back, so I looked forward to hearing it. Not what I expected really, but refreshing none the less. I heard a lot of Errortype: 11, or even a softer Rival Schools. Great guitar layers, while the vocals are unique but maybe not perfect all the time. Maybe it didn't live up to the hype, but it didn't disappoint either. (KM)

General Rudie Take Your Place Stomp Records • Canadian SKA! Can it be good? Of course it can! This is a great disc. Mid-tempo SKA with smooth melodies and excellent harmonies. This disc is a lot of fun and definitely something worth checking out. (MK)

Golden Boy Right Kind of Wrong Coldfront • Goldenboy are NorwayŒs version of (MxPx/everything on Fat Wreck Chords) and they do a wonderful job of ripping off every pop punk band alive. I canŒt say much more about this brand of band, it sucks horribly that a band would resort to this. Maybe because there from Norway they think they can get away with being so phony and unoriginal. (RP)

Gone Without Trace self-titled Thorp Records • Thorp Records is seemingly crawling closer and closer to being labeled "The Heavyweight Hardcore Label." The bell may be chimed in their favor with this release! Gone Without Trace take an explicitly modern approach at their genre, creating a soulful blend of chaotic mosh, incorporating everyone's favorite artists, from the deranged chord progressions of Throwdown to the swiftness of Terror. From the aesthetic carnage of Remembering Never, to the ecstatic voice of As I Lay Dying, you're bound to find your favorite band within the track listing on this CD! Gone Without Trace, in the description of a neophyte, scrambled their favorite artists' albums together DJ style and screened it over to their record. What can I say, it's amazing, and there's no way to experience the funk without the dance floor! (CMax)

Gravenhurst Holes In The Sand Warp Records • I'm still surprised that a folk singer got on electronic label Warp Records. I am also surprised that I like this CD. It just goes to show you that Warp is interested only in quality, no matter what genre. Or maybe this guy is sleeping with someone important at the label. In any case, this acoustic guitar-and-vocals EP is perfect for a drive down a long desert road in the middle of the night with the top rolled down. (AL)

Hanalei We Are All Natural Disasters Thick Records • This is the solo project from Brian Moss (The Ghost) and it's absolutely lovely. Think The Postal Service meets Lesser Birds Of Paradise. Not sure if that's a useful comparison for you. Let me try again. Hanalei blends minimal (but effective) poppy electro elements with more acoustic-leaning music and sincere, fluid vocals. It creates a beautiful balance between tempo and passion, never sacrificing one for the other. There are the slow, folky heartfelt tunes and the more bouncy, poppy indie rock gems. Think The Lightning Seeds meets Death Cab For Cutie, but more acoustic. Okay, screw the comparisons; this is a great album for a Saturday afternoon at to the beach. Does it get better than that? (CM)

Hard Knoxx Presents... Midwest: The Campaign Hard Knoxx Ent. • Not much depth to this project as there is with much of the underground sounds coming out of the Midwest. Fahrenheit and Nefu use the basic rap formula to represent where they hail from as they rhyme about ho's, ego's and cash flows over crunked-out bass thumps in a tone comparable to a diversified Mystical delivery. Production sounds like it's missing an overdub or two, and does nothing to divert the attention from the tired pimp stories and braggadocios demeanor presented throughout. (JC)

Helen Slater One of These Days self-released • Yep, it's that Helen Slater, she of "Supergirl" fame. Prior to her breakthrough role, Slater attended New York's famous High School for the Performing Arts. She has also worked in theater in addition to her film career. Now showcasing her musical talents, Slater delivers One of These Days, a collection of introspective adult contemporary tunes that recall 70's singer-songwriters such as Carole King and James Taylor. (CL)

Hoodoo Papas Past Due self-released • I love Louisiana: the food, the music, the drive-thru hurricane stands. The Hoodoo Papas hail from this alcoholic music fan's paradise. Rick Woodward and Rick Seale serve up some soulful, bluesy tunes, featuring some serious acoustic guitar chops. Grab a Turbo Dog and enjoy the Papa's "acoustic gumbo" sound. (CL)

Hot Like A Robot Hurry Up and Die Criterion • Hot Like a Robot are from San Diego but sound more like they're from Seattle. I no nothing about this band except for the fact they sound like they are overly influenced by the grunge movement that was so popular in the 90's. There's not many positive things I can say about this album because it is a blatant Nirvana rip off especially track 4.Please for the sake of music progressing, burn your flannels and please get hair cuts. (RP)

Hot Water Music The New What Next Epitaph Records • Fans of HWM will certainly not be disappointed by the band's latest full-length album. It's full of melodic, pounding rock and roll tunes, some more aggressive than others, keeping a balanced mix. Chuck Ragan's distinct vocals mesh with the music perfectly, adding his own emotional intensity to already intense tunes. Musically, this may be the band's most mature album, crafting what sound like more intricate and diverse songs; as a result, the album feels particularly fresh from track to track. (CM)

Illa Notix Killa Products EV Productions • These cats combine the sounds of hip hop from all coasts with dated rhyme styles comparable to E-40 and Scarface. Illa Notix produces a hard knocks tale of life in the Midwest. Packed with pussy, thug antics, and bravado, there are some tight tracks here, but also enough stuff that sounds rushed with weak beats and recycled ideas holding things together. Nu Ras, Longshot, Sick Cell and Claudia make appearances and standout tracks include "The Cops," "Where U At?" and "Life." (JC)

Infinite Livez Bush Meat Big Dada • Vinnie Tiefilz uses his wild and far-reaching imagination to release a trip-hop record complete with uncanny twists and turns. The emceeing is tight, complete with a British accent overtop the thumping dance hall beats that Big Dada has been known to push out. But the sarcastic lyrical approach is simply silly. Songs about video games coming to life, his breast milk squirting about, and elephant shit turned into art, are not recommended if high on too many drugs. (JC)

Itai now Nowhere2 Records • This San Diego native produces a mellow album with a backing band. The opening song is a beautiful guitar arpeggio and seems to move and meld without being forced in any direction, the album to follow is slightly less impressive, but still a decent album. I was hoping to hear more of the first track, but instead was given a relatively straight forward acoustic guitar with backing band setup, the type with the voice way in the front and the guitar work doing nothing other then some simple strumming. I like the CD for the most part, but would like to see Itai dig a little deeper musically. (MC)

J Church Society Is A Carnivorous Flower No Idea • I can't believe J Church has been around for 12 years. Just makes me feel old. I've been listening to Lance Hahn (guitar, vocals) since his days with Cringer (pre-J Church). This guy is amazing. His only breaks from doing J Church were 1) when he played guitar for Beck, 2) when he was hospitalized and 3) when his house burned down. I'll excuse him, as those are all pretty damn good reasons. Now, Lance is back belting out his distinct vocals (and ragging guitar) along with three band members (another guitarist, drums and bass) with the first studio full length from J Church since 1999. The result is a rocking seven-track (track 7 is really long) collection of punky, melodic, creative tunes that are sometimes poppy, sometimes noisy, but always uniquely J Church. (CM)

Jack Irons Attention Dimension Breaching Whale Records • Jack Irons has played drums with Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Joe Strummer. However, he is also talented in other instruments, as he shows in Attention Dimension, where he also plays keyboards, synths, organ, horns, and guitar. He also enlists some of his friends to play on the record, from Flea, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder, and Les Claypool, with the last two appearing in a cover for Pink Floyd's "Shine On Crazy Diamond." (AL)

James L. Venable Holding Space Screaming Fan Records • James Venable is the composer of the theme songs to the Power Puff Girls and Samurai Jack cartoons, plus some movie soundtracks. This album is his first foray into music for music's sake. I have to say that his day job influences this album, because the tracks, which are electronic but have some organic elements, tend to be a bit repetitive and bland, much like the kind of music you get in a Production Music library. Fans of the aforementioned cartoons will enjoy the demo tracks included as a bonus. (AL)

Jed Whitey Mongoloid Cage Match Manic Ride Records • Okay, I admit it, I did not have high hopes for this disc, based solely on the cover. I suck. They don't. This is a really well done disc. Fun, fast, rockin'. Amped up rock and roll that does not take itself too seriously. Love it. (MK)

Judo Rodriguez self-titled Paranormal Records • I'mgoingtowritethisreviewthewayJudoRodriguezsounds.Rockboysrock! (SJM)

Jukeboxer In the Food Chain Absolutely Kosher • At once beautiful and haunting, Jukeboxer is a highly calculated brand of limitlessly patient, folky electronica. Styles from not just all over the world but from all over time are employed to make what sounds like a hundred-layered sound of soft loveliness. This is what happens when a math/music geek gets a hold of the technology to unlock a firestorm of talent, and finds a talented vocalist to add yet another dimension. (DP)

Julian Fane Special Forces Planet Mu Records Ltd. • Even though this is an electronic record, it features an organic vibe, mostly evident in Fane's 21-year old voice. This is no dance album ­ rather, it concentrates more on emotions than beats. Many of the instruments start out as acoustic, but are processed to sound more synthetic. (AL)

J-Zone A Job Ain't Nuthin But Work Fat Beats Records • Self-produced and as cocky as a playalistic pimp can get, J-Zone, the 2004 version of Bobby Brown, delivers comedic narratives about battling celebs on the basketball court and breaking an ankle while gettin' jiggy on the dance floor, just to get some tail. Songs about pulling hoes, dedications to crude and offensive behavior and a big "fuck you" to all haters make up the majority of this release that serves as a bombastic party record. Nothing lighthearted about the fifth release from Zone, an album that puts him in the same ranks as that of Too Short and Easy-E. (JC)

Kameko Evalt – Evolutionary Alternative Tarpaul Records • An open book travel through emotions that blends live instrument sounds of R&B, Soul, Reggae, African Rhythms and Drum n' Bass. Kameko delivers an album full of melodic songs about love gone wrong, inner struggles within oneself, and a spice of love gone right for good balance. Brings to mind the sounds of Michael Jackson, Prince and Al Green in their heydays. The music here is diverse, yet it seems to stay in one realm to provide a new look at some old styles. (JC)

Kava Kava Maui Chocolate Fireguard Records • This is some awesome dance music, somewhat comparable to Groove Armada or The New Deal. The beats are groovy, the horns catchy, and the vocals soulful. And they use actual instruments instead of a bunch of canned sounds. (AL)

Kill Yourself Soft Touch of a Man Gringo • Finally a band I can say truly rocks. Kill Yourself is one of those bands with such tremendous energy you can feel the sweat and the heat of the crowd by just listening to this album. Kill Yourself sounds like Shellac meets Jesus Lizard but not in a generic way that most other bands describe In that matter do. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys the intensity of Jesus Lizard and the angular style guitar workings of The Building Press. (RP)

King Radio Are You the Sick Passenger? Spirit House Records • King Radio is the latest project of former Scud Mountain Boy Frank Padellaro. Like former Scud Joe Pernice's recent work, Padellaro moves beyond the basic alt-country sound. Imagine Wilco exploring a more symphonic pop sound. Are You the Sick Passenger is an album that owes more to Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson than it does to the No Depression movement. Fans of well-crafted, pop songs will definitely enjoy this disc. (CL)

Landlord self-titled self-released • This is not at all what I was expecting. Based on the cover, I expected ferocious hardcore. What I got instead was a strange and powerful blend of rock and epic sounding anthems. Songs with a meaning, some thought behind them, which is evident in the lyrics as well as the style of music which is well tailoered to the message. (MK)

Leftöver Crack Fuck World Trade Alternative Tentacles • Politically-charged and ska-infused, these punk rockers are back with their first full-length album in three years. The four-piece blends snotty punk rock with a NYC hardcore attitude and bits of ska tossed in to make it extra infectious. With Steve Albini at the production helm, the end result is one hell of a record, packed with 13 tracks of rock goodness. As if the music wasn't good enough, the insert unfolds to show a picture of the World Trade Center with smoke billowing out and a gas pump fixed to each side of the building. Politically clever, indeed. (CM)

Lenny Solomon Armando's Pie self-released • Impeccably performed and constructed Contemporary Folk music, filled with humorous and witty observations. Particularly good tracks are "The Vegan Song" and "Jews In Country Music", which had me laughing out loud. I wish Mr. Solomon luck in finding an appropriately large audience for his work. (SJM)

Lisala Get It Anonka Records • Fueled by synthesized R&B rhythms and some seriously sultry vocals, Lisala sings with a voice that sounds straight out of the church choir. Songs are about independence, togetherness and everything in between with beats that bounce amid soulful and groovy tempos. The heavily layered background vocals and echoes help Lisala come off sexy at times without sacrificing her self-respect. Get It is packed with tracks that are comparable to the likes of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Chaka khan, though not yet at those levels. (JC)

Lock And Key Pull Up The Floorboards Deep Elm Records • Using a mix of catchy hooks, thick melodies and a sneaky aggression, Boston's Lock And Key rip out 10 tracks of badass rock and roll. The music is intricate, layering guitars over changing drum rhythms and vocals that can be both heartfelt and ferocious. I love Ryan Shanahan's throaty, gruff vocals; the roughness plays perfectly over the crisp, super tight music. (CM)

Lords The House That Lords Built Initial Records • Scruffy riffs and an emergency level of sounds carry this Lords album with the amplification and aggression of a Rollins record. The message is up for interpretation as songs of desperation are channeled ferociously throughout. No one is sure weather they are questioning what to believe in, or have already been converted, either way; some serious rawness is unloaded here, well within the listen-able range. (JC)

Love Story in Blood Red Love Story in Blood Red Backward Masking • Jason Frederick's creation is a stripped down groove session that succeeds by not overdoing things. Grab a few beers and turn the stereo up, although simplistic much of the time, this blends the folk-rock and classic rock sound together to deliver steady jams that grow on you after each listen. Think indie-pop with detours through emo moments add a steady dose of humor for good balance. To be amused, check out tracks like "Joey Bop," "Ohio" and "Heaven Won't Be Heaven If There's Anybody There." (JC)

Maplewood self-titled Tee Pee • Maplewood is like a long walk on the beach with the only girl you have ever loved by your side. Not really its more like a bad episode of Dawson's Creek or any episode for that matter. These guys play the kind of music your baby boomer mom would orgasm over, reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. (RP)

Menomena I Am The Fun Blame Monster! Film Guerrero • Ethereal in its melodies, creative in its form and surprisingly easy to get sucked in to, Menomena's hard to find album is now available to the masses. Crafted as a hand-assembled flipbook (it's really cool), the packaging is only one really impressive aspect to this release. Equally cool is that the band recorded the entire album a ttheir own studio, done mostly using a computer program called "Deeler" that was designed and written by one of the band members. Musically, too, the band is quite cool, blending an experimental, jazzy style with such genres as indie rock and electro pop. Fans of bands such as The Postal Service, Pinback, Lesser Birds Of Paradise and Death Cab For Cutie will likely find much enjoyment in this artistically exceptional release. (CM)

Mestizo LifeLikeMovie Galapagos4 • Just as the title implies, this album is a complete picture of lyrical prowess from this Cali emcee. Beats are solid and consistent, providing a thumping soundscape for Mestizo to spit upon while movie samples are strategically placed. His flow is low-key and maintains a speed that adds energy while the many sounds echo behind him. Rhymes are made up of previous life experiences and the journey that goes into making it through the now. Label mates also make appearances throughout this 70-plus minute release well worth checking out, with production by Jackson Jones, Meaty Ogre and Om among others. (JC)

Mikel Paris Guitar Drumming self-released • Relaxing and smooth, this elegant foray into something totally different is a really great disc. Mikel Paris treats guitar strings as percussive instruments, drumming rather than strumming them. It is unfortunate that it is only four tracks long, as more in this case would definitely be better. This is a very enjoyable disc. (MK)

Mission To Mars Lasterday Stereotype • The opening track sounds like that Rick Springfield song "Jessie's Girl," then the pop rock really takes off after that! Obviously influenced by the mainstream sounds of the 70's and 80's, this trio has released a polished offering of songs. What Mission To Mars does different is that they incorporate their thoughts about the world around them into their catchy songs that seem destined for airplay. Lazy guitar parts and melodic harmonies run rampant, and the messages are notably heard throughout. (JC)

Mock Orange Mind Is Not Brain Silverthree Sound Recordings • Interestingly constructed songs, with particularly noteworthy guitar work. Mock Orange's sound reminds me in some ways of Built To Spill, although this is really a passing similarity, as the song structures and the vocals are definitely their own. This is some very enjoyable stuff. (SJM)

Motoramp Dirty Livin' Flypdisk • Remember pop rock from the Œ80s? These guys do. With a sound like Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger all blended up into a frothy mix, this is a blast of nostalgia, including a cover of the Œ80s pop rock classic, "Dream Police." If you liked this synthesized schlock, you're in for a big treat here. (MK)

Nagisa Nite The Same As A Flower Jagjaguwar Records • Slow and dragging folk music from this Japanese duo is all you can expect from this their third stateside release. It is reminiscent of some Œ70s psychedelic rock like Pink Floyd or Neil Young, but not as theatrical sounding, nor is it as orchestral. There are some interesting tracks, number three does some interesting things with the vocals, but overall a lot of this album is unfortunately forgettable. (MC)

Naquei Manou Beztize Silver Rocket Records • I think I found the French version of the Pixies, at least in the chorus of the opening track "Holka". If the vocals were in English, they might be really close to that of Polyvinyl's Sunday's Best. Black Francis' guitar playing is even in the general chord progressions throughout the second track "Vcizim Dresu." The mix isn't the best as far as the vocals are concerned. In parts they are blended almost into the background, but of course this may also be because of the language barrier. If I knew what they were saying it would definitely add to the overall feeling of the music because after all, who doesn't like the Pixies? (SP)

Neotropic White Rabbits Mush Records • This is an album to sit back and relax with. It is as harmless as a white rabbit, and combines ambient, dub, electro, folk and hip hop into a mellow musical concoction. Some music is programmed, some is live, but all is beautiful. (AL)

North Side Kings Organizing The Neighborhood Thorp Records • Pure tough guy hardcore tweaked to its finest! From the first punishing fifth note to the next sing-along beatdown, North Side Kings bring you true, in your face, New York-style hardcore in the vein of Madball, H2O, Terror, and Blood For Blood. With adequate morals in place, proper etiquette, and only a tinge of redundancy, I'm surprised North Side King's aren't blasting their anthems of "hardcore recreation" through every adolescent's sacred live journal account. I've found a reason to give tough guy hardcore acclaim, rather than diluting it! The band also pays respect to God, something rarely seen through the ideology of the scene; for this I'm eternally grateful. (CMax)

Odd Project The Second Hand Stopped Indianola Records • I prophesize that the trendy aspect of newcoming "core" bands is the allegory within their band name. Odd Project, appropriately, are incredibly peculiar, yet astonishing. Incorporating the three essentials to modern American music; hardcore, emo, and metal, Odd Project delivers thirty-some-odd minutes of bone-crushing, guitar-thriving, melodic carnage. The songs are well developed with swift, yet smooth transitions. The breakdowns are hellacious, the multiple vocalists dual the hoarse harmony of Atreyu with the passion of A Static Lullaby. The tunes are catchy and the riffs are complex. If you aren't taking anything within this review into consideration, they won the Hellfest Battle Of The Bands! (CMax)

Odds Against Tomorrow Nights Not. End HDSM Spells Music• This a clean, taut, professional album, with a lot of tracks that sound "good enough" to be on the radio. But the sound is overproduced and overrated–think Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay, and Third Eye Blind. Odds Against Tomorrow play perfectly acceptable radio-pop. It's music that won't offend your mom, make you angry, or incite you to violence. It's the musical equivalent of warm milk and honey, and chances are, if you play it at a party, everyone's going to fall asleep. (JR)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez A Manual Dexterity-Soundtrack Volume One Gold Standard Laboratories • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, from At the Drive In, De Facto and most recently The Mars Volta, started shooting a film called A Manual Dexterity, which has yet to wrap. That did not stop him from composing about sixty minutes' worth of music for the soundtrack. The music has a certain musical freedom and free-form to it, shifting gears effortlessly, sometimes into avant-guard territory. The mostly instrumental songs flow well together, more like a score to a film, rather than a collection of songs. (AL)

On Our Own Now And Forever Perfect Victim Records • Raw. That would be a simple word to throw out there to describe On Our Own. Raw guitars and thick bass. Raw throat lyrics that make you thirsty as a listener. Hardcore, with accents on the words hard and on core. It doesn't dazzle, It doesn't go far, but that may not be its beauty. OOO might fall into the car crash beauty category, and I bet that suits these fellows just fine. (KM)

Only In Dreams Under This Burning Sky Pop Smear Records • I know its fun to mix stuff up, but whoa fellows! Only In Dreams does so many different things that sometimes my ears just don't know what to do with it. Rock-n-roll, hardcore, post-hard-core, punk, and even a touch of metal, makes this cd like cramming for your underground music finals or something. They pull it off for the most part, and in the end you find yourself a little amazed that they did The track "Burning Up" really stood out to me. (KM)

Ostinato Left Too Far Behind Exile On Mainstream Records • It's hard to believe that this amount of music is made by only three people. Truly a "wall of sound," their swirling guitars, bass and drums, which slowly build up by repetition. The vocals feel out of place, interrupting the cool vibe created by the instruments. Luckily, they are sporadic enough not to get in the way. (AL)

Otesanek self-titled The Electric Human Project • Calling this music would be unfair to the musical community. The two tracks, which take up about 30 minutes consist of two guys trading screams while someone strikes a guitar chord every few seconds or so. The drummer pounds a drum or cymbal at about the same rate. It all somehow works. (AL)

Paper Street Music For the Desperate self-released • Here is a great excuse to get your head banging. This is a great disc of modern rock. This is a band that should be on the radio. They have a great sound that does not sound like every other goddamned band on the radio. Powerful hooks and catchy melodies will make this disc a favorite of any who listen to it. (MK)

Paul Brill New Pagan Love Song Scarlet Shame Records • New Pagan Love Song is the second full-length for New York singer-songwriter Paul Brill. Brill blends organic, acoustic sounds with some electronic touches. The results are reminiscent of artists such as Califone and Grandaddy. Brill also performs a cool cover of the Doors' "Indian Summer". (CL)

Paul Edelman And The Jangling Sparrows North American & Susquehanna self-released • This might be the best underground country/ Americana stuff I've heard, at least lately. Very solid, very sound, well sung, well played. The cardboard brown cover with screen-print make you feel like you've stumbled on to something, uncovered a kind of treasure, which wouldn't be too much of a stretch I don't think. (KM)

Pigmy Love Circus The Power of Beef Go-Kart Records • I like Tool a lot. I even like some of that off shoot from Tool, Perfect Circle, so I figured I'd pick up this CD because it has one of my favorite drummers of all time, Danny Carey playing on the album. Well let's just say having members from Tool doesn't mean that your album will automatically be good. This is a trucker hat wearing, puke soiled shirt, can of beer in the right hand, shotgun in the left CD for those who like to drudge through their rock n roll. I guess its fun if you get the joke, but otherwise it is slightly obnoxious. Pick it up if you need a new anthem for when you hop on your Harley and caravan into Daytona, but otherwise I'd leave it on the shelf. (MC)

Pistol Grip Tear It All Down BYO Records • This is a very strong, melodic power punk album. The quartet from Los Angeles play melodic, aggressive rock tunes that are a bit formulaic, but still pretty damn good. Fortunately, these are good musicians and that makes up for a lack of originality. I'm not trying to criticize; they just sound like a lot of other punk bands (similarities to Rancid, Good Riddance, even a bit of Green Day). (CM)

Planes Mistaken For Stars Up In Them Guts No Idea Records • These guys have shown that they can kick ass like no other and explore slower sounds without losing a shred of aggressiveness. The vocals sound like someone who has smoked way too many cigarettes, and the guitars shred. You are about to get your ass kicked. (AL)

Please Mr. Gravedigger Here's To The Life Of The Party Pluto Records • Whaaah! Blaah Blaah Yaaaaaahhhh! Blaaah Blaaaahhh Blahhh!!! These are the lyrics, apparently. It sounds like the same vocal track was used for all the songs. I'm not going to demand that every word a band sings has to be crystal clear, but this shit is ridiculous. (SJM)

Plethora self titled Aaron Darlington • This album belongs in the electronic genre, but it has plenty of actual instruments, all played by Aaron Derington in his own studio. It is mostly a mid tempo album, the perfect soundtrack for sitting in an airport terminal watching people walk by (which is what I was doing when I listened to it). (AL)

Revelation Theory Revelation Theory Idol Roc • In the same vein as Creed and any other grunge-sounding band post-'94, These guys use curse words with harmony and melodies that are pinpointed to perfection with an emotional tide and all. Ready for radio in a big way, these guys could be the new poster boys of the MTV generation; it's all there, the emo-aggressiveness that all the high school kids will relate to with enough room for emo-mosh pits to boots. (JC)

Rick McAlister Surplus Cheese self-released • Don't get me wrong, I like quirky and eccentric as much as the next guy (if not more so), but this is a bit much for even me. Comprised of fourteen virtually indistinguishable songs, Surplus Cheese sounds like Ween goofing on smooth jazz and MC Paul Barman, minus the lyrical prowess. At times, the album is reminiscent of Momus's more indulgent moments, where the eccentric flourishes overshadow the songs themselves. Surplus Cheese indeed. (CL)

Ripcordz Ripcordz Are Go! Mayday Records • Good god! The hillbilly horror show that is The Elvis Death Cult opens us to the world of Ripcords. If ZZ Top went into the studio with The Dead Kennedys, here is what would come out. Fun ass-kickin', beer bottle thrown' music to blast while cruisin' in yer pickup.  Get it. Love it. (MK)

Robotnika Spectre en Vue Bloodlink Records • Don't let the Soviet inspired artwork fool you, because these guys are from France. They sing mostly in French, so I have no idea what they are saying. No big loss, however, because the music is a blast. All kinds of blips and beeps and cheesy keyboards provide a Devo-esque sound for this musical freak-out. (AL)

Romanowski Party in My Pants Future Primitive Sound • Don't let the cheesy opening title track turn you away from this album if you are a fan of dance music. Romanowski injects elements of rock, world music, and hip hop into the tracks while maintaining them as danceable as possible. (AL)

Roses Are Red Conversations Trustkill • Roses Are Red play huge, hard rockin' emocore that vocally dances between piercing screams and passionate singing. The production quality on this album is top notch and the band plays precisely, powerfully. The 10-track release is thick with (an almost poppy) melody throughout, despite its hardcore influences. But that's not selling it short; this is an excellent record that is accessible for mainstream audiences to latch on. MTV2 appearances might not be too far off. (CM)

S. Puking and Crying Suicide Squeeze Records • Jen Ghetto is S., and she creates intimate songs that showcase her sweet voice. It is a bit unique, since it uses electronics and other weird sounds to add some edge, but it could easily be a folk album of depressing songs if you took them away. (AL)

Scatter the Ashes Devout/The Modern Hymn Epitaph • Depending on one's point of view, the ashes have either been scattered too far or not far enough. (DD)

Scott Farr Jazz Farm Banana Bread Records • Only a jazz musician who is a fan of AC/DC and Van Halen can play jazz music like this. His electric guitar roars though these 25 minutes of music that sounds improvised at times. My only complaint is that it doesn't go on longer. (AL)

Sedaced Eh Newest Industry Records • The music on this CD is pretty straight forward rock. The vocals are melodically tight, but the lyrics tend to be a bit weak. The drums are bouncy and the guitars are gritty and dark sounding, but most of the time the songs just feel predictable, I really wish they would try to reach a little further, push themselves a little harder to create something a little more grabbing. Throw some changes in where they are unexpected. I would feel less of an urge to hit the skip button if they did. (MC)

Shave Trans Universal Worldwide Headchange Records • Shave takes us all on an intriguing trip through musical styles and subliminal messages on this release. Take "Ichy Soda" for instance, where we are told, "the juice comes from me/pound it/ichy soda," and the groovy "Rival Bowler" where a love lost turns into the craziest of circumstances. Almost every influence is touched on, classic rock, blues and punk, all with great sarcasm and energetic attitude. If you need a little Zappa and Weird Al humor every now and again, then check this one out. (JC)

Shelly Blake 1995-2005 Volume One Ringing Boots • Shelly Blake was nice enough to compile his home studio recordings collection and release them as is. What we get is the morbid tones of Blakes voice alongside some pretty basic and bland strumming of his guitar. The aura that this songwriter projects is one of a pathetic, down-on-his-luck loner stuck singing about his bleak past and unforgiving future. The recordings sound like they were conceived in a cave, a little more stripped down then say Beck's Mutations with Kurt Cobain growls; and that same sense of enjoying ones own sorrow. (JC)

SK8 or Die Not In My Skatepark Hill Billy Stew Records • Despite mediocre recording quality, this is still a fun, fast-paced punk record that reminds me of Angry Samoans, DRI and the other skate bands of the mid to late '80s. I think the band's name is really corny and I suggest they give themselves a new identity. (CM)

Slowly Minute Tomorrow World Bubble Core Records • Slowly Minute (AKA Takahiro Chiba) makes music by combining seemingly disparate melodies and audio sources until your brain gives up and they blend together. It is the musical equivalent of those 3D posters that you have to strain to be able to see the hidden image. Nothing for a while, and then suddenly, when you stop fighting it, BAM, it all falls into place and becomes quite entertaining. (AL)

Smoke Off Vinyl Nice EP self-released • This Chicago three-piece has a feedback heavy sound with catchy riffs. Included is their own version of U2's "With Or Without You" to punctuate a five-track collection of simple jams. The title track is a thrashing instrumental that remains basic throughout and the rest is packed with low-tempo to high-tempo changes of emotion and guitar pedal clicking's. (JC)

Soap Star Joe ...Tell Her On The Weekend Laughing Outlaw Records • From the first lines of the first song, Soap Star Joe lets you know what you, the listener, are in for: "Suck a cock for rock / at the bus stop / Number two buzz cut / at the barber shop / Yeah, we're so messed up / We're going post-rock / and it's not that fun / No, it's not that fun". Actually, this album is fun, and funny at times, but it's more than that. The Pixies and Pavement influences are evident, but Soap Star Joe is more than the sum of their influences. (SJM)

Soophie Nun Squad Pasizzle Slizzles Tha Drizzle Plan-It-X Records • With track titles like The Bovinity of Crust and Inner Booty, this band is clever, innovative, and totally bizarre. These kids combine elements of hardcore with elements of musical theater, sounding, at times, like Belly, and other times, startlingly, like Suicidal Tendencies or The Dead Milkmen. Maralie Armstrong-Milholland's vocals on tracks like Scab Fairy are reminiscent of The Primitives, or some of the other early 90's girl-core bands. These puppeteering rovers are certainly endearing, and that's what makes this CD worth so many listens. You might be bewildered after the first listen and intrigued after the second, but something about this album makes you not only like it, but feel genuinely affectionate toward it. But when your friends hear you singing along to lyrics like "Animal testing really sucks!" (The Bovinity of Crust) for the first time, though, they're totally going to make fun of you. (JR)

Stiff Little Fingers Guitar and Drum Kung Fu Records • Stiff Little Fingers has a refreshing high-energy old-school punk rock sound. The Jake Burns anthems are catchy and inspired while the interspersed Grantley, McCallum, and Foxton songs fall short of the mark. Overall this album is pleasing with its punchy guitars and sing-along, sing-songy vocals. I believe in the power of guitar and drum. (DD)

Sweet Cobra Praise Seventh Rule Recordings • Looking for some dark, brooding, slushy metal? Well look no further. Blaring vocals proclaim the New World Order from which we are reminded that there is no escape while guitars reminiscent of Soundgarden pummel you into submission. The effect is repetitive and depressing. (DD)

Switchblade self-titled Deathwish Records • Switchblade's music draws you in with swirling, repetitive chords and waves of sound. After about 15 consecutive minutes of this sonic pounding, the band seemingly takes a break in one of the few ambient moments where almost nothing is heard. Then they pick back up building momentum. Fans of Neurosis and Isis should check this out. (AL)

Tamas Wells A Mark on the Pane Popboomerang • What a fine acoustic band from Australia! Dreamy and docile, it's the kind of hushed folk-alternative music you might hear on the soundtrack of a recent Miramax film release, employing Simon-and-Garfunkel-esque harmonics, and dripping with melancholy intertwined with hopefulness. It rides softly on the wind until it enters the listener, resonating strongly within the heart, striking the perfect chord. (DP)

Tarentel We Move Through Weather Temporary Residence Ltd. • Much like Physics and Godspeed You Black Emperor, Tarentel relies on repetition and ambient drones to make their music. They have shortened their usual ten or more minutes per song to more listenable lengths, but the sense of experimentation was left intact. (AL)

Texas Thieves Killer on Craig's List Dr. Strange • Keeping it real for the Bay Area, this band kicks out some really great old school skatecore punk rock, refreshingly brimming with attitude. With songs like "I Wanna Be a Slut" and "Switchblade High," they deliver a fast and furious dose that made me wanna slog back a beer and go pick up a skateboard, even though I can't skate for shit. It's the straight-up good stuff. (DP)

The Addicts Rollercoaster SOS Records • Fun music sung to you by a fucked-up looking clown. Could it get better than this? Punk in the truest sense that music can be punk, this disc is alive with energy and excitement. They have those punk melodic breakdowns in the songs that must just drive the girlies wild. Good Stuff! (MK)

The Blow Poor Aim: Love Songs States Rights • This is the first in States Rights' "The Pregnancy Series," encouraging artists to "birth" brand new "baby concept" records completely foreign to anything they've done before. The Blow, specifically, offers quirky works of highly synthed minimalist pop, with a breathy female voice asking frantic questions about failures in love. It's a very clever record with interesting sound loop choices and it remembers that it is definitely music and not just fun. I look forward to more in this series. (DP)

The Bobbleheads Automotic Fun Pop Pop Records • The cover art says it all, sunshine filled raindrops and a gigantic smile on a face that's constantly delivering pop-oriented melodies in happy-go-lucky harmonies. The Bobbleheads take it back to the basic songwriting days of yesteryear, where the happy and sad times were told in tightly wound sounds. This is a fun album that rides roller coaster emotions, but ultimately gets tiring by it's end. (JC)

The Bon Mots Le Main Drag Mellifluid Records • Chicago's Bon Mots reference decades worth of catchy guitar pop, touching on everything from the 60's sounds of the Kinks and the Zombies to the kiwi rock of New Zealand's Flying Nun label. Mike Coy and Eric Chial trade songwriting duties and vocals throughout the album, yet Le Main Drag retains a cohesive feel from start to finish. (CL)

The Briggs Leaving The Ways EP Side One Dummy • Put your arm around your friends, toast another pint and start singing along to these punk, Oi-influenced rockers. Group choruses, wild guitar parts and a non-stop pace make this six-song EP one hell of a rocker. (CM)

The C*nts Eat My Nuts Disturbing Records • The latest offering from The C*nts is as coarse and raw as the last, but this time, the musicianship (will they chafe at the term?) is more advanced. This doesn't mean that it is advanced - just more so. Again, inexplicably, I really enjoyed this almost proto-punk album. (SJM)

The Chance In Search of the Sun Red Stapler Records • The Chance are a three-piece band from Arlington, Virginia who excel at churning out some aggressive and melodic indie rock. Like the bastard child of fellow DC-area indie rockers Q and Not U and Joy Division, the Chance combine nervous, energetic rock and driving rhythms with Ian Curtis-like vocals. (CL)

The Coach and Four Unlimited Symmetry Makeshift Records • The CD from this five piece is a glistening romp through the fields. All clean, nothing to heavy and mostly instrumental. The songs are all kind of pop oriented and easy to listen too, something you could put on while doing the chores or reading and not get to distracted, but I don't mean that in a bad way. I could definitely hear some June of 44 or Karate influences here, but nothing to strong. Overall this is a decent album. (MC)

The Comas Conductor Yep Rock Records • I'm not going to say that The Comas sound like The Pixies, because they don't. They have, however, tapped into the same wellspring of genius pop rock, and that's no small compliment. The instruments sound great, the vocals are often inspired, and the songs themselves feel effortless. The included DVD is essentially a music video for the album as a whole. It seems to tell a story, but is so disjointed and obscure that it makes little sense. While it is very visually arresting, and many of the scenes as images are intense, the live action parts are sometimes embarrassingly amateurish. This still does not detract from the music. That is really good. (SJM)

The Dwarves Must Die Sympathy For The Record Industry • There is nothing like garagey punk rock and boobs, yep that's right, boobs. The Dwarves once again don't disappoint with their latest release. It is classic Dwarves with sounds that range from early grunge of the Seattle scene to '70s era bands like the Cramps and the Kinks. Also, they are as always delving into the depths of the human soul with lyrics like, "I want to Fuck, Eat, and Fuck You Up." This is yet another fun album from the band that will always include dwarves and naked women on their covers, I would say some of my favorite tracks are Salt Lake City, and Like You Want. (MC)

The Everyones s/t Shock • Hailing from down under, the Everyones (formerly the Anyones) play fleshy power guitar pop with a broad variety of instrumentation. The songwriting is really quite amazing, emotionally charged with the sophisticated musical lushness to drive it home. It's almost hypnotic how well they strike just the right chord in their rock universe; they truly transcend ordinary pop and become something uniquely great. (DP)

The Exit Home For An Island Some Records • NYC's The Exit is a band with a really big record collection, a really diverse record collection. Well one could assume that at least. Bands that came to mind on the first spin, U2, Quicksand, The Police, Karate, and any pick of a handful of 70's hair rockers. This is another one of those cds that takes you a few listens to really get into, to really understand all the complexities of what's going on. Once that door opens for you, and your in, its quite a nice place to be. (KM)

The Freeze Freak Show/Crawling Blind Dr. Strange Records • Is it rock? Is it punk? Is it rocking punk? Yup. These two discs in one are done with slightly different lineups, but the change is noticeable, going from something more rock-oriented to the more pop-punk sound on Crawling Blind. Good music and catchy hooks will get stuck in your head. (MK)

The Ghost This Pen Is A Weapon Some Records • There's something about crafty song titles that always makes me like a band, maybe its just good first impression. Chicago's The Ghost plays some post hardcore/ indie rock that takes the "post" term to a whole new level. Creative and insightful while still having moments of swelling energy and tension, this recording moves like an ocean over a car crash. Very worthy indeed, but give it a few listens before you really think you understand it. (KM)

The Goslings Spaceheater Asaurus Records • This CD's title is quite appropriate, since listening to it is like listening to a space heater. It is really for those into lo-fi ambient noise, where song structure has no relevance. Mercifully, it lasts just over 26 minutes. (AL)

The Great Redneck Hope Behold The Fuck Thunder Thinker Thought Records • The Great Redneck Hope are back with their second full-length, if you can call 11 songs that total 9 minutes a full-length. It took me longer to read the song titles than to listen to the whole thing (sample title: "It sure does get lonely out here in the boondocks. Thank God for cock."). What the hell, The Locust have been getting away with it, so why not these guys. In fact, they share more than album length with The Locust...their brand of fucked-up, scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs, play-as-fast-as-you-can music is comparable as well. (AL)

The Indoor Kids 3 Songs self-released • The Indoor Kids are that opening band that brings there girlfriends to there shows so they will have fans while the rest of the audience wants to throw bottles. I feel really bad for discouraging people from doing something they believe in like making music, but how hard is it to come up with an original thought. Thank god this CD is only 3 songs. (RP)

The Je Ne Sais Quoi A Secret Language Coalition Records • I will be honest, I chose this album due solely to the artwork. It is freaking cool. Fortunately for me, the music backs up the layout by incorporating some of the best parts of Gang of Four and others like Wire and even some Les Savy Fav. It is danceable and rockin at the same time without ever flirting to much in the new New York Joy Division rip off movement. Noisy enough to keep my interest but never so much that you lose track of what's going on. I hope to see more from this Scandinavian band soon. (MC)

The Julius Airwave Dragons Are The New Pink Sick Room Records • The Julius Airwave has a unique ability to craft fairly simple indie rock tunes that sound much more than simple. Good songwriting can often trump intricacy and I think this 12-track album is a great bit of proof. Dragons Are The New Pink was recorded in a soundproofed shed in one of the band member's backyard. You can't get much more indie than that. The album is full of passionate vocals, intriguing lyrics and music that matches. Some songs are a bit more uptempo, catchy indie rockers, while others feature more acoustic stylings and a folky, Sunday afternoon feel. No matter your mood, this album is a solid piece of work. (CM)

The Killing Gift Who Watches the Watchmen? Immigrant Sun Records • Female-fronted, emotional post-punk would be the overly long title I would give this album. There is some very cool guitar/drum work on this CD, it is definitely "groove oriented" as their bio states. It brings to mind bands like Clutch and Helmet, but the female vocals bring it back to the mid nineties emo sound that bands like Texas is the Reason helped to put on the map. I usually am not a fan of female vocals, but singer Renee Cline manages to keep a certain ballsy quality to her voice that keeps it from hinging on annoying. The songwriting is catchy, but needs some more development. I have a feeling that in a couple of albums this band could produce a very tight interesting album. (MC)

The Marcus Singletary Band Capitol Hill self-released • A strange mix of old acoustic blues, modern pop and hip hop. This is a good disc, though to put it in a genre would be impossible. Easy to listen to, this is a disc of catchy hooks that will keep you listening again and again. (MK)

The Mighty Imperials Thunder Chicken Daptone Records • You would never guess that the musicians behind this classic funk record were around 16 when they recorded this album about five years ago (except for vocalist Joseph Henry). They play seventies-style funk like they had been doing it for years, but with the endless energy of youth. (AL)

The Moviehouse Arcade The Poly Sci EP The New Beat • The Moviehouse Arcade return with a four-song follow-up to their 2003 full-length, Fake Lights Claim Everything.  On The Poly Sci EP, the Moviehouse Arcade start out in a groovin', garage rock mode, culminating in a pretty good rendition of the Rolling Stones' disco era classic "Miss You".  Then, out of the blue as Debbie Gibson might say, the band segues awkwardly into a four movement, eleven-minute electronic instrumental which doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the EP. (CL)

The Muffs Really Really Happy self-released • You're really either going to love or hate the vocals of The Muffs. I hate to insult, but to me she sounds like a Gwen Stefani with more gruffness and a wider vocal range. The songs are short and sweet, with a pop-punk edge. Again, I swear that's not an insult, because many of them are really endearing, and there is enough variety among them that the tag doesn't always fit. (SJM)

The Nervous Return Wake Up Dead La Salle Records • This West coast power trio was one of the first acts Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker signed to his own label that he created this past spring. Coming across as frantic pop rock, songs like the rocking "Siberian Queer" take over with soaring guitars and Mike Patton/Faith No More Angel Dust-like vocals that will immediately stick in your head where they threaten to stay until the next track. TNR definitely have their own sound going especially with the unpredictable verse flow of Jason Muller's vocals. The title track has almost a Blondie feel to it, until again Muller comes in with his unique vocal style. (SP)

The Only Children Change of Living Glurp Records • Before I read anything about this band, I listened to the cd and a few things came to mind. 1. This album sounded like it could have been the next release for The Anniversary. Their last album had similarities to this and just sounded like if it progressed in this genre, this would be where it would land. 2. Neil Young and The Rolling Stones came to mind. So here's the deal. The Only Children consists of three members of The Anniversary, and Neil Young and The Stones are listed influences. This is passionate alt-country with some rock n' roll moments, and it couldn't be more rock n' roll to have Casey Prestwood of Hot Rod Circuit playing pedal steel guitar. There were even Bob Dylan moments, but I think he may sing too on key to be compared to Dylan. Male and female harmonies, piano, accordion, banjos and harmonica make this band sound very full, and Josh Berwanger seems more at home than ever writing Americana music. (MP)

The Orphans Raise The Youth Fistolo Records • Dating back to 1994, this 21-song album features material recorded over the last 10 years. Speedy and angst-filled, The Orphans deliver socio-political lyrics over basic, but solid, punk rock. Some tracks are more serious then others, and the musical pace does shift a little here and there, keeping the album from becoming too repetitive. (CM)

The Paybacks Harder and Harder Get Hip • The Paybacks are supposedly Detroit's "defenders of rock;" I highly doubt that statement. These guys play Great White influenced blues-rock which sounds so contrived and uninspired it makes me sick. Listening to this CD is like watching a midlife crisis unravel in front of your eyes. (RP)

The Phoenix Foundation We Need to Make Some Changes Newest Industry Records • This Finnish pop punk band is reminiscent of bands like Social Distortion, Hot Water Music, and even a bit of Husker Du. The vocals are raspy and on key most of the time and the guitars tend to pound away with drums through short bursts of punk energy. Overall this is an interesting CD, nothing to impressive or groundbreaking, but overall a decent album. (MC)

The Rutabega These Knotty Lines Johann's Face Records • Josh Hensley keeps things simple with hum-and-strum singer/songwriter tracks on this release that comes off comforting with sounds of pop delight. An emo-acoustic delivery and angst filled vocals are comprised of one-liner hints inside his poetic, narrative thoughts. Though things become a bit tiresome at times, Hensley delivers a nice follow-up to Cobus Green. The lazy guitar work here possesses welcoming steadiness, but the vocals are trying too hard to sound full of feeling instead of following the bands musical direction that strives for euphoria in the vain of an alternative grunge kid gone goodie-to-shoe soft rocker. (JC)

The Sad Riders Lay Your Head on the Soft Rock Doghouse Records • Favez's Chris Wicky shows off his softer side with his side project, the Sad Riders. The Sad Riders sparse alt-country tunes are reminiscent of artists such as Damien Jurado, Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan.  Why smash your head on the punk rock when you can lay your head on the soft rock? (CL)

The Saddest Landscape self-titled Alone Records • Lots of feeling and frenzy pervade this seven-song disc. Anger, anxiety and angst are seamlessly blended in the frenetic guitar work and pounding drums.  (MK)

The Seamonsters Turning Tide Pete Records. • This album is the San Diego band's attempt to integrate tidal themes into their music. This birth and decay, rising and receding theme sets a nice backdrop to the group's consistently heartfelt lyrics. The entire album sounds like California, especially evocative, if occasionally banal, tracks like Metal Cellular Palm Trees. One comparison I can't escape is lead singer Matt Clatterbuck's similarity to Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows. This album sounds nostalgic and unique, innovative and timeless. (JR)

The Sex Maniacs Mean As Hell Manic Ride • This is the debut album from these Yorkshire maniacs who love the raunchier side of rock n roll. The Sex Maniacs are like a wild bar room brawl, which leaves its listeners with gnarly hangovers and two black eyes. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys The Dwarves or Motorhead. (RP)

The Shivering Brand the Ground WIth Storm and Song Alone Records • These guys sound like Seattle 1993. But they also sound a little post-hardcore, like Desert City Soundtrack. It's pretty difficult to describe The Shivering without name-dropping groups like Mudhoney, among others. They sound raw and sincere, but not terribly original. The real hook with this album is its amazing lyrics and interesting vocals, which are somehow melodic despite their roughness. Also, the packaging was pretty. (JR)

The Short Happy Life self-titled Nobody's Favorite Records • I blame Atom and His Package for letting every kid with a Casio keyboard think he can be his own band. There isn't much of the wit and charm you'd hope a project like this would have, no of the charm that makes these sorts of things fun, at least for awhile. (KM)

The Silvermen Incendiary Luminary self-released • Rockabilly deluxe, baby. This is a rockin'-rollin' trip through the wonderful world of The Silvermen. A great, high-energy first release for a band reputed to have wonderful live shows. At times intermixing other genres (swing, for instance) this disc strays from the norm enough to be noteworthy and good. (MK)

The Solidarity Pact Concrete Don't Give A Fuck self-released • Oh the beauty of a record with no songs over 2 and a half minutes. Short, sweet, and hard hitting. The Solidarity Pact remind me of all the best elements of old punk, combining some good evolution to keep it refreshing, and enough go! to make you point your heart out. Impressive vocals and a tight band that knows when to get creative and when to hold back. This band might remind me what underground music is all about. (KM)

The Upwelling self-titled Noreaster Media • The Upwelling makes dramatic, pretty alt-rock that puts me in mind of fellow New Yorkers Longwave and Interpol. There's a lot of passionate emotion in their well-recorded music. (SJM)

The Witnesses Tunnel Vision Howler Records • Solid bluesy-rock with a 70's feel and swagger reminiscent of the Black Crowes in their heyday is what you get from these New Yorkers. With straight ahead guitar riffs that possess an edginess and attitude that demands attention, the raunchy sounds here are ideal for a beer bash around a bonfire. This album is another reminder that there are still bands out there that refuse to let the true spirit of Rock-n-Roll die. (JC)

The Workhouse The End of the Pier Devil in the Woods Records • Melodic ecstasy can best sum up "Ice Cream Van" from The Workhouse's new album The End of the Pier. This cd would be best put in on a nice long drive back from a hard days work. Music like this soothes the soul. I hear the lighter side of Pumpkins maybe even crossing over into the Deep Elm sound of Appleseed Cast when the rhythm section is in control. A prime example of this Curish' feel is prominent on rockers like "John Noakes." This is definitely the record to put in after surviving a hurricane. The vast majority of the album is instrumental with the exception of the title track, which four minutes deep into vocals come in out of nowhere and are very reminiscent of Jim Morrison. Go figure. (SP)

The Youth Class This is What I Remember self-released • Starting off with "The Ballad of Willie Skinker Pt.1 and 2," the impression is given that The Youth Class is a big fan of The Who. With Tommy style lyrics like the three lines of the second track (Pt.2) The Youth Class provides an almost cinematic air as if you're expecting to hear some sort of rock opera. However, the mood changes with the third track "Something Foreign" in which its beginning sounds like it could have come off one of the first three emo diary records from Deep Elm. And with this type of musical diversion brings in the next apparent display of sound of which is very reminiscent to that of Fugazi and Cursive. Indie rock all the way, wooh-hoo!!! (SP)

Thebrotherkite Thebrotherkite Clairecords Fern • Captivating from the beginning, these crisp pop-rock sounds float effortlessly on the new release from Thebrotherkite. Atmospheric and catchy mood swings are layered and highlighted by massive guitar sounds that create dreamy soundscapes that seem ready for the radio. With a driving musical approach comparable to the Smashing Pumpkins with all that distortion, but without the whiny screams attached, a steady delivery of melody makes a simple rhyme and story come off too smooth. (JC)

Theraphosa Blondi Save Your Servant • Anticipation builds from the start of "Trojan Horse" with stampeding percussion and scratching guitar riffs that become the backbone to this release. Solid sounds are abound alongside vocal bursts that are too drowned-out by the musical force here to be heard. And unfortunately, things don't get better. The vocals, which at times sound spoken, don't mesh well with the dirty slinging of the bass guitar and impromptu guitar work. What could have been a great thing sounds like a basement recording that needs some fine-tuning before being unleashed on the masses. (JC)

timewellspent self-titled self-released • This fully orchestrated, thickly layered release has some of the floaty elements of bands like Air, and some of the structure of 60's pop on the order of Burt Bacharach. It is a really nice combination - time well spent indeed. (SJM)

Tober Harajuku Emo Ko Dork Rock Records • In the grand tradition of Weezer and Nerf Herder, Tober is not afraid to nerd it up.  On their debut EP Harajuku No Emo Ko (released by the appropriately named Dork Rock Records), the NYC trio nervously rocks with songs about lunchboxes and their inability to talk to girls (a pain I know all too well). (CL)

Tom Kafafian In Through the Outside Great Escape • This record is unlike any kind of rock I have heard before, as it swings from alternative European rock to hardcore grunge. Passionate and powerful, Kafafian leads you softly down one dark corridor, then smashes you to pieces with a furious, frenzied hook. At only the age of 19, this prodigal musician plays all the instruments himself on a few tracks, and I feel he will be a rock icon in years to come. (DP)

Toothpick Drive Easy self-released • I remember this album coming out in the late nineties, except it was by an artist called Everlast, I think. That was the dude from House of Pain; I'm sure it helped get an album put out being from the guys that made Jump Around. Toothpick doesn't really seem to have any of that going for him. The lyrics are trite and the music is pop trash. The man sounds like he wishes he was Tupac when he raps and sounds like an octave lower version of G. Love and Special Sauce when he sings, except he isn't as good as either of them. It actually sounds like that LFO band, and I'm sure some awful corporation like Coca-Cola will buy one of these songs and over play it in one of their commercials. (MC)

Tracy Shedd Louder Than You Can Hear Devil In The Woods • Expanding upon her singer songwriter tag, Tracy has teamed up with a band and moved to Jacksonville. This release is a more musical venture compared to her previous two outputs where despair was delivered alone. The music here has an indie sound comparable to Mazzy Star that takes her fragile voice through the emotions of diary entry verses, so it gets a bit boring. (JC)

Travoltas The Highschool Reunion Pete Teo • You wanna talk about catchy? This toe-tappin', high-energy record from the hard-working Travoltas has a pop-punk bubble-gummy sound that jumps right into your psyche. Reminiscent of the Cars (but turned up a punky notch,) the Dutch quintet's offerings are heavily interlaced with keyboards, with super-tight melodies and brilliant hooks. The cheerful sounds of the 80's are revitalized through these fine works. (DP)

Unfair? Destroy Sexism EP Mediattack • The lo-fi, raw sound of this crusty, "peacepunk" hardcore band is so appropriate. While the recording quality may be criticized if it were some other genre of music, the roughness of this four-song EP is one of its finest qualities. The vocals are shouted forth over feedback heavy guitars, a spastic drum rhythm and inconsistent melodies. The result is a chaotic vibe that so appropriately fits the political status of our world. (CM)

Various Artists A Compilation: 2002-2004 Newest Industry • Definitely not amidst the prestigious candidates for "Best Compilation Album," however I enjoy the variety amongst the genres and the track selection is rather equipped and plentiful. Newest Industry keeps it true by selecting a track list that consists of bands I've never heard of. The production is a bit weak and it's lacking in suggestive selling techniques (bigger bands), however there is a wide array of talent among the 27 tracks of "mystery." Artists featured include Four Letter Word, No Choice, The Enablers, NRA and The Phoenix Foundation.

Various Artists A Tribute To The Beatles: It Was 40 Years Ago Today Bullseye Records • This is the exact reason why Beatles songs should not be covered. Wow is all I can say. Take that as you will, but I would take it as my way of saying "Wow, I didn't think it was possible to take some of the greatest songs ever written, and twist them into a steaming pile of dog shit." When I picked the CD up, I thought it had potential to be good. I mean, the songs that they have to start with are pretty damn good, so even if a shitty band, with a shitty attempt at recreating Beatles' songs should be able to create something audibly pleasing. I have to say that on two CDs with 50 different Beatles songs, not every song sucked. The majority of the artists tried to do "their style" Beatles song. Normally, I would think it was cool and a few artists managed to pull it off alright. Alright. The rest are just bad versions of Beatles songs performed in different genres. So the cd is modeled after the white album in its design, and the two discs set keeps that theme going. The idea could have worked if there were two discs worth of good songs, but I think they fell about 45 songs short. Oh yeah, and it's Canadian. (MP)

Various Artists Hopelessly Devoted To You Vol. 5 Hopeless Records / Sub City Records • This fifth in a continuing series of compilations includes seven unreleased tracks from Thrice, Break The Silence, Common Rider, Mêlée, Stairwell, Amber Pacific, and Avenged Sevenfold among its 14 tracks, plus a couple of videos. Not only does this comp feature some of the best punk bands around, but it should cost you less than four bucks! (AL)

Various Artists Makeshift #3 Makeshift Music • Long known for the early rock and roll of Sun Studios and the blues on Beale Street, Memphis also has a burgeoning indie rock scene. Makeshift Music brings together many of the city's top indie talents on this, their third local compilation album. The disc features twenty-two tracks of indie rock, punk, pop and more. Highlights include the Glass, Mouserocket, and Snowglobe. (CL)

Various Artists Punk Rock Is Your Friend Kung-Fu • This is the fifth sampler album from Kung-Fu records. It's packed with punk rock tracks from such bands as Antifreeze, The Vandals, Pistol Grip, Useless I.D. and No Use For A Name. You get 20 rocking tunes, many of which are unreleased or rare. This is one of those compilations that does a good job loading up an album with some pretty darn good material. (CM)

Various Artists Return Of The Permanent Wave Silver Plastic Records • This compilation of sixteen tracks of electronic music that would have been called New Wave in the early eighties, is occasionally inspired, but too often antiseptic, robotic, and overly backward-looking. The high points for me were the tracks by Egg in Space, which, oddly enough given the android-style vocals, were the most human. If you like this style of music, which they have termed "Permanent Wave", you will love this album. (SJM)

Various Artists Rock Against Bush Vol. 2 Fat Wreck Chords • Volume 1 was great; I'm amazed that Volume 2 is just as good. 28 bands, many offering up unreleased or rare material (including a live track from Jawbreaker and Bouncing Souls, among others). Other bands appearing include Green Day, Rancid, Hot Water Music, Dillinger Four, Sick Of It All, No Doubt, and Sleater Kinney. And, in case 28 rocking songs wasn't enough, you get a separate DVD that includes videos by Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, NOFX and more, plus comedy pieces from Will Ferrell, Patton Oswalt and Greg Proops and six politics shorts. Wow, what a freaking great package of goodies – and all to help get our horrible president out of office. (CM)

Various Artists This Is Indie Rock Deep Elm Records • Much like their brilliant Emo Diaries series, Deep Elm is back with a new series showcasing "the best bands you've never heard of." I haven't heard of any of these but maybe one or two. Also like their previous series, the bands are from all over the world – Israel, Ireland, New York, Michigan, Texas and more. With diverse backgrounds come diverse sounds; this album includes a mix of musical genres, from emo to jangly indie rock to spastic math rock to hardcore. The end result is an outstanding, varied collection of 12 songs by 12 different bands. Standout tracks include tunes from Clair De Lune, Dino Velvet, Siva, and Lakota. I'm a sucker for the more uptempo stuff. (CM)

Vietnam The Concrete Is Always Greener on the Other Side Vice Recordings • It's hard to sit through more than 30 minutes from this band (which is the length of the EP, thank goodness). I had a tough time liking the singer's whiny voice for more than a few minutes at a time. This band seems to be channeling the Velvet Underground, all full of sparse songs with jangly guitars, and sporadic intense moments. (AL)

Viv Flawed self-released • On their second full-length Flawed, Viv shows they are ready for the big time. From the opening track "Friends", Viv delivers some catchy, energetic power pop. Filled with hooks galore and solid performances, Flawed is anything but; it's a radio-friendly winner that would sit nicely alongside Pete Yorn and the Wallflowers on your local adult alternative station. (CL)

Windsor For The Derby We Fight Til Death Secretly Canadian • This band reminds me of The Sea and Cake, but I hate to draw a direct resemblance, for that would be to denigrate them as derivative, which they are not. Simple melodies, complex layering, effective vocals, and an at times pensive and tense mood draw the listener into these enjoyable songs. (SJM)

Without End Disease Is Man Pseudoplasma Records • This disc starts hard, goes hard and ends hard. This is a kickin' hardcore assault, that does not get lost in overproduction or a complete dissolution of song structure. A little too epic at the beginning, the second track starts up with a ferocity that carries through all the way to the end. (MK)

Woke Up Falling Woke Up Falling Post436 Records • Erupting with strong emotion through song and message, Woke Up Falling, carries a sound that expresses spiritual feeling through aggressive tactics. Overall this sounds like an English revival of punk music meant to make the punks see the light, a diversion away from the dreamy-goth pop approach on their last effort. Vocal tracks don't quit sound right alongside the music here. And realistically, this is aimed towards the teenager whose smoked their share of pot but has now decided that god may be the answer instead of being high. In short, this album deals with our vices and desires to pawn excuses off on others, only to be forgiven and do it all over again. (JC)

Yesterdays Rising When We Speak, We Breathe Fearless Records • Oh somebody really really wants to be on MTV, and I think their name is Yesterdays Rising. It sounds like hardcore, but it's that cute hardcore that I still can't figure out. IF you were going to make a band and make them ready for 3 months of pop stardom, you'd make this band. Deep sounding song titles, a nice big guitar sound, and just polished enough to sell to the kids. I guess I'm not as easy to impress. (KM)

Your Team Ring In Service of the Villain Perhaps Transparent Recordings • Your Team Ring is an outlet for the music of multi-media artist and filmmaker Gabriel Walsh. Over the past decade, Walsh has explored the worlds of psychedelic pop and electronic music, and blurred the boundaries between these two genres. On his latest work, In Service of the Villain, Walsh enlists the assistance of UK musician Richy Midnight, who adds to the experimental, electronic feel of these folk-based songs. The album has its moments, but with much ambitious and experimental music there are some misses. (CL)

DVD Reviews

Acid Drinkers 15 Crewed Years Eclectic DVD • Acid Drinkers have been together for about 15 years playing metal. This DVD includes two live concerts from the mid to late 90's, which are peppered with cover songs, the weirdest of which is Monty Python's "Always Look at the Bright Side of Life." I'd never seen long-haired metal-heads pumping their fists while screaming the lyrics to this song. It shows that these guys are not only into shredding, but they also have a sense of humor. Also included are various videos, interviews and photos. (AL)

Carnal Forge Destroy Live Metal Mind Productions • Not happy with playing melodic metal, Stefan Westerberg and Jari Kuusisto created Carnal Forge as a way to play more aggressive metal. They succeeded, and this DVD is proof. Their live concert is as intense as anything you've ever seen. Not only do you get an entire concert, but you also get two separate bootlegged concerts from 2003, an interview with the band, photo and art galleries, band biographies and goodies for your PC. (AL)

Charlie Hunter Quintet Right Now Live Ropeadope Records • I have heard Charlie Hunter's music, but I had never seen him live. It is amazing to see him play jazz on his 8-string guitar, simultaneously playing the guitar and bass parts. And with this DVD, also sounds great thanks to the Dolby 5.1 Surround mix. The first few tracks feature him playing solo, and then the rest of the band joins in for the remainder of this one hour+ intimate concert. The DVD apparently supports multiple angles, so you can always go to a close up of Hunter's hands, but I couldn't seem to get the feature to work right. (AL)

Count Basie Swing Era Idem Home Video • For about an hour and a half, you can watch this master of the jazz piano in all his glory. This DVD is a collection of live performance films culled from Basie's career. The tracks are split according to who else is featured on the songs, with Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Joe Turner, Henry "Red" Allen, Gene Krupa, Lucky Millinder and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. This video leaves no doubt that Basie was a true pioneer in jazz. (AL)

Dizzy Gillespie Jivin' In Be-Bop IDEM Home Video • This 18-song DVD is an interesting view into the groundbreaking be-bop movement that Dizzy helped to pioneer. All of the 18 songs were taken from Dizzy's "post war big band" sessions, recorded in 1947. While I know it is the first track on the DVD, the extremely impressive drum solo on Salt Peanuts was by far the biggest stand out on the DVD. Ray Sneed's tap dancing on Ornithology is also quite amazing to watch. These standouts don't even include the smooth technique that Gillespie practically exudes during this entire DVD. This is a great collection from one of music's greats. I do feel like there are some missing extra's, a short bio or any kind of historical background would have been nice, but if you just want some music to watch this will do the trick. (MC)

Green Carnation Alive and Well in Krakow Metal Mind Productions • Initially a death metal band, Green Carnation dropped the ultra aggressive sound for something a bit more melodic, yet still metal. Their sound includes some prog metal elements, and uses keyboards for atmospheric effects. This DVD features them in a live setting, plus some bootleg videos, biographies, interviews, and bonus audio tracks, which include a Chris Isaac and an A-Ha cover. (AL)

Uncle Luke Uncle Luke Presents: Luke's Music Videos Music Video Distributors • Luther Campbell has survived for 20 years, and is still pumping out booty bass music. This DVD includes six video tracks, one of which is a behind the scenes film for the "Party Don't Stop" video. It also features five audio tracks, plus a rather low-rent documentary about Campbell's life. (AL)

Various Artists Hellfest Vol III High Roller Studios • This double DVD is the third documentary for the Hellfest tour, and includes over two hours of live footage from some of today's heaviest acts, including Unearth, Lamb of God, Autopilot Off, The Bouncing Souls, The Locust, Brother's Keeper, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. You also get interviews and highlight reels that are not to be missed. (AL)

Various Artists WarpVision: The Videos 1989-2004 Warp Records • This collection of videos from Warp Records' 15 year history would have been worth it even if it only included the Aphex Twin and Autechre videos. However, the DVD includes a total of 32 videos from their impressive roster, including Luke Vibert, Plaid, LFO, Broadcast, Prefuse 73 and a ton of others, proving that this label is committed to electronic music of the best kind. Not only that, but you also get a bonus CD with a continuous mix by Buddy Pearce and Zilla. (AL)

Record Label Addresses
In alphabetical order. Please write them.

Aaron Derington,
Absolutely Kosher,
Alone Records,
Alternative Tent.,
Anonka Records,
Asaurus Records,
Asian Man Records,
Backward Masking,
Bad Samaritan,
Banana Bread,
Big Dada Recordings,
Bloodlink Records,
Bomb Hip-Hop,
Breaching Whale Recs, no contact info available
Bridge Nine,
Broken Spoke,
Bubble Core Records,
Bullseye Records,
BYO Records,
Camille & Alexander,
Chicks On Speed,
Chocolate Fireguard,
Clairecords Fern,
Coalition Records,
Creep Records,
Criterion Records,
Daptone Records,
Deathwish Inc.,
Deep Elm Records,
Definitive Jux,
Devil In The Woods,
Die Romantik,
Dim Mak Records,
Disturbing Records,
Doghouse Records,
Domino Recording,
Dork Rock Records,
Dr. Strange Records,
Eclectic DVD,
Ed Walters Records,
Epitaph Records,
Equal Vision,
ESL Music,
EV Productions,
Exile On Mainstream,
Fader Label,
Fast Music,
Fat Beat Records,
Fearless Records,
Fell Boyzs,
Film Guerrero,
Fistolo Records,
Free Apple Tree,
Full Frequency,
Future Farmer,
Future Primitive Sound,
Get Hip,
Glurp Records,
Go Kart Records,
Gold Standard Labs,
Great Escape,
Gringo Records,
Happy Happy Birthday To Me,
Hard Knoxx Ent.,
HDSM Spells Music, no contact info available
Helen Slater,
High Roller Studios,
Hoodoo Papas,
Hopeless Records,
Housephunk Records, no contact info available
Howler Records,
Idol Roc Ent.,
Immigrant Sun,
Indianola Records,
Initial Records,
Ipecac Recordings,
Johann¹s Face Records,
Josh Goode Band,
Knock Knock,
Kung-Fu Records,
La Salle Records,
Laughing Outlaw,
Lenny Solomon,
LLR Recordings,
Lobster Records,
Lujo Records,
Makeshift Music,
Manic Ride Recs,
Mayday Records,
Metal Mind Productions,
Mikel Paris,
Mush Records,
Music Video Dist.,
Newest Industry,
Ninja Tune,
No Idea Records,
Noreaster Media,
Omega Point Recs,
On The Rise Records,
Paper Street,
Paranormal Recs,
Perfect Victim,
Perhaps Transparent,
Pete Records,
Planet Mu Records,
Plan-It-X Records,
Pluto Records,
Pop Pop Records,
Popboomerang Recs,
Post436 Records,
Princess Records,
Razor & Tie,
Red Stapler Recs,
Revelation Records,
Rick McAlister,
Ringing Boots,
Rival Records,
Ropeadope Records,
Save Your Servant,
Screaming Fan Recs,
Secretly Canadian,
Seventh Rule,
Shock Records,
Sick Room Records,
Side One Dummy,
Silver Plastic,
Silver Rocket Records,
Smoke Off Vinyl,
Some Records,
SOS Records
Spirit House Recs,
States Rights,
Stereotype Recs,
Stomp Records,
Sub City Records,
Suicide Squeeze,
Sweatin' Betty,
Sympathy For The Rec Ind.,
Tarpaul Records,
Tee Pee,
Temporary Residence,
The Bon Mots,
The Electric Human Project,
The Indoor Kids,
The Marcus Singletary Band,
The Militia Group,
The Muffs,
The New Beat,
The Solidarity Pact,
The Youth Class,
Thick Records,
Thinker Thought,
Thorp Records,
TKO Records,
Triple Crown,
Trustkill Records,
Turn Records,
Undetected Plagiarism,
United Edge Records,
V2 Music,
Vice Recordings,
Victory Records,
Volcom Entertainment,
Warp Records,
Wonder Records,
Yep Rock,
Zero Velocity,

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