Category Archives: 2007

DVD: Nirvana – Unplugged in New York

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Label: Geffen Records Released: November 20, 2007 I have long felt that Nirvana is grossly overrated. Bleach was a good grunge album and Nevermind managed to both transcend the genre and be in the right place at the right time, exploding into the faltering world of commercial rock. Even so, it’s more commercially important than musically. In Utero, however, is… Read more »

Review: Mongrels – Oshawa

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Label: WeirdBeard Records Released: November 2007 Before they had an album out, I wrote about the material Mongrels had up on their Myspace page. It was a raw, manic mix of garagey soul (or soulful garage). Either way, they tapped into the excitement of the late 60s Detroit that would profoundly influence much of 70s hard rock, even if few… Read more »

Review: Lafcadio – Kibosh

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Label: Joyful Noise Recordings Released: January 22, 2008 In a nutshell, Lafcadio could be described as King Crimson meets Dillinger Escape Plan meets Black Flag meets Black Sabbath meets Shel Silverstein. If you’re not immediately turned off by the threat of that, then their new album Kibosh is probably for you. At times, they are as refined (though not quite… Read more »

Review: A Wilhelm Scream – Career Suicide

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Label: Released: October 9, 2007 A Wilhelm Scream doesn’t exactly break down all the walls on Career Suicide, but they do manage to put forth a solid album that isn’t the same old fare over and over again. The album is largely a metally hardcore affair, but its layered sound (particularly the guitar parts) gives it far greater dimension than… Read more »

DVD: Yes – Their Definitive Fully Authorized Story

Label: Image Entertainment Released: January 15, 2007 I’m a fan of Yes. I understand that they have serious flaws from Jon Anderson’s esoteric, eastern-philosophy-lite lyrics to their frequent substitution of calculation for emotion, but somehow, they manage to get away with it in my book. Like Yes’ better moments, this DVD often finds itself short on thrills, but long on… Read more »

Review: Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer – Schematics

Label: Flight Plan/Reignition Records Released: September 25, 2007 Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer is yet another power-pop band among what seems like an endless stream coming out these days. So, what sets this female-fronted hook-fest apart from the others? For one thing, energy. In a genre that seems to go through the motions, Zolof is engaged in what they’re… Read more »

Review: Watts – One Below the All Time Low

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Label: Self-released; buy it at CD Baby or Not Lame Released: September 4, 2007 Watts took their name from the drummer of perhaps the most over-rated rock band in history. However, the part of the Stones that they tap into is that of the band in its hungry 60s prime, not the bloated dinosaur of the last 35 years. And… Read more »

Review: Hackman – The New Normal

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Label: Small Stone Records Released: May 29, 2007 The heavy sludge that is the principle ingredient in Hackman’s sound isn’t necessarily a hot commodity these days. In order to stand out, bands have to incorporate more than just a love for Black Sabbath and Hackman does just that. The album starts off slow and heavy, but doesn’t stay that way…. Read more »

Review: Steve E. Nix and the Cute Lepers – Terminal Boredom b/w Prove It

Label: 1-2-3-4 Go! Records Released: July 3, 2007 Steve E Nix and the Cute Lepers serve up a fun little slab of old-school punk and new wave on this EP. “Terminal Boredom” is ’77-style punk rock that borrows heavily from the Clash and Ramones, while “Prove It” could almost be a outtake from Elvis Costello’s “Armed Forces.” If you’re gonna… Read more »

Review: Avett Brothers – Emotionalism

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Label: Ramseur Records Released: March 15, 2007 Americana’s return to the distant roots of rock music can be both a strength and a limitation. The genre often taps into the stripped down honesty of early music, but is also limited in its influences. The Avett Brothers, however, capture the genre’s strengths without being held to its limitations. The band, Scott… Read more »