29 April 2012

SIDI BOU SAID Obsessive 1997

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BIONIC Deliverance 2002

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DRILL TEAM Hope and Dream Explosion 1998


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Drill Team's first full-length album, Hope and Dream Explosion, shows some improvement over their debut EP, but perhaps not as much as one might like; too much of the album drifts past without leaving much of an impression. However, there are enough outbursts of melodicism, as on the opening track and single "Hold You Down," to suggest that hard work on songwriting might be rewarded. ~ Steve Huey

DRILL TEAM self titled EP 1996

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Upon its release in 1996, Drill Team's four-song debut seemed to signify it was an alt-rock band on the verge of something bigger, even though that '90s-era subgenre was already somewhat passé by the time the group arrived on the scene. At the time, Drill Team closely resembled the Smashing Pumpkins in style and substance (if not exactly in its songs), and the folks at Reprise's In Bloomimprint hoped that Drill Team's honeyed, commercially viable tunes would bring them as much success as the Pumpkins had brought to Virgin worldwide. Drill Team was paired up with Midwest-based producer Keith Cleversley, who had already created magic with Spiritualized, the Flaming Lips, and Mercury Rev, among others, and the two tracks that resulted from that alliance -- "Pluto My Cream" and "Drippin" -- were, indeed, the better efforts. Lead vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Michael Long's soporific, whisper-soft vocals and fuzz-dripping stratospheric guitars are simply immersed in Cleversley's sonic frippery. The other two tracks went for the same effect, albeit with lesser results. Things went into a downturn after the release of this EP, however. Rhythm guitarist Chris Etzer left the band due to personality conflicts with Long. Then, Reprise sent Drill Team off on an experimental regional U.S. tour that saw the band playing a few cities over and over for weeks on end (how annoying it must have been for the people of Dallas or Boston who simply wanted the band to leave town!). When Drill Team's long-awaited full-length debut arrived, Hope and Dream Explosion turned out to be somewhat aptly named, as the group's hopes and dreams did just that. The inner band strife continued, and drummer Jim Mills and Long's longtime friendship finally, if not abruptly, came to an end. Perhaps Mills had the right idea all along, hiding under the moniker "Sowbug Lord" (and later calling himself "Apollo Strange"). After Drill Team's demise, the bandmembers went their separate ways. Michael Long formed a new band, Army, in 2000. ~ Bryan Thomas

FONDLY F is For 1997

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POSTER CHILDREN RTFM 1997


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by Heather Phares
Poster Children are a high-energy punk-pop band that formed in 1987 in Champaign, IL. Playing what they call "post wave" music, their three full-length releases illustrate why they have a die-hard cult following: their ability to write hard yet melodic songs and their do-it-yourself philosophy, which includes driving their own tour bus, creating all of their own artwork and T-shirt designs, and having their own record label. A longtime college favorite, Poster Children continue to gain fans with each hyperkinetic release, including 1990's Daisychain Reaction, 1993's Tool of the Man, 1997's RFTM, and 2000's DDD.

JUDGE NOTHING I'm a Big Girl Now 1996

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by Mike DaRonco
Purposed as a way to kill the suburban boredom brought on by their Midwestern town of Alton, Illinois, Judge Nothing wanted to liven things up a bit when they got together in 1988. Seven years of demos and due paying would follow before their first album I'm A Big Girl Now made up for all their thankless touring and hard work. Released in 1995 on Thick Records, Judge Nothing's partnership with this label continued with the follow-up Riveter in 1996. However, not too long after their picture seven inch split with All in 1997, everyone went their separate ways the following year.

NEIGHBORLY Grass is Greener 1998

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by John Bush
Neighborly was formed by Tom Ackerman (formerly of Skiploader), Adam Orth (formerly of Shufflepuck) and Bob Penn (Retriever). The trio released their debut album Grass Is Greener in 1998. It was reissued three years later.

27 April 2012

FUZZY self titled 1994

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BRICK


 Volvoland
1997
 Suomi 
1996

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Brick is a hardcore band from Sweden similar to Refused.

25 April 2012

DOGSHINE Barry's Car 1995

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LIARS INC. Enemy 2000

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by Roxanne Blanford
Liars Inc. is a quartet from Los Angeles, CA, which can best be described as having been born of compelling contradictions and obstacles. Lead singer Raile grew up in Hollywood where his mother worked as a stylist to stars who often slept on her living room floor following all-night parties and whom Raile had to step over as he went to school. As he matured, Raile became frustrated, jaded, and disillusioned. He was then encouraged by his longtime friend Robin Diaz to start up a band as a means to lend focus and voice to his profound perceptions. Always the optimist, Diaz's life view created a balance for the more pessimistic Raile. It wasn't long before enigmatic bass player Dillinger and Ray Hartman, an uprooted Scranton, PA, native, came on board to form Liars Inc. Their debut, Superjaded, was released in 1998.

ELEVEN PICTURES Initials 1997

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21 April 2012

SHUFFLEPUCK self titled 1996

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LIFTER Melinda 1996

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by Michael Sutton
In 1996, the Los Angeles band Lifter called the attention of radio programmers with a song about moving back home and mowing the lawn for dad. The song, "402," became an anthem for twentysomethings frustrated by the loneliness and financial instability of living alone. The track could have catapulted Lifter into the superstar status of other loud alternative rock groups such as Everclear and the Foo Fighters. However, the band became lost in a market overstocked on young groups with fuzzy guitars and angry, introspective lyrics. Lifter formed in 1992 with Mike Coulter (vocals, guitar), Jeff Sebelia (bass), and John Rozas (drums). Lifter released several singles on independent labels like Fingerpaint and Triple X. Before agreeing to sign the band, Interscope Records sent Coulter to rehab to rid him of his addiction to heroin. In 1996, Lifter released their debut album, Melinda (Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt), on Interscope Records. The LP was named after Coulter's …  » Read more

20 April 2012

GO KART GO Flying 2003

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SUBWAY MIRROR Wisepope 1995

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VENAS PLUTON Binocular 1995


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Band from Spain. It's all I know about them. Enjoy!

15 April 2012

SONE Holiday Sport EP 1999

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ASHTRAY BOY Macho Champions 1995


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by Jason Ankeny

Ashtray Boy is two indie pop bands in one: the first existed in Chicago, the other -- simultaneously -- in Sydney, Australia. Both were led by vocalist Randall Lee, formerly of the Cannanes and Nice; after the latter's 1993 demise, Lee began splitting his time between his native Australia and the U.S., and the first Ashtray Boy lineup formed was the American version, rounded out by future Pulsars member Dave Trumfio and drummer Justin Niimi. Their 1993 full-length, The Honeymoon Suite (featuring backing vocals from Liz Phair), was the first release issued under the name, while 1994's Macho Champions featured material from the Chicago unit as well as the Sydney group, which also featured bassist Thomas Tallis and drummer Neil Johnston. Candypants Beach, issued the following year, and 1996's The Everyman's 4th Dimension were also joint ventures from both Ashtray Boy rosters. In 2002, Lee left Australia for Vancouver B.C., where he set about putting together a Canadian lineup as well.

FURTHER Super Griptape LP 1993

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UK re-issue of the original US Griptape LP (with 3 bonus tracks). This re-release omits the original opening track: "Overrated."
 

Tracklist

1 Totally Baked 6:33
2 Don't Need A Rope 3:22
3 Real Gone 2:47
4 Gimmie Indie Fox 4:08
5 Greasy 1:28
6 Angela Rites Th Rckrs 5:19
7 Bazooka 1:31
8 Still 7:35
9 Flounder (Ubel) 0:33
10 Fix It's Broken 6:59
11 Teenage Pants 3:17
12 The Death Of An A&R Man 1:56
13 Smudge 2:19
14 Fantastic Now 6:12
15 Filling Station 4:49
16 Under And In 1:37
17 Westward Ho (Wharton's Trip) 8:52



08 April 2012

MENTHOL Danger: Rock Science 2002

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ELEVEN PICTURES Flowerland 1995

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OLD MAN Tragic Lessons 1994


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1 Kitchen Is Open
2 20 Points Off
3 Where's My Gun
4 Southside
5 Where I'm Going
6 Get Out
7 Observations
8 Daydream Suicide
9 Control
10 Open Up
11 Different Light
12 Plan
13 Scent

05 April 2012

THE SCHRAMMS Walk to Delphi 1990

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by Mark Deming
Melding pop, folk-rock, and alt-country sounds with quirky wit and a keen intelligence, the Schramms were the brainchild of gifted guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Dave Schramm, who debuted the group in 1987. Schramm, who had previously played with Human Switchboard and Jon Klages, left Yo La Tengo in 1986, following the release of their debut album, Ride the Tiger, and he soon began working up material with fellow Human Switchboard alumnus Ron Metz and drums and bassist Terry Karydes, who had played in an embryonic version of Yo La Tengo. After Karydes' bass was stolen, she moved over to keyboards, and Mike Lewis, another former member of Yo La Tengo, took over on bass, with guitarist Todd Novak and sax player Pete Linzell filling out the lineup. The band dubbed themselves the Walking Wounded and lined up a short tour only to discover a group in California was already using that name; as a joke, the band billed themselves as the Schramms for the duration of the tour, only to … » Read more

THE CORDS Gasping 1994

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04 April 2012

FIELD TRIP Headgear 1990


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UNCLE WIGGLY Jump Back, Baby 1996

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by Greg Prato

The New York City-based trio Uncle Wiggly originally formed in 1989, and consists of members William Berger (guitar and drums), Michael Anzalone (bass and guitar), and James Kavoussi (drums and guitar), with all three sharing vocals. Mixing concise alt-pop tunes with some retro psychedelia straight out of the '60s, Uncle Wiggly issued their debut album, He Went There So Why Don't We Go, a year later on the independent Austrian label Nur Sch Records, before signing on with Shimmy Disc, which issued the trio's next two releases: 1991's Across the Room and Into Your Lap and 1992's There Was an Elk. The trio issued a 12" EP titled Non Stuff in 1995, as well as their fourth full-length release overall, Jump Back, Baby, in 1996.

CROATAN Violent Passion Surrogate 1998

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by Alex Henderson

Croatan is a noisy, abrasive, punk influenced alternative rock duo that has enjoyed a small underground following in the '90s. Forceful and dissonant, Croatan's songs weren't meant to appeal to mainstream sensibilities -- its music is strictly for rock's underground. Croatan was formed in Cincinnati, OH in 1992, when singer/guitarist Jenny and drummer Mark (both of whom strictly went by their first names) came together after having played in different Cincinnati bands. Croatan never had a bassist, but between Jenny's screaming vocals and blistering electric guitar and Mark's aggressive drumming, the group has packed a very loud punch. After playing live gigs for six years and putting out some singles, Croatan came to the attention of Man's Ruin Records and recorded its first album, Violent Passion Surrogate, in 1998. Man's Ruin released the album in January 1999. Curse of the Red Queen followed in early 2001.

CHANGE OF HEART Smile 1992

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by Charlotte Dillon

The Canadian pop/rock band Change of Heart formed in 1982 and held to life for almost two fulfilling decades before calling an end to the ride, and leaving the roller coaster cars empty. Along the way, members of the group included lead vocalist Ian Blurton, drummers Ron Duffy and John Richardson, bassists Rob Taylor and John Borra, percussionist Mike Armstrong, and keyboardist Bernard Maiezza. Change of Heart recorded a number of noteworthy albums over those years, building a strong following in Canada, and then crossing into the United States.

In 1986, the band recorded their first two full-length works, Northwind and 50 Ft. Up. That same big year also saw the group touring successfully, landing gigs opening for other acts, and working on their first music video. Over the next decade, several other albums hit the market, including Slowdance in 1987, Soapbox in 1989, Smile in 1992, Tummysuckle in 1995, and Steelteeth in 1997.

03 April 2012

LATIMER LP Title 1995

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by John Bush

Latimer is comprised of G. Doring, D. Cotton, R. Sherman and R. Fravel. After an EP release, the band's major debut, LP Title, was released on World Domination in 1995; Live From Sour City followed in 1997.


THE SUNDOWNERS The Girl with the Thing in Her Hair 1996

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HICKEY Various States of Disrepair 2002

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