27 May 2018

WHEAT Hope And Adams 1999

For fans of the Mendoza Line and Clem Snide. Highly recommended.


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A decidedly low-key band from the Boston suburbs, Wheat boasted a dreamy, autumnal sound that owed a good deal to British shoegazing bands of the late-'90s. Formed in 1996 in Taunton, Massachusetts, the band turned away from traditional marketing tactics, instead exercising their creative whims during live performances. A fan sent one of Wheat's tapes to Sugar Free Records, a Chicago-based label that signed the band immediately. Core members Scott Levesque, Brendan Harney, and Ricky Brennan helped shape Wheat's sound across their first two albums, aided by Mike Flood, Kevin Camara, Ricky Brennan, and Kenny Madaras.

Medeiros/Hope and Adams
The group's debut, Medeiros, was issued in 1998 and won critical praise for its ambient textures and far-ranging sound explorations. Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann helmed the band's follow-up, 1999's Hope and Adams, which pulled together far-reaching influences from alternative rock, slowcore, and Brit-pop. Hope and Adams proved to be even more ambitious than its predecessor; it also continued the band's anti-promotion stance, as neither the musicians' names nor their pictures could be found in the liner notes. After leaving the roster of Sugar Free Records and spending several years without a label, Wheat signed with Aware Records, securing distribution from Columbia in the process.
Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second
Having aligned themselves with a major label, Wheat issued Per Second, Per Second, Per Second... Every Second in 2003. Tours alongside established acts like Liz Phair and Toad the Wet Sprocket helped build their fanbase, as did their contributions to movie soundtracks such as Elizabethtown and A Cinderella Story. Nevertheless, Aware Records terminated Wheat's contract in 2004, and Brennan left to pursue alternate projects. Now reduced to a duo, the band issued Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square in 2007 and White Ink, Black Ink in 2009. 
 

Tracklist

1 This Wheat 1:51
2 Slow Fade 1:39
3 Don't I Hold You 3:50
4 Raised Ranch Revolution 4:42
5 San Diego 2:52
6 No One Ever Told Me 2:16
7 Be Brave 4:17
8 Who's The One 4:40
9 Off The Pedestal 3:11
10 And Someone With Strengths 3:49
11 Body Talk (Part 1) 2:35
12 Body Talk (Part 2) 3:08
13 More Than You'll Ever Know 2:52
14 Roll The Road 2:09
 

TIN STAR The Thrill Kisser 1998

Former members of X-CNN
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Thrill Kisser
The new-era disco-pop band Tin Star was formed in 1996 by vocalist Dave Tomlinson, guitarist/songwriter Tim Bricheno, and bassist/programmer Tim Gordine. After playing a few shows and recording a demo, the band signed to V2 and released their debut album the Thrill Kisser in 1999. Two years later, the trio bounced back with Dirty Bird.

Tracklist

1 Head 3:33
2 Disconnected Child 5:47
3 Picture Of A Girl 3:22
4 Viva 3:06
5 Raincheck 4:29
6 Going Slow 4:13
7 Don't Say 4:29
8 Wonderful World 4:00
9 Fast Machine 6:29
10 Destruction 5:24

ORSO self titled 1998






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Orso is an experimental, folk-tinged band led by Rex's Phil Spirito, Red Red Meat's Brian Deck, and Califone's Ben Massarella. Featuring banjo-centered songs flushed out by non-traditional instruments such as typewriters and toilets, the band made its studio debut in 1999 with a self-titled album on Perishable Records. Long Time By, a much more focused effort, followed in 2000, and My Dreams Are Back and They Are Better Than Ever arrived four years later. Ask Your Neighbor........... marked the band's first effort for Contraphonic, a Chicago-based label, in 2008.

Tracklist  

1 3 Chimneys All Different
2 Random Butter
3 Farmer Was A Paranoid Man
4 For Lack Of Better Words
5 Tea Eggs
6 Stretch Your Money
7 Rudra Vina
8 Burial At Sea
9 Spider's House
10 Madagascar
11 Tongue And Voice
12 Fireman's Cough
13 Cold Rest
14 Bubble Lady

THE PUSH STARS After The Party 1999





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Meet Me at the Fair
Boston alternative popsters the Push Stars are led by songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Chris Trapper, with bassist/keyboardist Dan McLoughlin and drummer Ryan MacMillan rounding out the lineup. The band debuted in 1996 with an album for the now-defunct Imago label, Meet Me at the Fair; from there, they self-released the 1997 EP Tonight and landed a spot on the soundtrack for the popular romantic comedy There's Something About Mary with the song "Everything Shines." As the buzz grew on the band, Capitol signed them up, issuing their major-label debut album After the Party in 1999. Opening Time followed in spring 2001. As each member of the band approached 30, the Push Stars took complete creative control. They signed to the San Francisco imprint 33rd Street and joined producer/engineer Greg Collins (No Doubt, Matchbox Twenty, Jewel in spring 2003 to begin recording The Push Stars' fourth album. Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas heard the band's work in progress and was so impressed with it, he brought the Push Stars on the road for Matchbox Twenty's fall tour of North America. In March 2004, the band released Paint The Town.

Tracklist

1 Any Little Town 4:47
2 Drunk Is Better Than Dead 3:39
3 Cinderella 4:52
4 Too Much Pride 3:08
5 Everything Shines 2:22
6 Moving Target 3:59
7 Meet Me On Main Street 4:50
8 Minnesota 3:25
9 Back To The Party 4:01
10 Sofkuri's Room 3:29
11 Cash 3:15
12 Cadillac 4:54

CHISEL DRILL HAMMER self titled 1999





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Born in Kevin Duneman's basement during the fall of 1996 in Iowa City. Chisel Drill Hammer relocated to Chicago, Illinois and toured the midwest extensively with fellow Hefty Records artists Ghosts And Vodka.


Tracklist

1 Time & Tape 2:34
2 Shunt 3:08
3 Elegy For The Original 2:28
4 Cut It Lose It Sharply 2:25
5 Vs. Machinists 1:42
6 Get The Level 2:17
7 The Years Of Lead 2:17
8 Peggy, You Have A Phone Call, Peggy 2:17


REGIA The Art of Navigation 1999






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This labor of love by drummer Louis Schefano (Remy Zero, Sarah McLachlan) is a super-tasty cloud of dreamy power pop. From the first driving riff of "Something for Nothing" you know you are on to something good. Thank God the promise is paid off with the trippy "Song for Wilhelm Reich" and the smooth reverb of "War of Words." This is one of those albums that gets better with every play, and then follows you around all day like an imaginary friend.

Tracklist  

1 Something For Nothing
2 Song For Wilhelm Reich
3 Same Time Same Place
4 Nobody's Matador
5 War Of Words
6 Borrowed Soul
7 I Believe
8 Strange Battle
9 Disinfectant
10 Put Down
11 Sure
12 My Hometown Killed Me

ENGINE DOWN Under The Pretense of Present Tense 1999






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Under the Pretense of Present Tense
"Groove-oriented emprise brushed with shades of Drive Like Jehu and grounded in a rocking emo sensibility" begins to characterize Engine Down's musical demeanor. The quartet met in Harrisonburg, VA, before embarking on an eastward migration to the Virginia capital of Richmond. Comprised of former members of Sleepytime Trio, the Weak Link Breaks, and Bughummer, Engine Down debuted at the showing of a murder mystery flick. They first released a self-titled 7" through Lovitt in 1998; their full-length Under the Pretense of Present Tense following later that year. After that, the band -- comprised of Jonathan Fuller (guitar/vocals), Jason Wood (bass/vocals), Keeley Davis (vocals/guitar) and Cornbread Compton (drums) -- put out 2000's To Bury Within the Sound and 2001's A Sign of Breath EP, touring with such acts as 400 Years, Speedwell, and Three Penny Opera. Also in 2001 came their third album, the moodier Demure.
Enginedown
By way of their recordings and live performances, Engine Down nurtured a bevy of adoring fans that helped them chart in CMJ's Top 20 for eight weeks. Engine Down were keen for rhythms in 6/8 time, not hesitating to augment their bass, drum, guitar, and vocal setup with such instruments as cello, vibraphone, and piano. Even without the addition of these acoustic instruments, Engine Down's core sound -- propulsive triplet-ridden beats, weighty basslines, pugnacious guitar salvos, and languorous vocals -- made the band worth seeking out. By 2004, the group had jumped from Lovitt to Lookout Records to release its fourth disk, Enginedown. Engine Down toured Europe in early 2005 before announcing that they would be breaking up (amicably) later that year. Following a fall U.S. farewell tour supported by Bella Lea and Des Ark, the bandmembers went their separate ways.

Tracklist

1 Castalia
2 Dead Letter
3 Colorado
4 Nearsighted
5 Slingshot
6 Brushes
7 The Offer Of Something
8 Daredevil

BIG SUGAR Heated 1999






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Five Hundred Pounds
The eclectic Toronto blues-rock outfit Big Sugar was primarily the project of singer/guitarist Gordie Johnson, who teamed with bassist Terry Wilkins and drummer Al Cross to record the group's 1992 self-titled debut LP. By the time of 1993's Five Hundred Pounds, Wilkins was missing from the lineup; a number of guest musicians fleshed out the recording, among them multi-instrumentalist Kelly Hoppe, who (along with new bassist Garry Lowe) was installed as a permanent member by the 1995 EP Dear M.F. Drummer Walter "Crash" Morgan replaced Cross during Big Sugar's subsequent tour of the U.S.; sadly, while playing a date in Iowa, Morgan died onstage, and was replaced by ex-Odds drummer Paul Brennan in time for the 1996 release of Hemi-Vision. Gavin Brown then assumed Brennan's duties on 1998's Heated. The band remained busy in the 2000s, with albums like Brothers & Sisters, Are You Ready?

Tracklist  

1 Where I Stand 5:58
2 Better Get Used To It 2:55
3 The Scene 4:15
4 Girl Watcher 4:09
5 Diggin A Hole 4:39
6 Cop A Plea 4:55
7 Round And Round (For CJ) 4:43
8 Kickin' Stones 5:14
9 Let It Ride 5:49
10 100 Cigarettes 4:03
11 Turn The Lights On 3:54
12 Heart Refuse To Pound (For Alex) 5:27

THE SMOKEJUMPERS Flat Tear It Up! 1998

by request
 
old school cowpunk
 
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Tracklist
 
1. Put Myself in Your Hands
2. A Place to Park
3. She Lives on the Richmond Line
4. Doing Time
5. My Baby Thinks She's Bettie Page
6. I Love You (But You're a Lyin' Sack of Shit)
7. The Roaming Shoe Salesman
8. '86 Dodge
9. Neighbor Girl
10. 15 Months in a Mexican Jail
11. Them Pretty Boys Are All the Same But Us Ugly Guys Got Style
12.  I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You No More
13. You What?!
14. Diablo Sauce
15. Six Shots from the Bottle




DRUNK Raised Toward 1999






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Tracklist  

1 Miscellany
2 Scaffold
3 Violent Day
4 Epiphany Of Saint Thomas
5 Lilith, I
6 Equal Parts Both
7 Cupboard
8 One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
9 Chatter
10 All Soulds Day
11 A Mere Passer-By
12 A Notice To Range Users
13 A Tether's Length


THE BETA BAND self titled 1999





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Hot Shots II
Their sound veering from post-grunge balladry to funk and ambient breakbeat to Madchester acid house, the Beta Band emerged on the British scene as (nominally) a pop group with few similarities to any other act going. Formed around three friends originally from Edinburgh -- vocalist Steve Mason, drummer Robin Jones, and DJ/sampler John Maclean -- the group later drafted bassist Richard Greentree. Scant months after forming, the Beta Band added a formidable ally in gaining exposure: manager Brian Cannon, the designer responsible for virtually every Oasis sleeve released to that point. The group's first EP, 1997's Champion Versions, featured mixing by the Verve's Nick McCabe. Two additional EPs followed in early 1998, The Patty Patty Sound and Los Amigos del Beta Bandidos. After collecting all three EPs on an album, the Beta Band began recording for their proper debut, a self-titled effort released in 1999. While prepping for the release of their sophomore effort, Hot Shots II, in summer 2001, the Beta Band scored the opening slot on Radiohead's monumental summer tour of the United States. Initial recordings for their next LP began around the same time; after self-producing the record and subsequently passing it over to Nigel Godrich for a final mix, the group released Heroes to Zeros in spring 2004. Just a few months later, the Beta Band announced they would disband at the end of 2004, citing the frustration of much critical praise but no commercial impact. The Best of the Beta Band -- a two-disc package containing one of their last performances -- was released in 2005. Mason went on to release material as King Biscuit Time (which had actually debuted in 1998), Black Affair, and his own name.

Tracklist  

1 The Beta Band Rap
2 It's Not Too Beautiful
3 Simple Boy
4 Round The Bend
5 Dance O'er The Border
6 Brokenupadingdong
7 Number 15
8 Smiling
9 The Hard One
10 The Cow's Wrong

ENEMYMINE Ep 1999


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The Ice in Me
With their dual bassist and ability to make their instruments sound anything similar to bass guitars, ENEMYMINE has been synonymous with adjectives such as minimal, dark and experimental. Stemming from the imaginations of Mike Kunka (Godheadsilo), Zak Sally (Low) and Danny Sasaki in late 1998, the three of them wanted to create something different to unsuspecting ears. So with Kunka on bass, Sasaki on the skins and Sally on second bass, (who's comminuting all the way from Duluth, MN no less) ENEMYMINE was created. Several practice sessions and hundreds of frequent flyer miles later, they had enough material to release a seven song self-titled CDEP that was recorded by Calvin Johnson (of Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic Sound System fame) and put out by K Records in February 1999. Ice In Me followed a year later.

Tracklist

1 Apartmentalize
2 Trcr
3 The We're All Friends Club
4 I've Got The Ice In Me
5 Dent Everything
6 Evaporate
7 No Comply

ADEN Black Cow 1999






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Black Cow
Indie-pop combo Aden was led by singer/guitarist Jeff Gramm, the son of Texas senator Phil Gramm; originally dubbed Dingle, the group -- also including bassist Fred Kovey and drummer Josh Klein -- formed on the campus of the University of Chicago in 1995, tapping Sabalon Glitz's Chris Holmes to produce their debut single "Scooby Doo." Shortly after recording their 1997 self-titled debut LP for the local Fortune4 label, Aden expanded to a four-piece with the addition of guitarist Kevin Barker; when Gramm and Kovey relocated to Washington, D.C. soon after, both Klein and Barker remained in Chicago, the former working as a music journalist and the latter continuing his studies. Minus Klein, the group reformed in 1999 to release Black Cow, their first album for TeenBeat. Hey 19 appeared a year later.

Tracklist

1 New Fast 2:28
2 I Knew You Would Go 1:53
3 Sadness 2:09
4 Haunt Me 3:15
5 Green 2:14
6 New ¾ 2:23
7 Counting The Days 1:33
8 Part Of A Losing Team 2:42
9 (Swords And) Falconry 3:10
10 Collapsing 2:30
11 Why Can't I Make You Happy? 1:54
12 Left Off Here 4:14