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August 2004



Daniel Mitchell discusses Braid's upcoming summer reunion tour with guitarist Chris Broach.

DJ Sasha

With a unique concept behind his first Global Underground mix in years, DJ Sasha aims to re-invent the wheels of steel. Kiran Aditham gives us the in spin.

True North

Daniel Mitchell discusses free health care, Krishnas, and Crownhate Ruin with the gentlemen of True North.

Music Reviews

Iron and Wine

Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop). Review by Terry Eagan.

Planes Mistaken For Stars

Up In Them Guts (No Idea). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music A


Going Gone (Prison Jazz). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

The Advantage

The Advantage (5RC). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Charles Afton

Lost Sunset Lounge (CD & DVD) (Kriztal). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music B

Bad Acid Trip

Lynch The Weirdo (Serjical Strike). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Black Label Society

Hangover Music Vol. VI (Spitfire). Review by Joe Frietze.

Jim Boggia

Six Song Sampler (David Passack Entertainment). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Broken Social Scene

Bee Hives (Arts & Crafts). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Bill Bruford's Earthworks

Random Acts of Happiness (Summerfold). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

Bring You To Your Knees

A Tribute To Guns N' Roses (Law of Intertia). Review by Nick Plante.

Music C

Control Alt Delete

Control Alt Delete (Add Two Zeros). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Cure

The Cure (Geffen). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music D

Dexter Freebish

Tripped Into Divine (Sixthman). Review by Andrew Ellis.


Compilation #1 (DFA). Review by Danny Lewis.

Music F

Amy Farris

Anyway (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.

Melissa Ferrick

The Other Side (Right On). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Five For Fighting

The Battle For Everything (Sony/Aware). Review by Andrew Ellis.


Dove (No Idea). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Flowers in the Attic Roma Delenda Est

Split 7" (McCarthyism). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Friend of Howard

Friend of Howard (Littlebrother). Review by Stein Haukland.

Music G


The Other Side (Republic - Universal). Review by Joe Frietze.

Jonny Greenwood

Bodysong (Parlophone). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Live - Rockin' In The Free World (Epic). Review by Joe Frietze.

Music H

Daniel G. Harmann

The Lake Effect (Post 436). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Are you From Dixie? (D-Fens Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Ari Hest

Someone To Tell (Columbia). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Hieronymus Bosch

Havin’ Fun, Soundin’ Good. Review by Jason Feifer.

Penelope Houston

The Pale Green Girl (DBK Works). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music I


A Crow Left Of The Murder (Epic/Immortal). Review by Andrew Ellis.

International Deejay Gigolos

Volume 7 (Gigolo). Review by Danny Lewis.

Music J

Jeremiah Freed

Slowburn. Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music L

The Libertines

Up The Bracket (Rough Trade). Review by Danny Lewis.

Lost Prophets

Start Something (Columbia). Review by Andrew Ellis.


Pretend You're Alive (Militia Group). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music M

Machine Head

Through The Ashes Of Empires (Roadrunner). Review by Nick Plante.


Greetings and Amputations (McCarthyism). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Beginnings (Columbia). Review by Nick Plante.


Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (Everloving). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Modest Mouse

Good News For People Who Love Bad News (Epic). Review by Nick Plante.

Monday's Hero

Love Carries An Ax (Lucid). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Mutual Admiration Society

Mutual Admiration Society (Sugar Hill). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music N

Nap Attack

Chose Your Own Adventure EP (Monosyllabic). Review by Carl F Gauze.


The Epic (Temporary Residence). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

No-Fi Soul Rebellion / Volumen

Split 7" (Wantage Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music O

The One AM Radio

A Name Writ in Water (Level Plane). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Outernationalists

Ethnomixicology (Six Degrees). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music P


Volume 8 (Epitaph). Review by Troy Jewell.

Paris Texas

Like You Like An Arsonist (New Line). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Mike Park

For the Love of Music (SubCity). Review by Troy Jewell.

Pink Grease

This Is For Real (Mute). Review by Danny Lewis.


Neu (Asian Man). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Poor Luther's Bones

That The World May Sing Far Away Music, Honky (Heavy G). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Poster Children

No More Songs About Sleep and Fire (Hidden Agenda). Review by Troy Jewell.


Ideas of Reference (Black Market Activities). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music R

The Rasmus

Dead Letters (Interscope). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Vernon Reid & Masque

Known Unknown (Favored Nations). Review by Joe Frietze.

Johnathan Rice

Extended Player 24:26 (Reprise). Review by Sean Slone.

The Riverdales

Phase Three (145). Review by Troy Jewell.

Carina Round

The Disconnection (Interscope). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music S

Sanford Arms

The Twilight Era (Blue Disguise). Review by James Mann.

Matt Sharp

Matt Sharp (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Sister Hazel

Live (Sixthman). Review by Andrew Ellis.


Up The Dose (RCA). Review by Nick Plante.

Rick Springfield

Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance (self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Chris Stamey

Travels in the South (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.

Sun Ra

Spaceship Lullaby (Atavistic ). Review by James Mann.

Music T

36 Crazyfists

A Snow Capped Romance (Roadrunner). Review by Nick Plante.

Transistor Transistor / Wolves

Split EP (Level Plane). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Straight (Birdman). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music U


The Hillside Scramblers (INDIEgo). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music V

V Shape Mind

Cul-De-Sac (Universal). Review by Nick Plante.

Vice Dolls

Die Trying (Crosscheck). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music X

Xiu Xiu

Fabulous Muscles (5RC). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Print Reviews

Generation S.L.U.T.

Marty Beckerman intertwines a fictional narrative with various disturbing facts about teenage sexuality to form a fairly accurate document about modern teenage promiscuity and hedonism. Fairly accurate according to Daniel Mitchell, anyway, who apparently led the life of Riley as a teen.

Skinny Dip

In a Hollywood-ready plot, an attractive woman named Joey is tossed off a boat by her husband, for reasons unknown. With the help of her friends and relations--including a loopy sheepherding brother from New Zealand--she sets out to find out what's what. Come on in, Ben Varkentine says. The water's fine.

Just A Geek

The kid can write. Who knew? Ben Varkentine is just as surprised as you are.


Do you remember when girls wore slacks? - so hip!
Traffic stops, men get heart attacks - so hip!
Seems so strange Carl F Gauze took it like that…so hip it hurts!

Screen Reviews


A re-release of the original 1954 Godzilla film without all the extra fat! Rob Levy squints at the subtitles and declares it improved.

John Lee Hooker

No one will contest the importance of John Lee Hooker in the development of rock music. Bob Cliffordson explains why another DVD of material is still essential.

Little Black Book

Rob Levy uncovers this little black comedy about about committment, friendship, trust, change, relationships, Carly Simon and deception.

The Saw Doctors

Carl F Gauze -- and most likely the rest of the home audience -- is not one for the singalong. Sometimes, you just gotta let the band do its thing.