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January 2005

Event Reviews

Skinny Puppy

Jorge Galban reviews Skinny Puppy on their Greater Wrong of The Right US Tour.


19 Dead Cool Celebrities of 2004

Millions of people died in 2004. Carl F Gauze picks his 19 favorites.

Hope That Things Are Getting Better

Listmania continues, with Rob Levy's Top 19 albums for 2004.

Things I Noticed In 2004

So maybe it doesn't all fall on the same calendar. It all still merits a mention, or so James Mann thinks.

The Dark Of The Matinee

Now that the lights are on and the popcorn's been swept off the floor, Rob Levy reflects on the year in films.

Albums that got me through 2004

Pop gems, nostalgia, stars, retro-dance, electric disco, New Wave, alternative, and Broadway. Yes, Virginia, this is Ben Varkentine's list of great albums for 2004.

19 Ways to Use a Crappy CD

Are there really 19 ways to use a CD that you just don't like? Tim Wardyn thinks so.


Sarah Fimm

How does a musician lacking in any formal training get into Berklee? Sheer guts and determination. Gail Worley talks to Sarah Fimm about her dedication and inspirations.

Music Reviews

Music B

Berg Sans Nipple

Play the Immutable Truth (Acuarela). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Burrito Deluxe

The Whole Enchilada (Luna Chica Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music C


Necrosis (Candlelight Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.


The Serpent’s Gold (Earache Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music D

Dead Kennedys

Live At The Deaf Club (Manifesto). Review by Jen Cray.

Music E


Treble & Tremble (Palm Pictures). Review by Sean Slone.

The Exit

Home For An Island (Some Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Music F

Jad Fair and Jason Willett

Superfine (Public Eyesore). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Fan Modine

Homeland (Grimsey). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Flogging Molly

Within a Mile of Home (SideOneDummy). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Lars Fredriksen and the Bastards

Lars Fredriksen and the Bastards (Hellcat Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music G


Remember Who I Am (Daemon Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Gorge Trio

Open Mouth, O’ Wisp (Skin Graft Records ). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Guided by Voices

Half Smiles of the Decomposed (Matador). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

Music H

The Hentchmen

FormFollowsFunction (Time Beach Records). Review by Jen Cray.


Night Light (Favorite Street). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Music I

In A Different Place

In A Different Place: Atmosphere Inspired Songs From The NW (Reverb). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music K


WWIII Live 2003 (Sanctuary). Review by Jen Cray.

Music L

Lamb of God

Ashes of the Wake (Epic Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Grand Design (Leftwing). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Th' Legendary Shack Shakers

Believe (Yep Roc Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Sylvie Lewis

Tangos and Tantrums (Cheap Lullaby). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Annie Lin

Truck Was Struck (Ariadne). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Little Wings

Magic Wand (K Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.


The House That Lords Built (Initial Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music M

Maria Marquez

Natures Princess (Princesa de la Naturaleza) (Adventure). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Masterworks Reworked

Various Dead Guys + Young Guys (Groove Gravy). Review by Carl Glaser.

Metaphysics For Beginners

Metaphysics For Beginners (Redder). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Microphones

Live In Japan, February 19th, 21st, and 22nd, 2003 (K Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Ming & Ping (Monotone/Omega Point). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Eytan Mirsky

Everyone's Having Fun Tonight (M-Squared Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Bernadette Moley

all I want (GCG). Review by Ben Varkentine.

The Mooney Suzuki

Alive & Amplified (Columbia). Review by Jen Cray.

Ian Moore

Luminaria (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.


Eruption (Fuel 2000). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Mountain Goats

We Shall All Be Healed (4AD Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Mouse on Mars

Radical Connector (Thrill Jockey). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music N

The Neville Brothers

Walkin' in the Shadow of Life (Back Porch Records/Neville Nation Records). Review by David Whited.

Music O

Old 97's

Drag It Up (New West). Review by Jen Cray.

Music P

Pigmy Love Circus

The Power of Beef (Go Kart Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.


Summer in Abaddon (Touch & Go). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Presidents of The United States of America

Love Everybody (PUSA Music). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music R

Return of the Permanent Wave/Aalacho

Return of the Permanent Wave/electro (Silver Plastic Records/self-released). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Stan Ridgway

Snakebite - Blacktop Ballads and Fugitive Songs (Redfly). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Jason Ringenberg

Empire Builders (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.

Rich Robinson

Paper (Keyhole Records). Review by Van Sias.

The Rockwells

Tear It Down (Migrant Records). Review by Sean Slone.

Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez

A Manual Dexterity - Soundtrack Volume I (Gold Standard Labs). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music S

The Sadies

Favorite Colours (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.

Say Anything a Real Boy (Doghouse). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson & Kenny Malone

Live In NC (Full Light Records). Review by David Whited.

Silent League

The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused (File 13 Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.


Slonice (nice + smooth). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Song of the Silent Land

Song of the Silent Land (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Starchild (12th Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


If It Ain't Broke, Break It (Metal Blade ). Review by Vinnie Apicella.

Sufjan Stevens

A Sun Came (Asthmatic Kitty). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music T

This Is Americana

This Is Americana (Ryko). Review by Sean Slone.

Toilet Boys

The Early Years (Morpheus Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Tygers Of Pan Tang

First Kill (Metal Nation). Review by Vinnie Apicella.

Music U


Snow Tires (Hidden Agenda). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music V


Still Lifes Are Failing (GSL). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Velvet Crush

Stereo Blues (Action Musik). Review by Sean Slone.

Music W

2004 Warped Tour Compilation

2004 Warped Tour Compilation (Side One Dummy). Review by Addam Donnelly.

What Made Milwaukee Famous

Trying To Never Catch Up (Self Released). Review by Sean Slone.

White Hassle

The Death Of Song (Orange). Review by Ian Koss.

Creede Williams

Something Borrowed (Speake Records/ForEverything). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Worm Quartet

Faster Than A Speeding Mullet (Flaming Mayo). Review by Lips Fresno.

Print Reviews

Zappa, A Biography

James MacLaren muses on Frank Zappa, in the process writing one of the BEST book reviews I've ever read.

The Family

"By any objective measure... Bush is a name that belongs next to Adams, Kennedy and Roosevelt as a force whose influence spans decades," the Washington Post reports. This book documents the collective careers of the family all the way through George W. Bush, but makes a star of his Poppy. Shelton Hull takes in the shine.

Rivers' Edge

Say it ain't so -- is Rivers Cuomo really such a jerk? This and other revelations were presented to Daniel Mitchell in Rivers' Edge, an unauthorized history of Weezer and its members.

Ahead of the Parade

A less than reliable take on politics written with real old-school punch, like a cross between William S. Burroughs and Walter Winchell. The shock would reverberate across the world if a fifth of Sherman H. Skolnick’s reports on national and international politics were ever proven true. That's what Shelton Hull says, anyway.

Spam Kings

If you’re anything like your average email recipient, you’re probably receiving at least as much spam in your inbox these days as legitimate email. Spam Kings is a look at the people who have devoted their lives to bringing you this important public service. Who are the most prolific spammers? Who are their friends? Who are their enemies? Can we hire professionals to take them out, or do we have to do it ourselves? Good questions all. Darius Gently probes for some answers.

Screen Reviews

Beyond the Sea

Multi-Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey has nothing left to prove, but keeps on proving himself nonetheless. Our man in the cocktail circuit, Steve Stav, delves into this daring presentation of the frantic and tragically short life of Bobby Darin.

Million Dollar Baby

Tomboy Hilary Swank and ageless ex-gunfighter Clint Eastwood play a boxing contender and her crusty trainer in Million Dollar Baby, but this is no twisted take on the Rocky formula. Our man at ringside, Steve Stav, tries his best to explain why he calls this film the best of the year without revealing too much of its poignant story.


How can a major-studio film that stars Alias superspy Jennifer Garner as one of Marvel Comics' sexiest -- and most vicious -- characters be a disappointment? Steve Stav counts the ways in his review.

Ocean's 12

A sequel to 2001's high-stakes masterpiece about thievery and friendship set in Europe. Rob Levy peers at the blueprints and tells us how it's going to work.