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June 2004

Event Reviews

Deering and Down

The Rev. Neil Down and The Quite Fetching Lahna Deering blast the Echo Lounge in one of their first shows in the 'Lower 48.' David Whited reports.

The Strokes

Love them or hate them, the Strokes seem to have the knack of putting on a good show down. Rob Levy caught them in St. Louis last month and is willing to testify.


Mitch Easter

They don't come more seminal than Mitch Easter, who has influenced music from both sides of the mixing board, with his band Let's Active and as the producer for acts like REM, Pavement and Marshall Crenshaw. Rob Levy grabs a few moments with the busy man.

The Mars Volta

Able to navigate the deepest reaches of fractal time signature, The Mars Volta's Jon Theodore has to be one of the most inventive drummers in popular music today. Gail Worley takes a peek at the strange gears and coils that drive this human rhythm fountain.

Music Reviews

Music A


Beyond (Domo). Review by Terry Eagan.


Weigh Your Conscience (Attention Deficit Disorder). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Architecture In Helsinki

Fingers Crossed (Bar/None). Review by Rob Levy.

Audio Karate

Lady Melody (Kung Fu). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Battery (Barsuk). Review by Aaron Shaul.


A Benefit Compilation for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (Fire Museum). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music B

Isley Meets Bacharach

Here I Am (Dreamworks). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Bacon Brothers

Live – No Food Jokes Tour (Image). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Eszter Balint

Mud (Bar/None). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Big Collapse

Prototype (Militia Group). Review by Nick Plante.

Blink 182

Blink 182 (Geffen). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Books Lie

Hall of Fame of Fire (Level-Plane). Review by Stein Haukland.

Burns Out Bright

Distance and Darkness (Deep Elm). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music C

J.J. Cale

To Tulsa and Back (Sanctuary). Review by Sean Slone.


Heron King Blues (Thrill Jockey). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Camera Obscura

Underachievers Please Try Harder (Merge). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Cannibal Corpse

The Wretched Spawn (Metal Blade). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Vinicius Cantuária

Horse and Fish (Bar/None). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

The Cardigans

Long Gone Before Daylight (Koch). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Cerberus Shoal

Bastion of Itchy Peeves (Northeast). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Cheeseburger (Aerodrome). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Cold Mountain

Music From the Miramax Motion Picture (Sony). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music D


The Negation (Earache). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Detachment Kit

Of This Blood (French Kiss). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Back to Times of Splendor (Metal Balde). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Where Iron Crosses Grow (Karmageddon). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Dixie Witch

One Bird Two Stones (Small Stone Records). Review by Matthew Damascus.

Music E

The Elected

Me First (Sub Pop). Review by Anton Warner.

Evergreen Terrace

Writer's Block (Eulogy). Review by by Nick Plante.

Music F

40 Below Summer

The Mourning After (Razor and Tie). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Fire Divine

Fire Divine (Deep Elm). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

The Firebird Suite/Project/Band

Archives (Lucid). Review by Carl F Gauze.


Made of Flesh (Metal Balde). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Puppy (One Little Indian). Review by Jorge C. Galban.

Fragments of Unbecoming

Skywards - A Sylphe's Ascension (Metal Blade). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Nelly Furtado

Folklore (Dreamworks). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music G

Get Fucked

Get Fucked (Level-Plane). Review by Stein Haukland.


Any Day Now (Red Submarine). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Chris Grace

Evidence (Eucommia). Review by Sean Slone.

Green Day

1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (Lookout!). Review by Andrew Ellis.


Turbulent Times (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music H

Rachel Harrington

Halloween Leaves (Marado). Review by Sean Slone.


Armageddon Mon Amour (Candlelight). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Mitch Hedberg

Mitch All Together / Strategic Grill Locations (Comedy Central). Review by Jason Feifer.

Hey That’s What I Call Sludge!

Hey That’s What I Call Sludge! (Metal Sludge). Review by Gail Worley.

The Hiss

Panic Movement (Sanctuary). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Horse Noodles

Horse Noodles (Lunatic Works). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music I


Where the Engines Lay (Eleventh Hour). Review by Stein Haukland.

Music K


Multicore (Souvenir). Review by Ben Varkalimoto.

Kammerflimmer Kollektief

Cicadidae (Temporary Residence). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Killswitch Engage.

The End Of Heartache (Roadrunner) Review by Anurag Chatterjee

Music L

Jens Lekman

Maple Leaves / Rocky Dennis (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Cover, Protective, Individual (Firecode Core). Review by Stein Haukland.

Little Darla Has A Treat For You

Volume 21 (Darla). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Vanessa Lowe

57 Suspect Words (The Mighty Prawn / Jicama Salad). Review by Stein Haukland.

Music M

Nellie McKay

Get Away From Me (Columbia). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The Method And Result

The Things You Miss (Losing Blueprint/KiraKira). Review by Ben "Soul of wit" Varkentine.

Midnight Creeps / Capo Regime

Split CD (Rodent Popsicle). Review by Stein Haukland.


You Are The Quarry (Attack/Sanctuary). Review by Kiran Aditham.

MR 10.0

Volume 2 (Mister). Review by Rob Levy.

My Chemical Romance

I Brought You Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (Eyeball). Review by Nick Plante.

Music N

Nuclear Assault

Alive Again (SPV). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music O

100 Demons

100 Demons (Deathwish). Review by Stein Haukland.


Beyond the Apocalypse (Candlelight). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

The Offspring

Splinter (Columbia). Review by Stein Haukland.

Music P

Robert Pollard

Fiction Man (Fading Captain). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

The Porter Project

the porter project (Kriztal). Review by Ben "Lovely as a panther?" Varkentine.

Prime STH

Beautiful Awakening (MVG). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music R

The Red Thread

Tension Pins (Badman). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Reputation

To Force a Fate (Lookout!). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Robbers On High Street

Fine Lines EP (New Line). Review by Sean Slone.

Music S


Unbeliever's Script (Candlelight). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Poisonous Friend EP (Metropolis). Review by Jorge C. Galban.

Skinny Puppy

The Greater Wrong of the Right (SPV). Review by Kiran Aditham.


Vol 3 (The Subliminal Verses) (Roadrunner.) Review by Anurag Chatterjee

Snake Oil Supercharm

Snake Oil Supercharm - A Tribute to Zodiac Mindwarp (Sleazegrinder records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Sonic Youth

Sonic Nurse (Geffen). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Maylay Sparks

Graymatter (Rapster). Review by Stein Haukland.

Still Life

The Incredible Sinking Feeling (Greyday). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

The Streets

Weak Become Heroes - Remixes (STIFLE/Vice). Review by Stein Haukland.


3 (Interscope). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Swarm of the Lotus

When White Becomes Black (At A Loss). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Systems Officer

Systems Officer (Ace Fu). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music T

The Thrills

So Much for the City (Virgin). Review by Van Sias.

Tres Chicas

Sweetwater (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.


2a.m. Wakeup Call (iMusic) Review by Rob Levy.

Music U

The Unicorns

The Unicorns: 2014 (Suicide Squeeze). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music V


Helping the World to See (Metal Balde). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Violet Indiana

Russian Doll (Bella Union). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music W


Per Second, Per Second, Per Second...Every Second (Aware). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Jim White

Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See (Luaka Bop). Review by James Mann.

Within Y

Extended Mental Dimensions (Candlelight). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music Y

Year Future

Year Future (GSL). Review by Daniel Mitchell.



Recessional (Leaf). Review by Julio Torres.

Print Reviews

BOP! – More Box Office Poison

No, it isn’t the Ben Affleck story. It’s a reprint of several stand alone pieces that comic creator James Robinson did not feel fit in with the overall story when the BOP omnibus volume was printed. Joe Frietze says it whetted his appetite for more, which in itself is more than anyone’s said about Ben Affleck in years, the poor dope.

Naked: Writers Uncover the Way We Live on Earth

With the anthology Naked, Susan Zakin hopes to rescue environmental literature from extinction. Eric J. Iannelli wonders if she can bring this endangered genre back from the brink.

Stolen Sharpie Revolution

A great, valuable alternative to major media. But enough about Ink 19, let's talk about the 'zine community. Jason Feifer says it's stronger when the 'zines are better -- and this DIY resource is the book to do that.

Screen Reviews

The Chronicles of Riddick

It's summer and time for the big budget stinker! Rob Levy gives us the low-down on the sequel to the edgy surprise hit Pitch Black.

The Housekeeper

A middle-aged man whose wife has left him hires a young woman to clean his house as he puts his life back in order. Joe Frietze smashes through the cliché to tell you how The Housekeeper is different. And maybe not so different.