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"Music Reviews Issue #12 G-O"

Garrison - "The Bend Before the Break" - CD
(Revelation Records P.O. Box 5232 Huntington Beach, CA 92615-5323)
This is really an EP with 5 songs totaling 20 minutes of pure emocore. They are a better than average emo band and even though the lyrics are typical, I still like them. The singer breaks into a scream at times, but mainly it's normal emotionally drenched. The music itself has a bunch of interplay between the instruments and goes way beyond most bands of this style. {Grog}
Revelation Web Site

Gooding - "Collection #1" - CD
(S3 Records 2718 W 27th St N Wichita, KS 67204)
Instrumental music with a groove that sounds like sound track music to some super cool movie. Gooding is the very talented musician who wrote, produced, engineered and mixed this fine release. He is truly a master at what he does, and this is one of the few instrumental releases in which I highly recommend. {Mite}
E-mail S3 S3 Web Site

Go Robot, Go! - "Convertable" - CD
(Weedtone Records)
Go Robot Go is a band from Columbus, Ohio and they were formerly known as Shinola. In Mutant Renegade Zine #11, I reviewed Shinola's CD and I compaired their sound to oatmeal and the color beige. Go Robot Go is a refreshing departure from Shinola. The CD is filled with a fun, poppy, quirky, canvas of dance numbers. The vocals on "The Queen of the Roller Rink" remind me of Jeff Lynne's voice on "Telephone Line " by E.L.O. "Shy (ee yii)" has a sound reminiscent to Frankie Howerd singing "Mean Mr. Mustard" on the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack. Check this one out. {Gail}
E-mail Go Robot, Go! Go Robot, Go! Web Site

Grade - "Under the Radar" - CD
(Victory Records P.O. Box 146546 Chicago, IL 60614)
This is a fairly hard and heavy band with an overall hardcore / emo feel to their music. The vocals hit into the hardcore scream mode at times, but primarily there is an overall gruff sound that fits the music. The lyrics are based on life experience and questioning of oneself. A really good CD, that is more than just music. {Grog}
Victory Web Site

Gulliver's Traveling Medicine Show - "Room Cleaner" - CD
(GTMS Publicity 2836 Kingston Ave Dayton, OH 45420)
This is music for the 40-something crowd. The music has that 70's jam feel about it, while vocals are white-boy blues. I like best that all the instruments are treated as equals, which offers up a bigger sound in the end. This band is really good, but their sound is not for everyone. You have to be into their kind of music to fully appreciate them. {Mite}
GTMS Web Site

H2O - "F.T.T.W." - CD
(Epitaph Records 2798 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026)
The first thing that caught me was their positive based lyrics and 7 Seconds style music. These guys have re-invigorated me. I was feeling kind of depressed and H2O has picked me back up and gotten me ready to fight the world again. Great, fast, loud, positive and rockin'. {Grog}
Epitaph Web Site

The Heartdrops - "East Side Drive" - CD
(Melted Records 21-41 34th Ave Suite 10a Astoria, NY 11106)
{Superchunk Steve}
Melted Web Site

The Hellboys - "Bloodshot Eyes" - 7"
(Hellcat Records 2798 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 / Epitaph)
The Hellboys area a strong straightforward punk rock band with a great style and a good sense of rhythm. The seven inch single features two catchy songs "Bloodshot Eyes" and "Everything You Learned". I hope to hear more from the Hellboys in the future. Check it out if you like Rancid and LES Stitches. {Gail}
E-mail The Hellboys Epitaph Web Site

Robyn Hitchcock - "Jewels for Sophia" - CD
(Warner Brothers)
It's been forever since I have heard anything from Robyn Hitchcock, so I was excited when this release came out and I was elated when I listened to it. It took me back to my early college radio days, when alternative music was fresh and original. For those of you who don't know Mr. Hitchcock's music, it tends to have a quirkiness about it. It's 80's alternative electric folky in approach with strange lyrics which his very British vocals make seem commonplace. With songs like The Cheese Alarm, Viva! Sea ~ Tac, Antwoman and Sally was a Legend, " Jewels For Sophia" will get much play on cooler college radio stations. {Mite}

Hot Sauce Johnson - "Truck Stop Jug Hop" - CD
(Outpost Recordings)
When I first heard about this band I figured it was going to be bad white boy funk. I was assured by the press agent that it was otherwise and she didn't lie. Their first few songs had me hooked as they played with a style that led into forays of other musical styles with most changes being brought together by bridges of scratching. They put different geandres together like Hed Pe and Zebrahead, but go at it in a totally different way. Instead of hitting hard HSJ find a groove and branch off from the base with each song. Their vocalist reminded me of Cory Glover (Living Coulor) on the smooth parts and he always fit the mode. I found more than just trace hints of Latino, rock, rap, industrial, metal, hip-hop, hardcore and blues in their songs. They have great flowing change-ups and a consistant smooth sound that is almost impossible not to get caught up in. {Grog}

Craig Houston - "Sway" - CD
(P.O. Box 8052 Carlisle, OH 45005)
I was at Craig's CD release party and I have to say that seeing these songs live really was a treat. Craig is a talented songwriter in the blues, folk / rock vein. In the studio and on stage he had help from some great local musicians. Tod Weider guitarist / vocalist from Shrug, solo artist Phyllis Turner, Jason Short the drummer from Gulliver's Travelling Medicine Show, and Jesse Hernandez on cello with bassist Adam Edwards of Shrug playing on stage. Craig plays piano with a forceful blues style and belts out most of the heartfelt tunes on the release. Phyllis and Tod handle vocals on a couple of songs, but this is truly Craig's project. It is always great to hear a recording with this caliber of local performers…but live they're even better. {Grog}

The Huntingtons - "File Under Ramones" - CD
(Tooth & Nail Records P.O. Box 12698 Seattle, WA 98111-4698)
{Superchunk Steve}
Tooth & Nail Web Site

Iced Earth - "Something Wicked this way Comes" - CD
(Century Media 1453-A 14th Street #324 Santa Monica, CA 90404)
Power metal from Germany. The music on the cd ranges from fast thrashy party to mellow depressing acoustic parts. Nice mixture of vocals styles with the approach reminding me of Queesnryche at times. 7/10. {Johnny Death}
Century Media Web Site

The Impossibles - "Anthology" - CD
(Fueled by Ramen Records P.O. Box 12563 Gainesville, FL 32604)
Have I hit the jackpot or what? Yet another great c.d. for me to review and keep for this issue of MRZ. The Impossibles mix snotty punk with a lovely poppy sound that reminds me of the Northern Ohio band Boogie Man Smash. This is one great release. The songs are catchy and the vocals have that young punk sound with fun little guitar shuffles thrown throughout. Love it. {Mite}
Fueled by Ramen Web Site

The (International) Noise Conspiracy - "The First Conspiracy" - CD
(G-7 Welcoming Committee P.O. Box 3 - 905 Corydon Ave Winnipeg MB R3M 3S3 Canada)
INC is very similar in attitude to Nation of Ulysses, but with more of a 60's/70's garage feel to their music. At times I hear hints of Brainiac, but it's not quite that radical sounding. Definitely different, but not as rebellious as I had hoped for…still they are worth looking into. I bet they are a trip live.{Grog}

The Jackie Papers - "I'm in Love" - CD
(Panic Button P.O. Box 148010 Chicago, IL 60614-8010)
{Superchunk Steve}

The Jive Turkeys - "The Night of the Dragon Lady" - 7"
(Alamont Black Records P.O. Box 06175 Columbus, OH 43206 / Deraillier Records)
This is one of the rare 7"s that we get that isn't punk in the traditional sense. The Jive Turkeys are a Rock 'N' Roll Blues band with horns. I could almost feel this bands energy while listening to this release. I imagine that this would be a great band to see live. Since this release is packaged as a movie, I can't help but give it a thumbs up. {Mite}

Jon Cougar Concentration Camp - "Hot Shit" - CD
(BYO Records P.O. Box 67A64 Los Angeles, CA 90067)
{Superchunk Steve}
BYO Web Site

Joshua - "A Whole New Theory" - CD
(Doghouse Records P.O. Box 8946 Toledo, OH 43623)
{Superchunk Steve}
Dog House Web Site

Jupiter Down - "Jupiter Down" - CD
(Beluga Records P.O. Box 146751 Chicago, IL 60614)
{Superchunk Steve}
Beluga Web Site

Robert Kunin - "Kunin" - CD
(Mombasha Paperwork Co 73 West Mombasha Rd Monroe, NY 10950)
A singer songerwriter who seems to be heavily influenced by Yoko Ono, Joe Pop-O-Pie, and George Michael Jackson. A truly original mixture of rock, folk, blues, and spoken word. The songs seem to be painted with fear, isolation, depression and desperation. The songs are very hallow, strange, and at times scary. I kinda like it. {Gail}
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Lacuna Coil - "In a Reverie" - CD
(Century Media 1453-A 14th Street #324 Santa Monica, CA 90404)
A gothic hard rock /. Metal band based in Milan , Italy. Fronted by both a male and a female. A cross between The Gathering and Paradise Lost with clean passionate male and female vocals. A rather depressing cd, but highly recommended. 9/10. {Johnny Death}
Century Media Web Site

Leatherface - "Cherry Knowle" - CD
(BYO Records P.O. Box 67A64 Los Angeles, CA 90067)
{Superchunk Steve}
BYO Web Site

Limp - "Fine Girl" - CD
(Fueled by Ramen Records P.O. Box 12563 Gainesville, FL 32604)
This is a twelve minute EP of pretty standard sounding punk-pop, but still better than most. On Passed Out they do the ska thing and it works out to be their best song. My favorite things though are the phony, phone-sex ad spoofs, using Norman Rockwell-ish paintings along with the typical phone sex tag lines. {Grog}
Fueled by Ramen Web Site

Madder Rose - "Hello June Fool" - CD
(Thirsty Ear Records 214 Madison Ave Suite 804 New York, NY 10016)
Mesmerizing female vocals cradled by swirly music. This c.d. has also been described as beautifully atmospheric and haunting with rich vocals and cosmic coated guitar. I fully agree and am recommending this c.d. to everyone. The grooves that are achieved on this album are nothing short of splendid. This is a release that won't be finding it's way to the second hand c.d. store. {Mite}
Thirsty Ear Web Site

The Marbles - "Rocks Not Dead" - CD
(Break-Up Records P.O. Box 15372 Columbus, OH 43215-0372)
{Superchunk Steve}
Break-Up Web Site

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers - "Padlock on the Blues" - CD
(Purple Pyramid 13428 Maxella Ave #251 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 / Cleopatra)
John Lee Hooker,Coco Nintoya, and Ernie Watts make special guest appearances. The music is very tight ,sweet, and sad just like any blues should be, but the vocals leave a lot to be desired. It's almost painful to listen to when John starts to sings because the vocals seem forced, flat, and like he's just really bored. {Gail}

Merauder - "Five Deadly Demons" - CD
(Century Media Records 1453-A 14th Street #324 Santa Monica, CA 90404)
Very aggressive metal along the lines of Pantera. Self described as a crossover between metal and hardcore. Catchy songs that are sometimes even melodic. Merauder is deadly and venomous. Check them out ! 9/10. {Johnny Death}
Century Media Web Site

Mindset - "A Bullet for Cinderella" - CD
Mindset comes off as another band that tries way too hard to be cool for the AOR station. They try unsuccessfully to be in your face with their fake angry fuck off attitudes. Mindset seems to be contrived and their attitudes and their costumes appear to be planned to fit into the Creed and Korn category. They are crunchy, loud, brassy, pissed off boys playing heavy metal with flies in their faces. Their market is 13 year old boys with flaring hormones who disrespect women and love violence. It's filled with classic lyrics like "Something makes me want to pick up a plastic bag and put it over my head. No, wait a minute I wanna put it over your head," and the macho man of the 80's lyrics," You know your place, bitch or may be you prefer a fist before I give it to ya. Look at me. I'm a macho motherfucker." What a class act!!!! Mindset is the heavy metal version of Brittany Spears. {Gail}

Mistiggo Varggoth Darkestra - "The Key to the Gates of Apocalypse" - CD
(The End Records 556 S Fair Oaks #101-111 Pasadena, CA 91105)
This cd must have been made just for me. Evil atmospheric black metal from hell.

The cd consists of 1 song that is 71 minutes long. The songs takes the listener on a journey through sorcery and clairvoyance. The cd starts out very atmospheric and ambient. This sets the tone for the witchcraft and sorcery ceremony. The cd then builds up to terrific apocalyptic evil death yells and black metal madness. A recommended cd for fans of black metal . 9/10 {Johnny Death}
The End Web Site

Moths - "Moths" - CD
(Wagon Train Records P.O. Box 812 Tannersville, NY 12485)
This is a New York City band with a roots rock feel and an alternative twist to their songs. Very college rock sounding stuff...back when college rock was good. At times they have an old style REM quality to them. Their lyrics are loaded with metaphors and cleverness "I'm not trying to be melancholic…I'm just an alcoholic". A few of the songs sound musically like Sugar with others moving into the Camper Van Beethoven realm. I met these guys at WE Fest 99 and got to catch them live. They put on a good show and I suggest seeing them if you're nearby. {Grog}
E-mail Moths Moths Web Site

MU330 - "MU330" - CD
(Asian Man Records P.O. Box 35585 Monte Sereno, CA 95030)
(MU330 P.O. Box 4367 St. Louis, MO 63123)
There are so many ska and ska-punk bands out nowadays that it gets hard to tell them apart or to even care. However these guys are better than average and have some clever lyrics. One of my favorite lines is from Favorite Show where he uses TV analogies when talking about his relationships "My ratings have dropped, faster than shows with singing cops" 'Nuff said… {Grog}
E-mail MU330 E-mail Asian Man Asian Man Web Site

Murder 1 - "American Junkie" - CD
(Pavement Music Inc P.O. Box 50550 Phoenix, AZ 85076)
{Superchunk Steve}
E-mail Pavement Pavement Web Site

Mustard Plug - "Pray for Mojo" - CD
(Hopeless Records P.O. Box 7495 Van Nuys, CA 91409-7495)
These ska boys from MI sent me their first 7" to review many years ago. I loved 'em then and I love 'em still. Smooth, bouncy, big fun ska. They have a pretty strong punk influence in their songs but with smooth vocals. So Far So Good sounds like Pigeon Eater by Rocket from the Crypt but done ska with different lyrics. Their closing song is a fun autobiographical type of thing. Some of their songs are goofy and some are serious, all in all it's a good mix of skankin' fun. {Grog}
Hopeless Web Site

Nano Frog - "Don't Follow Our Example" - CD
(20 westgate Dr Apt 11 Bohemia, NY 11716)
Nano Frog is a rare mixture of sound effects, 70's space age video game music, jazz fusion, and classic rock. The vocals are desolate and often hauntingly empty. The lyrics paint a landscape of hopeless addiction to drugs, video games, and cartoons. If you're looking to listen to something different than what you hear on your local top 40 radio station, try out Nano Frog. {Gail}

The Nighthawks - "Still Wild" - CD
(Ruf Records )
Have you ever seen a movie where a scene takes place inside some smoky bar and there's some obscure band playing in the background? I think this is the band that does all those movies. The sound is a blend of country-blues-rock and I swear my cloths smelled of cigarette smoke after listening to this c.d. A great c.d. to listen to while playing pool and drinking beer. {Mite}
The Nighthawks Web Site

Ninety Pound Wuss - "Short Operation" - CD
(Tooth & Nail Records P.O. Box 12698 Seattle, WA 98111)
This c.d. starts off with a heavy-metal, space-age feel then explodes into pure punk chaos. In fact most of the songs on this release are like this. The vocals are of the screaming punk kind and the beat is steady. {Mite}
Tooth & Nail Web Site

No Knife - "Fire in the City of Automatons" - CD
(Time Bomb Recordings / BMG)
This band has a more mellow alternative rock sound. None of the songs really stood out on this release. In fact after my first listen I couldn't even remember what the band sounded like. {Mite}
Time Bomb Web Site

Not from there - "Sand on Seven" - CD
(Kool Arrow Records 5902 Monterey Rd Los Angeles, CA 90042)
This c.d. starts off with a jam reminiscent of the band Braniac. The rest of the c.d morphs into a Sonic Youth groove, which helps to make this one killer release. At one moment the music has a floating in space and the next it has you spinning in a free-fall with the accent-tinged vocals in total control throughout the euphonious journey. {Mite}
Kool Arrow Web Site

Old 97's - "Fight Songs" - CD
A collection of sadly beautiful songs embodied in the timeless style of alternative country music. At times, the style of the music sound like glimpses of an early Ray Davies. Oppenheimer, Alone So Far, Valentine, and Murder or a Heart Attack are the stand out tracks. I highly recommend this record if you enjoy Wilco, Son Volt, or the Backsliders. {Gail}

Orange 9mm - "Pretend I'm Human" - CD
(Ng Records 61 Van Dam St 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013)
This c.d. is wonderful. This band reminds me of a mellower Rage Against the Machine. The music has a more laid back feel to it, and the sound is diverse in how the instruments are used. The power of the rapping vocals are there and the lyrics are strong. This is a keeper for me. {Mite}
Ng Web Site

Organic Brain Syndrome - "Organic Brain Syndrome" - CD
(Fatalist Records 806 Maplewood Dr West Palm Beach, FL 33415)
Psychic TV watch out. These boys mix everything from sound bites to television static fuzz sounds in an intoxicating mix of deadly screams, rap, and dance music. I love it!!!. The band describes themselves as, "paranoid driven, totally warped freaks." Play this one loud!!!! {Gail}

Organic Brain Syndrome - "Fundustrial 2000" - Casette
(Fatalist Records 806 Maplewood Dr West Palm Beach, FL 33415)
For the most part this cassette is industrial, a lovely collage of music, noise and samples. It almost sounds like a soundtrack to a freaky and surreal movie like the cult industrial favorite Iron Man. There are a couple of songs that just didn't fit into the mood of the rest of this release. This release is recommended for anyone who is tired of the Nine Inch Nails and Skinny Puppy clones and would like to hear a different kind of industrial music. {Mite}

The Outer Lords - "Tozama" - CD
(S3 Records 2718 W 27th St N Wichita, KS 67204)
Positive rap is what this band is all about and this band offers up some great rappin'. The sound is similar to Busta Rhymes as opposed to the other [C]rap that is being churned out. It's also refreshing to hear rappers who actually use their talent with words to get across a message instead of talking about "'Poppin' a cap in somebody" and "bitches and ho's". Great release. {Mite}
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