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Saturday, December 31 1994

Slayer: God Hates Us All

In an admittedly ineffective attempt to duplicate the churningly chaotic spirit of Slayer’s worldview, let’s put the CD player on random and see

    Soulfly: Primitive

If At The Drive In is the more hip and more musically challenging cousin of Rage Against the Machine, then Soulfly would be the more

Super XX Man: Vol. IV

I first heard Super XX Man in a little shop in Shinjuku, Japan about three years back. It was a cut on a little 7-inch

Stir: Holy Dogs

There is nothing that’s particularly bad about Stir’s Holy Dogs and that seems to be part of the problem. Despite first impressions and

Sleater-Kinney: All Hands on the Bad One

Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker, and Carrie Brownstein are musicians that take on political issues of identity from positions of agency, and All Hands on the

Shape Shifter: Opiate Sea

This is about as honest as mainstream alternative rock gets right now. Sure all the derivative shit is in place—enough Athens, Seattle, Chapel Hill

Supreme Beings Of Leisure: self-titled

Over the past decade, the strict boundaries of musical genres, largely put forth by profit hungry corporate music companies for easy radio play and consumer

Silver Scooter, Orleans Parish

Sensitive guy rock is all the rage at the moment and Austin’s Silver Scooter is yet another boy pop band jumping on the bandwagon.

The Shazam: Rev 9

I never thought I’d say this, but I’d never noticed how great a track the Beatles’ “Revolution #9” from The White Album really is.

Cat Stevens: Catch Bull at Four / Foreigner / Buddha and the Chocolate Box

Sound like one of those dreadful trailers for a dire VH-1 Behind the Music episode? Yes, having covered the true giants of the pop music

    Supa DJ Dmitry: Screams of Conciousness

I’m going to start throwing dance parties whenever my shipment o’ CDs from PopMatters arrives. It’s difficult to gauge the effectiveness of a

Static-X: Machine

In the lack of anything new to add, the current band’s musical failings overshadow their angry insistence on their personal shortcomings.

    Spyglass: Strategies for the Stranded

Hey, Spyglass, why don’t you just lighten up a little bit? Nine songs here on this Strategies for the Stranded and they all make

    Shaggy: Hotshot

The latest import from Jamaica to heat up your chill blue winter comes in the form of a super-catchy ragamuffin named Shaggy, whose hit, “Lonely

    Noel Sanger: Ritual

Somewhere out there in the great, big world, there are some people who just can’t get enough of trance, and who need one more

Joe Satriani: Engines of Creation

One thing I have to comment Joe Satriani on is his liquid ability to change with the times, and still retain his amazing ability as

Shalini: We Want Jelly Donuts

Shalini’s debut album We Want Jelly Donuts would have almost definitely yielded airplay on college radio and MTV’s 120 Minutes had it come out

The Shazam: Godspeed The Shazam

Arena rock with melody and without cliches. The Who in the 70’s without the attitude. What The Move would have sounded like if they were

    The Spongetones: Odd Fellows

When does mimicry end and innovation begin? It is perhaps superfluous to comment that nothing is original in the 21st century pop music scene. Not

Somatic, The New Body

Hyped primarily as a British export, drum ‘n’ bass is flourishing in the U.S., as evidenced by the new release by New York producer

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