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Saturday, December 31 1994

Matthew Sweet: In Reverse

Since he is a consistently interesting songwriter, the varying successes of Matthew Sweet’s solo albums are partially dependent on the contributions of collaborators. His


András Schiff and Peter Serkin: Music for Two Pianos

Pianists András Schiff and Peter Serkin are both well-known for their devotion to the fugue and Bach in particular.


Slobberbone: Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today

Remember that kickass local band that used to play down at your town’s chosen collegiate hangout, stuck back in the rear between booths of


The Slackers: Live at Ernesto’s!

I had a bad feeling about this one. To start with, I’ve heard a lot of ska lately, and the majority of it’s


    The Shermans: Falling Out of Love

Falling Out of Love is a 5-song EP, a quick preface to the Shermans’ third album Happiness Is Toy Shaped, to be released soon on


The Shinin’: Director’s Cut EP

As a production crew, The Shinin’ come on like talent scouts, locating fresh voices from up and down the U.S. west coast to front


    Phoenix Stone: self-titled

This 23-year-old Florida native is the latest in redundant pop stars hoping to ride the wave of hot shots like the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync.


    Scorpions: The Best of Scorpions

Ah, yes. Here we are with another in the long line of the 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection discs brought to you by the


Sientific American: Saints of Infinity / Simulated D.I.Y.

The brains behind Sientific American is DJ and all round soundsmith Andy Rohrman, former drummer with Seattle’s Hush Harbor. This bumper, double-CD release brings


Smog: Dongs of Sevotion

Smog plays slowly, sounds sexy, and brings you into its intimate world. But don’t expect to be lulled to sleep by Smog’s (a


The Raincoats, The Kitchen Tapes

Resurrected from almost total obscurity by the praise and enthusiasm of Kurt Cobain, The Raincoats were one of those cult bands that seemingly had more


Rita Ribeiro / Chico Cesar: Perolas Aos Povos

 Chico Cesar Chico Cesar(Putumayo) by Kevin Oliver ribeirorita-perolas.jpg In Brazilian culture, music is as much a necessity of life as food, and


Rollerball: Bathing Music

It is advised NOT to listen to Bathing Music while bathing. I didn’t actually do any physical research to support this warning I give,


Matthew Ryan: East Autumn Grin

Matthew Ryan ambled on stage of the Tractor Tavern in Seattle looking more like an enlistee on leave, baggy cargo pants, fresh jarhead cut, a


    The Record Time: Dream in Color, Dream in Sound

Baggy is out. That’s what I’m told by the guys in The Record Time, a great little combo (formerly a trio, now a


Rachel’s/Matmos: Full on Night

The Rachel’s have typically been characterized as indie musicians playing chamber music. With the addition of the Matmos influence, their sound has been morphed


Carl Hancock Rux, Rux Revue

Carl Hancock Rux’s debut is a fully realized effort to present poetry as musical theater. It’s similar in this vein to Charles Mingus’


Radiation Kings: The Early Years

Third wave ska’s greatest blessing is its death. Driven off the best-seller racks at Best Buy and into the underground, only the devout remain.


    Refused: New Noise Theology EP

Two years ago my life was changed in about 50 minutes. The Swedish nation had imported into our country the sounds and energy of a rock


Rich Creamy Paint

I made the worst mix tapes during my senior year of high school. No structure and no continuity at all. I’d pick 12 or 15 songs,


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