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Saturday, December 31 1994

    The Spyders: The Youngster EP

The joke: What would happen if They Might Be Giants expatriated to England, dropped the musical gadgetry for four-on-the floor, kiddie-rocker sound, and started doing

    Sparkwood: The La-La Crutch

The Austin, Texas band, Sparkwood may not be a member of Elephant 6 stable, but their debut release, The La-La Crutch, reveals that the band just

Sons of the Never Wrong: One If by Hand

If folk-music is what you long for, look no further and take a listen to the Sons of the Never Wrong, which consists of Sue

Mongo Santamaria: Afro American Latin/Greatest Hits

Latin music is in. Latin Music is hot. Beyond the pop sensations of Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, et al., the popularity of Buena Vista Social

    Schema: self-titled

Being totally honest with myself, I have to admit that in my heart of hearts, I’m simply a pop fan, to the point that

Shivaree: I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head

I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head is a fitting title for Shivaree’s first album. The record truly is a blow to

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

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