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Saturday, December 31 1994

    The Sights: Are You Green?

OK, just give me a couple minutes to catch my breath here. I actually started to sit down and write this review about 30 minutes ago,

Snake River Conspiracy: Sonic Jihad

Hearing Sarah MacLachlan and Jewel on the radio alongside Matchbox Twenty and the Foo Fighters is no longer anything worth noting. The sensitivity of women

    Chris Speed: Emit

While it was nice this past winter to take a moment, courtesy of Ken Burns and company, to savour the sounds of jazz history, there

    The Sixth Great Lake: Up the Country

Step into the country with the Sixth Great Lake, on Up the Country. Yet this isn’t the “country” you’ll hear on your local “

Sharks Keep Moving: Desert Strings and Drifters

Someone tried to explain art to me once, and they used the analogy of “craft” vs. “art” in terms of woodcarving—a craftsman can be

Super Furry Animals, Radiator

As a charter member of the fertile Welsh rock scene that includes the Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Catatonia, it’s

Sunset Valley: Icepond

You can’t blame a band for getting sick of the constant comparisons that critics and consumers make between groups. Shades of Black Sabbath, Beatles-esque,

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

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